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Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: PURE by Julianna Baggott!! (1 of 3)

Pure is an action-packed and emotional novel with meaning and purpose. It is a relentless whirlwind that grips you and shakes you and forces you to see beyond what you know and have been told!!

Author: Julianna Baggott
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Age Group: YA
Sequel: Fuse
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Page Count: 448
Source: ARC from Julianna Baggott and Grand Central Publishing And Preordered Final Copy!

Description:

"We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .


There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again."


The Cover: I really like the cover and think it is perfection in its' simplicity. However, this book has so, so, so many unique and odd images and characters in it, that I wish they would have been a little more daring with the cover and made it more crazy, tastefully crazy, but still crazy. 4 out 5 Hearts!

Teaser: "Moving in the shadows of trees on the other side of the field, she sees quick bodies. Nothing like the limping figure that was hiding behind the trees, these are large, fleet, and shifting in a pattern. She sees two and then a third. They emerge from the woods, and she can see that they are men, young with broad faces. They wear tight-fitting dark ashen camouflage suits that leave their arms bare. Their sleek hairless skin, so pristine, seems to glow. Their arms are rippled with muscle but also guns, thick black metal, attached, if not built in. They tilt their heads as if hearing things from far off and sniff the air. Their bodies are muscular. Two have barrel chest. The other has enormous thighs. They all have short hair. When they aren't moving with great speed with their breath steaming behind them in the chilled air, they lope almost elegantly. They have oversize hands - no, claws - but are still human. Normally, Pressia would be terrified, but because of the creatures' odd elegance and El Capitans' rapt fearlessness, she isn't." Pg 205

My Thoughts . . .

Pure by author Julianna Baggott was a story that pushes the boundary on what beauty means, in every way possible. It was a truly amazing, intriguing and captivating story that is precious and rare. In many books the protag or any character for that matter, is described as beautiful and stunning or also, often, plain and simple, but not ugly....oh, never ugly! But Julianna was not afraid to make ugly characters, to make characters who are so uncomfortable and frankly, are very ugly; characters with eyes on the sides of their heads like horse, characters mixed with animals, characters combined with four other people and characters with working fans jutting out of their throats, twirling with every breath.
This amazing style of character construction reminded of those 80's and 90's films back when all of oogly, boogly creatures were machine and rubber and they were so grotesque, but everyone loved them any ways because of their awesome freakishness. That's how the characters are, maybe not that extreme, but still in the same ballpark.

The writing style was utterly different then most books/YA books these days. It was the strangest blend of third, constantly infused with a stream of consciousness that just sucks you in and entices you to never stop reading as the character thinks about the past, the future, the present and of all the things they understand and don't understand. Julianna is amazing writer and I loved every page.

I'm gonna be honest, I wasn't so sure that I would like the book when I first started because I WAS so use to first person narration and when I saw that the book was third person infused with stream of consciousness I was very put off. Very. I just didn't like it. I didn't get it. I wasn't use to it. Five pages in, I could not stop reading!!! I was entranced and captivated by this world, by Pressia and Bradwell, by Patridge and Lyda and El Captain and by this beautiful, lyrical and artistic form of writing that I had to savor. And that's how it is with good books. With amazing books - you savor or consume. Since I received an ARC of Pure, that meant that the book had not even been released, which also meant that it's sequel, FUSE, was nowhere near publication so though I wanted to consume every page, I had to hold back and just savor. Savor the world, the writing and the characters.

A Little More Details on Characters???:

Pressia - I adored Pressia, I truly did. To me, she was the main protag and I loved everything about her, but that does not mean she wasn't flawed, both physically and socially, because she was. But that's why I liked her. She knew her flaws, she reprimanded herself for her not-so good thoughts and she forced herself to be a better person. She was strong character, that stumbles and falls, but refuses to give up. She is an extremely unique female protag in the YA books genre, for her story is not about loving a boy, but rather about loving herself and finding a better world, in the literal wastelands that surround her.

Patridge - At first I didn't care for Patridge, for the quite possible same reason that Bradwell didn't; he was a Pure. A Pure that didn't like the easy life he had. But then I got to learn about him, I got to learn about his history and feelings and his desires, I realized that he too, was a 3-D, flawed and powerful character that I enjoyed reading about.

