February In Review

Today is the last day of February! I am pretty proud of the amount of reading I did this month. I was able to read eleven books and about ten volumes of manga or graphic novels. There were also a couple of short stories.
That’s a pretty large amount of reading considering how busy I was this month. Lots of test and visiting relatives and cooking cookies (so I can pig out). Oh, and there is also the making of gifts for Valentine’s Day. I had a very, very busy month ūüėõ That doesn’t mean I didn’t have a fun time this month though! I actually had a blast visiting relatives and cooking cookies so I could stuff them in my mouth and making Valentine’s Day gifts. The test were not so fun but they are a requirement so I kind of had to take them.

Highlights of February

*Annie asked me if I wanted to be interviewed by her! I said yes, of course. She was a great interviewer and I bet that she would be a great journalist!

*Got accepted for tons of books on Netgalley. I have never received so many books from Netgalley! It makes me nervous knowing that I am going to have to read them all before their archive date. I need to start thinking ahead…

*I had a great Valentine’s Day!

*Blog Tours! I participated in my first two blog tours this month! The Stitch Blog Tour and the Hereafter Blog Tour.

*Went on tons of book buying sprees.

*Learned how to shoot a gun. I looked so awesome holding a gun. I am telling the complete truth. Seriously.

*I am a nominee for the BBTC Noob Award. I didn’t know whether to cheer or laugh when I got the email ūüėõ

*Doing well in school. Mostly. Math is kicking me in the butt.

*Got to cook a lot. Cooking is my new obsession!

*Ahead in my reading challenge!

Reading Challenge

*Tons more but I have to hurry up and finish this post!

Books Read in February

Freak of Nature

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

And All the Stars

And All The Stars by Andrea K. Höst

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Fairy Tale Fail

Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)

Stitch by Samantha Durante

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Odette's Secrets

Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Touch by Jennifer Snyder

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Hereafter (Reaper, #2)

Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

My Imaginary Ex

My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Manga/Graphic Novels Read in February

Future Diary Volume 7

Future Diary Vol.7 by Sakae Esuno

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Future Diary Volume 8

Future Diary Vol.8 by Sakae Esuno

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux

Itazura Na Kiss, Volume 1 (Itazura Na Kiss, #1)

Itazura na Kiss Vol.1 by Kaoru Tada

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Pet Shop of Horrors, Volume 01

Petshop of Horrors Vol.1 by Akino Matsuri

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Nineteen, Twenty-One by Han Yu, Hye Jin Kim (Illustrator), Na Che (Illustrator)

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Chihayafuru, Vol. 1 (Chihayafuru, #1)

Chihayafuru Vol.1 by Yuki Suetsugu

Pandora Hearts, #12

Pandora Hearts Vol.12 by Jun Mochizuki

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

#08 a Match Made in Heaven

#08 A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins, Nu Studio Xian (Illustrations)

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Pandora Hearts, Vol. 13

Pandora Hearts Vol.13 by Jun Mochizuki

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Short Stories Read in February

Choice (Reaper, #1.5)

Choice by Jennifer Snyder

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

All Summer in a Day

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Reviews

Book Reviews:

My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder

Odette’s Secrets¬†by Maryann MacDonald

Stitch by Samantha Durante

Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra

And All The Stars by Andrea K. Höst

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Manga/Graphic Novel Reviews:

Future Diary Vol.3 by Sakae Esuno

 Magi Madoka Magica Vol.2 by The Magica Quartet, Hanokage(illustrator)

 Itazura Na Kiss Vol.1 by Kaoru Tada

Magi Madoka Magica Vol.3 by The Magica Quartet, Hanokage(illustrator)

Nineteen, Twenty-One by Hye Jin Kim (Art), Na Che (Art), Han Yu (Story)

Chihayafuru Vol. 1 by Yuki Suetsugu

The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux

Short Story Reviews:

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Thank you, friends for being awesome!

