“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Thursday, May 31, 2012

2nd Waiting on Wednesday: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
Summary by goodreads.com

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school... Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....


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Hey guys,

Since the other Waiting on Wednesday post this week wasn't technically real I'm going to do this one because I'm really excited for it! This series has been really good. I read the first three and LOVED the first 2 but the third turned me off..........I've been hesitant to continue reading them but now I see this book I am SOO going to finish the series!

The cover to the left is the American cover and the right I think is the British cover. (correct me if I'm wrong)

Are any of you guys excited for this!!?

-Kait

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NEWS

Hey guys. We are going to be getting a new format for our posts. They are going to be more spoiler free. There will be a whole section for The people who have not read the books and a SPOILER DISCUSSION section to discuss our opinions on the fine details, the spoilers, for those of you who have read the book. We hope this will be better for our readers.

Comment what you think and if you want any other changes made.

-Kait, Mari <3, and Rach


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TIDBIT THURSDAY: Something you love most about reading

Hey Hey Hey!!!

We've got another Tidbit Thursday, hosted by us here at 2BR!!! (we are going to be looking into opening it for other blogs to participate in also.) Here's this weeks:



What are some things you love a lot about reading?

Tell us about some weird/funny/cool/fun/etc. things you do when reading. What do you love about it?

(tell us what you think of Tidbit Thursday so far!)

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Kait

One thing that I do that could be considered weird (possibly), cool, interesting, and to me: fun, would be the following (Only for people who use bookmarks, sorry all you dog ear/page  remeberers):

Step 1: Open book you are currently reading.

Step 2: Take bookmark out.

Step 3: Open a chunk of the book a little further ahead. (100 or so pages)

Step 4: Place the bookmark there.

Step 5: Read.

simple as that......although thats not the fun part. The really amazing part is when you read for a little while and you turn the page and there's the bookmark! and you're all like "Oh my gosh!! How did I read THAT much!" This really makes me feel accomplished..............(and a good way of keeping track of pages read if you have to do that but you don't like to.) I'm always shocked and happy when I find the bookmark again.

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The other thing I really love about reading is, like my profile picture (and the quote on the sidebar) says,

"That moment when you're reading a book and the whole world around you does not exist anymore."

That's why I feel bad for people who don't like to read because they never experience that, and trust me it's a wonderful feeling. It's almost like watching a movie in a movie theater. Has anybody ever been watching an interesting movie and when you remeber where you are and that there are other people around you, you kind of notice you forgot? Well it's like that for reading only like times 10 and way way better. How many of you guys know exactly what I'm talking about?

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Mari

You guys are going to think I am insane... But that moment when you are really INTO a book and it's like what Kait says about the world disappearing except I'm going to focus on what happens after to a really involved reader.  This would be withdrawl. Hopefully SOMEONE knows what I'm talking about but if you don't here it is:
Scene: Monday, Homeroom, Reading.
So, you settle down and open up your favorite book.  And you read. And continue reading for a while.  Then all of a sudden the bell rings and your like, "WHAT? It's only been, five minutes!" So you just sit there feeling all groggy and don't want to move.  Yeah I call that "withdrawl" so you can use that! And also the whole falling in love with fictional characters that's kinda wierd I guess soooooo.
Yup, signing off,
Mari




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Rach

The thing I love most about reading is probably characters. You know how sometimes you're reading a book it has a REALLY great character? And then the book ends and you just think, Wait, what happens next to the character? It's like you wanna know their whole life story. When something bad happens to that beloved character, you cry, and when something good happens, your whole face lights up with a smile. :) And the best part is when you feel connected to that character in some way. Some characters that I definitly feel this way about are Peeta and Katniss and Gale and Finnick and Prim and...well you get my point (ps: they're all from the Hunger Games). I hope you feel this way, too :)

I definitly agree with Mari and Kait about the whole getting lost in a book thing. I especially love to picture in my mind what all the characters and their world looks like (and then when you go to see the movie, it looks completly different, but you think your version was totally better) (ps: this did not happen with the hunger games though)







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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kind of a Waiting On Wednesday letdown

Hey Y'all.....Kait here, and I come bearing bad news.

it's about our favorite series here:





 If any of you have been checking in on Jen's tumblr you know that she has recently released some sad, sad news. On a non-spoiler-y note the Raised By Wolves "series" has been confirmed a "trilogy" She says she plans to come back to these characters in the future, but not on the same story arc. I completely respect and agree with her reasons under the "Spoiler-y discussion" part of the post. Go check it out: http://jenniferlynnbarnes.tumblr.com/post/23871987934/faq-will-there-be-a-book-four

Now once you have read her post and you have finished this "trilogy" (ohhh it hurts to say that!) than lets have a chat about the "Spoiler-y discussion"

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I really agree with Jen's choice, I honestly don't see how the story arc could be continued. It's technically not possible and would make for a super boring story. To make it happen, you would have to pick a new plot.....how can you take the kind of ending Taken By Storm had and make another. If someone can answer that question please inform Jen, but I don't think there is one.

One of Jen's reasons really struck me, it is a trilogy about a human girl. And many people may argue that they really wanted to see Bryn's wolf, but I can argue back, you did see Bryn's wolf. In Trial By Fire, in a couple dreams Bryn finds herself facing an obviously female wolf, she calls out to her, and they are steps away. Just before they can touch, before Bryn can reach her, the dream shifts and the beautiful wolf is gone. Archer, who's spying on Bryn's dream also comments on the mysterious female wolf. Bryn wakes up and Archer draws the wolf on the wall. This is Bryn's wolf. The symbolic dream shifting is Bryn's incapability to reach her other half. Bryn's wolf is really beautiful, and the thought of it makes me very sad that Chase's wolf never gets to meet hers. Taken By Storm's final words "He lept." are emblazoned in my mind, the aftermath is Bryn finally reaching her beautiful wolf that has always been her. Always.

