Monday, September 17, 2012

Dust Blog Tour - Tens List

Hey, you guys! So, when I signed up for this tour, I signed up for a book review and a "Tens List". For those of you who don't know, for a Tens List there is a given topic and the person must list their "Top Ten" of that topic. That explanation probably made no sense.
So, anyway, when the time came to think of a topic to give the author of Dust, Devon Ashley, a topic, I wasn't sure what to say. 
In the end, this was the topic I chose:
Top Ten Places (Can be states, countries, cities, towns, museums, lakes, etc... or a variation)
These were her answers: 
DEVON ASHLEY’S TOP TEN PLACES TO VISIT!!!

10. PORTLAND, OREGON – Okay, this makes the list cause my hubby and I would love to move there. You’ve got gorgeous mountaintops with an infinite number of luscious trees, and within driving distance is surfing, skiing, hiking, and a large river for rafting. Totally our dream location for setting up a homestead.

9. IRELAND – I’ve actually already spent a week driving throughout Ireland and N. Ireland, but it’s so beautiful I could do it again and again.

8. HAWAII – Any island will do, but the more remote and tourist-free, the better.

7. GREEK ISLANDS – Pharaohs, pyramids and mummies – Oh, my!

http://spindleronline.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/hogwarts.jpg6. HOGWART’S AT DISNEY WORLD –Yep…had to throw this one in here. Harry Potter is EPIC and I can’t wait until my kiddo ages a few more years so *cough* he can go! Let the Harry Potter brain washing begin!

5. ALASKA – I’m a sucker for gorgeous mountains surrounded by lush forests. Not to mention the log cabins, grizzlies, whales, etc. 

http://angermanagementlocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/new-zealand.jpg4. NEW ZEALAND – An absolutely gorgeous country! I plan to spend quite a bit of time exploring there one day. J



3. ITALY – I want to see so many different areas of this country that I’m gonna put it all under one number. Florence, Venice, along the Mediterrenean Coast. I think just traveling from city to city by train or taking some of the river cruise boats would be awesome. 

2. PARIS, FRANCE – Uh, seriously, this should be on everyone’s list! It’s beautiful, it’s romantic, and the sights and museums are endless. My last trip there was a mere day and a half and I absolutely will be returning to really take it all in. 

http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=I4855362379514495&pid=1.7&w=205&h=142&c=7&rs=11. REPUBLIC OF PALAU – Absolutely gorgeous turquoise water, awesome scuba diving sites, and jelly fish lake! Yes, you can go swimming with the jelly fish – since they’ve been isolated so long from predators, evolution has removed their stingers, so feel free to get lost within the thousands that live there. Everything about this place is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately it’s become a little more popular since they filmed Survivor there, but it’s still a pretty isolated place to visit.
 Man…now I wanna go on vacation! Anyone else ready to ditch work for a few days and disappear too?

 I loved her answers, and I really want to know what your top ten places to visit would be? Leave it in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman - One time read


Hey, everyone! Enjoy this review for Intentions by Deborah Heiligman!

Amazon Summary:

"Rachel thought she was grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn't want to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she overheard in her synagogue's sanctuary.

Now Rachel's trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with
kavanah, intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions themselves? This is a witty, honest account of navigating the daunting line between losing innocence and entering adulthood—all while figuring out who you really want to be."

When I first read the summary of this book and then looked at the cover, I was a bit skeptical of this book -for some reason the summary seemed extremely vague to me; but I decided to read it anyways.

I was pleasantly surprised.
Again.
This seems to be a recurring theme in my life lately!

Anyhoo, back to the review! I'll make it short and sweet for y'all!

