Friday, June 22, 2012

The Orphan, The Soulcatcher, and The Black Blizzard Blog Tour Book Review

Hi Guys,
Today I'm doing a blog tour post for The Orphan The Soulcatcher and The Black Blizzard by Kimberlee Ann Bastian. I'll be giving my review on this novel, and I'll give it my rating based on my honest opinions. You can purchase this book on amazon, whether in paperback, or e-book edition for your kindle. This blog tour is hosted by Young Adult Novel Reader, and you can click HERE to get a list of blogs who are also partaking in this blog tour. I really enjoyed this book, even though I was wary at first. Here is the synopsis of this novel:

Most of his life, Charlie Reese has been surrounded by a loving family and all the comforts of home. But when a house fire claims them, he and his cousin, Jimmy are sent to an orphanage in the heart of ‘Depression Era’ Chicago. A year later, Charlie’s life is shaken by yet another tragedy and with it comes the mysterious introduction of a secretive runaway, named Bartholomew. As Charlie begins to discover more about his new companion, he unknowingly becomes a participant in a two-hundred year old secret. Come the morning of the Black Blizzard, Charlie finds he must make a choice - flee the destiny laden at his feet or take on his responsibility and follow a path full of supernatural wonders.

My first impression of this book was good, I read the synopsis on Young Adult Novel Reader's post, and it did not show a cover. As you guys know I can't help but judge a book by it's cover. If I would have seen the cover of this novel before signing up for a review, I probably wouldn't have signed up... not because I don't like the cover, it's just that it doesn't POP to me. However, I'm very glad I read the synopsis first, because this novel was very good. It was a little slow for me at first... and by at first, I mean the first chapter, because after that first chapter the author took you on a wild-ride that you couldn't get off of if you wanted to. One thing I disliked at the beginning of this book, was the immediate death of one of the characters, I didn't get a real connection with him, so when other characters would mourn his death later, I felt weird reading why they would sob, and not being able to feel what they did for the character. A few other things I didn't like about this book were:
  • There were several grammatical/spelling errors throughout the book
  • There was a repetitive use of descriptions (Ex. The Grocer was described as the portly The portly man walked towards the door, then the portly man did this or that). It just got a little annoying after a while. 
Those were the very few things that I disliked about this book. There is something that I didn't know whether to like or hate... It seemed that very little about the mythology was revealed until the end, and yet it was mentioned several times throughout the book, and I didn't understand what they were saying sometimes. It was definitely better to not think to hard at the beginning of this book about the mythology, It'll all come together in the end. Which was one thing I really liked about this book, because not all authors bring the story to a good ending for the first book, so that it's closed revealing all the things you had questions about, but it still left things to be revealed for the second book. Some other things I liked were:
  • Great/Relatable Characters (Buck and Charlie specifically, my personal favorite was Buck.)
  • There was a lot of mystery and suspense (There were two original scenes in this book that had me on the edge of my seat: the Pool (Billiards) scene, and also the Harmonica contest. I wasn't expecting to be so interested in these two scenes, but I was... and I Loved it!)
  • The mythology of this book was amazingly original, and I loved learning more about it as the story progressed. 
  • The author's story-telling skills were very good as well.
  •   Left a perfect set-up for book 2
I also found myself highlighting two quotes on my kindle from this book. Those quotes were:
  • "If anything, fear the man who does not keep his word, for he is the truest of tricksters and cannot be trusted."
  • "Buck, sometimes it's not about being brave or having something to prove, but rather taking the risk because you have nothing to lose."
Alright, it's time for my rating. My rating for this book is (Drum-Roll) 4/5 STARS! The great things in this book outweighed the bad things. I look forward to The Breedling & The Trickster, which comes out later on this year. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an original, refreshing, and wonderful read. The things I didn't like about this book will not be a problem for you unless you are a member of the grammar police like I am, but even if you are you will enjoy this book, but a little less than everyone else.

 Don't forget to check out the author at these sites:

If you would like to purchase The Orphan The Soulcatcher and the Black Blizzard you can do so HERE.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Hi Guys,
I'm sorry I haven't posted a WoW in two weeks, but I've been kind of busy with summer projects, but I couldn't hold off on this post any longer. So this is my fourth WoW post, and Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This Wednesday I'm waiting on:

Light (Gone #6)
by Michael Grant
unknown number of pages
Katherine Tegen
Sometime in 2013

There is currently no synopsis for Light, but I've read books 1-5 in the Gone series, so I believe I understand a little of what may happen. For those of you who have read the Gone series, and finished Fear, you know what Grant led up to while finishing Fear. I believe that this will be one of the most epic book finales in history, and I know that Michael Grant will choose wisely as to how it will end, so I'm not worried about it not meeting my expectations. 

This is the final book in the Gone series, and I'm very excited about it! I've followed this series since Gone was published, and I can't wait to see how everything ties together, and to find out who makes it out of the FAYZ alive, and what happens after the FAYZ. 

The cover of this novel is wonderful, I think it may just be my favorite cover of the series (with Fear as a close second).