When Jen says that "the series is about Bryn coming of age in the Werewolf world" I find that completely true. Bryn is a kind of stone hard adult by the end of Taken By Storm. She looses Chase, the ultimate heart hardening moment. Who isn't forever changed by seeing their love's heart ripped out from their chest by your arch enemy? I have to come to accept this but she needed to be grown up to be a Were.....How is it right that all she ever wanted (Wolf) could be only received through loss of her mate......her other half.... I am almost sad to see her humanity go................almost. Bryn kisses it goodbye...... She doesn't take too long to do so but you still notice her slight pause, she holds onto the final moment.

And to go off topic here for a moment, how many of you let out a sigh of tears when she dressed in her rattiest clothes and pretended it was a normal day, and Ali asks where she's going......ohhh.......How many of you would give close to anything to see Ali's reaction to Bryn's Change. For the whole Pack's reaction? Would they all react to the pain they felt through the bond? Would they race there to find her being mauled by Callum? Would Callum stick around for when they got there? Would it bring in the peripherals? How would Chase have reacted if he was still alive?
I don't know about all of you, but I want this unwritten chapter.

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Comment on your opinion on both the non-spoilers and the spoilers. I really want to hear your thoughts on this guys.

 -Kait

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Hunger Games Discussion Saturdays

Hey guys....it's that time again...HUNGER GAMES DISCUSSIONS SATURDAYS!


First off. Who pre-ordered their The Hunger Games DVD?!!  Deluxe Edition? Or Blue Ray/regular?

Well I did and I am soo excited for my 3 hours of bonus content from the Deluxe Edition!! Plus it's so pretty. Isn't it?

I really like the regular covers too....maybe I will get both eventually. Which cover is you favorite?



Ok on to the discussion.

Which character would you be most like if you were in The Hunger Games?

Basically what I mean by that is The characters behavior in the games....If you were in their position how would you react? Which character would you be similar to in terms of reaction?

example:

Katniss is strong. She takes The Hunger Games in stride, hunts like its just in the woods at home, shooting squirrels.

Peeta is smart. He only cares about the one he loves, and plays the game in her favor.

Prim was very nervous and put on a brave face.

Finnick made it a joke, flirting for the cameras every second.

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Kait

It's really debatable on what I would do.........I'd like to think I could at least pull off a Prim......Obviously scared but doesn't cry, walks right up to the stage, determined to go out brave....but to be honest, I think I would throw a fit, kicking and screaming. The Peacekeepers would have to drag me up to the steps where I would continue to cry. But I don't know because I've never been in that situation....and I hope I never will. Because there isn't much more to say about this I'm going to write a fanfic of me, being reaped for The Hunger Games.

Setting: District 12 (because I honestly think that's where I would live......I think it's the best district.....but that's next weeks topic.)

My hands are sweating....every time I think of where we are about to go brings on more perspiration. My mother pulls the dress out of the closet. It is a pale brown, with quarter length sleeves. It's about knee length. I hate this dress. Putting it on means it's coming closer, that it's almost time. Almost time for the reaping. I don't have the most name slips in the bowl but it's still a probability, I could still be picked. I slip into the simple frock, shaking as my arms occupy the coarse sleeves. I pin my hair up in a loose bun and splash some water on my face. Even though I just took a bath, I feel dirty again. Most likely from all the sweating I was doing.

I'm starting to get chills now and I can barley consume the breakfast my mother has just put before me. I move it away but she pushes it closer, "Eat." One word. That's all she can manage because she can't trust her voice. She is clearly nervous. On edge. When I finish eating a few bites and playing with my food, I stand up. My mother glances at me, and I hold back the tears forming on the corners of my eyes. She pushes out her chair and steps toward me, wrapping her warm arms around me. The tears are uncontrollably spilling out now and I can't help sobbing. She rubs my hair softly, singing "Shhhh....Shhhh..." into my ear, attempting to calm me. I pull it together and stand up straight.

We walk to the town center now. I am grasping her hand. Holding onto her tightly. Many people are crowded around the makeshift stage, and the age groups are sectioned off by ropes for the contestants. I sign in and step in line with the others my age. At last the Capitol representative this year comes to stand center stage. She gives a short speech that I hear nothing of and moves to one of the glass balls containing the boys names. I hold my breath, at least I am not first, but it's still one step closer to the females being picked. I recognise the boy who's name is drawn, but I don't know him well. I've only seen him around. Some cries break out in the crowd of adults. Probably his mother. Some Peacekeepers move to take care of it.

Now the girls names are being drawn. And my shaking worsens. The woman's hand reaches into the bowl, rifles around, and pulls out a single slip. She opens in carefully and calls out. "Kait."

I suck in a deep breath and the world around me blurs for a moment. Peacekeepers are heading my way, their white uniforms are glowing in my suddenly impaired vision. I grab the girls arm next to me and plead to her. I hear an unsteady voice screaming "No...no, no, no, no.....NO...!" and I realize the voice belongs to me. "Come on now." one of the Peacekeepers grunts. I shove away and turn around, but I can't see, due to the tears pouring out of my eyes. The man grabs my arm and proceeds to drag me toward the stage. I am loosing it now, going wild. I drop onto the ground. The man lets out a breath and tries to pull me. I am desperate to stay, screaming and kicking all around. The people who were next to me have all taken a step back. I am causing a commotion. I catch a glimpse of my mother who is crying so hard. Our neighbor is holding her and letting her cry in her shoulder, but my mom pulls away and tries to run toward me. A Peacekeeper intercepts her and holds her back. Now my mother is screaming for me. What a turnout this year. I realize I am making myself look weak in front of my opponents but by now I am beyond caring. I flail some more, but the Peacekeeper has begun attempting a new method of catching me. He picks me up and throws me over his shoulder. I kick and scream and pound on his back. The pressure in my head is building, now in the upside down position, and I am afraid I will pass out. The Peacekeeper sets me down on the stage and holds me there. The Capitol woman looks deathly afraid and she moves back quite a bit. I stand up and keep my head low, I try to pull my hand free of the mans grasp but he tightens his grip. Signaling he will not be letting go anytime soon. I stand there, looking down. Utterly afraid and equally embarrassed of my outburst. While the woman speaks some more I think about vomiting. I am so nauseous now. The Peacekeeper pulls my hand and guides me into the Justice Building. I am locked in a plush room where I continue to cry and shake, uncontrollably.

