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(Amazon Local) Free Voucher to Purchase Select Kindle Kids’ eBooks for $2 Each!

May 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – be sure to pick up your AmazonLocal Free Voucher to get 25 selected Kindle Kids’ Books for $2 Each only!

“Help foster that love of reading with today’s deal from Amazon. Get a free voucher to purchase select Kindle kids’ books for $2 each. With 25 titles to choose from, there’s sure to be something to capture the interest of every young reader.”

  • Free voucher to purchase up to 25 select eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store for $2 each
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying Kindle book purchase from Amazon.com by 11:59 P.M. PST May 31, 2013
  • Promotional code can only be used for the Kindle books displayed here
  • Voucher valid only for purchasers located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia

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Book Review – The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer (@TinaSpringer)

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer

Book Description:

Livvie Peterson thought taking Interpersonal Communications her junior year would be an easy A. But when the first assignment is given, her world flips upside down. Here’s the deal: the class is assigned a six-week project and is split into three groups— Paparazzi, Tabloid, and Celebrities. The Paparazzi follow around the Celebrities taking pictures and grabbing any kind of quotes they can. The Celebrities try to navigate being tailed on a daily basis. And the Tabloid receives all the information collected by the Paparazzi and decides what makes the weekly summary report. Sounds harmless…and it’s all just pretend anyway, right?

Livvie is assigned as Paparazzi and when she is matched up with the über -cute Chas Montgomery as her Tabloid boss she’s pretty sure things couldn’t get much better. Livvie’s uncanny ability to capture the Celebrities in compromising photos matched with Chas’s skill of exaggerating captions and editing the photos make them an unstoppable team. And the long hours working side by side with Chas aren’t a bad bonus.

Livvie simultaneously launches an anonymous blog, leaking the class’ photos and stories on the Internet. Her rising follower number quickly becomes addicting and she possibly spills too much information online. Once she finds her own celebrity will she be able to give it back? And will Chas be gone before she ever has the chance to find out?

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First thing – I know it’s terrible to judge books by their covers, but I almost passed this one up due to the terribly unappealing cover.

I’m glad I still read it, though, since I ended up being thoroughly charmed by The Paparazzi Project. Reading this tale of a unique Paparazzi/Tabloid/Celebrity roleplay school assignment taken too far made me wish that I was one of the kids participating in it 🙂 Now, why didn’t we get cool projects like this back then?!

I really liked Kristina Springer’s writing style too – it’s very light, funny and breezy, but not too flippant. And she managed to make her main character Livvie Peterson real and likable, even when Livvie was getting in way over her head as a paparazzi (in her quest to out-scoop her classmates), and started crossing some major TMZ red lines with her anonymous gossip blog.

For those who like a little romance in their stories, there is a touch of that here with Livvie and her tabloid partner Chas. But for me, the appeal in the book really was the school project and how it impacted Livvie and her classmates.

I really wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Paparazzi Project to young readers. It’s a quick read, the characters are likable and it teaches some good lessons (without being preachy). It’s a fun change from the glut of uber violent, angsty YA books that are out.

(*One note though, I thought that the Interpersonal Communications teacher Mrs B was a terrible (or terribly written?) character, particularly about how she just washed her hands off the whole thing and didn’t take responsibility for her students in the end. I just wished that Ms Springer had written her to be better than a dead-beat teacher.)

The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer (Self-Pub) is available on Amazon and B&N.

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(American Idol) Angie Miller and Adam Lambert Perform “Titanium” (Video)

May 17, 2013 Leave a comment

popout: Titanium

Ah, missed that it was the American Idol finale! Good thing there’s YouTube so I won’t have to miss out on this lovely duet (too short though!) 🙂

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(Amazon Local) Free Voucher to Purchase up to 37 Select Kindle eBooks for $1 Each!

May 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – be sure to pick up your new AmazonLocal Free Voucher to get up to 37 select Kindle books from the Amazon Kindle Store for $1 each!

“Give yourself over to a good book. With this special offer from Amazon Digital Services, get a free voucher to purchase select Kindle books for $1 each. With 37 titles to choose from spanning many genres, you’re sure to find more than one story to surrender to.”

  • Free voucher to purchase up to 37 select eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store for $1 each
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying Kindle book purchase from Amazon.com by 11:59 P.M. PST May 22, 2013
  • Promotional code can only be used for the Kindle books displayed here
  • Voucher valid only for purchasers located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia

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Book Review – Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Book Description:

The 13th (and final) Sookie Stackhouse novel from the Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series – and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

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Sigh, I was really hoping that Dead Ever After – the latest and final Sookie Stackhouse book – would be one of the good ones. While there’s been several clunkers in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, there have also been books that I really loved and consider favorites. I have really enjoyed the world that Charlaine Harris’ conjured up, and ended up loving many of her characters, so it really sucks for me to report that this last book – SUCKS. Badly. Way to go out with a whimper.

The writing was terrible (!) – the main mystery plot made no sense to me (and the subplots were all a mess too), the dialogue was clunky and unnatural, there were really egregious continuity errors (i.e. Sookie suddenly can’t read shifters’ minds – so what has she been doing all these previous 12 books? guessing what the shifters were thinking?), and none of the characters were acting like themselves (starting with Sookie herself). Based on this book, looks like Charlaine Harris is super-burned out, was dying to end the series, and just couldn’t care less. This reads like a really early draft that should never have been published as is. Shame on everyone involved.

I’m not even going to complain about the guy Sookie ended up with – I wasn’t really surprised since there wasn’t anyone left for her to jump in the sack with (although I was surprised with the speed at which she switched guys). To be honest, I didn’t really give a damn anymore in the end. Sorry.

Dead Ever After  by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo books.

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