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Seeds of Discovery Blog Tour


SEEDS OF DISCOVERY:
Quinn Robbins’ life was everything she thought a teenager’s should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she’s just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter’s, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn’t always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

Find it at:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12715259-seeds-of-discovery
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ROOTS OF INSIGHT:

Quinn Robbins has just returned from spending ten days in Eirentheos, a world she had never known existed. Trying to settle back into her familiar life and establish a relationship with her new boyfriend, Zander, is more of a challenge than she ever dreamed it would be.

Things are just beginning to feel normal again when Thomas shows up in her world, and invites her back to Eirentheos for a royal wedding. She’s excited at the chance to reconnect with the people and places she had begun to fall in love with.

What she doesn’t realize is just how deeply connected with this new world she might become … and just what old secrets might be beginning to unravel.

The second book in the beloved Dusk Gate series reconnects Quinn with the charming princes, and the pristine world of Eirentheos. From a beautiful royal wedding to a dangerous rescue mission, Quinn’s adventures are about to take her life on a course that will change it forever.

ROOTS OF INSIGHT Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13355781-roots-of-insight
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983993033?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0983993033&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
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Author Links:
Website: http://www.breeanaputtroff.net/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170812.Breeana_Puttroff
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bputtroff
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DuskGate

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My Review of Seeds of Discovery:

I enjoyed Seeds of Discovery. It had a refreshing, fairy tale feel to it, which I really appreciated. Seeds of Discovery has an intriguing plot, and interesting characters. There were a few parts that were a little slow, but the rest of the book was fast paced and it evened itself out. My only complaint was, Quinn seemed incredibly relaxed and unconcerned, despite the fact she is in a completely different world. It made her seem unrealistic, and it was hard to connect with her a some points. That said, I truly enjoyed Seeds of Discovery, overall, and I plan on reading Roots of Insight. I highly recommend you look into this fantastic book.

I give Seeds of Discovery 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.
Maddie

Light of the Moon


One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy…

Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental
enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate’s blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn’t. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.

A romantic story of true love and dark curses, Light of the Moon will leave you breathless.

I have mixed feelings about this book, but don’t get me wrong, I loved it. I had a hard time getting myself involved in the book, but once I was, I enjoyed it.

It has magnificent writing, and an interesting plot, and I only have two complaints. First off, the different POVs. The book alternates points of view between the two main characters, and several times I read a whole chapter and had no idea which person was narrating it. The POVs felt very similar, and at times it was difficult to differentiate. Secondly, Calum seemed unrealistically calm for being in such a terrifying situation. He experiences many traumatic things through the course of the novel, and yet he seems still seems fairly relaxed.

Those things aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Light of the Moon. It has a very intricate, enjoyable plot, and wonderful character development. Mr. David James has fantastic writing style, and I will be reading his future work. I believe it will interest people of many ages. It is one of those rare books that doesn’t have a restrictive YA feeling to it.

I’m giving Light of the Moon 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading
Maddie

2012 Favorites

Hey!

I’ve compiled a post with all of my favorite books/authors/characters of 2012. Hope you enjoy!

Favorite 2012 Debuts:

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

There are many reasons I love this book 1. Daniel 2. Ms. Dennard is super awesome 3.Daniel 4. Steampunk and zombies, does it get any better? 5. Did I mention Daniel?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The best way to describe this book? Epic fantasy. It’s amazing, and will keep you captivated. It’s a refreshing change to the trending dystopian genre. Plus, it has a gorgeous cover and the author is super nice!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This book is like a combination of  The Hunger Games and Graceling. Yes, it was that good. If you liked Graceling, I highly recommend Throne of Glass. Even if you didn’t like Graceling, you should still read it.

False Memory by Dan Krokos

This book has a great science fiction flare to it, we which I really loved. It also had some incredible plot twists that I never saw coming.

Favorite New Series:

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Gosh, this is an amazing book. The Great Gatsby with a paranormal twist, how can you not read it? I cannot wait for book two!

 

Favorite Stand Alone: 

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

I cannot express how much I wish this book wasn’t a stand alone. It’s such an amazing idea, and the ending is heartbreaking. After reading this I became very interested in the Shakespearean era.

Tiger Lily by Jodie Anderson

I think its pretty well know I love the story of Peter Pan, and this take on it was truly brilliant. I gave me a whole new perspective, and I will never read the classic story in quite the same way.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Okay. Okay. (Just made a super awesome reference, in case you’re wondering.) This is an incredibly book. I tear up a little every time I think about it. It was a truly beautiful and touching novel.

 

Favorite Sequels:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by amichelle Hodkin

Gah, this book was amazing.  It made me need to re-read Unbecoming immediately! It has some great twists, and the characters are amazing. You connect with them almost instantly. Noah and Mara are far from perfect, and that’s what makes them so intriguing.

Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Dude, if you want a book of epic proportions, you need to read the I Am Number Four Series. At first, I was a little skeptical of it, but by the time Rise of Nine came out, I was a complete Lorien nerd.

 

Favorite Characters:

Susan Dennard’s Daniel Patrick Sheridan. I think I mentioned earlier I love him, but in case you didn’t catch on, I’m letting you know again.

Leigh Bardugo’s The Darkling. I seriously need to know the Darklings’ real name. He just so… awesome.

Leigh Bardugo’s Genya. I really loved Genya. She had such a great personality and an intriguing back story.

And last but not least… My favorite author of 2012 is:

Susan Dennard. She is incredibly nice, fun to work with and her book is amazing. I have been truly honored to be able to work with her, and I highly recommend you go check out her book. Get to it, people!

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my favorites of 2012! It was surprisingly hard for me to decide which to feature… Let me know in the comments what some of YOUR favorite have been!