My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra: review

My Imaginary ExMy Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Age Group: New Adult/Young Adult

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit

Publisher: Summit Media

Release Date: 2009

Synopsis:¬†Here’s what happens when you play pretend.

When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he‚Äôs getting married‚ÄĒto someone she’d just met once! All of a sudden, things aren‚Äôt so clear-cut anymore. Can Jasmine sort out her feelings (sometimes, she can’t even tell real from pretend when it comes to her and Zack) before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

I am a very girly person and I love fun, cute love stories. Love stories that are written well never fail to make me absolutely giddy. I am not afraid to admit the my girly self squees a lot when I encounter a cute story. One day I was struck with the want of a cute love story and so I picked up My Imaginary Ex. Do you know what happened when I read it? I squeeed. (Is squeeed even a word?)

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My Imaginary Ex is a fun, amusing friend-to-couple tale that is very different from the norm. When Jasmine was in college a boy named Zack asked her to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend because the girl he liked only dated boys who had dated before. After the lie was created it just kept growing and growing. Years later, people still think that Jasmine and Zack used to date each other!

One day Jasmine finds out that Zack is getting married to a Kimmy, a woman she has never met. After this happens things quickly turn complicated when two of Zack’s past ex-girlfriends* meet up with Jasmine and tell her that she must stop the marriage! Jasmine must figure out how she feels about Zack before time runs out.

I admit that¬†My Imaginary Ex¬†had a story structure that took some time to get used to for me. The story has many flashbacks that show how Jasmine and Zack’s relationship was in the past and how it got to it is in present time. When I did get used to it I found that it worked really well. I was able to find more about Jasmine and Zack which would only make me root for them as a couple even more.

The characters in¬†My Imaginary Ex¬†were fun to read about. Jasmine is a bit dense but she is a nice character to read about overall. I could tell that Lena and Marjorie really cared about Zack even though they were driven to break up with him in the past. It is not everyday one gets to read a love story where the ex-girlfriends do the matchmaking! Zack is the kind a of guy who is afraid to confess to the one he loves in fear of ruining the friendship between them. He doesn’t let people know much about himself but he is still sweet. He did have a interesting way of getting his crush Lena to date him in college ūüėõ

I love stories where friends turn into a couple so Jasmine and Zack’s relationship worked well for me. I know this sounds really cheesy but I do want the love of my life to be friends with me first before we start dating so I guess that was probably why I liked this story so much.

My Imaginary Ex was a fun, short book to romp through and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is in search for a cute story. This book fulfilled my girly want for a love story. At first, I was afraid to read this book because I knew that I would compare it to Fairy Tale Fail which was by the same author. Thankfully, this book was still good. (Fairy Tale Fail is still better, though!)

Now if you need me I will be browsing through the store in search of Love Your Frenemies¬†which tells Kimmy’s side of the story!

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Waiting On Wednesday(8)

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Waiting On Wednesday is hosted at Breaking The Spine. Please join in one the fun!

It has been about a month since my last Waiting on Wednesday but with all the exciting 2013 releases coming out I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun again! ¬†This years seems like it will be a really good year for the Young Adult genre ūüôā I will try to list books that people might not know about but there will be some books that are being waited on by many.

I Am Waiting For…

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Expected Publication Date: March 26th 2013

Publisher:¬†St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis: There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Why I Need This Book: If You Find Me seems like such an interesting book. The premise just promises a deep, emotional read that will stir your heart! And there have also been some very, very convincing review ;P

Nantucket BlueNantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Expected Publication Date: May 7th 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Synopsis: For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it‚Äôs the things Cricket hadn‚Äôt counted on–most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits–that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

Why I Need This Book: I like books that are about friendships and Nantucket Blue seems like one of those books! The romance in this books also seems promising.

