quotes Elisquared likes


"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

10.27.2011

Trailer Thursday


Crossed 
by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011



Can't wait!  I loved Matched, and Crossed looked just as good!

10.23.2011

In My Mailbox (29)



In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by one of her friends, Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.
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So I didn't get to edit my video today, but I promise it'll be up tomorrow!

10.20.2011

Trailer Thursday


by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2012


Hadley's Trailer

Oliver's Trailer

10.19.2011

Waiting on Wednesday (23)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we seriously can’t wait for.

 Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait for:


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There still isn't a summary up yet, but who cares?  YOU KNOW IT'LL BE GOOD BECAUSE JOHN FREAKING GREEN WROTE IT!!  He just released the cover today on his YouTube channel: VlogBrothers (check the videos out! they rock!).  To be honest I've been WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING since he talked about writing a new book almost a year ago.  If you pre-order a copy it wil be signed by John himself,  You can order a copy at your local bookstore http://dft.ba/-tfiosindie or at Amazon http://dft.ba/-tfios or at B&Nhttp://dft.ba/-tfiosbn or anywhere else.  SO GET EXCITED BOOK WORLD!!

P.S. Due to all the amazing fan-made book covers for TFIOS, Penguin has decided to let the fans of John design the NEW COVER of An Abundance of Katherines!  Find out more info HERE!!

10.18.2011

Teaser Tuesday (22)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following!
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share a few teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (you don't want to give too much away and ruin the book for other readers)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other readers can add your book to their TBR list if they like your teaser!
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 Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

      I step forward so she can see me. "Justine?" I reach to
touch her shoulder but, impossibly, my hand falls through
her.
      "Justine?" I call again, louder, my voice panic-laced.
With both hands, I grab her, or try to. Again, it‘s as if she‘s
not there.
      My mind is swept along in a current of anxiety. What’s
happening? Then it hits me... it‘s me who‘s not there.
(Page. 7)


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I just got this book for review from Jeanne.  I'm really excited to read it!  As you can tell from the teaser it grabs you right away!  I'll hopefully be putting up my review and author interview by the end of the week!

Thoughts From an Acute Triangle (4)


Thoughts from an Acute Triangle is a feature I started where I discuss things related to books, authors, reading, or just me.  This is a place for me to be a little brainy or a little silly.  The conversation is always open for comments and if there is ever a topic you want me to discuss, please leave a comment!

I was up at 3am with some crazy insomnia.  This is what results from it.

A. Age: 23, nearly 24, which I really can't believe.  Am I too old to have a sleepover with cookie decorating?
B. Bed size: Twin...I need a new grown-up bed, but they're so expensive!!
C. Chore that you hate: I don’t like any chores. Only fun stuff please. I’m like a petulant child.
D. Dogs: Beagle/Bassett Hound mixes!  That's what my baby is.  Beagles are my family dog as well; Wooh Beagles!
E. Essential start to your day: Snooze button, snooze button, and more snooze button.  Then some juice.  Then some really obnoxious gangsta rap.  Yeah weird, I know.
F. Favorite color: I really enjoy bright colors but not neon bright: yellows, pinks, blues, & greens are my favorites.  Recently though, I've gotten really into gray for nail polish.
G. Gold or Silver: Silver has always been the go-to jewelry for me.  However, I do own some gold for those outfits that you just need gold for.
H. Height: 5'11&a half.  I'm JUST under 6' and I'm kinda pissed about it.
I. Instruments you play: I play the trumpet and the oboe.  Very different things to play, but I'm just so talented.
J. Job title: Graduate Student/Bookseller.  Not that I make too much money doing either, but that employee discount is one hell of a benefit.
K. Kids: Nada.
L. Live: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A  When it's nice outside, I love it.  When it pours for days I loathe it.  Alas, weather.
M. Mother’s name: Michele. With only ONE L; Don't screw it up.
N. Nicknames: My parents were very adamant that I be called Elizabeth growing up, but my best friends were always allowed to call me Lizzie.  Nowadays I answer to Elizabeth, Liz, Lizzie, Eli, or The Mayor...that one's a long story.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Huh...Why would the people who created this tag include this?  But just for the record, the only time was when I was born.  I turned yellow; it was a problem.
P. Pet peeves: I don't have enough time in the day, but really nasally voices are the worse, which I realize people don't have control over.  I'M SORRY MY PET PEEVE DISCRIMINATES BUT YOUR VOICE IS ANNOYING!!!
Q. Quote from a movie: "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." - John Keating (Robin Williams): Dead Poets Society
R. Right or left handed: Right is might.
S. Siblings: Older sister (28), who you've had the pleasure of meeting in my VALA videos.  Younger brother (15), who has also made a cameo in a video or two.  Love 'em.
T. Time you wake up: Well since I work very irregularly (which is so annoying), and my classes are on-line, I sleep 'til 10am.
U. Underwear: Ummm, another weird question.  1. Why wouldn't you wear them? 2. I wear hipsters.
V. Vegetable you hate: TOMATOES ARE THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE.
W. What makes you run late: Reading and blogging.  Oh and Youtube taking forever uploading my videos!!!
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Head and feet.  Not going to discuss why.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Also known as Yummy Food Others Make Me: Pumpkin Bread, SuperChocolate Brownies, and Stuffed Porkchops.  Damnit, I'm hungry now.
Z. Zoo animal: Penguins and owls all the way.  I also really love bears.  They look so cute, but can kill you so easily.  Same with tigers.  Stupid predators with big teeth!!

