Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites: Greg Tocchini & Francesco Trifogli


Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted @ Wishful Endings, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. 

I recently discovered a comic book cover I really liked. Then, when I went looking for a preview of the book I fell in love with the Greg Tocchini's and Francesco Trifogli's artistic style.


The human race didn't get a happily ever after.

After 300,000 years at the top of the food chain, it took only seven months for humanity to become an endangered species. 

The Blight killed nearly everyone, and changed everything. As skyscrapers sprouted forests and wild animals took over the deserted streets, the planet's new rulers emerged from their age-old hiding places: elves and trolls, faeries and fauns, centaurs and satyrs--all the forgotten races behind countless myths and legends returned to reclaim the world they had lost to mankind. 

Now, in a tiny village tucked away in what was once Manhattan's Central Park, two rebellious teenagers are about to discover the true nature of the world beyond their small island home--as well as the unseen menace that threatens both human and Hinterkind alike.
                                                                             
                                                                                       



The Artwork




The above artwork are some of the covers within Hinterkind. I really like the covers - They are just really cool and the coloring is brilliant. 

Greg Tocchini/Francesco Trifogli

Have you discovered any great artists lately?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Clearing Out My To-Read List

My Goodreads list has been troubling me for some time now. It's been over-packed with books that frankly, I don't even remember or I know for a fact I won't read for years. So my plan this week was to take off a bunch of books from my to-read list which I successfully did. I had 1613 to-read books and now I have 1048 books. That means I got rid of 565 books from my list which took forever. I found a few books that I didn't remember what they were about or when I even added them that I want to share with you all because they all sound really good.


Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her. 
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. 
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
Thoughts: I can't believe I haven't read this yet. Awaken is a book that is so me. I love dystopian futures and characters standing up for themselves.



I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it, even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best; a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.
Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and, ahem, maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him - cars! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed....

Thoughts: The Juliet Spell is a book that I'm oddly drawn to. I know it can't end well with the time travel spell going on. How long can that really last? But, it just sounds to adorable to pass up.


Ari can't help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can't be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it's impossible to protect herself when she doesn't know what she's running from or why she is being pursued. 
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her
Ari won't stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Thoughts: I've very curious to find out what Ari is in Darkness Becomes Her. What if she's the daughter of this big time demon or Hades or something? How cool would that be?


In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn't. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won't be allowed to leave until he's admitted his "mistakes" and conformed to Harmony Lake's standards of behavior. And there's no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett's spirit is slowly ebbing away. Then he hears whispers of an escape plot. It's incredibly risky -- if he's caught, the consequences will be unthinkable -- but it may be his only way out.
In this tense, riveting novel, award-winning young adult author Todd Strasser reveals what really goes on in highly secretive -- and notoriously dangerous -- boot camps, a stealth prison system where any teenager under the age of eighteen can be imprisoned at his parents' whim.

Thoughts: Boot Camp feels like it would be very intense. It sounds like Unwind where parents can force their children to do things that are just criminal.


This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more.
Now it's back to school, where Hannah will see Ryan, Ava, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship...and herself.
Thoughts: Such a betrayal! I love it! I'm so curious to see how in Sometimes it Happens, Hannah and her friend's boyfriend get together and the aftermath of all that. What if like Hannah and Noah are meant to be though? Would you sacrifice that love for your friend? It's a messed up thing to do but still. What would you decide?


When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally had really turned her back, why is her little girl named Olivia?
As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel her untangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

Thoughts: I love that her ex-friend named her daughter Olivia. That's what makes me want to read The Last Time I Saw You. What happened to this friendship and why did her friend name her daughter after her? So many questions!



A love triangle goes horribly wrong in this dark, romantic suspense-thriller from the author of Still Waters.
Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she's spent all year trying to regain Anna's trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle's farm, Megan is excited and relieved. The past is finally behind them.
On the farm, Anna quickly falls for Jordan, a rugged summer-hand. Megan and Jordan have their own spark, but Megan's betrayed Anna once before and she's not about to do it again.
Still, the more time that Megan and Jordan spend together, the harder it is to deny their chemistry. But Anna doesn't like to be ignored and she doesn't forgive and forget. What started out as the perfect summer is about to take a very dark turn....

