What Washingon Priscilla Is Up To

Hello faithful readers! I’m pleased to be here. lets just jump right in! I’m 26 and I do love to read, how ever our library is quite small! Imagine if you will this 26 year old creeping around the teens corner in the tiniest library I’ve ever stepped foot in! I’ve had classrooms larger than this thing. I channeled my inner teen and dug in to the entire two shelves provided, literally bending and turning just my head or swirling around in excitement and confusion. When I emerged I had a stack of books larger than I could carry, obviously this would not do, therefore I minimized. Undoubtedly the type of book I gravitated towards is a little dark. Here are the titles I picked up: The Cupid War by Timothy Carter, Dark Water by Laura McNeal, Wings by Aprilynne Pike, Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler, as well as Inexcusable by Chris Lynch.
The way I choose a book is simple, the cover is the initial thing. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, well shame on me because I totally do haha! The cover is not just it though, I also read one to two pages of the beginning if I’m not thinking of anything else like laundry or dog walks, or what color nail polish I would next like to buy, then it goes in my bag! On the other hand if the author fails to capture my attention in those first pages, I toss it back. I adapted the theory from High School English, if the first sentence of your paper is dull, you won’t captivate your audience. In this case clearly I book a few pages to grab my attention.
With all of that being said the first book I shoved my nose into was Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. I did not happen to look at the cover very closely, it was chosen because of its first page. As a Y.A. Book I’m surprised so far by the implications and some of the language being used. 10 pages in I was hooked though. Around 60 pages in there is a story still not being spilled but hinted around and so on. At first I was annoyed by the fact this literature was written for young eyes, thinking wow this is going to get explicit, but thus far it seems the story stretches into a sort of safety zone.
I don’t want to give much away just yet being the first actual book review for you guys, so how are you enjoying the vagueness? Is it good? Tune in Monday for the full review!


Cover Reveal- Release by MR Merrick

Today we have a cover reveal on the site for M.R. Merrick’s new book Release. Here is the awesome synopsis:

After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made – especially regarding Rayna.

One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past – sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.

M.R. Merrick’s two other novels Exiled and Shift have some of the most amazing covers that I have ever seen and this one is no different! Here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The cover reveal for Release by M.R. Merrick

Look for it on December 10, 2012!
M.R. Merrick Website
Exiled (Protector #1)
Shift (Protector #2)

Do you guys love it as much as I do? Let me know what you guys think!

Throwback Thursday- September 27

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

I first read The Kin when I was in the 7th grade. I had just moved to a new town and school and there was a girl in my band class reading a book. It was a weird looking book with a big bird on the front. When she told me what it was about I scoffed at the idea that I could enjoy it. There was no modern technology, no epic sword fights, and no magic. Then she loaned me the book one day and I was hooked.

The Kin is a long book following the lives of young kids who travel around Africa trying to find a place to live after their home is destroyed. Along the way they meet many people and eventually find a place to fit in. They face hardships and trials, they face death, they experience life, and they fall in love.
To me when I was reading this it was such an incredible tale of struggle, overcoming terrifying circumstances, and standing up for and protecting things you love and believe in. Oh, and did I mention the book takes place 200,000 years ago. It takes place so long ago that some of the tribes haven’t even developed an oral language yet.
If you want an easy read that’s interesting and filled with awesomeness then you need to go check out this book. If it could get my twelve year old self into reading non-fantasy books then it can get anyone to read.

New Team Members

As you may have noticed over the past few weeks there has been a serious lack of posts. I have tried as hard as I can to get things out to you all in a timely fashion but I have found myself sinking in school, work, blogging, and writing. There were two solutions:
1) Close the site down
2) Bring in some help

Because I was not very fond of the first option I knew that I had to bring in some help. I contacted two friends of mine who also love reading and specifically love reading Young Adult books. I will have more information on them soon but for now I can tell you a little bit about them.

Priscilla will be a permanent member of the site. She will be on here often but only post reviews. She lives in Washington state with her husband who in the military. We met at my job a few years ago when she was my manager. She has lots of tattoos and is super fun and nice.

Eline will be a recurring guest blogger. She won’t post as often as Priscilla will but enough so that you will learn to know her. I met Eline years ago on a writing website where she was one of my earliest critique partners. She is Norwegian but is fluent in English and even came to the United States as part of a study abroad program in high school.

I will continue to post reviews when I can, write discussion posts, participate in Throwback Thursday, take part in blog tours, and host blog tours. The Meet the Stars section of the site is still under construction but will be ready to go in the next few months! I will not disappear from the site but I do recognize that in order to get you the best experience you can have I need a little help.