How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
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Hey all. It’s week 5 and I have the wonderful creator of this promo tour joining me today. Meet Amber from The Book Bratz. Here she talks about juggling both life and blogging, and just what kinds of things one can do to ease the pressure.
For those of you that don’t know me that well, I always seem to be busy. I’m involved in tons of extracurricular inside and outside of school, and I try to keep up with blogging whenever I can. Now that I’m out of high school and it’s summertime, you’d think I’d have more time to get blog work done…but I actually have less. All of my free time is spent dorm shopping, at college orientations, preparing for college, working at my summer job, doing my summer assignments, etc. So you might be asking yourself how the heck I do it, which is my intentions for this post: to explain to you how!
I have a few key pieces of advice that help me to multitask with blogging and my everyday life. So without further ado, here they are:
#1: Set aside a certain time to get blog work done.
Most of the time for me it ends up being Sunday mornings, where I’ll set aside an hour or two to make sure that I finish setting up and scheduling all of the blog’s posts for the week. I sit down (away from distractions, which I mention more in #2), and I focus on setting up posts, updating the blog’s review archive, being active on the social media, replying back to comments, entering giveaways and visiting other blogs, etc. I actually factor “blog work” into my daily planner for the week to make sure that I have a set time to get work done without worrying that I’ll be interrupted somehow.
#2: Distance yourself from distractions!
I am well acquainted with the rabbit hole that is social media. When I’m doing blog work (such as I am right now), I usually stick my phone in the other room or facedown across the room on silent, and I only check it during breaks. Because the minute I cave and answer one text, I’ll answer them all, and then check Twitter, and then Instagram, and then snapchat…and then, before you know it, all of my preciously scheduled blog work time is over.
#3: Make social media a priority.
Okay, I know this sounds like the complete opposite of #2, but hear me out. Since I’m constantly running around all day, by the time I get home I tend to be pretty exhausted and won’t check the blog’s Twitter. Then I’ll notice that for five or so days in a row, all I did was Tweet the post links. Part of being a blogger is interacting with your followers. You’re literally nothing except an empty space of internet without them. So what I’ve started doing is taking a lull in my day and setting my phone timer for ten minutes, and then I spend those ten minutes scrolling through the blog Twitter’s feed, replying to Tweets, entering giveaways, etc. It’s my goal to be active on the blog’s Twitter for at least ten minutes each day, which is barely anything when you’re super busy. It’s easy to do, and I love interacting with you guys.
As book bloggers, reviewing will always be our top priority, even when we do other posts (such as this one) or promotions and such. When reading time is sparse, I learn to read every chance I get. I throw my book in my bag and cart it with me wherever I go, so I’m never without it. I’ll read on line at the post office, in a waiting room, while getting a pedicure, etc. Stealing ten or so minutes of reading time everywhere you go will eventually add up and help you finish a book a lot faster than just trying to speed-read every night after a long, exhausting day.
*this post was taken from The Book Bratz blog with permission. To read the full original, see this link.
Thank you to The Book Bratz for taking part and also for organising this tour. It’s been lots of fun so far and I look forward to the rest of it. 🙂
Remember to look at the #SBPT tag on twitter to find other blog posts.
I’ll see you next week! 😀
Hey guys, it’s week 4 of the #SBPT and we were in full swing of it. This week it’s all about Peyton from A Bookish Mess. She’s going to be doing the Ultimate Reader Tag. Take it away!
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car? Not at all 🙂
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Emery Lord… I have just now begun to read outside of my normal genre and she is the first author I have truly loved in her genre. She writes about things that people face on a daily basis. Real life issues that are sensitive to most – she isn’t afraid to tackle them and she does it with a grace that is amazing and so well written .
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. Hands Down. — 1. The books are more realistic and can be easily related to.. 2. The books are REAL. I know some think Twilight is something that is possible – but as much as I loved it, I know it is completely unhealthy to have a love like that… 3. You WANT to be in the Potter world. Everything about the world just draws you in. There are so many aspects of the story and so many characters that there is someone you can relate to, someone you can see as your spirit animal and someone you can see yourself visiting the Harry Potter World with!… and point number 4 just because – You can actually visit the Harry Potter World!
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I do! It’s also known as my purse. Aside from my kindle and whatever actual book I am reading at the time – it holds my phone, wallet, an extra bookmark, baby wipes, an extra pull-up or two and whatever it is that the kids decided they didn’t want to hold on their own that day lol.
5. Do you smell your books?
I do. Yeah, I am that person. There is nothing better than the smell of a book!