Lyda - I like Lyda from the beginning, because even though she was Pure, she was strong. She knew her stance in life, but she also stood up for herself and was a fighter. Even when things got terrible, she was strong. Maybe a little mean, though that's understandable, but still, she was strong and I admired her strength, even though again, she was a Pure, and really never had to fight for anything. But in the end, she does fight. And she was another great female protag.

Bradwell - Bradwell was a character that I liked one moment and didn't like the next. He was stubborn and thought he was right about everything, but at the same time he was the most knowledgeable character and therefore, his smartassness and his stubbornness did make sense. I like that he was strong and again, flawed, like all the other characters. His deformity was physically unique and held a lot metaphorical meaning that I really enjoyed.

El Captian - El Capitan was the character that I felt struggled the most. He did horrible things and hated himself for it, but he knew he had to survive for him and even for his brother, though at times he wished he was without him. El was complex and haunted and wanted everything a Pure had while still hating them for everything they had and were. He was a tortured person who just wanted . . .he wanted everything, while wanting nothing and his emotions were just raw.

One thing I feel I need to mention is the religious undertone of the book. Don't freak! If you are not a religious person or don't like being preached at that, this book DOES NOT do that at all. It's not about our modern religion, but it is about what it means to have real faith. To believe in God and whether or not God and having faith in God and a better life is the same thing as believing in religion, in following what man tells you God wants you to do.

Are those who claim to know what God wants, right? Or is faith something else entirely? Is it the act of blind faith and doing what you are told? Or is it love? Something simple, but more powerful then anything else?

Having faith in yourself and those around you, are much more important then having faith in what you are told to believe in. Don't be the sheep nor the shepherd. Just simply, be.
So in the end Pure, by the wonderful Julianna Baggott is a book that will consume you, but that you should savor. It's truly a story about discovery and hope and the act of finding out what it means to be beautiful - in every way possible.

Question: Should you read?

Answer: Without A Doubt!!

Story: 5.5/5
Pace:  5/5
Originality: 5/5
Characters: 6/5
Writing: 5.5/5
Ending:  5/5

Pure is 5 and half Hearts out of 5!!

Thoughts??

♥♥♥♥

~Valen

THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julia Kagawa Cover Reveal!!!!!

"In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love."

Personally, I hate the cover....

It is hideous...

Story sounds amazing though!!!

Thoughts???

~V

Kiersten White's ENDLESSY Cover Reveal!!!


Endlessly

The third book in the Paranormalcy trilogy.

The final chapter of Evie's adventures. Old friends, new ones, all wrapped up in impossible decisions. And some ball gowns. Because what's a life of normal and paranormal drama without a ball gown or two?


Def the best cover!!!

Thoughts???

Liked the other two???

~V

Monday, January 23, 2012

Robert Pattinson Sings With Mackenzie Foy - Edward and Renesmee in BREAKING DAWN PT 2!?!?






Born on September 10, 2006, Renesmee Carlie Cullen (pronounced Ruh-nez-may) is the resident vampire/human hybrid member of the Olympic Coven. She is the biological daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, and the imprintee of Jacob Black. Renesmee's biological paternal grandparents are Edward and Elizabeth Masen, while on the maternal side, they are Charlie Swan and Renée Dwyer. She is also the adoptive granddaughter of Carlisle and Esme Cullen and the adoptive niece of Jasper and Rosalie Hale and Alice and Emmett Cullen.

Renesmee is considered to be Edward and Bella's "miracle", because of what it took to keep her and her mother alive through the pregnancy. Renesmee has the special powers to show people what her thoughts (thought projection) by touching them and break through their mental defenses. Bella initially gets angry and attacks Jacob for giving her daughter the nickname "Nessie". Irina of the Denali Coven sees Renesmee and believes she is an immortal child, a human child who had been turned by a vampire. She informs the Volturi, as immortal children are not permitted to live.

 The Volturi reach Forks intent on killing Renesmee and the Cullens. However, the Cullen family members gather witnesses from around the world to prove that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Alice brings another half-breed, Nahuel, who explains that half-breeds pose no danger to the vampires. Convinced that Renesmee is not a threat, the Volturi leave, and Renesmee and her family are left in peace. She is the only hybrid currently known to show supernatural gifts.

