Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


April 20, 2011

Guest Post: Why I Read?

Emilie from Emilie’s Book World is here today to help break me out of tax jail….Its getting pretty stressful and crazy busy now so I’m glad to have some awesome blogging friends that are soo supportive!

 


The obvious answer to the question “Why do I read?” is because I like it. But that’s not the only reason. There are a lot of other people out there who enjoy reading, but for me it’s more than just enjoying a good book. When I read, the story comes to life and I completely lose myself in the story. Simply put, reading is my method of escape.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved reading and pretty much devoured every book I read. I remember being in the first grade and going through all the chapter books my teacher had in the class and then moving on to the ones at my local library. As I got older, the books I read changed but my love of reading just kept on growing more and more. Over the years I’ve read an incredible amount of books, too many to count, but I can say I’ve enjoyed the wider majority of them and escaped in every one of them.

Books offer an escape that I can’t get from movies or TV shows. As much as I love movies and TV shows, I just don’t see to become completely engrossed in them the way I do with books. When I read a book, I find myself being completely absorbed into the story, the characters, the world and everything about the book becomes real. Maybe I have an overactive imagination, but there is nothing I love more than getting lost in a book.

Now I read mostly young adult books. It might have to do with the fact that I just left my teens behind but I have found in my experience those are the books I enjoy the most. I can relate to the characters. I know what they are going through just from recently having gone through it myself. Personally, I don’t care what people say about YA books, they’re my favorite and they will likely be for a long time.

I don’t see myself stop reading any time soon. There are some periods where I have less time to read but I will always make time. Like I said, reading is my escape and without it sometimes I could go crazy.

So yeah, you could say I’m addicted to books. As far as addictions go, there is way worse out there.

Emilie
http://emiliebookworld.blogspot.com
Twitter: @emiliebookworld

Don’t forget to check out the CoFA by Cassandra Clare here

April 15, 2011

Guest Post:

Today I have 2 of my favourite Canadian book bloggers! A & C from A & C Book Junkies!


When Cassay asked us to do a guest post on her blog she gave us the freedom to choose any topic we would like; the possibilities were endless. This seemed like it would be easy as pie until we actually had to decide on a topic. Clearly we wanted something book related, but it should be relevant as well. After humming and hawing we decided that we would talk about one of the series’ that we have a mutual appreciation for: L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle. About three years ago we stumbled upon this series and were instantly captivated. After reading about Vampires for months on end we were delighted to pick up a YA read about witches. This fall the CW will unveil the pilot for this beloved L.J. Smith series just like they did for The Vampire Diaries. It is this transition from book to television that has us talking...

If you are just hearing about The Secret Circle now then we will give you a little summary:

The circle's power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wantseven if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

After the success of The Vampire Diaries, it seems that the CW network is confident in their ability to turn L.J. Smith’s books into television gold. While we would agree wholeheartedly that The Vampire Diaries is a masterpiece, it seems that the casting for The Secret Circle is questionable. This probably stems from the fact that the casting for The Vampire Diaries was bang on. The sweet and handsome Paul Wesley captures Stefan’s pure essence to a T and Ian Somerhalder with his smouldering eyes and charm makes the perfect Damon. Like we said, bang on.

Our biggest casting concerns with The Secret Circle are the two male leads: Adam and Nick.

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Thomas Dekker as Adam

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Louis Hunter as Nick

While the choices are not our favourites, it is more about the type of actor they casted. Whereas Adam is good hearted male leader of the coven, Nick is the dark and brooding bad boy. Essentially LJ Smith wrote Stefan and Damon 2. Take out the brother factor in the equation and BAM! you have Adam and Nick. Now the actors portraying the two male leads, physically, do not match Adam or Nick. But the acting? Well Thomas Dekker is an okay actor, he doesn't work well for Adam. He is absolutely wrong for the role. If anything, Dekker would have been a decent Nick. The actor portraying Nick, Louis Hunter, is a newbie in the acting world. Having seen him in absolutely nothing it is hard to judge his ability to play Nick based on previous roles. His physical appearance, however, is so far off that it pains us (Nick was our favourite in the series). The entire casting of the plot seems wrong. We are sad that this beloved series of ours seems to be heading down a disastrous road. Who knows, perhaps these actors will knock the words right from our mouths, but until the Pilot airs, we are going to remember the Secret Circle as it was: a beloved book series.

