Monday, July 28, 2014

Author Spotlight: Kristen Day

Monday, July 28, 2014
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

 Hosted by Mark My Words Book Publicity

 Today on the blog, we will welcome author, Kristen Day!

(P.S This is kind of late but it's better late than never!)




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA series, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, CHOSEN, HEARKEN, PROVEN (2014).I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.  


BOOKS BY KRISTEN DAY


Daughter of the Sea Series
Through the Windshield Glass



SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Goodreads (Author Profile) || Blog || Twitter || Amazon || Facebook

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Early Review: Of Madness and Monsters by Jessica Verday

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Title: Of Madness and Monsters
Author: Jessica Verday

Genre: Young Adult - Horror, Retelling, Gothic
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Format: eARC, 304 pages
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Synopsis: 
 
A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820's Philadelphia shortly after her mother's death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father.

Annabel becomes infatuated with her father's assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he's not helping with medical advancements. But in darker hours, when she's not to be roaming the house, she encounters the devilish assistant Edgar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Allan, and who others insist doesn't exist.

A rash of murders across Philadelphia, coupled with her father's strange behavior, leads Annabel to satisfy her curiosity and uncover a terrible truth: Edgar and Allan are two halves of the same person - and they are about to make the crimes detailed in Allan's stories come to life. Unless Annabel stops them.

Review:

Of Madness and Monsters is a gruesome historical romance retelling. A twisted retelling of Annabel Lee. The story is about Annabel Lenore Lee who is summoned to live with her father in Philadelphia, since her mother died, and she doesn't have anyone to look after her, except for her father and grandfather.

During her stay in Philadelphia, she met a few people working for his father. She met Allan Poe, who loves writing when he is free from Annabel's father since he helps Annabel's father with his medical advancements, and she also encounters Edgar Poe, who claims to be another assistant of her father and at the same time, Allan's cousin. The most terrible thing she will discover is: Edgar and Allan are the same person with totally different characteristics.

Annabel as a narrator is pleasant though I couldn't quite describe her, she is helpful and kind to the people around her but there's something about her that is dull and I don't even know what is. The other characters are quite dull too but Grandpere stood out from the others. Grandpere is probably my favorite character since he proved that he loves Annabel like every grandfather would love their grandchildren.

I enjoyed every bit of this story but as the story unfolds, some things got predictable and the characters were giving 'hints' about the gruesome killings and about who's behind all these killings happening around town. I mean, I am okay with hints because it's part of the story but sometimes I want to be shocked by the revelations but to be honest, I wasn't shocked when the mastermind behind all this gruesome mess was revealed. Though on the positive side, it was fast-paced for me that I didn't even know there's no more chapters left!

For the final verdict, I really did enjoy reading this book but I wasn't really impressed like I was with a book I have read recently which is also a retelling of Annabel Lee, a poem by Edgar Allan Poe.

Rating:
★★★ 

3 stars!
It was good though I won't recommend it but if you love reading twisted retellings, check this out.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Standby Thursday: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Standby Thursday (AKA Waiting on Wednesday) is a weekly feature here at Book Buddies PH. It features books (that isn't publish yet) that I am dying to read.



My Standby Thursday pick is:

I Was Here by Gayle Forman



Title: I Was Here  
Author: Gayle Forman  
Expected Publication: January 27th 2015 by Viking Juvenile  
Format: Hardback, 288 pages  
Genres: Young Adult - Contemporary  
Source: Goodreads
 
Synopsis: 
 
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


Thoughts:

There was an excerpt I have read and it was so (damn) good! The story sucked me in and I couldn't stop but then it's only like two-three chapters, I think? The synopsis is intriguing and at the same time, promising! I can't wait, like really. THIS. IS. GOING. TO. BE. AWESOME.

What's the book you're dying to read? I'd love to know! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

TMI TAG! (Blogger Edition)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hello peeps! I'm here to introduce the TMI Tag (Blogger Edition)! TMI Tag is another way for us to get to know each other. The tag went viral on YouTube last year and many people did it so, I thought why not do a TMI Tag Blogger Edition? There will be 50 questions and the questions are still the same as the questions used by the YouTube people or YouTubers! It's up to you if you answer all 50 questions, maybe just 25, or 15.

