Review: My Blood Approves

My Blood Approves

By: Amanda Hocking

Rating:

GoodReads Description:

Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood

Review:

I’m going to go ahead and get this out of the way first, I felt a lot of twilight in this book. No, i didn’t go and so my research to find out if this book or twilight was released first, but I’m read so many thing that were similar. The Vampire, the vampire’s family of other vampires, the girl who’ll do anything for this vampire without knowing why. From the first chapter I couldn’t shake the feeling, but I kept reading. Thankfully I did, because the story, although more than halfway through, finally started to turn around and I felt the originality of the story start to blossom.

Alice, the main character in this book, is a teenage girl obviously unhappy in her surroundings. She kind of has that personality like she is always and forever going to be unlucky. She has the worst best friend one could have, and luckily, her best friend is sort of weened out of the book as every chapter goes by. Her brother Milo, who is two years younger, is really a sweet kid and im rooting for him throughout the whole book. The relationship she has with her brother felt real to me. Her character development was on point. I’ll go into the next book knowing exactly whats going on. In the first chapter, Alice is in a dangerous situation when out of the dark of night, Jack, rescues her. Immediatly, they are connected and there is no turning back. She, right away gives him trust he hasnt earned. Goes out with him again the next night, even after finding out that hes 7 years older than her. I didnt like that this age thing isnt really explained until the very end and why the gap was so big.

During her adventures with Jack, she meets his family, and all of a sudden moves out of her mothers house b/c her Mom is mad that she came home at 7AM on a school night (day).  She also meets Jacks brother who hates her guts, but leads her on. You know what? the more I write this review, I realize that Im not so sure I liked it as much as I thought.

Nahhhh! Im a sucker for Vampire books and this one, although it wont be for everyone, Kept my attention and is going into my guilty pleasures bookshelf!

Sunshine Blog Award!

SUNSHINE BLOG AWARD!

I’m so excited and honored! I got nominated by the very sweet Marian for this awesome Sunshine Blog award. It means a lot, thanks!

Here are the rules…

1.  Include the award logo in your post & on your blog.

2.  Answer 10 questions about yourself – You can make up your own or you can use mine.

3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other wonderful bloggers.

4.  Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog.

5.  Link the person who nominated you.

Let the fun begin…

1. What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading ReVamped By Ada Adams. I’m only two chapters in and I’m hooked! So spoiler alert, the review is most likely going to be a good one 😉

2. Whats your fave character in a book you’ve read this year?

Most definitely Kayden from Illumine by Alivia Anders. Hes such a smart ass, oh… and he’s a demon so he’s also a bad ass!

3. My favorite quote from a book:

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, & it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe in My Story

4. Favorite book series:

Hands Down: The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris.

5. (So the next obvious question should be) Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires! Yes, I would rather be a vampire, never see the light of day again and live forever over a werewolf !

6. When do you find time to read?

Middle of the night, usually! Im always regretting it the next morning! LOL

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of:

My Mom and Dad. They both have worked in the printing industry since I was born, so I can remember how they used to smell like paper and I loved it so much. ❤

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be:

Katniss from the Hunger Games! (haha, I know she makes it out okay!)

9. What are your favorite TV shows?

How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, The Killing. There’s more, I know there is but that’s what is my fave right now!

10. What your favorite movie?

Empire Records! LOVE IT! Gotta love the 90’s !

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I Nominate:

Alivia Anders Blog

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Author Interview: Alivia Anders

Well if you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m absolutely obsessed with this gal. (Not is a creepy way, just a “I love her book” way!) In celebration of her B-day, and the Illumines Wish giveaway, I asked her to do an interview with me and she kindly obliged! Sweet!

Heres what Goodreads has to say about her:

Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the ‘back door’ into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.
Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn’t so intolerant to dairy she’d live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.

