Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Madman's Daughter Book Review

Recommended for: Fans of The Island of Doctor Moreau, Doctor Jeckle and  Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein
Read in April, 2014 — I own a copy
My Rating: FIVE STARS          

{Title: The Madman's Daughter}
{Author: Megan Shepherd}
{Published by Balzer + Bray}
{420 Pages}
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

WOAH! This was quite an adventure. This was a chilling, fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of The Island of Doctor Moreau than you'll love this. It's actually a twisted version of it. This story had me spellbound to these pages. Megan made all the difficult language of anatomy, cells and vivisection seem like child's play.

Read the first page and you'll be mesmerized!

The minute I read the first paragraph I knew this was going to be a dark novel. Just the idea of scrubbing blood flecked floors and being in hallways compared to a graveyard raises the hair on my arms. The old English setting was perfect for this dark tale of a crooked doctor's daughter trying to stay alive while avoiding the perverse Doctor Hastings. It gets better with the eerie setting of a dangerous island housing gruesome creations made by her father. Oh, and there's love. Yes, Montgomery and Edward, the protagonist's boys of choice.
Its a very loopy relationship though.
Your back and forth between the two very often and just as you think she's made her choice and settled on one she ruins it with doubt. And it's just like...


Juliet is a very complex character, a young protagonist that is still struggling with her future when her past comes to bite her in the butt. She's suddenly forced to return to her past with Montgomery, her childhood friend and also ex-servant boy (or so he says). The minute Montgomery stepped onto the page though all the feels rushed at me like a linebacker. He is a handsome young doctor with a mysterious past but a heart wrenching story. He's got a spot in my top male characters. I don't want to spoil too much but he is even more of a genius than I at first imagined.

Now, I can't not say something about Balthazar. I could just wrap that abnormal beast in my arms and squeeze him tight! I love Balthazar so much. He's so sweet and innocent that it breaks my heart.
I want a Balthazar of my own....and I wouldn't mind a Montgomery either *wink wink*.


You have to read this! Add this to your Must-Reads and don't hesitate. It's a teeth clenching, mind-boggling adventure on the Island of Doctor Moreau.

And I just HAD to use Dylan O'Brien to describe how I was feeling about this book!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Demand Our Stars Top Ten Update

If you caught my last post on the stats for the Demand our Stars race to win a Premiere/Early Screening + Cast in your state, then you should check again. Hundreds of fans have been voting endlessly for their state to be one of the top states. The Top 4 will get the Premiere. After a little math and some long lists I finally got your top 10 states of the moment.
If you haven't voted yet for your state click here:

So here it is, the top ten! 2 Days Left to Vote!!!

Top Ten States:

 Votes               State

1- 184,560            Ohio
2- 183,154            Florida
3- 120,701            Minnesota
4- 91,496              Illionois
5- 86, 880             Pennsylvania
6- 84,509              Seattle
7- 84,335              Texas
8- 83,288              New Jersey
9- 83,025              California
10- 82,853            Hawaii


81,959          North Carolina

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Young Elites Cover Reveal

Since hearing Marie Lu discuss her new fantasy novel The Young Elites at YALLFest 2013, I've been really excited to get to blog about it. At the time we just had a rough summary that it was Fantasy, be set in Italy, and the main protagonist wears an eye patch. But now we got an awesome cover and a new summary and I'm loving the whole urban fantasy feel to it. It looks somewhat like Game of Thrones but when described my Marie Lu, sounded a lot to be like Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The whole temperature of it is very dark and eerie with the clouds, cool and hair raising. The sword plunging through the clouds look very mid-evil. I'm a little confused on how this will turn out being that it is set in the future but looks so old-world. Tell me what you guys think of the cover below!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Demand Our Stars (The Fault in Our Stars Screening/Cast Premiere Contest)

Hey Guys! So as promised I have brought you the top 12 states in the Demand Our Stars race. In the end 10 states will be chosen and will receive an Early Screening, and red carpet premiere of The Fault in Our Stars with the entire cast present. I know if any of you were present at the Divergent Early screenings and Premiere than you know what to expect, lots of cameras, cast signings and pics, and of course, the movie. I actually won Screening tickets to Divergent a few months ago but unfortunately it was all the way in Kansas City Missouri and I was unable to make it. Fortunately though, North Carolina is in the running and is in the top ten!

I really hope NC can stay in the top ten because most everything Movie and Premiere wise is done elsewhere. Sure we had Hunger Games filmed here but did we get a Early Screening and Premiere with the Cast? No. So it is a real prize to have The Fault in Our Stars possibly coming here. I really want to win Screening tickets again for TFIOS that way I can actually go this time but I need your help! Please vote for NC, especially if you live in, near, or just want to help. Demand Our Stars will last until April 25th and the top 12 will be cut to 10. Keep NC in the race to win a screening!
To vote, click the link below and it will take you to where you need to go. Click your state (or NC, the one with the red lighthouse) and reblog it or like it. Follow the instructions and I believe you can vote more than once, so vote vote vote! But Scroll down to see if your state is on the list!

