Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Unbreathable Characters (Book Blitz)



Today is Unbreathable's official release date, and I'm very excited to take part in the book blitz going on this week! I'm sharing some pretty cool character profiles for you today, as well as a giveaway. I hope you enjoy this post!

(If you haven't already, you can read my review of Unbreathable here.)

Title: Unbreathable (Unbreathable, #1)
Author: Hafsah Laziaf
Publisher: Self
Release date: October 29, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Purchase here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

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Goodreads Description: 
One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.
The race for Earth has begun.

Unbreathable is a tale of love, redemption, and sacrifice, and one girl's struggle to find her place in a world where she doesn't belong.

Character Profiles
Name: Lissa
Age: 17
Height: 5’ 6”
Lung Type: Can breathe oxygen and Jutaire’s air without consequence
Inspired by: The girls who feel insubstantial but are not
Likes: Reading, learning new things, Earth, the stars, the color blue, Julian
Dislikes: Chancellor Kole, too much noise, attention


When Unbreathable begins, Lissa feels like she is nothing. She suddenly discovers she isn’t human, her father—the only person she knew—dies, taking with him her only chance at answers. As the story moves on, she’s more important - needed for something other than who she is. But this hardship helps her find out exactly who she is, and that she’s never alone, no matter how it seems.

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Name: Julian
Age: 20
Height: 5’ 11”
Lung Type: Can breathe Jutaire’s air without consequence - too much oxygen deems dangerous
Inspired by: Perfection?
Likes: Drawing, Earth, his mother, the color blue, Lissa
Dislikes: Power, Queen Rhea, Rowan, Gage

Since the death of his mother, all Julian has wanted is to join her. His grief from all that he has lost has led him to hurt himself. He’s broken in ways he doesn’t think can be fixed, and sees the world through a single lens, until it’s shattered by a few words Lissa says before thinking. He’s soft-hearted, cares for everyone but himself, and in the end, it nearly costs him his life.


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Name: Slate
Age: 34
Height: 5’ 10”
Lung Type: Can only breathe oxygen - full human
Inspired by: The opposite of what soldiers are perceived to be on Jutaire
Likes: Earth, peace, fighting, fresh food
Dislikes: Gage, Chancellor Willem, being a tool

Slate’s life is dedicated to serving the humans of Jutaire. As a soldier, he has pledged to do whatever it takes to keep the humans safe, until the ties of his blood pushes him to murder his own brother, striking an irreversible avalanche. When he discovers he was used by the woman he once loved, he doesn’t break down, because it gave him something better, but he is still grieved by the life he never got to live with a certain person.

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Name: Rowan
Age: 20
Height: 6’
Lung Type: Can only breathe the toxic air of Jutaire - full Jute
Inspired by: The Darkling (Shadow & Bone)
Likes: Power, attention, Lissa, Julian - even if he won’t admit it
Dislikes: Humans, Queen Rhea, anyone who stands in his way

Unlike Julian, Rowan’s grief has led him to hurt others and take revenge. The lines between good and evil are nonexistent in his eyes. As Julian’s half-brother, and twin in appearance, Rowan and Julian have identical needs, though their methods of acquiring them aren’t as similar. Rowan’s desire for power and the need to be understood for who he is has blinded him to what is good and inclined him towards evil.


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Hafsah Laziaf was born on the east coast on a hot summer day in 1993, raised on the west coast and is now stuck in the middle – in Texas – with more books than she can read. She’s the designer behind IceyDesigns and the blogger behind IceyBooks.

UNBREATHABLE is her debut novel.


Connect with Hafsah Laziaf:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway details:
1st place: a signed paperback copy of UNBREATHABLE (US)
2nd place: an e-book of UNBREATHABLE (INT)
3rd place: an UNBREATHABLE swag pack (US)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Impossibly Love Book Blitz + Excerpt


Here's a little excerpt to the book I'm reviewing next week. 

This book is currently available on Amazon Kindle for $1.99, so if you're interested, go grab it while it's still this price!

Release date: October 23rd, 2013
Publisher: TSW Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Available in Paperback, Kindle
Goodreads

Synopsis via Goodreads:
All Moya Douglas wants to do is study hard, maintain her scholarship, and make her mother proud while attending college. She doesn’t have time for a boyfriend or going on dates arranged by her best friend. Moya doesn’t believe in love. And she has no intention of ever finding it.

Branden McCarthy is determined to change her views.

A selfless romantic who’s had his heart broken in the past, Branden is fascinated with Moya’s personality and hopes to develop something real with her-a connection so strong it’ll open her heart. But just when things start to work between the two, Branden’s secret threatens to get in the way.