I really liked Rachel's thought process throughout the book. I had so much sympathy for her. So many bad things happened to her – her parents argue all the time, the rabbi was… I have no words to describe him, and her “kind-of-ex” best friend, Alexis, was downright bad. It was really enjoyable to read Rachel’s story because she was funny and witty and interesting to read about. It was awesome how intuitive she was. Usually is takes characters a long time to realize stuff after I do, but she realized a lot of things almost immediately after I did, so that was really awesome! She was a very relatable and realistic character.
The only thing that bugged me about her was when she cheated. That bugged me immensely. I mean, I know everyone is hypocritical sometimes (she doesn’t like it when someone in the beginning of the story cheats, but she does it herself), but there was something about it that made me mad.
I don't think that I liked the other characters in the book as much as her, though. Especially the rabbi. He creeped me out!
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I hate it when books have slow, boring beginning. Luckily, this book didn’t. Everything about the first chapter was like, “OMIGOSH. WHAT???” And then the rest of the book was amazing from there.
It was also interesting to see how the characters in the story developed throughout the book. Characters that I thought were going to be flat character turned out to be round characters. The author is very talented in her character creations and developments.

I loved the message the book sent to me, but I have a feeling that the message will be different for everybody. The message I got is that even the people closest to your heart – especially the people closest to your heart - can disappoint you and hurt in ways that no one else can
I was very thankful to the author because she didn’t have a corny ending. There was no sappy “let’s make up and be best friends again” fest. Things are solved, but in a realistic, real-life way…

The plot was bordering on chaotic, but in a good way. It made sense in this book except for when she cleaned her room... I didn’t understand the symbolicness of her cleaning her room. I mean, I understood that she never cleaned it and that it was a big deal, but I still didn’t understand why it was so symbolic…
Altogether, I give this book 4 stars.
It was a one-time read for me, but I can see how it could be a favorite book for someone.
I definitely recommend it!
Thanks for tuning in! Catch you later! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Idea!

 So, I've recently come to realize that while I do enjoy most of the books I read - that's because I do research on them before I pick them up or agree to read them - I like them in different ways. Sometimes I like a book in a "Wow, I am going to reread that and obsess over it!" way, or I liked a book in a "That was a really good book while I was reading it, but I'm probably not going to reread it or really remember it in a few years." So, to differentiate which books made a lasting impression on me and which ones didn't, at the end of each review and/or in the title, I'll be coming up with little labels, for lack of a better word, and then I'll explain what I mean by the label. "Rereadable", for example, could mean different things. It could mean that it I loved it so much that I am now part of the book series' fandom. It could mean that I will reread it and that I think it is worth purchasing. "Readable" means that it was really good, but it won't be a book that you will want to read more than  once. I'll be going back and adding these labels to all of my old book reviews to kind of give you a sense of in what way I liked it.
This might be a really confusing post, but I think that once I get the hang of it, it will be really cool!
Thanks for reading - catch you later!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling - Readable


Hey, you guys! So, I just finished reading Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling.
All I can say is… wow. The beginning of the book was really good, but it didn’t clue me in at all to what the whole book was going to be about. I immediately liked Val, though, so that was a huge plus for me. If I like the main character right off the bat (haha, that was a pun – you’ll have to read the book to understand) I immediately take a liking to the book. I have to like the main character to be able to put up with a whole book about them.
Now, about 25% of the book later, the clues begin to pop up that Val’s sister is up to something. Right when the second clue popped up, I realized the basics of what her sister was up to. I thought for sure the main character was going to figure it out as well, but by the time she did my throat was hoarse from constantly telling her – or rather my Kindle – what her sister was up to.
However, I was NOT able to predict what was going to happen after she figured everything out. I was constantly surprised until she got the little book. I knew exactly what was in that, as well. I don’t know why, I just did. It wasn’t obvious or anything like that, but when they started explaining what was in it I was like, “I KNEW IT! I HAVE MAD NINJA PSYCHIC SKILLS!”
I have one complaint and one warning and then I’ll get to all the lovely positives. The complaint is about Val and her best friend’s fight. I don’t know if I read it wrong or something, but it just seemed so random. Maybe I missed something, but all of a sudden Val’s friend was mad at her and then vice versa and then Val just didn’t want to trust her anymore. They were longtime best friend’s… shouldn’t best friends make up after they fight and trust each other? That was my opinion. And I still don’t understand why Val’s friend ignored her. It just kinda confused me.
The warning is that you might see some of the stuff that’s coming. It seems like you were meant to realize it before the character, but if you don’t like being able to predict things in a book you might not like some parts of the book.
Now on to the positives. My three favorite characters were Val, Justin (Val’s little brother), and John (Val’s… love interest).  Val was just so awesome and even though she had her stupid moments it made her a realistic character. Justin was so clever and innocent and wise and I just wanted to hug him. John was just so cute and tough and caring – I just loved him! The book’s topic is something that is very important and should be stopped (I can’t say what it is because it would be a SPOILER). The plot in general was really interesting and it definitely was a good read. I recommend it for people 14 and over, because there are some mature topics in the book. 
I also really love how many emotions the book put me through. I was on a roller coaster of emotion the whole way through. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
This was one of those books that you read one time, it impacts you, but you don't really pick it up again. I say borrow it and then make your decision about buying it to reread or not.
Thanks for reading! Talk to y’all later! :D

