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Obsessive Behavior and Non Protests

Hello and a Happy Sunday to everyone!

As you can see,this is not a weekly In My Mailbox post. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme where book bloggers showcase and talk about the books they received during the past week and it is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. In light of recent news/events in the blogging community a lot of people have drawn a line in the sand and I‘d like to be incredibly clear as to my decision to no longer participate in In My Mailbox.

1. I was too obsessed. As a newish blogger I confess, I was mesmerized by the statistic graphs I saw when I participated in and linked up to a meme, specifically In My Mailbox. I was so obsessed with posting and linking up on Sunday morning, that it was my only focus as soon as I woke up. I even resulted to sneaking my cellphone during church and checking to see if The Story Siren’s post and linky was up. I admit to actually pretending to use the restroom in order to link up on time. Then once linked up, I would spend hours visiting other bloggers’ posts so they’d then return the favor and my stats would go up. I’ve realized that this is a bit on the obsessive side and I’m not proud of it. I needed to step away.

2. I am not protesting. Please understand, my decision is not a protest. This event just provided me with an opportunity to look at my own behavior and priorities. I do not condone plagiarism in any way. I cannot defend what The Story Siren did. However, I also do not condone bullying and people being overly mean. I do not defend their actions or words. My choice in ending my weekly participation in this meme is in no way me “picking a side”; it is purely personal. I am one hundred and ten percent fine with other bloggers who continue to participate in this meme. Likewise, I am also one hundred and ten percent fine with people who do choose not to follow The Story Siren. I’m all for bloggers (and people) making their own decisions based on their own personal convictions.

3. I’m not saying never. I may still post an In My Mailbox when I am particularly excited about a book or books I was gifted, bought or picked up from the library. But three weekly memes is just too much for me to handle and behave in a sane and reasonable manner! Those who can do it sanely – meme on! :)

Blah.

Okay, that’s enough explanation. I need to go clean my house, read, spend time with my husband and then later work on some reviews.

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Selection

Happy Friday!

It is 100% true that on Friday mornings I sing “This is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan  to myself as I get ready for work.  “Its Friday night and I feel alright…” Yup. Pretty much every Friday.

Well, Fridays also mean that its time for another Book Trailer of the Week!  This week’s featured book trailer is for The Selection by Kiera Class, The Selection by Kiera Cassa new Young Adult dystopian romance. Just look at that lovely cover!

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.  But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Sounds pretty interesting huh?!  Well, here’s the book trailer!

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Waiting On Wednesday: Bitterblue

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Hi there everyone!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I just finished Fire by Kristin Cashore, the second book in the Graceling Realms series. I adored Graceling (the first book) and loved Fire just as much if not more! Cashore’s writing is so smooth and poetic and draws you without you even realizing how hooked you are!

Now, Kristin Cashore’s third book in the series, Bitterblue, is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2012. Its just a few weeks away! It seems that everyone is excited about reading Bitterblue, and I’m no different!

Here’s the summary for Bitterblue.

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Ohh the idea of a grown up Bitterblue is so intriguing. She’s a young girl in Graceling so I’m excited to see her as an older and wiser character…and as queen!

The book trailer is pretty good too and sums up the whole series as well.

What books are you trying to patiently wait for?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Female Characters

Top Ten TuesdayAnother week another Top Ten Tuesday! YAY! I think it really is my favorite meme, even though writing these posts take the most time. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage interaction between book bloggers.

This week’s theme is favorite fictional characters, but I decided to narrow it down and make it my favorite female fictional characters. I’m in the mood for a little girl power this week!

Spice Girls

Ummm…not exactly that kind of girl power.

All the characters I chose as favorites are strong, yet also vulnerable and not afraid to be themselves. They’re girls that I see pieces of myself in at times, which I think is why I feel a connection with them. So, lets get started with my ten (okay eleven!) favorite fictional female characters!

Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire! I mean, need I say more? I don’t, but I will. Katniss takes care of those she loves, and she even makes major sacrifices for those she loves. She is strong, but is also not perfect (she can be pretty clueless at times) and she’s okay with that. Katniss is awesome.

Hermione GrangerHermione Granger from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione is a reader. She’s always reading more and more to learn more and more. She also doesn’t let bullies get her down, and is extremely loyal to her friends.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

What I like about Fire is that she is both strong and incredibly sad and guilt ridden. She is strong and powerful but vulnerable and gentle. She’s a pretty awesome heroine.

Divergent by Veronica RothTris Pryor from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris has a deep sense of who she is. She knows she can’t live a certain way and doesn’t try to mold herself into an impossible mold for the sake of others. But at the same time, she is incredibly caring and loyal. She is also so strong that she forces herself to face her fears head on.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. LockhartRuby Oliver from The Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart

Ruby is so hilariously obnoxious. She is so self absorbed but is, at the same time, improve herself and her relationships. She isn’t satisfied with her status quo and pushes through the pain to get to the joy.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally CarterCammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Cammie is awesome. She is normal – for a teenage spy in training. Despite all the things that make her extraordinary (like all her covert ops capabilities), Cammie is really just a normal girl who likes to be with her friends and talk about cute boys. I feel like I could hang out with her!

Nancy DrewNancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene

Nancy Drew was probably my first favorite heroine ever. I started reading these books in early elementary school with my mom. Nancy is smart and doesn’t take no for an answer. She always manages to solve the mystery while looking fabulous the whole time (in perfect 1950s fashion!).