And that is what I would most likely do if I were reaped for The Hunger Games...either that or be like Prim............I hope I never find out. Hope you enjoyed my fanifc!  Don't forget to leave comments!

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Mari

I would totally be Finnick. He trys to see the best of it like I would do and takes life as a big joke... most of the time like me. So he's all flirtatious like and jokes around and it's what I would do. It would be best in my opinion to show the capital that they can't affect me... they can try to kill me but they won't change me(a little hint of Peeta showing...) Yeah and Finnick is perfect at doing this and this is how I would do it! HERE'S MA FAN FICTION.


Setting: District 4

Fan Fiction-

The night before The Reaping I know I won't sleep so I stay up in bed tying knots. Loop it around pull it tight and undo. The cycle continues until I hear shuffling coming from the kitchen and I smell a meal being prepared. Must be my older brother, 24, can't be in the reaping but he is still anxious for me. I hear sobbing and it sounds like my mother. She cares more about us than about herself. And my father tries to stay strong for my brothers, and my mother. Eventually the sobbing dies off she probably fell asleep. When the shuffling gets louder and a dark figure stands in the doorway I get up leaving my knot to the side. I walk toward the figure, my brother, and put on my best smile, even though we know it's not OK and I am in danger. Together without words we both know that we are going to go to the lake because it is a source of calmness. For me. For him. For us. I take off my night gown and my aquatic clothing is under because I am from district 4. Water is my life. Together we run to the lake it's not far and the more I move the more I can forget. When we arrive we both jump in and though I have frail arms they rip through the water and quickly I get into the rhythm of my life. Push. Pull. Kick. Push. Pull. Kick. And breathe. I will be strong. I have the power. I am quick.... Apparently not quick enough because before I know it I get pushed under the water. I rise up my cheeks full of water.Laughing, I spit water all over my brother who kindly enough scared me half to death.
"Hey, have you been practicing Mari? It took me longer to catch up!"
Instead of answering with words I smiled from ear to ear and began to swim away from him, the rhythm continuing. We lost track of the time and then when we saw the sun begin to rise we ran home. It would be a long day. We should begin to prepare. At home my father is serving my younger brother breakfast and my mom has ironed out my reaping outfit. A lovely teal colored fitted top that flows out into a somewhat poofy bottom that reaches to a little above my knees. I look adorable. Too bad it's for such a terrible cause. My mother orders me to take a shower even though the smell of the lake on me makes me feel at home and comfortable. After the shower my mother towel drys my hair. Then she weaves in a teal ribbon. My shoes are black and have a hint of a heel to make me look taller. Then we are all ready we go to The Reaping. I have numerous slips and I am afraid... But I am a fighter. I must survive and I will show them, everyone that growing up with mostly men and boys has made a difference.We all walk to town center, in front of the Justice Building. I am corralled into a roped off section with all my school mates and age group. I mill around socializing and nodding to the occasional friend. Then a capitol citizen comes up on the stage and taps a diamond covered microphone with her decorated hand and her surprisingly loud and delicate at the same time.

"Now, now everyone calm down." There wasn't even any noise to calm down though. The audience was dead serious.
"We have quite an enthusiastic audience[!]"
She delicately dipped her hand into the Reaping Bowl, the male one.
"Adam Hydro" I don't know him that well but I know his girlfriend and she is sobbing. Hard. Then the capitol citizen shuffled over to the female Reaping Bowl. She tapped the microphone one last time and dived her hand into the bowl and I imagined myself diving into the water soaring ripping into it the rhythm continued again. And then I hear it.
"Is she here, Mari Odair?" And I knew I was chosen because my older brother gave up the strong act and fell on the ground. My mother sobbed. My father, he was undone, he... he was just crying. I had never seen him like this before. But I put on a smile and ran up there. Warm, unwanted tears slowly ran down my face but I gained control. On the stage I began to flirt with Adam though I didn't know him and then pretended to pose for the camera. But the crowd doesn't care, I am well liked here in district 4. And now I am going to die. I am up here posing and smiling and pouting and blowing kisses. But on the inside I am distraught. Broken. All I can think is how my older brother fell to the ground. It was all I could see. Over and over. I am afraid. But thinking about it...... there's only one thing that over throws that feeling and that's anger. The capitol will wish me dead because I will win. They didn't affect me in the tiniest bit.


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Rach

Hello bookworms!!! If I was chosen for the HG I would probably want to act like Katniss, showing that I can be strong and not showing weakness. I'm not exactly sure if I would be able to pull it off though. But, I would try my hardest. I would want to look strong and try to get their attention so that I could get some sponsors. So here's my fan fic!!!!

Setting: District: 11
*****SPOILER ALERT!*****ps-RIP Rue :(

I woke up to the sun light shining through my window at just the right angle, giving everything a magical glow. I stretch and let out a relaxing sigh. Another normal day in district 11, if you call climbing through the trees while calling to my bird friends normal (tehe). But then I remembered what day it was: reaping day, the most dreaded day of the year. I put on some tan pants and a light shirt and walked out to the orchard fields and climbed a tree to the very top. I could see almost the whole district from up here!!! This was the only place that I really felt at peace with the world. A gentle breeze blew through my hair and I relaxed against the tree. I was trying to put happy thoughts in my head, but my mind kept wondering to the Hunger Games. I thought about what it would be like to have my name chosen. I was only fourteen and my family definitly needed the tesserae, but luckily, my older brother had taken most of it. I only had my name in a few extra times. I felt awful for my brother, but all I could think about was what would happen if I were chosen. I know it sounds kind of selfish, but I was so nervous my whole body was shaking! And not just because I forgot to bring a jacket up here! I rested for a few more minutes and then I heard my mother call my name. I slowly climbed down the tree and made my way to the house.