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent - Review, Excerpt, and Interview - Readable and Loveable

Hey, you guys! So, for the first time ever and author contacted me and asked me to review her book. I, of course, was super excited and said yes! I was even more excited to learn that it was an "edgy contemporary Romeo and Juliet retelling in verse." I love books like that (Hi, Prom and Prejudice). Stephanie Parent is an amazingly kind lady and I'm sure that her book is going to get super popular in the near future. (By the way, I will be posting the Amazon link for her book at the end of this post. It's only available in Kindle at the moment.) She got the cover done with a zero dollar budget which is so impressive! Now, please enjoy a review of Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent.


Summary:
"Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories. 
Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense.  Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again.  After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them.  Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. 

Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.
Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well.  The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber.  With a plot, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.

Please note that this novel contains mature language and themes, including drug use."
Review:
Firstly, I know what you all are thinking: "I thought she was uncomfortable reading books about drugs... A book that has to do with drugs?" Let me tell you: the author is NOT condoning drug use this book. Yes, it IS a major part of the story, but drugs ruin the characters' lives - the main character experiments with it, but decides to stop taking it before she gets addicted. 
And about being uncomfortable with drugs, aren't a lot of people? I don't like drugs and I don't approve of them in the slightest, but as a teenager I know that it is a major influence in a lot of people's lives. If I understand why authors include drug use in a book and it makes sense, it doesn't take away from the book, in my opinion. I hope that cleared things up.
I loved the way this book was written - the verse, I mean. It was so... cool, for lack of a better word.I had never read a book like that before and it made everything so much more dramatic and interesting.
The way she wrote it was fantastic - I legitimately cried at the end. I have read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare several times (I love it), and although I knew how it would ultimately end, it was really interesting to see the way she had everything happen. It was awesome how she used drugs as the poison.
I loved how some of the characters had names that began with the letter of the name of the shakespeare character they were "portraying": Julia - Juliet, Reed - Romeo, Perry - Paris, etc...
I loved the characters except Perry, but I don't think anyone was supposed to like Perry.
One complaint - I wish Perry had gotten stabbed. I'm not one to be like, "GO VIOLENCE!", but I don't mind battle scenes and all that stuff. However, Perry made me so angry, I wanted him to get stabbed by one of those big powerful guys. He made my skin crawl, but I think he was supposed to. 
I also really liked Julia and Reed's relationship. They were just so good together. The only time I was annoyed is when Reed gave Julia drugs. That was not good (I understand why it happened, I was only mad at the character).
Another cool thing was Julia and her piano. I play the piano, and her talent made me wish that I could play as well as her. It was just so cool to see how she connected with piano and how that difficult piece of music was only difficult until she went through the type of pain that the music was portraying. It was beautiful, really.
In all, I give it five stars. I read it in a few hours (a few days ago) because I was super into it. I recommend this book, but please do remember the warning in the summary/blurb thingie.
I feel like I wouldn't reread this book because nothing would really surprise me anymore, but I highly recommend reading it in general.

