Deceived by the Hype Monster!

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Deceived.

That is how I’m feeling right now…
Or more like: Sheepish. Put in my place. Stooged.

I recently fell victim to the Hype Monster. And HARD.

Has that ever happened to you?

Imagine this scenario: A new book has just been announced. You may have read the author’s previous novels and have sung their praises every step of the way… Or let’s say there’s a soon-to-be-released book by a debut author which has all the publications, news sources, bloggers and your father’s second cousin twice removed buzzing. Of course the whole world is going to go ga-ga over it, right? Even though the book hasn’t even been freaking released yet? Still, you would do anything - anything, shy of stealing or committing mass genocide - just to get your greedy little hands on the book…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (+ Giveaway!)

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I’ve (kinda) gotten the blogging itch once again… I know, I know. I’m such a fickle, fickle little person who can’t seem to commit either way. But this past month or so I have read a number of books that I want to talk about to some degree. The thought of composing posts for each book individually is so overwhelming it makes me want to crawl back into my blogging hibernation cave and hug my knees close while rocking back and forward spouting crazy mumbo-jumbo.

So here I am, giving you a *quick* mish-mashed post full of various thoughts about a month’s worth of reading. If I can convince you to check out (or avoid) a book or two, then my job here is done.
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Book Alert: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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Book Alert: The Glass Arrow by Kristen SimmonsThe Glass Arrow
by Kristen Simmons

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Published by: Tor Teen on 2015-02-10
Genres: Dystopian, Girls & Women, Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: ARC from Author
My Rating: five-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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I return from my blogging hiatus to bring you this message:
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An Apology and a (Somewhat) Farewell

It is with deep regret that I inform my blog followers and fellow book nerds that I have all but said farewell to my obsessive blogging days. The short of the matter is that I have started and not completed many a blog post in recent weeks. Honestly, I don’t even feel the desire to complete any of them. I think this is a sign that my heart is just not 100% into it anymore, not even 50%… Instead of writing reviews, I just want to read and enjoy each story, without feeling as though I have to form my thoughts into cohesive, intelligible sentences. I want to live without the pressure of the “marketing machine”. I work in marketing, I’m kind of tired of dealing with it in my personal life, too…

I am still (and will always be) a reader – as I always have been – I just can’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm for writing my thoughts and reactions down anymore. Not to mention, I have been busy with various other activities lately; which includes improving my professional life and having fun with the family.

I also have picked up a pencil again for the first time in many, many, many months. I have a talent for art and I want to focus on that area in my life again. I received a Wacom tablet from my husband this past Christmas, but have yet to do more than experiment with it because my free time has been so focused on the blog.

In addition, I haven’t typed a single word within my own manuscripts in almost 8 months. EIGHT MONTHS?! This is wrong, just wrong… The whole purpose of refocusing on my blog last year – the new name, branding, etc. – was so that I would discipline myself when it came to my own writing. That never happened. All I did was write more and more words in reaction to the books I read and nothing else. I no longer created my own words or worlds. I abandoned my characters… my dreams. I don’t want to do that anymore.

Blogging takes up a lot of time; A LOT of time that I do not have anymore. So many good things have happened in my life lately. I want to take advantage of those things and, as a result, adjust how I spend my free time. I will miss the interactions I have with you here on the blog. I will be maintaining my domain, so maybe I will post every now and then. But for now, my life as a “blogger” is over.

I will always, always see you on Twitter, though!
(@jennadoesbooks and @jdetrapani – Follow me!)

Ta ta! (For now.)

The Kiss of Deception Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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The Kiss of Deception Blog Tour: Guest Post + GiveawayThe Kiss of Deception
by Mary E. Pearson

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Published by: Macmillan on July 8, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 496
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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