Papertowns Movie

Fans of John Green's novels including: The Fault in our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, and Papertowns, gather around and let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time there was a funny man, a smart but funny man named John. He wears glasses and uses big words and makes up delightful but tear-jerking stories about teenagers. First there's Collin, then Alaska, lets not forget Hazel and Gus but then there was two, a girl named Margot and a boy named Q. They were left alone in a Papertown; But suddenly their Papertown left paper, its world bubbling up into something else, screen writing, directors, cameras oh my. Papertowns is becoming a movie! And there is no doubt that John Green is very, very happy.

Okay, that was somewhat cheesy and I only managed to rhyme once. Haha. Oh well, poetry is not my forte` but hey (did it again!!!) it's true, Papertowns is becoming a movie and the The Fault in Our Stars crew is getting back together!!! Also Natt Wolf (Issac in The Fault in Our Stars)

Natt Wolf has already been secured in the role of Q! Though we don't know who is going to be Margot yet we expect to hear some news real soon. I'll keep you updated on anything #PapertownsMovie related. Meanwhile, read the tweets from John and Natt about the movie!

We all now have the authority to blame John for anything that goes wrong. Now I'm still reading Papertowns at the moment but I am still stoked for this. I think Natt will be great for this. Good job both Natt and John!

FIRST The Fault in Our Stars Movie Clip 'It's a Metaphor'

I am so freaking out right now because every time I watch this I just can't wait any longer for June 6th! It seems so far away! Released last night on the MTV Movie Awards was the first official clip from the The Fault in Our Stars movie. Presented by Ansel Elgort (Gus) and Shailene (Hazel Grace) the 54 second clip gets the point across that this movie will be sticking to the book and will be incredibly funny. Known so well to it's readers, the 'It's a Metaphor' scene is down below. Go watch it and freak out like I did! May I just add, that his smile is infectious.

MTV Movie Awards Recap and Selfies

Last night was totally awesome for some amazing actors and actresses! The MTV Movie Awards went on last night to award Shailene Woodley (Divergent, TFIOS), Will Poulter (Maze Runner), and Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games). For the past few weeks I have been seeing a Fandom War between Divergent and Hunger Games fans for BEST CHARACTER. So here is the news you all have been waiting for, the Winner of BEST CHARACTER goes tooooo....*Drum Roll*..... TRIS PRIOR OF DIVERGENT!!!

I honestly love Tris, no hate, but more than Katniss. I understand she's hardened by the things happening around her, and Jennifer is an amazing actress, but I just don't like Katniss that much. So I am happy that Tris won, but Jennifer did win some other amazing things I believe.

Pics of: John Green, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Dylan O'Brien, Josh Hutcherson & Sam Claflin.

The Fault in Our Stars Soundtack

I'm most excited for Ed Sheeran's song 'All Of The Stars', I think he is just perfect for this soundtrack. Who are you most excited to hear from? Oh and remember to check out my post on The Papertowns film and the Top Twelve States in the running to snag an Early Screening and Premiere with the Cast and John Green for The Fault in Our Stars.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ARC Party with Epic Reads!

Get some awesome books on your shelves this year with some amazing new titles! Epic Reads has hosted its bi-annual ARC party and has released some amazing new books! If you are reading this within the hour make sure to go enter the ARC Giveaway! Also check out the Epic Reads Blog for release dates, Goodreads links, and more stuff!


Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Rush- October 14
Clariel by Garth Nix- October 14
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant- September 23
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis- September 23
Sanctum by Madeline Roux- August 26
Crashland (#2 Twinmaker) by Sean Williams- November
Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel -June 3
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno -July 8
Wild by Alex Mallory- July 8
The Things you Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor -June 24
Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson- August 26
Blackbird by Anna Carey- September 16
Deliverance by CJ Redwine- September 26
Kiss, Kill, Vanish by Jessica Martinez- October 7
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang- September 9
On the Fence by Kasie West- July 1
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas-
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeline Kuderick- September 9
Don't Let Go by Michelle Gagnon-


Friday, April 4, 2014

Summer 2014 Dark Days Tour

 New info on this year's Dark Days tour! I won't be able to go because you know, why would anyone ever want to come to NC? Oh well, here is the list anyway and please do tell if you are going! If I was going I would be totally excited to see Kiera Cass.
Irving, Texas – The Irving Public Library
May 6th @ 7PM
Edmond, OK – Best of Books
May 7th @ 6:30PM
Kansas City, MO – B&N, Zona Rosa
May 8th @ 7PM
St. Louis, MO – Left Bank Books
May 9th @ 7PM
Chicago, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop
May 10th @ 2PM