I entered the house and walked into the kitchen/ family room to find my mother ironing my sister's dress. She had already finished mine and it was hanging on the door, perfectly creased and pressed. It was a beige dress with a collar and a few buttons at the top (try to imagine the top like a button-down shirt).It wasn't the prettiest dress, but it was all I had. I matched it with a silver butterfly necklace to make it look better. It made me sad to think that I had to save my only dress for such and awful occasion. My mother helped my sister but her hair into a beautiful bun (try to visualize a ballerina's bun). I put my hair into a dutch braid that went down my back. My younger brother was wearing a nice button down with tan slacks, even though he was to young to have his name put in. My older brother was checking his reflection in the mirror to make sure his hair was perfectly combed. As we left the house and walked to the town center, no one said anything. I knew that we were all praying that no names from the Boyd family (note: Boyd is her last name). When we enter the square, we check in and are roughly pushed into sections based on our age. I move over a few feet to be near my best friend, Maddie. We made small talk while we waited for the reaping to get started. After a few mintutes a voice boomed over the loud speaker and all heads turned towards the stage set up at the front of the square. "Hello and happy Hunger Games!" The announcer had a very thick Capital accent. Maddie and I giggled to eachother. Her hand reached into the bowl filled with the boys names and pulled out the first name. " William West." A boy who was a year older than me stepped up to the stage. He's pretty nice. We sometiomes exchange a quick "Hello" at school around town or at school. I saw his mother sobbing while being dragged off by a peace keeper. Next, her hand reached into the girls' bowl and move around until she finds the name she wants. Maddie and I grabbed eachother's hands and whispered words of encoragement. (drumroll please) "Rach Boyd." Suddenly the grip on my hand grew tighter and Maddie and I looked at eachother. Tears started to fill my eyes and I started shaking. I didn't move so peacekeepers had to come and give me a little shove up onto the stage. I looked out at the crowd, at all the faces I knew so well. I saw all my family members start crying. I didn't do or say anything. I just stared straight ahead with a blank expression on my face. The Capital lady has William and I shake hands and then we are each led to a posh room, that looks like it's straight from the Capital, where we are able to say our final goodbyes to our family.

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TIDBIT THURSDAY: Favorite Male Character

Tidbit Thursday.
our question:

What is one (or two if thats really necissary) of your favorite (hot, has to be hot) male fictional characters?

Since its almost impossible to pick just one, we are going to pick a MAX of 3 each. (obviously it goes without saying a minimum of 1 but..........)

This is about us for you.....but feel free to add your opinons too.
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Kait


And because I'm really bad at making decisions I am not putting my picks in order.





My picks:

Chase -Raised By Wolves
Ren -Nightshade
Peeta -The Hunger Games
Jack -Evernneath
Devon -Raised By Wolves

ok so you might of noticed that there are five there........well that is an example of my extreme incapability to make decisions.....not poor math skills;) But I just love ALL these guys! here's why:

Reasons:

Chase: He is so stinking hot. And he's a werewolf. Oh and did I mention he's a werwolf? Bonus points for sweetness. (CRUSHWORTHY)

Ren: words can not discribe this mans extreme freaking beauty. And he is totally romantic...............totally amazing (crushworthy) Plus he's a werewolf. An Alpha werewolf. Alpha.

Peeta: SOOO SWEET!! EXTREMELY hot...........and adorable. Cabable of pretty much anything So very very romantic......can trick an entire nation......and charm them,,,,into doing various things. (EXTREMELY CRUSHWORTHY!) I can't describe how amazing he is....even after ****SPOILER ALERT*** being hijacked and all...he just bounced right back ***END OF SPOILER***....ahhhhh hot.

Jack: So adorable.....extremely hot.......football player. Also gives up his life for the woman he loves.  (and I think it goes without saying...He's also very very CRUSHWORTHY)

Devon: HE IS SO HOT! OH MY GOSH! He wears designer jeans
 and can arch his eyebrows to unbelievvable heights. This is a man of MUSCLE!! and he's a Werewolf. A Werewolf. (Completely crushworthy. Duhh!)
^^^ btw I claimed him first and Kait STOLE him HANDS OFF- (THIS IS MA CHEEKY SIDE SHOWING) <3 mari<3<3<3<3<3<3

^^tell me what you think of these beautiful males!..........(who are sadly fictional characters)^^

-Kait
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Mari
OK three male favorites.......
1. Finnick Odair-The Hunger Games
2.Ian O'shea-The Host
3.Devon Macalister -Raised by Wolves

This sucks!! I can ONLY CHOOSE THREE!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYY? THEY'RE SO HOTTT!!!!!!! ugh.  So on with the show nothing to see her just an insane girl breaking down over hot fictional male characters. 
Finnick- "We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear..." HAWT this is from Mockingjay when he Finnick was going insane for a little  and Katniss says this. But this is just a window into how much hotness Finnick contains so he's bachelor Number 1
Ian- I LOVE HIM! LOVE LOVE AND DID I MENTION----------------- HOTNESSSS. He is just a super sweet guy who would protect you at all costs if you have his love!!! Bachelor 2 (even though he is technically engaged)
Devon-  Bachelor 3 (not) because PAWS off ladies he's mine, no pun intended because he is a WEREWOLF omg so animal like. He is BEAST. He is Hot. He is kick-butt. He is muscle. He is amazing. He is protective. AND HE LOVES MUSICALS!!!!!!
So, Bachelor 1,2, or 3. Or all. Or (probs not) none????????????????  Comment plz.
<3 Mari

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Rach
Alright so My fav male characters...hmm...this is gonna be a toughie...
1.Zane-Uglies series
2.Percy Jackson-Percy Jackson series (duh)


Kait and Mar stink!!!!!!!(tehe just kidding) They stole the good ones!!! Peeta and Finnick all the way!!! But Percy and Zane are definitly my favs!!! Tots fangirling right now!!!

Zane-I <3 Zane (and not just cuz he has the same name as one of the guys from 1D tehe)!!! He is a super sweet guy who really cares for Tally.. Zally all the way!!! (ps: Zane+Tally=Zally)

Percy-He's a very funny, cute, sweet, monster butt-kicking demigod of AWESOMENESS!!! Rick Riordan really gave him a great personality. And the actor who plays him is pretty hot, too!!! (tehe)

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Hope you enjoyed our first Tidbit Thursday! Tell us what you think! We love to hear! So comment, comment, comment!!!!! Just adress your comment to your specific person of choice. So they can reply to you. (don't forget to comment to more than one of us!)
Example:

TO MARI: I totally agree...Ian is perfect!...etc.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Summary by goodreads.com

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?




