Possible Debut Author Challenge alternative for 2013?!

Good Morning everyone!  After reading about all the drama and plagiarism accusations that have been targeted at Kristi of The Story Siren I have been pondering creating an alternative to The Debut Author Challenge for 2013.  See the thing that really bothered me about the current Debut Author Challenge is that it’s only kept to YA.  Granted that is the genre that The Story Siren reviews but there are so many more genre’s out there that have debut authors as well and there doesn’t appear to be Debut Author Challenge’s for those genre’s.

I am writing this post to see if there is any interest in an alternative to the current Debut Author Challenge?  Which could mean including more genre’s in the challenge, a possible separate blog for the challenge and several other things I’ve been thinking.  So please feel free to leave me any feedback below in the comments section.  Please only constructive criticism or idea’s.  I’m trying to get a feel for how others feel about this idea and want the comments section to be a “safe” place for a healthy discussion.  Thank you.

Because this would be a great undertaking I’m also wondering if there are other bloggers out there that would possibly be interested in partnering with me on this project?  If you are interested here is what I’m looking for in partner(s) for this project:

  • I’m not a huge blog with a TON of followers, so I’m not going to say that you must have a certain number of followers to be a partner either. 
  • A willingness to help me spread the word about the new challenge.
  • A willingness to help me create a space for the new challenge
  • The more the merrier!

If you are any of those things please feel free to drop me an email at notyourmothersbookblog@yahoo.com.

 

Stacking The Shelves #1/Goodie Bag Saturday

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As a result of the scandal revolving around The Story Siren I have decided that I am no longer going to be participating in her blog.  Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews has come up with an alternative to IMM called Stacking The Shelves.  Also, Grace at Books of Love has come up with an alternative as well called Goodie Bag Saturday.

So here is what I got this week to stack on my shelves….

~E-Books~

Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, #5)

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Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6)

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~Bound Books~

Sunrise Point (Virgin River, #19)

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The Selection (The Selection, #1)

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Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)

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Please feel free to leave me links to your posts. 

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

The Hunt

                          The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

Book Stats:

Reading Level:  Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/PNR
Format Reviewed: EGalley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Series: Currently Untitled #1

Source: Netgalley

 Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

 

Why I read this book?: I recently saw that this book was in a lot of IMM’s and I really thought that the premise of the book was very interesting.  I found that it was available on Netgalley and put in a request to read the egalley.

 

What I liked?: I really enjoyed that the premise of this story was completely different than anything I have read recently.  Usually we read about us humans being the hunters and the paranormal beings being the hunted, the roles are completely reversed in The Hunt.  I think that I was able to connect with the characters of this book because it was so different.  In the beginning of the book we don’t now what our main character’s name is, he’s known by a number really, it isn’t until later in the book that we learn that his name is Gene and he’s spent the vast majority of his life trying NOT to act like a human just so he can continue living.  The announcement of the last heper (human) hunt, humans are virtually extinct now, set’s the ball rolling for an action packed fast paced YA debut.  I think my favorite part of the whole book was the author took some shots at the Twilight franchise, I don’t know if it was intentional but I really liked it.

 

What I disliked?:  In the beginning of the book was I was worried that The Hunt was going to be another version of The Hunger Games.  There were a fair amount of similarities between both books but then there was a scene that changed my mind entirely.  I’m glad that scene was there, if not it would have affected my review and rating.  Have I mentioned that I have a growing dislike for cliffhangers?!

 

Overall Impression: My overall impression of this book is that I will for sure be buying a finished copy of The Hunt once it is made available to the general public.  I LOVED this book and I think it is a wonderful beginning to this series.

 

Rating:  HAND OVER THE PAYCHECK!

 

Recommendation: The Hunger Games

Lies Beneath by Anne Geenwood Brown

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood BrownLies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/PNR/Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: E-Galley
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Series: Lies Beneath #1

Source: Netgalley

 Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Why I read this book?: I saw the cover for this book on a blog that I frequent and thought that it looked really pretty.  I’ve never read a book about mermaids before and I really wanted to check it out.  Thank you Netgalley for approving my request!

What I liked?: I really enjoyed how well written this book was. Being that I have never read a book about mermaids before I was instantly sucked into the story and had to keep reading until I got to the last page.  The overall plot of this book is something that really kept me interested in the story through to the end. I really enjoyed our main character Calder, he was one of those guys who follows his instincts rather than conforming to what everyone else is doing, which doesn’t make him popular with his sisters.  Lily was a very like able character and I got a little bit of a “James Dean” feel for her overall.  No Insta-Love here peeps!

What I disliked?: Nothing really all that terrible but there were times where I felt that the relationship between Calder and Lily had a bit of a stalkerish feel to it.  This is the main reason this book wasn’t rated higher.

Overall Impression: I was beyond impressed with my first ever mermaid book.  I will definitely be buying a finished copy when they are available to the public.

Rating: Break the Bank!

Recommendation: ?

Spring Fling Blog Hop ~ Legend by Marie Lu Giveaway (US)

Legend (Legend, #1)I am giving away 1 copy of Legend by Marie Lu to a lucky winner.  In an effort to make this giveaway as easy as possible for everyone I am NOT going to require anything other than an email address, though you do have several other options that are mentioned below.

