Thursday, 30 June 2016

Book Blitz for The Deep End by Katy Newton Naas


Title: The Deep End

Author: Katy Newton Naas

Genre: YA Paranormal/Ghosts
Release Date: October 26th 2015
Clean Reads
Summary from Goodreads:
When shy sophomore Kaci Lynn Richards moves to a small town, she is nervous about the change. That is, until she befriends the outgoing Jo and meets popular senior James Mitchell. Kaci quickly learns to love her new life…until she begins to see the ghost of a teen girl in her new home. The mystery girl haunts her, giving her visions that leave clues as to who she was and how she met her violent fate. But the more she learns about the girl, the more she finds that life in this sleepy town may not be what it seems.
As soon as I close the cabinet door, my whole body is chilled. I shiver, turning toward the microwave to find myself face-to-face with her. Her dark eyes gaze into mine, her cold breath so close I can feel it on my cheeks. My heart racing, I jump back, colliding with the counter behind me
What happens next is a blur. I feel a sharp pain in the back of my head and I am on the floor. She stands over me, her tangled hair hanging down, covering parts of her face while she stares down at me, her eyes wide and intense. I am unable to look away from her, unable to scream or move or even breathe.
Suddenly, she is gone and the room spins. I can finally blink, and I try to steady myself as the room finally settles. I am still on the floor, still in my kitchen, except it looks…different. Mom’s mixer that sits on the counter is gone. Instead, a wine rack sits in its place, and I count nine glass bottles resting inside of it. The walls are a dark brown color, and the lights seem dimmer. “Aven?” I call out weakly, but the voice I hear is not my own. I try to use my hands to push myself up off the floor, but I can’t;
they are behind my back, stuck on something.
I twist my neck around, trying to look at them so that I can figure out how to get them loose. That’s when I feel the shooting pain go up through my arms, and I realize it’s because my wrists are bound together with rope and it’s cutting off the circulation from my hands to the rest of my body. Desperately I try to pull them apart, but the fibers of the rope dig deeper into my wrists and the pain is unbearable, so I let them go limp behind me, giving up that fight.
Calm down, I order myself. Breathe. Don’t panic. I ignore the throbbing pain in my arms as I squirm, inch by inch until I am in a sitting position. Looking down, I see that the red long-sleeve shirt and jeans I had on have been replaced by a white nightgown. The blood stains around the collar and down my sides make my heart race faster – even more so when I realize that they’re mine.
“Help!” I cry out, again surprised when the voice I hear is a little deeper than mine. “Somebody please help me!”
“You’re wasting your breath,” a deep, masculine voice says from somewhere behind me. There is a hint of laughter in his words when he says, “There’s no one here but you and me.”
The voice is vaguely familiar, but I don’t have time to analyze it as a cold, pressing fear weighs down my body. It is then that I realize that he’s right; there’s no one here to help me and I am going to die.



About the Author

From the time she was old enough to talk, Katy Newton Naas has been creating characters and telling stories. As a child, they sometimes got her into trouble. She knew she wanted to write books when she won a Young Author's competition as a second-grader for her short story titled, "The Grape Pie." (Don't let its tasty title fool you - it was actually a sad little tale!)

Katy devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobs in order to make enough money to buy more of them. Though she continues to age, her true literature love is and has always been children's and young adult fiction.

Katy currently teaches middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, as well as children's church. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor's degree in English Education and a master's degree in Reading and Language Studies. She enjoys her life out in the country with her husband, her sweet and rowdy young son (soon to be SONS - her second little boy is due any day!), and all her four-legged kids: Shakespeare, Poe, Morgi, Cappy, Ana, and Gray.

She loves creating both realistic and futuristic stories about kids, tweens, and teens, and feels so fortunate to get to work with them every day as a teacher.



Book Blitz Organized by:
YA Bound Book Tours

Book Review

Good morning lovely people, so I got a second book from the wonderful people at www.YABookBound.com on the condition that I write an honest review afterwards and I agreed. So this is me keeping my word like a good girl:
Title: Painting Sky
Author: Rita Branches
Genre: yA/Romance
Year of Publishing: 2016
Whats on the Cover: well, you know enough about me by now to know how much I love to salivate about a book’s cover before I even open it. Yes. I sometimes judge a book by its cover. Sue me. So gratefully, this book was one of the few that indulges a poor cover-obsessing book worm like my self because it has a really lovely painting of a blue-haired woman with  her head poking out of the clouds.Two of the show’s main characters are artists so I guess it’s appropriate. See for yourself...