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Hey it's Mari here! So check out our new Themed Days tab it's brand new and Kait been working day and night on it so you better love it! Just Kidding but it IS amazing. So now 2-B-read presents a review on Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes-Who we absolutely LOVE here at 2-B-read. I really love this book...It's a great twist on pack life from the eyes of a human. A very witty human. Bryn is super funny human girl, and under the command of a VERY powerful alpha just adds to the fun.



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 So, let's begin. Raised by Wolves is a werewolf book, unlike anyother werewolf book.  So, Bryn is a young human who surprise surprise is raised by wolves. Here is a description of her character using a quote-

"Bryn, when you were six years old, you tried to bungee jump off a jungle gym by connecting the straps of your overalls to the bars with your shoelaces. Caution has never been your strong suit."

 So she's a crazy awesome butt-kicking human!!!!!!!!! When Bryn was really young a rabid werewold killed her family. Then Callum the alpha of the pack came and rescued her. So then he brought her to her new home and marked her as part of her pack. Then Callum gave Bryn to Ali. Ali is her sort-of mom. Her life is pretty normal-well as normal as life can get..... When one day when Ali is giving birth- BTW Ali is human and humans don't usually survive a werewolf birth- So Bryn is worried- really worried. So then she goes to Callum's house and she encounters two werewolfs- Sora (Devon's-Brynn's musical loving designer jean wearing gel haired best friends- mom) and Marcus (a werewolf who really hates Bryn and wouldn't mind seeing her dead).  She goes here and sends Marcus and Sora on a wild goose chase. But she still smells another werewolf(yes, she's human but has GREAT smelling senses) and she senses it coming from the basement. When she goes to the basement she finds a HOT boy in a cage- a newly turned werewolf- only problem that's supposed to be impossible. Humans can't be turned. It's not natural. But it happened. This werewolf is Chase. I LOVE HIM. But the only thing is he's not under control yet so he's a danger to Bryn. And Bryn feels something special about Chase- a connection between him and her. But she doesn't know what. And she is instantly mesmerized by him. So she asks her alpha Callum for an official permission.  And he lets her but he gives her some conditions: First she has to train so she can fight, she also has to listen to what all the werewolves tell her to do,and she has to acknowledge the pack bond.  The pack bond is a connection all the wolves have to each other in their minds, but Bryn has been building a mental wall against them for a long time and so he wants her to bring it down and let the other wolves into her mind.  So she decided to accept these conditions and be able to visit him. Yay! So she keeps visiting and one of the wolves orders her not to touch Chase (The REALLY hot werewolf who she visits) And she does.  So then, *SPOILER ALERT* Callum orders her to get beaten! Then Ali decides to move out of anger because Callum let this happen to Bryn and Ali said that Bryn better not get hurt.  So the twins Ali and Bryn all go away.  There lives Lake another one of Bryn's friends who happens to have a fondness for weapons (she sweet talks them!)

"Lake, could you please stop sweet-talking the weapons? It's kind of freaking me out." 
LOL! So, then they decide to plot to go and kill the Rabid, Wilson.  But since they couldn't do it alone so they call Devon and Chase for help. When they all go to the Rabid's cabin to kill him... They discover that he has been building up an army of werewolves that he made. The Rabid attemps to change Bryn into a werewolf. He doesn't succeed.  Then the rabid sends his werewolf army on Bryn, and her friends. But, Bryn does what she did for Chase and rearranges the pack bonds she adds Lake and Devon and then she adds the werewolf army and communicates to them that they have a choice they don't have to attack Bryn, she tells them they can kill The Rabid. And they decide to kill The Rabid. So then Bryn is crowned as Alpha of her new pack.  The Cedar Ridge Pack. The story continues in the sequel Trial By Fire!
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I really love this book and believe that you should read it. Gut wrenching romance and conflict, this book has it all. Right down to the shake in your boots action. So go pick up you copy today! (available wherever books are sold)

Comment your opinion!
-Mari!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since we are a user friendly blog and want all of our readers to be able to read the comments please add " **SPOILER ALERT** " to your post if it applies. Thanks for your consideration!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesdays: The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Movie)

Hey Y'all,
The Host official movie TEASER trailer came out awhile back (about March, excatly 2 months ago today March 22, 2012) And for some of you who might not have heard about it we are going to do a post on it. Kind of a Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday combined. (so there will be no Waiting on Wednesday tomorrow)

So the movie is not officially rated yet but is to be released March 29, 2013! AHHH! I am SOOOOO pumped! and so is Mari! I think you guys should watch the teaser trailer! Here is the link to it on Yahoo Movies, as well as some other information.

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-host-2013/


As a parting note here are a few epic Host quotes and pictures. Don't forget to follow The Host on Facebook for more updates!


http://www.facebook.com/add.php?api_key=190435500990432&pages#!/thehostmovie


^ Melanie/Wanderer ^


^ Jared and Melanie ^


^ The Seeker ^


^ Melanie and Jared ^


^ Wanderer/Melanie ^



"You never know how much time you'll have."  –Stephanie Meyer (The Host)

^^ To all you fans: you'll know what that means ^^

What do you guys think of the actors/actresses?? Approve/dissaprove? Hot/ugly? Tell us in the comments!

-Kait

            

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Theme Days

During the week we have theme days during the week and the rest is filled with regular reviews.


Teaser Tuesday's - Posting of a teaser sentence from the book we are currently reading.
Waiting on Wednesday's - Get excited about a book that isn't out yet, but soon to be released.
Tidbit Thursday's - We tell you all about our fav's (music/books/books into movies) and you tell us yours.
The Hunger Games Discussion Saturday's - Discussing The Hunger Games different topics every week.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Hunger Games Discussion Saturdays

Hey guys!

It's Kait! Today I will be hosting the first (well techincally second) The Hunger Games Discussion Saturdays!

This weeks topic:

Which song(s) from The Hunger Games soundtrack is your absoulte favorite?