Thoughts: Awwww yeeeeeesssssss! I love everything about the Never Let You Go summary. I really want to read what Megan did and how Anna is going to get revenge. I don't think Megan did anything too big. I think Anna is just crazy and easily offended.


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.

Thoughts: I don't know how to feel about this book. It's kind of how I felt when I read Stolen. So many conflicting feelings but I really want to know what happens in The Breakaway.





How many books do you have on your tbr list? 

Friday Favorites: Little Book Owl


Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted @ Wishful Endings, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. 

I've never really viewed any book vlogs before. I'm more of a book blogger type of person, but I've found a couple of vlogs about books that I've been liking more and more. Little Book Owl is one of those vlogs. Catriona posts book reviews, updates on her read-a-thons, monthly book club reads, monthly wrap ups, tbr lists, hauls, challenges, tags, and discussions about books. Her discussions are really fun and informative and it's kind of nice to actually see a fellow reader gush about a book they've just read.









Where you can find Little Book Owl:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/LittleBookOwl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/catrionaaa 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LittleBookOwl
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/LittleBookOwl
Blog: http://LittleBookOwl.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/LittleBookOwl
Tumblr: http://LittleBookOwl.tumblr.com
Subblime: http://subblime.com/LittleBookOwl
Google Plus: https://google.com/+LittleBookOwl



Have you discovered any great book vloggers lately?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Hit by Lorie Ann Grover


Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop, hosted @Pen to Paperwhere I post one book per week that has been on my wishlist for some time, or I just added, that I can't wait to get off my wishlist and onto my wonderful shelves.

        Wishlist Wednesday

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.



          Why I'm Wishing

The summary for Hit escalated really quickly. I involuntarily had to say whoa when I finished reading it because I didn't expect that at all. If this is done right I will be so happy. Not only does it have a controversial "relationship" (violation of teacher/student boundary) going on, but I need to know how this ends. Where is the author going to take this story??? It's going be such a crazy book in the best way possible. The cover is also pretty gorgeous so I really want Hit now.


What are you wishing for this week?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel)

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1. Yen Press (Oct. 2013) Library
When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine's home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir his youthful imagination: Or were they...?

Following his grandfather's death -- a scene Jacob literally couldn't believe with his own eyes -- the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather's elaborate yarns couldn't prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!

Artist Cassandra Jean, who rendered the graphic novel version of Beautiful Creatures, now turns her "peculiar" eye to this fully illustrated adaption of Ransom Rigg's international bestseller!


I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children when it first came out, with book club members that consisted of the "readers" in my family. All I remember from the book was a picture with a lady carrying a chicken that looked like my aunt. Basically, I forgot what the whole book was about so I decided to read the graphic novel version to jog my memory. I don't remember much about the first time I read Jacob's story, but I feel like the graphic novel was way more entertaining and fun to read about.

Now I know I can't concretely say that the graphic novel version is better because I don't remember what the difference was from the original story to this version. I'm sure it doesn't have as many details, however I just really liked the graphic novel so I'm just going to say it's better or at least as great as the original.

The artwork was done sort of in manga style. It was so cool seeing Jacob and all the other peculiar children right there. Jacob looked moody all the time along with Enoch (the boy who can raise the dead). I actually think I was able to follow along which characters were who in this version especially since I had a picture reference for all of them. All of the peculiar characters have such weird/amazing abilities. Whenever a book has at least one character with an ability I always fantasize what my ability would be if I had one. Emma, Jacob's love interest, probably has the best ability out of the bunch which is the ability to create fire while Olive's ability to levitate would be awesome to have, but in reality I'd probably levitate out of the atmosphere and die... 


Everyone being stuck in a certain time zone is something that I can see really messing them up in the future. First of all, who wants to be a kid for a hundred years without experiencing anything else other than one day? Also, if they go out of the time zone they will die! What's the point of this time zone restriction? It limits you. That's part of the plot that really bugs me. I don't see there being a happy ending for these children.

I have to stop for a second and mention one of my favorite characters other than Jacob named Enoch - the boy who can raise the dead. I sort of have a thing for him now because of the way he looks in the graphic novel and his moodiness reminds me of Gaara from Naruto. I just wish I knew more about him. I wanted actually to get to know each of the characters more which is probably why I feel like last time I couldn't tell the difference between all of them. That's probably one of the only downsides other than the "romance."


