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The Heist by Janet Evanovich


The Heist (O'Hare and Fox, #1)The Heist by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning: Book not for people younger than like 16!

I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not a huge huge fan of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels and at first I thought this would be the same as that, but it wasn’t. This books is a mash up of the best of USA network’s shows. It has a little bit of White Collar, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and even Burn Notice. (Sorry I watch a lot of television). My only problem with this book is the fact that it is an adult book. Don’t get me wrong, I can handle a little smut every now and again but it’s not my most favorite of things to read about. I still live in the Teen and Kids fantasy section of the bookstore most of the time.

The main premise of this book is mostly the same as the premise for White Collar with a few twists. Nick Fox is a con-man who is being perpetually chased by this one FBI agent named Kate O’Hare, kind of like the Peter and Neal relationship, but she finally catches him in the most amazing way possible (read to find out). The only problem is that this captivity doesn’t last and to Kate’s surprise, was never meant to. Nick “escapes” and continues to be hunted by the FBI but Kate isn’t on the case. However, this being her life’s work and all, Kate can’t let it go and she finds herself on an assignment she could never have dreamed was possible. The FBI decides to secretly use Nick and Kate to do all of the things the FBI can’t to catch the bad guy. So the fed. and the criminal team up to pull off what turns out to be the most elaborate con yet.

They’re after someone who’s gotten away with over half a billion dollars of embezzled money with a feeble crew and an insane plan. There’s parachuting, explosions, fake drug cartels, and Toblerones. Everything you could ever want from Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice with quirky and sexy main characters reminiscent of Neal Caffery (Matt Bomer) and Mary Shannon (Mary McCormick), mashed up with Nikola Tesla (Sanctuary) and Helen Magnus (Sanctuary).

I guarantee that you will fall in love with them faster than you fall in love with cute cat videos on the internet.

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Kobo Mini


I am not being paid to say this! (I’m not being paid to say anything on this blog. Would it be nice? Yes, but it’s not happening).

So I’ve had the free Kobo app for a very long time. I got it because Borders was advertising it and was selling their eReaders for some time (before it closed of course). Well, after Borders went away I still had the Kobo app, but no real way to get a eReader to read the books on other than my laptop. 1.) eReaders in general were way too expensive 2.) I still preferred physical books. 3.) I didn’t have anywhere to buy the Kobo and I wasn’t getting a Kindle or a Nook because their books are way too expensive and their eReaders were even more expensive. But then just this past year the Kobo Mini came out and I swear it was love at first sight.

The Kobo Mini was nice because it was a touch screen, it was small (only a little bit bigger than an iPod Touch), and it had an anti-glare/anti-fingerprint screen. The best part about it however, is that it costed less than my cell phone did at the time. This eReader has web browsing capabilities, games, books (obviously), and other awesome features. Now you’re probably wondering why (since I got it five months ago) I am writing this now. Well, I have been receiving multiple requests for reviews and most of them are eBooks, and most of them are Kindle eBooks.

I always knew that the Kobo could handle ePub books and PDF files and .docx files, along with multiple picture files. But what I didn’t know until yesterday was that it also holds Mobi files. Apparently, this is the type of file that the Kindle apps use, or at least are capable of using them. That means that I can now carry Kindle books on my Kobo Mini. that is EXTREMELY convenient and amazing so I thought I’d share. Plus this thing is amazing and I love it and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an eReader but doesn’t want to pay a ton of money and carry something tablet sized around. (I mean come on if I wanted a tablet sized thing I’d buy a tablet, it’d probably cost less and do more).

The website for the free desktop app and other information on this product is: Kobo

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Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper


Amulet, Vol. 1: The StonekeeperAmulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by my sister, and I thought it looked good based on the inside cover. But upon reading it, I got really bored halfway through. I don’t really know why, it just wasn’t all that interesting plot wise.

It’s basically about this family where the dad dies and they move to the country to get away from the high prices in the city and just “get more in touch with nature” (not a direct quote). When they start searching around the house they are living in now, the Em finds an amulet in her Great Grandfather’s old study (it’s his house by the way), and this amulet has strange and mysterious powers. You also see that there’s someone else in the house besides the family, someone dark and mischievous. That night there’s a noise in the basement and the mom goes to investigate, and gets taken by this creepy crawly into an amazing world that runs on the power of the amulet. The rest of the plot talks about Em finding her power and her mother with her brother Navin.