Feel free to fangirl because I will be doing a lot of that.

First of all my ABSOLUTE-NOTHING-CAN-SURPASS-THIS-SONG favorite of this album is Eye's Open. There are SO many things about this song that I love and could talk about for days on end. But for this purpose I'm deciding to exclude that song (and Safe and Sound-also an AMAZING song and favorite) from this because I wanted to expand my horizons and choose a song in the album that isn't the most popular.

MY personal FAVORITE of the album would be RULES by Jaymee Dee. I love this one so much because it just sounds so beautiful. It is soft, mellow, and full of raw emotion that makes me want to break down into tears every time I hear it. It's all about Katniss singing to Peeta about his *SPOILER ALERT* hijacking.

"You tell me that you hear me and all your memories are real. But how do I know you don't just feel what you've been told to feel?"

Peeta's hijacking was so terrible. The Peeta you know and love. The one that loves Katniss. And the one that Katniss finally realizes she loves is gone. Gone in the worst way, the kind of gone when the victim is still physically in front of you but not mentally the same. Forever a different person. The kind of gone that tears you apart. The song is the sobbing of Katniss's heart. The mourning off her loss. "We run around the rules." Meaning our relationship is not under regulation. We're not normal. As the star-crossed lovers we're different anyway.

Here are the lyrics.......................Every aspect of this song sings The Hunger Games. Its perfect for the movie album.


You say you know love, but you are just reflecting words you hear.
No iron in your veins to give you any sense of pain or fear.
It's just another lie, it's just another calculation,
And when the power's out, we're just another old sensation.

This blood keeps me alive, but what is it that runs through you?
Electricity and wires, dictating everything you do.
You tell me that you hear me and all your memories are real,
But how do I know you don't just feel what you've been told to feel?

We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
Round and round, two by two, we run around the rules.

There's water in your eyes and I know i'm the reason that it's there,
But still I don't feel bad because I know it's you are more a spare.
And just behind your eyes are switches that can turn back on,
To clear away today 'til all your memories are gone

We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
Round and round, two by two, we run around the rules.

we run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
We run around the rules,
Round and round, two by two, we run around the rules.


lyrics from: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/hungergamesthe/rules.htm


Also this quote

"And just behind your eyes are switches that can turn back on,
To clear away today 'til all your memories are gone."


Katniss doesn't believe Peeta can be fixed at first, but she knows she has to try to bring back that Peeta from before. They boy with the bread.


These quote from Mockingjay:

"I clench his hands to the point of pain. "Stay with me."
His pupils contract to pinpoints, dialate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. "Always," he murmurs."
   

           

"You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers.
"Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other."


To sum it all up, its the complications of Katniss and Peeta's relationship.
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Now Mari and Rach will give their opinions on their favorite song. I hope you guys enjoy The Hunger Games Saturdays. We will be doing more themed days soon.

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Mari

Hey it's Mari and I would do Eyes Open... But I've recieved directions not to do so. So... here it is I'm doing Kingdom Come by the Civil Wars.  It's a gorgeous song that really touches my heart.  It talks about the actual games aspect instead of the romance between Peeta and Katniss (Even though I LOVE PEETA AND KATNISS!!!!!!!!!) I decided since my colleagues both did Keeta songs  to go on a more simple topic still VERY open for discussion! *SQUEALS* Sorry I just really love THG it's my life! BTW really off topic but.. on ig @yolo_thg   THATS ME! Back on topic.  So this song is about surviving in the games and in the lyrics one interesting part is where it says- "Run,run,run and hide. Somewhere no one else can find."  This reminds me of the part of the book where Katniss is going to go steal food from the careers and she leaves Rue alone.  I can imagine her saying this to young Rue at almost any point in time but this part is high in emotion, tension and just pure adrenaline! That makes it a perfect match with this part of the song.  Another part makes you assume that this song could be sent out to Peeta because of this quote from the song, "Don't you fret my dear.  It'll all be over soon. I'll be waiting here for you" This reminds me of when Peeta's leg is all messed up and then she needs to go get medicine for his leg and he won't let her go so she gives him the sleep medicine that Haymitch sent and she gently caresses him to sleep.  Wouldn't that be perfect?!  That's enough ranting about the lyrical composition of the song now let's rant about the musical part of the song.  The Civil Wars are amazing they know how to blend their voices so perfectly that it creates a sound like no one else. They create a blend of high and low pitches that takes your breathe away.  So they make a sound that perfectly represents the sound that I imagine should come from the Hunger Games a delicate sound that is sort of sad but has a hopeful piece to it. So, together the lyrical composition paired with the amazing vocals makes Kingdom Come a great song that really represents The Hunger Games perfectly!
SO HERE'S THE LYRICS:

Run, run, run away
Buy yourself another day
A cold wind's whispering secrets in your ear
So low only you can hear
Run, run, run and hide
Somewhere no one else can find
Tall trees bend and lean pointing where to go
Where you will still be all alone
Don't you fret, my dear
It'll all be over soon
I'll be waiting here for you
Run fast as you can
No one has to understand
Fly high across the sky from here to kingdom come
Fall back down to where you're from
Don't you fret, my dear
It'll all be over soon
I'll be waiting here for you
For you, for you
Don't you fret, my dear
(Don't you fret, my dear)
It'll all be over soon
(It'll all be over soon)
I'll be waiting here
Don't you fret, my dear
It'll be over soon
I'll be waiting here for you
For you, For you

Run, Run, Run Away
Run, Run, Run Away

Lyrics from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/civilwars/kingdomcome.html


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Rach

Hey it's Rach!!! So Safe and Sound is my fav song off the album, but Kait won't let me write about it so I went on itunes and listened to the other songs. One of the songs that really got my attention was Just a Game by Birdy. This song is pretty slow and emotional, like a lot of the songs on the album, but the lyrics really caught my eye (well ear.........you know what I mean......). I believe that the lyrics talk about Katniss and Peeta and how *Spoiler Alert* at the beginning, they only pretended to be in love so the audience would love them. But after the games, that love became real. In the song is talks about Peeta taking Katniss in her arms and protecting her and then Katniss is asking, "Is it just a game?" Then Katniss realizes that there love is real. Katniss also mentions in there how it feels to be in the games. To be surrounded by people who are set on killing her. And Peeta's strength to her when she realizes he meant the star-crossed lover thing. "We're all just pieces in their games."

