Guest Post: David Vermont, author of The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot

Currently, we are participating in a blog tour for the book The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot by David Vermont. This is the first installment in the series of posts. Please welcome David Vermont to the blog!


David Vermont Talks about Making Vampires Evil Again
All readers wonder where authors get their story ideas. David Vermont, author of The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot admits that it was the storyof Judas as a vampire that kept invading his thoughts.


David: "I was halfway through my first attempt on a different book when the story of
Judas as a vampire kept invading thoughts. At first I resisted, what if I got halfway
through Judas and then couldn't finish? Then I would have two books half done
and nothing to show for it. I put aside my other book and began writing The Last
Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot. It was the best decision I made.
In The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot, I try to present theology in an
interesting way through the narrative. I think there is a lot to be said about theology
using fiction. Theology is the deepest of studies, especially if you challenge the
reader with hard theology, not the wishy-washy feel good theology of modernism."

Super Saver Saturday Book Edition (Canada): #2


Super Saver Saturday Book Edition (Canada), is a meme that we created that will display a different book each post, that you can get for an amazing deal. 

This week's deal is...

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
                                                     
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) 

  Ever since I found out about this book, I've always wanted to read it, but never got to, and I still haven't. Even though none of us have read 'Dorothy Must Die' (yet), y'all can beat us to it, and with this deal, you can own it for a lower price too!



  Currently on the Indigo/Chapters website, you can get this 432-paged hardcover for only $10.99, instead of the normal, in-store price of $21.99. The bad thing, is that I don't know when this amazing deal ends, so I recommend y'all to go order it right now!

Blog Tour: Destiny and Synchrony



Shiz... this review is late :( Ok anyways, over the past couple of weeks I have been reading 2 books called Destiny and Synchrony, they are the first two books in a series by Cindy Ray Hale.

I am going to write two reviews, the second will be posted a day after the first. 


What is this book about?

Destiny Clark is an average teenage girl, save that she can't wear short sleeves, date outside of her community and can't drink caffeine, like NO STARBUCKS! I guess she's not that normal then... So let me start again.

Destiny Clark is a teenage girl that can't drink coffee, wear short sleeves or date outside of her church. 

In this modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Destiny Clark falls in love with her bother's ex-BFF, Isaac. Sure, so far the story looks pretty normal right, except for Destiny that is. But look again. Destiny Clark is Mormon and Isaac is Baptist. Mormons can't date outside of their church, so this romance seems to be doomed from the start. Or is it. Read this rollercoaster of book, through romantic trysts and failures.

Bout of Books: Update #2

      
Final Results

Hello, y'all! The Bout of Books challenge is officially over! But 

unfortunately, we did not reach our goal of 20 books. So we're 

a bit upset about that. 

Bout of Books 10: Challenge #7 - Retitle Your Current Read

I was really excited to do this challenge actually. I have read so many books where I found that the title had nothing to do with the actual book. It just so turns out that my current read, If I Stay, could use a little work in the title department as well. There's really no "If" in the book, she knows, we know, everyone knows from the start of the time she is standing over her body that she wants to stay, so there really is no point to the "If." If I were the author I would name it...

*drum roll please*

+1 for my awesome Photoshop skills :D

(Left: Actual Cover, Right: Retitled)


Bout of Books 10: Update #1

Bout of Books


Update #1:

So, as y'all know, we've been participating in the Bout of Books 10. The thing you don't know, is how we've been doing. We all (somewhat) had a rough start with this, mainly because of homework, but we've started catching up, and we plan on getting a lot of reading done during the weekend.

Bout of Books 10: Challenge #5 - Rainbow Book Challenge


Bout of Books
Rainbows of Books
So today we decided to do a challenge in Bout of Books 10! We were really excited to do this one actually, and if I do say so myself, our rainbows are beautiful. Just in case the colours are a little weird, the lists are below...







JASPER'S
Black: Clockwork Angel
Violet: Children of the Lamp: The Cobra King of Kathmandu
Purple: Jane Eyre
Blue: Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune
Green: The Maze Runner
Yellow: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Orange: The Call of the Wild
Red: Paper Towns
White: Edith's War


YANLIN'S
Black: The Goddess Test
Violet: Underworld
Purple: The Rising
Blue: The Fault in Our Stars
Green: Insurgent
Yellow: Sea of Monsters
Orange: City of Fallen Angels
Red: Werewolves
White: The One


Hereafter by Tara Hudson (Manali's Review)

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)Hereafter by Tara Hudson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

This book was actually pretty good. Mostly, I found it good because it was unique. I'd never read a book before this, that had told the book in the perspective of a ghost. And ghosts were a completely different thing than traditional ghosts. They're a completely different idea of ghosts.

Synopsis of the book:

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their new found happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.


Bout of Books 10: Challenge #2 - Books You're Looking Forward To


The "Books You're Looking Forward to Challenge"  is the second challenge that we'll be taking part in for the "Bout of Books 10". This is basically a challenge for us to list some of the books that we've been wanting to read, but haven't. Since there are three of us, and we all have a lot of books we're looking forward to reading, each of us will only list 10 books each.


And let the lists begin...

Bout of Books 10: Challenge #1 - If You Like X, Try Y

This is the first challenge for the Bout of Books 10, created by Raquel and Sharon, over at The Book Barbies. For this challenge, you start of with the formula "If you like ________, try ________." The recommendation could be based on anything at all (genre, author, etc.) as long as it fits in the formula.

