Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Trailer Reveal: The Six by Mark Alpert

Title: The Six
Author: Mark Alpert
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: Hardcover, 368
Publication: July 7, 2015

Adam's muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam's only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.

Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam's game. Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam's life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam's dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.

Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat...before Sigma destroys humanity

Praise for The Six:

“Adam is an unusual hero—and he faces a frightening question: Computers can’t kill—CAN they? I’m still shaken by the answer. Will the near-future really be this terrifying?” —R.L. Stine, bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series
“An exciting action story chock-full of characters you’ll love. The Six is full of big ideas, big questions, real science, and things that will make you think and wonder and lie awake late at night.” —Michael Grant, New York Timesbestselling author of the Gone series 
“The Six are introduced as terminally-ill teens, but there’s plenty of high-speed action in which they engage. Their physical disabilities and limitations through disease are forgotten as the teens’ hearts, minds, and personalities shine through...questions of principle, power, and possibility keep this look at our modern, hardwired existence fresh and fascinating.” STARRED Booklist
“Alpert's exploration of neuromorphic electronics raises interesting questions about ethics, technology, and human nature…a haunting ending scene will leave readers pondering the line between progress and loss. A thought-provoking clash between humanity and machinery.”- Kirkus Reviews
“A well-researched, hardcore science-fiction joyride, great for fans of first-person shooter video games like Halo and Destiny. Highly recommended” –School Library Journal
“Do not just read The Six; make your friends read it too.” –VOYA Magazine

Shannon rears back in her seat as if she’s been slapped. “And where are you going to store the copies of our brains?” Her voice is furious. “In a supercomputer? A big electronic prison?” 
Dad doesn’t take offense. He answers her calmly. “The scanning process converts human intelligence to a digital form, allowing it to run on any neuromorphic computer that has enough memory and processing power. But in the initial stage right after the transfer, we believe it’s important to connect the intelligence to a machine that can move around and sense the outside world. A human intelligence is accustomed to controlling a body, so if we want to preserve its sanity, we’d better give it something to control. Here, let me show you.” 
He puts the vial of nanoprobes back in his pocket and pulls out something else, a small remote--control device. He points it at the doorway beside the stage, and a moment later I hear a loud clanking. The noise startles the soldiers standing by the doorway. They step backward, flattening themselves against the wall. Then a seven--foot--tall robot emerges from the doorway and brushes past them. 
The robot strides across the stage. It has two arms and two legs, but otherwise it isn’t very humanlike. It has no head or neck. Its torso is shaped like a giant bullet, with the rounded end on top. Its legs angle downward from the base of its torso and rest on oval steel--plate footpads that clang against the floor. 
The machine marches briskly past the podium and stops in front of my dad, who presses a button on his remote control. This command extends the robot’s arms, which telescope to a full length of six feet. They look like multi--jointed tentacles. The machine’s hands, though, resemble human hands, with dexterous mechanical fingers and thumbs. 
Dad presses another button, and the robot’s rounded top starts to turn like a turret. “The cameras and acoustic sensors are up here,” Dad says, pointing at the top end. “But the neuromorphic electronics are deep inside the torso, encased in armor plating. These robots were originally designed for the war in Afghanistan, so they’re pretty sturdy.” He raps his knuckles against the torso. “All in all, it’s an excellent platform for a newly transferred intelligence, but really it’s just the beginning. The whole point of the Pioneer Project is to bridge the gap between man and machine, and that means the human intelligences must explore their new environment. The Pioneers will have to learn how to use their new capabilities, and that includes transferring their intelligences from one machine to another.” 
His voice grows louder again, full of enthusiasm. “Once the Pioneers have mastered these tasks, our hope is that they’ll be able to establish a connection with Sigma. If all goes well, they’ll start communicating with the AI before it launches any of the Russian missiles. And then the toughest challenge will begin. At the same time that the humans are learning how to be machines, they’ll have to teach Sigma how to be human.”

