Sunday, June 22, 2014

ARC review Fractured Dream and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Fractured Dream
Series: The Dreamer Saga #1
Author: K.M. Randall
Release date: Today! June 21st 2014
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 410


Expectations

First of all, read the synopsis and tell me you're not at least a bit curious..

Synopsis

Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. 

What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.
Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.


Amazing synopsis right? When I read this I was so excited to be reading this debut novel by author K.M. Randall. This is my first ARC review, but that will not influence my review. I will give you my honest opinion. 

Review

Throughout this story the writing is consistent and was beautiful. The story is written from the multiple characters, which was very fun to read. I also gained more prospective and insight in the side characters in stead of just the main character. New characters were gradually introduced so I could keep up with who was who ;)

The prologue was intriguing and immediately made think about the possibilities with this story. I always love it when a writer get's you thinking like that.

The main character Story suffers from memory loss, which caused me to try to discover with her what the secrets are she had forgotten all about.  Story is searching to find herself again. She doesn't really know what's she's searching. She just knows something is missing. 

I love the difference between the two best friends Adam and Elliott. They are both great characters within this story.

The part near the water was very thrilling and fast-paced. Something was in that lake... The sens of mystery keeps coming back within the story, which is very appealing to read more.

I've always loved fairytales and I think the author did a grreat job integrating the stories we all know and giving them a different and unique twist. I loved all the fantasy elements !

I really liked pretty much every character in this book. Which rarely happens..

I think I could go on and on about the different great things in this book but the truth is, I loved it! I think it's amazing that the author writes a book like this as a first novel! 

A great debut novel written beautifully full of fantasy elements and creatures and great characters.

Rating



Giveaway

I wanna thank Wendy Logsdon for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC and for providing the e-book for this giveaway! 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer read-a-thon wrap up!




I can't believe this Sweet Summer Read-a-thon is already over! You can check out my previous post on this read-a-thon for more details.

This read-a-thon was from June 9th - June 15th. The week went by so fast, I was busy working so unfortunately I didn't get much reading done. I've read some of the wrap up posts and I'm so jealous of the amount of reading some people have read! 

Day 1: Monday June 9th 

Book: Fractured Dream
Pages read: 43

Day 2-4 : Tuesday June 10th - Thursday June 12th
Book: Fractured Dream
Pages read: none :(


Day 5: Friday June 13th  

Book: Fractured Dream
Pages read: 40 



Day 6: Saturday June 14th

Book: Fractured Dream
Pages read: 32


Day 7: Sunday June 15th

Book: Fractured Dream
Pages read: 55


Final Wrap up

I wanna thank Hannah from The Book Tower for hosting this readathon!
In total I've read 170 pages and for me that's okay. But I would've loved to read more during this read-a-thon, maybe next time !


Fractured Dream

I just want so say that I really enjoy reading about this world thus far. I'm so honored to do this ARC and if you like fantasy and Fairytales, you will definitely like this book! 
The great thing is, you can win Fractured Dream in a giveaway! Just watch my blog closely this week and you might win this book!




Happy reading!

Myra

Friday, June 13, 2014

Q & A with K.M. Randall!













I'm so excited to share this Q & A with you today! I interviewed author K.M.Randall, who wrote her first novel Fractured Dream, that will be released on June 21st.

Here we go!

Why and when did you start writing?
I think I probably started writing as soon as I learned to write. The first memories of my writing go back to first grade when we were reading the Bunnicula series by James Howe, and I wrote a version of my own six-year-old fan fiction. I also have a book of poems I wrote around the same time, titled Once Upon A Merry Fairy. I have boxes of stories I wrote over the years and can remember trying to write a book in sixth or seventh grade about a young girl and a unicorn.

What or who inspired you to write? 
I can’t pinpoint a certain moment or person, but I know what influenced the younger version of me. There’s the writers I emulated as a child: James Howe; Betty MacDonald, author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series; Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby Sitter’s Club; and Shel Siverstein. You can see with even an early interest in fairies and vampire bunnies that fantasy was always where I was heading. I also had a teacher in third grade, who really encouraged me to read and write, and my mother has always been supportive. 

What is the hardest part of writing a book? 
Finding time! I am a working mother who also edits books on the side. Scheduling in my own writing seems almost impossible sometimes. But it’s in my blood and I have stories in my head beating at the walls, so I find the time.