Our Bout of Books May 2014 Goals

Bout of Books
So after much deliberation (another 10 minutes) we decided on our goals for this Book Bout. We appear to be a having a little calm in the storm known as school so we should be able to read quite a bit this week!
Goals:

Hours spent reading everyday: AT LEAST 10 hours between us or roughly 3 1/3hrs each.

Number of Books: 20 between 3 of us or roughly 7 each. We do not have a set list of these books. We will post the title when we decide to read them but we have decided on these following books for the first 2...

Jasper~ The Infinite Moment of Us
                Mansfield Park (third time trying)
YanLin~ The One
                Bitten
Manali~ Elegy
                Under the Never Sky

Extra Goal: Read and Review at least 2 R&R books each
We really hope that we can accomplish these goals. Thanks in advance for your support along the way!

Bout of Books 10!!!


Hullo!

    So...after thinking about it (for 10 minutes), we've decided that we're going to take part in this year's "Bout of Books read-a-thon". We've been seeing/hearing a lot about it, and we thought it'd be a fun way to get ourselves to read even more. Also since we're new to the book-blogging community, this read-a-thon is a good way for us to get involved in different events, befriend more bloggers (seems cheesey, but it's true), and to reach more readers.


For those who don't what the read-a-thon is... 

Showcase Sunday #1


Showcase Sunday is a bookish meme started by Book, Biscuits, and Tea, where you list the new books or fandom merchandise you've received (from a bookstore, a library, as a gift, etc.) throughout the week. Since there will be a SS post every week, the amount of books and merch shown on each, will vary.

Super Saver Saturdays Book Edition (Canada)

So I've been wanting to start this meme for a while now but I haven't had anything to write about. So here it is.... The first edition of SUPER SAVER SATURDAYS: BOOK EDITION!

So, this weeks deal is...

*DRUMROLL*

OF POSEIDON by ANNA BANKS

I've recently read the book Of Poseidon, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Although Anna's loose interpretation of the Greek mythos kind of annoyed me, overall the book was quite good. But what this post is about is it being available on chapters.indigo.ca for only $5.69!





$5.69 for a HARDCOVER!!
BUY THE BOOK NOW! Click HERE or on the picture. 

Anyways, so I hope I have shown you a great steal and that y'all go buy it if you haven't already. If you're still reading, you should know that I plan to post a review of the book in a couple days, so if you're unsure, read that first. I hope y'all had a great Saturday and happy Mother's Day Weekend!

Reached by Ally Condie (Manali's Review)


Reached (Matched, #3)Reached by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Last book in the series. Thank the gods it's over.

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect fa├žade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.


Crossed by Ally Condie (Manali's Review)

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*WARNING: SPOILERS*

So Matched was the first book in this series, and it wasn't that great, so I wasn't overly enthusiastic about reading this book. But then my OCD kicked in, and kind of forced me to read this, because I had read the first, so I had to finish the series. So I read it.

Synopsis:

"The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything."

Matched by Ally Condie (Manali's Review)

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*WARNING: SPOILERS*

Having another OCD moment. I'm gonna post a review of Reached but I haven't posted Matched or Crossed. So now I am. Alright, so here's the synopsis:

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."

Okay. This book was very ishy. It had a legit plot, but it got ridiculously boring at times. I suppose I shouldn't judge based on what bores me...but that's what ruined it for me. I was actually really disappointed by the writing. Like, it's incredible writing, but it st became too much, and it bore me to death. Also, it had way too much of a similarity to The Giver.

So now, I wanna focus on characters. I like how the main character, Cassia, has this fascination with poems. I think it's kinda cool, with her being a rebel and stuff, sneaking all these things in the tight Society. And then there's Ky. He seemed okay at first, but I started gradually hating him. My favourite character in all of this was Xander, only because he seemed so much more...right. I don't know. But the good thing was that there was a lot of room for character development.

I got really mad when Cassia and Ky didn't like, get on with it. They were taking it so slow, and made it so boring. Like, the author had one book to set up a proper love story, so you can't wait until the last 100 pages or so to get it going. It kind of felt like she wasted too much time on Cassia contemplating over her grandfather's death, and that's okay and all, but it seemed to take priority over something that will obviously be important in the next books.

So this book...it wasn't the greatest, wasn't the worst. 3 stars.

-Mannytee



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Matched (Matched, #1)

Endure by Carrie Jones (Manali's Review)

Endure (Need, #4)Endure by Carrie Jones


*WARNING: SPOILERS*

I completely, totally forgot to write a review for this book. I finished this last month...so a bit late. It's the last book in the Need series, and I reviewed the first three, and now once again, I'm feeling OCD, so I have to review this.

Here's the synopsis for the book:
"Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn't sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king . . ."

Besides Naturalization by Isabel Chloe (Jasper's Review)


Besides Naturalization by Isabel Chloe
My rating: 2.5/5

   Oi. Where do I start with this book? I mean to say, that this book was pretty good in some parts and downright terrible in others. And by terrible I mean that 6 year old me probably could've done better. Sorry if that sounded a bit harsh but this is an honest review. I understand that this is one of the first books that she's written but... you know, sometimes you just don't feel the book. More than once when I read this book did I wonder "Huh? Did I skip something?" because, this book just throws characters, plots, concepts, dialogue and plethoras of excess details that just kind of act like filler.