Cannot wait for Insurgent by the AMAZINGLY AWESOME @VeronicaRoth

May can’t come soon enough!

I just can’t wait to get my Bling on Insurgent!

I love, love, loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent. It was one of my favorite reads last year. Now the countdown is on for Insurgent. Some bloggers even have ARCs already. I’m a little jealous, I must admit. But, I do love that it isn’t that far away now!

Are there books that you just can’t wait to read? What are they?

Veronica Roth has a super cool countdown clock on her site: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
If I could figure out how to get it to show up here, I totally would do that! So, be a dear and click over there, then come back here and imagine that super cool countdown widget surrounded by Bling. Thanks!

Oh wait, I think I did it! OMG! Go me!! WOOT!


One Second After by William R. Forstchen

5 Blings for One Second After!

Goodreads Says: New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.

Wow! No, really…WOW!

One Second After was awesome!

I am quite addicted to dystopia and apocalypse reads lately. There are just so many awesome titles! And, quite frankly, I was getting a vampired out! (OMG, but I still love them…just need a break! I’ll never have a crush on a zombie, I swear!). I love disaster movies like Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow. So, when I read about the book on Parajunkee’s awesome blog, Parajunkee’s View, and just had to read it. Click here for her review! 

One Second After is (gasp) not YA. It is a real grow-up book. But, it was still awesome! The book focuses on a family in a small town & their struggles after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse–super scary stuff) blanks out all electronics. Image it…everything with a computerized or electrical component instantly gone! Freaky stuff! Freaky FOR REAL LIFE stuff!

This book was awesome. I loved the characters, even the ones I didn’t like, and I got pretty attached to their stories. I could easily imagine myself being forced to rethink how to live without all of my gadgets and luxuries that I generally take for granted (especially my iPhone & iPad, hot showers, and-OMG-my Keurig!). My head was spinning throughout the book as new problems arose…like lack of critical medication for diabetics and those with mental illnesses. When things get bad, they really get bad.

I loved how Forstchen brought me in to the lives of those in his small mountain college town, made me experience all of their fears, losses, and small triumphs. It was tense at times…really tense. There were heart wrenching decisions that had to be made, lives that were lost, and total shockers that really made my mouth drop open.  A few times I felt like I knew something awful would happen, and I would silently beg to be wrong.  That wasn’t always the case in One Second After! Forstchen did what needed to be done for the sake of the story, even when the outcome was dire or severe. That’s dedication!

The threat of an EMP attack is real. The world post EMP created by Forstchen is entirely possible. I sure as heck hope it never comes to that!

Read One Second After!  It is an awesome, terrifying, & realistic look at a future I  never want to see! 

The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill or Why Heather Brewer ROCKS!

5 Blings for First Kill!

I’m a huge Vlad fan! I totally LOVED all of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books! It was super sad to read the last in the series.

But, as usual, Heather Brewer doesn’t disappoint her minions!

In The Slayer Chronicles, she tells the story from Joss McMillian & the Slayers’ point of view.

It doesn’t just work–it ROCKS!

So many times while reading First Kill I was like, “Oh, oh, I know…this is xyz from Vlad! Awesome!” And it was awesome! And the coolest thing is that you could start with Vlad or Joss and be equally as hooked! Have I mentioned how freaking cool this is? I mean, really, it is total author genius here! For real life! 

OK, but what’s the big deal? Well, Joss is a regular kid who is about to go hang out with his awesome cousin for the summer. Then his sister gets killed. In the middle of the night. By a vampire! At the funeral, his creepy uncle tells him to swear that he’ll avenge her death. He swears. Fast forward a few years and we learn that, understandably, Joss and his parents have never recovered from the loss. Joss is ignored by his parents, who have just been coasting on auto-pilot since his sister’s murder. So when that creepy Uncle Abraham asks for Joss to spend the summer with him doing wilderness survival training, the whole McMillan family goes for it. It is in the mountains that he learns the truth behind the Slayer Society and begins his crazy & often cruel training. Through Joss, we learn the flip side. Not as  much vampires are so awesome, but more of a awww, poor Slayers kind of sympathy. But the way that Joss looks at the world with compassion, empathy, and hatred totally works. Come on, how many people can pull that off? 

Bottom line: If you loved Vlad, you’ll love First Kill. If you haven’t met Vlad yet, then you can start with either series (but if you are impatient like me, go for Vlad first because that series has more books!).

 

 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I finished listening to Lucy Christopher’s Stolen today on my way into work.

5 Blings for Stolen!

It was a bittersweet ending for me. Actually, the whole book felt that way.

A young girl is, as the title eerily states, stolen from her family and taken far away. Really far…we’re talking  to Australia far.

The whole idea terrified me. Thinking of being in an airport (I travel quite a bit) with family one minute and drugged and stolen the next…OMG! That totally freaks me out. The simplicity of the act really scared me.

I talked about this for days and had to stop reading before bed one night. Schmoopy was not happy that I got myself into such a tizzy right before bed. I switched to the audio book so I could keep reading!

How AWESOME is it when a book can do this?!?!?!?

Pretty freaking awesome-that’s how awesome! 

Stolen really grabbed me (dare I say my thoughts were stolen by this book…maybe my sense of security was stolen…ok, I’ll quit!) right from the start. It was so REAL! It could happen, just like that. You, me, anyone. So easily and seemingly effortlessly (even though it was planned out quite carefully by Ty). Gemma was with her family in an airport, in a coffee shop,drugged, then just taken. UGH!

The story is told by Gemma as a letter to her kidnapper, Ty. We get that firsthand knowledge of Gemma’s thoughts of her capture. All of Gemma’s fears so vivid & realistic! It is really creepy. But, at the same time, you feel compassion for Ty. I think that was part of what raised the creepy factor of this book for me. I kept thinking: OMG, OMG, OMG!

I don’t want to give the story away. Plus, I would not be able to do Lucy Christopher’s writing justice! It is just a must read book!

Have you read Stolen? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts!

If not, go for it-but only during the day in a super safe place if the thought of being stolen really freaks you out!

Clockwork Prince Bling! Also, a WITHER movie…yup! Totally happening! @cassieclare & @LaurenDeStefano ROCK!

Wow! I have been glued to Clockwork Prince & loving it! It is so awesome! Cassandra Clare totally rocks!

Clockwork Prince 5 Bling Book!

Also, Lauren DeStefano announced that Wither is going to be a movie. FOR REAL LIFE! A movie!

And, I just know it in my heart, that she will make sure it is a super awesome totallly Wither-worthy one, too!

Check out the announcement in Variety here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047405

Here’s some Wither Bling to get you excited!  Really, if you haven’t read Wither yet…well, get up and do it now! Right now!

Wither

Wither Bling...too bad there is a 5 Bling limit!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is ROCKING MY FACE OFF!

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have been waiting for this book forever. FOREVER! I’m so excited to finally have be able to have Shatter Me Bling!
I really considered taking a day off from work to stay in bed and read.  I didn’t…but I really wanted to!!
I was hooked from the first words. I have to drag myself away from it in the mornings to get to work. Schmoopy has pulled it off of my sleeping face several times when I’ve been up too late reading it!

Love, love, love Shatter Me! Tahereh Mafi totally rocks for creating this terrifying amazing word of Juliette & The Reestablishment.

Shatter Me is such a 5 Bling Book!

A Few of My Faves Bling! TOMS, Books, Giving Back, & Bling!

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

This has Win-Win written all over it!

I bought a pair of Carpe Diem TOMS (which are totally adorable & comfy!), they give a pair of shoes to a kid who needs them, I get amazing shoes, AND they send me a book!

Oh. My. AWESOME!

How is that not the most fab thing EVER!

Get a pair of awesome TOMS here! 

Buy the book (they donate a book & 50% of the proceeds) 

 

Dear Bully-Can’t Wait to Read This!

I have been waiting for this book! I am so excited to read it and share it with others!

Bravo to these authors who share their stories of bullies and how they survived!

I know these stories will help so many people!

Dear Bully Bling!

What I’ve Been Reading & Loving or The End of My Reading Slump!

I was in a reading slump this summer. I don’t know why–I usually read like crazy all summer.  It was hard to book blog when I wasn’t reading (duh!).

Thankfully, that is behind me now! I’ve been reading some amazing books (and a few that were just ok). Here’s a quick pic post of what I’ve been reading and loving lately! Check them out, they are all 5 Bling Books (well, not the WordPress Books).

Quite possibly the reason why I quit reading good books! Not too many Blings here!

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More Blings Than Possible to Measure!

5 Bling Series! LOVE!!

5 Bling Stack!

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5 Bling Books!

Awesome Contest from A. S. King or True Confessions of a Typo-Queen!

I really should know better, but I really should a lot of things…

Yesterday, I got super excited about the upcoming release of the new A. S. King book EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, which comes out on October 3.              A. S. King really is my favorite YA author. I wanted her to know how excited I was! She wrote the amazing THE DUST OF 100 DOGS and PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. Both are totally worthy of all 5 Blings! If you haven’t read either, go do it right now! I’ll wait…

So, she’s totally amazing, right! See why I was so excited for another A. S. King book?! Well, I maybe got a little too excited. I  wrote this on her Facebook page:

“I can’t wait to read EVERYBODY SEE THE AUNTS!”

Yup! I did it. AUNTS not ANTS.

I.  So. Totally. Could. Have. Died!

I’m a teacher, spell-checker, proofreader, and super re-checker! I want someone to make me an app that lets you correct people on the internet with a red pen.  I secretly judge people who mix up there/their & your/you’re. I mean, what happened? Well, I happened. I oops-ed my way right into being a typo-queen!

A. S. King is my favorite author for a reason. She was so awesome about it. She laughed and teased me with a possible typo-sequel called EVERYBODY SEES THE UNCLES. Even better, she started a contest to give away an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS on her blog. It was inspired by the well meaning typos we all make and she even gave me a shout-out. (FIST PUMP!)

Check out the EVERYBODY SEES THE PANTS contest here:

http://www.as-king.info/2011/05/everybody-sees-pants-contest.html

Think up a funny typo-ish A. S. King book title and enter!

If you win, will you loan me your copy?!