Thank you Cassay for having us on your blog! – A&C

Visit A & C on…

Blog: www.acbookjunkies.blogspot.com
Twitter
: http://www.twitter.com/bookjunkies

Don’t forget to check out the CoFA by Cassandra Clare giveaway here

April 11, 2011

Guest Post: Joining the Cause

 

Sniffly Kitty was kind enough to help break me out of jail and is here to keep you all occupied for the day Smile


Thank you Cassay for letting me take over your blog today. This was a great mistake you see, I will now infiltrate your followers and claim them as MY OWN MUAHAHAHA!

Hello Readers, look very closely at your screens for you will see the most miraculous occurence you have ever witnessed (ever)...

  Hello Minion, I suppose I should not share this with you because then you shall know my dastardly plans, but since you are already in my thrall I suppose I can share some tips with you on being an evil overlord so that you are not uneasy about the organization you are now a part of:

1) You need people to think you are nice because then they will trust you. Once they trust you, you can use them for nefarious purposes. Also, your foes will mistake you for a weakling, and you can crush them when they underestimate you.

2) Be sure not to reveal your master plan to anyone. You will obviously need to give out some details in order for other people to carry out parts of the plan, but sharing the whole plan is a gateway to failure.

3) Taking over the world takes time, and sometimes your plans will not go as planned. While you may want to take your anger out on everyone, you should not always take your anger out on your immediate minions. They like you already, you can instead take out your anger on a prisoner. The minion who has been given a reprieve will likely be more loyal to you because of your occasional clemency.

4) You should start taking over the world when you are young. This gives you more time to groom trusted lieutenants, and more time to try different plots. Which bring me to my next point

5) You should also start grooming lieutenants while they are malleable (read young) because then your ideas can be embedded deep within their minds and hearts. This makes for a more trustworthy organization.

Now that you have realized my genius, I'm sure you understand why you are so privileged to be joining my organization (Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books). Welcome, and let us continue this quest to overtake the world, together (with me in charge of course).

<3

Sniffly Kitty

Don’t forget to enter the CoFA by Cassandra Clare contest here

April 4, 2011

“Break Cassay Out Of Tax Season” Giveaway and more

Okay…this is going to be super quick as 1 of my group member dropped the course that I am currently in so now there are 3 of us to write a 12 page paper instead of 4…and its due this Sunday! EEEK! After this week my stress level should decrease majorly but it will still be a bit high with work as we are short 5 people this tax season yep 5 so I’ll be working my little butt off……Is it May yet?


Anyways the winners of the 250 Follower Giveaway were (there were over 100 entries):


Autum and Angela


Both have already emailed me back and you can expected your prizes in the mail *hopefully* this weekend.


We raise $32.50 for the Red Cross but I have decided to donate $50.00 and the winner of a copy of SEA is…..


Alice would commented over 20 times so its no surprise that she won there were a total of 35 commenters who decided to fill out the form. Those who commented but chose not to enter the contest. Thank you so much for your comments I <3 them so much and shall reply to them in May.


Alice – I will be ordering SEA for you this weekend!


Now for the new contest!


Each week during this month I have a different blogger guest posting to help break me out of tax season. I would love it if you could show them all some love!


So starting today until April 30 you can enter DAILY to win a copy of City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I am super excited for this one and I can’t wait for my copy to come in the mail but I more than likely won’t get to read it till May. So anyone that spoilers me I will defriend you!!! haha JK


Rules:


- Must be 13 years or older


- Open International as long as Book Depository ships to your country


- Easy Peasy to enter Name and Email Address are all that are needed Smile


- You may enter ONCE PER DAY


- Ends April 30, 2011 at midnight MST Winner will be annouce the first week of May


PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO ENTER THE CONTEST!!!


Hopefully May will be here in no time! Cause I will miss you all so very very much! Also, I need someone to keep me in the loop this month on all book things that are announce this month….any takers?


Its back to tax jail for me Confused smile


Cassay Sig

April 2, 2011

Day 1–Immortal Blog Tour


Today, I am proud to kick off the Immortal Blog Tour! Gene was kind enough to answer a few questions. I am still waiting for my copy of Immortal to come in the mail Canada Post has decided to be a jerk and keep me in the dark on a book I’m sure to love.

Before we get started here is a little bit about Immortal (from Amazon.com)

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I don't know how old I am. My earliest memory is something along the lines of fire good, ice bad, so I think I predate written history, but I don't know by how much. I like to brag that I’ve been there from the beginning, and while this may very well be true, I generally just say it to pick up girls.

Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century Adam confronts new dangers: someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

IMMORTAL is a first person confessional, penned by a man who is immortal but not invincible. In an artful blending of sci-fi, adventure, fantasy and humour, Immortal introduces us to a world with vampires, demons and other magical creatures, yet a world without actual magic. It is a contemporary fantasy for non-fantasy readers and enthusiasts alike.

Now onto the interview:

What made you decide to write about an immortal man?

I’m not sure if I DID decide, or at least it wasn’t something that sprang up fully-formed in my mind. At the time the most creative thing I had been doing was blogging semi-regularly and writing the occasional humor column, and while I enjoyed this I wanted to try out some long fiction. My problem was that humor columns and blogs don’t really train you to write long fiction. So I tried to have it both ways: I created a fictional character that wrote like a funny blogger and happened to have been alive for a really long time.

An immortal blogger?


Well yeah. I tend to suck dry whatever non-fiction I happen to be reading when I write creatively. I once combined some science books I’d read about quantum mechanics, math books on chaos theory, the David Simon book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and a one-panel cartoon from The New Yorker into a two-act play called Deus Ex Quanta. Mashing stuff together is what I do for fun. So anyway I’d been reading a lot of history books before I started Immortal, I knew a little bit about the science of aging from… well, something I read somewhere, I can’t remember what, and I’d read my share of fantasy books. Immortal is what came out.

gene-jr-pubs-0051-e1276298689193Did Immortal take a long time to write?

Not really. But it took forever to rewrite. The first draft took a few months, and my first drafts generally end up more like second drafts because I back-edit as I go. That is, I can’t let something I know is wrong continue to exist, so I go back and rewrite before I can proceed. It’s like walking down the street and taking one step back for every five steps forward. And I’m still learning how to edit myself well. I have this problem where, once something is written down, it becomes Permanent and True on some level even if it’s a horribly bad idea that needs to go away. This is probably why I don’t take notes: I’d have to use all of the ideas in them.

Adam, your main character, is not what most people would expect out of an immortal man. How did you arrive at his voice?

Well, he’s what I expect out of an immortal man. I remember talking about playwriting once with my theater professor; I made an offhand comment that life was like a play, but it was an incredibly long and boring play. With Adam, I imagined that play lasting for sixty-odd millennia.

I think most of us imagine that with a longer life comes greater wisdom and more access to Truths. But what if there aren’t any more Truths out there? To continue to survive an immortal man would have to continue to ingratiate himself into society—he would have to keep living a day-to-day existence—while everyone he ever knew would eventually end up dead and he would know this. So: he’s bitter, and sarcastic, and gallows-humor funny. He’s also clever because he would have to be to have survived for so long.

 

Thank You Gene! I can’t wait for my copy to come in the mail Smile

If you would like to order yourself a copy you can at:

Amazon.com

Kindle

Kindle UK

Nook

Kobo

Make sure to check out all the other blogs on the tour:

FIRST LEG

April 1: The tour launches with an introductory blog from Gene Doucette

April 2: Vamps, Weres and Cassay, Oh My!

April 3: Writing Insight

April 4: The Far Edge of Normal

April 5: Tuesday Curiosity

April 6: Astrid Paramita

April 7: The New Author

SECOND LEG

April 8: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

April 9: The Next Best Book Blog

April 10: Feeding My Book Addiction

April 11: McNeill Ink.com

April 12: Spencer Seidel

April 13: Thoughts That Get Stuck In My Head

April 14: Jenny Wrens Book Blog

THIRD LEG

April 15: Here’s What I Think

April 16: Life and Writing and Miscellany

April 17: The New Author

April 18: Thrillers R Us

April 19: Zee Monodee– Author’s Corner

April 20: Emily Rae Robles

April 21: The Unforgiving Muse

April 22: Erika Knudsen’s Blog

FOURTH LEG

April 23: By Sue London

April 24: Madison Woods

April 25: Angela Perry (contest!)

April 26: Zee Monodee– Author’s Corner

April 27: Books from the Verge

April 28: Librarium of Jaque Thay

April 29: Nothing To See Here

April 30: Angela Perry (Contest Winner!)

May 1: Concluding blog from Gene Doucette leading to:

May 2: Exclusive excerpt from Hellenic Immortal

Edit: April 2, 2011 9:41 AM Added 4th leg of the tour

Cassay Sig