Zodiac Read-a-Long Spotlight

Today I’ve got a spotlight for Zodiac by Romina Russell as part of the Read-a-Thon by Penguin Teen.  I started reading this book, but I haven’t finished yet so there are no spoilers today because I don’t have any!
Just to start I can tell you that I love what I have read so far! This is a true science fiction/fantasy and I feel like we don’t get very many of those in YA! At least not that I have read! So if you are looking for a really cool YA book that takes place in space on other planets then this book is for you! Once of the coolest visual scenes that I’ve read so far in the opening chapters was the concert that Rho and her friends put on for the other students at her school. Both the concert with the students bouncing outside in the different gravity and the immediate aftermath was so well written and described that I could see every exciting and horrifying detail in my head. If there are more descriptions like this throughout the book then this is going to be a very visually appealing read.
Today I want to spotlight the world building that Romina Russell has done with this story. Now, again I have not finished Zodiac yet, but already I feel like I have such a rich understanding of the world she is creating.
The world is made up by groups of people who identify with one of the twelve zodiacs in groups known as Houses. Our central character, Rho is from House Cancer. What I love is that each of the Houses has different characteristics, whether that be looks or personalities or things they excel at.
So far I’ve seen a lot of description of House Cancer and for good reason since Rho comes from there. We learned that it’s a beautiful blue ocean planet and we also learn that of the four members of her family she had when she was younger, only her dad is left on the planet. Her mother vanished, her brother left, and she left to go to school. It’s interesting to my because the planet seems to idyllic in her mind and yet three of four people in her immediate family vanished.
One thing I haven’t gotten too much into yet is how each of the Houses fit together so I am anxious to see if they can bring all of their strengths together to fight whatever this big bad that’s coming is. It seems to me like everyone would bring something new to the table and a different viewpoint.
Now that Rho is the Guardian of House Cancer I want to know if she will bring all of these elements together to fight Big Bad. I also am interested to see how her relationship with her friends with change now that she is a Guardian. I can see it strengthening or falling to pieces, but I do not see it staying the same with all of this huge changes in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Authors Notes: There’s a giveaway but for some reason I can’t get the link to work in here so I am going to link to another website where you can access it!

http://www.papertrailya.com/news/zodiacbooks-readathon-rereadgiveaway

 

Heyyyy Blogging World!

Heyyyy everyone! I really wanted to write this post because so much has changed since last time I was a full time blogger! I know there are some of you out there (I’m looking at you Danie @ Danie Reads Books) were around with me last time, took that hiatus at the same time as me, and then somehow came back at the same time as me. LOL! I have no idea how that all worked out, but it is cool to have other people whose minds are blown just like mine.

October 31, 2011 was the first post ever on this website. The first post went a little something like this:

Welcome to The Book Vortex thanks so much for stopping by to see what this place is all about. For the next few days we are going to be doing a lot of construction and work on the site but I promise in the end its going to look awesome.
The Book Vortex is a site dedicated to whats going on in the writing world including what books are coming out and author news. There are going to be a few different sections that I will keep to myself until we can get them going but I promise that they are going to be worth the wait.
For those who are unaware my name is Hannah and I am going to be running the site, although my dad will be doing most of the technical work (thanks dad). Feel free to leave comments or message me about anything you would like to see on the site, things you want me to look into or talk about.
Thanks again for stopping by and please be patient as we get everything going here.

What a way to introduce myself to the blogging world. Looking back now I definitely would have tried to make more of a meaningful post! For a few years after that I blogged ALL the time and didn’t understand how people wouldn’t make time for blogging. And then….I became one of those people and took some time off. Since coming back there are a lot of things that have changed:

Instagram Tours:

Okay these things did not exist last time I was blogging. I come back to blogging check out Twitter and there are these links to Instagrams. I didn’t even know how these things work so I had to ask! I use to organize blog tours before I left so I happened myself in the know for publicity and then suddenly there’s this entire thing that I’ve never even heard of!

Book Photography:

Listen I don’t even know exactly what this thing is called. Bookstagram may be a better term. People taking really pretty pictures of their books. I tried to do it you guys, I really did…but I am just not on the skill level everyone else is so I might continue it in the future but who knows. I don’t know who thought of this, but I love the idea. It’s definitely a great marketing ploy. Who doesn’t want to look at pretty pictures of books the love so much?

 

Giveaways:

 

Now I know what you’re thinking. There were giveaways before you left blogging. Yes, yes there were, but I just feel like the format has changed a little bit. I’ve seen a lot more Twitter giveaways. I don’t even know how these work, but you follow someone and then retweet that person’s tweet and somehow that enters you into the drawing. I have won two of these giveaways in the two months since I’ve been back which is pretty cool. I know for the future that maybe Raflecopter isn’t the most popular way to host giveaways anymore.

 

The People:

There are so many people from before that are still blogging and it’s so exciting to see how they have grown and changed over the past two years. A sad truth about blogging is that for a lot of people it’s temporary, mostly because it takes such a huge amount of time and effort. That’s probably why I struggled for two years, but I am so glad I am back.

Last year when I was doing publicity for Andromeda I reached out to all the bloggers I used to work with and was shocked to find that more than half of them were gone. For some other people it was cool because way back when they were just starting out and now they had a large following and actively posted all the time.

 

 

So it’s a bright new world in blogging and that exciting! I am looking forward to seeing where the blogging world goes and how I fit into it this time around. I have already made some new friends and I love that! It’s like I get to experience this world all over again from the beginning and how many times do you get to say that happens? It’s like reading your favorite novel again for the first time and falling in love all over again!

 

I appreciate all of you! New readers and old and I am happy you are all here!

 

Before She Ignites Cover and Feb. Update

Guess who got a new job? If you guessed me then you’re right! I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life and what makes me even happier is that I now have an amazing schedule. I have gotten so much progress in my story I am working on and I’ve actually had time to read The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. It’s the sequel to The Orphan Queen and I love getting to stay in Wil’s world for a little bit longer.
Another exciting thing in the world of a Meadow’s ultra-fangirl is the cover real for Before She Ignites

Take a look!

OMG! I LOVE this cover. It’s honestly one of my favorite ones in a while. That model is gorgeous and looks amazingly badass and fierce. The expression on her face is enough to make people quiver in fear of her. Seriously whoever that model is deserves so much success.

Be sure to check out the original post on Jodi’s website to see all her thoughts on this gorgeous cover.

I am hoping to have a review up for The Mirror King sometime next week. I am going to predict it will be another five star book. ;)


ANDROMEDA Cover Reveal and Pre-order!

You guys! You guys! The moment is here! Meg has been working so hard on her cover and the final version is finally ready to share. Her sister is an artist who drew the image, which was then digitally enhanced and the text was placed onto it. After several different versions this is the final one:

Isn’t it beautiful!!! I love it so much! There are so many parts of it that fit the book perfectly and I can’t wait for all of you to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

There have been several developments lately that I am also excited to share with you all.

First, Meg now has a Goodreads

Second, Meg now has an author page on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01GUL45GM

Third, ANDROMEDA is now available for pre-orders! It’s only $2.99 and that’s a steal for such a fantastic book.

Pre-Order Here

Fourth, ANDROMEDA now has it’s own page devoted to all the information about it. Click here for ANDROMEDA page

The book will release on July 12, 2016 and I am so excited for everyone to read it. I’ll be posting a review on it soon to share with you all and let you know what I thought about it.



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