Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tuesday Talks (#5): Why I DON'T get paid to do this!

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Today on Tuesday Talks, I just wanted to discuss ONE important question that I seem to come across very often: why don’t you get paid to blog?

You see, I’m a very talkative person, and when I have conversations about people, I proudly tell them that I am a book blogger. This usually leads the person/people I am talking to ask the said question above.

And, you’ll be surprised how many people find it shocking that I blog for FUN, and not for a paycheck. Does that mean that I don’t want to be paid for something that I love doing? No, of course not.

Now, I would love to be paid for blogging and not have to work at a restaurant, but since I don’t, I really don’t care- regardless, I still love blogging and I still love blogging for books.
For me, I started to book blog because I wanted to share my opinion with other people, and meet people outside my circle of friends who have the same interests as me.

I recently had to explain to a friend of mine, that one major reason why I don’t get paid (aside from the fact I don’t have a big enough following for it) is because it’s about the books! Like, books are awesome, how could you not love them?

While I don’t know the entire logistics of the whole entire book blogger world, I did tell my friend that most bloggers make their living as market advertisers, publicists, writers, website designers and that the list went on and on. My friend thought it was cool, but also thinks that, after convincing that said person on my choice of hobby, that we should get recognized more (my friend also happens to be an avid reader too. But not to the extent of my craziness).

Anyways, I have a bunch other posts on my blog under “Blogger Life” which contain more posts on the nay sayers of my hobby, and who question me as a person because of it. DO I CARE? Sometimes, yes, the things people can say/the way they look at you can hurt (I mean, I am human, I cannot NOT notice things like that!), but I just do my best not to let it bother me. Because I love what I do.

So have you ever been asked that question? If you have, share your story below or on twitter! But if you haven’t why did you go into book blogging in the first place?

See you all next week! 

Liars Inc Street Team Post: Q&A with Paula, and the time I forgot HTGAWM WASN'T a reality show!

Hey everyone! So it’s finally my turn to feature Liars Inc author, Paula Stokes! It’s been a week since the book has come out, so I’m keeping this Q&A relatively spoiler free!

The title of this post probably has you confused, but it’s a way for all of YOU out there who haven’t really read the book to understand what it’s like. But, since I’m not a conventional person (most times), I’ve asked Paula to describe her book through some of our favourite things: food, seasons, television etc.

1. If Liars INC was a season, what would it be and why?

It would be fall, because that’s the season the book is set in. There are a lot of ominous gray skies and dead leaves. And the story itself is one that’s chilly and a bit dark, without being completely cold like winter would be.

2. If Max and Preston were chocolate, what flavor would they be?

Max would be milk chocolate—the plainest, most regular candy bar you can find. Preston would be chipotle dark chocolate—refined, a bit mysterious.

3. If Parvati, Max and Preston were all animals, what would they be?

Well, Aimee at deadly Darlings already compared Max to a dog, so now that’s stuck in my head. He’d make a great Rottweiler, protective of those he loves but a bit surly and aloof to others. Pres would be something fancy, like a thoroughbred horse. Parvati would be a black panther. [Note: Did you know that panthers in Asia and Africa are technically leopards and panthers in the Americas are technically jaguars? The black color is a result of either a recessive or dominant gene expression which causes an excess of melanin. Cool, huh?]

4. If the characters were on a reality show, what would they be on? (NOTE: you can’t use how to get away with murder, that’s cheating :P)

Luckily HTGAWM is not a reality show, though if it were I would definitely watch ;-) Max would refuse because he doesn’t like being the center of attention. Preston would rock out on the Bachelor and Parvati would be one of those badass girls on American Ninja Warrior. Special teen edition, of course.

5. If the romance was an element (earth, wind, fire or air), what would it be and why?
Fire, because it’s heavy on the physical attraction and possibly destructive.

6. If the entire book was a song, what would it be and why?

I can’t pick just one because the book is fun overall, but it’s also dark and a little sad in places, and a little shocking in others. And then it’s also kind of sexy and mysterious and maybe even sweet at times. I don’t know any songs that capture all that so I am going to cheat and just link here to the LIARS, INC. EpicReads Spotify Playlist.

7. And finally, if the book was a beverage, what would it be and why?
Poison >:) Whatever flavor you like. For Reasons.

And there you have it, my Q&A with Paula! I hope that these "What would ___ be?" questions will make you guys want to go out and buy the book! Have an awesome day everyone!


About Liars Inc:
(available now!)

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

About the Author:

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of THE ART OF LAINEY, INFINITE REPEAT, LIARS INC., and several other forthcoming YA novels. When she's not writing, she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Author: Kerstin Gier
Pages: 300+
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Status: The Precious Stone Trilogy #3

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
     She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.     Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up whereSapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

Emerald Green is the final book in the Precious Stone trilogy and leaves readers breathless till the final page! Kerstin Gier has created another phenomenal adventure for all ages!

The story picks up right where book two, Sapphire Blue, ended. I love how Gier is able to transition the story from the last book well, and keeps the pace going, while not giving a complete recap of the entire story thus far in the first couple pages.

What I loved about this book the most was the emphasis on family. While Charlotte and Glenda, and Grace and Gwen still butt heads, there is a united front among family and friendship in this book. I loved seeing Gwen's little brother and sister help her find what Grandpa Lucas hid for her. I love seeing the team work between Raphael and Gideon. This book did bring out the secondary characters more than it did the first book, however, I wished they played a bigger role in general because from their interaction with Gwen, we get a glimpse of their amazing personalities.

Since this book emphasizes family, it's nice to see the back story of some of the Montrose family. I love how we saw a glimpse of Charlotte's parents, and it was nice to see that Lady Arista and Lucas actually had a loving marriage. 

I found that my favourite character in this book was Grandpa Lucas. I love the bond that both he and Gwen both share, and I am really upset he only became an important figure near the end of book 2, and we only see him a bit in this book. I felt like the author, while skillful at making wonderful characters, tried fitting dialogue or a role for them in this book, because it was the last one. I felt like it was rushed, but regardless, I still love the characters.

I loved the character development of both Gwen and Gideon in this book. Gwen's learned to be more defiant, and I love how she stopped thinking about Gideon's approval for things; she, in a way, did go behind his back, but she did it because she knew it was the right thing to do. I honestly thought that Gideon was just going to be one of those characters that don't change by the end of the series, but I was surprised that he did. In terms of character development, I understand why they changed so quickly- like in the other review, this book takes place probably a week or two after the first book. I love how they learned to trust each other, and respect each other. I would have liked to know more about their status of relationship at the end though.

Overall, I loved the book and I thought it was great. The only thing I DIDN'T like at all was the fact that it ended so fast! I say this about a lot of books, but this book was about/over 300 pages. The story was okay, but it was slow at parts, and did leave some questions unanswered. But the entire book was devouted to solving their problem, and then the last chapters, we suddenly solved it. And then it ended. The book was probably mostly filter, and then you actually have the actual story. 

Regardless, it was a good book, and it's still worth reading. This is a series you cannot not finish reading!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

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