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is one of my favorites for many reasons but one main reason is that she’s an American girl in love with a Welsh guy. So romantic… yes I just said that. Also, Tessa doesn’t let herself believe the lies about her that others try to convince her of. She isn’t perfect, but she knows she is a person of value despite what others may think.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

She is smart, brave and loyal. Miri is the one in her family who takes care of the business side of things, she does this even better than her father. She also doesn’t really believe she is brave, but can be courageous when its necessary. Miri is also incredibly loyal to her family, friends and hometown. She will do, and does, whatever she can to make sure they’re safe.

Raina Raina from Smile by Raina Telgmeier

I feel like Raina’s preteen years were exactly like mine! For so many reasons! I literally turned every page in Smile thinking, “That is SO me!” From embarrassing middle school moments to a love for New Kids on the Block! For more about this check out my review of Smile.

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know this is #11, but the “fine eyed” Elizabeth Bennet cannot be left off this list. She is witty, intelligent, and confident. But she also recognizes her mistake and changes in the end. I totally believe we’d be friends in real life.

Who are your favorite fictional female characters? Are there any I’ve forgotten?

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Winner Announcement: Cinder Audiobook Giveaway

Hello!  It’s that time everyone!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Cinder Audiobook Giveaway!

Cinder by Marissa MeyerBefore we announce the winner lets review the prize!

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Yes!  It’s very exciting!  The winner of this giveaway will receive an audiobook copy of Melissa Meyer’s debut Young Adult fiction novel, Cinder!

So, let me just say that my free wordpress.com account does not allow cool giveaway widgets like rafflecopter, but I do have access to random.org, a free online random number generator.

I assigned numbers to every participant who completed the giveaway entry form on the giveaway post, and wrote those numbers on little pieces of paper (plus additional entries for those who completed the extra entry options). Then I entered the number range into the generator at random.org and came out with a winner!

The chosen number was number 20, which was one of the numbers assigned to…..

Michelle Bledsoe!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Michelle who just won herself a copy of  Cinder on audiobook!

All I need from you is to email me  your mailing address at  tinalina(at)gmail(dot)com within the next 48 hours and I will ship your winnings to you right away!

Thanks to everyone who entered!  This giveaway was a success and it’s because of you!

Also, a huge thank you to MacMillan Audio for donating this audiobook for giveaway!  For more information on Marissa Meyer and her debut novel, Cinder check out her blog!  Also, you can read my review of Cinder here.

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In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is a fun way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs!

So this week, I may or may not have gone a little crazy on NetGalley. (Thank you to NetGalley and all the publishers!) I ended up getting five titles from NetGalley although I have no idea when I’m going to read them!  Oh well, summer is coming soon and I’ll have loads of free time then! So, here are the books in my mailbox this week.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

I’ve seen this one around on some other blogs and figured it was time I requested it.

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.

Diva by Jillian LarkinDiva by Jillian Larkin

I have no idea why I requested this one.  I really wasn’t a fan of, Vixen, the first book and haven’t even read the second title, but the cover is just so pretty!!!

Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.  Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?  Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

The Glimpse by Claire MerleThe Glimpse by Claire Merle

I jut love this cover and the summary sounds really cool!

Throughout England people are now divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test, with the Pures living in small Communities cut off from the madness of society, and the Crazies living outside the walls in the squalor and mayhem of the City. Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that there was a mistake with her Pure test. She is actually one of the Crazies, and one day in the near or distant future she will become sick. But Ana has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s defects, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a conditional reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony looms closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa WalkerUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

This one sounds like a great summer read.

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

I love this cover and can’t wait to read it!

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

So, there you have it! My mailbox for the week.  What did you get in your mailbox?

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Book Trailer of the Week: Pretty Crooked

Happy Friday everyone!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for an audiobook copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

Pretty Crooked by Elisa LudwigBy now you probably know I’m a fan of a good fairy tale retelling. I love seeing an author mix classic stories with newer or modern plot points and I’m pretty much always interested in a book that does this. So, when I heard about Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig I was definitely intrigued!

Here’s the summary:

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones. Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

I think it looks like a really cute take on Robin Hood! Let’s go ahead and let the book trailer speak for itself!

Pretty Crooked has been in stores and libraries for about a month now, so go out and get it!

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Waiting On Wednesday (3): Insurgent

Hey guys!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win an audiobook copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re pumped about.

It is officially mid April which means that May is about two weeks away.

Insurgent by Veronica RothWhich means that Insurgent, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Divergent is almost here! The official release date is May 1, so I know where I’ll be stopping on my way home from work…the local bookstore! I loved the first book so much and I just can’t wait any longer for Insurgent so it’s a good thing it comes out soon or my head might esplode (yes, esplode!)! But I might be so excited to read it that my head will just esplode right then and there in the bookstore! It seems there is a high chance my head will esplode either way!

Okay, well lets check out the summary for Insurgent so you can understand just why I’m so pumped!

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Doesn’t that just sound so exciting?! The answer is obviously yes!

And if you’re still not convinced that Insurgent is going to be awesome, watch the book trailer!

Yeah?! Yeah!!!

I am in such support of this book that I even joined a faction; I’m totally Team Amity! To find out more about Team Amity click here.

So May 1st is the big day! Get ready! I know I am!