04/26/12



Giveaway

Blog Tour: Until I Die by Amy Plum & Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Amy Plum’s second Reverent novel, UNTIL I DIE! This is a great series and if you haven’t read the first novel, Die for Me, here is your chance! I have a signed paperback copy of Die for Me by Amy Plum up for grabs!

Die for Me by Amy PlumAnd for another awesome prize pack, follow the entire blog tour (you can click the banner to get all the info at Mundie Moms!) and collect the secret words! Once you collect all the words and put them together, you can enter to win a fabulous prize pack! More info about all the contents of that on the Mundie Moms, just click that banner!

My secret words are: to send

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

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04/26/12



Book Review

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Until I Die by Amy PlumRelease Date: May 8, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 352
Format: ARC/Hardcover
Source: Publisher/Bought
Interest: Series
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Until I Die really surprised me. And in a good way. It didn’t suffer from “second book” syndrome! You know what I mean. In the first book our hero and heroine are working do hard to be together and then they finally get to at the end. Only to find some sort of unobtainable obstacle in book two that pushes them apart.

I kept waiting for that to happen in book Until I Die… and it didn’t. Well not really. Sure Vincent and Kate had their share of struggles, but they were together. They might have been keeping a few things from each other, but they always told the other what was going on, just not eventually. That made me really respect them as characters!

This sequel was a smashing success! I adored it! Jules and Ambrose, I love those two. I really missed Charlotte this time around. I love the character dynamics, the unconventional family that they’ve all created. They’d all die for each other. And they do die! Ha! And I really enjoyed the new characters we meet this time around! Though I figured out who the bad guy was long before Kate let the pieces fall together!

I am still completely captivated by the revenant mystery and can’t wait for me! Until I Die really does a wonderful job setting up the next book. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Vincent and Kate!

On another note, I love that I get to visit Paris while reading these novels. You can tell that Plum has a wonderful understanding of the city and the culture. I only hope I can experience it first hand one day!

04/25/12



Giveaway

Giveaway: One For The Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One for the Murphys Prize Pack

Win an advance reader copy of One For the Murphys, bookmarks, postcards and a bracelet! This would be a great book to read for the Debut Author Challenge!

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family’s love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

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04/25/12



Book Review

The Hunger Games a Tribute Guide

The Hunger Games Tribute GuideRelease Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Shelfability: Borrow
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Interest: Hunger Games!
Challenge: None

“The New York Times bestselling Hunger Games is now a major motion picture — and here is the ultimate guide to the all the tributes in the 74th annual Hunger Games!

Here is the ultimate guide to the twenty-four Tributes participating in Panem’s 74th annual Hunger Games. Follow the Tributes’ journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way–the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more. Get exclusive information about the Tributes’ strengths and weaknesses, their weapons of choice, and their experience in the Capitol before entering the arena.”

This book is exactly what you would think from the title. It’s a guide to the Tributes. I was thinking maybe there would be addition content that we didn’t get in the book, but there is not. This would be a good “fan” book for movie-goers and perhaps even a refresher for readers that may not have read the book in a while.

I was hoping that perhaps we would get names for all of the Tributes. I realize that many in the books did not have names, but since this was a TRIBUTE book… I thought it would have been very cool addition!

If you eat and breathe Hunger Games, than this is a book for you. If you’re a fan but of the books more than the movies, just borrow this one from the library.

04/24/12



Misc.

Clarification

 

Let’s try this again. I owe all of you, the blogging community and my readers a much better explanation and apology. My first apology was written out of emotion. I should have given myself the time to reflect before responding. I didn’t do that and I tend to let my emotions rule.

I am truly sorry for all the trouble that this has caused the book blogging community. That’s my biggest regret. You gave me your respect and I let you down. I took a role as a leader and I didn’t take my actions into account as it would reflect on the community as a whole. For that I am truly sorry.

When I first received the allegations of plagiarism, I was presented with the information and could not deny the facts. While the content was not identical the subject matter was. I thought only content could be plagiarized. Changing a few a words around with a thesaurus, or simple copying and pasting content. It seems as though taking a general topic and rewriting it is plagiarism. That is simply my own ignorance on the matter, and I should have known better. It was a confusion of inspiration and plagiarism on my part. I am not denying my actions. I was in the wrong. I read a post, I thought it was interesting and wanted to make it into something that would be relevant for book blogging.

While I did not recognize the blogs in question initially after continued correspondence I discovered I was incorrect in that. I worked with the bloggers first linking to their initial posts and then in the complete deletion of the posts in question.

Was I feeling pressure to do something new and engaging? Something helpful and interesting? I was. I should have made a conscious effort to note what my inspirations were, I should have handled the situation much differently.  A simple email asking for permission or a link back should have happened. And I didn’t do it. I’ve preached that thousands of times. I lacked in taking my own advice.

I know that I have disappointed many of you. That is heartbreaking to me. I am still the same person that you have come to know through the years. I just really screwed up.

I am sorry for the strain that I have put on the blogger/author/publisher relationship. I for one have worked hard to lessen that strain, and it seems that all of that work may have been lost in this mistake.

I can assure you that my remaining content is my own. Although I know there is no reason for you to believe me. And I don’t blame you for being skeptical.

To Grit and Glamour and Beautifully Invisible, I extend my deepest apologies. Please do not judge the book blogging community by my mistakes.

In the end, I hope that something positive comes away from this. Don’t make the same mistakes that I did. Learn from them. I know that I have. I apologize for my actions and will work harder to be a better blogger. I only hope that you will give me a chance to do so.

 

Edited to add: All comments with personal insults that do not add to a discussion will be moderated and removed by a third party (as Kristi is at work). If you would like to comment, please do so appropriately.



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