6. Books with or without little illustrations? Gah! — Without for the most part. but I love books that give a little family tree or a map or something important like that – if it pertains to the story!
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Well.. way to just throw that one in there! — Honestly – Fifty Shades of Grey.. I read it when all the hype was going on – all 3 books. While I still like them and I even liked the movie, though it was lacking — going back and re-reading those books I couldn’t even imagine what I was thinking the first time! I was like, “OMG! why did I think this book was the business back then?!”
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share! I was reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margret by Judy Blume. In the book she does this exercise to “increase her bust.” — It just so happens you have to move both arms back and forth while changing, “I must, I must, I must increase my bust!” — So while doing this one day, because I thought it was really going to make my boobs big (which, btw – I ended up with TOO big of them, but that’s another story!) — My brother and his friend.. who I was totally crushing on – decided to walk by my room. I didn’t close my door so they saw and heard me and just proceeded to stand there laughing and mocking me. My brother still does it to this day!
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Candy Store by Bella Andre — it’s only about 120ish pages.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – over 700 pages!
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do write sometimes. I would love to publish my own novel, but I do not think I am there quite yet.
12. When did you get into reading?
When I was about 11 or 12.. I remember picking up the Clearwater Crossing series by Laura Peyton Robers.. I have been hooked every since then!
13. What is your favorite classic book?
Pride and Prejudice.. Along with Romeo and Juliet.. I was reading one for school and one on my own.. It’s a toss up as to which I love more.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
I aced them both 🙂
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I have had this happen to me before! I actually gifted it to a friend who likes to read as much as I do.. I let the person who gave it to me know and she said she understood! I read so much that sometimes it’s hard for people to get me actual books!
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
This isn’t really lesser known – but The Maze Runner really reminds me a bit of The Hunger Games! Again, not too lesser known – but the Percy Jackson books sometimes remind me of things in The Potter world!
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Blast music.. I don’t think this is a bad habit -but other people in my house do lol
18. What is your favorite word?
Totally not blogger friendly – but growing up in a military family.. living around military bases.. having a military brother and now being married to a military man.. I am very fond of the F word lol
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m a legit book reading, gamer headset wearing nerd!
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires.. better stories 🙂
21. Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?
That’s a toss up.. Are we talking about white robe wearing angels? Or fallen angels? There is a difference here! I have read some excellent books about fallen angels and reapers.. is both an option?
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves – because.. hotness.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
GAH! Again, is both an option?! I guess if I HAD to pick – Forbidden love.. but I love them both!
25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed?
I love the romantic suspense – but it’s an equal amount. If I am reading a romance novel, I want the romance in there! I do love me some action though!
Thanks to The BookBratz for letting me take part in this promo tour and thanks to Peyton for being on my blog. See you next week.
I apologise for the decline in quality this week. I am away at comic con and I hadn’t done all the editing in time.
These books are just kind of my go-to recommendations. Obviously, if I get acquainted with someone’s specific taste, I’ll personalize the recs, but these are some of my favorite books that I think a lot of people will enjoy, even if they’re not big readers.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – This is my favorite book series of all time! It’s action-packed and the characters are a lot of fun. I’m always telling people they need to read this book, and assuring them it’s way better than the crap-tastic movie made in its name. I know the vampire craze is over, but, in my opinion, this series transcends that trend. It’s much more than the standard vampire novel.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I picked this book up earlier in the year and it quickly became one of my new favorite contemporary books. The friendship elements in it are fantastic, the romance is adorable, and the over-all plot is a ton of fun.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – This series is quick to read, and the writing is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, so I’m always shoving this book in people’s hands.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – This is another one of my favorite contemporary novels. I love the romance and the way the two main characters have to work through so much crap going on in their own heads.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I actually only read this a few weeks ago, but ever since then I’ve been practically shouting from every rooftop I pass that people need to read this book. It’s heartbreaking and phenomenal
Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I’m pretty sure I’ve told everyone in my life to read this novel. The premise is unique and the execution is flawless. Oliver’s writing is absolutely stunning, and I just need everyone to read this series.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This is another more recent read, but I thought it was incredibly adorable and relatable.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – While I like TMI, I love this series even more. I feel like everyone knows about TMI now that it has been adapted into a movie and a TV series, so when people express interest in that series, I always point them to The Infernal Devices.
If you haven’t read any of these, I sincerely hope you do! I found all of these novels to be utterly unputdownable. If you’d like to chat with me about these books (or any books, really) feel free to chat me up at ANY time. I’m always on board with making new bookish friends.
