Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Tour Number 2; Book review 22

I was able to be part of a book tour for Xpresso Reads, for the book 'Queen and Commander' (Book 1 in the Hive Queen Saga) I was also trying to read Book 2, but have not finished it yet (My apologies!) So by tomorrow morning that review will be up. Anyway, I really loved this book, It was an easy read and it totally rocked! It is a different idea that I had not heard of before, and I loved it through and through!Just a warning there is some language, and in-case you are weary there is talk of religion, but I still loved it, And I would recommend this book to any I met (and most likely will). I was up until 2 a.m finishing it (since I was so busy before). And wanted to go right into the next one, but knew I needed some sleep so that I could think straight to put up this review. Okay, It is super short (under 200 pages) and went so quick that when I got to the last page I needed more right then! You should definitely read it. A giveaway is being hosted (look to the right of this post>). Here is some info about books one and two...

Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #1)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

**WINNER 2013 IPPY AWARD -- Silver Medal for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book**

On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again... and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.

Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here.

<Author on the left; Book 1 cover on right>

Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #2)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Queen Rhiannon and her Hive have found safety on John Wayne Station, but with no way to pay their docking fees or Victor’s medical bills, their debts are racking up quickly. Thankfully, Gavin gets a job with American Space Ranger M3L-15-A, who’s hot on the trail of dangerous criminals.

The teens move in with their Ranger benefactor, but when they revisit their ship to pick up personal belongings, they realize their Alcubierre tensor jet has been stolen!

If Rhiannon and her Hivemates ever hope to leave, they must find and steal back what’s theirs. But far from home and among strangers, who can they trust? Will they be stuck on John Wayne for the rest of their lives?

Purchase book 2:

Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She’s attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE. (“Oxford educated, but Californian at heart.”) She’s also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband (and a cat) and sings with a Celtic band.

Author Links:

Okay, giveaway details:
Open internationally
--3 x Signed copies of both books in the Hive Queen Saga
--1x ebook copies of both books in the Hive Queen Saga + an unrelated novella

So, Check out the book, and the giveaway. This was supposed to be up at 9 a.m (I'm a little late, sorry!) Anyway, just to make it clear, I love, love, loved this book, and will probably read it again.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Movie review 15: The Fault In Our Stars!

Really, really amazing. I went to the, The Night Before Our Stars Movie premiere (you know, the event where there were live performances and interview)... Anyway, Ansel, Shailene, and Nat were all amazing! Shailene is awesome in every acting role she has been in, Divergent and TFIOS being my personal favs. I haven't finished the book yet(this weekend), but I loved the movie , I didn't cry this time but next I'm sure I will. My feels were going through a lot on the inside though! The actors did an amazing job of portraying the characters, and the director, producer, and John Green (author), did am amazing job (I think at least) of bringing the book to life. There is a little language in it, as in most movies now, and there is also, a extremely short for lack of a better term, "sex scene," don't worry mom and dad, it doesnt show anything. I cannot wait to see if the cast and crew all work together on another movie. I will totally see it if they do! Everyone seemed to have this, connection, you know what I mean right? Like they all just clicked and get along, like a big family. Anyway, not for younger kids, but this movie is very touching, and I do recommend it. Also look for the book, if you have not read it, and look for the book titled The Star Won't Go Out (or a title similar, can't think of it right now), about the girl who inspired John's story. Anyway, thanks for reading this and I hope that you keep coming back for more! Don't forget about my giveaway, details to come soon!