QUESTIONS!

1: What are you wearing?
- A high-waist shorts, a tank top, and a blazer (kind of).
2: Ever been in love?
- Yes... with fictional characters! Haha.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
 Nope.
4: How tall are you?
5 flat.
5: How much do you weigh?
90 lbs.
6: Any tattoos?
Uh-uh, I don't have any. Plus I'm not allowed to have tattoos at my age.
7: Any piercings?
One per ear but I rarely wear earrings. Let's say I'm not a big fan.
8: OTP?
Peeta & Katniss from The Hunger Games plus Hanna & Caleb from Pretty Little Liars!
9: Favorite TV show(s)?
Pretty Little Liars, The Tomorrow People, & Nikita!
10: Favorite bands?
Imagine Dragons and Against The Current!
11: Something you miss? .
My Grandma. <3
12: Favorite song?
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift and Invisible by Hunter Hayes.
13: How old are you?
13 years old! =)
14: Zodiac sign?
Pure and proud Aquarius!
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Funny, caring, & honest.
I want someone who's like me. A guy version of Kyla.
16: Favorite Quote? 
You're lucky enough to be different, never change. - T. Swift
17: Favorite actor(s)? 
Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Maggie Q, and Sasha Pieterse.
18: Favorite color? 
This color. This one. Hex value: #FF5335
19: Loud music or soft?
Depends on my mood but I love soft music.
20: Where do you go when you're sad?
My room with my books.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
On school days, about 10 to 15 minutes. If weekends or holidays, about an hour since I sing and think about my life and my problems.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
10-30 minutes.
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes. Always. With my brother. Teehee.
24: Turn on?
Friendly, nice face, good voice.
25: Turn off?
Arrogant people. >___<
26: The reason I joined blogging?
It was almost summer (March 2014) and I was super bored so I decided to open up a blog. Plus I was inspired by other awesome bloggers and I want to express my love for books.
27: Fears?
Anthropophobia (fear of human company, unless I know you), Snakes, Cockroach, Bees!
28: Last thing that made you cry? 
I don't even know... I just don't know.
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Last Wednesday night to my Mom.
30: Meaning behind your blogger name?
I just want to be everyone's book buddy. You know... friends?
31: Last book you read?
Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch. See my review.
32: The book you're currently reading?
Killer Instinct, Haunting Joy, Get Happy, & Starcrossed.
33: Last show you watched?
Pretty Little Liar's latest episode.
34: Last person you talked to?
Carmel. We did some kind of photoshoot to express our love for Grave Mercy.


35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
I'm her daughter and she's my Mom.
36: Favorite food?
That's hard. Pizza and S'mores.
37: Place you want to visit?
Athens, London, Califonia, & Florida.
38: Last place you were?
A nearby store to buy food.
39: Do you have a crush?
Yes, a fictional one since they're much interesting.
40: Last time you kissed someone?
Last Wednesday. My Mom again.
41: Last time you were insulted?
Last night...? By a moron neighbor of mine. I think he's my age.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet? 
Chocolate and Vanilla!
43: What instruments do you play?
Nothing... instruments doesn't like me.
44: Favorite piece of jewelery? 
I love rings. Fashion rings.
45: Last sport you played? 
Nah, I don't do sports. (Is sleeping a sport?)
46: Last song you sang?
It goes like this... 'Now that you're back from the dead...'
47: Favorite chat up line? 
There are only 20 letters in the alphabet. Plus Y R U A Q T, that makes 26! (Like whuuut?)
48: Have you ever used it? 
Yep. A lot.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 
Today. About ten minutes ago.
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Ailla of Le Bibliophile~, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Sab of Sab The Book Eater, Faye of The Social Potato, Dre of Sporadic Reads and YOU! Yes, you! Whoever you are reading this post.

THERE! I answered all 50 questions! Hope you'll do this too. If ever you're going to do this, tweet me a link because I'd love to see it! TWITTER: @klfontalva  =) ❤✌

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Title: Madly Deeply
Author: Erica Crouch
Publication: June 17th 2014 by Patchwork Press
Format: eBook, 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Re-telling, Romance
Source: Publisher via Netgalley (Thanks Patchwork Press!)
 Synopsis: 
 
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea...

Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together.

With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.

Review:

WOW. Madly, Deeply is a great and thrilling read for me. I was completely blown away by this novel.

The story is about Annaleigh (Anna) and William, a couple, who are living an almost perfect life together. They love each other dearly that they would be willing to die in each others arms. The story will unfold with unexpected events and heartbreaking scenes. (I had to hide while reading since people would think I'm crazy for crying over a book.)

The characters are pretty good and connected to each other. Of all characters, I loved William the most, since he stayed strong for Annaleigh because he loves her so much even though it's painful. Though he had some kind of break down because of what happened, he managed to stood up and finally had the courage to face reality again. Annaleigh was also a great character so as Mary, William's sister, they are great in their own ways.

The love story in this book was different from the other books I have read. It was beautifully different. This book showed me how love can be great in many ways. The book is not just about love for a special person but it also showed love and importance of family, which is great.


The concept was great! I like how this book was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem, Annabel Lee. I'm not really a big fan of Poe but I must say his poems are great just like this book. Crouch's writing style was also great, it was a beautiful book written in a third person point-of-view.  


The book sucked me in and I couldn't stop! I would always say '1 more chapter', so I read more and more then I totally forgot it was already 12 midnight and the book was finished! (Plus it's Monday! School day! Oh no!) But let me tell you, it was worth it that I stayed until 12 midnight just to finished a great book.

The ending wasn't really what I was hoping for but it worked good for me. I was happy for everyone. I can't wait to read more books from Erica Crouch. This book is highly recommended! Hands down to Miss Crouch for writing a beautiful masterpiece.

(P.S I couldn't find the right words to express how beautiful this book was! I had to edit and edit just to make this post readable, haha. So much love and feels for this book!)

Rating:
★★★★

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Buddy Book Mail #4

Saturday, July 5, 2014
Stacking the Shelves or what I'd like to call Buddy Book Mail (BBM). In this post, I feature physical and virtual books I got from the past weeks.



From Netgalley:
 
Prime Deception by Carys Jones (Thanks, Miss Jones!)
Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch (Thanks, Patchwork Press!)
Broken by Tanille Edwards (Thanks, Fire Flies Entertainment!)

Gifted:


Killer Instinct by S.E Green
 Wicked Games by Sean Olin
House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Thank you, Carmel! Lots of love.

That's all I got for this week and stay tuned for my review of KILLER INSTINCT next week.
 
What books did you recently received?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Friday, July 4, 2014
Title: Vivian Divine Is Dead
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publication: June 3rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: eBook, 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Received from Carmel (Thanks!)

Synopsis: 
When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?
Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?
Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….
Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

Review:

I must say Vivian Divine Is Dead is one of the best books I have read this year even though I disagree with some parts. I've been wanting to read it ever since it was released because the title and synopsis sounded intriguing and promising and thanks to Carmel, I got the chance to read this amazing book.

The story is about Vivian Divine who is a teen superstar. It may look like she's living a happy and perfect life but the truth is, she's living a miserable life. Miserable because her mother, Pearl Divine, was murdered, her father attempted to kill himself and acts like Vivian doesn't exist, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. Plus she receives a DVD that shows how she will die. After receiving the death threat, she goes hiding and decided to go to Mexico to get away from whoever is threatening her. Along the journey, she meets Nick, a hot mysterious guy who will help her reach Rosales.

Vivian wasn't really that great but I like how she stayed brave all throughout the story. Although, I felt sorry for her, for living a messed-up life. I also didn't like how she always thinks how sexy Nick. Well, I like Nick because he was fun even though he acted like a jerk when they first met on the bus.

As for the love story in this book, I wasn't quite in favor with it. I know Vivian has the right to fall in love but she knows she's going to die, so, why bother falling in love? My point here is, I know it would be great falling in love but when you're just going to die and leave the person you love, the love story turns dull and meaningless.

