Friday, July 31, 2015

Author Interview! Adi Alsaid

I was privileged enough to get an exclusive email interview with Adi Alsaid, He is the author of Let's Get Lost, and the up coming book Never Always Sometimes both of which are must read books for fans of contemporary authors like John Green!


1. When did you know writing would be your profession?

    It's hard to pinpoint the moment. I first decided I'd go write a book three days before my college graduation, but I had no idea if I'd be successful or not. For a few years nothing really happened, and though I kept on writing, and always thought of myself as a writer, it wasn't until the book deal for LET'S GET LOST and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES was signed that I knew I could call myself a professional. And even then, the industry is weird, and life is weird, and remaining any one thing is never a guarantee, and doubt is such a part of being a writer that you can still be published and yet have misgivings about whether you've "made it" or not.

2. Who if anyone had inspired Dave in NAS?

    Very superficially, it was my friend Edgar. I used his physical appearance and his last name, and a few of his mannerisms. But the rest is fiction.

3. Will there ever be a sequel to either of your books/ are you writing another contemporary or branching out?

    I'm not much of a sequel writer. One of my writing philosophies is the Ann Sexton quote "tell almost the whole story." I like to tell varied stories, and am currently working on a number of projects, which are still too early in the process for me to know exactly what to call them. Contemporary is probably a good guess, but I'm interested to see if I can pull off incorporating some other elements.

4. What was the inspiration for NAS book and LGL?

    For LET'S GET LOST, the basic inspirations were my travels and my desire to be in as many people's heads as possible. I loved the idea of a road trip story told through the eyes of those not on the road trip. For NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES, it was the struggle between wanting to be unique and wanting to fit in. I wanted to tell a more intimate story of two best friends who'd been living in their little self-sustained friendship of two, and what happens when it gets cracked open and exposed to everyone around them.

5. Have you been to all the places you mention in both of your book, if so which have been your favorite?

    Nope! I usually like picking places I don't really know well, because I somehow feel that gives me more wiggle room to fictionalize some details as I see fit. I want to capture the basic feel of a place without feeling handcuffed to how it really is. I have driven through San Luis Obispo, where NAS takes place, but don't know it all that well. I do love the Twin Cities, where Elliot's section in LGL takes place.

6. Why teen contemporary, out of all genres?

   Probably because I still feel like a teen in my head, and because coming-of-age stories are what I'm drawn to write. I love the strong voices in YA, the opportunity to mix humor and Big Life Things Being Experienced for the First Time.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BookTubeAthon TBR!

The amazing readathon is going on once again I am more than excited for this year! Any way the readathon is hosted and created by Ariel Bisset from Youtube and a gathering of many others, they put on this awesome readathon every year and in doing that they have the privilege of creating a set of challenges for you to complete...

My TBR Is....:


  • A Book with Blue on the cover...
    • The Name of the Wind By: Patrick Rothfus or Death Masks By: Jim Butcher
  • Same first letter of your Surname...
    • Assassin's Apprentice By: Robin Hobb
  • Someone else's favorite book...
    • 84 Charing Road
    • Gregory from Gregoryreads on youtube favorite book
  • Last book you Acquired....
    • Station Eleven By: Emily St.John Mendel
  • Read a Book without Letting Go of it...
    • Rat Queens By: Kurtis J Weibe.
  • Book that you really want to read...
    • Firefight By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Read 7 Books...
    • Look Me in the Eye By: John Elder Robinson
                               (Wow... A lot of books gonna be read)
Page Count Total: 2,652


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I have seen this tag all over the internet and I decided to spice up the blog and take it over here to the blogging world, it was created by Ely Jayne @ www.abooksofathomless.blogspot.com



  1. The Best Book you have read so far in 2015?
    1. All the Light We Cannot See By: Anthony Doer 
  2. The Best Sequel you have read in 2015?
    1. The Hero of Ages By Brandon Sanderson
  3. A New release you haven't read yet but really want to?
    1. End of Days By: Susan Ee
  4. Most anticipated book of the second half of this year?
    1. Six of Crows By: Leigh Bardugo
    2. Shadows of Self By: Brandon Sanderson
  5. Biggest disappointment?
    1. The Fault in our Stars By: John Green
  6. Biggest surprise?
    1. The Picture of Dorian Gray By: Oscar Wilde
  7. New Favorite author?
    1. Brent Weeks
  8. Newest fictional Crush?
    1. Celena Sardothien 
  9. Newest favorite Character?
    1. Kip Guile (Brent weeks, Lightbringer Series)
  10. Book that made you cry?
    1. The Book Thief By: Markus Zusak
  11. Favorite Book to movie adaptation?
    1. Insurgent
  12. Favorite Review/ Post this year?
    1. Well Of Ascension Review 
  13. Most beautiful book you bought this year?
    1. Magonia By: Maria Devana Headley
  14. What books you need to read before the end of 2015?
    1. The Blinding Knife By: Brent Weeks
    2. The Broken Eye By: Brent Weeks
    3. Way of Kings/ Words of Radiance By: Brandon Sanderson
    4. The Farseer Trilogy By: Robin Hobb
    5. Tigana By: Guy Gavriel Kay
    6. The Alloy Of Law By: Brandon Sanderson

I TAG YOU!!!!!!!!.....

Monday, July 27, 2015

Storm Front By: Jim Butcher, Review

General: Fun, Funny, Fast!

Plot: "Harry Dresden -- Wizard Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting. Magic. It can get a guy killed." (Goodreads)

Characters: 

Harry: Wizard, dundering idiot nothing more than pure entertainment! Harry is rather flat in this first book, and has not gotten any envious qualities or outstanding differences from your average detective character... This novel isn't something that is built on characters, atlas in book one it is all about action.

Bob: Spirit, Snarky, cool! He helps Harry in finding information from the supernatural world that he is involved in. Spells are his forte, he enhances this book dramatically for me even though he is only briefly seen.

Reasons to read the Series:

  • Bucket list item
  • New to Jim Butcher
Writing Style:
              The writing style is clunky and un-organized, however it being his first ever book it has promise for the series and his writing career as a whole. The series in general seems to be written in an episodic way where each book has the characteristic conflict and resolution in the same novel, however i am hoping this will change as i do prefer a large plot line. I am currently in Book 3 and i can say that this is moving along in style he has matured and come into his own, so do not let the writing of this book ruin the series for you. 

Rating: 3/5

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Book Thief Review!

General: This story was a gut punching and beautifully written rendition of the horror that was the Holocaust + the innocence of children combined.

Summary:
"It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . ." (Goodreads.com)
 This story shows a girl Liesel Meminger who is a young girl in the German state where she is forced to join Nazi youth and help the war effort even if this goes against the whole belief system she has created in her young orphaned life. But due to the reality of living in the Nazi state she is forced to rid her life of all things that she believes in, until her foster family helps to stow a Jew in their basement. When Liesel learns of this she begins to teach him to read in turn for friendship through the war.

Characters:

Liesel- A young foster girl in Nazi Germany, who grows up in the tough times in WWII as a part of the Nazi youth movement. She is the ideal portrayal of a child's naive and innocent view of the world, this innocence forces the reader to see the world through those eyes which as we all know is never possible once you see the world we live in now. She is a raw and innocent persistent young girl who we all can take lessens away from...

Other Minor Characters (General)-
Each and every character is real, raw and reacts as though someone would in the real world, making them even more believable to readers.

Tag Line: Real, Raw, and powerful all describe the essence of this heart felt read.

Rating: *****/*****


Monday, July 13, 2015

The Hero of Ages By: Brandon Sanderson REVIEW

Words cannot describe the shear epic nature of this book, If you have not yet read the Mistborn series by Sanderson you MUST!


Characters:
Each and every one of these characters grows to their full potential in this book taking the sacrifices and duties on that are needed to help unite a falling apart world. Vin remains one of my favorite leads ever, i think this book series may be coming to College with me in August so i can reread them, the characters are all extraordinarily well developed. Elend honestly reflected so many of my qualities as a reader and a BSA (Eagle scout) that I could not help but feel that i was living the story with him and Vin!

Plot:
While i have read this now a long time ago, the plot is something that i will never forget, from the gatherings in the Venture keep to the exploration of the commonwealth looking for the Lord Ruler's hints and help for what has become of the nation. Saved bloomed in the city leading a revolt against another leader, in the end the world is calm serene and colorful. This remarkable end to the trilogy inspired some photos to be taken.

Rating:
*****/*****

This trilogy holds my favorite book series ever and that is saying something for an avid reader such as myself. I am enraged that i did not find these books sooner, however i will definitely be continuing on to The Alloy of Law and all of Sanderson's other novels in the near future!




Saturday, July 11, 2015

Where Have I Been?...

Hello all...

I am sorry for my absence in the Blogging world. I am going to be getting some new reviews up soon, along with a very exciting interview with my favorite contemporary author Adi Alsaid! But here is what has been going on in my life:


  1. Going to Washington D.C!
    1. My Scout troop has gone to the city to see it, it is STUNNING 
    2. Obtaining/ Completing my Eagle Scout Project!
    3. Having fun with the troop before I turned 18 which is the age cut off for the Boy Scouts of America...
  2. Graduating Salutatorian of my Highschool class! 
    1. Speech writing
    2. Graduation Rehearsal/ Real thing on June 13th! 

These are only the notable things that have happened... So suffice it to say that I have been busy and adjusting to all the changes going on in my life, and it still hasn't hit me that I am going to be going into college in August :) 


THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UP ON THE BLOG WHILE I HAVE BEEN GONE; HOWEVER I AM BACK FOR GOOD!!!!!!!