Will Moya finally do the impossible and give love a chance with Branden, or will fear keep them apart?

Rated G for everyone. No strong language. No raunchy sex scenes throughout. This is a New Adult novel about finding love and oneself.

Excerpt
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The first kiss – Branden’s POV

Moya’s eyes widened when I spun her around to face me. It was obvious what I was about to do and I knew very well she wouldn’t let it happen without a fight. Her attempts at being freed were futile as my hold increased the more she squirmed in my arms.
“Let go!” she demanded.
I blew hard, eager to drown myself in the sweetness of her lips. Dismissing her protest—and the little voice at the back of my head telling me not to—I shoved my mouth to hers and kissed her hungrily.
Moya lifted her hands to my chest and pushed tentatively, and just as fast they began to lower. I knew she couldn’t resist the deep passion evoking between us. Finally, she yielded, and I wrapped my arms even tighter around her as Moya parted her lips and allowed me to enter.
We groaned as our tongues collided, touching each other wildly as if the kiss was not only our first but our last. Moya placed her hands on my lower back, touching me sensually with her fingertips as she worked her way up my spine. She caressed the back of my neck, and then combed her fingers seductively through my hair.
By the time the kiss ended, we were both panting, trying to breathe steadily.
Moya wobbled as she backed away. “I have to get to class,” she whispered shakily as if under a trance.
I released her with regret and watched as Moya turned and started up the path, staggering along the way.
Afterwards, I dragged my thumb lightly along my lips, eyes fastened on Moya as she walked away. I could still feel the heat of her skin on mine, giving light to a fire of pleasure that threatened to make my hands shake in memory of her taste.
Motivated by the promise of her presence, I walked up the path as well, following behind the girl I was indisputably falling hard for and fast.
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Shane’s love for writing started the moment she picked up a Nancy Drew book. At a young age, she began writing short stories, divulging in a variety of genres; from comedy, drama, to horror and romance. She’s quite intrigued by the otherworldly or things otherwise deemed “impossible.”

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blogger Interview ~ Lade from We Blog About Books



I have another interview to share with you! I interviewed Lade from We Blog About Books.

First of all, thank you for being a part the special October
birthday event happening here on Reading is My Treasure! Can you tell
me a little more about yourself and your blog?
My name is Lade. I'm about to start college and I'm from Nigeria. My
interests are books, makeup, photography, blogging and volunteering.
My blog is really just a place to share my reviews, keep track of
books, connect with other readers and share random and interesting
things I find on the internet (that are book/author related).
What has been one of the most rewarding parts of being a book blogger?
When people send me messages to say they got a book because of my
review. And connecting with new people.
What October book release are you looking forward to reading the most?
'David and Goliath' by Malcolm Gladwell, 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme
Simsion and 'Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy' by Helen Fielding
What is the best bookish birthday memory you have?
I mostly get books as birthday gifts because everyone knows I love books.
I think the best book I received as a birthday gift was "Purple Hibiscus".
It’s your birthday and you can have anything you want! Fill in the 
blanks below to complete your wishlist:

The three books I would like to receive as presents would be _____
"The Fault Is In Our Stars", "And The Mountains Echoed" and "Gone Girl"
The one book I would want to share the love of and give 
away on my blog would be ______
"Purple Hibiscus"
 The one author (dead or alive) I would like to have 
lunch with would be ______
Stephen King
Some of the book characters I would invite to my 
birthday party would be ______
Kambili (Purple Hibiscus), Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (Princess Diaries) and Rebecca Brandon neĆ© Bloomwood (Shopaholic Series)
The book world I would most like to spend my 
birthday in would be ______
Narnia
Thank you for answering my questions, Lade!

Review ~ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I've been having a case of not Reader's Block this time, but Review Writer's Block. I think I'm finally over it, though. I think this review (which is actually a rewrite) has finally put me back into the reviewing mode. 

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 335
Publication date: February 26th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Goodreads Description: 
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Source:  Bought

I know I'm not the only one who finds it tough to write a review of a fantastic book, so I'm just going to jump right in.

Eleanor and Park were such a adorable, real couple. I loved how they started offnot speaking to each other on the bus, not even liking each other all that muchand I loved how their friendship steadily progresseda shared comic book on the bus, no words at all, to more and more shared words, borrowing and lending comic books. The sweetest, most heart-melting, first hand-holding experience ever. A cute first kiss. Eleanor realizing little details about Park and Park realizing little details about Eleanor. A sweet and slow descent into first love that just made my. Heart. Melt.

