Monday, October 29, 2012

Birthday Celebration Giveaway

Oh man. It's already the last few days of October... Anywho, since it's my birthday today, the lovely Jennifer Banash (author of White Lines) agreed to do a giveaway as a celebration! Good luck to all the entrants! =) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a daily meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It features the books we got this week to read and review.

This is what I got this week:

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Big thanks to Erica from The Book Cellar for the chance to win. Can't wait to read this! =)
What did you get this week?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Paparazzi Project

Thanks to the Bookish Brunette, I am able to reveal The Paparazzi Project book cover (written by Kristina Springer) to you all today! =)

My Thoughts: I've always liked pictures where you mainly see the camera and a slight outline of the photographer's face, kinda like the cover image. I'm really interested in what this book is about not only because I'm a photographer, but the way the cover presents itself. It makes it look intriguing.

So... What do you think about The Paparazzi Project cover?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Review: Five Flavors of Dumb

Title: Five Flavors of Dumb
Author: Antony John
Publisher: Dial
Rating: 4

Synopsis (via Goodreads): The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits. The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf? Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

Review: It took me a while to catch on to Piper's way of communication mainly because she can sign and talk. This threw me off a few times, but I got the hang of it eventually. Just because deaf people can't hear, doesn't mean that they don't have other ways that they can "hear." I kept telling myself that Piper could "hear" Dumb perform by feeling the vibrations. Reading Five Flavors of Dumb, you have to keep your mind open to this and other different things that Piper experiences because most young adult books don't have the main character deaf or blind, instead they are, in a way, "perfect."

That's one of the main reasons I enjoyed reading this book. Five Flavors of Dumb is unique compared to other young adult novels simply because Piper is deaf. Parts of Piper's story I could relate to. When her younger, also deaf, sister Grace recieves ear implants and starts to hear again, Piper feels left out. In a way, most older siblings feel that the younger child is more important. I feel like that sometimes. Later on in the story, I was happy to see a different side of Piper's father who I wasn't the biggest fan of in the beginning but was encouraging towards the end.

The band members in Dumb, Finn, Ed, Josh, Kallie, Tash and Will all help Piper find a sense of belonging. After becoming the band's manager, she has something to claim as her own even if nobody really had faith in her. She had faith in herself. She never gave up. She stood up for what she believed in. Piper is the perfect role model for anyone with or without disabilities. In a world full of "perfects" this book helped me escape into a world full of "uniques" which is why I'm sure most teens would enjoy reading it.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Trailer Reveal: Timeless

There has been a lot of buzz about Michelle Madow's Transcend Time Saga, but I have yet to read it. Crazy, right? Either way, this trailer for Timeless makes me want to read it and I just had to share it. =)

What did you think about it? Have you read the books? Although I like the third cover, I wish it would've stayed consistent with the other two (just a girl's face in a masquerade ball mask) but that's just me.