Month: January 2015

Throne of Glass Read Along Post #2

Posted January 30, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments


Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Read Along Hosted By: Bookish Book Blog
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published: August 2, 2012 by Bloomsbury
My review will be on 2-5-15

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


DISCUSSION Q&A: (from Bookish)
1) Celaena receives help from many sources throughout the novel. Of all these character, who do you think helped her the most? What does he/she do or teach Celaena that further develops her as a character?
I would have to say either Nehemia or Elena. There were both helpful and they both influenced Celaena.

2) Who do you think is Celaena was before Arobynn found her?
This one’s tough. I really don’t know. But I wouldn’t mind knowing more about her past and what she was like.

3) Are there any aspects of Throne of Glass that you wished Sarah had gone into more detail about?
Maybe more about Celaena’s past. Maybe more into the magic that is within Celaena (I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BLUE WYRDMARK!!!)

4) What are your thoughts about the kinda love-triangle? Are you favoring Dorian, Chaol, or is it too soon to tell where you loyalty lies?
I don’t mind love triangles because I like picking teams. And the first half of the book I was all about Chaol. Now? I HAVE NO IDEA!! I want them both. I don’t know!!!! :/

5) What do you think of Nox now? Do you think he’ll come back into play later? And are you hoping for it? (Andrea’s Note: I AM!)
LOVE HIM! And I am totally hoping comes back into the story!

6) Who’s your favorite character so far? Do you imagine this could change throughout the series?
Hmm I know Celaena is my favorite. But as a second favorite I think I’m going to go with… Nehemia. I just have a huge soft spot for her and I think she’s a great friend to Celaena.

7) How surprised were you by who was behind the Champion murders? Did you guess before it was revealed?
I had a feeling not long after the first half of the book that it was either the Duke or Cain. But I still liked my idea of Dorian being the killer or hiring a hitman. But then when it got to being about the evil creatures I was glad it wasn’t Dorian.

8) What do you think of Nehemia NOW? And her friendship with Celaena?
I liked her before and I like her even more now!

9) How satisfied were you with the story as a whole? Do you plan to continue the series?
More than satisfied. Hell yes I plan to continue the series!!!

10) Do you have any predictions as to what may happen next? (If you’ve already read the next book/s, you should probably sit this question out.)
I have no idea. I don’t even know what to think. All I know is that I want more! So, I plan on reading the next installments ASAP!!!

And I don’t think this needs to be said, but just in case. If you have read Crown of Midnight or Heir of Fire, please do not spoil those books for the rest of us. Allow us to remain ignorant and experience the magic for ourselves  🙂

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Book Blitz: State of Alliance (+ Giveaway)

Posted January 30, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: State of Alliance
Author: Summer Lane
Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance

Where To Get: Amazon || Goodreads

There is no such thing as safe.

For Commander Cassidy Hart, staying alive is only one of her day-to-day problems. As a newly minted Senator of the State of California, she must travel to Monterey Bay with the hope of bringing an agreement between the militia forces and the Pacific Northwest Alliance as the United States desperately battles against the shadow invasion forces of Omega.

But Monterey is not what it seems. The threat of another Omega attack looms on the horizon, and Commander Chris Young – the love of Cassidy’s life – is not the only important person in Cassidy’s life who is keeping secrets. Assassinations, betrayal and startling revelations lie ahead.
The war is now. Fight or die.
Choose your side.

The fifth installment in the international bestselling Collapse Series, a YA/NA post-apocalyptic romantic adventure.
(Goodreads)

Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

Author Links: Website || Writing Belle || Facebook || Twitter || Goodreads

The Writing Process of The Collapse Series 
By Summer Lane 

I’m frequently asked what it’s like to write a series. The truth is, it’s hard to sum up the experience in just a couple of sentences, because creating a series is very hard work! I released the first installment in The Collapse Series, State of Emergency, in January 2013. It’s been two years. I have since released six books, and by the end of this year, I will have at least ten total published works. Writing, editing, publishing and selling an average of 3-4 books per year is a massive undertaking, one that must be carefully scheduled out. My year is divided into an average of three sections: January-March, March-June and June-October. This is the most challenging part of the year. November-December is spent purely writing without editing or marketing, so in a way, those two months are like a vacation to me – ALMOST!

With my year sectioned out like this, the moths pass very quickly. It usually takes me a full month to write a novel, and at least three weeks to write a novella. The rest of the time is devoted to editing and research. Before I know it, the entire year is already over! I do not write by the seat of my pants. Everything I do is planned and thought out long before the pen ever meets paper – or in my case, before my fingers hit the keyboard. My series are all interconnected, so planning and plotting is an absolute must. I love what I do. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m so excited to share State of Alliance with the world!

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Compulsion [Review]

Compulsion [Review]

Posted January 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them. Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn’t be held, only borrowed for a time. Love doesn’t come with an on-off switch. It’s […]

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Book Blitz: Just Let Me Love You

Book Blitz: Just Let Me Love You

Posted January 29, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Just Let Me Love YouAuthor: S.R. GreyGenre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance Where To Get: Amazon US || Amazon UK || B&N || Goodreads No one ever said a lasting love would be easy. When Chase and Kay hit the streets of Las Vegas, the goal is simple—rescue Will, Chase’s brother, from making the biggest mistake of his young life. […]

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WoW [3]

WoW [3]

Posted January 28, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently for… Title: A Wicked ThingAuthor: Rhiannon ThomasSeries: A Wicked Thing #1Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance, MagicPublished By: HarperTeenComing out on February 24, 2015 Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding […]

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Cover Reveal: Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast (And Giveaway!)

Cover Reveal: Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast (And Giveaway!)

Posted January 27, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Amber SmokeAuthor: Kristin CastSeries: The Escaped #1Genre: New Adult, ParanormalPublished By: Diversion Books, June 9, 2015 Where To Get: The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed. Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.There is a world that runs parallel […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [29]

Top Ten Tuesday [29]

Posted January 27, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Books I’d Love To Read With My Books Club/If I Had A Book Club:  1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin This one […]

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Reader’s Choice/TBR Jar [2]

Reader’s Choice/TBR Jar [2]

Posted January 22, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

It’s time for another round of Reader’s Choice! So, since I first started doing this, I tweaked it up a bit and I am using my TBR Jar that I made at the end of last year. The last poll Shiver by Maggie Steifvater won. So in the next couple of weeks I will read […]

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WoW [2]

WoW [2]

Posted January 21, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently for… Title: Red QueenAuthor: Victoria AveyardSeries: Red Queen Trilogy #1Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, MagicPublished By: OrionComing out on February 10, 2015 The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the […]

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Book Blitz: The Queen’s Gift (+Giveaway)

Book Blitz: The Queen’s Gift (+Giveaway)

Posted January 21, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: The Queen’s GiftAuthor: T.R. AllardiceGenre: Young Adult, FantasyPublished By: Smashwords Where To Get: Fifteen-year-old, late-bloomer Jean Elliott dreams of becoming a Genie like her mom. When her family relocates to Tokyo, Jean is forced to use sleight-of-hand tricks to fool everyone at school into believing that she’s a normal Preternatural or risk expulsion. When her power finally appears, […]

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