Wednesday, May 08, 2013

W.W.W. Wednesdays (44)

W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play simply answer the questions below:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. It is the second book in her spin-off series VA series, Bloodlines. So far I am enjoying it. It is interesting getting to know Sydney's character even better as well as the development of Jill, Eddie, Adrian and Angeline. Of course, I think I would love anything that was written by the brilliant Richelle Mead, who happens to be my favorite YA author (even adult author) at the present time. I will be ordering The Indigo Spell (the 3rd book in the series) pretty soon, seeing how The Fiery Heart (the 4th book) will be coming out shortly in November. I can't wait to see where else this series has to take me.

I haven't currently finished any book. I just got back from a hiatus from reading. Due to a move and some family problems that popped up, I was unable to read like I had been. However, I am now back on a schedule to were my reading can once again be accomplished. Which is a good thing seeing as how I have 30+ books waiting for me to read them.

What do you think you'll read next?
Next, I am going to be reading Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter. It is the 4th book in the Shadow Falls series. One of my favorite series. An interesting fact (that I didn't think about until just currently) is that I actually just moved RIGHT outside of the place that this book takes place... Spring, Texas. I am less then a 20 minute drive from it. To think that vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, faeries... and other such beings live so very close to me... LOL. One day I will have to take a drive out there and see how it is. I look forward to reading this book. I was actually sent Chosen at Nightfall the 5th and final book in this series by St. Martin's Griffin themselves. An ARC copy of it. I am so incredibly honored by them that they would give me the chance to read it early. I am kinda bummed to see this series coming to an end as well though. However, I am sure the clever mind of Ms. Hunter will be coming out with another series to capture my fascination with soon enough. 

What about all of you? What book(s) are you currently reading? What book(s) did you recently finish reading? What book(s) are you going to read next?

Comment below and be sure to leave me the links to your blogs so that I can go and check out your posts as well.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (21)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they will post a 'Top Ten List' for them and bloggers alike to answer and it's always a different list question to answer.

There is some music below for your enjoyment.

This week's Top Ten to answer is:

 to read when you need something light and fun

I have a few different books that I light to read when I just need something light and funny. Below is a list of some of the ones I have enjoyed most... (In no particular order)

1. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade:
This one was a fun enjoyable read. I actually enjoyed it a lot more then I was expecting to. It was sweet to see to completely different people coming together to understand one another and help each other out. As well as seeing (or reading in my case, lol) a romance blossoming between them. I have the next book in the series that I still need to get to. I look forward to reading it and seeing where Ms. Kade takes this sweet book.

2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Okay, so I know that this book doesn't have the best reputation. And I have read a lot of negative reviews on it. But for myself, I rather liked it. Just like the one above, I have the next book in the series that I have yet to get to, but I look forward to reading eventually. Team David all the way.

3. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
LOL!! This book follows the same as the two above. It was a sweet enjoyable book, light and fluffy. One that I enjoyed more then I was expecting. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

4. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Granted this book would be considered a lot more serious then the three above it. I still find this one to be a really relaxing read for me. It's a book whose main character I can associate with and understand on a very personal degree, because a lot of the things that she goes through in this book I have experienced myself. I haven't gotten to any of Ms. Kenneally's other books based in this same universe but I look forward to reading them as well one day.

5. Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
This one has a LOT more action and mayhem then the four above it. But it is just such a FUN read. As well as it's sequels. Ms. Koch is definitely my favorite author when it comes to right humorous books. Her writing style is ingenious when it comes to wittiness. If you are looking for a great laugh while still reading something with a ton of action, this series would definitely be my first suggestion for you.

>.> mmmm... Well it seems like once again I won't be able to complete a full list for you all. Making this list has made me realize that I don't really read many "light and fun" books. Most of the books I read have a lot of heavy elements to them. Maybe because each one teaches me something different so I don't mind the heavy elements that much.

What about all of you? What books do you read when you just need something light and fun? Be sure to leave your links below so that I can check out all of your lists.

Girl on Fire by the lovely Alicia Keys.
I've had this one stuck in my head for a few days.
Domo Arigato for visiting my blog.


Teaser Tuesdays (44)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



My teaser this week is...
"A brief moment of peace in the midst of his dark despair. That was what I had wanted, and that was what I had gotten. Was it worth it? I rubbed my fingertips together, still feeling that warmth.

Yes, I decided. Yes, it was worth it."
~Pg. 159, The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead



Sunday, May 05, 2013

a LONG 2 Months. Sorry I have been away!!



