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Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrate #MockingjayPart1 with a #Giveaway! (aka Early Christmas Gift)

I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie last Friday night with my aunt and it was amazing! I've never been too keen to watch book-to-movie adaptations because I'm always worried it'll come out so horribly different from the book. So I thank the god of movie adaptations because Mockingjay was filmed beautifully. It is only now that I appreciate the need to split the last book into two movies, because two hours is never enough to contain that much action and story. (Actually, two movies is not enough but what can we do?) 

So to celebrate Mockingjay Part 1's huge success in my own little blogger way, I'm going to give one lucky follower a paperback copy of one of the book-to-movie adaptations I've watched this year. I've only seen three (see? not too keen.) so you have limited choices but these books are really good and awesome, as are their movie adaptations. ^__^









Actual covers may vary.

Giveaway

One winner will get to choose between If I Stay, Mockingjay or The Fault in Our Stars.
Open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. (Check it here.)
Ends on December 29th
Entrants below 18 years old should have their parent's/guardian's permission to enter.
Entries will be verified so NO CHEATING! ^__^





Enter the giveaway here if the rafflecopter form doesn't load.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Julie


P.S. If you haven't watched Mockingjay Part 1 yet, here's something to convince you to buy your tickets now!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

[REVIEW] Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me

Author: Romily Bernard
Series: Book 1, Find Me series
Genre: YA Mystery, Contemporary
Published: September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
Fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy will just love this creepy and alluring teen thriller. Complete with action, techie intrigue, a horrifying mystery, and a blossoming romance full of sparks, Find Me is an exhilarating debut.

When teen hacker and foster child Wick Tate finds a dead classmate's diary on her front step, with ma note reading "Find me," she sets off on a perverse game of hide-and-seek to catch the killer. But things get even more personal as Wick's deadbeat dad returns and the killer points to Wick's sister Lily as the next target.

With the help of oh-so-cute hacker-boy-next-door Griff, can Wick find her tormentor and save her sister?

Find Me won a 2012 Golden Heart Award and placed first in the 2011 YA Unpublished Maggie Awards (given by Georgia Romance Writers).


Rating


My Thoughts

Teen hacker Wick Tate has more than enough to worry about. Her father is on the run from the police, a cop stops by the front of her house at night, and she doesn't know how long the life she and her sister have now will last. So when she finds her classmate Tessa's diary on her doorstep and learns that Tessa committed suicide, Wick didn't know what to do. Until she tracks who sent her the diary and discovers that she and her sister might be in danger.

Find Me has an interesting premise and I've been so excited to read this book because HACKERS! Me loves good hacker movies and wants to see the action in books as well. However, Find Me fell short of my expectations.

Friday, November 21, 2014

{BOOK BLITZ: Excerpt + Giveaway} Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

Coral & Bone

Author: Tiffany Daune
Publication date: July 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.





Excerpt

"See who you are," the mermaid whispered. 

Halen's eyes clouded over and when the smoke cleared she found herself standing in an open field. She was dressed in a cotton dress which fell around her ankles. Soft grass tickled her toes. She took a step forward and a flower sprung from the ground beside her. She leaned down to pick the red poppy. As she took another step a flower sprang up from between the blades of grass. Halen smiled. She walked a little farther and with each step a new poppy sprouted and bloomed. She ran faster and the field blossomed under her feet, and when she waved her hand, the entire valley filled with red poppies. She inhaled their sweet scent and when she exhaled, the birds glided in the breeze of her breath through an endless blue sky.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Reviewer Wanted!

Hello, everyone! I'm currently looking for guest reviewers here on the blog who can or want to contribute a book review or two. See, I'm having a hard time juggling school and blogging these days so your help will be really and truly appreciated.

So if you want to be a guest reviewer here, just shoot me an email at booksandinsomnia(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll work out the details. Don't worry, you'll be properly credited for your posts.

Thanks!

Julie


Monday, November 17, 2014

{COVER REVEAL} Surfacing by Kristin Halbrook

Today is the cover reveal for Surfacing by Kristin Halbrook. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Surfacing

by Kristin Halbrook
Genre: Mystery 
Age category: New Adult 
Release Date: December 10, 2014
Blurb:
Katie Sawyer has spent the past three and a half years cultivating the perfect UCLA experience. She has the perfect boyfriend: a football star. She has the perfect social life: she's President of Delta Gamma. But her perfect best friend, Chelsea, just drowned. Worse, the body tumbled out of the closet in Professor Griffin's chem lab.

Katie's fairy-tale fa├žade hides a past she would like to forget, but Chelsea's death brings every old emotion to the surface. If she's going to move on from her hurts, Katie has to pull her not-so-perfect self together and search out the identity of Chelsea’s killer, even if it means turning to Josh Hunter for help. It's not easy. Josh infuriates her. Once upon a time, they were next door neighbors and best friends. They were confidants. They were even teenagers fumbling and exploring each other in the dark. He knew everything about her. He owned her heart. That was before things changed.

Now, secrets are surfacing. Chelsea was seeing someone. And she was pregnant when she died. Katie must come to terms with Chelsea’s other life…and face the fact that she has some secrets of her own. Even if it means letting the past--and Josh Hunter--back into her life.

A college Clueless meets Veronica Mars, Kristin Halbrook's new adult mystery is full of sexy romance and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
 The cover:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

[REVIEW] I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You The Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Published: September 16th 2014 by Dial Books
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.


Rating

My Thoughts

Heartwarming. Mind-numbing. Jaw-dropping. This book is perfection! I wanted to devour it and savor it at the same time while reading it. I'll Give You The Sun is a new favorite.

The writing is so alive and vivid. I love love love the prose! It's actually my favorite aspect of the book. I love the poetic quality to it, the way it successfully conveyed the emotions of the characters, the way it also invoked emotions from me as a reader. Reading this book is an emotional journey for me, as it touched and moved me in more ways than one. This is one beautifully written story.

And don't get me started on the characters! They were absofreakinglutely amazing! Noah and Jude and Oscar and Guillermo and Brian were all far from perfect but I love them to bits, flaws and all. Even the twin's parents were quite interesting. It seems like every character in this book should not be taken at face value, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that everyone has layers and layers of stories and secrets within them that add color and depth to each character. One thing is sure, though: Jandy Nelson creates characters that are so alive, real and relatable.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday [#11]: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. My WoW pick today is:

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West
Release Date: May 7th 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
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Why I'm Waiting On It

That cover! I love it, so contemporary. And I've been hearing good things about Kasie West's writing so I'm really looking forward to read this one. In the meantime, I'm trying to find copies of her other books in my local bookstores. ^__^

What book are YOU excited for? Comment away! :)

Julie

Monday, November 10, 2014

[REVIEW] Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller
Published: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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Don't spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.


It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?


Rating

My Thoughts

I read Ten last Halloween and I must say it's perfect for the season. It's a creepy and chilling novel and will keep you on the edge of your seats.

I really liked the pacing and flow of the story. It's fast and consistent. The characters were also well-characterized. I liked the distinction between each character. They're all unique and have distinct personalities. It was a riot to have the ten of them in one house. I was just confused at first with all their names and who was who, since the story was told from a third person limited POV, but it's fairly easy to keep track of them once you get to know them. Meg, as the main character, is a strong heroine. It wasn't hard to like a character who prioritizes friendship over boys, even when things got too much. But beyond that martyrdom, Meg knows how to stand up for herself and for others when the situation calls for it.

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