Friday, 31 October 2014

Tour Stop and Book Review: The Executioner at the Institution for Contaminated Children by Margaret E. Alexander




Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: 21 July 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
Source: Dark World Books
Audio or Book: ebooks
Length: 242 pages



Overview:
Donna’s always been one step ahead of the game, but the last person she expects to fall for is the first suspect in a line of killings at a school for superhuman teens. 

16 The deciding age of contamination. 
30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school. 
24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children. 
14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room. 
700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and … well … smells for the remainder of the school year. 
2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan’s there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna’s worst fear—humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of. 
1 The number of bodies that turn up dead. 
0 Her chances of getting out alive.



My Review:


Initially the cover drew me in and the overview intrigued me. A strong theme throughout the story is probability which gives it a unique story line and keeps is interesting. Often I find a theme can either kill a story or make it great. It definitely worked this time round. 

The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children (Wow what a mouthful) didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it as a good read. 

Characters: 3.5/5
Margaret creates likable characters which are easy to connect with. There are 3 parts to the book and 2 point of view changes. Part 1 and 3 were Donna's POV, and Part 2 was Dan's POV. I struggled a little bit to settle into the POV switch initially and when it switched back - just to wrap my brain around who's eyes we were looking through. 

Quick some up of the characters that stood out to me: 
Donna is likable and Fair. Dan is complicated. Eva is so sweet. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
I have to say that the plot is unique and filled with lots of twists I didn't see coming. It is probably one of the best plots I have read in a while. Margaret has an easy writing style and her pace is moderate throughout the story. 

I loved the ending actually. It was just enough. It rounded everything up beautifully & created enough intrigue for the next book. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I loved it!! Obviously as it is what initially drew me in to grab it.



Final Thoughts: This was a good read and I enjoyed it enough to want to check out the next book!


My Rating:



Margaret E. Alexander
Margaret E. Alexander grew up in Miami, FL. Ten years of frizz and hurricanes chased her away to sunny San Diego, CA. While in college, studying biomedical engineering didn’t stop her from pumping out novel drafts every year. She found her escape in storytelling and others like her who sometimes preferred the world of fiction to the real one. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is her first YA novel with Crescent Moon Press. She loves blogging about thrillers with young protagonists and is putting her art minor to good use with a graphic novel project on the side. Her wandering focus is the fault of her cat.
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Love

Chanzie






What's on my bookshelf #3 ~ Fallen by Lauren Kate



What's on my bookshelf is a fun bookish post hosted every two weeks here on the Mean Who You Are blog to feature books that have been on my bookshelf and deserve some bookish love or a new book I am excited about and have bought to add to my collection. 

One of My Bookshelves
I know there are many meme's out there like this but I am not that great about linking up I guess. As a bookish person I love showing people my books when they come to visit whether they read or not! If you have a bookshelf you can be sure that I will wonder over there sometime during the course of the visit and check out the titles! 

This is just me showing you my bookish loves and any story that I think goes with it! We all have those stories that go with our beloved favourites! It's an excuse to dust them off, take a photo and post it on my blog!!



The story behind the book buy:

So my choice today is one of my all time favourite series. Lauren Kate's Fallen saga is one of those your either love it or you hate it. There are very few in between opinions. 

Fallen was a 100% cover junkie purchase. I was walking through CNA one day and literally grabbed it and walked to the counter to pay. I skimmed the back and it sounded good enough for me!

I was hooked by the first few chapters and only then realised the rest of the series had not even been released yet! It is the first series that I literally had to wait for each release. Now I would rather wait until all the books in a series are released before I start a new series. 

On a awesome note as well... At one point I sent a few emails via goodreads to some of my favourite authors asking some advice about writing and getting published... And yes Lauren Kate was 1 of 3 authors that replied! 

The Cover:




The series:








So there you go -That's my story behind The Fallen saga!

Have you ever bought a book purely on it's cover and loved every page of it?

My next post will be on the 28 November 2014. 