Plot: people pleaser Jane ‘Skylar’ moves in with her boyfriend Cody whom she has been dating since high school, her brother Ryan and her boyfriend’s rebellious brother Keith, who really hates her by the way to start college.Wait, who does that? Moving in with three boys? Girl, are you crazy? Will their childhood love survive the trials and tribulations of growing up on a college campus crawling with scheming   Jezebels just waiting to pounce and steal an innocent girl’s loving long-time boyfriend? Ok, am being dramatic but…
My Favorite Character: Keith. Why, because he’s dark, mysterious, has piercings and a huge giant tattoo. Enough said.
My Least Favorite Character: Keith’s real father. Enough said.
Review: Am predicting that this book will be a major hit with young adults mainly because it’s so easy to identify with the main character Jane. The book was quite delicious what I did find funny though, is how the author kept inventing oppurtunities for Keith and Jane, or Skylar to be alone together. Oh no, did I just give something away? But whatever this book lacks in depth and suspense in more than makes up for with that amazingly stunning cover. Yes.I can’t stop talking about it. Can I please just look at it one more time?
And oh, does any one understand the title? Cuz I don't.

Rating: πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹
Cheers,
Chiomaah




Book Review

Good morning lovely people, so I got a second book from the wonderful people at www.YABookBound.com on the condition that I write an honest review afterwards and I agreed. So this is me keeping my word like a good girl:
Title: Painting Sky
Author: Rita Branches
Genre: yA/Romance
Year of Publishing: 2016
Whats on the Cover: well, you know enough about me by now to know how much I love to salivate about a book’s cover before I even open it. Yes. I sometimes judge a book by its cover. Sue me. So gratefully, this book was one of the few that indulges a poor cover-obsessing book worm like my self because it has a really lovely painting of a blue-haired woman with  her head poking out of the clouds.Two of the show’s main characters are artists so I guess it’s appropriate. See for yourself...

Plot: people pleaser Jane ‘Skylar’ moves in with her boyfriend Cody whom she has been dating since high school, her brother Ryan and her boyfriend’s rebellious brother Keith, who really hates her by the way to start college.Wait, who does that? Moving in with three boys? Girl, are you crazy? Will their childhood love survive the trials and tribulations of growing up on a college campus crawling with scheming   Jezebels just waiting to pounce and steal an innocent girl’s loving long-time boyfriend? Ok, am being dramatic but…
My Favorite Character: Keith. Why, because he’s dark, mysterious, has piercings and a huge giant tattoo. Enough said.
My Least Favorite Character: Keith’s real father. Enough said.
Review: Am predicting that this book will be a major hit with young adults mainly because it’s so easy to identify with the main character Jane. The book was quite delicious what I did find funny though, is how the author kept inventing oppurtunities for Keith and Jane, or Skylar to be alone together. Oh no, did I just give something away? But whatever this book lacks in depth and suspense in more than makes up for with that amazingly stunning cover. Yes.I can’t stop talking about it. Can I please just look at it one more time?
And oh, does any one understand the title? Cuz I don't.

Rating: πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹
Cheers,
Chiomaah




Book Review

Good morning lovely people, so I got a second book from the wonderful people at www.YABookBound.com on the condition that I write an honest review afterwards and I agreed. So this is me keeping my word like a good girl:
Title: Painting Sky
Author: Rita Branches
Genre: yA/Romance
Year of Publishing: 2016
Whats on the Cover: well, you know enough about me by now to know how much I love to salivate about a book’s cover before I even open it. Yes. I sometimes judge a book by its cover. Sue me. So gratefully, this book was one of the few that indulges a poor cover-obsessing book worm like my self because it has a really lovely painting of a blue-haired woman with  her head poking out of the clouds.Two of the show’s main characters are artists so I guess it’s appropriate. See for yourself...