Excerpt:
"Reed pulls me down the alley, away from the

hotel, till we land in a tight space between two

neighboring buildings.  The others aren’t so quick,

or lucky, and a moment later I hear my father

yelling:



                “What the hell are you hoodlums

                doing here?”



(Hoodlums.  Do I know my dad or what?)



He stops, apparently sniffing,

since he quickly adds,



                “Are you all high?  Get out of here,

                or I’ll call…”



Just then, a shaft of moonlight falls on Reed’s

face, and my father’s voice tumbles away to

nothing. 



His railing’s just a buzz of white

noise now, senseless as the cold wind

rolling through the night.



I can’t look away from Reed’s eyes.



Yes, they’re blue, like Perry’s, but

as different from his as…well, as

night from day.



Perry’s are too bright, offensive,

garish, like the sky at high noon.

And when he’s looking at you, there’s

that sense he just wants something.



But Reed?  Reed’s eyes are full of

clouds, of smoke, and the hint of

something else beneath them, too fragile

for the light.



I could dive in and find it. 



But I’m staring, so I tear my gaze away,

embarrassed.



                “Julia?” he whispers.

                 “Are you okay?

                Have you been crying?”



So maybe he was staring too.



                “Oh, no…I mean, maybe a little.

                But I’m okay now.”



“What happened?”



                “Just, um, I was here

                with Perry, and…

                He got kind of grabby.”



Why am I telling him this?

I clamp my mouth shut and

shiver.  My anger has seeped

away into the night, and with it,

the layer of tension that buffered

me from the cold. 



                “He didn’t hurt you, did he?”  Reed

                bristles—



—and it surprises me.

I shiver harder.



                “No, no—I’m fine.”



Then I guess he notices

my shaking arms, ’cause he says,



                “You must be freezing!”



And before I can protest, his

leather jacket is sheltering me.



Beneath it, he wears only a T-shirt,

his bare arms lean but sinewy,

just like in my—

                                      —Stop it!



I try to shake myself sane again,

tune back in to the world around me.

I realize it’s dead



quiet.



                “Guess my dad scared your

                friends away.”  I still whisper,

                for some reason.



“Don’t worry.”  Reed grins.

“They can take care of

  themselves.”



And apparently, I’m not so successful

at holding on to sanity, because I look

at his lips and think:



Maybe fate gave me a second

first chance tonight.



I don’t believe in fate,

or in acting on impulse,

but my body doesn’t seem to care

as it draws me closer to Reed

till our lips are

touching.



He stiffens for a moment,

his lips slack beneath mine,

and I know I’ve just made

a terrible mistake…



Then his arms are around me,

pulling me closer, his lips opening,

demanding, and there’s no question

anymore:



He’s kissing me.



And it’s nothing—nothing

nothing like the disaster earlier

tonight.



This is

                warmth all around me.

                a new world opening.

                two stars colliding.

And I think

                I’m drowning."

