the exemeus by folami and abeni morris

Written by Darlyn At Monday, January 28, 2013 0 bookish peeps...

Title: The Exemeus
Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Publisher: Royal Colours Inc.
Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Summary:
Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet. Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, fate has given her another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet. In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope. His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.

My Say:
When I first read the synopsis, I was like amazed, when it is a story about someone that is already dead. As I read the story, the plot is quite intense and very thrilling despite of having more than 500 pages. While I feel the book is quite fun, sometimes I feel quite dragged with the plot. And there's also part when I think the story should be telling more of Hyalee's past. But that is what I think personally. Even though I felt that way, honestly, the book have some interesting perks as there are twist and turns that spice up the adventure. One more thing for sure, I could not resist myself of comparing it with The Hunger Games, only that this book has male protagonist character, and it's better that way. It's not that I want to label which is the best, but in few ways, similarities doesn't really brings  I just hope the second book will be more intense and full of chilling thrillers.

About the Authors 
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus series, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their tendency to finish each others thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.

Folami Morris 
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad.

Abeni Morris 
As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.

Find them here: Website | Goodreads

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour.

godonism by theo von cezar

Written by Darlyn At Tuesday, January 15, 2013 0 bookish peeps...
Title: Godonism
Author: Theo Von Cezar
Pages: 358
Published: July 15th, 2010
Rating: 3.5/5
Buy at: Amazon IndieBound

Summary (Goodreads):

The dystopian novel ‘Godonism’ is set in the year 159, Nebula Era - a future of apocalyptic times. Ahma and Jovian, in order to survive, sign a contract with Black Petal and thus they start to sell redemptive tickets for Hereafter. Most of the people have to pawn their dreams, thoughts, memories in order to survive and therefore pay their debts to MondoCash – a half-statal, half-private bank, whilst the State deals with religo-science – the science that plans the lives of all people in advance.

My Two Cents:
It really takes a while for me to write a review for this novel. The truth is, I have a mixed feeling about the book. I love the thought of apocalyptic times, but at the same time, there was too many things going on. Somehow it felt like a scientology preaches. Yeah, it has something new and exciting about it but it is quite crazy for me; not in a bad way, and not in a good way either. Maybe dystopian is not my thing. I appreciate the author's imaginations and ideas but for me, it was a so-so story. The idea of converting souls and mind for cash is way too much (though my sister said it was cool). Perhaps the way it's being told was quite complicated and very much into details. I wish some simplicity in it. However, I still want to give it a try, and did finished it, but with doubts.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for an exchange of fair review. These are my honest review and receiving a copy in no way will ever reflected my review.

private prince by maki enjouji

Written by Darlyn At Friday, January 11, 2013 1 bookish peeps...

Title: Private Prince
Author: Maki Enjouji
Series: Completed
Vol(s) reviewing: Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Publisher: Kaze Editions
Rating: 4.5/5
Source: Own

Read for free HERE

Summary
Sakuragawa Miyako is a graduate student at Eito University against the wishes of her family. She finds out that the prince of Istria Wilfred (WIll) is studying abroad and is at Eito University. She wants to get close to him only in the hopes of finishing her thesis on his great grandmother, Queen Ritsuko, but does he have other ideas!? His highness the prince of Estolia Wilfred became an exchange student in Eito University. His noble appearance and gentleman’s manners quickly filled the campus with hysterical women’s voices. Miyako is determined to interview the prince about his great-grandmother. But when she approaches him about it, she suddenly discovers “the dark side” of his character...?!

My Two Cents
Maki Enjouji is one of my favourite mangaka. I've read a few of the mangaka manga online and never miss any of it.  It's just that great. The story line is funny, not really predictable since there's a few twist and turns. The prince is kind of funny and serious at the same time. And he got one big fetish towards big breast! Ha ha ha. Yeah it's kind of smut a bit but it doesn't take the whole volume just about that. The romance between the two is cute since Miyako is kind of Miss Priss. It just takes a few moment for the prince using his charms to make her like him. What I like most actually the graphics. Great graphics really make great difference. The proportions of each character is just enough to make me drool to look at instead of reading the lines! I really recommend this manga if you like to read comic/graphics book.

blogging for smarties by yvonne wu

Written by Darlyn At Wednesday, January 09, 2013 2 bookish peeps...
Title: Blogging for Smarties Blogging for Authors and Speakers
Author: Yvonne Wu
Pages: 43
Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Summary:

The Internet is often the first place that people turn to for information about anything and anyone. Company addresses, information about a person, and reviews about a company are a click away. Potential visitors rely on the Internet to learn about specials, book releases, events, and information. Your website is your storefront and it enables you to reach a global market. Having a website that supplies this information is a necessary component of running a business. As an author and speaker, the Internet becomes a business channel to network, advertise your products and services, and build a following on a global level. Learn how to create your first blog, effectively market your blog and create passive income opportunities in our new ebook, “Blogging for Smarties Blogging for Authors and Speakers,” which will walk you through the steps of building an extremely effective website.

