November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

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November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson is the first book of the Bad Bloods series. It was exciting right from the very first chapter. The story was very interesting, and it never bored me. There are also several quotes that I loved, which I am going to include in between paragraphs in this review. Most important of all, it affected me in a way that I never expected. The story involves a presidential election, where having a wrong leader could mean the death of a certain group of people: bad bloods.

If he won the election, everyone would be killed.

Bad bloods have abilities that are unusual and unique. For example, Daniel, one of the protagonists, has the power to heal. Blake, who is an adorable little boy, can read minds. My favorite ability is Jake’s, who can double, triple, or quadruple himself. I find all these different individuals and their abilities fascinating. However, there are disadvantages when using their powers. Healing somebody hurt and exhausted Daniel, for example. Their being different from other people is a reason why they hid and feared for their lives.

Watching them use their powers so openly caused a smile to leap over my lips. One day, I hoped they could do it every day, without concern, but the election would decide that.

Daniel and Serena are the main characters. They are from two different flocks, the Northern Flock and the Southern Flock, respectively, two flocks that hate each other. The reason wasn’t disclosed yet, but it started a very long time ago. At first, I couldn’t understand how there could be hatred between them. They are all bad bloods; why not unite? But then I realized it’s the same with people — in the real world, I mean. We’re all the same human beings yet we still hate each other. So having hatred between two groups or two flocks isn’t incomprehensible after all. It’s actually normal.

I stared at the cat, an animal that knew nothing but survival. Just like us.

I think it’s fate that Daniel and Serena meet several times in the book. I don’t think there is any romance between them — or at least not yet. But there is a lot of love in the book — love between friends, love in a family, love for children, love between flock members. You can definitely feel the concern that they have for each other. Even flock leaders care deeply for their own flocks. There was even one chapter that made me cry a little bit — the part where Serena visited her family but didn’t show herself to them. She learned that her parents still love her and that they still know her name even though Serena left them at a very young age.

No one could ever truly forget love.

November Rain happened in November 2089 — the month of the elections. I was affected even if Election Day in my country isn’t in November, even if ours already happened last May, even if I only started to become worried and concerned about politics last year. November Rain is very relatable and at the same time very inspiring, breathtaking, and beautiful. Bad Bloods was originally published nine years ago then taken off the market, and I’m glad it has been given a second chance this year. A story like this should definitely be published. It should be read by everyone because I believe everyone will learn at least one valuable lesson from it. I really like the messages of the book.

“Don’t focus on what others have,” I repeated one of Cal’s tough love lessons. Jealousy only destroyed.

The ending though was very sudden. It didn’t feel like the end, and it made me go, “What? WHY?” But still, it was a beautiful book, and it’s something I’m very sure I would read again. I also thought of The Hunger Games and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children while reading it, so if you loved those books, you should definitely check Bad Bloods out! November Rain releases today! I am really excited and happy for author Shannon A. Thompson. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful book!

Home. That’s what utopia is.

I’d like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

November Rain, the first book in the Bad Bloods series, by Shannon A. Thompson releases on July 18, 2016.

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Bad Bloods in 35 words or less: 17-year-old Serena is the only bad blood to escape execution. Now symbolized for an election, she must prove her people are human despite hindering abilities before everyone is killed and a city is destroyed.

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, poet, and blogger. In fact, she runs a website just for readers and writers called www.ShannonAThompson.com. This past year she released The Timely Death Trilogy with Clean Teen Publishing, and now, we have a new series to look forward to. Bad Bloods is a two-part YA story, both of which are releasing in July of 2016. Learn more below, and let it snow.

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November Rain, Part One, releases July 18, 2016

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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

 

November Snow, Part Two, e-book releases July 25, 2016

(paperback releases in November of 2016)

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When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.


About the Author:

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Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Thompson is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and The Timely Death Trilogy is now available.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

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I read this book just yesterday at work while we were on downtime, and I feel highly accomplished because I finished it in just four hours and nineteen minutes (yes, I checked) and had a little over an hour left before I’m allowed to go home. I could have started another book, but I wasn’t able to bring an extra one. I’ll keep in mind to bring two books or my e-reader next time.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume has captured my pre-teen feelings. The book is very relatable, and it made me think about my own little adventures with my friends when I was around eleven or twelve. For instance, like Margaret, I had been included in secret clubs and been given secret club names. One club my friends and I had in school was called Pie Club. I was Mango Pie. My best friend was Cutie Pie. No, seriously. I am not making this up. In another, earlier club, with a different group of friends, I was Red Marantha.