Can you describe a typical work day?
I often don’t start writing until after 9 p.m. since I have a family and a day job, in addition to my side editing gigs. Then I often don’t go to sleep until 2 or 3 a.m. I am blessed to be one of those people who can function with minimal amounts of sleep. I guess I don’t have a really interesting process like some writers. When everyone is in bed, I sit down and write. It’s as simple as that. 

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
In my writing life I would like to finish The Dreamer Saga series and continue to see my works realized by being published. I think, as is probably every author’s goal, I’d like to be able to make my living solely off of writing. A girl can dream.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers. I love the way she weaves magic into every sentence so that even the most mundane thing or scene seems to carry an element of mysticism. 

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Don’t give up. Don’t let self-doubt weigh you down. Just keep at it and definitely network. Doors can open. 

What are your current projects?
I am currently working on a book called The Reaper’s Daughter that I hope I’ll be able to release by the end of the year. It’s about a girl who finds out her mother is the Grim Reaper. After that, I’m heading back to The Dreamer Saga in hopes to have the second book in the series out sometime next year. 

I want to thank the author for answering the questions!

Happy reading everyone!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Join the Sweet Summer Read-a-thon today!!



I'm so excited to discover this read-a-thon starting today!


I always love participating in read-a-thons and I'm  definitely in need of a read-a-thon because I've been in a little bit of a reading slump lately. 

Hannah from The Book Tower is hosting this read-a-thon and it's not to late to join us! Go over to The Book Tower and sign up to join!!


The point of this readathon is to just read as much as you can :D



When:

This readathon with run from June 9th and goes until June 15th


Optional challenges:
  • Read a summer themed book
  • Listen to an audio book
  • Read an average of 200 pages a day

My Goals & Books to read:

My goals for this read-a-thon are:
  • Reading my ARC of Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall. So excited!! I hope I will finish it within this read-a-thon;
  • I'm going to watch less TV and devote those hours to reading!
  • I will make one wrap up post about what I've read each day during the read-a-thon.



I don't know if I have some time left in this read-a-thon, but when I'll finish Fractured Dream, I want to either start with City of Bones(again) or read the fourth book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, I'm not sure what to do yet.. 

If you have some good advice, please help me decide what to read next :D





Are you exited for this read-a-thon? I know I am!! 

If you want to participate, just visit the The Book Tower  and sign up!
What are you currently reading? 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review: Insurgent!

Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Release date: May 2012
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 525

#Review of Divergent

Expectations:

I really loved Divergent, the first book in this trilogy. It was such a rush to read and I think this is a fascinating story. The ending of the first book was so intense for the main character Tris that I wonder how this story will continue. 
I know most of you have already read the entire trilogy, but please don't spoil anything! I know I'm late reading this series, but I'm glad I get to read it now :)


Review


Obviously this is the second installment in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.

This book took me some time to read. The last couple of weeks were so busy for me, that each time I started to read I just fell asleep... not because of the book though. I was just very tired after work.

This book was amazing. The writing is just so gorgeous that I read some parts out loud, just because it sounded so great. I really think that Veronica Roth has amazing writing skills and while reading this book I had a lot of moments were I just paused to admire the beauty of her writing.  

Just like Divergent, I found this to be very fast-paced and action-packed read. 
I loved that we got to see more of the other factions and receive information about the habits and rules within their faction. This makes me feel like I have a better prospective on the different factions and  really get to know them better.

I feel like Insurgent is a lot about trusting the people that you love and deciding whether to lie to them or tell the truth. It was very interesting to read about Tris' thoughts on the decisions she needed to make (which were a lot). Sometimes I really wanted to shake Tris for making certain decisions

We get to see Tris and Four interact and try to trust each other more although the circumstances didn't make it very easy for them.  May I just say I love Four :D

Tris is traumatized by things she has experienced previously and I think the way she deals with that it realistically written. Throughout the book she keeps having flashbacks and moments were she blanks out or is overwhelmed by emotions. 


Rating

I literally can't think of anything I disliked about this book, 5 stars it is!!

Read the Divergent trilogy? Please don't spoil me about Allegiant, I don't want to know anything about it yet! Let me know your thoughts on Insurgent or Divergent below:D

Happy reading !