Thoughts???

Lame or Awesome???

~Valen

Very Interesting Article: 'Same-Sex Marriage: "Out of the Question" for Children's Literature?'


Article from The Huffington Post!!!

"Within the next few months, the UK government is going to hold a consultation about civil marriage for same-sex couples and, later this year, a new US president will be elected, which may end up changing the laws for same-sex marriage in that country.

At the moment, the US allows gay marriage in some states, but it's a tricky political issue that may affect who voters choose in November. The UK, meanwhile, has the separate and unequal institution of same-sex civil partnerships, which can be considered something of a booby prize because it is not exactly the same as marriage and is perceived as a way of avoiding offending heterosexual people who feel that gay marriage might somehow devalue straight marriage (as if divorce and adultery don't already do that; one could also point out that there are fewer gay couples who dissolve their civil partnerships than there are straight couples who divorce). 

More countries around the world now allow gay marriage, so it seems as though same-sex marriage is becoming a more accepted phenomenon. But do young LGBTQ people see it as an option? According to books for children and young adults, the answer is no.

Robin Reardon, who has written several YA novels with gay male protagonists, has her main character, Jason, in A Secret Edge consider gay marriage. He thinks, "I've never given [marriage] much thought before. But now--I guess it's out of the question for me. I mean, you hear about two guys getting married, sort of, but it seems a little far-fetched to me. And suddenly a lot of things most people take for granted seem a little far-fetched for me. Living with someone you love. Having kids."

Jason's sad ponderings might make a reader pity gay people and their limited opportunities for a happy and fulfilling romantic relationship. Jason's uncle, who raised him, is sorely disappointed when he learns that his nephew is gay. He thinks, "No one should have to live like that. He'll be hated, ostracised. He won't be able to marry or have children."

Like Jason's uncle, Liza's father in Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind worries about what being gay will mean for his daughter. Although not as disgusted by her lesbianism as some of her teachers are, Liza's father says that he doesn't want this for her, because it will mean she can never marry or have children.

In most YA novels, the gay characters and their parents assume that marriage is, as Jason put it, "out of the question". One young character bucks the trends by realising that there are ceremonies for gay people. In Maureen Johnston's The Bermudez Triangle, Avery thinks about her girlfriend, "What if Mel wanted to get married and have a commitment ceremony and play Ani DiFranco and k.d. lang songs and have cats as bridesmaids? That would be great for Mel, but it just wasn't something Avery could picture. The thought scared her. A lot."

While it's great to see that there's some recognition that there are opportunities for gay couples to show their commitment to one another, this passage stereotypically mocks what lesbians are like (cat-mad avid Ani DeFranco-listeners) and also suggests that the idea of a ceremony isn't too appealing.

Well, maybe teenagers are frightened of the thought of marriage. Maybe it seems like too big of a step for them. That's fair enough. If they view it as something that only older people do, perhaps picture books for young readers would be more likely to feature gay marriage, because the LGBTQ characters in these works tend to be parents rather than the children themselves.

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the answer either. If you look at preeminent queer writer for children Lesléa Newman's oeuvre of picture books (including Mommy, Mama, and Me; Daddy, Papa, and Me; and Heather Has Two Mommies), you won't find any marriages.

Similarly, other LGBTQ picture books, such as Michael Willhoite's Daddy's Roommate - which relies on the euphemism of "roommate" rather than employing "boyfriend", "partner", or, heaven forbid, "husband" - and Hedi Argent's Josh and Jaz Have Three Mums, don't seem to consider the possibility that the two mothers or two fathers could actually be wife-and-wife or husband-and-husband.

One of the few picture books to feature gay marriage is Ken Setterington's Mom and Mum are Getting Married. The story here is about how Mom and Mum just want a small ceremony while their daughter Rosie wants to be the flower girl in a big event. It's a refreshing change to see a picture book normalise gay marriage and show a gay couple making a legal commitment.

In books for children and young adults, the idea of same-sex marriage is either non-existent or is treated as ludicrous and impossible.

However, 2012 might turn out to be the year for gay marriage in the UK, the US and elsewhere. Will picture books and YA novels catch up with the times and start showing LGBTQ young people that marriage is an institution that is in fact open to them?

