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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pixel Of Ink

Pixel of Ink
I realize that I have mentioned Pixel of Ink in a couple of my posts, but some of you may not be enlightened on the wonderful world of Pixel of Ink. So I thought I would share with you some of the wonderful things that they bring to me!

POI has a website/blog and a Facebook Page. So here is how it works, on FB you get posts through your news feed throughout the day that tell you about bargain deals on books that the people behind the scenes ot POI have been made aware of. The FB post links to their blog posts which gives a description of the book, the price and links to get it. There are links to the Kindle books or to Nook books. Sometimes they post free Kindle books and sometimes free Nook books. Sometimes you can choose which reader you want to read them in, sometimes they are not free on both. Not all of their posts are on free books. There are bargain books, usually under $5. Oftentimes, authors will put their books on sale right before a new book in the series comes out. Brilliant marketing if you ask me. People 'buy' the book for free or really cheap, love it and then buy the new sequel and others as well. Hook them on the book while it is cheap and you get loyal readers, even if they have to spend more on them to get the next books. Anyway, POI finds about the deals through whatever channels they have and they share the info with their readers. As a result, you get great information on great deals. I myself have 'bought' about 30 books off POI deals all for free without spending a cent. I have read a few of them and am now a loyal reader of the series. (If only money grew on trees right?  :)  )

You can also (and should) sign up for the daily recap email. At the end of the day they send you an email with links to every book that they have shared on their blog, again, giving you the information about the book, prices and links to get them. Sometimes FB screws stuff up and you miss a view of their posts. By getting the emails, you won't miss any great books!

Now, you may be saying I haven't bought a Kindle or Nook E-reader yet and I won't be for a while. Do not fret, they have free apps for desktops, smart phones, etc that you can download and read the book with. I personally read all my books on my phone or laptop. It is really useful to always have it with you! Here is a link to both: Kindle E-Reader Apps and B&N Nook E-reader Apps. You can't argue with free e-readers and free books!

So jump on over to POI and enjoy the wonderful world waiting for you there! :)

If you have kids, you may want to check out Pixel of Ink - Young Edition as well. Books for the younger generation!


River of Time Series



Waterfall is another book that I was introduced to over on Pixel of Ink. It looked like a fun story and so I got it, again, when it was free from Pixel of Ink, and devoured the story. I have never been one to enjoy learning history, and I certainly wouldn't have spent time looking into the history of Italy for any reason but a grade. In Waterfall, Bergren takes you into the world and makes you believe you are a part of it. Gabriella, is thrown into the fourteenth century, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, and walking out of a tomb into the middle of a battle field. Whether or not the history the story includes has any accuracy, it was fun to read about the area and the times. The book was great, and I actually want to read it again sometime. Jumpe over to Amazon and grab it, enjoy it and share your thoughts.

Here is the description that Amazon has:
Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved…
and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know…and love itself.
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds… until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
            And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Cascade is the sequel to Waterfall and was just as much fun to read. It challenges the space-time continuum, much like Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card did. What happens when a girl goes back 600 years into the past, changes the course of history and then returns to present day...You can really see that transition in this story.

 
In Cascade Gabi's story evolves to include her mother when she and Lia return to present day. It is a great story and really makes you think about choices you would make when faced with similar opportunities.

Here is Amazon's description of the book: 
'Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?” '
            Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.


Lastly is the most recent addition to the series, Torrent. Sadly, i have been unable to read this one yet, as our budget is tight and I have to wait for it at the library, the waiting is brutal and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. While you wait for my review someday, you can enjoy reading the description of the book after the image below. But be careful, if you haven't already read the first two, this could give away a little bit. 

'“Hold tight,” I said. “No matter what happens, do not let us go.”
“We won’t,” my dad said.
“Never,” Mom added.
And with a look at Lia, we laid our hands upon the prints.'
Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are just two normal American teenagers. Normal except for the fact that they time travel to fourteenth-century Italy, where they’ve lived in castles they’ve seen as crumbling ruins, become swept up in historic battles, and fallen in love with handsome knights willing to do anything to keep them alive.
            They’ve returned to the present to save their father, just short of his tragic death, and now all four return to the place that holds the girls’ hearts, medieval Italy. But remaining there means facing great risk as the battle for territory wages on and the coming Black Plague looms. Can they convince their parents to stay and leave behind everything they’ve worked so hard to accomplish? And will the girls sacrifice their futures in an uncertain past? Or in facing death head-on, will they discover life as it was always meant to be lived?

Divergent


Divergent by Veronica Roth is a first novel for the author. When I heard about it I was excited to see what was coming, but didn't have high expectations. Perhaps, I need to adjust my expectations on novels. I LOVED this book.

Okay, to start with, I will throw out the description for the book coming from Amazon:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

The description sounds great, I don't know what I was thinking having low expectations, like I said, I need to change that. The world that Veronica created sent me on a roller coaster, a good one, I like roller coasters!  I grew up in Chicago til the age of 14, so reading about this Dystopian world for me, was like going back 'home' to a place that had completely changed. There was no doubt this world was changed and Roth did an excellent job pulling you and making you want to be there. The story was intriguing and exciting. I look forward to her second novel in the series, Insurgent, and to the possibility of a movie to come. I would definitely say anyone who loves Dystopian novels, like The Hunger Games, would love this and should grab it and read it! It was excellent!

