Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bookdictive Liebster Award Nomination!

Woot!!!!! I got nominated for my first ever Liebster Award by Litha Nelle over at Victorian Soul Book Critiques

For those of you who are clueless as to what it is, Liebster means "dearest" in German and the award is something bloggers pass on to other bloggers they like or whose blogs they admire. It seems it has been around the blogosphere since about 2010 and appears to be going strong.

This particular Liebster Award has a different variation of the rules:

1. Link and Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asks.
3. Pick 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers.
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Here are the questions and my answers. Below it is my own list of questions. 
1. What is your favorite time of day to read?
My favorite time to read is late at night. I love coming home, getting ready for bed, and curling up with a book or my Kindle until I get sleepy.

2. What makes your favorite book your favorite: the characters, the plot, or something else?
Like every other reviewer out there, my list of favorite books is endless. But I have to say, a longtime favorite of mine, Gone With the Wind (not YA lol) is a favorite because a) It's fantastic historical fiction from the viewpoint of the unpopular side b) It's long and well-written and c) Because Scarlett is the most selfish and yet complex character. You WANT to hate her, and you probably do (I think I do, at least), but at the same time, you love her. You lament her stupid decisions (WHO SAYS NO TO RHETT BUTLER?!) and want to throw things when she ruins EVERYTHING. But in the end, she'll become one of your favorite characters of all time.

3. What is your favorite dessert?
I love fruit desserts: Apple crumble, berry cobbler, etc. But I also love anything chocolate!

4. Do you have a favorite villain? (Literary or otherwise)
Undoubtedly Darth Vader. Anakin Skywalker/Vader, to be exact. Kinda like Scarlett O'Hara, he's complex and I love him because I see what led him to the Dark Side. 
5. What three books would you bring to a deserted island with you, if you had everything you needed (food, water, shelter, bookshelves, etc.)?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; probably my Norton Anthology of Romantic Literature (plenty to read, it's a huge text); and a trashy romance book because, hello, I'm stranded on an island. It's practically a requirement! 
6. Which book do you consider underrated and under-read (people don't read it as much)?
Oooo tough one. Currently, I'm trying to get my friends to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer but they won't bite. Same goes for Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Both received five stars from me! 
7. If you could travel to another universe (bookish or otherwise), would you stay here or go?
8. If you could travel back in time once, where would you go, and what would you do?
Scottish highlands before the Jacobite stuff. I went through a terrible Highland Romance phase and devoured like 30 books.
9. Is there a book you think is over-hyped (a lot of people like it, but you don't)?
The Selection series. Poorly developed characters that all have good things happen to them are cleverly concealed behind gorgeous covers. 
10. If you could meet any author (living or dead), who would you meet, and why?
J.K. Rowling. She's just...ugh. She's amazing. Brilliant. Fluid and talented writer. She's my idol.
11. Do you judge a book by its cover?
Fo sho! But I love being proven wrong. ;)

Here are my 11 questions that you must answer: 
1. When did you first realize that you loved reading?
2. Who is your least favorite literary character of all time?
3. What book-to-movie adaptation do you approve of?
4. How many books do you think you own? (electronic and/or hardcopy)
5. What is a book or series that you couldn't bring yourself to love, but everyone else seemed to love?
6. If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you pick and why?
7. What is your favorite highbrow/respected work of literature?
8. What is your favorite (pick one) "fun" work of literature? 
9. What genre can you absolutely not stand to read?
10. Who is your favorite literary character?
11. What is the most gorgeous and cover-coveting worthy book cover you've ever seen? 

Okay, so, that's it! I look forward to seeing the posts from the people I nominate! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Elementalists by C. Sharp

So, I finished reading this two days ago (yay ARCs, yay Diversion Books! They're such a nice publishing company) and I feel silly because I had NO IDEA THE AUTHOR WAS A GUY. Oops :P Not like it matters, but I've definitely noticed over the years that men and women each have their own distinctive voices. This changes my perspective a lot, but my review won't go up for awhile since the publishing date is so far off.

ANYWAY, time for the reveal!
*drum roll*

Isn't it pretty???? 
What I love about it is that it totally relates to the book. The girl looks similar to how I pictured the MC, Chloe, to look; and the lightening in the background is fitting, as it plays a pretty central role in the story. It's dramatic, it's blue (which I love), and it's impressive. But what do you guys think?? Let me know in the comments!

It is the hottest year on record for the fifth year in a row, and famine riots spread across much of Africa. Along the Gulf Coast, the hurricane season is one of the worst in memory. The latest in a string of 9.0 strength earthquakes has claimed two-hundred thousand lives in central China. Far below the earth’s crust, imprisoned in ancient slumber, the elemental powers of the land grow restless...

All seems normal in small town Virginia, where fifteen year old Chloe McClellan dreads the start of her sophomore year. Whip-smart, athletic and genuine, she’s also a bit of an angry loner who is totally unaware of her charms. Despite her plans to stay under the radar, Chloe becomes a target for the fiery queen of the It-girls in fifth period gym. She then draws instant notoriety when she’s struck by lightning after her first disastrous day of school. As if that weren’t bad enough, she soon comes to believe, that either she’s going insane, or her accident has unleashed a powerful and terrifying creature from the mythological world—triggering the final countdown to the world’s sixth great extinction level event.

Chloe finds some solace as she inexplicably wins the affections of an unlikely trio of male classmates: the earthy and gregarious captain of the football team, the flighty stoner with a secret, and an enigmatic transfer student who longs for the sea. All the while she struggles with the growing realization that “Dragons” exist, and she may be the only one who can stop them.

The Elementalists, book one of the Tipping Point Prophecy, follows Chloe and her group of friends, and enemies, as they struggle to save humanity by harnessing the power of the elements.

Author bio:
This is C. Sharp’s debut novel. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He works in film and commercial production. Chris now lives in Concord, MA with his wife and daughter.

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