Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thinking Thursday: Evil Inside (May 29th)

Thinking Thursday #2

Thinking Thursday is a weekly book meme that I came up with. This idea was inspired by the Draw my Life trend on YouTube. I figured I could apply this to The Alternative Kryptonite to piece up the blog.

Being my idea, I would LOVE your feedback! Make sure to comment & tweet me!!!

Thinking Thursdays a weekly meme hosted by The Alternative Kryptonite. It's dedicated to books, and your favorite scenes. You don't have to do a video like me, anyone can do it!!
  • What is your favorite book(s)? What did you love about it?
  • What scene(s) have you read that you really liked? What did you like about it?




Evil Inside (May 29th)


-M

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #10: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan




I thought it would be cool to do a Waiting on Wednesday since I've been finding a lot of to-be-published books lately! Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly meme where you talk about a book you can't wait to have released.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

  Synopsis:

"You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly."

Expected Release:
March 2014

I accidentally found this book and I'm super excited! A unique synopsis that I've never seen before and a cover that is awesome!! 

-M

View it on Goodreads here.

What books are you excited for? Comment below!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #4: Inescapable by Amy A Bartol



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Anyone can participate!! Just do the following:


-Grab your current read 

-Open to a random page 

-Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 


Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists!

"I freeze instantly, staring at the two silver pendants that are lying against his t-shirt suspended by a worn brown leather strap. Nearly choking, I recognize the necklace from my dream— my nightmare..."

--Evie

Not my favorite book, but it definitely has good suspense at some points in the book.

What are you reading? Leave a 
teaser below!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thinking Thursday #1: Making Choices (May 22nd)


Thinking Thursday #1

Thinking Thursday is a weekly book meme that I came up with. This idea was inspired by the Draw my Life trend on YouTube. I figured I could apply this to The Alternative Kryptonite to piece up the blog.

Being my idea, I would LOVE your feedback! Make sure to comment & tweet me!!!

Thinking Thursdays a weekly meme hosted by The Alternative Kryptonite. It's dedicated to books, and your favorite scenes. You don't have to do a video like me, anyone can do it!!
  • What is your favorite book(s)? What did you love about it?
  • What scene(s) have you read that you really liked? What did you like about it?




Making Choices (May 22nd)



-M

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Waiting on Wednesday #9: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane



I thought it would be cool to do a Waiting on Wednesday since I've been finding a lot of to-be-published books lately! Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly meme where you talk about a book you can't wait to have released.

Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

                                      Synopsis:
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.
          Never stop running…
          Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
          Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.

Expected Release Summer 2013



-M

View it on Goodreads here.

What books are you excited for? Comment below!!

BTW already finished the first Thinking Thursday!! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #3 and Cover Reveal: Smash into You by Shelly Crane



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Anyone can participate!! Just do the following:


-Grab your current read 

-Open to a random page 
-Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 


Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists!

Cover Reveal!!!!

Here is the new cover for Smash into You, a new novel by NY Times Bestselling author Shelly Crane! I LOVE Shelly Crane's writing so I'm crazy excited for her next book! 


Synopsis:
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

          Never stop running…
          Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
          Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.


