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

 

Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5) by Dan Wells

Okay you guys I have now done something I never have before! I bought one of those add on novella’s that authors write! In case you aren’t familiar, but really unless you’re under the rock I just came out I am sure you are aware, but over the last maybe half decade authors have really started to write little novella’s that go along with their novels. These are things that I always thought were really fun, but I couldn’t see shelling out money for a 50 page story before.

 

 

A few days ago I did it though! I bought Isolation which is part of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. If you don’t know already, I love those books! It had one of the best conclusions to a series that I have ever read. I really wanted to have this story off of my “To Read” list on Goodreads so I figured, hey why not? lol It was going to be a short read anyway and if I can shell out a few dollars a paycheck for some music, why not get a short story?

 

As many of you will know by now I don’t like to read any information about a book before I read it and this was no different. Just the fact that it was part of the Partials Sequence was enough for me so I didn’t realize this story was going to be set in the Isolation Wars! It was an amazing, pleasant surprise. It was more perfect than what I originally thought which was that it would take place between books one and two.

 

For those who haven’t read the series yet, the Isolation War was this massive war that pretty much ended world as humankind knew it at the time. It’s talked about a lot in the series, but I never expected that we would get to see it or really to see the rise of the Partials. This story brought us all of that.

 

In Isolation we get to follow Heron and learn more about her backstory which was so awesome! The only terrible thing for me was that since I read the books so long ago I remember Heron but not too much about her. More specifically I cannot for the life of me remember what happened to her in the 3rd book :/ but…it was still really cool to see her origin story because her origin story is actually part of the origin of this whole new world we get to see in the actual series.

 

It was just as well written as the series was and as always I feel like Dan Wells just crafts the most perfect characters and settings. Another thing I loved was that he crafts strategies like I could never have done! Heron is a spy and her brain works differently than the others and it was so cool to see her figuring out and calculating things in her mind as if it were all a puzzle that was easy to her!

 

Overall this was a really fun way to add depth to an already amazing story. This novella fits perfectly with the story, but it can also be read just by itself which is pretty cool!

 

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!

 

June 2017 Reads

I have TONS of books that I need to read you guys! But instead of making a huge goal to read them all this month, I am going to aim to read four books. Take a look at what I’ll be up to this month!

 

Book One: I got this book on recommendation from a fellow blogger Christy @ The Reader Bee. She’s a fellow area blogger whose option I trust! Fun fact. Her and I live in the same city, but we haven’t met yet! This needs to change at some point in the future!

Since I’ve really been on that contemporary kick I asked for recommendations and she instantly tweeted this book at me. I have already started it and it is unlike any book that I’ve read before in terms of character personality and realism.

I am hoping I continue to enjoy it!

 

Book Two: This book wasn’t recommended to me by anyone, but I actually spent a few hours with this author at the conference last year having no idea that she was an author. :/ I have heard wonderful things about this book and the author is respected within the Nashville community so I am looking forward to giving it a try. I’ve read through 16% of this so far according to my Kindle and I am really enjoying it. It’s telling the story of a complicated situation where these young adults lives were changed forever based on the choices others made for them.

 

 

Book Three: So I’ve actually been reading this book for a while now. It’s not that I haven’t been able to get into it, it’s just that all these other books came into my life and distracted me. I am only 13% into the book and already I am enjoying it, although I did not realize when I started reading it that it actually takes place modern day and not in the time period we are used to seeing Alice in.

The book definitely starts off with a bang though and I feel like (hopefully) it can only continue with that awesome pacing and attention grabbing scenes.

 

 

 

Book Four: I am so excited to get to read this book! That may be why I put it at the end of the list. Get through all the other ones and this will be my desert for the month! I loved the first book so much and after the contemporary books I’ve been reading and the zombie book, I am really looking forward to get back into fantasy!

 

 

This month Our Dark Duet  by Victoria Schwab is being released and I LOVED the first one so much to to be honest that book might be squeezed in-between these other ones.

 

What books are you guys going to be reading this month?