Rules:

1. Open to US bloggers only please.

2. REQUIRED: Your email address in the comment section below.

3. OPTIONAL: follow the blog, become a twitter follower, feedburner follower or RSS follower

4.  Contest concludes at 11:59 pm on April 27 CST.

5. Winner will be announced April 29.

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

 

 




In My Mailbox ~ Dragon’s, Fathers and Immortals….Oh My

In my mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Story Siren.  This meme is our opportunity to showcase the books that we’ve bought, recieved for review, checked out of the library or however else you obtain your reading material.

The upside of this meme is that you get to learn all about new books and meet new-to-you bloggers.  The downside of this meme is that your wishlist will grow ten fold. I ALWAYS find new books to add to my wishlist through this meme.

Please feel free to leave me the link to your IMM in the comment section below.  Also if you are a Nook user and would like to be Nook friends my email address for the is jamiehanna84@gmail.com.

 

Purchased

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

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Pre-Ordered

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

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For Review

The Good Father

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Rage of the Dragon

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Don’t forget to leave me a link to your IMM so that I can drop by and visit!

By jrafterdark Posted in IMM

Friday Follow ~ Fight Club Edition

Good morning!  Happy Friday everyone!  If you are new here and would like to follow me...You have several options.  1.  You can click the "follow" button at the top of the screen (it's at the top of my screen anyway) 2. You can follow via email.  3. feedburner or 4. RSS.  See you have options! :0

This weeks question I really like...

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

 

A. I’m picking Zsadist and Bones.  I’m picking Vamps from two of my favorite series and as much as I hate saying it I think Z’s got the win.  He’s got a little more batshit crazy in him than Bones does I think.  Bones would put up one heck of a fight but I think Z’s rage from being a blood slave all those years will work in his favor.

WOW ~ Insignia Edition

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is:

Insignia (Insignia, #1)

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.(

 

By jrafterdark Posted in WOW

In My Mailbox ~ UF and PNR edition

In my mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Story Siren.  This meme is our opportunity to showcase the books that we’ve bought, recieved for review, checked out of the library or however else you obtain your reading material.

The upside of this meme is that you get to learn all about new books and meet new-to-you bloggers.  The downside of this meme is that your wishlist will grow ten fold. I ALWAYS find new books to add to my wishlist through this meme.

Please feel free to leave me the link to your IMM in the comment section below.  Also if you are a Nook user and would like to be Nook friends my email address for the is jamiehanna84@gmail.com.

P.S. I apologize in advance for the fuzzy pictures.

Barnes and Noble purchase

Dead on the Delta (Anna Belle Lee #1)
Blood on the Bayou (Anna Belle Lee #2)

Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1)
Storm’s Heart (Elder Races #2)
Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3)
Oracle’s Moon (Elder Races #4)

Used Book Store purchase

Shaedes of Gray
Archangel’s Kiss
Angel’s Blood
The Mage in Black
Red-Headed Stepchild
Beauty Dates the Beast

Epubs

Charley Davidson series
Anita Blake series

By jrafterdark Posted in IMM

TGIF ~ Musical Edition

Hosted by GReads.

Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song,which song would you love to see written down in story form?

For me this one is pretty easy.  I would LOVE to see the song “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean turned into a book.  Lyrically, there isn’t much of a story there but the song talks about “memory lane” and I would love to see what the hypothetical author’s version of “memory lane” is.

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Yeah, I’m chilling on a dirt road Laid back swerving like I’m George Jones Smoke rolling out the window An ice cold beer sitting in the console
Memory lane up in the headlights Its got me reminiscing on them good times I’m turning off a real life drive and that’s right I’m hitting easy street on mud tires

Back in the day Potts farm was the place to go Load the truck up, hit the dirt road Jump the barbed wire, spread the word Light the bonfire then call the girls
King in the can and the Marlboro man Jack ‘n’ Jim were a few good men Where you learned how to kiss and cuss, and fight too Better watch out for the boys in blue
And all this small town he said, she said Ain’t it funny how rumors spread Like I know something y’all don’t know Man, that talk is getting old
You better mind your business man, watch your mouth Before I have to knock that loud mouth out I’m tired of talking, man, y’all ain’t listening Them ol’ dirt roads is what y’all missing

Yeah, I’m chilling on a dirt road Laid back, swerving like I’m George Jones Smoke rolling out the window An ice cold beer sitting in the console
Memory lane up in the headlights Its got me reminiscing on them good times  I’m turning off a real life drive and that’s right I’m hitting easy street on mud tires

I sit back and think about them good old days The way we were raised in our southern ways And we like cornbread and biscuits And if it’s broke ’round here, we fix it
I can take y’all where you need to go Down to my hood, back in them woods We do it different round here, that’s right But we sure do it good and we do it all night
So if you really want to know how it feels To get off the road with trucks and four wheels Jump on in and, man, tell your friends We’ll raise some hell where the black top ends

I’m chilling on a dirt road Laid back, swerving like I’m George Jones Smoke rolling out the window An ice cold beer sitting in the console
Memory lane up in the headlights Its got me reminiscing on them good times I’m turning off a real life drive and that’s right I’m hitting easy street on mud tires, let’s ride

Yeah, I’m chilling on a dirt road Laid back, swerving like I’m George Jones Smoke rolling out the window An ice cold beer sitting in the console
Memory lane up in the headlights Its got me reminiscing on them good times I’m turning off a real life drive and that’s right I’m hitting easy street on mud tires, let’s ride

By jrafterdark Posted in TGIF