Here is our interview:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I turn 21 this April 11th! Haha, how’s that for a starter? Let’s see, some basics! I’m a girl, used to be hugely active in RPG Forums (especially the Harry Potter based ones!) still hold a soft spot in my heart for World of Warcraft, can’t make up my mind on my hair color, and most definitely am addicted to caffeine for life.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I don’t think I ever stop writing, really. I can lie and say I’m playing video games or watching True Blood hungrily, but stories still run in the back of my head like little flies buzzing about.

3. Do you have a day job?

Yes! I work in a sports collectibles shop, where I continue to dream over owning all the signed Phillies stuff.

4. Where do you get your ideas?

Life. Example, Essallie’s fire? I’m pretty sure that stemmed from the time I almost char-grilled my hands on the fireplace.

5. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not technically writer’s block, but writer’s distractions and procrastination. I actually blogged about the five levels that I go through when I procrastinate.

6. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way?

Oh gosh, tons! Just about every author I’ve ever read made me want to publish more and more, because I wanted to be just as cool as them! I wanted to have stories people couldn’t wait to get their hands on the day they came out.

7. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting Illumine published?

Deadlines are the hardest. I actually had been massively behind at one point, and pulled a double all-nighter. 48 hours of straight writing and work so I could finish it. And 21k words later, I had. Who says you can’t create genius in the last few minutes?

8. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I’d take a little bit more time adding things into the first book for later pieces, but really that’s it. I love the cover, love the story it tells and I’m proud of the fact I can say I did it all myself.

9. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Certainly can! Obumbrate is the second book to follow Illumine, and it continues right where Illumine left off. Essallie is still trying to figure herself out- she’s a ticking clock that can blow at any moment with those bizarre fire powers! In Obumbrate we get to see a lot more of her and her past come to light, see new angles of her and her relationships with other people, maybe even a love interest!

10. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

About 99.9% of it is all imagination. But that last .1% does come from real life experiences.

11. How did you come up with the titles?

Illumine actually was originally titled Ethereal when it was in the initial stages of formation. But the more I wrote it, the more the title didn’t fit, so I started looking for a new title. Illumine came up when I was looking for something to stand for light, because the first book is about Essallie illuminating the shadows and secrets of her past, and it stuck perfectly. Obumbrate means to darken, and it fits perfectly too for reasons you’ll see in the book!

12. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

So far the toughest criticism, wasn’t even criticism. I had gone to a PR even, a gathering of sorts, and when I introduced myself as an author to someone, they gave me that look, the one that said, “Oh, so you’re saying you jumped the book-writing bandwagon?” It really hurt! I’ve had the dream of being an author since middle school, I certainly didn’t jump a bandwagon. The best compliment had to be about a month after Illumine was out and one of my mother’s friends messaged her on Facebook to say she loved my book so much she wanted to get back into reading and after finishing mine she wanted to read Twilight and more. To be put in a sentence with Stephenie Meyer like that, personally, is a compliment like no other. I’d love to be where she’s at in the next five years!

13. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write. I know, people say it all the time, but seriously, WRITE. You can attend all the seminars in the world, buy every how-to book in the world, listen to all the advice you can stomach, but nothing will get done unless you put pen to paper or fingers to keys and WRITE YOUR HEART OUT.

14. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

HAI. I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU ALL CAKE. Seriously. You all rock, and without you, I feel only half-full. I love to write, but you guys make it that much more awesome to write. Thank you.

15. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

Oh yes. But most of this was in High School. I wore my pants inside-out for almost half of the day before someone pointed it out- and it was a boy!

16. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

You’re kidding, right? I hate making beds. Except on vacation. Why is that?

17. Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screeech?!

Bugs are gross for the most part. Spiders? Yuck! Ladybugs are awesome, though.

18. What book are you reading now?

I’m in the process of reading three, actually. Birthright by Willow Cross, The Keeper by Natalie Star, and Archon by Sabrina Benulis. But I haven’t gotten far into either of them because of all the stuff I’ve been doing!