In this 43-page guide, you will learn:
  • Blogging Basics for Beginners 
  • How to Attract Readers 
  • Popular Blogging Platforms 
  • How to Setup WordPress 
  • Discover How to Use WordPress 
  • Useful Plugins for Authors and Speakers 
  • Discover Effective Marketing Strategies for Your Website 
  • Easy Tips on How to Make Money with Your Blog 
  • Learn Effective Podcasting 
  • How to Market Your Podcast 
  • Two Comprehensive Videos on How to Set-up Your Blog 
  • Important Links to Resource
My Say:

In my early blogging experience, I have consumed a lot of time setting up one. I have no help from anyone. Although it's good being independent and practically doing it yourself, a help is great indeed. This book will offer you a simple step of how to start setting up a blog. The explanation is simple and instructions are easily understood. Nowadays, anyone can start up a blog. But how determine are you to seriously make it works? Without any help, I was frustrated at first and kept on going back on forth whether I really want to set up one. Seriously, it almost took me 3-4 months before I could launch my own book blog site. I keep fidgeting what links to put on, what icons, badges, pages, etc. I wish I could have any help like a manual book or something like this book. It's like an easy short guidance book but would help a beginner so much. If you don't really know how to set up a blog, this book will give a simple yet a big difference. I recommend beginner bloggers to have a copy!

About the Author:

Yvonne Wu, president of The YP Publishing, provides services tailored to professional speakers and authors, helping them achieve a greater online presence. Yvonne helps clients reach their potential in their business. Her company’s niche is assisting authors and speakers with branding and developing an online presence.

Yvonne has received a diploma in Marketing and Business Administration and has obtained the Entrepreneur edge certificate. Yvonne has successfully completed the Author Assistant Certificate Program. Yvonne has assisted authors with a wide variety of projects across North America, helping them with publishing and promoting their book. Yvonne has been a guest blogger and has been interviewed on various sites that discuss other aspects of the publishing industry. Yvonne is the author of two books, Podcasting Basics Step by Step and Blogging for Smarties.

Find her at: Website | Amazon

dark passing by liz schulte + interview

Written by Darlyn At Thursday, January 03, 2013 1 bookish peeps...
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Title: Dark Passing
Author: Liz Schulte
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Rating: 2
Date Published: October 2012

Synopsis:
Mary Nelson’s murder shocked the small town of Jackson. The vibrant, young college student disappeared on her way home. A week later her body was found in the trunk of a burning car. No suspects. No evidence. No case. Ella Reynolds’ life had finally turned around. With a new book released, the past safely tucked away, and a burgeoning romance, she begins to live again. Then a plea from a woman whose daughter’s murder remains unsolved ignites Ella’s curiosity—and drags her back into the dark world she fought so desperately to escape. Curiosity turns to obsession as Ella inches closer to the truth—and the murderer begins to claim new victims.

My Say:
This book is actually the second book which is the first book is Dark Corner in Ella Reynolds series. If only I could the first book first. Why? I find the book actually is as good as any other good mystery stories would be. Ella in my point of view is quite a great character. She's cool and kind of Nancy Drew wannabe. But I love her character as she is. Since I love mystery and adventure, the story is kind of predictable and I love guessing the culprit. Guess what? I kind of failed to guess this time when there's unexpected twist nearly at the end of the book when I should have know it! Now, I just have to get the first book and cant wait for her next book in the series. Yes, the book is highly recommended to all mystery and thriller readers.

And I kind of lucky to get an interview with the author. Hope you'll like her as well ;p 


D: What book are you reading right now? 
LS: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

D: Where do you do most of your writing? 
LS: In my office.

D: Do you have any quirks that come out while you are writing? 
LS: Hmmm I don't think so, I perhaps talk to myself a little more than normal.

D: What is your daily routine as a writer? 
LS: I don't have a routine. I only try to make sure that I write something every day to keep the creative juices flowing.

D: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
LS: No. I am pretty happy with it. I honestly can't think of any plot points I would change in any of my books.

D: Which part of Dark Passing was the most enjoyable to write? 
LS: All the parts with Ella and Gabriel are a lot of fun to write. I also love writing the snarky bits as well.


About the Author
Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more. When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.

Find her at: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter

happy new year 2013!

Written by Darlyn At Tuesday, January 01, 2013 1 bookish peeps...


HAPPY NEW YEAR
2013



I have only 1 golden wish. I want to at least read 1 book a weak and 1 review a week posted on my blog.

But I hope all other readers and book bloggers will have a wonderful year ahead and may all your wishes come true!


 

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