IMM #24

    In My Mailbox

    IMM is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.

    Sorry! I talk really fast! that has always been one of my biggest flaws :/

    Won a copy of The Keeper by Jessica Crawford Vernold

    Some Swag I won over @Books Complete Me
    and some Swag over @I'm a Book Shark
    Thanks Mickey! 

    *Note to Mickey: I swear that was the best Handwriting I could manage x)
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    Almost Forgot! HERE'S the link to my current Giveaway
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Pictures Pokemon Wallpapers

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Impulse - Ellen Hopkins

    Date Released:  January 23rd 2007
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
    Pages: 666 pages
    Date Read: December 31st 2011
    Format:  Hardcover
    Source: Amazon

    Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

    Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.

    Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

    Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

    And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

    In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

    My Review:

    It’s hard to review this book, it really is. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and it is also something very hard to grasp. Something that we usually tiptoe around, nobody wants to be that close to death. Ever. What makes it so shocking is to wonder: What can drive a person to such ending? Why is it that they couldn’t see beyond their current situations, and why they had nothing left to loose.

    It was especially hard for me to read this because I’ve been in this sort of situation, think of me as Vanessa [If you have read the book] if not, well, you need to read it, you really do. Everything was so real, and I actually thought I was going to have trouble keeping up with the writing style, but no, it was really easy to follow and to get into it.

    Impulse shows the life of mainly three teens, though there are more people interned in Aspen Springs, and you get to catch a glimpse of them. Impulse really shows this: Some people will make it. Others won’t. In school, in a marathon, in life, in anything you can think about. Some people aren’t strong enough. Some people don’t want to fight anymore. They all act on their Impulse.

    A strong story that comes with stronger decisions. If you’ve read titles such as Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma or Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Impulse is a must-be in your shelf

    “Love means holding on to someone just as hard as you can because if you don't, one blink and they might disappear...forever.”

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AAQR: Asphalt 6 HD ($0.99) racing

    English: ameloft new
    Image via Wikipedia
    Asphalt series is a racer from Gameloft that is their "flagship" franchise, and it's one of those fast and furious type racers where you unlock more and more exotic cars (and motorcycles!) Now at version 6, this game is your pretty typical racer.

    Basically, you start with something simple, like a Mini Cooper JCW, and you can buy faster vehicles by winnings (about 40K to 60K per race if you win). There's of course, nitro. You pick up nitro on the course, or you can "drift" and that'll get you some nitro too.

    Nitro is essential in winning any sort of race. You can also shove other cars into the wall, which will also get you some bonus $$$. If you manage to fill your nitro gauge, you can engage "adrenaline mode", where your car goes hyperfast, as well as be virtually invincible. (And yes, you CAN crash in this game). Asphalt series lets you use up to 3 charges of nitro at the same time (different flames out of the exhaust pipes, and increased speed). There's also specials about getting extra amount of air, extra money and so on.

    Each race is considered "won" if you place in the top three, where you're awarded 3 stars for 1st, 2 stars for 2nd, and 1 star for 3rd. Each race also has two bonus objectives, such as knock-down 4 cars, drift 1000 meters, don't crash more than twice, and so on. Each objective is worth another star, for a maximum of 5 stars.

    Race types are varied. There's regular race, knock down (crash as many other cars as possible, without being crashed yourself), elimination (don't be last!), drift competition, and so on.

    Items are unlocked according to how many stars you got. Every 5 to 10 stars unlocks additional vehicles, "tuning kits" for increased performance, and so on.

    The game's graphics is quite good, almost like playing one of the Need for Speed games. Handling is primitive, but that's expected on a phone. Getting the vehicle to drift is difficult though, at least in certain configs. And you need drifting in some corners to achieve optimum speed.

    The most "annoying" part about the game is the ability to BUY the upgrades... If you want to buy stars to unlock better vehicles... you can. If you want to BUY ability to unlock upgrades, you can. But that means the game is no longer just 99 cents.

    And that's slightly deceptive.

    Still, the game's not bad, good for short excursions. For $1, it's a good deal.
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AAQR: Fox U-42 (free, paid) game

    Fox U-42 is a u-boat sim where you need to kill merchant ships and escort ships in WW2 without getting killed. It's bird's-eye-view 2D where you give path to your sub and can choose to shoot, and change speed to high or low.

    The initial level is easy enough, but dodging escorts can be a problem (trickier than you think). Try the free version and see how you like it first. URL:
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AAQR: All My Enemeis (game)

    All My Enemies is a pretty plain top-down vertical "shooter" where you destroy enemies coming down toward you. Pretty boring if you ask me. It lets you control the game through both tilt and touch, but that's about it. URL:
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I Need A New Look

    I've had this blog layout for a while now. I like it and it's served me well, but it's not really "me" enough. Also, I've got a different haircut and a full beard instead of the goatee now so my profile pic is well out of date.

