Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slump Madness




First, I want to apologize for my absence. I have absolutely no idea what is wrong or where my motivation has gone to. The things that I love to do I haven't done which is reading, blogging, drawing, panting, and journaling in a month...A Month. I've never gone that long without posting anything on my blog.

I know that a lot of people have these moments and when I usually have them its never this long. I hate feeling like this. Absolutely hate it because this is something that I love to do. I have a live show coming up next Saturday and I will have the book read by then but I'm no where near finished reading it.

Most of all I don't want to feel obligated and make something forced because that will take out the fun for everything. I want to be happy and give good quality posts and content and I want that to have a good reflection on me as well.

I just have not had the urge or motivation to do any of that. So my question for you guys.What is it that you do whenever you feel yourself losing motivation or in a slump that is affecting everything that you have a love for? I'm open to any and everything and desperately want to get out of this yuck feeling.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Borrow-A-Thon Round two Challenges!

I had so much fun participating in borrow-a-thon last year and I'm excited to participate again. Before I show you my tbr I will give you the list of challenges.

This is a week long challenge that encourages you to utilize your library. I work in a library so I am always using one but this makes it more fun.

March 19th 12:00AM-March 26th 11:59PM

  • Try before you buy
  • A Graphic Novel
  • Try a new-to-you author
  • A book recommended to you
  • A book with your favorite color on the cover
  • A book that involves a library in some way

My borrow-a-thon tbr in the order of the challenge
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
  • Rule by Jay Crownover
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine
When you pick out your TBR use the hastag #Borrow-A-Thon on twitter or your social media platforms.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Podcast: Java and the Librarians Ep:1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Ep:1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Urban vs Epic Fantasy Week

This post is what I am excited for. If you love fantasy this is for you but which side of the fantasy spectrum are you on? I am definently #TeamUrban but I do love a good epic as well.

This is for all of you guys to stand together with your sides and unite as one. There are some great Urban Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books coming out this year and I can't wait to devour those.

Here is the schedule for this week.

Urban Fantasy vs Epic Fantasy Schedule: 

  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)

For more info head over to Entangle Teen to check it out. There is also a cool giveaway going on too. 

Which team are you on?

#TeamUrbanFantasy or #TeamEpicFantasy 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spotlight: Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald

About the Audiobook

Author: Linda MacDonald
Narrator: Harriet Carmichael
Length: 8h 43m
Publisher: Essential Music⎮2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: Nov. 17, 2016
Synopsis: “Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.”
Marianne Hayward, teacher of psychology and compulsive analyser of the human condition, is hormonally unhinged. The first seven years of her education were spent at a boys’ prep school, Brocklebank Hall, where she was relentlessly bullied. From the start, she was weak and frightened and easy prey for Barnaby Sproat and his gang. Only one boy was never horrible to her: the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey, on whom she developed her first crush.
Now 46, when Marianne finds her charming husband in the kitchen talking to the glamorous Charmaine, her childhood insecurities resurface and their once-happy
marriage begins to slide. Teenage daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited, which results in both fearful and nostalgic memories of prep school as Marianne wonders what has become of the bullies and of Edward Harvey. Frantic to repair her marriage, yet rendered snappy and temperamental by her plummeting hormones, her attempts towards reconciliation fail. The answer to all her problems could lie in finding Edward again... But what would happen if she found what she seeks?

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About the Author: Linda MacDonald

Born and brought up in the town of Cockermouth in the Lake District in England, Linda MacDonald has a degree in psychology from Goldsmiths’, London University, and a PGCE in biology and science. She retired in 2012 from teaching psychology in a 6th Form College in order to focus on writing, and has now published three print novels, the first of which is now an audiobook. She lives in Beckenham in Greater London, and travels to speak to various groups about the inspiration behind the ‘Lydia’ series and the psychology of internet relationships.

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About the Narrator: Harriet Carmichael

I've always loved doing voices.  I grew up with Radio 4 being on constantly in the background. Somehow the voices and accents broadcast over the years soaked in. And now I do voices. Or if you ask my agent, I'm a "voice artist".

For the last seven years I've spent most of my days in front of a microphone: as myself; as seven-year-old boys; talkingbaboons; angsty teenagers (usually American); androgynous talking cats; Glaswegian Grannies; the cast of The Archers...  

After university I trained at The Oxford School of Drama and then acted mainly with touring theatre companies - some brilliant, some not so... I had a lot of fun, but once I started doing voiceovers in warm studios with good coffee, being on the road lost some of its appeal.

And the voice can do much more than people think. Tone, timing, pitch and accent can all
vary depending on the job. From commercials and corporates to cartoons, computer games and audiobooks, it's a brilliant job and, really, I owe it all to Radio 4.





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Summary: Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.



I went through this book and I hate that because I couldn't really take my time and savor it like I wanted but it was so freaking good and I practically zoomed through this. The book blurb tells you exactly what the book is about. 

Caraval is a game and a dangerous game at that. Nothing is not what it seems. The whole aspect of it was entrancing. I felt like a player myself within the game. Its like a whole different world.

The characters were easy to connect with. Scarlet is the older sister that has taken on the role as the mother. Their mother abandoned them when they were younger and Scarlet feels like it is her responsibility to be there for Tella. She is the most logic one of the two and loves Tella very fiercely.  She would give up practically anything for her sister

I liked Julian as a character. He was full of humor and was the comical aspect for the story. I loved that he is bold and has wit. The romance between them was mild and you could tell how it was building at some point. 

The father? Was a complete vile man. The violence that he inflicted and the control he had was not justifiable. 

This does have a dark tone to it but it fit well for this book.

Rating 4 Stars

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Scythe by Neil Shusterman

Goodreads Summary: Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.











I just finished the book and I had to hurry and write down my review before I forgot. This story is about a dystopian world that does not experience natural death, sickness, or anything of that nature. That means with mortality outdone the world's population is growing. To handle this Scythes are appointed to be the bearer of death which is called gleaming (killing)

Rowan and Citra are two teenagers that are chosen to be Scythe's apprentices under the mentoring of Scythe Faraday. They must each learn the way of gleaming and the lives of a Scythe. When one apprentice is chosen the other gets to go back to their lives but to show that no loyalty between Rowan and Citra which ever one wins they would have to gleam the other. 

This has the vibe and tone of all of Neil Shusterman's writing everywhere. It was dark and it had suspense as well. Rowan and Citra are both alike and at the same time different. Their personalities always clashed  a lot but the friendship between them bloomed nicely. I think this could have done without the romance. I didn't really think it was necessary for them.

The world that was created was different from anything that I read and had an original turn on it. With the scythes symoblizing death it still contradicted the immortality of the world because the uncertanity was there. It was still sudden and people did not know when they would die. Instead of dying from sickeness or natural causes they were killed and it was just. 

The scythes had morals that they lived by but to the scythe it didn't matter if it was right or wrong. It was all right in there eyes of how or why they gleamed regardless of losing their humanity. 

This did have some parts where it dragged but it wasn't to much. I felt this wrapped up nicely and it was a quick read. 

4 Stars