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Author Interview: Kendare Blake — September 30, 2017

Author Interview: Kendare Blake

I have interviewed the lovely Kendare Blake. She was an awesome person and I have been lucky to talk to her. Now for the interview.Design O

  1. Which is your favorite queen? Why?: I don’t have a favorite queen!!!!!! I thought I would, but when I started writing them and getting to know them, I found I loved them all.
  2. What was the least favorite part of writing Three Dark Crowns or One Dark Throne?: Middles, probably.  Or the start of a rewrite. It can be a little overwhelming to think about all the work that lies ahead. 
  3. Who are your books for?: Anyone, I suppose. Readers of fantasy, sure, but you never know what you are going to latch on to.
  4. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?: Write! Don’t over think things and get stuck. When you’re just starting out, writer for love of writing. Tell your story only to yourself and love every minute of it. Make it fun.
  5. What is your go to book when you’re feeling down?: I don’t actually have one. I don’t have much time for rereading at the moment, because I’m to busy reading new books for the first time.
  6. I noticed that your sphinx cat was called Armpit McGee. Did you name it after the character in HOLES? Why?:  Nope. I have never read HOLES.  My husband named him Armpit McGee, and though he has read HOLES and loved it, he named him that because he has no fur and sometimes gets a bit sweaty…like an armpit.
  7. If you were a naturalist, what would your familiar be?: I’d probably end up with something lazy that eats all the time. Like a beaver. A mean beaver who never wanted to build me a dam. But I would want to be friends with Jules, so that I could pet Camden the cougar.
  8. Where is your favorite place to write(in your house or out of it)?: I only really write in my office at home. Sometimes, a bunch of us who live nearish to each other will get together at a cafe and write and chat a bit and have lunch, but that doesn’t happen very often.
  9. When is The Young Queens coming out? I am dying to read it: I am so glad! I really hope you like it. It tells the story of the queens when they were born, and as they grew up, and it comes out as an eBook on December 26. Not sure when it will come out as a paperback yet.
  10. If you could go to one place in the world what would it be?: I’m lucky enough to travel a lot. I think my next big trip might be Scotland. I’ve never been there and out looks gorgeous. Plus, I used to live in London, and I could pop in there for a few days on the way.Design O
Kendare Blake

122276Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find on the links on her website. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages on food when she’s hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but she doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might just be an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning languages. She enjoy’s the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Link later, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller. 

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman son  Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphinx son Armpit McGee. Design O

Thank you for the interview Kendare Blake!!! I feel touched that you responded to my email. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Fun Friday: Travel Wrap Up — September 29, 2017

Fun Friday: Travel Wrap Up

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This week’s Fun Friday is about my travel wrap up. I am super excited to do this. On Monday we went to the Shell Museum. It was awesome! We got to listen to a presentation on mollusks. On Tuesday we just relaxed. On Wednesday we relaxed again and went out to dinner in the Bubble Room. On Thursday we went on a nature tram and saw lots of birds and gators. Today we took a nature cruise and went to Cabbage Key and ate at the restaurant that doesn’t have a name but someone wrote a song about it called Cheeseburger and Paradise. Well, that is our week in a nutshell. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

 

The Girl With No Name, by Diney Costeloe — September 28, 2017

The Girl With No Name, by Diney Costeloe

downloadLisa Becker is a thirteen year old Jewish child from Nazi Germany. She has gotten on a train to escape from it. Naiomi and Dan are people that care about the Jews in Germany. They want to adopt a child to help it get a better life. Naiomi, Dan, and Lisa are joined together whether they like it or not. Lisa is getting used to life in England when a bomb hits near her and she gets knocked unconscious. When Lisa wakes up she cannot remember anything. What will happen to Lisa, Naiomi, and Dan without each other? 

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This book was OK. I didn’t make any deep and heartfelt connections with the characters but I did have some opinions about other things. I will talk about them later. I might read this book again to better understand it. If anyone has ever read this book please tell me what you thought about it. 

The characters were odd. I understood what they were going that but I didn’t feel that deep for any of them. It was confusing. There were so many characters and some of them were too much like each other so I often got some characters mixed up. Or I just forgot about them. I know that sounds cold but I did try. Some characters in this book brought some inappropriate elements into this book. To me it bumped the book from YA to NA. I felt horrified when I read some parts of this book because it was not appropriate for kids. I rate YA books because I am not an adult. I am not going to tell you my age but I am not an adult and I should not be reading NA books. 

The plot was shocking. I thought that I would be reading an empowering war story about a girl who survived. I didn’t expect what I got. There were multiple POV and it was terrible. I didn’t know what was going on half the time. I am going to stop now because if I keep posting I will just post anger and rant. 