Eleanor & Park is a coming of age love story done right. It was a love story between two very average teenagers. It was a love story that didn't just feature the couple, but their insecurities, their hardships, and their families as well. It was a love story that wasn't padded with unnecessary fluff, and wasn't dressed up too fancily grand moments of swoon. The romance was simplebaby steps were taken and the smallest moments were the biggest.

The romance stole the show for me in this book, but I also loved how the other pieces came into play. The themes of bullying, social pressures, and self-image stood out the most to me. They all went hand-in-hand with each other, and even meshed well with Eleanor and Park's relationship. When the two struggled, they learned to lean on one another, to help one another out. They learned how to become more comfortable with each other and with themselves.

Overall, Eleanor & Park lived up to every expectation I had of it and more. It made my heart melt. It made my heart hurt. I loved the central couple and the struggles they went through and the journey of first love they went on together. I loved the beautiful writing that made so many little moments my favorites. I loved how real it felt, and ultimately, I just loved that I got to read it.

Eleanor & Park can be loved and appreciated by many people, and I highly, highly recommend reading it and witnessing Eleanor and Park's wonderful journey yourself.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (7) ~ Gifts, Prizes, and Netgalley

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

My last Stacking the Shelves was from October 12th, so here are all the books I've added to my bookshelves since then.

This is . . . yet another big haul, but it wasn't an expensive one.  Out of everything, I spent about six dollars, and two of that was on a book I forgot to post in the last STS post. 

The ebook I forgot to mention last time

Bought since last STS
 

Free ebooks


Birthday Load
I went to the bookstore on Saturday, and I got some pretty awesome books. 


I finally got a Gayle Forman book. I've been saying to other bloggers that I haven't read any of her books, but that I really, really needed to. And I finally did it! I started it on Saturday and stayed up all night until I reached the end. 

The rest of the books I got were hardcovers. 



Giveaways

I've actually read the four in the middle, but I read the first three from the library and the fourth one on my kindle. Now I finally have the books, and can continue the series!

Swag and book from the Debut Authors Bash hosted by YA Reads


Thank you to all of you that sent me prizes!

For Review

Netgalley
I'm now a member of Netgalley! It was a birthday present to myself, and here are the first books I'll be reading from there:

From the "Read Now" section: 

Thank you to Random House Children's!

Thank you to Amazon Children's Publishing!


For Tour


Not a book, but some book swag
Thank you Hafsah!

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Remember to enter to win Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf from me! 
Go here to enter. The giveaway is ending in a few days. 
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That's what I got in the last two weeks! What about you? 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Guest Post ~ Harry Potter Studio Tour


This is a little late being published, but here is a really cool guest post from Amber, the blogger behind The Mile Long Bookshelf! I have a feeling a lot of you will like this post. :)

Enjoy!

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First of all, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Kaitlin for asking me to guest post on her blog! My birthday is in 3 days (I'll be 15) and it's nearly Halloween, so I thought I would mix up the two and tell you all about my trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London last year! It was the best day of my life!

The entrance to the studio!
In the lobby.
The Warner Bros logo!
Grabbing some food in the canteen before queuing up for the tour...
Our tickets!
Standing outside of Honeydukes.
Because it was my birthday, I GOT TO OPEN THE DOORS TO THE GREAT HALL! BUT NONE OF THE PEOPLE I WAS WITH GOT A PHOTO OF ME DOING IT! I AM STILL UPSET ABOUT THAT PART.
Snape, Snape, Severus Snape...
Ron's famously bad dress robes.
Alan Rickman's wig.
Ron Weasley's bed.
The invisibility cloak!
Being killed by Deatheaters!

My best friend and I stood in Dumbledore's office.
Sat in the Ministry of Magic.
Gringott's.
THE WEASLEY'S SHOP OMGOMGOMG.
The model of Hogwarts. This is what they used when they showed the whole of Hogwarts in a shot.
Stood outside Hogwarts!
Ollivanders'. All of these have wands inside and they're each individually labelled and packaged.
Signed by the cast!
Me on the Knight Bus.
Outside Harry's parent's cottage. :'( SO MANY FEELS.
The Knight Bus.
We weren't meant to go on the grass but we did anyway...
On the Hogwart's bridge in the exact same spot as Hermione and Harry in one of the shots in the Goblet of Fire.
In the Weasley's flying car!
On my broom!

Have any of you been to the studios? Thanks again Kaitlin for letting me post on your blog!