Even though I did not like some parts, I like that it was fast-paced and the FREAKING REVELATIONS!!! I wasn't expecting those 'things' to happen. So much lies and betrayal, which is amazing. Vivian Divine Is Dead as a whole, was truly great and I enjoyed it from beginning up to the ending. Hands down to Miss Lauren Sabel for writing a great book. (BTW, looking forward for the sequel! Hopefully.)

Rating:
★★★★ ½

If you have read Vivian Divine Is Dead and you want a sequel, please do tweet and use the hashtag #helpnicklive so that it will happen. The sequel shall happen! Haha, thank you.

Love,

Kyla

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Beginnings: Hello July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 HELLO!


I know this post is a bit late but whatever, let's move on and welcome the month of July with full of hope and happiness! Time flies so fast, right? We're almost on our 4th month being together, Blogger!

Moving on, here's some things you will see on the blog and in your inbox (well, don't forget to follow the blog via Email so you'll be the first one to see updates!) this month.

BOOK REVIEWS:

(SURE REVIEWS)

Get Happy by Mary Amato
Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch
Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel (Review to come this week!)

(MAYBE REVIEWS)

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I'll be expecting 4-5 books this month from the lovely authors who contacted me but since it may take time to arrive, I'll just be doing memes like TTT or WoW so the blog will look alive. By the way, don't forget to check out my review of The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel, it's on the other blog I handle with my cousin.

NEWS I FOUND ON TWITTER/FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM:

Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover in the Philippines, next year?!

Photo not mine. Credits goes to Chyna from Lite-Rate-Ture.
  
- YES, PLEASE! #TarrynFisherinPH #ColleenHooverinPH

Well, I only found one interesting news but I'm sure some of you are happy to see that picture especially when you're a big fan of Colleen Hoover or Tarryn Fisher.

Love,
 
K Y L A

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Lone Girl (The Wolfling Saga, #2) by Kate Bloomfield + Giveaway!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

‘LONE GIRL’
(The Wolfling Saga, #2)
 BY KATE BLOOMFIELD

Book Details:

Book title: Lone Girl (Wolfling, #2)
Series: The Wolfling Saga
Books in this series: 2
Prequel: ‘Alpha Girl’
Author: Kate Bloomfield
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 30th 2014

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Synopsis of ‘The Wolfling Saga’

Seventeen year old Rose Goldman is highly unpopular in the little town of Halfway. Ever since the 'attack' when she was a girl, people and animals have been afraid of her. She gets bullied in school, and called 'wet dog' because of the way she smells, despite being extremely hygienic. However, life takes a turn when a new teacher starts at Halfway High. Mr. Stone, the quirky and charismatic English teacher is twice Rose's age, but she feels an unexplainable pull towards him from day one. Despite her better judgement, Rose pursues a friendship with Mr. Stone, who seems unable to stay away from her.

Here's a giveaway for y'all!

GIVEAWAY:

(June 30th - July 7th)

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Review of The Wolfling Saga, Book 1

“I was riveted. [The Wolfling Saga] is quite intimate and has a fairly small cast of characters. The protagonist is very believable and wasn't annoying, which is a frequent problem in a lot of books featuring teenage lead characters narrating in the first-person. This is a romance (albeit a twisted one). Don't pick up this book expecting a darkly sweet, cutesy love story. This series will blast you out of your comfort zone and make you hate yourself for turning the page. But you will turn the page.” - Review of Alpha Girl by Mark Carver, Author of The Age of Apollyon.

 AUTHOR BIO:

Best-selling and independent Australian author, Kate Bloomfield, has successfully made a name for herself in the world of self-publishing at just twenty-five years old. Her newest series ‘The Wolfling Saga’, tells the story of a controversial Paranormal Romance between a student and teacher. A book not for those easily offended.

Kate was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Working full time as an independent author, Kate has published six novels in the last 2 years.
 Her sixth novel ‘Lone Girl is the sequel to ‘Alpha Girl’ a paranormal romance that explores a complicated a student/teacher relationship.

Here's the cover of the first book in The Wolfling Saga:


For more information about The Wolfling Saga, please visit: www.bloomfieldkate.com

AUTHOR LINKS: