New Blog on Google! YAY!

Hello fellow, Bloggers! Thank you for all your support on WordPress over the last few months! As you know a friend and I run a blog together called The Booknatics, and we have officially created a new merged blog on Google!

It would mean the world to me if you follow us there! Things to look forward to are; Give-Aways, News on new releases and movie announcements, fun reviews by the both of us, promotions for authors and other fellow bloggers, Google+ Hangout chats with friends and authors, and make great new friends! The Booknatics isn’t just a place for Krystal and I to do reviews, but for book fanatics every where to make new friends and discuss books. Come join in on the fun, and thank you in advanced! We’ll follow you back if you’d like, just let us know. 😉 Hope to see you soon! Here’s our links

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The Booknatics GoodReads.com Group May Books of the Month

Hello everyone! I am very excited about this months group read, mainly because this is our first group activity since starting the Booknatic blogging! We had our members vote on a poll filled with different books from a variety of genres, and the two that won May’s featured books are:

May 2013 book of the Month

May 2013 book of the Month


Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

May Book of the Month

May Book of the Month


Fallen by Lauren Kate:
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story

I have already read the Fallen series, which was captivating in it’s YA genre, but have not yet read Cinder. If you have read either of these, or plan to, why don’t ya join us on goodreads and join in the bookly fun? =D
Link to our Goodreads group: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/89180
Discussions can also be found on our TheBooknatics.facebook.com page and Also on Twitter. Hope to see you guys soon!

The Host- by Stephanie Meyer–Review for the book AND movie

So, this is going to be my attempt at hiding the overwhelming details of my excitement of what I thought about the book movie adaptation, The Host. I am also going to do a slight book review to add to this, even though I read it years ago. I went to see this movie shortly after release but am just now having the time to actually sit down and really write my thoughts on it, calmly too might I add!…

AHH!!!!!! –#%(*)UTJHyy- Okay. Done with the last of my happy-bursts. ((Sorry this review is long))

I took my mom out to see this movie, and I have to say, it was beyond outstanding! As I’ve said before, generally upon book-to-movie adaptations being released, I try my best to not set myself up for disappointment and walk into the show with low expectations, because I am just nerdy enough to get heartbroken over a lousy attempt at my favorite books being brought to life. The awesome thing about going in with low hopes is that feeling when that guard you spent so much time putting up prepping yourself for disappointment is shattered by the mind-blowing actuality of a splendid well put together outcome.

I was so crazy about this book I read it more than once, and pretty much remembered line for line, and my favorite quotes, it was exhilarating to experience a successful adaptation such as this, my favorite scenes and quotes saved from the producing-butcher!

9780316068048_custom-s6-c10For those of you who haven’t read the book, it’s set in a Dystopian age where an alien race has taken over Planet Earth and invades the human species. They are generally a kind, gentle species and create a new world without money, government, and wars. Though the actual act of invasion seems barbaric, the alien race really only acted with great intentions, not realizing what they are doing is actually wrong and forceful. Their sole purpose was to bond with a foreign species to bring harmony to a world of need. Humans in their eyes needed help, for we are the lesser, barbaric, and hateful race. Stephanie Meyer really hits it on the spot how messed up our society is with this novel.

The souls are inserted into the human brain, and are then used to sift through the human’s memories to gather any information on the last of the non-assimilated humans. Though, in some cases such as one of our Heroine’s, Melanie, are stronger than our extraterrestrial invader expects and the human mind revolts and battles its trespasser to regain control over their body once again, though such incidents are rare.
In this case, here we meet Wanderer. Gentle soul who later earns the nick name, Wanda, and has lived for millennia and has bonded with many hosts from many planets. Wanda is assigned to our strong protagonists, Melanie and when she feels the power and strength of Melanie’s love as she sifts through her memories, she slowly begins to conform to the human emotion, overwhelmed with the power of love and understands enough to feel driven to help Melanie be reunited with her little brother and the man she loves. Wanda stops cooperating with the lead Seeker, and Melanie and Wanda embark on the electrifying journey, but a dangerous one at that, as The Seeker begins the hunt to destroy both Wanda and Melanie both.

Again, you won’t be getting any spoilers from me, but if you can enjoy a good Sci-Fi, though this could be classified as Young Adult, I feel this could be enjoyed by all ages. A little bit of romance, thriller, mystery, and a whole lot of Sci-Fi will be experienced!

This movie, I can’t stress enough, for those who have read the book but not yet watched the movie, please do yourself a favor, and see this one! It’s rare I enthusiastically propose readers to experience a book adaptation for themselves, it was that perfect! The scenes from the book which made me cry, laugh and leave me on the edge of my seat, effectively had me doing so as the movie went on, right on que.