The "romance" is so creepy in this story! Jacob has been dealing with his grandfather's death and coming to terms with the monster he saw killing him. He has all these problems and then a bunch of children from World War II tell him that everything his grandfather has been saying is real. There are monsters chasing these children and I'm okay with romance. I love romance. Bring it on! But, you set up Emma with Jacob? Emma who was Jacob's grandfathers first love? She doesn't even really like Jacob! It's just because he is his grandson and looks like him that you give him the time of day. I really, really dislike this pairing and I hope it goes away. And you are limiting Jacob! Jacob should have a family and happiness. I like Jacob that much. I see him as a great leader for this group but, it doesn't feel right for him to be stuck like they are.


So I don't like the romance... That doesn't deter me from reading the other books in the series. I actually really care about the characters this time around. I really want each of them to come out of this alive which I think won't happen, but I have some hope. Also, I need to make sure Jacob makes the right choice and stops going out with Emma. It's creepy man. Just stop.

What do you think of the Jacob and Emma pairing?
(No spoilers of Hollow City, please!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blog Ahead: 30 Days, 30+ Pre-Schedules


A bloggery version of NaNoWriMo!
November 1-30th, 2014

The Goal:

The basic goal is to get "ahead" in your blog posts.

At the end of the month of Nov you'll have 30 additional pre-schedules than when you started the month. 

ex--If you Start with 5 pre schedules--End with 35 pre schedules
     Start with 10 pre schedules-- End with 40 pre schedules

Types of Posts:

Anything you want :)
meme, review, guest post, interview, discussion, etc. 
It doesn't have to be book related

I'll be updating this post at least every week during November. I'll have a link all November on my side bar so you can check out how far along I am whenever you want. My goal is to have at least 30 pre-scheduled posts for December and possibly January. I'll let you know in the update section what type of post I've scheduled and if it is a review, what book I reviewed. I'm so backed up on reviews that are half way done so this will be really good for me. This is going to save me so much time in the future!!!

November Updates:

December 2014 Plans (12/1/14)

Reading Road Trip 2015 Challenge (12/2/14)

Wishlist Wednesday: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (12/3/14)

Friday Favorites: Bleeding Heart by Sabrina Cotugno (12/5/14)

2015 Reading Challenges (12/6/14)

Pretty Covers: The Winner's Crime (12/7/14)

Part 1: Graphic Novels I'm looking Forward To (12/8/14)

Wishlist Wednesday: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (12/10/14)

Part 2: Graphic Novels I'm looking Forward To (12/11/14)

Friday Favorites: Christian Schloe (12/12/14)

Pretty Covers: Dearest (12/14/14)

Part 3: Graphic Novels I'm looking Forward To (12/15/14)

Wishlist Wednesday: White Cat by Holly Black (12/17/14)

Friday Favorites: Soltries (12/19/14)

2014 Favorites: Female Protagonists (12/24/14)

2014 Favorites: Male Protagonists (12/26/14) 

Top 5 Villains of 2014 (12/27/14)

2014 Favorites: Couples (12/28/14)

2014: Favorite Covers (12/29/14)

2014 Favorites: Favorite Series and Favorite Book (12/30/14)

January 2015 Plans (12/31/14)


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks

Bird & Squirrel #2. Scholastic - Graphix (Sept. 2014) NetGalley
Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure!

After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a penguin named Sakari thinks Bird has come to rid her village of a hungry Killer Whale. But when Squirrel finds out that Bird will actually be fed to the Killer Whale as a sacrifice, they hatch a crazy plan to escape. With a good timing, a little luck, and help from Sakari, they just might make it out alive. Or they might end up as whale food!




Squirrel is extremely nervous when it comes to... well everything. So you can imagine how he feels when he crash lands in the South Pole. Bird on the other hand loves adventure. He's pretty much the most carefree bird around and is a goes-with-the-flow type of bird. So when this spear-carrying-warrior penguin arrives and declares him the chosen one, Bird is all for it. A little too much for his own good. Meanwhile Squirrel is trying to make sure Bird isn't eaten by a Killer Whale. With the help of Sakari, the warrior penguin, Bird and Squirrel may survive this adventure yet.

This is my first Bird & Squirrel comic so I don't really know the back story of where these friends are going and why. They might just be looking for adventures, but considering squirrels nervousness throughout this book I really doubt that. So it would be nice to read the first Bird & Squirrel comic so I have an idea why these friends are going on an adventure together. 