Leave your story or link in the comments if you have a post or story to share!




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

September & October MWYA Buzz

Hello everyone

So it has been quite a while since we had a monthly buzz! I will be catching up the past 2 months but on a bit of a smaller scale. Time seems to speed by and I am still trying to fit everything in that I need to do. As you know I took a month of blogging to just chill out. Blogging was becoming more of a chore than a pleasure and well I didn't want it to be like that. 

You know what was amazing... I received more daily visits in that month than I normally do... *confused* 

Anyway I participated in The Ford Global Week of Caring in September as the photographer for Mileman Media and really loved it!! I was exhausted at the end of each day, running around working 2 jobs but still.. I loved it!!!

First set of news: I started a new feature on the blog to show off some of my books on my bookshelf called: What's on my bookshelf. I get to tell my little story behind the buying of the books and what they mean to me. 

Secondly, I am considering blogging about some of the beauty products I discover and love. I already post pics on Instagram. I figured this is my blog and it's all extensions of me! What do you guy's think? I considered starting a separate blog but running 2 blogs would be too intense and that is starting from scratch!! It won't be overwhelming just a fun post to share something girly and exciting. (This might only be a new years thing - just putting it out there so long)

Thirdly, I decided to add in Movie Reviews! I wanted my blog to be a bit more than just books reviews... 

And finally I will be signing up for NaNoWriMo *woo hoo* I am so excited - there is even going to be a PE Kick-off party!!

So let's catch up on what 's been going on here!!


~ August ~

Reviews:
Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
Angel Astrology by Doreen Virtue & Yasmin Boland
Voodoo Moon (Charmed #5) by Constance Burge & Wendy C Staub
First Frost (Mythos Academy #0.5) by Jennifer Estep
The Akasha Saga by Terra Harmony (Audio Book Review)
Shadow Days (Nightshade #0.5) by Andrea Cremer
Immortal Heart (Few Are Angels #0.5) by Inger Iversen



Guest Posts & Other features:
I Can See you by Joss Landry
Author Interview by Inger Iversen

~ October ~
Guest Posts & Other features:
Cover Reveal: Shinigami Eyes by Cheree & Adam Smith 
A fun Book Gif tag post
IWSG #4
Book Tag ~ 7 Deadly Sins
Movie Review: Vampire Academy
Author Interview: Colleen Gleason

Meme's
What's on my bookshelf #1 - The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine
What's on my bookshelf #2) - The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason
Teaser Tuesday #15 (Alpha Divded) & Top Ten Tues #16 (Series I'd like to start)


~ New On My Bookshelf ~

Bought - Just because I can!!
!!What can I say there were some awesome $0.99 deals!!
Crane & Raven by Stacey Rourke
Brew & Boil by David Estes
Priceless (Rylee Adamson #1) by Shannon Meyer
The Airel Saga box set by Aaron Patterson & Chris White
The Broken Angel Box set by LG Castillo
Bound by lies & Bound Forever by Hannah Peach
Miss Mabel's school for girls by Katie Cross
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda le Grange



Comeptition Wins - 10 for the win, Yay!

The Lost catacomb by Shifra Hochberg @ Books Direct Online
Slip by Leslie J Portu from The Reader & the Chef
Chloe Neill swag pack from Naomi @ Nomi's Paranormal Palace
(Limited Edition Cadogan House Chrome Keychain; Chicagoland Vampires Tote Bag
An autographed Chicagoland Vampires; Swag, including Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks and pens, and Cadogan House lanyards)

Double Negative by C Lee Mckenzie @ Books Direct Online
Firebolt by Adrienne Woods from @ Books Direct Online
Shadow Embraced ebook & Swag by Cheree Smith
(HC) The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason from the Author
Perception: A New Adult Anthology by Heather Hildenbrand @ Talk Supe Blog
Dark Longings by Wodke Hawkinson
Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis @ Dark World Books


The Winner of my Colleen Gleason 'The Rest Falls Away) was Lily B. Hope you enjoy this series as much as I do :) 

Ok - so that's it for now!! Thank you to everyone who takes the time out to read my random rambles about books, movies and life! 