Thank you muchly to Lefty for participating and giving us an insight into her bookish taste! 🙂 Remember to keep an eye on the #SBPT tag on twitter to see other blogger’s posts.
Howdy everyone! Another week, another blogger to promote. Today is all about Krystianna from Downright Dystopian. She’ll be telling us about her reading habits with the Reader Problems Book Tag. Take it away, girl! 🙂
1: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what
to read next?
If I had that many books on my TBR, I’d probably just close my eyes and point to
all the books. Whichever one I was pointing directly at is the one that I’d pick up
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quitor are you committed?
I’m committed! I always stick books through because sometimes the endings can
make all the difference.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away onyour Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Yes! I’d probably try to find some thinner books on my TBR or pick up some
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I don’t. :/
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who doyou bond with over shared feelings?
I’d probably just keep searching for someone else who didn’t love the book as
much as me. Perhaps one of the people that love it even have the tiniest issue
with the book and that could be something I could bond over with them.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I’d probably just run to the nearest bathroom.
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lotfrom the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to finda synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
To start, I’d probably try to find an in-depth Goodreads review about the book. If that doesn’t work, I’d probably try to reread the book!
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
Instead of saying no I’d try to change the subject. I don’t like hurting people’s
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month.
How do you get over your reading slump?
When I’m in a reading slump, I tend to binge-watch Netflix. After binging for
however long, I will switch back to reading books. Sometimes I just need a break!
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read!
How many do you actually buy?
When there’s a lot of books coming out that I want to read, I try to look at the
library first to see if they have any of them. If they don’t, I’d try to buy only one
that I know I can’t live without.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do
they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
This is honestly so bad of me, but they will sit on my shelf for quite a few
months… sometimes even a year.
Thanks to Krystianna for taking part, and to The Book Bratz for organising this tour! Don’t forget to follow the #SBPT hashtag to find other posts! 🙂
HEY! Welcome to the first weekend of the Summer Blog Promo Tour! It was organised by the wonderful girls at The Book Bratz. For the next 7 Sundays I’ll be publishing a post that basically pimps out a different blogger. They deserve it, after all. All the hard work we all put in. Today’s post is all about Valerie from HeSaidBooksOrMe. I will be interviewing her, and finding out what makes her tick… 😛
1) Well, hello there, Valerie of He Said Books Or Me. I checked out your blog and it’s mighty pretty, how long have you had it and what inspired you to start blogging?
Thank you and thanks for hosting me :)! I have had my book blog just a little over a year now. I actually have had a personal blog for about eight years for updating family and friends on our daily lives but then the book parts started taking over, so my mother in law suggested that I try a book blog. I liked it and went with it! 🙂
2) Out of interest, how old are you and at what age did you get into reading…y’know…as more than a hobby? 😛
Old enough to have a mother in law. haha 🙂 A lady never tells her age!
Oh gosh…I have always been a reader. When I was a little girl I would memorize the stories so that I could ‘read’ them to my sister. Books have always been such a big part of my life, I don’t ever recall a time when they weren’t.
3) Kiss, Marry, Kill: Draco, Hermione, Neville?
Kiss Neville, Marry Hermione (the best conversations!), and Kill Draco.
4) You’re on an island and you have three books with you, but suddenly a storm strikes and you manage to save only one! Oh no! What books did you have to sacrifice? (and which one did you save?)
Oh gosh this is hard…I would have saved The Richest Man in Town, because it is my favorite book ever. The other two probably would have had to go. Hard to say what they were because I am a bit of a mood reader sometimes, but it wouldn’t matter because I would always save that book.
5) I saw on your blog you like to travel: where’s the one place you’d love to visit?
I love to travel! I want to go to ALL of the places. Seriously. I have been to 44/50 states (with two more that I should be visiting this Fall). I have been to 2 continents so far, but will be getting my third also this Fall! 🙂
6) Do you listen to music whilst reading, if so, what kind?
I love music, but not usually while reading. When I do have music on it it is usually country. 🙂 I grew up in North Dakota so it reminds me of home!
7) Do you have a favourite snack while you’re reading?
Does coffee or tea count? I love a warm drink while I read 🙂
8) How many books do you own?
Ummmm…maybe around 100 books? Not a ton. I have actually tried really hard to keep my stacks from being out of control. I try to bring them to Little Free Libraries when I am done with them.
9) Do you like reading challenges? If so what’s the most you’ve read in a week before?
Yes, I love them! Probably one of the 24 hour readathons. They are intense!