The humor in this comic is spot on. I couldn't stop myself from smiling or chuckling even with some of the obvious puns. Bird & Squirrel was really fun and silly. I could really see kids enjoying the type of humor that Burks has written. There was one scene in the beginning of the story that epitomizes the type of humor I really enjoyed during the comic as well as how insanely dramatic Squirrel could be (they both were really dramatic actually). It went like this:

Squirrel: "So this is what death feels like. It's so cold, everything is white.
Bird: "Aah...that's because you're lying in the snow."
Squirrel: "And I'm turning blue!"
Bird: "Squirrel, you've always been blue."

You find out pretty quickly that Squirrel is afraid of everything, but will do anything to save his friend. Bird is so full of himself in a silly way - I loved him. Both characters together are really fun and entertaining to read about.


The illustrations were all very cute and cartoony. You know what I found out? The author 
has worked on the Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Space Jam, the Iron Giant. Are you kidding me!? Those movies are a part of my childhood. Yet another reason why I like this comic - the author is awesome. 

On the downside most of the events and some of the conversations felt very predictable in the story. Although, seeing as this is geared towards kids, those kids may have not come across certain situations in this book so I'd say they wouldn't mind it as much as I did. Anyways the ending made those predictable moments feel like they weren't a big of a deal especially the resolution between Sakari and her father. Sakari is the warrior penguin who pretty much has life covered, but her dad is too protective over her to see that she can defend herself. Again, pretty predictable situation, yet there was a  really great resolution to her story.

This is a comic book I would have liked as a kid. It has funny puns and dramatic characters which can only lead to hilarious situations in the future. If I like this comic now you can bet I would have loved it as a kid. Bird & Squirrel makes me want to read and explore more kids comic books which ultimately tells you how much I enjoyed reading this story. 

Have you read any comics that you've enjoyed lately?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Feral by Holly Schindler

Standalone. HarperTeen (August 2014)
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.
But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….
Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.



FERAL AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER:

FERAL falls squarely into the realm of the classic psychological thriller. While the book features mystery, horror, and paranormal elements, the emphasis is on the “psychological” rather than thriller / action. The novel features a Hitchcockian pace and focus on character development (here, we’re exploring the inner workings of the main character, Claire Cain).

Essentially, every aspect of FERAL is used to explore Claire’s inner workings—that even includes the wintry Ozarks setting. The water metaphor is employed frequently in psychological thrillers to represent the subconscious, and in this instance is incorporated in the form of a brutal ice storm (that represents Claire’s “frozen” inner state). The attempt to untangle what is real from what is unreal (another frequently-used aspect of the psychological thriller) also begins to highlight the extent to which Claire was hurt in that Chicago alley. Even the explanation of the odd occurrences in the town of Peculiar offers an exploration into and portrait of Claire’s psyche.

Ultimately, FERAL is a book about recovering from violence—that’s not just a lengthy or hard process; it’s a terrifying process, too. The classic psychological thriller allowed me to explore that frightening process in detail.


Excerpt from FERAL:

This excerpt takes place toward the end of the book; the spirit of our murder victim, Serena, has managed to take shelter inside the body of a feral cat referred to as “Sweet Pea.” But in this scene, Claire confronts Serena in the woods, as Serena makes it clear that she has vicious plans for Claire:

As Claire stared, Serena’s face grew clearer, gained dimension. She shivered when she realized Serena’s head was actually pushing its way out of the cat’s skull. Serena’s spirit was emerging

“The clock is ticking down for me,” Serena explained as she wrenched her face free. “Not much time left for me in this old body.” She had not completely left the old cat yet; her shoulders, her arms were out, but the rest of her figure was still inside.

“Sweet Pea’s life is ending. She’s old—so old. Time’s running out for me again,” she said. “I don’t want to leave—not the world, not like the [spirit-filled] fog wants me to. I want my old life back. I want to be seventeen, and I want to do seventeen-year-old things—I want to write for the paper and laugh with my friend, my best friend. Where is she tonight, huh? Getting ready for a dance. Trying to decide on the perfect hairdo. Hanging her pretty new dress out on the closet door. Like everything is the same as always. And where am I?”