I am terribly sorry to all of my followers, friends, fellow bloggers, publishers and authors. I have been really bad with the up keep of The Anfractuous Bookaholic over the last few months. I had a death in the family that was really hard on myself as well as a lot of my family. Along with this my job schedule became really hectic and I was still dealing with moving to a different state. All in all it is fair to say that my life over the past 2 months has not been a lot of fun.

And unfortunately because of these events, my blog has suffered terribly. I haven't been able to post anything at all. Heck I haven't even read a single book in the past 2 months. I have over 30 books waiting on me to read them and I just found out today that I had more then 2 ARC Copies that were being held at my apartment complexes office and they never deemed it necessary to tell me that I have had packages waiting for me for an extended period of time.

However, I am going to make a promise, that from this point on The Anfractuous Bookaholic will be starting to pick herself back up and getting back into the run of things. We will start to follow and do our memes again, as well as post up reviews as I finish books (now that I am available to read again).

While I know this post can only do so much, I hope that you will all forgive my lapse these past 2 months. Running this blog is something that I have always greatly enjoyed doing and have been able to meet a ton of great people in the process. I look forward to running it again and winning back the trust of my followers. You all mean something very special to me.

I greatly look forward to the rest of this year and bringing you all great reviews and memes. I hope you are all doing well and have a very wonderful Week to come.

Sincerely,

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Phoebe Pope Blog Tour: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four Book Review + An Author Interview


HI LOVELIES!!!! I am so excited to be one of the stop's for the Blog Tour of Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by the lovely Nya Jade. This Blog Tour is being hosted by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours. Today I have the great pleasure to bring you not only my review for Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four but also an amazing Author Interview with Nya. Enough with my ramblings go check out the awesomeness below.




Author: Nya Jade
Publisher: Dreamewell Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Page Count: 335
Source: Copy from Nya
Read Between: February 18 - February 20, 2013
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / 

The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself - and her secret power - to get to the truth and to stay alive.

Review:

A school a shape-shifting spies that lurk under a seemingly normal school... Oh yea, I needed to read this one as soon as I heard about it. So I quickly signed up to join the Blog Tour for it. And I am thoroughly satisfied that I did.

I enjoyed all the characters in this read. Phoebe was an interesting lead character and I don't think I ever once found myself annoyed by her, which is hard because most lead characters usually annoy me some how. I even like Colten. Their blooming relationship was okay for me, I don't really like relationships where one person is instantly attracted or only has eyes for the other person, just doesn't seem real to me. But there may be a reason behind this as well... My lips are sealed though, I won't reveal any spoilers for those who haven't read this one yet.

There were a few points in this read were I kind of got a "I am Number Four" feel. Where there are a certain amount of "special" people with powers and a group is out to kill them and they must be protected at all costs, kinda feeling. But it didn't take away or distract from the read because there is still enough difference to it that it didn't feel like a copy of that book, either.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend it to other. Nya Jade is an absolute doll and I really look forward to reading more books from her. I can't wait until a sequel for this comes out so I can read where she is going to take up next in this wonderful adventure.




Now it's time for the Author Interview:

First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Sure! Thank you so much for hosting me today! I'm grateful for this opportunity. I'm a soul/pop singer-songwriter as well as a debut author. A few years ago, I decided to take a break from my hectic music career. But after years of writing songs and performing live shows, my brain and soul needed another artistic outlet. I turned to writing. It's been fun exploring another creative side of me. In terms of something folks may not know about me....Well, I'm a great cook, but I don't enjoy cooking!

1. Have you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I've always enjoyed telling stories and I've done that through the songs I've written. When I started writing my novel, it felt like a natural extension of my creative self.

2. Do any of the characters in your book resemble people you know in your real life?
I borrowed the names of people I know, but I don't think the characters resemble any of them.

3. Do you work from an outline, or just sit down and write?
I didn't use an outline for Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four. I had a general idea of where I wanted the story to go, but it took awhile to get into the groove. Even though I have an outline for the next installment, I'm discovering that I'm more of a “sit-and-write” kinda gal.

4. Who has been your easiest character to write about? Your hardest?
Phoebe was the easiest character to write because I share a few of her personality traits. Colten was harder. I had to find a way to make him relatable even though he's a major movie star.

5. Is there anything in particular that you would like to say to your readers?
You all rock!
I have a great appreciation for all of my readers. I really do. Everyone has shown me such kindness and enthusiasm and I'm humbled by it. There's a link at the end of Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four that will take readers to where they can download free mp3s from my album, The Road To Adam. It's my small way of saying thank you.

What is your favorite:

Pepsi or Coke?
Coke

Dog or Cat?
Cat

California or New York?
California
 
Hot Dog or Burrito?
Burrito

Just for fun:

How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?
Depends. Lazy Wood Chuck or active one? Ha! A Wood Chuck would chuck as much Wood as a Wood Chuck could if a Wood Chuck could chuck wood.