19. Whats your favorite movie?

Titanic. Hands down. Followed by Alice in Wonderland (2010 Tim Burton edition), Inception, all Harry Potter movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and V for Vendetta.

20. Whats your favorite word of all time?

PISH POSH! Because it doesn’t matter where I am or when it’s said, but if I say it around my best friend Stephanie, she’ll reply ‘I love surprise sex!’ and vise versa. If you ever see that on a meme somewhere one day, you know where it started.

Thanks Alivia for taking the time to chat with me! 🙂 Learn more about Illumine on goodreads here. Check out my previous post for a chance to win the book. Ending soon!

ILLUMINES WISH GIVEAWAY!

First off, Happy Easter! I hope you had a wonderful day, and now its time to kick off Illumines Wish! What is Illumines Wish, you ask? Well, its a fun way to promote the second book in the Illumine Series coming out in July called Obumbrate! Check out my review of Illumine here! The upside is, Im giving away a SIGNED copy of Illumine (the first book in this series)  to one lucky winner and 4 signed bookmarks to the runner ups!

Click on this  to enter my giveaway! (giveaway closed)

My giveaway runs from today to the 13th of April, so enter NOW! (my giveaway rules)

BUT WAIT! Thats not all! On Alivia Anders blog (the awesome author) she is giving away 10 ARC’s of the new book Obumbrate! Check it out, here!

BUT WAIT! Thats not all! You gotta go check out the other blogs that are participating! Thats even more chances to win! (Remember, the event runs through the 14th of April, so all blogs may not have their giveaways up yet, so you gotta keep checking back.)

Your’e Welcome 😉 and Good Luck!

mysteriousmysteries ♥ Laird Sapir: Shabby Chic Sarcasm ♥ Nyx Book Reviews ♥ Treasured Tales For Young Adults ♥ Living, Learning, and Loving Life ♥ All Things Books ♥ Hope, Love, and Happy Endings ♥ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile ♥ All Things About Books ♥ Starry Night Book Reviews ♥ Delphina Reads Too Much ♥  J. A. Belfields Blog ♥ Synchronized Reading ♥ Short and Sweet Reviews ♥ Pages of Forbidden Love ♥ Uniquely Moi Books ♥

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

The winner of the Signed Copy of Illumine By Alivia Anders is:

Elizabeth Venegas!

The Winners of the Signed Illumine bookmarks:

Emily Rencich!

Eileen Barron!

Jason Peach!

Irma Ramos!

Winner were chosen through Random.org and Rafflecopter.com. Congratulations to you all and I will now be contacting you by email of your winnings!

Review: The Trouble With Magic

The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery #1)

Author: Madelyn Alt

www.facebook.com/madelyn.alt

Genre: Paranormal Chick-Lit Mystery

GoodReads Description:

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O’Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity’s wiccan friends for help–and discover her own spellbinding talent.

Review:

This was a fun a different book to read. I really like the character Maggie O’Neill. Basically, one day she finds herself hating to wake up every morning and going to the same drab and boring collections job. She knows there is something better out there for her, she just needs to find it. The book opens up with Maggie’s most terrible and somehow best day by far. Already late to work, she stops by a few shops in a shopping strip in her town of Stony Mill. While window shopping, it suddenly rains the kind of rain you wish you had a storm shelter to hide in kind of rain. Shocked, and soaked, by the rain, she stumbles into Felicity’s shop. Literally, stumbles in, and falls flat on her butt. This is where her pretty terrible day turns into her best day by far. Hating her collections job, Felicity offers her a job right then and there. As if she knew, somehow, that Maggie was in a rut and needed to be let out.