One Plus One Equals BlueOne Plus One Equals Blue by N.J. Auch

Expected Publication Date: April 30th 2013

Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Synopsis:¬†Twelve year-old Basil knows he‚Äôs special‚ÄĒhe‚Äôs been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie‚Äôs pushiness, but after Basil‚Äôs estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down . . . and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again.

Once again, MJ Auch has written a thoughtful coming-of-age novel that explores friendship, family, and fitting in.

Why I Need This Book:¬†Is it bad to say that I wanted this book because of the cover at first? Awhile this book does have a super interesting premise I can’t get this artsy cover out of my mind! And this is a Middle Grade book if you would like to know ūüôā

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg: review

Revenge of the Girl with the Great PersonalityRevenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

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My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance, Realistic

Publisher: Point

Release Date: March 1st 2013

Synopsis: A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.

Don’t mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.

My Thoughts:

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is one of those books that one will be able to romp through in a very short amount of time. This book is fun, interesting, cute, but it can also be quite emotional at times. Sure, there are some clichés but the book is still a fun read. Comparing this book to a good pile of sweet candy would be pretty accurate. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is sweet and made me want to devour it as fast as possible.

And no, I didn’t eat a whole bag of candy awhile reading this book.¬†Okay, maybe a little bag of candy.

This is the story about the girl with the Great Personality. She doesn’t go on dates or gets invited to parties. She isn’t gorgeous either. She is only that girl with the Great Personality. She is almost always inferior to her other classmates as she doesn’t stand out much and she is always being compared to her bratty, beauty-queen little sister and taken for granted by her mother. The reader gets to see this girl who loathes being the girl with the Great Personality grow into a fine, strong young woman who knows that in fact, it is a good thing to have a Great Personality and proudly holds the label.

The things that I liked:

*The opening chapter. The book starts off with Lexi applying butt glue to her sister. How can that not interest you?

*Lexi is a well written character that I couldn’t get enough of. She is a determined, fun, and hardworking character that was absolutely refreshing to read about. Her voice is witty and kept me reading until the last page. Her development was also very nice.

*The novel was able to evoke a lot of emotion within me. Whether it was excitement, happiness, sadness, or outrage.

*Lexi’s sister Mackenzie also gets some character development. At first, she is very bratty and selfish but we start getting glimpses of how she feels about the pageants and the reader is able to sympathise with her.

*The fun. There was a lot of fun parts in this novel and I enjoyed them when they came ūüôā

*The positive message. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality contains a very positive message: beauty is not what make who you are it is the personality that does.

Thing that were okay:

*The love interest. Taylor and Logan were okay but not that great. They both fell a little flat.

*Lexi’s parents. I wished that there was something that could have me feel at least¬†some¬†sympathy for them. Unfortunately, the only thing we see in this book is how careless, stupid, and selfish they are.

*Lexi’s friends. They felt very cookie-cutter to me. They did support Lexi and helped her when she needed it but I didn’t find any depth to them. Benny seemed like a comic relief and I am getting tired of homosexual characters being used as such. And Cam just didn’t have much page time.

Things that I disliked:

*The ending didn’t satisfy me. The reader doesn’t get to see what happens to Lexi and her family. It felt as if there should have been at least two more chapters to give the reader some closure.

Overall…

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality is very well worth the read. It is poignant, fun, and contains a well written main character that will win you over. I enjoyed reading this novel immensely and I am sure many others will!

An advanced copy was provided in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.

Filling The Bookcase(6)

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Filling The Bookcase is pretty much Stacking The Shelves or Mailbox Monday but with a different name. Please visit both of the host and join in on the fun!

The books I ordered online were finally delivered to me last week! I did a happy dance when I found the package on my doorstep! I also went a little crazy on Netgalley ūüėõ

Additions to the Bookcase:

MidwinterbloodSpice & Wolf, Book 1Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1)

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick- I was absolutely wooed by the premise of this novel and I am very excited to read it! And the cover is very intriguing.