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I didn’t like this book. If you have read it please tell me what you thought of it. Please fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Tomorrow I will be doing Fun Friday. Tune in if you want to hear about my VK. Remember to follow so that you never miss a post. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: download (17)

 

Warcross, by Marie Lu — September 27, 2017

Warcross, by Marie Lu

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Author: Marie Lu

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Date Published: September 12, 2017

Everyone plays Warcross. Everyone. Hideo Taneka is the thirteen year old genius who invented Warcross. Warcross is the ultimate virtual reality game. You can do anything with Warcross. Emika is an eighteen year old bounty hunter. While trying to steal a power-up to sell in the black market Emika glitches into the game. The next day she gets a call from Heneka Games. What will happen to Emika?

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I loved this book!!!!!! It was awesome!!!! It is a must read. And it is such a great mystery. I just want to keep reading this book for all time.  I love it. I am shocked that this book has not gotten some award. Because it deserves it. I want the sequel for this book to come out now. Listen to my thoughts and tell if you thought the same.

The characters are amazing. I loved them. All of the relationships were really connected and I loved them. I especially liked Hideo. He made me want to learn to code so that I could be like him. I am impressed that in this book he invented a really good product at age thirteen. I totally shipped Hideo and Emika. They should have stayed together in the end. I needed them together. Their secret relationship made me so happy. Some parts of their relationship made me warm and fuzzy inside. I was sort of wishing that Asher and Hammie would actually get together but they didn’t. But Hideo and Emika took over all of that.

The plot was amazing!!!! I loved it!!!! The plot was pretty good. I think that the beginning was like Ready Player One but then it branched off with all that happened. If you want to know read the book. I love the idea of Warcross. It is really cool to have a virtual reality book like this. I think that I would have liked more about Warcross, the game. And I would have liked to hear more about those virtual pets. I need a virtual pet now. I will just have to wait until someone figures out how to make them. It should only take about a decade or so. I loved the plot twist at the end of the book. It was so shocking!!!! If you have not read this book, read it. Read it now. Put it at the top of your TBR. You need to read it. It is amazing!!!!! I am serious. Please read it.

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I loved this book. I hope you do too. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Remember to follow so that you never miss a post. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake — September 26, 2017

One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake

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Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Harper Teen

Date Published: September 19, 2017

Many things have changed since the Beltar festival. Katherine has grown stronger. Arisone is also growing stronger, while trying to keep her powers secret. And Mirabella is growing scared, there are attacks on her friends and she needs to stay strong. No one in Ferrinburn was excepting what these queens will do. But the question is: Who will survive?

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I loved the book. It was amazing. I loved everything. It made me so happy. Wait. Happy is the wrong word. I was entranced by the book. Everything was amazing. All the characters were amazing. As was the plot. And Barrock. And the familiars. The familiars were amazing. I love this book. But screw this paragraph. Lets get on with this review. 

The characters were amazing!!!!!! All of them are great. I especially love Barrock. That low magic bear made me really happy. I also loved Jules. The plot twist about her was so shocking. Really shocking. I also loved Mirabella. She went from being my least favorite queen to my favorite queen. Katherine became my least favorite queen. She turned way darker. I didn’t like that transformation. Arisone stayed the same so she stayed the princess in the middle. I also really enjoyed the side characters. Natailia seemed like she cared about Katherine even when she turned dark.  I liked hearing about the queens’ caretaker when they were little. I enjoyed hearing about that. I wanted more. I am very greedy for the queens’ backstories. I want to hear about the young queens now. I am lucky that the book comes out in November. I loved the characters. But the story wouldn’t be great without the plot.

The plot was astounding. I was shocked. I need a sequel. Right. Now. This instant. The ending was like a cliffhanger. I am confused now. I want a sequel but I also want to create the ending in my mind like I can do with Wonder. I really enjoyed the plot. It was amazing. The plot was suspenseful and twisting. It had me sit on the edge of my seat hoping that it would turn out ok. Before you read this book make sure that you have an empty schedule, people. You will not be able to put this book down. 

Will there be a sequel to this book? Will there? Will there? I don’t know. If you do know please tell me. I need to know. Need. To. Know. If there is please tell me so that I can put it on my TBR. This instant. Tell. Me. I am sorry. I just loved this book and I want a sequel. The ends of this book ended in a cliffhanger.

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I really enjoyed this book. Please tell me if you know if there is a sequel. And please fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Tackle Your TBR Readathon Wrap Up — September 25, 2017
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake —

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake

download (20)_1In Fennbuirn the queen must have triplets. The triplets have magical gifts. The triplets have to fight to the death to become the next queen. Katherine is the poisoner, she can eat poison all day and not get sick. Arisone is the naturalist, she can do everything with nature.  Miarabella is the elemental. She can control the elements. These three queens are going to fight to the death soon. Which one will survive?