Teaser/Excerpt

And now, as I stared out into the dark rain to see a POS car sideways in the road, I knew the world hated me, had to, because someone had just smashed her car into my truck.
         I got out and braced myself. It wasn't easy to pay cash for new cars every time I needed to skip town. It was hard living when you couldn't be who you really were. Finding people to pay you under the table was almost impossible these days.
         I groaned and glared at the beauty standing at the end of my truck. "Look at that!"
         "I'm so sorry," she began. I could tell she really was, but I was beyond pissed. "I'll call my insurance company right now."
         That stopped me. "No!" I shouted and she jolted at the verbal assault. "No insurance."
         "Well," she pondered, "what do you mean? I have good insurance."
         "But I don't."
         She turned her head a bit in thought and then her mouth fell open as she realized what I was saying. "You don’t have any insurance, do you?"
         "No," I answered. "Look. Whatever, we'll just call this even-steven, because you did hit me."
         "Even-steven my butt!" she yelled and scurried to jump in front of me, blocking my way.
         "And what a cute butt it is."
         Even through the noise of water hitting metal, I heard her intake of breath. The rain pelted us in the dark. I hoped no one came around the corner. It would be hard for them to see us here in the middle of the road. She might get hurt. Then I wondered why I cared.
         "Look, buddy," she replied and crossed her arms. It drew my eyes to her shirt. My eyes bulged 'cause that shirt…well, it was see-through now. She caught on and jerked her crossed arms higher. "How dare you! You're on a roll in the jerkface department, you know that!"
         "My specialty," I said and saluted as I climbed in my truck. "Get your pretty butt in your car and let's pretend this never happened, shall we?"
         Because if cops and insurance were brought into this, I'd be on the run sooner than I thought.
         She huffed. "Excuse me-"
         "Darling. Car. Now." She glared. "Like right now."
         She threw her hands up in the air and yelled, "I knew chivalry was dead!" before climbing in her car and driving away. She didn't know it, but I was being as chivalrous as they come. I made sure she got out of the rain and back into her car, even though she didn't like the way I did it, and I got her as far away from me as I could.
         In my book, I deserved a freaking medal for being so chivalrous. Because people that stuck with me didn't live long.
         Just ask my mom.
         Oh, wait, you can't. She died long, long years ago saving my life. I refused to bring anyone onto this sinking ship with me. If it finally did go down, I was going down alone.And now, as I stared out into the dark rain to see a POS car sideways in the road, I knew the world hated me, had to, because someone had just smashed her car into my truck.
         I got out and braced myself. It wasn't easy to pay cash for new cars every time I needed to skip town. It was hard living when you couldn't be who you really were. Finding people to pay you under the table was almost impossible these days.
         I groaned and glared at the beauty standing at the end of my truck. "Look at that!"
         "I'm so sorry," she began. I could tell she really was, but I was beyond pissed. "I'll call my insurance company right now."
         That stopped me. "No!" I shouted and she jolted at the verbal assault. "No insurance."
         "Well," she pondered, "what do you mean? I have good insurance."
         "But I don't."
         She turned her head a bit in thought and then her mouth fell open as she realized what I was saying. "You don’t have any insurance, do you?"
         "No," I answered. "Look. Whatever, we'll just call this even-steven, because you did hit me."
         "Even-steven my butt!" she yelled and scurried to jump in front of me, blocking my way.
         "And what a cute butt it is."
         Even through the noise of water hitting metal, I heard her intake of breath. The rain pelted us in the dark. I hoped no one came around the corner. It would be hard for them to see us here in the middle of the road. She might get hurt. Then I wondered why I cared.
         "Look, buddy," she replied and crossed her arms. It drew my eyes to her shirt. My eyes bulged 'cause that shirt…well, it was see-through now. She caught on and jerked her crossed arms higher. "How dare you! You're on a roll in the jerkface department, you know that!"
         "My specialty," I said and saluted as I climbed in my truck. "Get your pretty butt in your car and let's pretend this never happened, shall we?"
         Because if cops and insurance were brought into this, I'd be on the run sooner than I thought.
         She huffed. "Excuse me-"
         "Darling. Car. Now." She glared. "Like right now."
         She threw her hands up in the air and yelled, "I knew chivalry was dead!" before climbing in her car and driving away. She didn't know it, but I was being as chivalrous as they come. I made sure she got out of the rain and back into her car, even though she didn't like the way I did it, and I got her as far away from me as I could.
         In my book, I deserved a freaking medal for being so chivalrous. Because people that stuck with me didn't live long.
         Just ask my mom.
         Oh, wait, you can't. She died long, long years ago saving my life. I refused to bring anyone onto this sinking ship with me. If it finally did go down, I was going down alone.

A little more than usual, but it's also a caver reveal so you get all the extra Shelly Crane goodness!!

-M

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@AuthorShellyCrane
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Comment below!!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Musing Monday #16: Goals for the Future (May 20th)


Musing Monday #16


Musing Monday is a weekly conversation thing hosted by Should Be Reading where you talk about one of three prompts. I also decided that I would do a cool vlog thing!! It was really fun to film (I usually prefer scripts though). 
Enjoy!

"Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren't) enjoying it."

Goals for the Future (May 20th)

Today I wanted to talk about some books that  can't wait to read this summer! If you don't know, summer for me is CRAZY filled with tons of books. I have more time so I read way more than I do during the school year. I have some books that I really want to read this summer that I wanted to share with you. This isn't a WOW because these books have already come out.

