Friday, April 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye to DEB, and Moving On to Another Blog

Hey guys, if you couldn't already tell... I haven't been updating on here that much. It all started with an almost two-year reading funk, where I just wasn't reading much. When you don't read much, you sure aren't reviewing, etc.

The Faction Four

Anyway, since then I started a Divergent blog (The Faction Four) and have been extremely grateful to all of its success. I was VERY lucky to have gotten in connection with Summit Entertainment, and was invited to attend the press conference in March and then the world premiere in LA. SO LUCKY!

The Betty Report

Since then, I've started a new blog (The Betty Report) that combines my love of books, movies and tv. Instead of opening up a bunch of blogs, I want just one (plus TFF) to fangirl in.

I opened Dog-Eared & Bookmarked back in April 2010, because I have this huge love for books and wanted a place to share that passion... and to connect with others who also share my passion. It's been an amazing four years here at DEB, but I'm ready to say goodbye (so-to-speak) and start over on TBR.

If you'd like to follow along on my new journey, please find me on Twitter (@cyndilee85 /same as always), (@TheFactionFour) and (@TheBettyReport).

Hopefully, I'll be able to do Top Ten, and other book memes like I used to so I won't be too far away from all of the wonderful book bloggers I've met over the years.

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to stop over here, leave comments, share book recs, and much much more these last four years! See you over at The Betty Report!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Top Ten [54]: Books That Will Make You Swoon

If you are fond of lists, especially Top 10 lists, this feature is the one to go with! Every week, the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish post a topic of their choice. Participating bloggers are asked to list their top 10's. I like to participate whenever I can. I love this idea, and often go a little crazy with adding 15, even 20 in my posts. Hehe!

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon: Okay, here's the deal: I LOVE books that have romance in them, but not necessarily romance books all the way--- so, my picks may not seem swoon-worthy, but they sure have their swoon-worthy moments within them! These are definitely my favorites, especially considering Valentines Day is this week!

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Unearthly by Cynthia Hand | Die For Me by Amy Plum | There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley | Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi | Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | Touch by Jus Accardo | Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles | Easy by Tammara Webber | Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott | Divergent by Veronica Roth

Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: 'The Selection' by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Rating: B  
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined (Goodreads)

The Selection, by Kiera Cass, is a book I've had sitting on my shelf since its release yet haven't picked up to read. Finally, I decided to give it a-go, because who can stay away from the temptation of what could be behind that gorgeous cover?

The first thirty pages both intrigued me and put me off. I liked the idea of the caste system, and a Hunger Games-esq lottery system with a bunch of girls vying for a spot in a Bachelor-esq type competition; however, the beginning dragged and came off as childish in its writing. I almost sat the book back on my shelf, but I continued on and found that the writing got better and the story unfolded nicely.

The gist of the book is this: The United States is gone and in its place is the new country (Illea) that is ruled by a King and Queen (go figure that we're back to this), and a Prince that needs his Princess--- very Cinderella like, sigh. The only way for a Prince to find his Princess is to hold a competition where thirty-five lucky ladies are chosen to compete. The competition is held in the palace, and on camera. This is where The Hunger Games meets the Bachelor comes to play. It's equally fun and exciting.

Oh wait, rebel forces are trying to attack the palace, for unknown reasons, and our Prince Maxon and heroine America play the "I think you're awesome, but let's be friends" game. On top of that, America was secretly, and illegally, dating this guy named Aspen, who dumped her before "The Selection" so she's heartbroken, yet starting to have feels for Maxon.... drama.

In the end, America is torn between her love for Aspen, and her rising feelings for Maxon. I loathe love triangles, so this story arc left me dissatisfied, yet once again pitching a sign for one team or the other. Oh hai, Maxon!

If you're looking for a different take on romance, with a fun twist on dystopian/futuristic settings, The Selection is definitely worth the read.

Friday, January 17, 2014

'Throne of Glass' three now has a title, and it's perfect!


Are you a big fan of the Throne of Glass series like I am? If so, then you're probably just as excited that the title of book #3 has been revelaed!


Here's what Sarah had to say about it:
What do you guys think?! This probably goes without saying, but I’m gonna say it anyway… I love it.

Normally, finding the right title is a lengthy back and forth process (mostly because I’m useless when it comes to making up titles), but this book was HEIR OF FIRE from Page 1—before Page 1, actually. It was a title that hit me during the brainstorming process, and was my working title while drafting the third novel. And over the course of drafting the book, I developed this irrational attachment to the title—I couldn’t think of it as anything other than HEIR OF FIRE. So it was suchhhh a massive relief and joy that Bloomsbury was 110% on board with the title, too.

If you’ve read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, then you can probably guess who this title refers to, and guess why “fire” might play a big role. But one of the reasons why HEIR OF FIRE has always been THE title for this book is because of the “Heir” bit. This book isn’t just Celaena’s story, but also the story of a few other Heirs—of Dorian, heir to the throne of Adarlan, of Chaol, heir to Anielle, and of Manon Blackbeak, a new character (who I am so, so, SO excited for you guys to meet) who is heir to the Blackbeak Witch-Clan.

There are a bunch of other new characters, too—but the three storylines of Celaena, Dorian/Chaol, and Manon make up the bones and heart of this book.

HEIR OF FIRE will be out this September, and even though it feels realllllly far off, I’m already BEYOND excited for you guys to read it. In the meantime, THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE (the novellas bind-up) will be out in March (you can pre-order it here), featuring some brand-new material (and perhaps a sneak-peek at HEIR OF FIRE)!


My Friday Favorites [16]

It's Friday! Now that the weekend is here [woohoo], it's time to step back and reflect on all of my favorite things this week. From music, food, books, movies, and everything else in between, there's a bunch of reasons why my week was made better. Those little things that brought a smile to my face. Every Friday, I'll be sharing My Friday Favorites in a quick list format. Links will be provided.  
Note: If you'd like to join in, please link posts to Dog-Eared & Bookmarked.

Adding my own twist to the Friday Five. Instead of making these weekly posts all about books, I'm going to do TWO separate lists. The first one will be book related, and the second one will be miscellaneous. Each week the eight prompts will remain the same.

Book: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Cover: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Character: Penryn via World After by Susan Ee
Boy: Raffe via World After by Susan Ee

Song: Elastic Heart by Sia feat. The Weekend
Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Quote: In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 
- Robert Frost

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Read an excerpt from 'Into the Still Blue'


If you know me at all, then you know I'm a HUGE fan of Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky series! The final book is out on January 28th, and I'm am DYING to read it.

Excited to read Into the Still Blue? Now you can wet your appetite with this excerpt.

Here's a sample:

Anger made Perry feel strong and clear-headed. Sharper than he’d felt since he stepped into the cave.

He drew a few breaths, forcing his muscles to loosen. To let go of the drive to attack.

“Stay,” he said, looking from Roar to Aria. “Everyone else, leave.”

The chamber emptied in a rush, Reef quelling Soren’s objections with a few firm pushes, Bear last to step outside. Perry waited for the knock of his walking stick to fade away before he spoke. “Are you hurt?”

Aria shook her head.

“No?” he said. She was lying to protect Roar, because the answer was obvious in her braced stance.

Make sure to watch the trailer here:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant top US's best sellers list

Yesterday, USA Today Tweeted that Veronica Roth's Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant were the top three selling books in the US. If you check out their website, you can see the entire series in the top spots!

How amazing?

Last week, Divergent was #1, for the first time, with Insurgent in 7th, and Allegiant at #5.


Hiya! It's Monday, so this is what I'm reading...

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Heya Bloggers! It's Monday, how many of us are slagging and wishing for an IV coffee hookup? I always dread starting a new week. Who doesn't, right? It's the beginning of a new work week, or school week, or just a suck week altogether. One of the things I have that keeps me going is books. Without books I think I'd die. Maybe that's dramatic... yeah, not so much!

I'm currently reading the sequel to Angelfall, World After, by Susan Ee. Before the new year I read Through the Ever Night and LOVED it!!! Next, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

What books are you reading, already read, and planning on reading? Make sure to tell me in the comments.

Remember, reading is sexy. At least Rob thinks so. *wink wink*

Disclaimer: the pic used [above] is not made by me [here].
Also, it was taken from the movie Remember Me starring Robert Pattinson.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For the first time ever, 'Divergent' is the nation's best selling book!

USA Today reports Divergent is the best selling book in the United States for the first time ever! Outselling Allegiant (the last and most recent in the trilogy) by more than double in sales.

Off with a bang: Veronica Roth is ringing in the new year with the best-selling book in America. Divergent tops USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list for the first time (it was No. 2 last week), and the other books in her dystopian trilogy, Allegiant and Insurgent, are not far behind at No. 5 and No. 7. (The boxed set is No. 43.) It's the first of what are likely to be many 2014 milestones for the 25-year-old Chicagoan. The highly anticipated movie adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, is due out March 21, and adaptations of the sequels are in the works.

Congrats to Veronica, and to the fans who are still buying the books...and to all the new fans who are curious enough to check out this fantastic series.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'Divergent' sneak peek will be included in the 'Catching Fire' Blu-ray and DVD


It's been announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray and DVD will include a Divergent sneak peek! So far, I only see the sneak listed with Target's special combo pack. Amazon doesn't have special features listed, and Wal-Mart doesn't even have the movie on their website, yet.

Here's the deets from Target:

Target Exclusive (45 minutes of content):

• “ONE VISION” (A FAITHFUL ADAPTATION)--translating Suzanne Collin’s source material to the big screen

• “THE ALLIANCE” (RETURNING CAST)—an inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors

• “FRIEND OR FOE” (NEW CAST)--finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters

Additional Special Features (over 2 hours of content):

• Filmmaker Commentary

• 9-part Making-of Documentary

• Deleted Scenes

Divergent Sneak Peek

The Blu-ray and DVD for Catching Fire is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW! The release date is still unknown, but will likely be in February or March. Just in time for Divergent to be out in theaters!

Sources: | Target | Amazon