Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pushing the Limits Read Along – Week 4

 This fabulous event is hosted by ME Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.

For 6 weeks, we will discuss the amazing emotional roller coaster that is Pushing the Limits. We will tear up with Echo, swoon over Noah and thoroughly enjoy this unbelievably fantastic book!  Every week will have awesometastic giveaways sponsored by HarlequinTEEN  and we have an epic, unique and absolutely adorable Grand Prize  sponsored by Bewitched Bookworms and Katie McGarry herself!
Ready for some fun?!
Along with the fun questions and reader discussions, there are also giveaways going on!
Visit the different hosts of the week to find out what the next giveaway is and below is the information about the awesome grand prize!

Grand Prize Package

The winner will be drawn from all participants during the course of the  Read-Along. Of course, if you participate every week, you’ll have 6  chances to win! This Prize Package is sponsored by Katie McGarry (we love her so much!!) and the Bewitched Bookworms and is special, unique and totally inspired by our loves: Echo & Noah!
  • 1 personalized, signed, finished copy of Pushing The Limits!(Katie will sign it to the winner!)
  • Fudge brownie mix since that’s Lila’s favorite and she always buys them when she is with Echo
  • Pushing the Limits Bookmark
  • A small Hot Wheels Corvette – VROOM!
  • CD from Angela McGarry. Katie’s sister-in-law wrote and recorded a song called Can You. The song is inspired by Pushing the Limits and is from Echo’s POV. Part of the chorus is: I’m broken, I’m shattered, I’m scarred. Can you really save me? It’s an amazing song.
  • Cinnamon Lip Gloss (Bath& Body works) Noah loves that Echo smells like Cinnamon …
  • Cinnamon Room Spray (Bath & Body Works)
  • Pair of Fingerless long Gloves

Now, for this week’s questions:

­­1. At a certain moment, Echo tells Noah that she feels safe with him. Echo thinks that because of this comforting feeling, she may be able to finally have a full night of peaceful sleep. Why do you think it is important for Echo to feel safe? And why no one else but Noah has been able to provide this to Echo?

Echo hasn’t really felt safe with anybody because of different traumas in her life.  People who say they love her have hurt her or left her, so it is hard for her to feel safe with anybody, but there is something she sees in Noah that shows her he will be there for her.  She trusts him and he has shown her that he will be there for her no matter what.

2. Beth, Noah’s friend, also has a very complex life situation, plus she also does drugs. However, what grabs my attention is her mean behavior towards Echo. Why do you think Beth hate/dislikes Echo so much?

I think she hates Echo because Echo is friend with the more popular crowd, where Beth’s group of people isn’t.  She thinks Echo will take advantage or think she is above people like Beth.

3. At some point, we finally get to know how Noah’s parents died at the fire and how it started. Unfortunately, this is something that has happened before. What tips to avoid a fire (especially when there are kids at home) do you know about? List a few! Recommendations to avoid tragedies are very valuable.

Hmm, always blow out candles, keep matches and lighters out of reach from kids, make sure not to leave on the stove, no flames without adult supervision, that kind of stuff.

4. Echo finally discovers more about what really happened to her the day she got her scars at her mother’s place. Unfortunately, this also involved Echo’s father and Ashley. What do you think about them and to what point do you think it makes them responsible to what happened to Echo?

I can see why she blames Ashley because she felt that Ashley put a wedge in the family, but I know it wasn’t on purpose.  Echo’s dad can seem a bit cold and selfish when it comes to some things and I wish he had been there for Echo more than he was.  Though he wasn’t horrible, he wasn’t the best dad, either and he definitely should have picked up on Echo’s call knowing how her mother could get.

5. On p.303 (from arc) Echo said to Noah: “I love you…[y]ou love your brothers more. I’m okay with that. In fact, it’s one of the things I love about you. You were right the other day. I do want to be part of a family. But I’d never forgive myself if I was the reason you didn’t get yours… I love you enough to never make you choose.”  What do you think of Echo’s decision to break up with Noah? What does it mean to you?

She obviously loves him a lot to break up with him in efforts to make sure he got his family, though I think she never should have broken up with him because he needs her to be there for him.  True he does have Beth and Isaiah, but it isn’t quite the same as having the girl you love there, too.  The love Echo has for Noah is beautiful and selfless and this was the perfect way to show it.

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Waiting on Wednesday (11)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on:

 The Murmurings
Carly Anne West

Release 3-5-13

A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not….

Why I am waiting:

I have been wanting to find a really creepy book to scare me, and this one may have the potential to do it.  It sounds like it could be a really great story!

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Top Ten Tuesday (19)

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Books During the Lifetime of my Blog

1. Pushing the Limits: This was last month’s favorite read and boy was it a roller coaster of emotion!  It was amazing and one you should definitely not pass up.  If you don’t want to pass it up, you have a chance to win it here.