Interview
1. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I had written a previous novel in verse and received feedback from editors that it wasn’t “edgy” or dramatic enough for today’s YA market, so I knew I needed to go further in my next novel.  Someone in the publishing industry actually suggested the idea of a modern Romeo and Juliet story involving drug addiction.  At first I wasn’t sure about it, but then I reread the play and was struck by how well the “poison” in the original play correlated with modern drug use.  I was also frustrated with several recent YA books that I think portray Romeo and Juliet in an overly simple, one-sided way, and I wanted to explore Shakespeare’s work in a deeper way.
2. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve actually always been much more of a reader than a writer!  I always vaguely thought it would be cool to write a book, but I was (and still am!) intimidated by the writing process.  I went to college and then graduate school for writing because I was fairly good at it and hoped I could find a job that used writing in some way, but around the time I graduated from my master’s program, the job market was so bad that I couldn’t find a well-paying position.  So I forced myself to start writing novels in the hopes that I could one day start making money from them…and over time, it has gotten a little easier.  Still hard, though!
3. What are your favorite TV shows?
Arrested Development, Project Runway, and when I was younger I loved The O.C.
4. What are a few of your favorite book series?
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery, and the Faery Rebels series by R.J. Anderson.
5. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
This is going to sound odd, but…my advice is actually to remember you don’t have to take every piece of advice you’re given.   If you find a writing process that works for you, you should feel confident enough to stick with even if other people tell you it’s not the “right” way.  And while every writer has to learn to take criticism, you also have to decide which criticism is helpful to you and which isn’t.  If you tried to revise a book to please every single reader, you could spend your entire life editing and rewriting and never finish.
6. If you could work with any author - dead or alive - who would it be?
Probably either Charlotte or Emily Bronte, just because it would be so amazing to meet one of them!
7. What are your favorite books of all time?
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
8. Are any parts of your books - characters, emotions, scenes, etc. - inspired by people or events around you?
Absolutely!  Even when I’m writing about people and places very different from me and my experiences, I always call on my own emotions and relationships to make the writing as authentic as possible.  And little bits of me, my family and friends definitely creep into my characters.
9. Where do you like to write?
At home, at my computer.  I have a studio apartment, so there’s only one room!  (Well, unless I wrote in the kitchen, but there’s not even room for a table in there…)  I used to try to write longhand on the bus and then transfer it to the computer at home, but I decided that was more trouble than it was worth!  
10. Why do you write?
I think it mostly goes back to my love of books as a child, and especially those particular books (see “favorites” above) that helped me get through difficult times and realize others shared the same struggles I did.  I always felt like storytelling was a sort of magic, and it became my way of looking at and responding to the world. 
11. What is something that your readers probably wouldn't know about you?
I really, really love dance (modern, ballet, etc.) and studied it intensively in college, and I really wish I had the talent to become a professional dancer.  Unfortunately, I don’t!
 
12. What do you do - when you aren't writing, of course?
For my job, I’m a freelance editor.  In my free time, I read a LOT, then look at book blogs online and find even more books to read…and when I can tear myself away from the computer, I like to walk everywhere and go to the beach in the summer, and I love playing with my two adorable dogs. 
13. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The British Isles.  I visited England once and it was the most amazing experience of my life, but I haven’t yet had the chance to visit Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.  I loved reading about those places and their rich history of myth and folklore as a child, and I’d really love to see them for real.
14. What is your favorite food? Dessert?
My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie, but that may be partly because I don’t have it very often!  I’m a sugar freak, so pumpkin pie might also be my favorite food overall…I love anything sweet and creamy, like ice cream, whipped c ream, frappucinos, cake with icing…
15. Do you have any future books planned?
I’m working on a new book right now that’s very different from anything I’ve written before.  It’s in prose rather than verse and is a retelling of a famous story set in the distant past.
16. How many books have you written or published? Which one is your favorite?
I’ve written three complete books (although one is short, perhaps technically a novella) and I’m working on the fourth…and so far, the new one is my favorite.  Sorry I can’t share too much about it at this point!
17. What is your favorite song right now?
“Disarm” by The Smashing Pumpkins
18. How long does it take you to write a book?
Probably about nine months, though it depends on the book.
19.What do you think makes a good story or novel?
What’s most important for me is that I can identify with the characters—I have to believe they’re real people, even if they exist within a fantasy world of the author’s creation.  And a good book should make me feel something—not every book has to make me laugh or cry, but I want to have an emotional reaction.
20. And last, but not least, what is the message you want your book to send to readers?
I’m actually going to hold back on this one, because I want readers to come to their own conclusions…each reader is coming from a different place and will get something different from a book, maybe even something the author didn’t intentionally put there.  That’s one of the things that’s so great about literature!

 
Stephanie's Blog Link: http://www.stephanieparent.blogspot.com


Thank you so much for tuning in! Have a great day! :D

Liebster Blog Award

Thank you so much, Classy Me Books, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! I know that I have already received it, but this is a bit different - and even if it weren't I would still do a post! You can never spread the word about your fellow bloggers enough. This award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here are the guidelines:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you…they deserve the love!
2. Post the award on your blog for all to see!
3. Give the award to 5 of your favorite bloggers … ideally with approximately 200 followers or less.
4. Leave a comment on your chosen {5} blogs to let them know that they have been given the Liebster award.