Q/A with Larissa Ione

February 22nd 2013
Larissa Ione Q&A

Krystle and I are a part of a Paranormal Romance group on Goodreads, and our board leaders worked ever so hard to get ahold of Ms.Ione for us! We are deeply grateful, and cannot wait! Ione will be answering our questions at approximately 7:00 pm tonight. I will update this article as soon as our answers are given! Our questions are as followed:

Sky: Hi there Ms.Ione! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, it’s an honor to be able to chat with such a talented lady as yourself =) I only had one question today, a silly one. I love cuddling up in bed and reading, and most often my hubby is lying next to me, he doesn’t read at all, so I’ll be playful and read to him chapters from different books. I love to see his reaction to the things I’ve read him from this genre! I guess he never expects something like that could be “read”, rather than be “watched” haha
I guess I just wonder, with so many WELL described erotica scenes, and of, well, male member lengths, has your husband ever read or heard any chapters, scenes and such from your novels, and how does he react? Great approval on his side I hope =D

Larrisa: “Ha! My husband actually reads all of my books. He totally approves. Except he’s convinced that Wraith is based on him. *rolls eyes*

Sky: Larissa, that is wonderful news! Having a hubby that supports your writing is fantastic. That’s awesome he even see’s himself in your characters, whether he’s right or not lolol

Krystle: “I actually read “Pleasure Unbound” when I took my first plane ride (by myself), so you pretty much kept my mind at ease during that adventure. So a big THANKS for that 🙂 Like you I am a huge animal lover, which is why I groom dogs for a living and I love all of the pictures you put up on Facebook of your king shepherd “Hexe”. She’s gorgeous and seems to love life!

1. Do you ever dream up ideas for your books, then wake up and write those ideas down? When I read a book and really get into it I’ll dream about it for a few nights and sometimes wake up really emotional because it was so real.
2. With your dogs name being “hexe” which clearly goes with the style of your writing, are you ever going to use it any of your books as a character name?

Larissa:
 I never wake up from dreams and write anything down. I should, but I don’t. I always hope that someday I’ll finally be smart enough to do that!
No Hexe characters in the near future, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be! *g*

Author of the following Series:

Goodies have been handed out to winners of five people, Looks like I have been chosen as one! We believe it is a signed copy of:

Chester Blue- Suzanna Anderson

Chester Blue

Chester Blue

Well, I got this book from the author for a rating and review. The timing of it to arrive in my mailbox couldn’t have been more perfect. I received it by mail the day of my Grandmothers memorial service who passed away sometime in August. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

It’s a cute, fun, happy go lucky story about a bear, who shows up when you need him the most, with a simple reminder: God loves you.

It starts when the bear is lost by its original owner, and each person who finds him, just so happened to be having a bad day. But after seeing the message inside the suitcase it was carrying, they felt it as a sign from God. No matter how bad your day is, you are loved, and good things will come. This poor teddy bear keeps being passed around as it is lost, and torn, and repaired, it always manages to find itself in the arms of a needing person. When the bear is returned to its original owner at last, the gratefulness of giving hope when needed was overwhelming.

If I am feeling down and need a boost, I will think of this little blue bear who brought such good luck to all he met. I will recommend this to anyone I know, pass it on to my children, so they too are reminded, through all the rough times, God loves them.

So L.A. – Bridget Hoida

LOVE IT!

LOVE IT!

Check her page out here! https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bridget-Hoida/321422317872139

I want to start off by mentioning how much I love this cover. By far, the prettiest on my shelf.It’s a racy, realistic, heart wrenching story about a girl from a quiet California town who made it big with her husband in Hollywood’s favorite bottled water industry. Though, with the loss of her brother, the five stages of mourning drives her into foolishness. She realizes she’s tried so hard to be like everyone else in L.A.-plastic and fake with no morals-  and begins to feel as if she’s undeserving of all her success and great new life. She begins to over-think things, causing her to act out in absurd ways.

This is a first point of view into a womans life who yearns to see the light of who she used to be once again, and shed the superficial-mask she’s been hiding behind for so long.

Through insanity, infidelity, and other events, Magdalena finally breaks free of the obstacles of life, getting a grip on her life and finding happiness in the small things.  The ending, ohhh the ending. I won’t dare spoil it, but she definitely reclaimed herself. A true, realistic, bitter sweet happily ever after-of it’s own magical way, that is –  If you ask me, with all the chaos that stirred in this book, the ending is how any story like this should resolve in real life.

I really enjoyed the main character, for all her flaws, for her honest opinions, for everything she wanted to be, so many layers to this character. Hoida hits  life lessons on the spot. I really did enjoy this book, the author did a fantastic job with a refreshing and creative approach of telling a story. There were times I was laughing, times I teared up, and times I really just wanted to reach through the pages and slap the main character around and yell ” DON’T! STOP! You’re so much better than that!” Hoida really held on to my attention,  got me so wrapped up that I found myself needing to re-adjust to my surroundings a few times and gather myself! I hope to see more work from this talented beauty in the near future! Thank you for such a mesmerizing story!

Emma Donoghue- Astray

My first advanced copy to review =)

My first advanced copy to review =)

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This was one of my first Advanced pre-edited copy to review =)

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue’s stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

Emma Donoghue has taken real historic stories of people on the run or departed for adventure and love, and turned them into a work of art. Her imagination takes us for a spin on the untold stories of beloved documented events of everyday real life people who left an imprint on our history, the last few centuries. She respectively tells their stories in different mannerisms all the while staying true to the era’s use of language, lifestyle, characters and places.

An example being, a documented, real story of love letters between two lovers, Emma has taken what was documented and already known about these people; where they lived, why the letters were being written, and has taken the scribed words and created a back story of how the lovers must have felt being apart for so long, how they were feeling, from their point of view, as they wrote the letter to their S/O, what was happening between each letter when they weren’t writing.
I haven’t read anything like this before, Donoghue has quite a vision and minds eye for adding a depth to layers that unfold seamlessly in each story. I found myself inspired by many of the tales, and wanting more! Definitely a 5 star for me!