Nya is a soul/pop singer-songwriter as well as a debut author. A few years ago, she decided to take a break from her hectic music career. But after years of writing songs and performing live shows, her brain and soul needed another artistic outlet. She turned to writing. It's been fun exploring another creative side of herself.


@TheNyaJade

Thank you all for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a ton of fun on this Blog Tour. Thank you once again to the amazing Nya Jade for the copy of Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four as well as taking the time to give us this amazing Author Interview. Take care my Lovelies. <3 XOXOXOXO

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pieces Blog Tour: Author Interview & 2 Book Reviews


HI EVERYONE!!!! I am so excited to be one of the stop's for the Blog Tour of Pieces by the very lovely Michelle Davidson Argyle. This Blog Tour is being hosted by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours. Today I have the great pleasure to bring you not only my review for Pieces & The Breakaway but also an amazing Author Interview with Michelle. Enough with my ramblings go check out the awesomeness below.




Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Page Count: 284
Source: ARC from Michelle
Read Between: February 15 - February 16, 2013
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

Staying in love can mean running away...

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her...until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie-in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Review:

This was an interesting read for me, yet at the same time I wasn't able to get into it as much as I was hoping I would be able to.

I think the reason I couldn't get into this book as much as I was hoping was for the same reason I couldn't get that much into The Breakaway. Naomi's character is very weak. She doesn't have much of a back bone for herself. She let's other's walk over her and make decisions for herself and she is very indecisive. All of these things together have a tendency to really REALLY annoy me. But despite Naomi there were pieces of this book that I did enjoy.

Like Finn. He was really patient with Naomi. He understood that there are just some things that you can't talk about. He has his own secrets, albeit not as life altering as Naomi's. I thought they were really adorable together, even though I went into this book completely supporting Naomi and Jesse. I have an issue with thinking you should ALWAYS wait for the one you love, no matter how long you are waiting.

She loves Jesse. So how can she possibly find a guy who could get her over him right as he gets out of prison? Jesse obviously loves Naomi as well. I mean after what he did in The Breakaway (letting her go) and then thinking of her and still caring about her after being in prison. That is love.

I won't say what happens because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't read the book, but while I had my issues with this series, I would still recommend it to others. This is truly a book about learning how to let go and move on. About how hard becoming a responsible adult is... about figuring out what you truly need in life and what you only think you need. It's heart wrenching at times, after all... growing up is hard.





Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release Date: May 01, 2012
Page Count: 303
Source: ARC from Michelle
Read Between: February 13 - February 15, 2013
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.

Review:

I was thinking I was going to love this book a little more. But there was a lot about it that just didn't grab my attention.

I enjoyed how Ms. Argyle created the connection between Naomi and Jesse (that was forced on Naomi's part at first) that slowly grew into true love. Naomi was trying to get away, but actually falling for the guy hadn't been figured into her plan. But what really got in my way of enjoying what Ms. Argyle was beautifully writing about was Naomi's truly weak characters. Like I mentioned in the review above, Naomi just isn't the strongest of characters. So reading a book, let along two that are from her perspective was nearly torturous for me.

I love Ms. Argyle's writing style I just wish that she would have given Naomi a bigger back bone. She has been kidnapped for crying out loud and she barely tries at all to get away. She lives with these people for a heck of a long time. And when she does finally get away, it's because she is practically let go by somebody that has fallen in love with her. She leads poor Jesse to his disaster (not I support what he was doing, but life leads us all down some rough choices). 

I don't want to say to much a ruin either book for those of you who haven't read them, but while it was hard for me to get into them (because of Naomi's characters and the fact that I think I am growing a bit tired of YA literature right now), I would still recommend both of these books to people. They can both be stand alones but I definitely suggest you read one after the other that way you have the background info going into the second book. It will definitely give you a more intensive roller coaster ride.

Ms. Argyle I love your writing style, thank you for both of these beautiful books.




Now it's time for the Author Interview:

First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have really weird food tastes. They aren’t weird to me, of course, but everyone else seems to think so! For instance, I’m happy as a clam eating liver and onions, but I won’t touch a carton of yogurt. I even have a hard time putting it in the cart at the grocery store (because hubby and my daughter eat it, blech!). One of my favorite foods is a tomato and peanut butter sandwich (I know, I know), as well as sashimi (raw fish), and any Asian food. You name it, I probably love it. But I won’t eat jam or jelly or any desserts with fruit in them, except apple pie. I have no idea why my tastes are this odd.