Okay, now that that's done I suppose I should go to bed....If you do this, link it below!  GOOD NIGHT!!

Nearly New Books Giveaway!


I Am a Reader, Not a Writer hosts this awesome feature each Tuesday.  I too love to receive books in the mail, and to buy the books I want to read. And while I might not get rid of the books I read (I re-read them all the time), there are some books that don't have a place on my shelves.  I figure giving them away would be nice!  This won't be a feature every Tuesday, like at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, but it'll pop up now and then.
So without further ado, here's the books I have to giveaway!
OR

I should clarify, there will be ONE winner.

10.17.2011

It's Monday: What are You Reading?


Hello and welcome to another fun addition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  This meme is hosted by Book Journey every Monday!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This week I'm reading:


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Rot & Ruin (Review)


TitleRot & Ruin 
Editors(s)Jonathan Maberry
Edition: Hardcover, 458 pages
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble










The Summary
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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
My Opinion
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Rot & Ruin was an amazing read!  Intense and scary; just what you want out of a zombie book.  This is a world I never want to live in, and that is a compliment.  The pacing was great, there was so much tension, and I got scared for the characters all the time.  This was the perfect book to read for my Spooktacular Books Challenge!

Okay, so the plot and world building was the best part.  Immediately, the reader gets sucked into the story because Maberry does an amazing job of setting the pace.  Reading the first line, "Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing.", you just have to read on.   Even in the "quiet" moments there is a hint of urgency.  The fact that there are zombies right outside the fence of Mountainside in the great Rot & Ruin was always known (And isn't that a terrific name for the wasteland that is America?) no matter what was going on in the story.

The plot develops quickly, with Maberry always eluding to a bigger mystery.  There are a bunch of cracks leading from the main plot that all circle back around during one point or another.  It was great, because as soon as I thought I had it figured out, something else would splinter.  To make a book like this work, that surprise and tension is needed, otherwise it would have come off as slightly silly in some places.

The world building is masterful.  As the reader moves through the book, she is told more and more about the places and people living in this new America.  And each detail builds such a clear picture in your mind that it's like a movie playing.  The differences between Mountainside and the Rot & Ruin are great.  Both places are painted in a certain light, but as you move through the book that light switches, so you never really know where you're safe!

Rot & Ruin is now on my list of favorite books for good reason.  It was so captivating that I wanted more.  Luckily, the second book, Dust & Decay, is out and I have it waiting on me at my local bookstore.  If you're looking for a scary read for Halloween, have an interest in zombies, or just want a really good book, then go check out Rot & Ruin!  You'll love it!

Extras
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Check out some great bonus content from Rot & Ruin here

Final Rating
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Book Cover: 5/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 9/10
Characters: 8.5/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 45.5/50: A-

10.16.2011

Nook Bargains (7)


I have a nook color, which I love!  But whenever I see e-books on sale, they're always for the Kindle. 
So I thought I might start my own round-up of sales on e-books that are for the nook to help my fellow nookers (yes I've just made that word up).
The catch is that some of these books are on-sale for a limited time, so get 'em while they're hot!
I got a lot of titles gathered for your enjoyment this week!  Some are only for a limited time, so check it out as soon as possible!!

 Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner - $3.99
The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois - $0.99











 Breathless by Jessica Warman - $4.79
 Brightest Kind of Darkness by P. T. Michelle - $0.99
 Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors - $4.79
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - $3.19
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer - $3.19
Need by Carrie Jones - $4.79
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens - $4.99
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card - $3.99
Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine - $2.99
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith - $2.99
Shadowland (Mediator series #1) by Meg Cabot - $3.99
Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman - $4.79
Witch & Curse (Wicked series) by Nancy Holder & Debbie ViguiĆ© - $3.99
Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier - $3.99

In My Mailbox (28)



In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by one of her friends, Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.
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10.13.2011

Remembrance (Review)

TitleRemembrance (Transcend Time #1)
Editors(s): Michelle Madow
Edition: E-book, 302 pages
PublisherDreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: July 25, 2011
Source: Received from author for review












The Summary
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New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

(Goodreads)
My Opinion
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I was lucky enough to be contacted by Michelle Madow to review her debut novel, Remembrance.  I was so excited, as Remembrance had been on my TBR list for a while!  Getting a copy for review was very lucky indeed (especially since I am nervous about contacting authors directly!  Still a little newbie!).  And let me tell you, I was sucked in immediately.