One could argue that authors reflect society to a certain extent within their writing and if young people are taught to believe that marriage is not an option for gay people, there is actually little incentive for a government's policies to change. Regardless of whether it's up to the authors or the politicians to take the first step, the solution is clear: legalise gay marriage and portray it in books for children and young adults. It needn't be "out of the question" any more."

Thoughts?!?!?

~Valen

THE HUNGER GAMES: Katniss and Peeta' ON FIRE' Black Outfits!!!


In the ruins of what was once the United States, the nation of Panem randomly chooses one boy and girl, aged 12-18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one remains.

The winner receives honor, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry for anything material again. The Games, while entertainment for the Capitol's citizens, are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of their unsuccessful rebellion 74 years ago, during which District 9 was completely destroyed.

In District 12, sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) cares for her mother and sister Primrose "Prim" (Willow Shields) since her father died in a mine accident when she was 11. Each year since the age of 12, Katniss has put her name in the lottery, or reaping, more than once. In return for taking this extra annual risk, she receives extra grain and oil for her family. In addition, Katniss has been illegally hunting for food outside the gates of District 12 with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), whose father died in the same mining accident as Katniss' and who similarly cares for his family.

Prim, now age 12, has her name placed in the reaping for the first time — only once — and it is unexpectedly drawn. Katniss volunteers to replace her sister in the Games. She competes with other tributes, including trained "Career Tributes" who have prepared for the Games their entire lives, as well as Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the boy tribute from District 12, who has secretly loved Katniss since childhood, and who once did her a kindness she never could forget. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), a drunk and the only living victor from District 12, mentors both Katniss and Peeta before and during the Hunger Games.

Thoughts???

What you imagined?!?

AWESOME TO ME!!!

~V

Friday, January 20, 2012

Elijah Returns on VAMPIRE DIARIES "The Ties That Bind Us"!!!




4 Coffins.
Elijah is Free.

2 other family members.
Who or What is in the other coffin?!?!?

My guess is that it is Klaus's mom who he supposedly killed, the Original Werewolf or the black witch who warned Klaus's mother not to turn them into vampires.....

I LOVE Vampire Diaries!!!!



Excited?!!?

~Valen

Thursday, January 19, 2012

'Final' Poster for THE HUNGER GAMES Film!!!! awesome....


"In the ruins of what was once North America, the nation Panem randomly chooses one boy and girl, ages 12-18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one remains. The winner receives honor, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry for anything material again. The Games, while entertainment for the Capitol's citizens, are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of their unsuccessful rebellion 74 years ago, during which District 13 was completely destroyed.

In District 12, sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) cares for her mother and sister Primrose "Prim" (Willow Shields) since her father died in a mine accident when she was 11. Each year since the age of 12, Katniss has put her name in the lottery, or reaping, more than once. In return for taking this extra annual risk, she receives extra grain and oil for her family. In addition, Katniss has been illegally hunting for food outside the gates of District 12 with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), whose father died in the same mining accident as Katniss' and who similarly cares for his family.

Prim, now age 12, has her name placed in the reaping for the first time — only once — and it is unexpectedly drawn. Katniss volunteers to replace her sister in the Games. She competes with other tributes, including trained "Career Tributes" who have prepared for the Games their entire lives, as well as Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the boy tribute from District 12, who has secretly loved Katniss since childhood, and who once did her a kindness she never could forget. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), a drunk and the only living victor from District 12, mentors both Katniss and Peeta before and during the Hunger Games."

Completely Awesome!!!!

~Valen

Kristen Stewarts SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN "Sneak Peek"!!!!!


"In a kingdom ruled by tyranny, the queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), will surpass her as ruler of her kingdom and become the Fairest in the land. However, she is told by the Magic Mirror (Christopher Obi) that if she, Ravenna, consumes Snow White's heart then she will live forever, but Snow White is able to escape into the Dark Forest. To capture her the Queen recruits a Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth), to retrieve Snow White. However, the Huntsman takes pity on the girl and instead of killing her brings her under his wing and with his help Snow White begins to learn the art of war. She starts a rebellion to bring down Ravenna with the aid of seven dwarves and Prince William (Sam Claflin), who has been in love with Snow White for many years."




I personally think this movie looks really amazing and I am very excited for it!!

Will def be seeing it twice!!

Your Thoughts???

~V

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Exclusive!! Toby in the Hospital?!?! "The Blonde Leading the Blind"!!


An Exclusive Clip of Pretty Little Liars where everything is changing!!



~ Valen Steel

A 6th Movie in THE TWILIGHT SAGA Film Franchise...."Morning Star"?!?!?!

Since Lionsgate bought Summit Entertainment, they now have the rights to The Twilight Saga and according to some whispers going on in Hollywood, a sixth film might be in the works...........

Video Below!:

Thanks to ClevverTV


What do you think?

Bad Idea?

Good Idea?

Let the franchise finally die!!!!?

And what will it be called??

Midnight Sun?

Morning Star???

A New Day?

Twilight: Jersey Shore!?!?

~Valen

THE TWILIGHT SAGA Becoming A Televsion Series......!?!?

TheDeadBolt.com Reports!!:

"The Twilight Saga was back in the news this week after Lionsgate purchased Summit Entertainment, the studio that brought the popular vampire series to life on the big screen. Following the purchase, Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer addressed the possibility of The Twilight Saga surviving beyond Breaking Dawn, the final film in the series that hits theaters on November 16. Although it’s still too early to tell if The Twilight Saga will continue after Breaking Dawn, fans could eventually see the popular franchise on television. In a statement following the purchase of Summit, Feltheimer did say that he would hope the series could continue as a possible television series given the success of the franchise.

So, will The Twilight Saga work as a TV series?

From a business standpoint for Lionsgate, it’s a no brainer. I mean, come on! The Twilight Saga has earned upward of $700 million with one more film on the way. But with The Twilight Saga as a possible TV series, my biggest concern is where things would go creatively since we already know the storylines of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. Creatively, it could be both good and bad. And if not wildly good, then The Twilight Saga on TV could be horribly bad. No one wants to see The Twilight Saga go out on a sour note with a bad TV series.



But let’s get this out of the way upfront, don’t expect a Twilight Saga TV series with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart or Taylor Lautner. They’re too big on the big screen for the small screen and they have too many film projects in the works. However, a Twilight Saga TV series could land a few supporting Twilight Saga actors who are either already on television or would be in need of work. And this makes much, much more sense than trying to recast Edward, Bella, and Jacob. But recasting actors in film and television has been a fairly common practice in Hollywood for decades. so you never know. Imagine the uproar if THAT happened!

Stephenie Meyer already published The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, a companion novella that continued the Twilight Saga world through the character of Bree Tanner, played by actress Jodelle Ferland in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. So we know that supporting characters may be the way go since Meyer already laid the foundation with Bree despite the “short” but significant aspect of the story.

Another, more obvious way to go would be to focus on Renesmee, the hybrid child of Edward and Bella from Breaking Dawn. A 15-year old butt-kicking Renesmee has TV series written all over it. Interestingly, in a 2010 interview with MTV, Stephenie Meyer addressed the possible future of The Twilight Saga stories beyond Breaking Dawn. “If I were to go ahead with the Cullen universe — and honestly I’ll do it for myself,” said Meyer to MTV. “Whether I publish it or not is questionable at this point, but the narrators that I would go ahead with … would be Renesmee and Leah. Probably about the age of five, which would be about 16 or 17 for Renesmee.”

But that’s just if Stephenie Meyer decides to write more books. And what about the previously scrapped Midnight Sun that Meyer shelved? Why not go this route for a Twilight Saga TV series? There are tons of possibilities.

Shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood have been extremely successful in tapping into the success of The Twilight Saga. Past shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were huge hits that are still loved to this day. The Joss Whedon series created a huge cult following.
For now, I won’t hold my breath for a Twilight Saga television series. If I were a vampire, however, that wouldn’t be a problem anyway."

My Thoughts?? -- Horrible, horrible idea!

What are your thoughts??

Would It Work???


~V

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lauren Oliver, Delirium and REAL LIFE Amor Deliria Nervosa?!?!??!


Lauren Oliver is the author of the stunning dystopian Delirium Trilogy where love has been dubbed a disease and in her books she has crafted a realistic and frightening disease known as Amor Deliria Nervosa that for all intents and purposes is fiction....but is it?? Does this disease actually exist??? Scientist say....

 Keep reading to find out about the new so-called BROKEN HEART SYNDROME:

"An article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association says that heart attack risk is a jaw-dropping 21 times higher when one’s heart is broken.

Now “broken heart syndrome” (as it was creatively named) is nothing new. It’s not really thought to produce any real long-lasting health complications, it’s just a scientific name for something we all experience at one point or another, right? Maybe, maybe not. While most people do find the strength to move on, it seems that others strangely leap from broken heart syndrome into full-on physical heart issues.

Researchers say that 1 in 320 people who are at high risk for heart failure and 1 in 1,400 people who are at low risk will experience increased heart problems due to some kind of heartbreak. Specifically, grieving spouses are more likely to die of a heart attack or a stroke, which accounts for 53% of their deaths.

How does it work? First off, a person who is grieving an intense emotional loss, be it death, severe depression, or just your run-of-the-mill bad breakup, is likely to not take very good care of themselves. They’ll get less sleep. They’ll neglect medication. They’ll neglect to eat, or they just won’t eat with any regard to health (read: copious amounts of ice cream). Potentially, they’ll drink and smoke more. You see, the grieving process increases cortisol levels in the blood. Intense grief brings on psychological stress, increased heart rate, blood pressure, and clotting, and there you have a perfect recipe for a heart attack.
So what do we do? Here’s some crack advice from the folks who would know best. Elizabeth Mostofsky, lead author of the research said: 

“Friends and family of bereaved people should provide close support to help prevent such incidents, especially near the beginning of the grieving process.”
Her colleague Dr. Mittleman said:

“During situations of extreme grief and psychological distress, you still need to take care of yourself and seek medical attention for symptoms associated with a heart attack.”

There you have it. When your teenager gets his/her heart broken and they swear that it’s killing them, there might be some truth to it after all.

Do you think there’s anything to broken heart syndrome or is it too pseudo-scientific for you to buy it?" FROM http://www.inquisitr.com!!

What do you think???

Lauren Oliver, can you see the future??

EXCITED for Pandemonium?!?

~Valen S.

Teaser Tuesday (1): THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass!

"For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined."


Teaser:

"I moved slowly into the monstrous bathroom, every step echoing against the vastness of tile and glass. In the long mirrors I saw Lucy eyeing the blood stains on my night-gown. Then Anne's careful eyes caught them. Then Mary's..." pg 120

Release Date is April 24, 2012. Preorder now!!!

~Valen S.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

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Review: WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey!!

Family secrets and darkness lingering at every turn and not everyone will come out unscathed!

Author: Scott Tracey
Release Date: September 8, 2011
Age Group: YA
Publisher: Flux
Sequel: Demon Eyes & Phantom Eyes
Page Count: 336
Source: Amazon

Description:

"Braden’s witch eyes give him an enormous power. A mere look causes a kaleidoscopic explosion of emotions, memories, darkness, and magic. But this rare gift is also his biggest curse.

Compelled to learn about his shadowed past and the family he never knew, Braden is drawn to the city of Belle Dam, where he is soon caught between two feuding witch dynasties. Sworn rivals Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe will use anything—lies, manipulation, illusion, and even murder—to seize control of Braden’s powers.

To stop an ancient evil from destroying the town, Braden must master his gift, even through the shocking discovery that Jason is his father. While his feelings for an enigmatic boy named Trey grow deeper, Braden realizes a terrible truth: Trey is Catherine Lansing’s son . . . and Braden may be destined to kill him."

The Cover:  The cover is fairly simple, but it still very cool. I wish the book had a better one, but this is not bad, just not best cover I have ever seen. 3.5/5 Hearts...

Teaser Quote: " Betrayer. Vandal. Savage darkness boiling under the sky is falling and silver defiance where there is nothing but pain and remorse like sickly green ashes touching the sky to draw the black fires from the heart." Now tell me that is not awesome! It's poetry!

My Thoughts . . . .

I liked this book a lot - I read it a day and simply could not put it down!

Tracey has created one of those unique worlds along the likes of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments and Andrea Cremer's Nightshade Series where there is a supernatural reality within reality and Tracey has the potential to always revisit the world of Braden and the town of Belle Dam anytime in the future.