Plot: people pleaser Jane ‘Skylar’ moves in with her boyfriend Cody whom she has been dating since high school, her brother Ryan and her boyfriend’s rebellious brother Keith, who really hates her by the way to start college.Wait, who does that? Moving in with three boys? Girl, are you crazy? Will their childhood love survive the trials and tribulations of growing up on a college campus crawling with scheming   Jezebels just waiting to pounce and steal an innocent girl’s loving long-time boyfriend? Ok, am being dramatic but…
My Favorite Character: Keith. Why, because he’s dark, mysterious, has piercings and a huge giant tattoo. Enough said.
My Least Favorite Character: Keith’s real father. Enough said.
Review: Am predicting that this book will be a major hit with young adults mainly because it’s so easy to identify with the main character Jane. The book was quite delicious what I did find funny though, is how the author kept inventing oppurtunities for Keith and Jane, or Skylar to be alone together. Oh no, did I just give something away? But whatever this book lacks in depth and suspense in more than makes up for with that amazingly stunning cover. Yes.I can’t stop talking about it. Can I please just look at it one more time?
And oh, does any one understand the title? Cuz I don't.

Rating: πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹ πŸ’‹
Cheers,
Chiomaah




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

This is Me by C.E Wilson's Cover Reveal.

You have waited for so long and now it's time. Finally. Today is the big day! C.E Wilson's new book This is Me won't be out until August (It's a long wait, I know πŸ˜”), but here's a first look at the much-awited book cover in order to whet your appetites while you wait to het your claws on the real thing come August 11th.
   

Title: This is Me
Author: C.E. Wilson
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: August 11th 2016

Summary:

A-SIST
Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT
Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?

Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?
Cheers,
Comaah

Cover Reveal Organized by:
YA Bound Book Tours




Monday, 27 June 2016

Book Review

Hey guys,
How are you all today. So a couple of weeks ago I received a book from www.YABoundBookTours.com for free and am supposed to write an honest review in return. So here goes:
Title: Seneca Rebel (The Seneca Society Book One)
Author: Rayya Deeb
Genre: YA/ Science Fiction/ Romance
Date of Publication: June 2016
Format: ebook
What's on the Cover: The cover features a vey interesting cover of a woman lying on her back with what looks like the structure of the DNA, ( hey, I can talk science,too). drawn on her face and another one falling from among a couple of upside-down palm tree. Am guessing this is in line with the scientific theme.

Plot: Welcome to Los Angeles in the not so distant future where smart phones, computers and aeroplanes as we know them today are so last fifty years ago thanks to dizzying levels of technological advancement where die-hard Nirvana fan Dorothy 'Doro' Campbell lives. She is your regular sixteen-year except she's one of the country's  greatest mathematical geniuses.  Doro agrees to go to a special girls' reform school in in order to save her mother from going to prison for a crime she committed, she arrives there to find out that it's not exactly your every day reform-school ,(don't ask me, read the book). But no sooner does she  makes the decison to stay on inspite of a not-so simple condition than she makes a startling discovery about some high-ranking members of the 'school'. Along with her crush Dominic 'blue combat boots' Ambrosia, she embarks on a mission to flush out the bad eggs in the system and expose their evil deeds.
Review: While reading this book, I suddenly found tears of joy streaming down my cheeks, I'll tell you the reason for this emotional outburst wonderful bookworms: I had finally found a scince fiction novel that doesn't contain gazillions of mind-numbing gizmos and technological terms. You know, one that I didn't have to read without frequently checking the giant copy of the latest edition of The Dictionary of Sci-fi terms I have by my side. Am by no means what you'd call a nerd, but I found Seneca Rebel easy to understand and a lot of fun to read. But what I liked most about this book, was the very last sentence. So if the writer's intention was to get me to read the sequel, then she definitely succeded because now am not going to rest until I get my claws on it when it comes out so I can see what happens with Doro and her father.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
Cheers,
Chiomaah.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW

Title: Remember
Author: Barbar Taylor Bradford
Genre: Romance
Date of Publication: January 1991

