Saturday, February 11, 2012

Devotion by Kristie Cook: Review

With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge— protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis.

Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s own society begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.

Someone’s keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.

But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won’t fight . . . who will?

My Review: 

 I had the opportunity to review the long awaited third installation in the Soul Savers series (okay long awaited for me because I am impatient). Devotion in hands down my favorite book so far in the series. Now don't get me wrong the whole series is REALLY good but this one is my favorite.


Alexis, Tristan (swoon), and little Dorian are all together now. Which I defiantly love. But someone among the the Amadis is out to destroy them. Through out the book I kept trying to guess who it could it and I was wrong with each one. There are lies, deception, action, twist, turns, and a funny intimate scene that will keep you reading. 

 My favorite part out of the whole book is the reaction everyone had when they learned what Dorian could due; including Dorian's reaction. (You will have to read the book to find out)


With each book that Kristie puts out I end up liking it better than the last. She has proven that she is a strong writer with a lot of imagination that is here to stay. I can not wait for the next installment.


5 out of 5 stars


You can find Devotion at:

E-book-
 Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Apple iBooks
All Other eReaders

Paperback-
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Book Depository




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott Interview

I am happy to introduce to you today Julianna Baggott, author of Pure and many other books. She was very kind of enough to do an interview with me!

  
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

I immediately think of winters when I would curl up with my dog (an overly anxious dalmatian) under the kitchen table next to a heating vent to keep warm. People wouldn't know I was there. I'd hear the inner workings of the house -- its secrets -- and I was warm.
2. Did that memory inspire you to write one of the many books you have out?
Oh, I think yes, in a way. Meaning that I started to understand that there's a facade and then there are secrets. Not that my family had dark secrets. They didn't. And even though parts of my family's past is pretty rough and sometimes shocking, we were always open about it. But there's the idea that one thing is said in front of the kids -- this way -- and not in front of the kids it might have a very different slant. I realized that things aren't what they seem. And that there are stories within stories. I loves those ideas.
3. What turned you to write Dystopia?
I wanted to build a world and dystopia allows the writer to build -- or rebuild -- our world. I love the idea of nostalgia. I'm often nostalgic prematurely for the things that are right in front of me this very moment. Maybe it's watching my kids grow up so fast. (I have four kids, ranging from 4 to 16.) So that's a theme that's natural to me. This is just hitting me now, actually, how important that is to me. In any case, it's always a thousand strands that pull you to an idea and so this is one of them.
4. What did you think when you first found out that Pure has been optioned by Fox2000 WITH the lead producer from Twilight?
I was relieved. Some other things had been going on for weeks, and I was totally stressed. And then I heard the news and was incredibly happy and relieved. I'd met Karen before and trusted her deeply. So I knew I was in good hands.  
5. If you could co-write with any one author dead or alive who would it be, what would the book be about, and why?
I wrote a novel with Steve Almond -- called WHICH BRINGS ME TO YOU. Not easy. But I'd have to pick a dead one this time as it's a real opportunity. But who? So many writers I love were alcoholics, depressives ... they lived hard lives. I'd pick Flannery but she was of such a singular mind. I don't think she'd put up with me. Wait. Who would?  
6. What is your favorite scene in Pure without giving spoilers? (this could be tricky lol)
The brothers, yes. There's a moment deep in the book where one of the brothers does something completely surprising. And it's the reaction of the character closest to this that I love.  If you've read the book, you'll know exactly what I mean.
7. What is your main message you would like the readers get from reading Pure?
I'd love for people to dive into the real history of atomic and nuclear warfare. Use this as a jumping off point for some serious research and discussion. Other than that, for me the question isn't about our loss and destruction -- but what endures and what is found.

Thank you so much Julianna for taking the time out to do this interview! I am absolutely in love with Pure!

Speaking of Pure, if you guys haven't picked up yet or checked it out (where have you been?) then do so now!

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
 
To read the opening pages go here (trust me you will want to read these and then buy the book because you will be sucked in) :  http://www.pure-book.com/pure_by_julianna_baggott.pdf

Here is the trailer for Pure: http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZknTMhd9RL0

You can find Pure at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound 
 
 Where can you find Julianna Baggot?
Website
Facebook
Goodreads
Blog




Monday, February 6, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

To read the opening pages go here (trust me you will want to read these and then buy the book because you will be sucked in) :  http://www.pure-book.com/pure_by_julianna_baggott.pdf

Here is the trailer for Pure: http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZknTMhd9RL0

Where can you find Julianna Baggot?
Website
Facebook
Goodreads
Blog

You can find Pure at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound

Follower Love Giveaway Hop






Welcome to the Follower Love Giveaway Hop; hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rachael Renee Anderson. 

There are over 300 blogs participating in this hop which runs from February 7th to the 14th.
I am giving away 2 prizes so there will be 2 winners! Both giveaways are international!


The first prize is a book of your choice up to $10 dollars from the Book Depository

The second prize is a copy of Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver.


In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn't enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother's illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn's grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver's debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it's least expected.

Since this hop is called Follower Love there will be a MANDATORY entry of being a follower to this blog all other entries will be optional.

Happy Valentine's Day! Now get to hoppin'!!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lauren Oliver V-day giveaway

The wonderful and caring Lauren Oliver is having a great Valentines Day giveaway!! I want to win it so bad! Check it out!!

http://laurenoliverbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/sweet-v-day-giveaway.html