Maddie

Flyaway Review

Today is a very special day, loyal followers. This book I’m about to review, is the first ARC I have received specifically to review on my blog. I feel so official.  That said, on to the review.

 

  Stevie Calhoun knows how to take care of herself. It’s not like her mom hasn’t disappeared before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? It’s not like Mom’s really doing meth. Stevie makes sure of that. Whatever. She’ll go home with Aunt Mindy if it will keep her from calling Child Protective Services—but it doesn’t mean she’ll stay. Mom will come back. Mom always comes back. And Stevie will be there when she does. But when Stevie meets Alan—frustrating and fascinating and so-different-from-everyone-she-knows Alan—and she starts helping out at the bird rehab center, things begin to look different. Even the tutoring and the ridiculous outfits Aunt Mindy’s forcing her into might not be so bad. Not that Stevie would say it out loud. She can’t. Because how can anything be good if it doesn’t include Mom?

 

 

 

Short and bittersweet, Flyaway is one of the best contemporary YA books I have ever read. Its in the top five of my list, up there with The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yes, it was that good. A few pages over 176, Flyaway was a quick read for me. Only took a hour or two, but I still enjoyed it immensely. You stick with Stevie as she experiences things no fifteen year-old girl should have to deal with.  She deals with betrayal of what she thought she could rely on. You see her start to trust in the things (and people) that had always been there for her, without her realizing it.  You are there by her when she discovers memories and talents that had been buried deep down in her. You watch her life, and Stevie herself,  transform in a truly magical fashion. You are left with (many!) questions, but in a  good way. You want to see what becomes of Stevie (because, if you are anything like me, you will be incredibly attached to her by the end.) , and Ms.Landalf  leave it up to your imagination. Flyaway is a brilliant debut for author Ms. Helen Landalf, and I highly recommend it.

 

I give Flyaway five out of five stars!

 

Maddie

Torn

Here is my review of Torn by Margarete Peterson Haddix  (Its gonna be short… I don’t want to put in any spoilers.)

 

I really enjoyed Torn. It made me want to read the whole series again. There  was, of course, some little details that bothered me, but really the good overruled the bad.It takes place in 1611 on Henry Hudsons ship, which is on a journey searching for the northwest passage. The one thing that bothers me is we STILL don’t know what child from the past Jonah is. (I personally am convinced he is Charles Lidenburg II)

I won’t write more for fear of spoilers.  Overall I would deffinatley reccomend this book….

 

Thanks for reading,

Mads

 

 

Sorry… Again

Hi everyone,

 

Again I express how sorry I am for not posting.  I don’t have a computer to use to post on so this will probably happen alot…

 

I’m gonna give you an update:

I got my Pottermore e-mail (I’m a Ravenclaw!!!!  Send me an email if you want to be my friend and I’ll give you my username.) Pottermore is amazing and I am SO happy I got early access. Hunger Games filming is officially over.  I finished the Underland Chronicles (By Suzanne Collins) Which I HIGHLY recommend.   And I finally read Torn (Which I shall be posting about shortly.) Still no word on Narnia filming…  I have given up hope :(.

 

Please don’t stop reading!   I am gonna try REALLY hard to keep posting!

 

Mads

P.S.  Happy (Late) Birthday Hermionee  Granger! (Sept 19)

Sorry

Hi Guys!

 

I feel SO bad for not posting…The guilt is overwhelming.:(

 

So A TON has happened.  The first Hunger Game trailer is coming out on Sunday with the MTV awards.  I became a Pottermore Beta Tester. ( Although I have still NOT received my welcome email… Grrr)  Torn (By Margerate Peterson Haddix) Was released Aug 23rd ( Although I cant do a review as my copy of the book is yet to arrive in the mail.  I bought a comic con Mockingjay Pin ( Let me know if you want pic…  It is SO cool and I would really like to show it to you )  I have almost Finished The Uglies trilogy ( Which is coming out as a movie in 2012 so I will keep you posted on that.  Love the books)  And I have been reading Suzanne Collins first series Gregor the Overlander which is ALSMOST as good as the Hunger Games… ALMOST.

 

I will try to be better about posting… Please comment!

Mads

Harry Potter and the Deathley Hallows Part 2 Review

I went to the midnight realease of the Harry Potter movie last night. Here is y overall opinion.

SPOILER ALERT: The overall film was fantastic although there was several changes.  First of all they changed Snape’s memory scene quite a bit. They didn’t change any of the facts but they eliminated a bunch of the story. Unless you had read the book it probably wouldn’t make any sense.  Now there was a change I know a TON of HP Shippers will be happy about.  Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood fell in love and (Pressumably) got married.I know there was many people who were mad they didn’t get together in the book.   The only thing I was irritated with was how they cut a TON out of the epilouge.  That was the part I was looking forward to the most and it lasted less then 3 minutes.

 

So overall the movie gets 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  If you are a fan of the books or the movies this is a must see.

 

Thanks for Reading,

Mads

Update

Sorry I haven’t posted lately…  I have been super busy.  I know evryone uses that excuse but in my case it is true.

 

Not much has happened really.   Filming has continued on the hunger games, I am about to go to the midnight realease of Harry Potter and the Deathley Hallows Part 2(And I am SUPER excited!!!!) other then that nothing really has happened….  Oh, yah I forgot about Pottermore.   Pottermore is J.K.ROWLINGS latest project.  if you go to pottermoore.com she has an awesome video uploaded explaining the whole project.   `If I ever stop posting again and you want the latest updates on all the projects I post about; visit my Links page.  I list all the fansites I visit for news.  But don’t forget to keep coming back here!   People have finally started commenting!:)   If you comment I will reply… I makes me SUPER DUPER HAPPY to see people commenting on here….:)

 

I’ll post a review of the Harry Potter movie tomorrow,

Mads