Here are the lyrics:

I don't know where I am,
I don't know this place.
Don't recognize anybody,
Just the same old dirty face.
See these people, they lie,
And I don't know who to believe anymore.

But there comes you,
To keep me safe from harm
There comes you,
To take me in your arms
Is it just a game?
I don't know.
Is it just a game?
I don't know.

He denies to break my heart
So homesick and confused?
But I know I must play my part
When tears I must conceal,

There comes you,
To keep me safe from harm
There comes you,
To take me in your arms

Is it just a game?
I don't know
To keep you safe from my world

Take my hand and my heart ?
Flames illuminate our faces
And we are on fire
Blow a kiss to the crowd
They're our only hope now.

And I know my place.
And I know my place.
We're all just pieces in their games.



I also found a couple of quotes from the books that I think are appropriate for the song and my interpretation:

“But because two can play at this game, I stand on tiptoe and kiss his cheek. Right on his bruise. ”

“And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don't want him to die. And it's not about the sponsors. And it's not about what will happen when we get home. And it's not just that I don't want to be alone. It's him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.”

“You’re not leaving me here alone,” I say. Because if he dies, I’ll never go home, not really. I’ll spend the rest of my life in this arena, trying to think my way out.”


Now I think you know what to do (if you don't, it's go and listen to the song! Duh!).
-Rach

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Don't forget to comment on with your favorite song and opinions! (feel free to write about Safe and Sound or Eyes Open if it's your favorite song. Just because we excluded it for our discussions here doesn't mean you have to. By all means, tell us why you love it!)

Here's a departing quote for your personal enjoyment! (from Catching Fire):

"So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans."


-Kait

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Summary by goodreads.com

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.





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Hey Y'all,

Seems as though I am on some type of Jen rampage...let it be known this is definately a worthy read (any of her books are).

First, dont you just LOVE this cover!? Completely protrays the book.

I was completely shocked at how good Every Other Day was. I expected to be a good read when I picked it up, but when I read it, it knocked my socks off!

Here is what I was expecting:

Kali does her demon slayer kick-butt super hero bad girl –– you know, that epic main charcter with all the moves and abilities most people don't have....the kind that make you jealous–– ... every other day, hence the title. I thought she would walk into this girl at school and see the mark, throw in a chapter of "Oh no I'm human right now and can't possibly save her", than spend the whole book saving her because she is just so smart she figured out a way to do so, being human. I did not expect the whole other side of the story.......basically the end of the book.
And trust me, this sounds oh so compelling and super awesome but instead...... this is what I got:

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Kali lives in a world (a very very future world) where they have supernatural creatures just crawling all over the place, and Kali has an instinct to kill them, and she is purely undefeatable....unless she is human...which happens every other day. The first chapter is just epic in showing off Kali's skill, what a straight up command that the book will be action packed. Kali's dad pretends that she isn't their most of the time...for a reason Kali just doesn't know. When Kali goes to school and sees this girl with the mark, she lures the specimen onto her own body, hoping that she can survive long enough to Change and the creature would die a painful death by her poisonous blood. An idea which would have worked pretty well (despite obvious health threats) except when the spiecimen, known as a chupacabra, enters her body it talks. It's not supposed to talk. Kali learns some very shocking things about herself. What she is. Who her mother is. Why her dad doesn't acknowledge her much. She'll be betrayed, taught, saved, dead (almost), threatened, accused, and shocked. But Kali finally makes some friends along the way...and looses some.

Kali's dad is extremely ignorant of Kali's life....he doesn't know what to do with a child...especially one that was a science expieriment...one he thought and through the whole book thinks failed. He thinks she's just a normal girl. He thinks combining her DNA with a vampire's didn't work. Kali is supposed to have a thing for weapons (she can tell where they are at all times...she can sense them) and when Kali's father comes home to Kali's mother handing her daughter a gun and saying "This is a gun. Can you say "gun" Kali?" he kind of draws the line. They weren't getting any response from Kali anyway...to their tests, she was human. To them their expieriment failed. Their expierement was over. So Kali's father felt inclined to end it, to pick up Kali and hightail it out of there. But the guy has no idea what to do with Kali, so she practically raised herself. She grew into their expieriment. She became that vampire they had created though, and hid it from her father. She thinks it ran in her family...she thinks it came from the mother she can't remeber. She finds all her answers though when the science leauge her mother is in decides to run a expieriment on students in Kali's school, secretly. They give the cheer leaders a blood test, one where they drop chupacubras into one unlucky students bloodstream. Of these, the unlucky is Bethany. Kali saves her by taking the chupacubra and finding an unspecting friend. And also a creature that links her to her future, her truth of her past, and also her doom. A creature that connects her to her mate.........to a manipulation that could kill her........and to her mother.

The writing of this novel is stunning. It is very distinct and seperate from other books Jen has written.

I absolutely love the ending of this book, the fast pace, knowledge gain-flooding, and the suspenful ending that it is. She exposes herself to her friends and looses her best one all in one short peirod of time. I love how her mother saves her. How she comes to her cell and pretends to drug her, faking the injection infront of the eyes of the enemy. Kali is bitter to her mother in the end, but who wouldn't be? She is justified in the fact that her mother created her as an expieriment.

I believe that this stand alone novel can absolutely have a sequel. It leaves the ending open for more adventure. The last paragraph of the book proves that.

Reid asks if Kali has plans after graduation:

Zev was a vampire. Reid was FBI. And according to something I'd once overheard the mother I hadn't seen in eighteen month saying, Chimera wasn't exactly one of a kind.
PS: When they ask you what they're going to ask you, say yes.
I brought my eyes to rest on Zev's. "What exactly do you guys have in mind?"

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I really love Every Other Day. It's a tale of friendships, truths, lies, secrets, supernatural abilities, and love. It's a book I will, and am going to read again and again. If there is a sequel (which I mentioned in the spoiler alerts I think there should be) I would 210% read that again and again, too.