Margaret is eleven going on twelve, is in grade six, and is experiencing the problems and concerns of a young girl nearing adolescence. This book, being so truthful and realistic, makes me want to write an essay on my own experiences instead of an actual book review. But I figured that would be too personal, so I’ll try to write a proper review as best I can.

Aside from the concerns of having her period, dancing with the most good-looking boy in class in the school’s square dance, wearing a bra for the first time, and not being like the pretty, tall, and curvy Laura Danker, Margaret was also having concerns about religion. I know religion is a very sensitive topic (I actually hope it wasn’t), and I liked how Judy Blume tackled it. Margaret doesn’t belong to any religion because her parents don’t have the same one, and they let her choose her own. Throughout the whole book, Margaret talked to God about almost everything that happens in her life. I personally feel that, right from the very beginning, she has had a good relationship with God. An assignment given by their teacher (a year-long individual project where each student had to work on any topic that was very meaningful to them) had Margaret doing her research about different religions and attending different churches and temples. She wanted to know what works for her or which one she is. She found that she felt God most when she was alone.

I’ve been looking for you God. I looked in temple. I looked in church. And today, I looked for you when I wanted to confess. But you weren’t there. I didn’t feel you at all. Not the way I do when I talk to you at night. Why God? Why do I only feel you when I’m alone?

This part of the story connected with me — belonging to two religions as well — and I had almost the same feelings Margaret had about it when I was younger. Like her, I was confused and had felt that “[t]welve is very late to learn” about any religion and that it is much easier to have only one — one that we were told or assigned right when we were little — so that we can “start learning about it at an early age.” But all these feelings I only had when I was about her age, so don’t you worry, guys! But isn’t that what this age is supposed to be? Trying to figure ourselves out? And here I said I wasn’t going to write about anything personal and would write a proper book review. Anyway, I have decided that Judy Blume’s books are awesome, having read several of them and being almost always able to relate.

My final thought at the end of the book though is this (and I’m feeling a bit frustrated about it): What did Mr. Benedict, Margaret’s teacher, think about her assignment? Margaret ran away after letting her teacher read her submitted project — which was a letter — and Mr. Benedict called after her, and that was it. I was hoping to find out what his thoughts about it were.

Having obviously liked and enjoyed the book, I highly recommend it, especially to the girls who’d love to look back and think about their pre-teen days.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume was published in 1970.

Read This? Watch This!

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I have been nominated to do the Read This? Watch This! tag by CW at Read, Think, Ponder — thank you very much! As usual, I love the banner you’ve made, so I hope you don’t mind my using it for this post! Anyway, here are the rules:

I.  Create five Book-TV Pairings.

II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.

Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I got really excited about doing this tag and thought it was really cool; however, it was so much harder than I thought! I kept thinking, Is this all I’ve watched and read? And with that, I could only do three, I’m so sorry! I also included movies so that I’d have more choices for my recommendations. This was fun to do, but challenging!

If you’ve read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

You should watch: The Blue Bird (1940)

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Why: The protagonists of both book and movie (Dorothy and Mytyl, with her little brother Tyltyl) go on a journey in a strange land, one looking for the way home, the other looking for happiness (in the form of a blue bird), respectively, and meet several odd creatures and personages along the way. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy befriends a scarecrow, a tin woodman, and a cowardly lion, while in The Blue Bird, Mytyl meets the human versions of her cat Tylette, her dog Tylo, and the lamp on their wooden table, Light. In the movie, Mytyl and Tyltyl search for the blue bird in the past, in the Land of Memories; in the Land of Luxury; and in the future, where they meet children who are yet to  be born. I think the strange worlds in both stories will fascinate readers and watchers, and I’m happy to say that both girls, in the end, find what they are looking for.

If you’ve read: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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You should watch: Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)

Why: Both center on a simple family, and we always learn something from each family member’s experiences. The stories teach about values, kindness, love, ambitions, compassion, friendship, accomplishments, humility, selflessness, etc. — topics that I believe everyone can still relate to today. Both the Marches and the Ingallses, despite constantly being presented with many trials and temptations, such as an illness in the family and the want of wealth, are happy families, and the most important thing they have in common is their love for one another. If, like me, you enjoyed the life lessons from Little Women, then I have no doubts you’d also enjoy watching Little House on the Prairie. (Oh, and I’m a sucker for family stories, did you know?)