The story was inspired by Taylor Swift's music video for "Love Story" (located below for those of you who haven't seen it), and the beauty of the video is definitely represented within Remembrance.  I think that the plot is the strongest part of the story.  It is so intriguing to go on this journey with Lizzie as she finds out who she was and who she is.  the juxtaposition of the modern world, and the flashbacks to Regency England is fantastic.  While there have been changes in Lizzie and Drew's lives, the connection is still prevalent, strengthening the believability of this seemingly impossible feat.

My favorite character, besides Lizzie (we share a name, AND a love of Jane Austen!), is Drew.  I am Team Drew all the way, even when he's being a jerk.  Of course once you learn why, you can forgive him for it.  But he's a modern Mr. Darcy, and I can't get enough.  Once some problems get resolved the love between Drew and Lizzie is ridiculous, but never over the top.  And that is what sets Remembrance apart from just another "true love" story.  It's not instant, and it's not without problems, and they both have to fight their way back to each other.  It is really beautiful.

Another aspect that adds a layer of realism to the story, are all the secondary characters.  Many times I feel that secondary characters could be cut from a story, but in the case of Remembrance the reader needs them to help round off Lizzie and Drew's story.  Jeremy is used as a great foil to Drew, for no matter how much Drew might be a jerk at times, Jeremy is so much worse in his disregard for Lizzie.  Chelsea also is a great foil for Lizzie.  Their friendship is strong, but Chelsea's personality can be overpowering, highlighting the quiet beauty of Lizzie.

Remembrance is a great and quick read, full of romance spanning across time.  It is also the first book in a series, so I am really, really excited for Vengeance, the short story bridge between Remembrance and the third book in the series.  If you haven't read Remembrance go, pick up a copy!  You're going to fall in love, I promise!
Oh and check out my Author Interview with Michelle Madow to learn more about her and Remembrance!
Extras
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"Love Story" by Taylor Swift
The very inspiration for Remembrance, and who could blame her?  
This video is GORGEOUS!

Final Rating
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Book Cover: 4.5/5
Book Title: 4.5/5
Plot: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 45/50: A-

Interview with Michelle Madow, author of Remembrance

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Michelle Madow to review her amazing book Remembrance!  A great debut novel, it tells the story of Lizzie Davenport, your average high school junior.  She has the jock boyfriend, the boy crazy best friend, and the supportive family; everything seems to be perfect.  But then Luke Carmichael transfers to her school, and Lizzie's whole life is turn upside down! 

I was so excited to be able to interview Michelle about Remembrance, and her inspiration for the book!

Taken from Michelle's website

Eli: What specifically about Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video inspired you to write Remembrance?

Michelle: The first scene in the music video is Taylor walking through a college campus. She meets eyes with an attractive guy with dark hair, and suddenly the scene flashes to the two of them dancing at a ball, in clothing from the Regency Era. The lyrics in “Love Story” also say, “I close my eyes and the flashbacks start,” and for some reason I related that to flashbacks of a past life. The characters and story started to come alive in my head, and it turned into Remembrance!

Eli: Besides Taylor Swift, there is a big connection to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen within Remembrance; why did you include this reference in your story?

Michelle: I knew that I wanted Lizzie and Drew’s past life to be in the Regency Era in England from the “Love Story” music video. Pride and Prejudice takes place during that same time period, and it’s one of my favorite stories, so the parallels ended up naturally falling into place as I wrote Remembrance.

Eli: Right now you are in the creative writing program at Johns Hopkins.  Did you always want to be a writer?

Michelle: I’ve been writing forever, but decided to write for the goal of publication while taking an Intro to Creative Writing class during my junior year of college. My teacher and classmates were very enthusiastic about my writing, and their encouragement helped me realize that completing a novel was a goal I could accomplish. If I hadn’t taken that one class, I might not be where I am today!

Eli: Who/what are some of your favorite authors/books?

Michelle: I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Eli: Is there a plan for future books in the works?

Michelle: Yes, there is! Remembrance is part one in the Transcend Time Saga. The second part—a short story called Vengeance—will be coming out for the holiday season. I’m doing a cover reveal blog hop next week, and the full cover will be revealed on October 21. Go to my blog and follow it via Google Friend Connect to stay updated on the latest news regarding my books!

I'd like to thank Michelle for allowing me to interview her!  And please check out the book;
Remembrance is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and The Book Depository.


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Michelle Madow, author of Remembrance:
In the fall of 2009, I saw Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video for the first time. I thought up a story to go along with the video, and decided to write the beginning of this story as a homework assignment for class. That story eventually became my first novel, Remembrance. I'm so happy to be able to share this novel with you, and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it!


I'm currently studying creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, and am hard at work writing more novels for young adults.


Check out my website, www.michellemadow.com
to add me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and my many other social networking sites. I love making new book friends!
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