Love

Chanzie

Monday, 27 October 2014

Book Review: Alpha Divided (Alpha Girl #3) by Aileen Erin

Series: Alpha Girl #2
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: 14 October 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook



Overview:

Life has been crazy since Tessa McCaide moved to Texas. She’s gone from being a normal-ish girl with visions to a super-powered werewolf. She’s fought off vampires and broken a nearly unbreakable curse. And she’s got a hot mate, Dastien Laurent, to keep her busy. 



Things are looking up until the full moon ceremony rolls around. Before Tessa can strengthen her bond with Dastien, the local coven crashes the gates, demanding that Tessa—their heir apparent—be returned. If the pack wants to avoid a war with the witches, handing Tessa over is the only option. 

Tessa doesn’t want to cause an all-out fight, but joining a dark-magic coven isn’t on her to-do list, especially if embracing her magic side means parting with Dastien. When the coven leader tries to control Tessa with dark-magic, Tessa realizes she has to dismantle the coven or prepare the pack for war. Either choice will change her life—and her world—forever.





Previous reviews by this author:
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) 
Avoiding Alpha (Alpha Girl #2)
Cipher (Shadow Ravens #1)

My Review:

This is another one of those Ink Monster books I couldn't wait to get my hands on! I mean who could say no to Inky... Isn't he just gorgeous! Aileen has definitely made it onto my favourite author list. 


When I first read Becoming Alpha, I was completely captivated with Tessa & Dastien. Avoiding Alpha was a bit short but I was still excited to see where things were going in Alpha Divided. 

Once again I think I was one of the first to click request on NetGalley! I have come to expect quality adventure from this publisher and will probably read anything they release!

Characters & Story line: 4/5


The characters continue to grow on you and the story line is intense! 

Tessa & DastienI love the world of Tessa & Dastien. Finally!!! I was so excited that Tessa explored her brujo side - even if it was against her will and only a little bit. I love the fact that she is Were and Witch, with a huge amount of potential, power and destiny! We only discovered a little bit more about her powers though - I think Aileen is holding back something big. I loved Tessa in this book as much as I did in Becoming Alpha. Dastien just melts my heart every single he is with Tessa. He is as swoonworthy as ever!

Claudia, Raphel & Daniel: I enjoyed getting to know some of the coven members and understanding their side a bit better. I didn't doubt Daniel as much as Tessa did, I had a good feeling about him from the beginning, even if there was a shocking twist at the end. 

Rosa: I love Rosa! She is that awesome Aunt that is an outcast of the coven and loves Tessa a lot. I would love to know a bit more about her, Grams and their history in the coven. I hope we get to see more of her!!

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
Aileen has definitely grown as a writer. Becoming Alpha is still my favourite in this series so far but Alpha Divided was a close second. I am glad Aileen slowed down the pace a bit. In Avoiding Alpha it felt a bit rushed and I wanted to savour it a bit more. She got it right here - It was the perfect pace!! The first half of the book was okay but the second half of the book was better for me. 

The main scene at the end felt like it lacked something though. It was exciting and intense and was building up to something big, there was a twist that made me choke up a bit but left me with a 'up in the air' feeling. 

I know we'll get some answers and resolution in the next book, but it felt a little unresolved for me. Maybe if it ended with the moon ceremony it would have felt like some closure for this book. 

I am quite excited to see Claudia's adventure in Brujo, she is one of those characters I have a soft spot for and cannot wait to get to know better. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I love the cover!! It's the best of the series for me so far. 

Final Thoughts: I love this series and will continue this series!! Bring on the next one. 

My Rating:


Favourite quotes:


"As you grow, you learn that life is rarely about doing what you want. We all do what we must, and that is even more true for the powerful ones like you." 