    I'm thinking about my options for a new look for 2012, specifically to help spruce things up around here for my launch. For the blog itself I still like the current text format and the semi-transparent background field, but that might have to change. Once I have a book cover settled, I'd like to try and use that as the background image for the blog, but in the meantime I have a few choices. I have a friend who has been doing some artwork for me based on my book. It's fantastic work I hope to share closer to the launch date. He's always been an incredible artist and this is some of his best work yet. I may be able to find one of those that would be suitable. Afternatively I could just look for some royalty-free photos of New York, to reflect my book's setting.

    Regarding my profile picture, I think it's really time I got my author photo sorted out. I've been thinking a lot about this. Thankfully another friend of mine is a photographer and has agreed to do the shots for me. I have to admit to having no idea what would best suit me as an author photo so I may have to post several online and get some opinions.

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Blogger Lift #35

    Blogger Lift:

    Blogger Lift Is Hosted Here. and in Goodreads on YABC. Blogger Lift is a feature in which I'll promote blogs I follow and that I recommenced you.

    Blogger Lift is Filled until next year! Thank you to all the Blogger who have participated and those who Signed Up!

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    Featured this week

    The Interview

    1.-In Between Writing and Reading what do you like to do?

    I love spending time with my family and going to my son's baseball games but I also go to many book signings. It's so much fun meeting and talking to the authors. You get lots of insight into their books and sometimes extras. It helps you get a clear vision of their world and characters. I've actually had lunch with Simone Elkeles and it was such a dream come true. She is so awesome and down to earth. I had the best time.

    2. Convince me to join your blog twitter style. 140 Characters or less. GO!
    Look for the next great read and the best giveaways? Then there's no better place to be in the blog-o-sphere than A Book-Lovers!
    (this is harder than it

    3.- A Season. A Day. A Month
    Fall is my favorite season. I love to see the different colored leafs and the temp is just right. It's a good time to read a book outside.

    I say Friday is my favorite day of the week. It's the beginning of the weekend *shrugs* what else needs to be said=)

    October is my favorite month because of Halloween. There is just something about dressing up and being someone else for the night that I have always loved.

    If you are wondering, I'm the one in the middle in red with the Afro.

    4.-Lets say Hypothetically that you are abducted by Aliens. And they are generous enough to let you take your favorite book. Just One book. Which book would you take?
    Well I have so many to choose from and I do have a lot of eBooks but I'm going to assume there is no way to charge my iPad so I have to go with a paperback copy of something. Let's see. Right now I would say

    5.- Upcoming Release you are most exited about :) and best book of 2011 :) [there's no need to answer the last question if the answer to number 4 is a book from 2011]
    Jeezz there are so many. Here is a small list:
    TBA (Fullriders #1) by Simone Elkeles
    The Girl I Used To Be by Meranda Kenneally
    Noah (5ht Steet #1)by Elizabeth Reyes
    Black Heart by Holly Black
    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
    Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
    I'm missing so many but these are all I can come up with right now.

    6.- Now the Holiday Question: if you could create a Book Related Holiday, what would you call it and what would we do?
    We have a Drop Everything and Read Day at the elementary school I work at. We have tons of literacy activities with the kids and it's so much fun. It would be cool to make it an official holiday.

    7.- and now a detailed description of your Blog :)
    I started my blog in 2009 for a school project not intending to expand my followers beyond family and friends. They ALWAYS saw me with a book and would often ask me about it. I got a little tired of always repeating myself so I told them I was going to start a blog and they could sign up for email notifications. But, as time went on I started getting more and more followers I decided that this was truly a great place to share my love of book by not only posting reviews but sharing some great signed books and posting interviews with authors.The Genres I support on my blog and post reviews for are as follows:

    Any YA: Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Steampunk and Dystopian.

    Any Adult: Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Steampunk and Dystopian.

    I have been known to dabble in other genres (classics, legal thrillers,memoir)but for the most part I read and review (mostly) YA.

    I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me better. I look forward to seeing you around the blog-o-sphere.

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Young Adult Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop

    My Best Friend is a HUGE Fan of Faeries and she decided to help me out with this Giveaway :D!
    Thanks Elaine!

    We Have 3 Packs to give Freshman and Amateur For US and Mexico Only! Sorry! :(
    and the Fantasy pack, which is International :)

    Courtesy of Elaine

     Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Mar - Paperback
    Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones - Paperback

    Courtesy of Me
    Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa - Paperback
    Faerie Winter (Faerie #2) by Janni Lee Simmer - Hardcover

    Fantasy - PDF's [Int]
    Courtesy of Both:
     Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata #1) by Lisa Mantched - PDF
    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey - PDF

     There is only ONE ENTRY [ I hate having to do a bunch of stuff to win] 
    Just follow this blog in any way you want, choose your pack
    and if you would be so kind to let me know if you prefer Google Docs or

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