Spice & Wolf Vol.1¬†by Isuna¬†Hasekura-¬†Spice and Wolf¬†is one of my favorite anime and Holo is my favorite female anime character. I am hoping that she will become one of my favorite female book characters ūüôā

Angel’s Ink¬†by Jocelyn Drake- I won this when I participated in the ARCycycling giveaway. The premise is very interesting. (Magical tattoos? Sign me up!)

Pandora Hearts, #12Pandora Hearts, Vol. 13

Pandora Hearts Vol. 12 by Jun Mochizuki

Pandora Hearts Vol. 13 by Jun Mochizuki

It had been a long time since I had read a volume of my beloved PH so I ordered volumes 12 and 13 online. I read them and loved them both very much!

Additions to the Ebookcase

My Imaginary ExSins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1)Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1)

My Imaginary Ex¬†by Mina V. Esguerra- Hello Esguerra! It seems that we finally get to meet again! ūüėõ

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle- I gave into the hype and bought this book when I realized how cheap it was.

Darkhouse by Karina Halle- I also might have downloaded another book by Halle when I realized that it was free.

The ProphecyThe Pope's Stone

The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan- Love, love, love the premise!

The Pope’s Stone¬†by Marc Kuhn- This was dearly recommended to me by the lovely Monica from Impressions of a Princess! I am in the mood to read some historical fiction so I am excited to read this ūüôā

Netgalley

Odette's SecretsLegaseaPermanent Record

Odette’s Secrets¬†by Maryann Macdonald- I was so happy when I got accepted to read this book! And I was super happy when I read and loved the book!

Legasea by Krystalyn Drown- Look at that cover! It is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! Add to that a mysterious premise and you have me clicking the request button as fast as I can.

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella- This is a mystery book that also touches upon the topic of bullying. Need I say more?

Revenge of the Girl with the Great PersonalityA Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1)The Summer Prince

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality¬†by Elizabeth Eulberg- Long title…we meet again. I was kind of iffy about this book at first but a certain review convinced me.

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Bassa- It has been a long, long time since I have read a book about angels so when I saw this I took it as a sign!

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson- The cover and premise are both beautiful and vibrant.

A Corner of White#08 a Match Made in Heaven

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty- I have read a sample of this book and it is very whimsical. I love it!

#8 A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins, Nu Studio Xian (Illustrations)- This book was so fun to read that I read it in an hour!

Bad Machinery Volume 1: The Case of the Team Spirit

Bad Machinery¬†by John Allison- This seems really cute and funny. Plus, the art looks very cute ūüėõ

All Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury: review

All Summer in a DayAll Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury

Short Story

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Age Group: All Ages

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis:¬†Margot is a nine year old girl whose family moved from Earth to Venus when she was four. She remembers the sun shining on Earth ‚Äď something that it rarely does on Venus. All of the rain and cloud cover on her new planet are affecting her emotions, but her chance to see the sun once again is quickly approaching. The story takes place on the one day when the rain will stop and the sun will shine for a couple of hours. All of the children in Margot‚Äôs class are eagerly awaiting their first glimpse of the sun, but when the teacher leaves for a few minutes they decide to pull a very mean prank on Margot.

My Thoughts: It amazes me how Bradbury is able to convey such a great amount of emotion in such a short amount of pages. All Summer in a Day moved me greatly when I read it.

The atmosphere of the story was something that just gripped my heart. This short story felt dark and dreary. It made me feel sadness deep within my heart. The time and setting only added to the atmosphere.

I felt so sad for Margot. She lives on the planet where the sun rarely comes out. It has been a long time since she has seen the sun. She does remember it though, from the time she still living on Earth. She yearns for the feel of warmth that the sun delivers.

I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour.

On the day the sun is expected to finally come out for a short time, Margot’s classmates play a prank on her. They think it is funny since they don’t understand how she feels. And then they do later. But it is to late.