~ Rosa

~

"The worst days only make the best ones that much sweeter. This too shall pass. And happy days will be ahead."
~ Grams 
Books in the series: 


Other books by this Author:




Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is a lover of all things nerdy—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website


Love

Chanzie



Friday, 24 October 2014

Book Review: Cipher (The Shadow Ravens #1) by Aileen Erin

Series: The Shadow Ravens #1
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: 31 October 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook



Overview:

In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.

When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.



She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.

Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knight. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knight 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.

For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both





Previous reviews by Author:
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)
Avoiding Alpha (Alpha Girl #2) 
Alpha Divided (Alpha Girl #3) - To be posted soon!

My Review:
I have been so excited about this book since I read the sneak peak a little while ago. I wouldn't be surprised if I was one of the first to hit that request button on Netgalley!! 

I haven't read many sci-fi type books but I was drawn to the paranormal element of Cipher. I read a few mixed reviews when I started the book but honestly it didn't make a difference for me. I loved this book - end of story!

Characters & Storyline: 5/5


Aileen has a way of creating lovable and amazing characters. All of them have their little ways and they are so entertaining, each bringing their own to the story. 

Emma: I took to Emma quickly and just loved her to pieces. She is a bit of damaged goods but it adds to her character.  She is strong, brave & smart. Emma is dangerous - being a red helix and even though she has had a tough life, she doesn't act like a victim. 

Hunter: Oh man this swoonworthy gorgeous lovable amazing man! He is just perfect. Strong enough and sweet on the flip side, brave and gentle, and will do anything to find protect Emma. He definitely made my book boyfriend list!

Emma & Hunter's love & chemistry just work. Its a little bit instalove but with some history if that makes sense. Their was just the right amount of resistance and more than enough attraction.

Dex, Oliver & Hunter - What a close knit bunch! I loved their interactions. They tough, rough men & bros til the end. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
The plot was exciting and the pace was perfect. Aileen draws you in smoothly and sneaks them into your heart. Aileen has a gift at weaving amazing stories. I hope we see what becomes of gang! I am extremely interested to see how this series plays out with the first 3 books being written by 3 different authors. Do I really have to wait til 2016 too see Em & Hunter again??? Hope not. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I love the cover!! 

Final Thoughts: I loved it & am hooked to this series! 

My Rating:



Other books by this Author:



Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is a lover of all things nerdy—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website




Love

Chanzie


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway: Colleen Gleason



Hello Lovelies!!! 


I am so excited to feature one of my favourite authors here @ Mean Who You Are!! I was lucky enough to join her promo group on Facebook to help re-launch and promote the new covers for The Gardella Vampire Chronicles. If you want to know how I discovered this amazing author.. Check out this post!



This week the first book'The Rest Falls Away' is on promotion for $0.99 - grab it quickly (the price goes up to $1.99 tomorrow)  or enter the competition at the end of the post to stand a chance to win a copy! 







On the 26th there will be a read-a-long with lots of fun interactions and prizes!!





Hello Colleen! Welcome :) 



Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule.

1 - Tell us a little bit about your self
I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, teen-aged children, and three dogs (a German Shepherd, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and a Papillon. Guess which one rules the roost?). Believe it or not, I’ve never been a fan of vampire novels—which is why my first published book was about a vampire HUNTER. And all the vampires in the book were bad! I also write in a number of different genres, including medieval historical romance, steampunk (for teens and adults), dystopian/paranormal romance, and even some gothic romance.


2 - Your movie dream cast for your books, Gardella Vampire Chronicles?
Oooh! I love this question! Interestingly enough, the “cast” has changed since the books first came out and I first began answering this question. :-) 
But my current cast would be:

Victoria: Emma Stone with long dark hair
Rockley: Channing Tatum
Sebastian: Ioan Gruffud
Max: Clive Owen, though he might be getting a little too old



3 - What inspired you to become a writer?

I was a bookworm while growing up—devouring books like crazy. Then I started realizing I had different ideas of how certain stories should go, and I started coming up with my own stories. I realized, I guess, that I wanted to tell stories my way. I started by writing ones for me and my friends…and then at one point I realized I wasn’t ever going to be truly happy if I wasn’t working on a story of my own. I still read, but not as much as I used to, but I always write the books that I would want to read.


4 - Do you have any special quirks you need to do/have to write?
I have a treadmill desk and I usually walk at a pace of 1.1-1.5 mph as I am writing. I also have to use a particular ergonomic keyboard in order to keep my wrists and shoulders from getting stressed. Since my office is a loft in my home (did I mention the three teenagers and three dogs?), I usually wear foam earplugs while I write (when other people are home), and I play thunderstorm sounds or instrumental movie soundtracks through my computer speakers while writing new words. Is that quirky enough? Oh, plus I have a little cup-warmer next to my computer and I usually have a cup of green or white tea sitting on it to wet my whistle.

5 - Where did the GVC all begin for you? 
When a friend of mine gave me the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. It was over Thanksgiving weekend, and I was in the kitchen on the night before Thanksgiving making a whole bunch of things. I really didn’t know whether I was going to like the show—I didn’t like vampires, I knew it was a cult classic, and I was leery—but I popped the DVD into my laptop on the kitchen counter and started watching. Four episodes and a whole lot of food later, I was completely hooked.

Shortly after that, I was watching Cinderella with my daughters. When Cinderella had to suddenly leave the ball, all at once I thought, “What if she had to go stake a vampire?” And that was how the idea just dropped, right into my brain.


6 - What is the hardest & easiest thing about writing?
The hardest thing for me is not being distracted by—oh, everything (the Internet, my dogs, my fridge, my bed, my TV, my latest read)—when the words aren’t flowing easily. And the easiest thing about writing? Typing THE END when I’m finished with a project. There’s something so satisfying about those two words when they’re pushed together. :-)


7 - What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I generally don’t read reviews; I certainly don’t seek them out. If someone sends one to me, I read it of course. But after more than two dozen books, I’ve become very used to the good, the bad, and the ugly of reviews, and although I can’t say negative feedback doesn’t bother me, I can say I’ve come to the understanding that everyone has an opinion and everyone has different tastes. If I reviewed every book or movie I read or watched, I’d be writing some negative ones—and that’s just because different things float my boat, and others don’t—even when the rest of the world seems to love them.


8 - What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Sit yo’ butt in the chair and write. Just do it. Really. That’s the ONLY way. Worry about all the other stuff when you’re done with the book.


~ Top Ten Most memorable moments 

being a published author ~


1. Getting the call I’d sold my first book. I was hung over at a business training session and had not gone downstairs in the morning as early as I should have (and normally would have! I’m Type A!), and I swear that’s because the angels were making me wait in my hotel room till my agent called. It was the most amazing experience of my life—after the birth of my three children.

2. Seeing my first book cover.

3. Holding my first book in print.

4. Seeing my book in the bookstore for the first time—and then having people send me pictures of the book in their stores!

5. Going to a restaurant, talking to the waitress about my books, and when I handed her a bookmark she said, “My mom is reading this book right now!”

6. Having someone catch me at the end of a conference as I was walking across the room, saying, “Are you Colleen Gleason????”

7. Being flown to Italy to meet and greet my Italian readers, and being the guest of honor at a vampire-themed festival in Ravenna. Speaking to a crowded room of more than 100 die-hard Gardella fans in Italy, all of whom came up after for pictures and autographs, was one of the best moments ever of being a published author.

8. Getting feedback from some of my peers and amazing authors that they loved my books—including J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian. Wow!!

9. Having people tell me—a lot of people—that not only have they read my books (the Gardellas in particular), but that they’ve read them multiple times. Like, 4, 5, 6 times! Wow!

10. Meeting my readers anytime anywhere, always. Always the biggest thrill of my life!


Well lovelies, I hope you enjoyed getting to know Colleen and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!