(Okay, really it's only one series but it's GIANT. Like so giant all caps doesn't quantify)

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Yes, I am attempting to read the epic fantasy series A Song of  Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. (A general misconception that the series is called Game of Thrones.)

-M

What are you excited to read this summer? 

Comment below!

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Dreamwalker by Mireille Chester

Dreamwalker by Mireille Chester






Synopsis:



If there’s one thing thirteen year old Kate loves, it’s a good book.  Her new favorite series, Quallen’s Quest, follows the Faerie prince in the land of Kallaryn as he goes from one adventure to another.  When Kate awakens in Prince Quallen’s secret cave, she’s sure she’s dreaming.  Events unfold and adventure follows as Quallen promises to help her get back.  Is she really in Kallaryn and if that’s the case, will she ever be able to get back home?




Here's the full cover:



It's a middle-grade book, but I'm still excited!!!


Mireille Chester links:

Visit her Facebook here.
Check out her blog here.

Follow her on Twitter:
@MireilleChester 

Author Bio:

Mireille Chester is a stay at home mom of three children and wife to an amazingly supportive husband. Her time is spent playing with the kids, reading, writing, and watching movies with her hubby.
Since starting her novelling debut, she has had the pleasure of getting lost in several worlds. Quelondain and Dorathan are where she likes to spend her time and she hopes others will enjoy going there as well.
Mireille's series come for those in all age groups.


(Picture via Goodreads)







Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Down N' Derby Blog Tour Stop: Review and Interview

Down N' Derby by Lila Felix Blog: Review & Interview - May 16th



As you all know I love Lila Felix books. I always jump on the opportunity to be on her blog tours and this is no exception! It's so great talking to Lila and Mandy from iReadIndie.


Review:

"Maddox is running.
By accident, he discovered long ago that he was adopted as a baby and his need to find his biological father has consumed him ever since. Now, on a road trip, determined to find his father and his sanity, and armed with locations and his cousin, Nixon, to help him, maybe he can find the answers he’s been searching for. With nothing but a suitcase and a wad of cash to get him there, lead after lead takes him further from home.
But he’ll find much more than he intended.
He finds Storey, a pint sized pin-up model who has learned painful lessons about guys. Her wounds run deep, but so do his. She knows what she wants, but will she recognize it when it’s right in front of her?
Maddox can’t touch anyone without feeling like his skin is crawling, but just maybe his instinct to protect this amazing girl will supersede his own hang-ups.
If he can brush her skin and start to feel alive inside...everything will change."


Thoughts:

This is by far my favorite Love & Skate series novel......

It really is an honor reviewing and being a part of Lila Felix's tours. Being an author in general is not the easiest thing. Coming up with characters, plots, and just in general having great writing. The authors that have mediocre books are nice to talk to, but it's not until you encounter a book or series that is truly great that oozes with brilliance, and makes you feel for the characters do you really understand the definition of "a talent". Lila Felix is a brilliant author that never surprises but always astounds. Gaining respect among the indie reading community for her endearing stories of love and fining yourself.  Down N' Derby is a novel that leaks passion through the electronic pages, sucks you into a whirlwind of emotions, and is spiced with beautiful writing.

Down N' Derby, the third installment of the Love & Skate series is another brilliant, but different story. Honestly, with Love & Skate and How it Rolls I found myself easily predicting the plot line of the book. With Down N' Derby having a new adventure with Maddox, Nixon, & Storey. The book was so fun to read because I felt like I was reading a whole other series. I had no idea where the story would turn next. With the new adventures, the Lila Felix writing romance charm still was prevalent in the novel. This combination is what really made this a great read!

Storey is by far my favorite Love & Skate character. She's feisty but knows when to be nice and has the capacity to also be more serious. It was great to read her in comparison to all the other models in the beginning as well. She just seems in general a really awesome person to know in real life! Maddox was a really sweet guy to read. The way his attitude towards finding his father shifted was really great to read as his and Storey's relationship developed. Nixon was my second favorite to read (besides Storey). To me, he seems more....my type (* embarrassed blush*). The three Black brothers seem to be more hunky and just seem different. Nixon seems less like that and I'm just excited to read him OKAY. I just really liked reading him... -_-

Overall, a really great third book that left me wanting more! Some scenes were confusing and a bit too vague, so I couldn't really tell what was going on. Other than that I'm very happy with this installment and can't wait to review Caught in a Jam.
5 out of 5 stars
-M

P.S. I really love Hurricane by Ms Mr for this book... and the lady singer has derby hair!!