I will never forget this short story. I wished it were longer but I do know that this short story is perfect as it is. I think All Summer in a Day should be read by everybody. You can read this short story for free here.

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher: review

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Realistic

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: May 7th 2013

Synopsis: First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it‚ÄĒin Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie‚Äôs reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend‚Äôs boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn‚Äôt letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie‚Äôs diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn‚Äôt deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie‚Äôs tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High‚ÄĒand she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie‚Äôs quest for the truth behind Lizzie‚Äôs suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for‚ÄĒeven when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

My thoughts:¬†I had a hard time deciding what I thought about this book. I could tell that Pitcher had good intentions when writing this book but I think that¬†The S-Word¬†could have been so much better if it was put into the hands of an experienced writer. I am not saying that¬†The S-Word¬†isn’t an enjoyable book. I actually blew through this book in a fairly quick amount of time. I just feel like this book could have been oh so much more than just enjoyable.

The Story

Lizzie’s reputations is ruined when she is caught in the same bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Everyone at school is against her and even Angie is to heartbroken to speak to her. People start bullying her, covering her locker with the word SLUT. Finally, the hurt becomes too much and Lizzie commits suicide. But only one week after Lizzie’s death, somebody replaces SLUT with SUICIDE SLUT and starts leaving pages of Lizzie’s diary start appearing in the school. Angie decides to capture the culprit and avenge Lizzie but will her hate and grief cause her own self-destruction?

The Characters

Angie’s character reminded me of Chelsea Knot from¬†Speechless¬†by Hannah Harrington. But even so, I didn’t feel the same connection with Angie as I did with Chelsea. Angie didn’t seem to show any outward emotion over Lizzie’s death. Her narration lacked emotion. I was only told that she was filled with grief but I was never really shown it. I felt indifferent to Angie throughout the entire book. And sometimes her character just seemed a little…off. The side characters were a little better than Angie the main character of the story. I felt that they had more depth. Jesse is a cross-dresser and is known to be gay. He had a certain wit to him and he really cared for the people he cared about. I liked that about him. Kennedy starts out as one of those mean girl characters but when something terrible about her revealed she into a little more than that. I also liked how some of the past bullies redeemed themselves in some parts of the novel. There are many more side characters that I could talk about as this story had a fairly large number of characters but these were the ones that stuck with me the most

The Mystery

The mystery in The S-Word was the best part for me! Pitcher skillfully reveals clues in just the right moments, keeping me from becoming impatient but not making me feel like the information was being revealed to quickly. The mystery is very unpredictable with twist and turns. And when the big reveal finally came I was rendered speechless.

The Unreliable Narrator

Angie is a very¬†unreliable narrator. She lies to herself but you don’t know what she is lying about. I thought this was a nice touch.

The Sadness

Heed my warning:¬†The S-Word¬†has some incredibly sad moments. Some of the bullies in this book are so cruel that I just wanted to throw something–I settled for my pillow. Sometimes they were so cruel that tears were rushing from my eyes. I recommend you to prepare a box of tissues when reading this book.

The Topics

The S-Word addresses many different touchy topics. Bullying, suicide, child molestation, rape, revenge, homosexuality, and cross-dressing to name a few. Sometimes I felt that some of these topics were just shoved in. I believe that The S-Word would have been much better if it just focused on one or maybe two of these kind of topics not as many as this.

The Writing

Now. This was the area that¬†The S-Word¬†was really lacking in. I didn’t think that Pitcher was very eloquent with her words. Some passages were so incredibly awkward and shaky that my mind was kicked right out of the story. The dialogue felt forced often. Though I will say that one of the last paragraphs to this story really struck a chord with me.

“‘I love you forever.’ The daisies rustle like they’re reaching out for me. I touch the petals with my fingers. I feel this electricity go through me, this warmth that is both outside and in. One of the petals breaks away in my hand.”-Quote pulled from an advanced copy.

