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I’m Still Alive…

Can we say yay, now? YAY!

Among the things that happened on the time I was away we can list the fact that I completely forgot how to make a post on this thing. And since it isn’t really hard, that should say a lot. It took me ten minutes to remember how to use it.

Moving on.

Life was crazy, I just finished my midterms yesterday and I have class on Monday all over again. Sucks! To those of you confused as to why I’m having midterms in July, let me tell you that here things are upside down. Just kidding… not really. Again, it sucks!

So let me just make a recap here. We are in winter, my classes start again on Monday, I have absolutely not time to breathe… anything good, you ask? Why yes! I got a couple of books while on my hiatus. Like these:

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As some of you may know The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is my favorite book. Ever. And now I can read it on actual paper. GAH! I was jumping up and down when I answered the door to these books. And The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is not far behind. I’ve heard too many amazing things about it that I did not resist getting it. So here they are. MINE!

What else did I do? Oh! I read quite some books. Something I could only accomplish by choosing to read instead of studying, something that  was not hard to decide as you might have guessed. 😉

So the next thing on my I-am-still-alive-to-do-list is read The 5th Wave, and then reread The Fault in Our Stars and then write reviews for all of the books I’ve been reading (too many Harlequin books for it to be healthy but oh well) and get this thing going again. Because I have no forgotten you guys!

We are baaack! Now, let’s party…  😉

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Teaser: The Collector by Victoria Scott

If you can’t wait to read The Collector by Victoria Scott, then get ready to be ten times more excited. Here’s an exclusive excerpt Victoria has shared with the VMafia, and that now we are sharing with you.

The Collector: Excerpt #2

Apparently, Charlie Cooper doesn’t have a car. But don’t worry, she tells me, we can walk to school from here.

Thrilling.

It’ll only take a few lifetimes, what with her mad limp and all.

Charlie carries a brown lunch bag in one hand, and every few minutes she digs Skittles out of her pocket and pops them into her mouth. I have no idea how this girl survives high school. She’s a disaster. It’s kind of tragic. Why is she still alive while I’m a walking corpse?

I can’t stop staring at her mouth. It’s the only part of her that’s passable yet it never stops moving.

“Don’t you think?” she asks.

I meet her eyes. “What?”

She nudges me with her shoulder like we’re long lost pals. “Someone’s been daydreaming. Want some sugar?” Her open palm is a stained Skittle mess.

“I’ll pass,” I answer. I’m not sure how this chick stays so tiny. She eats like a hippopotamus. Deep in my pocket, I rub circles over my lucky penny. I’m trying to figure out how to corrupt this girl, and she keeps asking me questions.

Focus, Dante.

I narrow my eyes and do what I’m trained to do. At first, her body is exactly the same, short and skinny, like a weed that needs plucking. But then it changes. The familiar warm yellow light crawls over her skin and flickers.

Ah, soul light. If I could drink it, I would. The color of a human soul is the same for everyone. It’s the seals that make the difference. I count how many she has, then clench my hands into fists. There are twelve seals on her soul. Only twelve. And they’re not even big. Great. I’ve come to collect Mother Teresa.

Still, the fact that she has even twelve seals means Boss Man has probably had Charlie watched for some time, or at least the Peachville area. Looking at her, his reasons are lost to me.

But it doesn’t matter. I’ve got to collect her either way. If I don’t and she dies, she’ll go to Judgment Day, and Boss Man obviously doesn’t want to take chances.

Inspecting her soul closer, I notice some of Charlie’s seals are dark blue, others green or orange or whatnot. Every collector can place seals, and you can tell who sealed a soul by the color. Most of hers are green. That’d be Patrick’s work. Naturally, I was the one to train him.

Her soul is clear of any of my red seals. But that won’t last for long cause Papa’s come to play. “How much further?” I ask.

“Just on the other side of this hill,” she chirps. “Like I was saying, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to enroll this late in the semester, but at least you can see the school and stuff.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it.”

Charlie glances at me, and her eyes crinkle at the corners. “I think you’re nice, Dante.”

“That’s cause I am nice.”

She looks ahead and walks in silence for almost a full minute. It suddenly feels strange to be near her and not hear her speak. The massive trees hang in a canopy over the road, stretching to greet one another. Their leaves are dead.

Toothy Jack O’ Lanterns sit on porches and watch us pass. One looks like it’s mocking me, so I flip it off. Charlie sees me. She throws her head back and laughs long and hard. The sound startles me.

I wonder what it would feel like to laugh like that—with complete abandonment.

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Yes, you may say it. Eeek! As is I needed another reason to die waiting for this book, huh? And for that reason exactly is why I’m sharing this with you, so we can all freak out together! 😉

How did you like that?

Also, don’t forget to add it to Goodreads and pass by Vicoria’s blog. She has a poll on which cover she should use for The Collector, and it’s your call! You can check that out here.

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Debut Author Challenge 2013

Hello everyone!

This year I’ve set a few goals up for myself, and among them was to enter some challenge and actually be able to complete it. I’ve chosen DAC for many reasons, but mainly because I think it’s important to show some love to the authors just starting. What better way to pay for the amazing tales they give us than spotlighting their work?

For this year’s challenge I’ve chosen twelve books, one for each month, that I intend to read. At the very least those twelve. I’m obviously going to try to read more, but here’s my list:

  1. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
  2. Altered by Jennifer Rush
  3. Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
  4. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  5. Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
  6. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  7. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
  8. After Eden by Helen Douglas
  9. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  10. 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
  11. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
  12. Linked by Imogen Howson

It’s not to late to enter if you want to! Sign ups are still open, check all the details here.

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Favorite Books of the Year

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The year is coming to an end, in a few hours actually, and I thought I should make a wrap-up by listing my 10 favorite books of the year. It was a tough decision, and let me just note that picking only ten was seriously hard. Like really hard! …But here they are, in no particular order:

  1. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves [Review]
  2. What a Boy Wants (What a Boy Wants #1) by Nyrae Dawn [Review]
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. Back to You by Priscilla Glenn [Review]
  5. Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer [Review]
  6. Easy by Tammara Webber [Review]
  7. Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
  8. Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin [Review]
  9. Betwixt by Melissa Pearl [Review]
  10. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

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There is not much left to say. 2012 has been a wonderful year in some aspects, and not so wonderful in others, but I’m grateful for everything. May 2013 be our best book year yet! There are plenty of books to look forward to, so let’s get on with it! 😉

 

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Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone!

Christmas is almost over, or at least it is here, but I’d still love to wish you all a great time, and if it’s over already, then I hope you had the greatest of times with your friends and family. And let’s hope Santa left you lots of gifts, too, of course. 😉

And just in case my free times gets getting shorter and shorter I would like to wish you an amazing start of the new year. May it be filled with joy and happiness! 😀

We’ll be seeing each other! 😉

Until then.

Wait. Can I just say one more thing? Umm… if you said no, then know I’m going to say it anyways. You knew that right? Yeah.. So:

Until the next year!

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99 Authors, 99 Books, 99 Cents

These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, click here!!

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