Claire trembled against what Serena had just said, but stood firm, locking her jaws and making fists. “That’s not true,” she tried to protest. “She feels terrible. If you only knew—”

“Terrible! I’m the one in this awful body,” Serena shouted. “This broken-down, nasty body. I don’t want to be in here. I don’t want to be some old cat. I want to be a girl. I want to go to school. I want to live in my old house. I want my best friend. I want my life. But I don’t have my life. You have my life,” she shouted, stretching one arm toward Claire. “You have it,” she repeated.

She moved closer to Claire, yowling and snarling.

Please God, Claire thought, the words echoing inside her head. Don’t let me die…

Serena’s image pressed against Claire’s chest, her spirit so cold it burned. Claire fought against the truth of the moment. But there was no escaping it. This was happening. Serena was trying to get inside her…

Claire screamed as Serena’s fingers slipped through her skin, entering her chest. Seeping through the tiniest fissures in Claire’s broken places, like water through a crack in the glass…


About the Author:

Holly Schindler is the author of the critically acclaimed A BLUE SO DARK (Booklist starred review, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year silver medal recipient, IPPY Awards gold medal recipient) as well as PLAYING HURT (both YAs).

Her debut MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, also released in ’14, and became a favorite of teachers and librarians, who used the book as a read-aloud. Kirkus Reviews called THE JUNCTION “...a heartwarming and uplifting story...[that] shines...with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.”

FERAL is Schindler’s third YA and first psychological thriller. Publishers Weekly gave FERAL a starred review, stating, “Opening with back-to-back scenes of exquisitely imagined yet very real horror, Schindler’s third YA novel hearkens to the uncompromising demands of her debut, A BLUE SO DARK…This time, the focus is on women’s voices and the consequences they suffer for speaking…This is a story about reclaiming and healing, a process that is scary, imperfect, and carries no guarantees.”

Schindler encourages readers to get in touch. Booksellers, librarians, and teachers can also contact her directly regarding Skype visits. She can be reached at hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com, and can also be found at her website, blog, twitter, facebook, and tumblr accounts.

FERAL Trailer:




Giveaway


Thanks to the author, Holly Schindler, for letting me be a part of the FERAL Blog Tour!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Where in the World Have I Been?

Krystal Pham
I wish I could say I was traveling the world being the best thief the world has ever seen, but really I was mostly at school or at home being overwhelmed by what being an Education major entails. Compared to being a Psychology major I had no idea what I was getting into. It's actually been great working with kids. I'm generally shy, but after a day in one of the classrooms I'm doing field work in I was completely fine. I won't be writing about any experiences I've had in the classroom whether good or bad because of professional reasons. I just wanted to let you all know I'm doing well and I've been really dedicated to my career aspirations. I'm really happy that I feel passionate at times about my future career. I'm never passionate about anything. Being a teacher just might be my calling. But, I'm no natural and with a lot of experience I hope to be one of those teachers that kids remember learning and having fun in the classroom.

On to my reading escapades: I have not been reading consistently - no surprise there - but I do have a bunch of reviews that I still need to finish. Do you remember last August when I read all those books for the Bout of Books challenge? Well, I still have half written reviews on here that I need to finish plus a few rereads that I haven't been able to get to while I've been focused with school. It's crazy how long I've been away from the blog. I've never gone away this long before!

Here are the books that I've managed to read these past two months:




Half of these books happen to be rereads. I'm going to have to start adding rereads to my overall 2014 Reading Challenge if I hope to read 101 books like I planned to.

Other than reading some books and doing school work I finished Emma Approved and started watching Frankenstein MD both of which are really good. Also, Korra! This last season is going to be amazing and heartbreaking. I will miss watching and waiting for more episodes featuring the avatar. And by the way if you haven't been watching Gotham do yourself a favor and watch the first episode. It's pretty gruesome, but amazing. Watching Batman and Catwoman's origins has been completely satisfying so far. Actually, every villain and good guy's origins have been completely amazing. I'm in awe of this show. Oh, and I got two wisdom teeth taken out. I wouldn't recommend it. I am begging to not have to go through that again with my two other wisdom teeth. Shift teeth! Shift!

So what have you all been up to these past two months? Has anything major happen to your life like a book or a baby? I really want to know. Also, I'm looking for some Halloween reads - does anyone have any suggestions that I might find at my library?