Note: I just finished Little Women last week, so review to follow!

If you’ve read: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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You should watch: Somewhere in Time (1980)

Why: The movie and the book are both mainly about time travel and romance — a relationship where the man travels through time. In The Time Traveler’s Wife, Henry has been diagnosed with a disorder that makes him (unwillingly and unpredictably) travel to the past and future. He and his wife, Clare, meet at different times and ages — the first time when Clare was six and Henry thirty-six — making their life complicated and at times difficult to manage. In Somewhere in Time, Richard one day was approached by an old woman who says to him, “Come back to me” (a scene I couldn’t forget). Years later, Richard becomes fascinated by a picture of a beautiful actress and later learns she was the old woman who approached him years before. He decides to travel back in time through hypnosis, meets the young actress Elise, and falls in love with her. Others who have read/watched the book/movie might not agree with me, but I think both stories had sad endings. Don’t ever get involved in a relationship with a time traveler. Ha!

Another time travel + romance film that I loved is Kate & Leopold (2001), so you might want to check that out as well!

I tag:

Teens and Tweens Book Club

Flowless Books

Ana’s Lair

Blame It on the Books

It’s All About the Books

A Well Read Woman

Please feel free to disregard this tag if you’ve already done it, etc.

The Ultimate Book Tag

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I saw this tag over at Readers in Wonderland and thought it would be so much fun to do!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

My motion sickness is so bad I can’t even text! Which really sucks because I’m on the bus at least three hours every day, and all I can do is sit still. I tried reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde on the bus once, and after one chapter I wanted to barf. I really get jealous of everyone who can read in the car, bus, train, etc.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Erin Morgenstern’s! She has written The Night Circus in a way that makes you feel like you are one of the spectators at the circus. And I just loved the way she writes descriptions. When I read her book, I wanted to write just like her.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter.

  • Harry Potter is basically my whole childhood.
  • It’s what introduced me to fantasy. It’s what made me love that genre.
  • I just can’t get enough of Harry Potter! I wish J. K. Rowling would forever write about Harry, Ron, and Hermione or any Harry Potter character or anything Harry Potter related!

Just want to say though that Twilight was, like, my college life.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

No, but I bring a book with me every time I have to go somewhere that requires waiting for someone or waiting in line.

5. Do you smell your books?

I love books, but I don’t love smelling them.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

It doesn’t matter. Those little illustrations in books never bother me, nor do I ever look for them if there aren’t any.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Um. Hmm. I don’t really know. Probably none.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Ugh, none. Not a funny kid.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It’s really tiny it’s smaller than my hand.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Probably my KJV Bible.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Well, yes, I write a lot. But they’re mostly for myself. I only wish I could be an author.

12. When did you get into reading?

Very, very early.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic, right?

14. In school what was your best subject?

French. Ha! But don’t ask me anything in French. It was just basic stuff.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Keep it.

16. What is a lesser-known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. I read the first book and thought it was similar to Harry Potter. (I love Goddess Girls, by the way.)

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I have a difficult time hitting Publish. I always fear there’s something else I’d want to say, something I’d like to change, something I’ve spelled incorrectly, etc.

18. What is your favorite word?

It changes all the time. Right now it’s “fluff.”

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I don’t even know what a dweeb is.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies. I like wings.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. I like wings.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. They’re sexier.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires. They’re sexier.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love. I’m not really a fan of love triangles.

25. Full-on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. But, you know, I’m not really picky when it comes to books. I would read full-on romance books if somebody would give me recs.

I tag Louise Spells and anyone else who would like to do the tag!

Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson

Note: Since this is the last book of the trilogy, spoilers could not be avoided and there may be some ahead, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I have been wanting to read Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson since the moment I have finished reading the second book, Seconds Before Sunrise. There was so much I wanted to know. Who would win the battle? The Dark or the Light? Will Eric and Jessica end up together? I was also excited, and nervous, for identities to be revealed. Who is Darthon? Who is Luthicer? Who is Fudicia? Jessica, in the book, once said to Bracke, “I want to know everything”; and that is exactly how I felt in the beginning: I wanted to know everything. But as much as I did want to know everything, I was also afraid there was going to be a lot of deaths, what with the title and based on the fact that this is the last installment, which means an epic battle in the end (yay!). As much as I love epic battles, I also love a happy ending, and I don’t like my favorite characters getting killed. So before starting to read this book, I was kind of preparing myself for unwanted deaths, and what made it even harder was that my list of favorite characters kept on growing as I read. In the first book, it was basically only Jessica and Eric; in the second, I added a few like Mindy, Noah, and Crystal. But in the third one, there’s a whole lot; it’s almost everyone. With that, I loved how the author developed the characters; you really get to know them better, and she makes you eventually understand them and fall in love with, or at least like, them — yes, even those you used to hate! I mean, I couldn’t even imagine liking Fudicia, but in the end, I did!