Interview:

And now...the part you've all been waiting for...Lila Felix!! 

Me:Thank you so much for doing this interview for Wide Awake blog tour and The Alternative Kryptonite!!
Lila: Very excited, thanks for having me!

Me: What inspired you to write the Love & Skate series?
Lila: I love roller derby, not like it, love it.  And I wanted to write a series about people who get judged by their outside appearance.

Me: When did you decide to make Love & Skate into a series or was it pre-planned?
Lila: It was not preplanned but I knew as soon as Falcon had a spot in the plot of Nellie and Owen that he had to have his own book.

Me: What makes the Love & Skate series stand out from all the others, besides that it’s a series?
Lila: I think there’s lessons to be learned from each family member. 

Me: What or who inspired you to create the Black family and when did you decide to do a novel that mostly correlates to each Black son?
Lila: I just wanted to create a family that loved each other and who actually made an effort to be good to each other.


Me: How did you come up with the Derby theme? Are you a fan of Derby racing or did you have to do a lot of research?
Lila: I’m a big fan.  There wasn’t a lot of research to do.

MeWhat is your favorite part about writing the Love & Skate novels? What was the hardest part?
Lila: My fave part is writing the male POV.  I just love it. The hardest part is writing the grief and the pain.  Those people are like my kids.

MeHow did you decide to do multiple POVs? Why do you think you chose that?
Lila: I love writing the male POV!! I don’t know why, I just do.

Me: Who do you think is your favorite character? Or set of characters?
Lila: Oh….always, always Falcon.

Me: What one song do you think most describes the Love & Skate series as a whole?
Lila: Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys

Me: Can you give us any other hints as to the future of the Love & Skate series?
Lila: I am writing Caught In A Jam right now, along with AnguiSH and Seeking Havok.  Rex’s book will come after that.  I think I’ve titled it False Start, which is a derby term, but I’m not sure!!

Lila: Thank you Maggie for your continued support and love!!!
Me: No problem, you're the best!


Giveaway:

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Lila Felix lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her husband and three boisterous children. She loves coffee, anything cinnamon and loves to cook. She is a big roller derby fan. When she's not writing, she's watching 80's movies, reading, and collecting duct tape.
Links:
Visit Lila Felix on Goodreads here.
Check out her Facebook fan page for the latest updates here.
Say hi to Lila Felix on her official blog.
Follow her on Twitter: @AuthorLilaFelix

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

More Thursday Meme Info: Name & Banner

From the majestic announcement on Saturday, I may have left you with a few questions. "Maggie, the name can't just be "Meme Thursday", so what is it? Are you going to make a banner?" Well you'rein luck because those questions will be answered today! Over the past few days I have been thinking and made a banner for the new meme. REMEMBER: the first episode will be up on the blog on May 24th, so stay tuned for more info and announcements!

Name:

The new meme will be named Thinking Thursday
You'll see why in the first episode!!


I am working on making my own banners for all the memes I do (working on WOW's banner):



There IS a reason why I couldn't do the first one this week. Here's what's going on for the rest of the week:

Wednesday: WOW - To be disclosed
Thursday: Down N' Derby by Lila Felix book blog tour (Review and Interview) - Hosted by iReadIndie
Friday: Dreamwalker by Mireille Chester cover reveal
Sunday: Review - To be disclosed

-M

P.S. Hope you're as excited for Thinking Thursday as I am!!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Musing Monday #15: May Showers (May 13th)



Musing Monday #15


Musing Monday is a weekly conversation thing hosted by Should Be Reading where you talk about one of three prompts. I also decided that I would do a cool vlog thing!! It was really fun to film (I usually prefer scripts though). 
Enjoy!

"Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren't) enjoying it."

May Showers (May 13th)

Yep, showers.

Anyway, today is not so much as a "habit", but a realization. I have realized (over the past few weeks) that when I review a book, I'm really nice. I've realized that I need to be more critical on books when I review them. Just saying. Whelp.....see you next Monday!!!! (oh, and hope you like the new banner!!!)

-M

What are some reading/writing realizations that you've recently had? 

Comment below!

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