This passage is certainly not one of the best pieces of writing in the world but I felt an emotion that was mixed with sadness and hope when I read this.

Do I Recommend?

Certainly not the best book that touches upon this topic but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. I have come to realize that most of the people either love this book or are don’t like it. So give this book a try! I would recommend this book to a person who just want a good mystery at the moment but I will warn them not to expect much of anything else except for a lot of sad scenes that will make your heart feel like it is bleeding.

*An advanced copy was provided in return for a honest review.

The Prophecy Book Blitz: interview + excerpt + giveaway

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‚ÄúThe cards tell me of the children of the stars.‚Ä̬†<—That sentence made me want¬†The Prohecy¬†so badly that I just went ahead and bought the ebook. There is also the fact that the cover is super pretty. Really, guys, this book sounds amazing! I am very excited to dive in and read it ūüôā

Buy The Prophecy

‚ÄúThe cards tell me of the children of the stars.‚ÄĚ

Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.

In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves – and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.

Interview

 Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?


No. I wanted to be an actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider first. Funny thing is, in fourth grade I wrote my first ‚Äėbook‚Äô. It was about horses. Although, the equestrian dream has fizzled over the years, I do think my love of acting helps greatly in developing and feeling out the characters I write.

What authors inspire you?

As far as authors go, I love Cassandra Claire’s flare for characterization and storytelling. Although, I didn’t start reading her work until after my first book, Caged Moon, was into the editing phase. My original inspiration stemmed mostly from Maggie Steivater’s Shiver, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. Julie Kagawa, and her Iron Fey Series are definitely a favorite of mine now.

Is your family supportive of your writing?

Yes, once my parents realized the seriousness of my writing, they became some of my most forefront advocates. My boys two little boys are also probably my best cheer squad.

Does your characters talk to you when you’re writing?

All the time. They never shut up and sometimes we even argue when they want to go in a direction that I hadn‚Äôt planned. The happened numerous times over the course of writing, The Prophecy.¬† They told me to throw out my book outline numerous times. I finally gave up on that. ūüėČ

Do you like it quiet or do you need noise when you write?

It honestly depends on my mood.¬† Sometimes it‚Äôs hard for me to focus with music on, because I end up listening to it instead of zoning in on the writing, but sometimes it helps set the mood if I can put into the ‚Äėbackground‚Äô and focus. It can aid the emotional mood of a scene. If I do have music on, it‚Äôs usually non-vocal thematic music from movies.

Are you currently writing anything?

Yes! The Prophecy is the first book of a series. There is a book two in the works. I’m also finishing up Book two to my Caged Moon Series, which will be out shortly. Right now, we’re looking at an early April release date.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy, but when I do find time to myself, I always enjoy watching a good movie/tv show. I’m hooked on The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. I also love reading, and have recently taken up Zumba.

Excerpt

Trees swept by Devin as he ran. Their gangly tendrils grasped at his clothes, tearing scratches at his skin. He almost welcomed it. The ache to have physical contact with something, anything, burned as a residual longing deep inside of him, but that was what the men wanted. They knew his touch would kill, and he would not fall to that level.

It hurt, knowing he had to always stay away, but he refused to care. No one gave a crap about him anyway. The abuse and torture from Lament and his crew proved that was true, but they would not break him.

He would not become their weapon. They could go to hell.

The sound of footsteps moved behind him, and he quickened his pace, scrambling as best he could through the darkened branches. Sweat broke across his brow, and his lungs heaved for air. Even in the cool, night breeze, the gray tee shirt he wore clung to his chest, hot and damp. It had seemed like hours since he had broken free of Lament’s hell-hole prison of a lab, and he had no idea where he was headed. All he knew was that he had to run. He couldn’t live like that. He would not become a monster.

If only he could find a way to blend in and hide amongst the canopy of darkness, perhaps the idiots would pass him by unseen. Maybe he could be free.

He couldn’t go back. He would rather die.

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