This is going to be my favorite book of 2013, and I can't wait to find out how many pages it is, and I'm hoping for a long Harry Potter 7/Breaking Dawn sized book to end this series... but I'd be fine if it wasn't.

So if you haven't read the Gone series, please do, it's my favorite book series, and I'd love for you guys to read it, and fall in love with it as much as I have. 

Are you guys waiting for this book, leave a comment telling me what book your waiting for today. 

Stay posted on the blog, to see what I'll be waiting for next Wednesday... or the Wednesday after that... or even the Wednesday after that... let's just hope it's soon! 

Monday, June 18, 2012


Hi Guys,
Today's post is going to be about the YALL FEST which will be hosted in Charleston SC, November 9th and 10th. This will be the second year of YALL FEST, which is put together by the authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. On the website, the About tab wraps this even up better than I can, and it states:

"Who’s coming: 44 (and counting) of the country’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.
What: Panels, presentations and signings on more than three stages on Upper King Street, as well as the infamous YA Smackdown!
When: Sat., Nov. 10, 2012, 10 am to 6 pm. 
Where: Blue Bicycle Books & The American Theatre, King Street, Charleston, SC 
Cost: FREE!"
So that pretty much sums it up, and you would be crazy not to want to come to this event... I mean "44 (and counting) of the country's top YA authors" all at one event. This is what Heaven is for the YA Book community. So come on out to support these authors, and also get a chance to have a conversation with them. I'm very excited for this, I've never been to a book event like this, and I was planning to go last year, but something came up, so I couldn't make it... but this year I'm determined to not only be at YALL FEST, but to make the best of my time there.
The authors that will be there are:
(Check back soon for links to author’s websites!)
Keynote: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, “Literary Friendships” 
Kwame Alexander      -
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, PhD      -
Holly Black      -
Pseudonymous Bosch      -
Sarah Rees Brennan      -
Heather Brewer      -
Kiera Cass      -
Cinda Chima      -
Cassandra Clare      -
Andrea Cremer      -
Katie Crouch      -
Gitty Daneshvari      -
Melissa De La Cruz      -
Matt de la Peña      -
Kim Derting      -
Simone Elkeles      -
Elizabeth Eulberg      -
Gayle Forman      -
Kami Garcia      -
Adam Gidwitz      -
David McInnes Gill      -
Adele Griffin      -
Deb Harkness      -
Jenny Han      -
Siobhan Vivian      -
Michelle Hodkin      -
Ellen Hopkins      -
Tonya Hurley      -
Michele Jaffe, PhD      -
Caitlin Kittredge      -
Alyson Noel      -
David Levithan      -
Stephanie Perkins      -
Diana Peterfreund      -
Kathy Reichs      -
Brendan Reichs      -
Beth Revis      -
Jessica Rothenberg      -
Carrie Ryan      -
Eliot Schrefer      -
Natalie Standiford      -
Trenton Lee Stewart      -
Margaret Stohl      -
Cate Tiernan      -
Robin Wasserman      -
Marjorie Wentworth
John Corey Whaley      -
Kathryn Williams      -

WOW, That is a very large list of authors, and I'm excited to see most of them. I'm not familiar with some of them, but I hope to be able to find out more about their novels, and hopefully have some new books on my TBR pile. 

So if this post hasn't convinced you to come out to YALL FEST, maybe the official website will. Click HERE to check it out, and I will hopefully see you there. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Dark Light Swag Giveaway

Hi Guys,
Happy Thursday, in order to celebrate this wonderful Thursday, and the start of my summer vacation, I'm hosting a swag giveaway. The swag I'm giving away is from Sara Walsh, the author of the 2012 debut novel The Dark Light (Which I did a WoW for a few weeks ago HERE). After receiving my own bookmark from Sara for The Dark Light, we exchanged e-mails, and she saw my WoW post. She then agreed to send some swag for a giveaway on my blog, and not long after I received two packages in the mail. Sara, if you're reading this... THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Here is the info for the giveaway:

  • This is a giveaway for the US only, sorry international viewers...
  • There will be One Grand Prize Winner, and Two Other Winners.
  • The Grand Prize Winner will win a bookmark, a bracelet, a sticker, and A SIGNED POSTER for THE DARK LIGHT!
  • The Other Two Winners will win a bookmark, a bracelet, and a sticker of The Dark Light 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's it, that is all you have to do for a chance to win all of these wonderful things! Trust me, I was very tempted to steal the Grand Prize for myself, but I would rather see one of you guys win... (*Goes into the nearest corner and cries).

Well, stay posted on the blog... this giveaway will end in about TWO weeks... on June 22nd, 2012... which is also the day that I will post my blog tour review of The Orphan The Soulcatcher and the Black Blizzard by Kimberlee Ann Bastian... MY FIRST BLOG TOUR! I'm very excited, and I hope you guys are as well, this is a wonderful book so far, and I can't wait to finish it to see what happens.

I borrowed the picture at the top of this post from Sara Walsh's blog, because my camera is misplaced for the time being, so I know that poster isn't signed, but the one you guys are competing for is... so GOOD LUCK!

P.S. If you guys, for some reason, can't view the Rafflecopter thingy... I also put in in the side bar.