It’s Been a While…

But I don’t need to tell YOU that it has been forever since I blogged. My health has been up and down, of course, and then I hit a bit of a blogging slump where I just… couldn’t bother to blog about books. I have still been reading of course, but I felt like my opinions were so insignificant and why bother posting?

However, I seem to be over that slump, and I am SO eager to get back into book blogging, both here and on my Tumblr.

How has 2014 been so far for you, my lovely followers?

When Stars Die Cover Reveal

I know Amber via Tumblr, she is a wonderful person and I am so excited for her and her new book. I have an ARC I can’t wait to dig in to and review for you all, but CHECK OUT that absolutely stunning cover!! Congratulations Amber!

Amber Skye Forbes

After a million years of waiting, here is the official cover for When Stars Die!

Title: When Stars Die

Author: Amber Skye Forbes

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release: October by AEC Stellar Publishing
Book Design: Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Art

Synopsis:  Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is…

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 3

15-Day-ChallengeThis awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 3: Who are your blogging BFFS?

Hmm, this is a toughie. I don’t know that I have any BFFS. I love everyone who follows my blog, and I love comments. But I don’t ever get to really sit down and talk shop with anyone. That makes me sad. I need a book blogging BFF. Any volunteers? (I have a ton of BFFS over on tumblr, but that is more personal blogging… and I am talking about book blogging here)

Some regular visitors whom I adore… lpstribling, ChrissiReads, books for a delicate eternity. There is also adamon04, who I talk to more on tumblr than WordPress.

Now accepting applications for a blogging BFF! ❤ Who is/are yours?

Top Ten Tuesday – Two for One!

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It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week I will be covering two TTT topics, since I missed last week’s due to family stuff.

Last Week’s TTT: Top Ten Movie Adaptations

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
They missed a lot of good stuff, and I wasn’t overly fond of some of the creative choices (like having the actors not in robes at all times) but overall, I loved this adaptation.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins was a screenwriter before she was a novelist. Of course this one was going to be good!

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
I read the book after I saw the movie. But that was OK because the book was essentially word-for-word the movie, which made me happy and a little annoyed that I was getting the same story.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This is a rare movie that I thought was better than the book. I loved the book, but there are just some things that are conveyed much better visually than in writing.

Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
Shamelessly love both the book and the movie.

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Content aside, they did a pretty good job of making these books into movies.

P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Whoever got the bright idea to turn the saddest book ever into the saddest movie ever needs to get a high-five. In the face. With a chair. I love the story, but I bawl my eyes out every single time.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The book and the movie are pretty drastically different, but both are awesome.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
It has been so long since I read this, but I know I love both the movie and the book. So it gets a spot.

Marley and Me by John Grogan
The message this movie sends about dog ownership aside… I love dog movies. And this one was well done.

The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan
The movie that is based on this book is called Lost and Delirious. And it is one of my favorites. So it gets spot 11.

I could list more. I thought this one was going to be tricky, but once I got thinking about all the movies based on books I have seen (and their books that I have read) I just flew through.

Top Ten Tuesday for July 16: Top Ten Authors Who Need More Credit

This may turn into “authors I didn’t know about because I live under a rock”. We will see.

Patrick Rothfuss
He is becoming better known now, but he is so amazingly talented, and he is also very kind and funny. Check out his blog if you don’t believe me.

Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant
This woman is all things awesome. She is a feminist, she strives for equality, and she does amazing research when it comes to her books. Not to mention her books are SUBLIME.

Cathy Marie Buchanan
A fairly new Canadian author, she has a talent for some of the most beautiful prose in historical fiction I have seen.

Louise Cooper
Another awesome author. You will have to find most of her books used, though.

Hugh Howey
He started as an independent, and is now published by one of the biggies. He keeps his books DRM free, and as low-priced as he can manage. And Wool is one of the best (if not the best) Dystopian ever. Yet his following is more cult than anything.

Jasper Fforde
Before my book club read Shades of Grey one month, I had never heard of this guy. WHY THE HECK NOT?!

Elizabeth Haydon
Another author I never heard of until I stumbled on her books. She isn’t mentioned in fantasy discussions, and that makes me sad.

Blake Charlton
Creator of one of the most innovative magic systems I have read about. Plus, he overcame dyslexia to write his novels, which is HUGE!

OK, I only have 8… because most of the authors I like are pretty well-known.

So, what do you think of either of these TTT topics? Leave a comment!