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Note on 2014

Well, hello there. Long time, no see. I'm very disappointed to say that I have been very absent from this blog for a very long time. Let's just say that life has been crazy these last months.

However, among my new years' resolutions were two that I am extremely dedicated to: reading and blogging. I've missed blogging a whole bunch. But these last 5 months or so have been a whirlwind. In fact, this whole year has been exceptionally crazy.

While I haven't blogged a lot this year, Confessions of a Book Addict celebrated its first blog birthday. It also finally hit 100 followers on Blogger, which was probably one of the proudest moments of my blogging career. This year, I got to network with so many amazing people: bloggers, editors, authors. People that I never dreamed that I would be able to communicate with, let alone even be friends with.

On a more personal note, this year has been a series of ups and downs. While I've had some low moments in my life, I've also been extremely fortunate to celebrate some extraordinary moments this year. I started my senior year in high school. I became a QuestBridge Scholar. I was accepted to Vanderbilt University with a full ride scholarship.

It's been great.

Now, looking to 2015. This year, I hop,e will be even better. Filled with even more memorable moments.

So, here's to 2015. Here's to the friends, family, future memories, and, most importantly, the books.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Always Forever Blog Tour

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I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour for Always Forever. I'm really excited to read this book. Mary has been an awesome blogger friend of mine, and, on top of that, an excellent writer.

Displaying Always Forever cover (small).jpgSynopsis:
Music has been there for them, Always Forever

Colton Cruise has a determined, focused, hardworking attitude. He’s the manager of one of the most popular bands. However, all of his problems are coming from a smart mouth, petite, guitar player of the opening band.

Ivee Jamison is a blunt, outspoken girl who has been on her own for a while. She does whatever she wants. That is, until her new boss, Colton Cruise, starts barking orders.
The secrets that drive them are the one holding them back. Now will the music be able to save them once again? 

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I walked into the dimly lit bar. I small grin crept onto my face. It felt familiar, maybe because 

I spent a lot of time here behind the bar, and with Shine. I strolled up to the corner of the bar. A 

large breasted blonde smiled from behind the counter, and strutted up to me. 

“We’re closed sweetheart.” Her bright white smile was completely fake.

“Let Wills know that Colton is here, and then bring me a Budweiser. Thanks.” I ignored her 

statement. She looked at me strangely, but nodded, heading to the other side.

I gazed around the exact room that helped me get Shine where it is today. There were no 

tables, no stools, only a large bar that covered the whole length of the building. In the very back, 

on a large platform, was the stage. 

That was where all the magic happened. 

Right there. 

It really wasn’t anything special if you looked at it in the light. It’s a black, elevated stage, 

which Wills built himself. But to Shine, and to me, it was everything.

“Colton,” Wills thick British accent made me turn toward him. “How the hell are you?” He 

wasn’t as tall as I was, but he was much larger. I knew that he had to be at least two hundred 

eighty pounds and had always been that way.

“I’m good.” I gave him a quick, firm hand shake.

“I’m glad that you could make it up here on short notice.”

“Now, I came up here because it was you, Wills, but why the fuck am I here?” I crossed my 

arms, as the blonde set my beer in front of me, and a drink in front of him.

“You’re looking for someone to open for Shine, right? For the North America tour?” Wills’ 


I nodded.

“Well, look no further Mr. Manager-of-the-World’s-Hottest-Band, I have that opening act.” 

Wills smiled at me, pushing back his thick black hair off his forehead

Buy Links:

Information about the model/muse:

About the Author:
Displaying Mary Smith's author photo.jpgMary Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois but raised in Princeton, Illinois. She is currently living in
West Virginia with her amazing husband. Mary never misses a Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago 
Bears or a Chicago Bulls game. She loves her sports. Mary never goes anywhere without her 
Kindle, her laptop or a book in hand. If you can’t find her reading than she is reviewing books on 
her site, which she co-founded, Book Nerds Across America.