For the most part that sounds interesting right? Well, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and to be honest I was a little disappointed.

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Pretty Little Liars


Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the first of the series Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. It follows the lives of 4 teenage girls who have a lot of secrets to hide, but one thing links them together. Alison DiLaurentis. She was the girl to be before she disappeared at the end of their 7th grade year. The girl that kept the four of them together, but also the one that each told their secrets that they didn’t want the others to know.

Aria: In love with her English now had even bigger secret to keep. But this one involved her dad. Emily: Could she have been in love with Alison way back when? Who is she in love with now? Spencer: Always stealing things from her sister, but did she take things too far? Hanna: How did she really get that skinny? There was only one person who knew; or so they thought. Could A be Alison come to haunt them? Or is it someone new?

This book was good, not exactly like the tv show, but that’s to be expected. I’m not quite sure if it’s better than the tv show though. There were some places where I didn’t like certain phrasing that Shepard used, places that stood out as bad. Normally that wouldn’t bother me in a fantastic book, but here it did. As far as plot goes however it was just as good as the show and it kept me turning the pages which awarded it the 4 stars. I read this in a very small amount of time for someone who has college to contend with, and I desperately want to read more. I don’t normally like realistic fiction type books, but these have become my new guilty pleasure of sorts. Definitely recommended if you want a guilty pleasure.

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Count Down to NaNo


There are 5 hours until NaNoWriMo 2012 and I’m stuck doing physics homework. But that’s okay. I know I say this every time I do it, but I love NaNoWriMo. It’s totally awesome and insanely fun! If you don’t believe me you should try it! This is run by a non-profit organization, which runs solely on donations. So each year they ask for people to fundraise so that they can fund all of their other programs and programs for children. This year, for sponsorships they have a website where you can sign up for a funding page and have people donate to the organization.

I have a funding page, where you can sponsor me, and hopefully keep me going until I finish the 50k. Amy’s NaNo Funds The link there is to my funding page. I’ll also put a widget underneath this post so that you can donate there. The donations are tax-deductable, and can be made at my page, the NaNoWriMo site, or at the OLL Store where you can buy merchandise and still donate.

 

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Wicked Business


Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel, #2)Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book follows Diesel and Lizzy on their hunt for the second SALIGIA stone. This stone is the Luxuria stone and it is rumored to give people unrestrained lust when they are in possession of it. The basic characters are back for the crazy adventure, Diesel, Lizzy, Glo, Clara, Wulf, and Hatchet. It follows the same basic plot, Diesel is trying to get to the stone and the tablet before Wulf does, but this one has a few extra twists and turns. From Diesel and Lizzy’s love interests heating up, to a new mean and nasty that comes and tries to foil all of their plans, to explosions and some temporarily lost powers. But I won’t say much more because you should read it for yourself. What I will say is this:

This wasn’t as good as the first one, for some reason it didn’t seem as funny and entertaining. It has much more geographical stuff, like streets and mountains and scenery. One thing I did like was the fact that we got to see more of Glo because she’s awesome and she reminds me of Kenzi from Lost Girl.
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Who is really very funny and awesome. I also liked that this search was more intellectual, you actually needed to think in order to find the clues and it was fun to have all of the different quotes. Then there was the Hatchet torture which wasn’t really torture but it was funny. Oh Glo, you need to learn how to use that book just a little bit better. One of my favorite quotes from this book was

Perhaps we should have relations sir so that I can get your powers and take over

That is probably misquoted but I read the book like 4 days ago.

So you should go read the book! Because there’s more awesome stuff in the book than what I just said.

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Book Blogging


Okay so I recently put my blog on a list of book bloggers, and honestly it’s pretty cool. So for the next few posts it’s going to be mostly book reviews. Right now I’m reading the first book that someone requested I write a review of, and so far I must say it’s really interesting. It’s called Blood Skies by Steven Montano. It sounds like something straight out of a Stargate show.  It is set up very interestingly so far. Granted, I’m still in the prologue but as of right now it’s following a disembodied entity that is observing an almost futuristic city. With the disembodied entity is another one, a female, and so far that’s it.

There was one quote though that I really liked, and will probably be in the full review later with this long description as to how it reminded me of Stargate and lots of nerdy stuff. Anyway, the book is really good so far. More of a review to come.

The Quote

“Her form corrodes, reforms, comes together once more in a shimmering rain that trails him like a spectral wake.”