The cover gave me hope, though, that Jessica and Eric were going to end up together.

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This book was the perfect way to end this trilogy! There were a lot of twists and turns in the story, so I didn’t really have any idea on how it would all end. There were the battles I was waiting for. There were spells (and a shifting realm!). And most especially, there was the happy ending! I liked how Eric and Jessica worked separately to resolve the ongoing conflicts. I liked what happened to everyone in the story, despite some deaths, and I’m so glad it didn’t leave me frustrated, i.e., no cliff-hanger ending. There were also some parts of the book that made me tear up a little, like Camille’s grave, and parts that made me extremely happy, like Jada’s human identity. I loved the book — a lot! Also, I liked how the books just kept getting better and better, which is what I want in any series. In The Timely Death Trilogy, you just keep on wanting to know more. I’m still having a hard time picking a favorite book among the three though. I love the first because it introduced me to a whole new world, I love the second because it was where I truly fell in love with Eric *swoon*, and I love the third because it was just a fantastic finale! I love all of them equally, but at the same time, I thought the books got better as the series progressed. I am probably not making any sense right now.

On a related note, I liked how the author used colors in the book — Jessica’s purple powers, the lights’ white hair, etc. I just felt, after reading the whole trilogy, that colors are an important part of the story, so I think it’s amazing that the author was able to do that!

Here are some of the quotes I liked:

No one had won the battle, but the battle had beaten us all.

We had met at the river, and then, we met in school—two people, disguised as other identities, yet we found one another in both lives. Fate was tricky like that.

“We all have to do things we don’t like.” (Luthicer, to Jessica)

We were together even when we were apart.

If you want magic, epic battles, romance, and an exciting, edge-of-your-seat kind of read, then look no further than The Timely Death Trilogy. I absolutely, highly recommend and am totally in love with this series!

I’d like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Death Before Daylight, the third book in The Timely Death Trilogy, by Shannon A. Thompson releases on September 15, 2015.

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

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Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson is the second book of The Timely Death Trilogy AND the latest book I’ve given five out of five stars to and added to my Favorites shelf on Goodreads. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is very compelling and exciting, and I haven’t moved on from the book; I’m still fangirling. Seriously. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m glad there’s a new series I’m going to fangirl about. It has been a while.

However, I was a little lonely in the beginning of the book because the ending of the first book, Minutes Before Sunset, was heartbreaking. (Spoiler starts now.) I felt sad for Eric and Jessica because they weren’t together, and I wanted them to be. The whole time I was reading Seconds Before Sunrise I was hoping for Jessica’s memory to return already. And as for Eric — who is *sigh* my newest fictional crush — it seems that the more I read about him, the more I fall in love with him. I’m glad to learn that he’s (finally) concerned about his family. And, of course, I’m glad that he has never stopped caring about Jessica and that he can’t keep his distance from her, even though he knows he should. Hee. The book was very difficult to put down as well because you just have to know what happens next. There’s magic, a lot of twists, and an epic (Dark vs. Light) battle in the end, which is one of my favorite parts! And the description of the Light during the battle freaked me out! The Light is also one of the things that for me has made the book really exciting. That and the thought of characters living double lives — 1) as humans and 2) as Shades or Lights. The story was like a puzzle. I kept wondering and guessing which among the human characters were Lights (and Shades), and I think there was a time when I have accused most of the humans in the book as Lights. The thought of not knowing whom to trust is alarming! I can’t wait to learn who everyone is in the third book. In Seconds Before Sunrise, I have also learned to love the characters I haven’t gotten to know very well and didn’t really care about that much in Minutes Before Sunset, like Mindy, Noah, and Crystal.

I think it’s pretty obvious that I totally recommend this book. It is well written and the excitement never stopped. This is the kind of book that makes you want more even after you’ve finished it. In the middle of reading, I even took time to check out each and every picture on the author’s Timely Death Trilogy board on Pinterest to help with my imagination (ha!). It is the perfect sequel to Minutes Before Sunset.

I’d also like to say I love the cover because, well, Eric. I guess I’ve found a new book boyfriend.

I wish I’ve read this book: in a bookish sleepover party together with TTDT fans so we could fangirl together after the read!

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I’d like to thank Shannon A . Thompson for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly admire your work!

Seconds Before Sunrise, the second book in the Timely Death Trilogy, by Shannon A. Thompson was first published in 2014 but will re-release on August 25, 2015.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite stories growing up. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the Disney animated version as well as the live-action film directed by Tim Burton. In fact, most of my favorite lines come from the animated movie. I will recite one now: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise, what is, it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would, you see?” Perhaps the reason why I love this story is that I absolutely think nonsense is what this world is short of. Uh-huh. I turn to Alice in Wonderland when everybody I talk to is making too much sense.

That’s why I could not believe myself when I found most of the book boring. I wanted so much to love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Not like, but LOVE. I wanted it to be something I would talk excitedly about with someone. I wanted it to be something I would urge somebody to read. I wanted it to become my next favorite. Unfortunately, the reading experience wasn’t what I had hoped or expected. Wonderland wasn’t a fascinating place to stay in. And I thought my heart was always easily captivated. Am I turning into a boring adult?? I blame it all on the recent conversations I’ve had about bills and taxes.

However, I still had fun finding quotes from the book that were used in the movie versions. I found Alice’s “cherry-tart, custard, pineapple, roast turkey,” “Curiouser and curiouser!” and “how doth the little crocodile”; the Mad Hatter’s “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”; and words that begin with an “M” like “muchness.” It was like some sort of quest. A quest for movie lines. And I’m happy that there was a lot.

And I do have some favorites:

Characters: Alice and the Hatter

Chapter: A Mad Tea-Party (My head hurt from all the madness!)

Quotes (aside from those mentioned above):

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: Was I the same when I got up this morning?”

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“If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”

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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

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“We’re all mad here.”

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“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

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“[B]ut it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

In the end, I have decided that I still love the story even if I am more charmed by the movie versions than by Lewis Carroll’s original story. Not something I would reread but definitely something I would watch a million times more.

I wish I’ve read this: with lots and lots of tea (and probably some fancy cookies and small cakes).

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the first of two books in the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series and was published in 1865.

Minutes Before Sunset Cover Reveal

I am so happy to share with all of you the new cover of Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson! I read and reviewed the book earlier this year and loved it that’s why I am so excited to be taking part in this cover reveal!

And voila! Here it is!

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Isn’t it a lovely cover? And it’s not only the cover that’s new; this second edition by Clean Teen Publishing has a new interior as well! How fantastic is that? It will be released on July 28, 2015, so ready the bookshelves!


Did you know? 

Minutes Before Sunset, the first book of The Timely Death Trilogy, has been awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012. Its current rating in Goodreads is: 146 ratings, 4.3 stars.


Summary:

Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


By the way, I am proud to announce that I am a member of the Dark. Check out my shiny new badge!

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I agree with all the reviews right here:

  • “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – The Reader’s Review
  • “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader
  • “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading
  • “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews
  • “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read

Meet the Author:

ShannonAThompson

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

Remember When by Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb

My dentist is one of those people I enjoy visiting because we talk a lot about and exchange books. We do not have the same interests in books at all, which I appreciate because then we both could try out different genres.

The first book she’s lent me was Remember When by Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb. (I lent her Coraline by Neil Gaiman — see the big dissimilarity in our tastes?) I admit it was difficult for me to even pry open the book as I wasn’t interested to read it at all. (I’m a hundred percent sure she felt the same way with Coraline.) But I’ve finished it. And I liked it. At first I felt like giving up, but I soon found it suspenseful as there was a crime involved. The book is divided into two parts, and after Part One, I found it impossible to move on to Part Two, and here’s why: I already fell in love with Laine Tavish’s character from the first part, so I had a hard time accepting that it’ll be a different girl I’d be reading about in the second part, Lieutenant Eve Dallas — who I’ve also learned to like eventually. It’s amazing actually; the first half is set during the present and the second is futuristic. But both revolve around the same stupid diamonds — I mean, crime. All in all, this is a good first Nora Roberts read.

I wish I’ve read this: in a luxury hotel room, with a glass of wine perhaps?

Remember When by Nora Roberts is book 17.5 in the In Death series and was published in 2003.