Mary Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois but raised in Princeton, Illinois. She is currently living in 
West Virginia with her amazing husband. Mary never misses a Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago 
Bears or a Chicago Bulls game. Mary never goes anywhere without her Kindle, her laptop or 
a book in hand. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling Sports Romance series, The Ice 
Series, and The Penalty Kill Trilogy, which she co-authors with Lindsay Paige.

Stalk Her:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

17332564Title: How to Love
Author: Katie Cotugno
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 389
Publication: October 1, 2013

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I had held off reading for quite a while. (I got the book for Christmas and read it in April if that is any indication.) I honestly didn't know what to expect from it. The reviews had been mixed. They were raving from the people over at Epic Reads, but there were many negative reviews over at Goodreads. But I had to see for myself. This story goes much deeper than I thought it would. How to Love explores the complexity of human relationships and love in a way that draws the reader into the story. However, it took me a while to actually fall head over heels in love with this story.

The story itself was unique. It wasn't the sweet and perfect love story that I had come to expect from most YA contemporary romances. It had dark twists and turns. The POV switches back and forth from before and after Reena has her daughter, and I really enjoyed that. It kept the story lively and entertaining.

The main problems that I had with the book lie in the characters. Reena could be such an annoying main character. It was completely understandable how naive that Reena was in the before chapters. She was young and in love for the first time. First love makes characters do stupid things. However, in the after chapters Reena prides herself on being smarter than when she was with Sawyer for the first time. Whenever he was around, she made such stupid and thoughtless decisions. She reverted back to her pre-baby self, and it was annoying. She had her parents and her prior experience with Sawyer to guide her, yet, at times, she ignored both. Sawyer was a bit of the same way. He was reckless and stupid. But it seemed that whenever he was with his daughter, he became more responsible, which made his character development amazing.

Man, do I love a slow burn romance. It took a while for Reena and Sawyer to get together, but when it happened, it was great. In the before chapters, their relationship was fun and reckless, but in the after chapters, their relationship matured and developed in ways that I didn't think was going to happen. I really enjoyed Sawyer and Reena together.

Slow to like at first, but it pleasantly surprised me

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer created to share news and post a recap of the week.

So, from circumstances beyond my control, I've been gone for a while. This first month of summer has been EXTREMELY busy. I took the SAT and ACT, went to Disney World, started volunteering at two libraries, and got a job. I'm kind of proud at how much I accomplished this past month. But hopefully, summer will start mellowing out and I will be able to dedicate more time to this blog. I have some reviews lined up for the next couple of weeks, because I have read a lot... But I've also watched a lot of Netflix and YouTube, so below I decided to add in some favorite TV series, movies, and YouTubers that I've enjoyed this month.

New On My Shelves:
Sneak Peek: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Netgalley)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Netgalley) (!!!!)

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Amazon Promo)
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (ARC from HarperTeen via Goodreads)
Pawn by Aimee Carter (Harlequin Teen)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The New College Reality

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (Library)
Sabriel by Garth Nix (Library)
Lirael by Garth Nix (Library)
United We Spy by Ally Carter (Library)
Heist Society... I know I already have a copy of this, but I couldn't pass up the paperback. I just love it so much. (Received from Library Summer Reading Program)

Recently Read:
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Boys Like You by Julianna Stone

The One by Kiera Cass
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

(So, I kind of went on a series binge of Vampire Academy. I recently saw the movie, and I absolutely loved it, so it inspired me to pick up the series again, and let's say I was not disappointed. This series is so addicting.)