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Gregor the Overlander


Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so much better than The Hunger Games, it kind of makes me wonder what happened with The Hunger Games. It’s the same author, but the writing styles are so different! So is the plot line.

It follows the adventure of Gregor and his little sister Boots, two kids who live in New York City. From the start of the story you learn that Gregor’s father is missing, and it seems that he just up and left. But Gregor soon discovers that that is not the case when his sister crawls through a rather large air vent in their laundry room. This air vent leads them to a place far underneath the City that seems almost like Hollow Earth from the Sanctuary tv series. It is a vast underground place made completely of stone.

It here that Gregor finds a city full of people, but they don’t quite look the same as us. They are called the Underlanders, as opposed to Overlanders which is what Gregor is. They introduce Gregor to a prophecy that holds the key to what happened to his father. But I won’t go into that because you’ll have to find that out for yourselves.

I personally liked this a lot. It made me laugh, and cry and a whole bunch of other things.

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Rampant by Diana Peterfreund


Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this book! It is so funny and awesome!

Okay this book is about a girl named Astrid who gets sent on this crazy quest by her mother to learn how to kill Unicorns. Okay I know what’s going through your head, “Unicorns? But they’re so pretty and graceful.” Right? Well you’re wrong, these unicorns are not the ones you grew up learning about. They’re deadly and venimous, they also have an attraction to the Hunters. Which causes problems for Astrid because she’s one of them. Through the training to and the actual killing of the unicorns Astrid has decided that she hates her mother and everything that this destiny involves.

But things aren’t so bad not when you have a HOT Italian-American who is in Italy for a language immersian program, and wants nothing more than to spend all of his time with you. This adorable guy’s name is Giovanni in this book and he is crazy adorable. I must say that I want one! Other than that, if you’re looking for a suspicious character, adventure and endless amounts of hilarious sarcasm you should totally read this book.

Oh but beware, if you read in the woods you might want to take care because unicorns, they’re everywhere.

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I didn’t post this when I read it and I don’t really know why…. So here it is.

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Nerdfighters, Kelly Clarkson, and other stuff


Alright so I have not been very active in anything, whether it be this blog, the roleplay sites that I’m on, and tumblr. Well that is because I have been watching Vlogbrothers videos like a lot of them because there are 977 and I don’t even know how many of those I’ve watched… I think it’s at least a hundred or more. So that is what I’ve been doing and is what I will continue to do until I have watched them all. (I will post links to every single thing I talk about in the bottom of this post). Now the thing called Nerdfighters is basically a huge community of their fans which can be found in multiple ways. There’s youtube, the ning, and a whole bunch of other cool things. I absolutely love them and you should go watch videos because they are fun, granted watching all of them might be a little crazy so don’t do that unless you don’t like sleep or have an insane amount of time.

Alright so that is only one thing that I’ve been doing for the majority of the week is earning Kellebrities points. They are part of Kelly Clarkson’s new rewards system that will give you cool prizes and stuff. Which is awesome because I’m a HUGE fan and cannot afford awesome stuff after already buying all of her cds (which are also in the prizes). From this, I got the most amazing google chrome skin ever! Unless of course someone has one that features any of the things that are in the picture above my homepage.

As before I mentioned that I have other things to be doing, like roleplaying and tumbling (I don’t know if that’s a real word or not but I’m making it one so it is). All of the sites that I roleplay with are on the sidebar in little picture link things (the sites call them affs.). My tumblr is crazy so I wouldn’t really recommend looking at it unless you want to be drawn into my insanity. But if you do there’s a link in the links section of this post.

I also have books that I’m reading, and books I am writing with Camp NaNoWriMo, and grad. parties because I just graduated high school, and college stuff to do, and movies that I’ve seen, and other stuff like that. So yeah I’ve been busy, also there are charities that I’ve been trying to raise money for (unsuccessfully might I add).

That’s what I’ve been doing, and this post is very uninteresting and a huge block of text but I don’t really care because if you love me you’ll read it anyway. The aforementioned links are just below this sentence in a list, and have a wonderful rest of your day and hopefully you’ll see more posts if you care.

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Also, since I have shoved so many different teasers about stuff I’m writing, if you want like a chapter posted as a post, I will consider it just comment on this and tell me that you would like to read something and then I’ll make a poll and put it in a post and you can vote on which you would like to read. But for now: comments make for a happy blogger so comment!

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