Please comment with your thoughts on Every Other Day.

-Kait

Friday, May 11, 2012

Winner!!!!

Hey guys,

Some of you may have seen our recent posts on the Taken By Storm contest.....and might have noticed that they stopped before the contests actually ended. Well, this is because we WON!!!! Yes! 2 Be Read will be getting Taken By Storm probably before it comes out! You'll be getting an early review!! Yes so here is the summary, just to get you excited. We know we are!!



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Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She's prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting - though for what, Bryn doesn't know. Still human, she must take her place in the werewolf Senate, the precarious democracy that rules the North American packs. Standing side by side with werewolves who were ancient long before she was ever born is enough of a challenge, but Bryn soon learns that the Senate has been called to deal with a problem: the kind of problem that involves human bodies, a Rabid werewolf, and memories that Bryn, Chase, and the rest of their pack would rather forget. With bodies stacking up and political pressure closing in from all sides, Bryn and her pack are going to have to turn to old enemies and even older friends for help - especially when it starts to look like this time, the monster might be one of their own.



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If that doesn't make you squeal with excitement I don't know what will! We are super excited and had a GREAT time entering the contest. We're very happy to have won. Stay tuned for the review once we get the book!

-Kait. and Mari

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Summary from goodreads.com

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.





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Hey!!! It's Rach!!!This is my first post so here it goes. So I want to recommend Uglies. It is definitly on my Fav Books list. It is part of a trilogy. The other books are Pretties and Specials. There's another book called Extras that's kinda a spin-off/sequel to the series, but it's DEFINITLY not as good (then again, I may only think that because I have fallen in love with the characters in the first three books and they're not really in it). Alright so a quick overview of the book: So Tally Youngblood is about to turn 16 and she'll get the operation that turns her pretty. She'll finally get to move to New Pretty Town (where the new pretties live) like she's been dreaming of her whole life. A few weeks before the operation, she becomes friends with a girl named Shay. Shay doesn't want to be pretty. Shay eventually runs off to a place called The Smoke where everyone stays Uglies. Tally must go find her and bring her back in order to turn pretty. ***Spoiler Alert*** When she gets to The Smoke, she finds out the horrors of the pretty operation. The operation gives your brain these lesions that changes the way you think. Tally doesn't want to be pretty anymore. Tally also falls in love with a guy named David at The Smoke. She learned this info from his parents. *End of Spoiler*. So the main character in this book is Tally Youngblood. She is probs one of my favorite young women characters out of all the books i've read. Westerfeld really brings her to life in his writing. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Tally:

“My name is Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty.”

“From now on, no one rewires my mind except me.”

I think Westerfeld does a great job of bringing Tally's world and all the people in it to life. Here's just an example of his writing to make you hooked on the book even more:



"The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit. Of course, Tally thought, you'd have to feed your cat only salmon-flavored food for a while, to get the pinks right. THe scudding clouds did look a bit fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind. As the light faded, deep blue gaps of night peered through like an upside-down ocean, bottomless and cold.

Any other summer, a sunset like this would have been beautiful. But nothing had been beautiful sincee Peris turned pretty. Losing your best friend sucks, even if it's only for three months and two days."


So that was basically most of the first page. I think it's a wonderful description and it gives you a nice cliff-hanger at the end :) I wish I could put the whole book one here!!! But sadly, that would take months and I don't feel like getting arrested for copywriting. I really hope this makes you RRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYwant to read it now!!! Well, ttfn

-Rach

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Contest #3

Hey guys! Kait here (with help from Mari),

Since there are no ARCs available for Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Third instalment in the Raised By Wolves series) becuase it is possibly the last book. (making it a trilogy) this isn't definate but just to be safe they have chosen not to give away any ARCs.

Instead......................................... Jennifer and her publisher are holding a contest all week to give away copies right before the book comes out! (May 22nd!!!!!!)To enter the third contest TODAY!! You must write a RAISED BY WOLVES themed haiku (5 syllables/7 syllables/5 syllables) about one or more of the RBW characters. So these are our entries (Since we, here at 2BR, are such HUGEEEEE fans of this series –AND AUTHOR! Jen has some fabulous books...perhaps one of my new favorites *cough cough* Every Other Day– we are going to enter.)


Eyebrow arching heights
Kick butt werewolf and best friend
Wears designer jeans



I like cars and you
Connection – resiliant
More than a pack bond



It could have been me
I don't miss being human
I miss you – instinct



Callums pack business
Resiliant human girl
Reformed her pack bonds



She is raised by wolves
It's instinct. Trapped. Fight. Fight. Out.
Inevitable



Big Bad Wolf – Prancer
Man kills mom and wolf kills dad
No family left



Full moon has arrived
Time to run with the pack now
Together as one



Belongs in the pack
Not a Were but a human
Yet never normal




She is just human
Resiliance makes the wolf
Now an Alpha Were



The master at Pool
A twin – a female Werewolf
Fondness for weapons



Bryn's adoptive mom
Ali – mother of twin Weres
Her pack bonds are closed



New pack – Cedar Ridge
All females – human Alpha
Dev's brother wants them





Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Contest Entry #2

Hey guys! Kait here (with help from Mari),

Since there are no ARCs available for Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Third instalment in the Raised By Wolves series) becuase it is possibly the last book. (making it a trilogy) this isn't definate but just to be safe they have chosen not to give away any ARCs.

Instead......................................... Jennifer and her publisher are holding a contest all week to give away copies right before the book comes out! (May 22nd!!!!!!)To enter the second contest TODAY!! You must take a photo of your dog, cat, household pet, or stuffed animal next to a copy of RAISED BY WOLVES. So these are our entries (Since we, here at 2BR, are such HUGEEEEE fans of this series –AND AUTHOR! Jen has some fabulous books...perhaps one of my new favorites *cough cough* Every Other Day– we are going to enter.)




 ^^this is Gracie
^^this is Alaska




^^this is Bryn
(really funny that she has the same name as the main character!)

-Kait (and Mari)
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