Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blog 52 - Happy Birthday!!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend! I know I am! I get the added bonus that today is my birthday!

So I thought...what would I like to do for my birthday. I think I just want to relax for most of the day, maybe play video games for a little bit. But I have to celebrate my birthday somehow, right? Of course I have cake and ice cream, and some gifts from family and friends! But I want to share the excitement with a few of you!!

So I'm going to do a giveaway! That's right!


What's involved you ask?

Well since this is also my first giveaway ever, I decided to keep things simple.
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is the following:
1.) Spread the word about my blog here at TheAMWriter. This can be done anyway you like (Facebook, Twitter, you blog, etc.)

2.) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me who your favorite author is.
3.) Leave me your email address in the comment (so I know how to notify you if you win)

It's that simple. The contest will end on June 5th. On June 5th, I will be randomly pick TWO winners. The winners will receive a Colleen Houck Tiger's Curse signed bookmark from me. Sound Good?

Let the giveaway begin!! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blog 51 - Unraveling Contest at Mostly YA Book Obsessed!

Good Morning Everyone,

There are always contests going on in the book world. I currently entered in a couple with really great prizes. But I wanted to help spend the word about them. Here is one of those contests.

Mostly YA Book Obsessed

Go and check it out and enter to win a copy of the book if you are interested.

I hear that it is a fabulous read. I, myself, can not wait to read the book.

That's all for now.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blog 50 - A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford

A Touch Morbid 

Author: Leah Clifford
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 298
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: February 28, 212
ISBN-13: 9780062005021

About the Book

Eden saved Az.

She fought and sacrificed and won him back from the most evil of evils. Now is the time for happily-ever-afters, right?

Not so fast.

A boy—even an angel—is hardly the solution to Eden's problems. She's still caught between life and death, still cursed to spread poison with her touch. She's lost one best friend and another is quickly unraveling. And now something is happening to the mortals. Something very, very bad.

What happens in the dark spaces? The ones between life and death, love and hate, betrayal and redemption, sanity and delusion.

Or good and evil.

Eden is about to find out.

The riveting sequel to A Touch Mortal

My Review
I really enjoyed reading this sequel. I liked how it picked up where A Touch Mortal left off, or so it seems.

Some things that I liked about this book were that Eden changed her hair color according to what she looks like on the cover of the book. I liked that Gabe isn't really present throughout the entire book, it gives the vibe that he is gone, that he is truly fallen to side of evil even though he tries to resist the urges. I enjoyed reading that Eden's new problem since she stopped killing the siders. I really thought it was interesting that Gabriel and Eden were tied together somehow. Because he was the one that killed her. I thought it was interesting that when he fell, the siders she was killing were going to the Underworld and not to Heaven. But that almost cost her, her life. She stopped killing them, and in the process almost killed herself. 

I look forward to seeing what will happen in book 3 with Eden, Gabriel, and Az. It seemed like he was one of the bound again, so I want to know what is going to happen with him and Eden now. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. 

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Blog 49 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) 

Author: Suzanne Collins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 374
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: July 1, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780439023528

About the Book 

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

My Review 
Now when I read, and I find out that it will be turned into a movie, I try to read the book before going to see said movie. That wasn't the case with this one. I went to see the movie first with a group of friends. I hadn't read the book yet. I didn't really the neck pain after the movie, but I enjoyed the movie. I enjoyed the movie so much that it pretty much forced me to read the series in order to see what it was about. I wanted to know what the differences were between the book and the movie. 

I have not read the sequels yet, but I will be picking them up soon to continue the adventures that await. 

Some things that I liked about this book were the characters. Collins created a heroine that kicked ass so to speak. I wasn't sure what to make of Katniss, but then I placed myself in her shoes and her world, and I probably would have done the same thing if I had a sister like Prim. I also enjoyed reading about the capitol and how the city looked, how the people looked with their colorful outfits, and hair & makeup. I also found it interesting that their were 13 districts and it you like about it, it's almost like having the 13 colonies.

Some things that I didn't like were... well I can't think of anything off hand. 

Overall, I liked this series and recommend it to anyone who likes a good read and also like dystopian societies.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Blog 48 - Twilight Graphic Novel Volume 2

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780316133197

About the Book

Having uncovered the dark secret of her enigmatic classmate, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan embraces her feelings for him, trusting Edward to keep her safe despite the risks. When a rival clan of vampires makes its way into Forks, though, the danger to Bella has never been more real. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people dearest to her?

The second volume of Twilight: The Graphic Novel completes the visual adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's worldwide bestselling debut novel and is a must-have for any collector's library.

My Review

Volume two was pretty much the same way as volume one was for me. I catch a few differences in the books but not much.

Things that I liked were that it picked up where volume one left off, it stayed relatively close to what the books were with the scenes and dialogue. I did like that there was more color to the pages instead of being all black and white. 

Things that I didn't like about it were the page numbers. I really wished they would have put page numbers in this one. It makes it easier when I got to stop for a moment or want to track it on Good reads like I do. I got a little creative with this though, I counted the pages and placed a post-it note every 20 pages to help me keep track of the page numbers.

Overall, I thought it worked. I really liked how volume 2 ended with prom and we still got to see the color in their colors. 

Until next time, Happy Reading!    

Blog 47 - Twilight Graphic Novel Volume 1

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: March 16, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780759529434

About the Book

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...
Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector's library.
My Review

Now this was my first graphic novel ever read, so I have nothing to compare this to.

What I did like about this graphic novel is that the drawings and the dialogue and how they stayed true to the original book. For what was there, I liked it. It stayed close to the original book. But I’m sure there is some variation to it.

What I didn’t like about it was that there were no page numbers. I like to keep track of my readings on Goodreads as I go through them, and it was hard to do with this book because there were no page numbers.

Overall, I thought it was an interesting perspective to the original series. I look forward to reading the others if they are made into graphic novels as well.

Until next time, Happy Writing!