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Review: Gamers (Thomas Carpenter)

Gamers Thomas Carpenter

Product Details:  Genre: YA (Sci-Fi) Paperback: 324 pages Publisher: CreateSpace (June 13, 2011) ISBN: 1461174716 Source: An ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class. Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning. When Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker extraordinaire, learns the truth about LifeGame, she must choose between winning and what she believes in.
This synopsis from Amazon does NOTHING for the book. Nothing. About 30 pages in to the book I realized I was reading something that reminded me of Scott Westerfield's Pretties series. I don't mean the story sounded familiar (because it didn't), but the creepy "Big-Brother-is-out-to-get-you" aspect felt similar…

Blog Hop and Follow Friday (23)

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted over at Crazy for Books. This week's question is: What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

Science Fiction! I have tried and tried to "get into" this genre, but I can't. I've even read some awesome books that give me hope, but the genre as a whole still falls short for me. I thinks it's my aversion to science related things that presents such a  problem. I am more of a fantasy person. 






Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop meme hosted by Parajunkee's View. This week's feature is Alison Can Read, and the question is:Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?


To only list three is so hard! I'm thinking off all my favorite authors over the years, so I'm going to throw them out there. 
1. Laurie Halse Anderson
2. Toni Morrison
3. The Bronte sisters


It seems I have a thing for …

Mini-Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Megan McDonald)

Cloudy with a Chance of Boys Megan McDonald
Product Details:
Reading Level: Middle Grades (9-12)
Pages: 272
Publisher: Candlewick (March 8, 2011)
ISBN: 1763646156
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review


As the middle sister in a family with three girls, Stevie Reel doesn’t know much about boys, and that’s always been just fine with her. But lately, things have been changing: kids at school are starting to pair up, and Owen, the new boy in her Earth Science class, seems to have his sights set on Stevie. The trouble is, Stevie doesn’t want a boyfriend- she’s not even sure she’s ready to have a boy friend. And her sisters, who know exactly where they stand on the issue of boys, are no help: drama queen Alex is busy trying to orchestrate a perfect, Romeo-and-Juliet-style first kiss from her heartthrob, Scott Towel (er, Howell), while Joey can’t understand why anyone would like a boy better than a frog anyway. If only figuring out boys were as easy as predicting …

Mythological Mondays (9)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story. MM highlights all things myth related.


For Mythological Monday this week I decided to readdress one of my earlier posts. This week I'm going to highlight Fury by Elizabeth Miles. Originally, I speculated that this book would feature the Furies from Greek mythology. At that time I hadn't read the book, but I was dead on. There is a definite Greek myth element at play.

These Furies are a little different than the traditional Furies you may have read about. The main Fury, the one calling all the shots... that's her on the cover. Totally gorgeous, right? What happened to the hag element? It is not here, that's for sure. These girls are total babes. Which makes sense, because they tend to hunt down their prey and lead them to certain doom. Kind of hard to do that if you're crying blood and look like walking death.

The myth feature doesn't end with the Furies. There is also a brief mention o…

In My Mailbox (15)

 In My Mailbox is hosted each week by The Story Siren. IMM is a great way to highlight all things bookish. What did you get this week in your mailbox?

I had a great week! Check out what I got...
For Review: (from the author)



Port of Errors is a pirate adventure of historical fiction set in the late seventeenth century in the Eastern Atlantic. Davy and Joseph grew up together in an orphanage where they became best of friends. But, when the orphanage was burnt down they were separated from one another, each following a separate course in life. Davy turned to lawlessness, becoming Black-Hearted, a ruthless pirate. Joseph pursued a life in the English Royal Navy, becoming Daniel Stirvin, a courageous captain determined to rid the waters of such pirates as Black-Hearted. Finally coming together for an epic battle, they each realize the others identity. Now committed to their separate causes and backed by their men, they are unable to back down and in the end only one man will sta…