10) If genres were colours, what do YOU think they’d be? i.e: Green = Fantasy
11) It’s been a pleasure having you here, one last question, What’s your most anticipated book for either this year or 2017?
I am really looking forward to Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Storms out in October! 🙂
So there you have it! Thank you so much to Valerie for taking the time out to answer my weird and wonderful questions. I hope you’ve all found this enlightening and make sure to check out her blog! Share the love! 🙂 Also be sure to check out the hashtag #SBPT on twitter to see other bloggers promo posts.
Until next week,
I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
So this book, man…this book. I started it months ago, and I didn’t think much of it. I mean, it was okay, but nothing hooked me.
Then on my second try, actually things weren’t so bad. Twylla began to grow on me, and not in a bad way. I felt sorry for her, mostly. But then came along Lief. Oh. Lief. How I CANNOT STAND YOU!
This is one of those things where I’m siding with the prince, Merek. Sure, we don’t see a lot of him, but if there’s ever a prince in a ‘love triangle’ I’m instantly siding with the prince. I know. Weird right? I don’t know why that is. In any case, Lief was annoying and man, my instincts were ON POINT. When the shit show began three quarters through, I was like ‘oh just kill him already!” So yeah, we find out major things to do with Twylla, but he couldn’t have just let her decide on her own? But of course. OF COURSE. How cryptic am I being right now? 100%? LOL. Merek really made me feel bad for him, too, because of how dismissive Twylla was being.
Anyway, the story itself was good, and I might read the next one, though the epilogue of this didn’t give me much hope… Ugh. Lief just never goes away. He’s like a leech. Not to mention the Queen! OMG. She reminded me of Levana in the Lunar Chronicles. Obsessed with power and unable to see beyond her own nose…if you know what I mean.
The book was really well written and I was flying through the pages, despite my irritation with the characters. So that’s something.
So yeah, that’s it. Here’s my Goodreads final review to give you a wrap up:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Struggling to deal with her brother’s death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she’s still furious about the fact that she’s been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie – and don’t even get her started on the other ‘inmates’. All she wants is to be left alone…
But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows – even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible.
I’ll start off by saying that if I’d known, when I got this, that the story was about a girl suffering from anorexia…I probably wouldn’t have bought it. That being said, I did find this rather interesting. I, unfortunately, being a lover of food and not anywhere near that state of mind, couldn’t relate at all with Stevie, who is our main character. Her voice was full of angst and, I want to say, obnoxious know-it-allness, as well as her illness. I mean, there were a lot of moments where I found myself ready to yell at the book because of how annoying she was being.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that many people go through this problem, but because I can’t relate, I try to think of this more on the fiction side of things, so whiny characters who don’t listen to reason just bug me.
The back of the book says about how Stevie wants to disappear and in 27 days she’d do just that. Now, to me, not knowing the full extent to the story, I thought this would be about a girl in rehab or somewhere, and in 27 days she planned to run away or something. Get the hell out of there. That sort of thing.
Not disappear as in…yknow…die.
I generally like stories about characters being in therapy, etc. I like the whole psychological aspect.
I found myself liking Ashley, who is Stevie’s roommate, a lot more than Stevie, and she made me laugh / and worry, when there was a moment of pure hyperness during the night. I honestly thought they were going to diagnose her with bipolar. So when things kinda went south, I was crossing my fingers for things to turn out well. Well, not really, because I literally can’t cross them, but you know what I mean. The other characters were okay, but no one really stuck out to me as much as Ashley, and I really felt sorry for her when she told her backstory.
Stevie’s flashbacks to how she ended up in rehab, and the whole incident with her brother, were a fun tool to show rather than tell. I wanna say more but then it goes into spoilers and that’s bad. Bad spoilers!
It wasn’t until the last quarter of this very-short-story (but actually didn’t feel short at all) that I began to like Stevie more and there was hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I was glad I didn’t give up half way and skip to the end because it would have killed the effect. Though it would have been nice to get maybe a view of how things went after the end of the book…and I usually hate epilogues, but this could have done with one.
As a story, 3 star rating is valid. As an insight into what real people deal with, I’d have said this was 5 stars.There’s a part of me that can’t really understand it, personally, but that’s me. I mean, I knew bits and pieces, but not to the extent described – if most of it was indeed correct, or similar – so it really opened my eyes. Though the descriptions that Stevie gives is almost stomach turning at points.
I suppose I should say that if you do suffer or have suffered from any of these illnesses, there should be a ‘trigger’ warning. Well, I just did. Either way, it’s still worth a read if you’re so inclined. 🙂
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.