Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Excert: Trapped by Carrie Grant

Author: Carrie Grant
Format: eBook 
Publication Date: January, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
 Driving home from a high school math competition, the last thing Emily expected was to get trapped in a caved-in tunnel. Yet when the dust settles, she soon finds there’s even more going on than a math nerd could have calculated. Only a few other cars survived the cave-in, leaving her trapped with a team of plumbers, a cranky old man, a Governor, and a family of five. An older boy named Chris also managed to survive the cave-in...but his bright blue eyes seem to be watching everyone just a little too closely. 

As the hours tick by and the water runs out, the survivors struggle to wait for the rescue team. But Emily had seen something just before the tunnel collapsed, something that makes her realize that this cave-in was no accident. She is trapped with the killer of hundreds of innocent people–with nearly a mile of solid rock blocking every exit. 


"Stop fidgeting, Emily," Mom says, and I tuck my hands in my lap.  She shoots a glare at me and the car veers slightly over the painted white line.  I keep my eyes on the left hand wall, watching our progress.  We're not even halfway through the tunnel.
         A low, steady rumble has me looking around again.  My mom heaves a sigh as I turn, but she holds back frrom reprimanding me.  Her eyes dart around the tunnel as well, searching for the source.  It sounds like a distant train, but the noise grows louder and louder, the ground shaking underneath our speeding car.
         "What the-"
         The whole tunnel begins shaking, our car vibrating wildly on the pavement.  Bits of concrete and rocks dislodge from the tunnel walls, pelting our car and the road around us.  The noise rises to a deafening pitch, the car shaking and jumping as we drive over fallen rocks.
         "Stop the car!" I scream as the ceiling up ahead collapses.  Something tumbles onto the passenger side of the car, ripping the side mirror from my door.  One of the twins lets out a shriek and my mom slams on the brakes.  sending the car into a tailspin, tires screeching and sliding on the pavement.  The seatbelt pulls tight against my chest, holding me as I'm slung to the left by the wild momentum.  There are moans and screams and sounds of breaking glass - then the sickening crunch of metal as we come to an abrupt stop. 
         My airbag explodes, sending a rush of of air and plastic toward me.  My mom's does as well.  And those are the only sounds.
         For a moment no one moves.  We're stunned into silence.  One last falling rock taps our windshield, exploding a deep crack across its surface.  The glass crackles a little more, then falls silent as well.

About The Author:
Carrie Grant is a 26-year-old young adult author from Manhattan, New York. She lives there with her older sister and their cat, Felix. Carrie has been writing since she was in her teens, but she is only recently published. She writes for strong, but soft, female leads and loves mystery, adventure, and romance.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Calling for Interviews

The book blogging community is just awesome and a friendly bunch of readers.  But who are these amazing people?   I've been tossing the idea around and decide to start an interview segment to highlight all bloggers in readerland.

When I was younger I loved show and tell, sharing what I felt was important to me at the time, and no surprise I remember bringing a book several times, along with my "Simpson" dolls -- don't judge me.  

I was actually thinking of calling it Show and Tell, asking a few questions and perhaps providing a picture of you current tbr, or something of that nature.

If anyone is interested my email below 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Post #24

I participate in two great weekly memes, the first is Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

The second is, It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR

Friday, April 18, 2014

Femme Fatale Fridays: Charlotte Vale

A femme fatale, translating to "Deadly Woman" in french, is an alluring, seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire. Often this leads them into compromising, dangerous and deadly situations." ~ Wikipeda

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Book Review Formats

Last week I read a blog post written by Kimba The Caffinated Reader on review burn out and mixing it up.  While I have not gone through review burn out I think it would be grand to try something new.  The post made me reexamine all the book reviews I have prepped and personalize/tailor them to the synopsis/genre.  I actually looked back on a meme I have been doing off and on, Femme Fatale Friday, a focus on femme fatales in literature.  I wrote letters, suicide notes and eulogies to describe these characters/stories.  I was creative.  While my freestyle review formula is fine and does work, I'd like to branch out and express a little of those creative juices floating around somewhere.

I've currently set my fallback as a breakdown with "initial thoughts, fond of, not fond, final thoughts"  but other ideas (some taken from Kimba)* are:

  • Speed Dating*
  • Journal Entry
  • Medical Report
  • Obit/eulogy
  • Suicide Note
  • Bullet Point*
  • Top Ten (David Letterman Style)
  • Tweet it! 140 words or less*
  • The 5 Ws and H
  • Character Compare/Contrast Circles
  • Acrostic Poem* -- take one word and expand off of each letter (Book Log OGreatness)
  • Newspaper article
  • Ad
  • Wanted Poster
  • Brochure
  • When my brother was in elementary school, he started every single paper with "Have you ever wondered?"  and no matter what the subject concluded with "Well if you ever wondered now you know."  In homage, I could expand off of that.
These are just a few, but there could be many more.  How do you review? do you have a set formula or do you mix it up?

Now I have one last inquiry, I've notice lately that several bloggers include a rating and an "About The Author" on their review posts.  Do you think either are an essential.  I've debated including a rating but I have always thought it gives your impression/overall view on said book too affirmatively, but maybe that's just me.  What do you think?