2. Forbidden: My favorite read for the month of February.  Another brilliantly amazing book and super emotional.  Beautiful even though taboo.

3. Eve: One of the first dystopian books I had read.  The concept behind the purpose of the school for girls is really quite creepy.

4. Anna Dressed in Blood: A perfect Halloween read!  It had a great mix of creepy and gross.  The characters were fantastic.

5. Anna and the French Kiss: My favorite read for the month of April.  I don’t often read contemporary, but I gave this one a shot and laughed so much, how could I not love it?  Plus, if you love swoon worthy book boyfriends, wait until you meet St. Clair if you haven’t already!

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: It was really hard to pick between this book and Anna and the French Kiss for my favorite for April.  I listened to this one on audiobook, and the reader was magnificent.  So far, this is by far my favorite audiobook yet!

7. The Near Witch: My favorite read for December.  It had an eloquent writing style and wonderful story telling. A perfect witch story.

8. Incarnate: My favorite read for May.  The cover is what brought me to this one and the story didn’t disappoint me.  The idea behind it is interesting and the characters are great.  The music scenes in this book are beautiful.

9. Cinder: I haven’t read many fairy tale retellings, but this one was incredible and it will be hard for other retellings to live up to this book.  It has a combination of unexpected elements and is a must read for any Cinderella fan.  My favorite book from January.

10. The Hunger Games: I was a bit slow on getting to this book.  I also watched the movie before reading it because that is just how I have to do it, lol. This book was intense and un-put-downable!

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*Review* Torn – Amanda Hocking

 Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2)

Amanda Hocking

356 pages

ISBN: 9781250006325

Read 8-16-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Step into the world of the Trylle, and prepare to be enchanted….

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

This is the second book of the Trylle Trilogy and it continues Wendy’s struggles with being a troll princess and the duties that come with it.  Several things come out in this book, some I figured out, others were a surprise.  I like Wendy even more in this book than the first, though sometimes she can still be a bit immature.  I also like Tove and Loki (I already liked Tove, but even more now; he is just so loyal).  I am not quite sure why Wendy still has feelings for Finn, but I guess you can’t really help who you fall for, right?  We get introduced to some new characters who are from the Vittra, and their king is definitely one for my dislike list.  He is horrible! Continue reading

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Musing Mondays (16)

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.  This week Musing asks:

Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?

I have not reread any books, so I can’t say this has happened.  I have so many books I need and want to read that I really don’t have time to reread!  But I can say that sometimes I have thought about a book over a period of time, and even long after I have finished the book, my opinion on it may have shifted a tad.  Sometimes I forget what it was that really bugged me or small things I didn’t like, and the good parts with be what I really remember.  But this is the only way any of it may change, if it does at all.

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In My Mailbox (18)

 In my mailbox is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren that lets us share our bookish finds!

Won

Otherkin – Nina Berry
Won from LibraryThing

Breathe – Sarah Crossan
Won from Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide

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TGIF (3)

 TGIF at GReads is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReadsand it re-caps her posts during the week and asks a bookish question.

This weeks question is:

Pimp Your Review: Feature a favorite book review you’ve written in the past that you feel deserves more love!

I think my favorite book review I have done so far is for Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden. I was so moved by the book that I think it made me write a better review.  Find it here!

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50 Follower Giveaway!!

I hit 50 followers with week, and to show my appreciation for my followers, I am doing a giveaway!!  You can enter to win one of the following books of your choice.  The giveaway is international and ends at Midnight on the 24th!  Usually I do not require you to be a follower, but since this is a follower giveaway, it is a requirement this time.  The books up for grabs are:

To enter go here!!  This is my blogger site that is solely to host my giveaways since WordPress and Rafflecopter don’t really mesh.  Thanks to Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide for the idea!

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Waiting on Wednesday (10)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on:

 Asunder
Jodi Meadows

Release 1-29-13

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Why I’m Waiting:

I loved the first book in this trilogy and I sped through it in just a couple of sittings, so I can’t wait to see what is going to happen for the next book.  And isn’t the cover just beautiful?  The cover of Incarnate was gorgeous also, it’s what originally caught my eye!

So what are you Waiting on?

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Musing Mondays (15)

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.  This week Musing asks:

Do you snack while you read?  If so, what is your favorite reading snack?

For the most part, I don’t really snack while I am eating, especially if it is a really good book because then I am too into the book to think about food.  If I ever do snack on anything, usually it is something in smaller pieces like M&Ms or Welch’s fruit snacks.  I don’t like eating things like chips while I read, I’m too afraid of getting chip grease on the pages.

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