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Author's Spotlight: K.M. Randall



Hi everyone!

Today I'm excited to introduce a new author to you guys! Her first book, Fractured Dream, will be released this June 21st and I get to do an ARC review on it(my first ARC ever). Let's begin shall we?




Introduction

As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.


Books by K.M.Randall


Fractured Dream will be released on June 21st 2014. 

I've seen nice covers, but this is so beautiful! Very gorgeous cover!!


Synopsis from Goodreads


Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.


Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

Social Links:

Twitter: @KM_Randall


As soon as I'm done reading Fractured Dream I will let you guys know :) Check my blog frequently, if you wanna be part of a giveaway of Fractured Dream!

Happy reading!

Myra

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Book Blogger Test!

I was gladly surprised to see that I was tagged by Katrina from Chased by My Imagination to do The Book Blogger Test! Never heard of this before? Let me enlighten you :)

The rules of The Book Blogger Test are pretty simple:
- answer the ten questions,
- then tag five people.

Let's do this!

1) What are your top three book pet hates?

First of all, I've never heard of pet hates before, must be that I'm Dutch or something. But I'm going to give this my best interpretation and tell you what I dislike the most in books:
  • I dislike it when a story is very long-winded, I tend to loose interest in the story because it just goes on and on AND ON and doesn't really get anywhere. 
  • I dislike very unbelievable things or moments. Sometimes characters do such unbelievably stupid things that I just don't care what happens to the rest of the story.
  • Another dislike I have is when the main character is shallow and feels sorry for herself all the time ( I really can't stand that!).

2) Describe your perfect reading spot.

To me, it depends on the season. In the summer, I love to read outside while the sun is shining with a nice glass of wine.  In the winter I love to curl up in bed or on a nice couch with a cup of tea and some chocolate ( I LOVE chocolate).

3) Tell us three book confessions.

Hmm.. three book confessions.. I'll just give you two, okay?

  • Well, I've never read the Twilight Saga. I've seen the movies 1,2 and 3 and I also own all of the books (including the short story of Bree Tanner(something like that, you know what I mean)). I do want to read it some day. Just not now..
  • Just as Katrina, I do judge a book by the cover more than I should. It's just that if it looks good I want to read it! I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it!

4)When was the last time you cried during a book?
I cried a lot reading The Fault in Our Stars. I read that book together with Katrina. It's such an amazing book and I still felt like crying days after I finished reading it.

5)How many books are on your bedside table?

Currently two, I have my e-reader and a paperback of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I haven't started that last one, but I want to after I finish Insurgent by Veronica Roth on my e-reader :)

6)What is your favourite snack while reading?

I already gave that away didn't I? I love to eat some chocolate while I'm reading. I especially love the combination of tea and chocolate, don't you?

7) Name three books you recommend to everyone?

Three books hmm... let me go to my Goodreads read shelf...

  1. If you're into paranormal romance books and like reading about Myths, I would recommend the Daughters of Lilith series by Jennifer Quintenz. The first book is Thrall, check it out!
  2. I also want to recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon. This is a book about a 14 year-old boy Chrisopher who's has Autism and is trying to solve the death of his neighbor's dog. Great book for anyone to read!
  3. I would also recommend the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Amazing series and definitely the favorite vampire series I've read.

8) Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase.

I recently did a second part of my bookshelf tour. My Vampire shelf is my favorite shelf because it just looks so nice! Do you agree?




9) Describe how much books mean to you in just three words.

Discovering another world
Explanation: I love books because I can loose myself into another world far far away and discover all about that world. 

10) What is your biggest reading secret?

The biggest reading secret is that I'm a pretty slow reader.. I don't like that but it's true. I see people on Goodreads reading 10-15 books a month while I only read 2,3 or maybe 4. But I do enjoy reading them a lot :)


Tagged: 
I tagged these awesome people below to do this Book Blogger Test as well!

Jean @  Jean Book Nerd 
Chrissy @ A Novel Idea 
Angelica @ Life is Reading 
Roxy @ Roxy's Reviews
Emily @ Mrs B's Books

If I didn't tag you but you want to do The Book Blogger Test, just do it! And let me know when you answered the questions, would love to read them :)

Happy reading everyone!

Myra

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