Please check out the following blogs! They are amazingly awesome and I absolutely LOVE reading their posts! (I am going to post different blogs than the ones I posted before, but these blogs are on the same list of awesomeness as the other ones!)

1. Beach Bum Reads
2. A library of my own 
3. Sweet Southern Home
4. Beneath the Moons and Stars
5. Always to the Unknown Friend

Please look at those blogs - and Classy Me Books' blog! They are all awesome! Thank you! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I discovered that Bookworm from Bookworm in Love (check out her blog: Bookworm in Love) tagged mefor the Liebster Blog Award. Honestly, I was completely shocked because, HELLO!, I have less than 20 followers. Then I went an read her post. According to Bookworm, "The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers and Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. Again, MADE MY MORNING." 
Before I get started on the little inerview thing I have to do, I want to thank Bookworm for tagging me! It's an honor! Thank you!

Here's How it Works:
1. Each person must post 10 facts about themselves
2. Answer 10 questions the tagger has given you and give 10 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
3. Choose 10 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5. Remember, no tag backs.

10 Facts About Me:
1. I am going to be a freshman in high school this year.
2. I love reading, reviewing, and writing (obviously)
3. I have a cat named Max.
4. I am bilingual (Romanian and English)
5. I am OBSESSED with Cassidy Tucker's YouTube videos. (CassJayTuck)
6. My favorite color is blue.
7. My favorite disney princess is Belle. :)
8. I have been playing the piano since I was eight.
9. I love listening to music, and one of my favorite songs is "Sparks Fly" by Taylor Swift.
10. I've been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Parisa, France before.

My Questions from Bookworm:
1. How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for about 2 years and a half. I really should pinpoint the date and have an "anniversary".
2. What's your favorite book?
That's a really tough question, but I would have to say Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I recently read it and loved it!
3. Do you have any ARCs right now? If so, what?
I wish, haha. My blog is pretty new and undiscovered, but I hope to get some in the future!
4. Who's your favorite author?
I have so many, so I can't give you a single answer, but here are a few: Ally Carter, Meg Cabot, J.K. Rowling, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Sarah Dessen, Jane Austen, Cassandra Clare, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, James Dashner, Libba Bray, etc... (Wow, that was NOT a few!)
5. What's your favorite band?
I LOVE One Republic, Honor Society, All American Rejects, and Allstar Weekend.
6. Why did you start a book blog?
I want to be a writer and the best way to expand my knowledge about writing is to read. I wanted to get my word out there and come into contact with more writers and reviewers - you know, getting familiar with the writing and publishing and reviewing process. I started it especially because no one I know really wants to hear me ramble on and on about books. They kinda just stare at me like, "Shut up. I don't care."
7. What type of books do you like to review?
I typically like to review YA books but I will review pretty much any book.
8. Where are you from?
I don't really know how to answer this question, but here goes. My whole family originates from Romania. Literally, there was pretty much no moving around from other countries. My parents moved to Buffalo, New York (where I was born) in their early twenties. We lived there for a year and a half until we moved to Montgomery, Alabama. When I was eight we moved to California (I don't want to disclose my current city location) where I have lived ever since. (I'm fourteen.)
9. What is your favorite food?
I love fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, and corn OFF of the cob.
10. Do you think this is fun?
Why, yes, I do :)

My Ten Blogs:

My Questions:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you start a book blog?
3. Do you have any ARCs right now? If so, what?
4. Who are five of your favorite authors?
5. Where do you like to read?
6. What is your favorite pastime other than reading and blogging?
7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
8. What is your favorite TV show? Movie?
9. Would you ever be willing to review books for money?
10. Why do you like to read?

I hope you guys have as much fun as I did! :) Talk to you y'all later!

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctrow