Friday, October 31, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Halloween

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: HALLOWEEN

In Italy you don't see the kind of celebrations America is used to do for this special occasion, but I've always been fascinated by Halloween. When I was old enough to understand it better and had developed my creative skills, I started celebrating this event in style. I used to make every decoration myself and every year I added new things, so the house was always different and rich of spooky embellishments. I had friends coming over, we had costume parties and we had lots of fun with horror movies and sometimes themed games I invented myself. I used to take care of the pumpkin as well, and didn't I just love that part? :)

Without even realising it, years passed by and suddenly I moved to UK. That was the end of the big celebrations. Not because here they don't do anything for Halloween, on the contrary, it was just me losing that enthusiasm I had at home... But I left my lil sis in charge. Growing up following my steps, she learned a lot from me and, since she had a good dose of creativeness already, you can imagine how she rocks the house!

I still celebrate Halloween, though, but it's just horror movies, candy and a couple of decorations here and there, nothing spectacular. Although today we have a great friend with us, so we're going to have a bit more of Mwahaha fun!! ;)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Executioner At The Institute For Contaminated Children Review Tour!

Today I'm happy to host a stop for The Executioner at the Institute for
Contaminated Children Review Tour, organized by Dark World Books!

(Click on the banner above to see the schedule.)



THE EXECUTIONER AT THE INSTITUTE FOR CONTAMINATED CHILDREN
(The Executioner #1)

16 The deciding age of contamination.
30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school.
24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children.
14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room.
700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and…well…smells for the remainder of the school year.
2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan’s there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna’s worst fear—humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of.
1 The number of bodies that turn up dead.
0 Her chances of getting out alive.

*Click on the cover to read my review*



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Margaret E. Alexander grew up in Miami, FL. Ten years of frizz and hurricanes chased her away to sunny San Diego, CA. While in college, studying biomedical engineering didn’t stop her from pumping out novel drafts every year. She found her escape in storytelling and others like her who sometimes preferred the world of fiction to the real one. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is her first YA novel with Crescent Moon Press. She loves blogging about thrillers with young protagonists and is putting her art minor to good use with a graphic novel project on the side. Her wandering focus is the fault of her cat.

"The Executioner At The Institute For Contaminated Children" by Margaret E. Alexander



THE EXECUTIONER AT THE INSTITUTE FOR CONTAMINATED CHILDREN BY MARGARET E. ALEXANDER

SERIES: The Executioner #1
PUBLISHER: Crescent Moon Press
GENRE: YA Paranormal/Thriller
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author

SUMMARY
16 The deciding age of contamination.
30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school.
24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children.
14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room.
700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and…well…smells for the remainder of the school year.
2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan’s there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna’s worst fear—humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of.
1 The number of bodies that turn up dead.
0 Her chances of getting out alive.

MY REVIEW

This has been one of those cases in which it was the blurb to attract me to the book most of all. The summary is intriguing but quite cryptic and that is precisely what pushed my curiosity buttons so much and well.

I found myself drawn into a story that had much more to offer than what I would have honestly expected, and I devoured the book without realising it. From start to finish we have so much going on that is practically impossible to get bored even for a second, and that is because the author has done a very good job with both characters and plot development. Guessing who's behind everything is a challenge—it proves to be so even when you think you got the answer right—and every turn of events certainly makes the whole read even more entertaining. But it's not just a matter of getting the Executioner, we face a sad 'reality' here in which our heroes are forced to live and, well, survive. Certain situations kinda gave me the chills and I could feel the characters' struggle...

Lovers of superheroes should definitely grab this book right away, although I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a cool read with unexpected twists and turns. I'm definitely looking for more!

RATING: 4/5

Friday, October 24, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Origin of Your Name

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: ORIGIN OF YOUR NAME

(Mars et Rhea Silvia by Peter Paul Rubens)

The name Silvia originates from the Latin word Silva (forest, woods) and it means spirit of the forest.

In Roman mythology, Rhea Silvia was the mother of the twins Romulus and Remus, who founded the city of Rome. -> Now, I'm from Rome, can you see how 'imposing' such a name is? ;)

Also, Silvia is a Shakespearean name (fan girl moment). In Two Gentlemen of Verona she was The Duke's daughter, beloved of Valentine.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#50)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


He slid one hand forward until it lay flat on her stomach, and what little space left between them was closed.
'You can tell me what you want, or you can show me.'

Kindle 5% - "Holding My Breath" by A.M. Hartnett


What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)
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