Plot: After a particularly emotional assigment covering the Tiannanmen square massacre in 1989, high achieving war journalist Nicki Wells settles into a new romance with longtime friend photographer Clee Donovan. But when something appears on the news one night about her former fiancee aristocrat John Deveraux, that stirs the investigative streak in her, she goes in search of answers.
Review: The book begins on a high note with a touching account of the horrors perpertuated by the Chinese government aginst her own people in 1989. After then, it kind of slows down with a lot of mundane details. Though after reading Ms. Bradford's  descriptions of the streets of New York,Paris and London, am even more determined to visit those cities and see things for myself. A girl can dream, right? But after waiting for so long for super intriguing to happen, it was a bit of a let down in the end. One thing is certain though, Ms. Bradford sure knows how to keep one in suspense. What I think she may have to work on is rewarding it in the end. It's not necessarily a bad book, but I just think that the climax wasn't juicy enough to compensate for all the time I spent waiting for it.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Friday, 24 June 2016

BLINK AND YOU MAY MISS OUT ON THIS WEEKEND'S COOLEST BOOK SALE!

All your life you've heard the slogan 'buy one, get one free' right? That is so last year. Now kindly let me introduce you to a new term: Buy one book and get an amazing two others literally free! That's more like it.
You can now get the complete Leech series by James Crawford for only 99 cents. Which means you get all three books and just pay the price of one.Think it,  three amazing weekend reads for the price of one. How's that for a literary steal? But you really have to hurry because the offer is valid for three days only from the 24th to the 26th of  June. Check it out here: 
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/s/?view=att&th=155562987c327685&attid=0.1&disp=attd&safe=1&zw
Good Luck !
Cheers,
Chiomaah

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW

Title: Surrender the Pink
Author: Carrie Fisher
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: August 1990

What's on the Cover: The bright yellow cover has a pink heart thats being attacked by four angry arrows. I still don't know what it represents. Heartbreak? Probably.
The Plot: Soap writer Dinah Kaufman can't geta man to stay, or she doesn't expect them to.Her dad walked out on her so she expects every other man to do the same. Then she meets the man of her dreams Rudy Garland, they get married but it ends in a divorce butthen she realises shewants him back and so on.
My Thoughts: Some books you read once and they makes complete sense. With others you have to read,  put them away and come back to them sometime time later to fully understand them. I choose to place this one in the later category because as much I didn't really enjoy it this first time- lots of long boring conversations and all. But I have a feeling it's a good book- If I could just understand half of what it's being said. But on the plus side, at the beginning of each chapter there is a short lesson on the reproductive behaviors of a different animal. That I really enjoyed.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Friday, 10 June 2016

Book Review: Songeziwe Mahlangu's Penumbra

What's it About: Penumbra is South African writer Songeziwe Mahlangu's 2014 Etisalat Prize for African Literature-winning novel about a young unemployed university graduate who suffers from a sort of mental illness. Or so I think.The Etisalat Prize for African Literature is the first Pan-African Literary prize that supports first-time writers. I found it in the library at school but it's available on www.Amazon.com and www.kwela.com if you'd like a copy.

My Thoughts: I apologise if I seem a little too harsh on this book, but to be honest. By the end of the first chapter I was so ready to put it down. The only reason why I went on was the conspicuous 'Winner Etisalat Prize for African Literature' stamp decorating the  cover. The book was just too vague and frankly, a little boring for my liking. While reading the book, I kept thinking surely it will get better, it has to. I mean it won an award, right? Am sorry to say, it did not. It's not just the book, actually. I mean people write mediocre books everyday but I think am more disappointed by the fact that it won an award. I mean this is supposed to be the best book written by a first-time African writer in 2014 and I think I beg to disagree.But then I can't say that until I have read all the books published by writers in that category that year. Or I could just start with the two other books nominated for this same award that year. Luckily for me, I managed  to get my hands on one of them Chinelo Okparanta's Happiness, like water. And of course I'll let you know what I think about it when am done, so watch this space. Any way, this is Mr. Mhalangu's first book and he is still young, so here's hoping his next work will be better.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
Lest I forget, did you guys notice anything new on the blog. Of course it's now much much easier to get connected with us on twitter. Just click on the tiny little blue button on the right hand side.See you there and have a nice day.
Cheers,
Chiomaah.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