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I loved this book. It may be my favorite book of all time. I loved it all!!! The love for this book is amazing!!! I have the second book and I cannot wait to read it. Correction. I have already finished the first chapter. I had to start the second book right now because the first book ended in a cliffhanger. But enough of that let me talk about how much I loved that book.

The characters were amazing!!! All of them had backstories and were shown well. The characters were descriptive. And it was amazing!!!!!! It made me so happy!!!!! I enjoyed the side characters and I felt really connected. Everyone was connected to the story. That made me feel really happy and I understood why everyone loved the story. I loved the familiars. They made me feel jealous and I wanted a familiar. I loved them. I needed one. I still need one. I wish I had a familiar. But all the characters were very good. I hope Katherine wins. She will be a good queen. But, I also hope that the others will win too. How can I possibly choose? 

The plot was great!!!! I am very happy that a friend gave me this book and told me to read it. I enjoyed the book. The whole book was character and plot driven equally. You don’t see that very much. I was very happy with the whole book. I think that more people need to read this book. Correction. Everyone needs to read this book. Everyone. If you have not read this book I command you to. You must read the book. I am probably going to interview the author after this. Then there will be a blog post about that too. Well, you must read this book. I command you to. Read. The. Book. Please.

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I loved this book. You need to read it. This is my last book for the readathon!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz — September 24, 2017

Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz

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Author: Alan Gratz

Publisher: Scholastic

Date Published: March 1, 2013

There were 10 concentration camps. Millions of Jews went to these camps. Millions. Yanek is one of those Jewish people. He is ten years old at the start of the war. He is almost twenty by the end. Yanek goes through many camps. He makes friends and enemies. You must be strong to survive the camps. Can Yanek be strong?

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I basically had really mixed feelings about this book. I got really confused during this book. I was confused after the first twenty five pages. The story line was really cool. If this book had been written well I think that I would have enjoyed it. But, it was confusing and that killed my soul.

The characters confused me. Yanek was almost dying and then the next page over he was suddenly really strong. I don’t know how he got really strong. But he did. I wish the author put more dialogue in the book. And I wish she thought more about how the characters were devolping. Yanek annoyed me to the bottom of my soul. First, he was all helpful and then he was cold and distant. I wish the author had put more time into this book.

The plot could have been great. But it was not that good. I didn’t enjoy it. I really think that this book could have been great. Maybe the book was better then I thought and my high hopes fell flat, making me dislike the book more then I should. But really, this book was not that good. I don’t know how people read this but they do. I was hoping for a book about what it was like to be in a concentration camp. It seemed like the author didn’t tell you anything about it.

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Remember to check in later to read my travel update. And also remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: download (18)

 

 

Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard; Book Review and Travel Update — September 23, 2017

Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard; Book Review and Travel Update

Okay so this is going to be a pretty short book review because I need to do my travel update. Well, first of all I hated this book. It was horrible. It made me so angry. This book is trash. The beginning was actually pretty good but then the book turned horrible. I wonder how this book ever got to be so popular. The ending totally confused me. Like, Mare was one way but then something happened and it really confused me. I am going to stop this now because all I will say is how horrible this is.

Book Rating: No Stars

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TRAVEL UPDATE

We woke up at 4:00 am to drive to the airport. Everyone except my mom, who was driving, went to sleep at least once in the car. When we got to the airport, at 6:30 we checked in, got our spots, and went to get our Dunkin Donuts. Because that was the only thing in the airport. Otherwise we would have gotten something else. Our flight was called at 8:00 and we went, listened to the safety rules, and took off. We were on the plane for about two and a half hours. We landed at 10:30 and since we could only check into our house after 3:00 pm we had time to kill. We went for lunch at Marco’s Diner. Their fish and chips were horrible. Then we drove around for a while to Sanabel Island and around Captiva. I enjoyed sightseeing quite a lot. Then we went grocery shopping until 2:45. Then we drove to the house. It is a very beautiful house. At about 4:15 my grandparents came. I am traveling with my sisters, parents, and grandparents.

In case you were wondering I will probably be doing shorter posts because of my awesome vacation. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Fun Friday —

Fun Friday

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Fun Friday is a weekly meme that I do. All you have to do is write about something fun on Friday. Pretty easy right? Well, this Fun Friday topic is: 

My Vacation to Captiva!!!!!!

I will be going on a vacation to an island for one week!!!!! Excitement!!!!! I cannot wait for this to begin. I will be turning my blog into a travel blog where I will post a daily update on this blog. Along with book reviews of course. I know that this is a very short post but I have to pack. Feel free to do this tag!!!! Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons