Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (10) October 30th, 2011

Time for another In My Mailbox, a weekly meme where bloggers display the books that they have bought, borrowed, or received for review. As always it's hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.

This is the first IMM I've done in awhile, so I'll be talking about all the books that I've gotten since I did my last one.

The books I've gotten in the past two weeks are:

1. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
2. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
3. The Devouring by Simon Holt
4. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
5. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
                                                                                    6. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
                                                                                    7. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak                                                          




That's it for me! What did you get in your mailbox? Just post a comment letting me know or a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to check it out.

--Alexis
Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon Wrap-up!

This was one of the funnest things I've done since starting my blog back in June. It also provided me a must-needed excuse to forget about the world for awhile and just get back to what I like to do most: read, read, read.

In this post, I just wanted to share the books that I've been reading!

Finished:
1. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
2. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
3. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Started:
1. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols







Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon Challenge: Zombie Apocalypse

Time for a Read-A-Thon challenge! This one comes from April @ My Shelf Confessions: "In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse you are forced to take shelter with family and/or friends for a period of no less than 5 years. You have time to pack some supplies and some extra things to keep yourself entertained. However, since there will be many people sharing the same space, space will be limited and you are told you are only allowed to bring up to 5 books.What books would you pack to sustain you?"


If I could only bring 5 books that would have to sustain me for 5 years, I would bring:


1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
                                                                  4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (I know, I know)
                                                                  5. One of the Stephen King short story collections 
                                                                   What would you bring?
                                                  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon Update, Saturday October 22nd

I'm so happy to be participating in the Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon! (Hosted by Kindle Fever.) This is my first Read-A-Thon and I'm happy to say it's been very successful for me so far. :) I just wanted to do a sort of mid Read-A-Thon update before my wrap-up post tomorrow night.

So far I've finished:

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

And I'm almost done with:

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Are you participating? If so, what have you read? Have you done any of the challenges?
Monday, October 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (9) October 16th, 2011


It's time for another In My Mailbox, a weekly meme where bloggers talk about the books that they've bought, borrowed, or received in the past week. As always, it's hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. (She rocks by the way!)

For me, this week wasn't very that great. I got two books in the mail, which is amazing, but I was expecting a package with four books to arrive and it didn't. Next week will definitely be bigger because I'm expecting a package from Amazon. :) I was very excited to get the books that I did receive this week: An ARC Copy of Bitter End by Jenifer Brown, and a hardcover of Every You, Every Me by David Levithan.





Bitter End was actually an RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) that I was really excited to get. I'll be doing an RAK roundup post at the end of the month talking about RAK and what happened to me this month relating to it. (What and Who and all that jazz.)

So that is it for me this week. What did you get in your mailbox? Leave a comment letting me know or a link to your IMM and I'll be sure to check it out. :)

Happy Reading!

--Alexis
Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Pulse Experience: A Guest Post from Jeff Horton

I want to apologize in advance about the tardiness relating to this post. (I should have posted it last night or early this morning. I'm in the process of moving and my computer could not be set up and ready to use until now.)


THE PULSE EXPERIENCE -October 9-22, 2011.
An October Book Blog Tour for THE DARK AGE, arranged by The Experience Tours!


October
9   http://www.beautybrite.com/      http://www.beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/
10 http://www.lettersinsideout.net/

11 http://coreenamcburnie.blogspot.com/

12 http://www.madmoosemama.blogspot.com/

13 http://www.thefairytalenerd.com/

14 http://ellsey.blogspot.com/

15 http://afterthebook.blogspot.com/

16 http://yabooksbeyondthecover.blogspot.com/

17 http://darkfrannysthoughts.blogspot.com/?zx=cd8439c4581e055e

18 http://www.books-ahoy.blogspot.com/

19 http://www.book-spark.blogspot.com/

20 http://imabookshark.blogspot.com/

21 http://supagurlbooks.blogspot.com/

22 http://www.reviewsbymolly.com/
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting blend of science fiction and fantasy, recommended reading, September 10, 2011 By 
This review is from: The Dark Age: Survivors of the Pulse (Volume 2) (Paperback)
"As the world falls to pieces, evil will flourish and only the bold will dare stand in its way. "The Dark Age: Survivors of the Pulse" is set on a post apocalyptic Earth. Ferrell Young of the Warrior Clan takes up a duty for the church to recover an important book. He races against Barbaric warlord Kraken, who is looking to end any power to oppose him as lord of the world. "The Dark Age" is a riveting blend of science fiction and fantasy, recommended reading."


 
Guest Post
Please permit me to begin by saying thank-you for allowing me to be a guest author on YA Books: Beyond the Cover, and for giving me an opportunity to discuss my novel, THE DARK AGE!
During the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century, apocalyptic stories became increasingly popular, particularly at the box office. Movies like Armageddon, Deep Impact, and 2012, just to name a few, have captured and held our imagination.
Have you watched, as I have, the many post-apocalyptic movies that have come out of Hollywood over the past several decades? During the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century, apocalyptic stories became increasingly popular, particularly at the box office. Movies like Mad Max, The Day After, Independence Day, Armageddon, Deep Impact, and 2012, just to name a few, have captured and held our imagination. I know that I've always been fascinated by apocalyptic thrillers, and I suppose many other people have as well. Apocalyptic stories in which the world is threatened and the unlikely hero finds himself in the right place at the right time to make a difference, and post-apocalyptic thrillers in which the protagonist is in a position to change the world for the better, have always inspired me, and helped me to realize how so very small many of my everyday concerns in life really are.

There have been a number of programs on television over the last few years, which examine possible outcomes should a specific global, catastrophic event occur, and how humanity might recover. There have also been experiments where people attempt to live as prehistoric man did, without the benefit of modern conveniences. While it certainly would be difficult to thrive or even survive under such conditions, one of the experiments I saw offered hope that humanity would be able to survive. 

I didn't necessarily set out to write a post-apocalyptic thriller when I started writing
The Dark Age, but it soon turned into one. As I did research for my first novel, The Great Collapse, and my second novel, The Dark Age, I was astonished to learn how vulnerable our national infrastructure and our civilization itself are to powerful electromagnetic pulses and solar flares. In 2008 a report requested by Congress and was completed by the EMP Commission. It confirmed that the threat of a single nuclear warhead detonated high in the atmosphere somewhere around Kansas was real, and that it could potentially take out the United States' national power grid.

In The Great Collapse, it is an EMP attack and a solar flare knock out power worldwide, causing civilization to collapse within months. Unlike an EMP generated by a nuclear detonation, however, the EMP attack and the solar flare renders it impossible for anyone anywhere on the planet to rebuild the technology so vital to our society. With most of humanity no longer possessing the know-how to safely live off of the land, it is a struggle just to survive.  Now fast forward five-hundred years and you'll find yourself in The Dark Age, which is set in a world where humanity survives by the sword, the bow, and the arrow, while secretly hoping that a legend about the Great Oracle is true and that civilization will one day return to the Earth. The Dark Age is a story about self-discovery, perseverance, and self-sacrifice, all in an effort to save the world from a fate worse than death.

Hopefully, you will find as I did that The Dark Age paints a stark, yet intriguing and hopeful vision of the future, where heroes must work together in order to offer mankind a brighter tomorrow.

Find Jeff Horton on the internet:


Website at
http://www.hortonlibrary.com.
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton,
Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/Jeff_Horton

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton!

Buy his books at amazon.com:

The Dark Age (Survivors of the Pulse)


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