What's It About?
It's of course J.K. Rowling 1999 sequel to the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's stone.
Where I Got It From?
It's also from the School library but this book is so popular am sure you can get it anywhere. Amazon is a good place to start though.
What I think?
For years I couldn't understand why everyone on this earth was going loca over a little bespectacled eleven year-old wizard, then I read the first book in the series. I liked it well enough to pick up the second one. Now am officially a Harry Potter convert. In Fact, am thinking of applying to Hogwarts, if they'll take me. Though am puzzled by one thing, Hogwarts is a Secondary School, right? Then how come their teachers are all professors? I know, I should ask Mr. Google, but if you know the answer, please. The book is terrific and I almost want to visit the Hogwarts library and pick up magic 101. Hey, someone's got to keep up with Hermione. That reminds me, Hogwarts' resident know-it-all, makes the book even more delightful to read.
Rating:
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Keys to the rating system
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Where has this book been all my life? It's excellent!
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Really good book, it deserves a place on evey bookshelf
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Not bad, I've read worse books.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: This author needs to go back to writing school asap. This one is really not good.
πŸ’‹: Can't belive I wasted my time reading it.
It's so sad that you guys are missing out on all the excitement taking place on our twitter page. @UCandLiteral is the handle. Plus you know I love to gear from you. Feel free to leave your comments (try to be nice, sha).
Cheers,
Chiomaah

The Bookworm Questionnaire:Where Do You Stand?

The fact that you are reading this right now shows that you have some degree of the bookworm gene in you. Unless you stumbled on this blog by mistake, which is still ok. Now, after years and years of  research, Up Close and Literal has finally come up with a system to classify people based on their relationship with books. All you have to do is to answer the questions below, you know by picking the letter that best describes you and you'll find out where you stand.
1. If I went a whole week without reading a book I would be very irritable, I would have anxiety attacks and a nervous breakdown. In Fact, I think my whole body would stop functioning.
(a) Oh my God! How did you know? That totally describes me.
(b) Oh don't be so dramatic. I try to read as often as I can but my life certainly does not depend on it.
(c) Nonsense. I haven't touched a book six months and am still alive.

2. The only time I ever read a book is
(a) All the time. Duh!
(b) Maybe once in a while and especially if its a really good book that everyone's talking about.
(c) Like never ever.

3. I think all bookworms may be slightly crazy. Why else would some one want to read so many books?
(a) I strongly disagree because I happen to be on myself.
(b) I have to disagree with you. It's not necessarily a bad thing. In Fact I wish I could spend more time reading my self.
(c) I strongly agree with you.

3. I spend almost all my pocket money on books.
(a) That is so me.
(b) Not all of it, just part of it. And that's occasionally.
(c) What? No way. Whatever happens to clothes, shoes and video games?

4. If you could save one only  thing from a burning house, would it be your favorite lipstick or that rare first-edition Things fall apart book you own
(a) Yes. I would save the book without even thinking about it.
(b) Am not sure, I'll have to think long and hard about this one
(c) I would save my lipstick of course. How else am I supposed to achieve my signature bee-stung pout look.

5. My friends count on me to know the answers to all book-related trivia and gossip
(a) That's me again.
(b) Not exactly me.
(c) I've got better things to do with my time.

Now if you picked mostly A's on this questionnaire, you are what we call the my-life-depends-on-books bookworm. You are one one of the lucky few to have discovered the excitement hidden between the pages of books and for that I congratulate you.
If you picked mostly B's, then you are what we call the occasional bookworm. You know that books are good for you but you are not reading as much as you would like. I would advise you to create a specific time for reading each day. That way, you won't have any excuses. Good luck
If you picked mostly C's, then you are what we call what-the-hell-is-a-book person. It's possible that you don't know how enjoyable reading can be or you just don't think it cool. But I assure you that a good book is one of the best things you can spend your time one. Seek out that known bookworm at School or at work (you know him, don't you? The one you've been teasing?) and let him put you through. This blog is also an excellent place to start the book appreciation journey. Visit a library or a book store to pick out the books featured here. And if you need help, am here for you. Good luck.
Hope you liked it guys, now all you have to do is to head ove to @UCandLiteral because there is more where this came from.
Cheers,
Chiomaah.