1. Have you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known for a long time, yes … since I was about ten. I used to write stories and bind them together on my own, like a book. I remember reading as many books as I could, but sometimes I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I realized I have to write the books I can’t find.

2. What has been the singularly hardest thing for you to write about thus far in your career?
I think my fairy-tale novella collection, Bonded, has been the hardest thing for me to write. It included a lot of world building, which I’d never done before. I enjoyed writing fantasy, but I think I won’t be visiting it again any time soon.

3. Do you work from an outline, or just sit down and write?
I definitely work from an outline, but it’s very loose. I’m on my ninth book now, so I’m finally getting a method down that works really well for me. Sometimes I end up re-outlining halfway through the book, so I like to keep things very fluid so I can feel an organic growth in the story instead of a forced plot.

4. Who has been your easiest character to write about? Your hardest?
I think the easiest character for me to write was Naomi in The Breakaway. In contrast, the hardest character for me to write was Naomi’s mother, Karen. She was the hardest because I’m afraid to say I see a lot of me in her, so it was difficult to face that because Karen isn’t the most likeable or admirable person ever.

5. Do you have any other books planned in the future? If so, what are they about?
Yes, I’m currently writing a novel I’m calling “the country music book” until I have a proper title for it. It’s new adult contemporary. I can’t say much more about it yet, but if you follow my blog, I do regular updates on its progress.

What is your favorite:

Pepsi or Coke?
Definitely Coke! With vanilla.

Dog or Cat?
Cat! Dogs are too dependent.

New York or California? 
California! Love the warm beaches.
 
Facebook or Twitter? 
Facebook! Twitter is just too fast for me.

Just for fun:

How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?
woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood!



Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

Thank you all for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a ton of fun on this Blog Tour. Thank you once again to the amazing Michelle Davidson Argyle for the copy of both Pieces and The Breakaway as well as taking the time to give us this amazing Author Interview. Take care Lovelies. <3 XOXOXOXO

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Follow Friday (43)

Is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This is a blog hop for bloggers to get to know other bloggers, & to help some gain more of a following and support system for their blog. It looks like it should be a lot of fun. To join in, go to the host's page and follow the steps they have posted up there. =D

Some music is provided for you at the bottom. For you enjoyment. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?

LOL... I really enjoyed Alison's answer to this question. And I must totally agree with her on some points, because it really would depend on "what I was" when I awoke in this world.

I don't know if I can really pick a favorite book, because then I would be way to jealous of the heroines and would probably find myself trying to steal their men from them, because I'm in love with them... (Insert the wicked little laugh here)

So what if I awoke to find myself a vampire. I would be hoping to heck it wasn't day light out and trying to come to terms with how I would find my next meal. If I awake as a Werewolf I would be hoping it wasn't the full moon yet that way I could mentally prepare myself for the change. If I awake as a witch, then I would start doing all kinds of crazy spells. If I awake as a faerie... well I don't really know what my first thought would be as a faerie, lol. But to awake as any kind of mythical creature would be absolutely crazy. But a fun adventure at the same time.

What would you do first if you woke up in your favorite book?

All Of Your Love - Daniel Rosa (HelloGoodbye)
I have been rooting for this guy since Season 1 of The Voice.
His voice truly moves me.
Hope you enjoy.
Domo Arigato for visiting my blog <3.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

W.W.W. Wednesdays (43)

W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play simply answer the questions below:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Below you can find some music to listen to while reading this (for you enjoyment).

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. So far it is okay. I like Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson's character and voice. She so far has been a strong female heroine. Nothing all that majorily exciting has really happened, but the suspense is definitely being set up nicely, so that you will be like... "What the heck is going on here?" I look forward to reading more and seeing where this story takes me.


What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost. This is the third book in the Night Huntress Series. I really enjoyed the first two books, but this one was just okay for me. There was nothing about it that really grabbed my attention and made me want to hang on for more. I skimmed through quit a few parts. But this could also be do to the fact that I had just finished reading Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh and I absolutely LOVED that book. I still look forward to reading more in this series and seeing where it goes, because I honestly can't imagine what else Ms. Frost can really do with this series.

What do you think you'll read next?
Next I am going to read Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I honestly have absolutely NO clue what to expect from this book. I haven't read any reviews for it and the back blurb about it is actually a little confusing. I still look forward to reading it and seeing what it has to bring me though. Keeping my fingers crossed that I enjoy it. =D





Daniel Rosa - Performing Glad You Came by The Wanted
I am such a HUGE fan of Daniel Rosa.
Ever since his first performance on The Voice.
I am rooting for you buddy. 
Get out there and so the world how great a singer you are <3<3<3<3.
Domo Arigato for visiting my blog <3.