Felicity is up front with Maggie that she is a Wiccan. One of the “good” ones I guess you could say. Maggie was raised a catholic, so, she needs some time to let that sink in. Maggie struggles with this the entire book. I wish there was one point in it all that she would have just accepted this, and if not, moved on from it all together. She was stuck in between what she was taught was right, and what she felt in her heart was right. One of the downsides of this book, and something to often brought up. Needless to say, Maggie sticks around, since there is still an entire book to fill 😉

At her first day on the job, Felicity gets a call from her estranged sister and rushed away to save her. But in doing this, becomes the prime suspect in the same said estranged sisters murder. This is where the book gets juicy. Maggie. although she isn’t a detective and doesn’t know Felicity very well at all, starts investigating the murder and all the while is putting herself in danger. I did like that Maggie, being a 30 something single woman, take charge when it seems all is lost in the case. But in reality, this wouldnt happen. Most likely she would of just had to quit the job and beg for her old collections job back.

I would have to say the the plot development was fast, I easily figured out who the killer was, and it lingered to much on character development, even for the first in the series.  But, the writing was flawless, and the twist and turns where all in the right places. I kept reading despite what i felt about the plot and characters. Not a whole lot of romance and a strange connection between an old lady and what is said to be a handsome younger biker guy. (Its weird and i couldn’t really figure out if it was a mother/son thing or a cougar/boyfriend thing. LOL) I love a good mystery book. And although there are some things I felt needed work it was still GOOD. Hence the 3 star rating. Im going to give book #2 a shot!

New Blog Name

Hi Yall. The blog has changed from NatandDee’s Book Nook to Nat’s Book Nook. Im doing the work on here and so its only fair that the blog become mine full time. DeeDee will hopefully be on from time to time to add some reviews. Please keep tuning in! Thanks!

Upcoming Giveaway!!

Hi yall! I’m so excited to be participating in our first blog giveaway event called Illumines Wish! Book Nook (that’s what I call us) and several other book blogs are participating and have been given some special gifts to give away to a few lucky people. So please stay tuned and be ready to enter this sweet give away very soon!!

Movie Vs. Book- The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Directed By: Gary Ross

Movie Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins

I am super impressed with this movie! I really anticipated it and was very happy that flixter certified it fresh at 87% just three days after its release.  Im not going to get into detail about what this movie is about because you can read my review on the book HERE. I give deets about what the book is about there. The movie stuck very closely to the book. I could literally tell what was about to happen next. I didn’t mind that, because what was even better, was the fact that the director left out unnecessary details that the book provides, but nothing too detrimental to the story line. Jennifer Lawrence embodied Katniss perfectly. She kept Katniss strong, and intelligent, and full of spirit. Josh Hutcherson portrayed Peeta pretty well. He brought out the good characteristics in Peeta and Ross,the director, didn’t emphasize to much on his flaws. Atleast not in this movie. I’ve read an article that some fans are going stir crazy over the fact that Rue and her counter tribute are african american.This didn’t bother me at all, but I also didn’t imagine them as such. Suzanne Collins played a big roll in casting the movie, therefore, this was her vision of the characters all along. Every single tribute played their part well and everyone was casted to the tee. I also enjoyed getting to see the other side of the games. The book follows Katniss very closely and never do you really know what’s going on with the other characters who are not in the area. I won’t give away spoilers, so you just gotta go watch it to see what I’m talking about! (as I’m sure most of you already have). Here’s my one and only downside to the movie, the shooting style of the movie made me dizzy more than a few times. Sometimes I felt it wasn’t even necessary to have the camera moving in some scenes. But if lots of camera movement doesn’t bother you, your in for a great 2 hours and 24 mins of your life! Over all, I still choose book over movie. The book Gives more detail, and also offers less of the PG-13 rating (more gore). Either way, you MUST read or see The Hunger Games!

                         Happy Hunger Games & May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor.   ;o)

Sneak Peek of Obumbrate By: Alivia Anders

The Author of Illumine, a book I recently reviewed (read it here), has posted a sneak peek of the 2nd book in this series on her blog! It some really juicy stuff and I cant wait to read it this summer! I also know some of you have read it too, so I thought yall might be interested in it!

Here it is! Also, you can click on Alivia’s Blog on my blogroll and purchase, for a limited time, a signed copy of Illumine for $10!

Enjoy!