January 30, 2013

WoW: PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Book blurb (from goodreads):
Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It's the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie's parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with–her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the "Norms," or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it's not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school–but she never wanted to be a quarterback's girlfriend. When Addie's father is asked to consult on a murder in the compound, she's unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she's willing to live through...and who she can't live without.

Available February 12, 2013

This book sounds very Sliding Doors, which was a film I remember liking even if I don't remember much else about it (totally just dated myself, didn't I?). It sounds like an original twist on an otherwise familiar premise. Looking forward to reading this :)

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

January 28, 2013

Personality by Blood Type

Sometimes, it's fun to play around with ways to build your character's personality even before you begin writing her/him. What's their sign? Western astrology or Chinese zodiac or both? What's their MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)?

I'm sort of a manga nerd, and something you always see on manga character profiles is blood type. Here's how they classify according to The Huffington Post:

Blood Type: A
Personality traits: Conservative, introverted, reserved, patient, a perfectionist.
Worst traits: Obsessive, self-conscious, sometimes uptight and stubborn

People with blood type A are to referred to as 'farmers' and are considerate to others and extremely loyal. They can be quite secretive and reluctant to share their feelings.

Blood Type: B
Personality traits: Creative, flexible, individualistic, optimistic, passionate.
Worst traits: Forgetful and sometimes, irresponsible

Type B personalities are empathetic, easily understanding others' points of view, yet often hesitating to challenge or confront. Chameleon-like and flexible, they make good friends.

However, type B men have a different reputation and aren't considered as 'marriage material' in Korea, where they are perceived as 'players' and are often selfish and mercurial.

Blood Type: AB
Personality traits: Cool, controlled, introverted, rational
Worst traits: Critical, indecisive, unforgiving and aloof

Type AB personalities tend to be very charming and popular. They don't sweat the small stuff and can be seen as spiritual and even at times, a bit "flaky".

They are believed to be controlled by their heads rather than their hearts. Sometimes it is difficult to be an AB. AB's don't like to fit in anyone else's "boxes". If they feel too confined, they'll break out of that box and do things their own way.

Blood Type: O
Personality traits: Ambitious, self-confident, robust
Worst traits: Arrogant, insensitive, vain

People with blood type O are viewed as natural leaders and are often keen athletes. They are outgoing, expressive and passionate. They have an insatiable appetite for success and aren't afraid to take risks or a gamble.

Generally speaking, AB types are considered the worst, which is interesting because those are the characters I'm usually drawn to (in manga). RARELY is the main protagonist blood type AB (with the notable exception of Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin).

If you're curious about reading more about blood type personality summaries, here and here are some good places to start :)

Sasuke Uchiha. Blood Type AB.

Happy character building! ♥

January 25, 2013

2013 Films to Look Forward to (part 1)

AKA movies in which things blow up and/or there's either magic or big action sequences. Or both. I'm so predictable. (Sadly no unicorns. Get on that, Hollywood.)

In no particular order:
Warm Bodies

Remember how I'm a giant wuss? Remember how I CAN'T WATCH ZOMBIE FILMS (reading is okay)? I can barely deal with The Walking Dead. But this film looks hilarious and awesome and DO WANT.

January 16, 2013

WoW: SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Book blurb (from goodreads):
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Available February 5, 2013



Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

January 9, 2013

WoW: PRODIGY by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Book blurb (from goodreads):
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Available January 29, 2013

I LOVED Legend, and I can't wait to read Prodigy. I really liked Day and June, and I'm eager to find out what happens to them next :)

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

January 7, 2013

The Nightmare Affair Focus on You Giveaway

Mindee Arnett, aka CP of Awesome, is giving away two of her last ARCs of The Nightmare Affair in an AWESOME contest.

From the contest post on her blog:

We want to see your visual interpretation of the term “Magickind.” (In case you didn’t already know, all the magical creatures in The Nightmare Affair are referred to in this way; so nightmares, sirens, demons, fairies, werewolves, you name it. Anything magical)

This interpretation can be a drawing, a photograph, a sculpture, video, comic strip, anything that involves a visual medium. You don’t have to explain the term in any written way, just show it to us. Be creative. Be entertaining. Show us something beautiful, amazing, scary, funny, whatever you’re feeling. I really want this contest to be a spotlight on YOU. Your creativity and personality. Show me what you got. This piece of art does not have to be new, either. If you drew an awesome picture in the 3rd grade that fits the theme, use it. Seriously, as long as the visual belongs to you, you’re good. No copy rights violations, please.

Sounds fun, right?! :D

For full details on how to enter, please read THE FULL POST at Mindee's blog.

Believe me when I say you want to read this book. I'll be posting a book rec and my own giveaway once the release date gets a little closer.

Happy Monday, guys! ♥

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