Though the world building in the book was not very descriptive, Tracey has hinted any many possible different things that this world has, such as vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, fey and demons and that is very exciting because their is an abundant of stories to be explored! I love it when a writer writes new stories set in the same world and I hope that Tracey does that after the Witch Eyes sequels.

I loved Tracey's writing style because it was very precise and descriptive without being overbearing. Braden's visions were so amazing to read and they read like poetry! I really, really loved them and would have liked more of them.

The story itself was extremely original and unique and I was very happy with the authors spin on the supernatural because he created his own lore and mythos, but did so in fresh and realistic way. The lore of witches and demons, etc were 100% believable.

The characters were probably my only real qualm with the entire story, not all of them, but just, well, two....

I did not like Trey at all. Trey is Braden's "love interest", but the two had no chemistry and Trey was just a momma's boy with constant mental whiplash. My other character qualm was the protag himself, Braden... Don't get me wrong, I like Braden a great deal, but there was two things that bugged me about him: 1 - He was a push over one moment and a bad ass witch the next and for some reason, that annoyed me. He let someone treat him like crap and then the next second he put them in their place, all in the very same page and I just didn't get it. 2 - Like I said before, Trey and Braden had no chemistry. I am very serious when I say, one moment they were arguing, then they were kissing and after one kiss they were boyfriends who knew everything about each other, without really knowing anything about each other and then they were fighting and then making up and then trying to kill each other....blahwhacasaoolopplowhat?!?!?

Yeah, the whole thing confused me....

I did not understand why they even liked each other....but oh well. It's a plus side in a way I guess, because the story was not bogged down my some annoying romance of "forever and always".

But I do have to say, that Braden is an awesome character because he does what you always what your protag to do: use the power he has and show everyone around them that he is stronger then all of you! It is one of the "AHHHH!" moments when the good guy shows the baddy what they really can do! Also, Braden can be pretty witty when he wants to, and that is always a plus!

The other characters were amazing! Jason and Catherine and Lucien were all complex and intriguing people who I could not get a grasp on. They might be evil or they might not.... That's good writing - When the reader is guessing who is bad or not.

The ending of the book was well done and satisfying, even though it was extremely open-ended, but I rather like it that way, especially since there are sequels.

I really enjoyed this book and will def be getting what Scott Tracey writes next!
Question: Should you read?

Answer: Without A Doubt!!

Story: 4.5/5
Pace: 4/5
Originality: 5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Ending: 4/5


Witch Eyes is 4 and half Hearts out of 5!!

Thoughts??
♥♥♥♥

~Valen

Currently Reading: PURE ARC by Julianna Baggott!!

I am currently reading PURE by Julianna Baggott!

"We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again."

Pure comes out Feb. 8 2012 and is very, very different in the best possible way!

According to the back of my ARC the movie rights have been sold to Fox films and Karen Rosenfelt, the producer for the Twilight Saga is attached to the project!

Trust me, this would make a very amazing movie if done correctly..

The ARC was signed my Julianna herself, which is completely awesome and I even received a pin of the butterfly on the cover and mechanical/paper butterfly that can actually fly!

Thanks Julianna and Grand Central Publishing for the ARC!!

~Valen

Cassie Clare's CITY OF LOST SOULS Cover Reveal!!


Amazon Says:

"This title is fifth in the international bestselling paranormal thriller series "The Mortal Instruments". This is the follow-up to the international number one bestseller "City of Fallen Angels". "The Mortal Instruments" series has over one million books in print. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for six months straight. The books have been translated into 19 languages and have also appeared on bestseller lists in Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Film rights optioned, with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower cast as leads Clary and Jace. Global cover reveal planned for autumn 2011."

Real cover is brilliant!!

~V

Cassandra Clare's CITY OF LOST SOULS Cover Reveal!!


Amazon Says:

"This title is fifth in the international bestselling paranormal thriller series "The Mortal Instruments". This is the follow-up to the international number one bestseller "City of Fallen Angels". "The Mortal Instruments" series has over one million books in print. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for six months straight. The books have been translated into 19 languages and have also appeared on bestseller lists in Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Film rights optioned, with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower cast as leads Clary and Jace. Global cover reveal planned for autumn 2011."

A fake cover, but still interesting....

~V