Movies I Love:
Vampire Academy (4/5)
The Fault in Our Stars (5/5)
Christopher and His Kind (10 billion/5)

TV Shows I Love:
The Walking Dead (3.5/5)
Gossip Girl (4/5)

Youtubers I Love:
UberHaxorNova (gaming)
ImmortalHD (gaming)
AshleyElizabeth (make-up, hair, and advice)
TheCreatureHub (gaming)
EpicReads (books)

What did you guys get this week? Share in the comments below :)

Have a great week!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

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20647319Title: Branded (Sinners #1)
Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Genre: Dystopia
Pages: eBook, 252
Publication: June 28, 2013

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a dystopian book. Not only that, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a world that is so unique. The authors have created a world that is so elaborate and dark, and it’s just so interesting. I think that’s what I loved the most about this book.

The authors waste no time getting the story started. You’re thrown right into Lexi’s story. Lexi has been branded a sinner (specifically for lust), and is sentenced to a lifetime in the Hole, which is basically an extreme version of prison. Those first 50 or so pages, you’re fed so much information about the world and the character’s story that it’s a bit overwhelming. I think that’s the only criticism I have about this book. The first third of the book is so jammed pack, that for me, it felt like I didn’t have any time to breathe and digest everything that was going on.

But from that point to the end of the novel, I couldn’t stop reading. The story went by fast. And I loved how the characters developed. Lexi turned into a much stronger female character, which I always love going into books. Cole grew on me. I didn’t really like him at first. He was an asshole, but like most fictional boys I love, his assholishness subsided and his softer side came through. Cole and Lexi’s romance was really enjoyable. It was a slow burning romance that developed into something really passionate and amazing.

Overall, this unique world that the authors have created really made this book for me. While it had a few grammatical errors and had things moving a little too fast for my taste to be considered realistic, this was a really solid book. I’m excited to see how the story progresses in later books.

3.5 stars/ 5 stars


About the Authors
Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The Sunday Post is a chance to share events, blog posts, and showcase books from the week. 

Displaying IMG_20140510_211511.jpgIn terms of blog posts, this week has been pretty slow for me. About half way through the week the internet went out at my house, which completely sucked. I only got it fixed yesterday morning. Despite that, I did get to do a REALLY exciting thing that I had wanted to do for a long time. I got to meet John Green. (Well, not necessarily meet. More like breathe the same air.)

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Last Sunday, the details regarding the Demand Our Stars event were released. John Green, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolffe would go to four cities in the US. One of those cities happened to be very close to where I live. So, on Friday, I was able to go to Dallas and attend the event, which was really exciting. The event was hosted at the South Side Ballroom at Gilley’s and was crazy crowded.

Displaying IMG_20140509_181743.jpgMy friends and I waited in line for about 3 ½ hours, and were luckily among the 3000 people to get in to the event. While waiting in the line, I got to meet some really awesome nerdfighters from all over Texas. John hit the stage at about 7 and introduced an AMAZING 10 minute clip with never before seen footage from The Fault in Our Stars. The clip was spectacular. I was close to crying several times. (Not very surprising).

After the clip, John welcomed Shai, Ansel, and Nat to the stage. There were several questions asked from fans at the event, Twitter, and the Pop Sugar Instagram page. There were some really awesome questions. One thing that really struck me, was a girl named Caroline. Caroline had read TFiOS before she had been diagnosed with cancer in January. The cast, as well as the crowd, was moved by her story and her great question.

The event lasted about an hour and was honestly the best experience of my life. It’s so surreal to meet an author that you have loved for so long and who means so much to you. Also, it’s spectacular that I was able to see the people who took some of my favorite characters in literature and brought them to life on screen. I was so fortunate that I was able to attend the event.

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This week, I got a lot of really awesome books that I was extremely excited about.
The One by Kiera Cass (already read... Review will come later this week)
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (already read… Review will come later this month)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Boys Like You Juliana Stone via Netgalley (pub: May 6, 2014)
Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki via Netgalley (pub: June 28, 2013)
Divided (Dualed #2)  by Elisa Chapman via Netgalley (pub: May 27, 2014)
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols via Edelweiss (pub: May 20, 2014)
The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel via Netgalley (pub: April 29, 2014)

Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore via Netgalley (pub July 22, 2014)