The Amulet


The Amulet: A Faedra Bennett Custodian Novel
On Pixel of Ink a while back, I came across this book. The Amulet: A Faedra Bennet Custodian Novel by Alison Pensy. When I downloaded it, or 'purchased' it for free off Amazon, I didn't expect much of it. I was surprised when I started to read though, to absolutely love the story.

Here is the description of the novel from Amazon:  

To seventeen-year-old Faedra, faeries were nothing more than the figurines she collected and displayed in her curio cabinet. She was in for the surprise of her life.  

Faedra had no idea that faeries controlled nature, and with a book no less. Nor did she know that her descendants had protected an ancient fae amulet for thousands of years. An amulet that if ever was reunited with the book would give the wearer power to control the weather, too. She didn’t know all this because the one person to teach her died when she was just six years old. Well, now it was time for her to find out… 

A letter from the grave reveals her true identity the day of her eighteenth birthday. But she barely has time to digest the revelation when she is plunged into a fight for her life and that of mankind.

I have enjoyed stories of Faeries recently, and so I decided to read it and see what it was like!  I loved the story. I sympathized with Faedra, in the loss of her mother, and I understand the pain that would cause and the sense of loss you would feel. But more than that, the story was really great and explored a dynamic of the Fae world that I hadn't seen before. 

It is a great story and for free right now on Amazon. The sequel The Emerald Staffis out and the price is only $2.99. If you enjoy stories of other realms, fairies, or just want a good book to read and escape the insanity that can be the world around us, I would grab the book before the prices change. A third book is in the works as well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Coming Soon!

I have slacked off a bit on writing my reviews as I have finished the many novels I have read!  Here are some of the books I have finished since Pathfinder (Orson Scott Card).

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy) - Veronica Roth
Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series) - Lisa Bergren
Everlasting - The Immortals - Alyson Noel
Radiance/Shimmer - both by Alyson Noel
Awakened - House of Night - PC and Kristen Cast
City of Fallen Angels - Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare
Forever - Wolves of Mercy Falls Series - Maggie Stiefvater
Misguided Angel / Bloody Valentine- Blue Bloods - Melissa De la Cruz

On the links:
  • If it is part of a series I have referenced before the series name is linked to a page with all the posts for that series. 
  • The book titles are linked to the Amazon page.
I have been reading a lot lately and haven't been good at keeping up with everything here...I will have some others to add before too long too, but it will all take some time.  Watch for more posts coming soon! 



    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Clockwork Prince ARC

    Okay, so Cassandra Clare the Author of the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices series is holding a contest for ARC (advanced Reader copies) of Clockwork Prince. I so desperately want one!!  :)

    First of all: you should TOTALLY vote for Jace at this link:
    http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/2011/08/grande-finale-jace-vs-zachary-match-24.html

    You can jump on over to her page and read more about the contest at this link: http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/58188.html



    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

    I was waking through the book section at our local Wal-Mart, when I saw this book and it jumped off the shelf at me. I have only read one book by Orson Scott Card and that was Ender's Game, which I loved. But I haven't really had a chance to get into the rest of that series or the Shadow Series. Or maybe I just haven't taken the time, I am not so sure!

    Regardless, I picked up Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card and i thought it sounded interesting. As I read it, I was thrown in to the Space Time Continuum in ways I never thought possible and I loved it. This book totally challenges the Space Time Continuum. You know the thing that says if you go back and change the past you are changing what happens in the future.

    In the Acknowledgements section at the back of the book Card says the following: "The games with time travel that I play in this book are in deliberate defiance of the consensus rules of science fictional time travel. I decided that I was not going to avoid paradox, I was going to embrace it, adopting a rule set in which it is causality that controls reality, regardless of where it occurs on the timeline."

    He set out to challenge time travel basics, and he won. The book was a great read. I really enjoyed the challenge as I read it. You have to step back as the characters int he book did and understand what is happening to them. The characters in the book literally change their past in such a way that they wouldn't be in the future to come back and send the message, and it is all okay. Confusing at times, but it is all okay.

    A little about the book. The book follows Rigg. His father has taught him everything he needs to know to live in every aspect of a possible life he could. But when his father dies telling him only that he needed to go and find his sister he discovers their are secrets his father never told him. Rigg already knows he has the power to see the paths of every person who has ever walked the planet, but he doesn't know the real extent of the secrets his father kept. The book follows his discovery of being a critical individual between t o government factions: one wants him crowned king, one wants him dead. The story explores his discoveries, his fights and his learning.

    I was disappointed when I finished the book for one reason only---there is a sequel coming out at some point...I was disappointed only because that means I have to wait to finish the story. It was a great book and really captured my attention. It took me a little while to read only because of my own time constraints. I would recommend anyone taking the time to read the book. It is a fun story and really explores time travel in a way never done before!

    And here is a book trailer for Pathfinder.