Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Recommendations (Part 1?)

I'm considering turning this into a series, so let me know if you like this sort of thing and want to see more of it. I'm really passionate about these books, and they have follow-ups coming out in the next month or two, so hurry up and get on these so you're all caught up for the sequels!

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy Book 1) , by Sarah Rees Brennan: This is my new comfort book; I've probably read it about three times since it came out last fall. Unbelievably hysterical (there are very few books that I will laugh out loud over, and this is one of them), and heart-wrenchingly tragic at the same time. One of the best unrequited/forbidden love stories I've read in forever. The suspense is so well done, too--even when you know exactly what's about to happen, you're still on the edge of your seat. Untold (The Lynburn Legacy Book 2) , comes out September 24, and it is my absolute most-anticipated book of the year.

The Raven Boys , by Maggie Stiefvater: There are so many seemingly mismatched themes to this book. It's kind of like my London broil crockpot recipe, which calls for a can of cream of mushroom soup and a packet of dry onion soup mix, and you wonder, how can this possibly work? Until you put it in your mouth and it's the best thing ever. Don't put this book in your mouth, though, at least not until you're finished. The mashup of Celtic mythology on American soil, a bohemian family of all-female psychics, and an unlikely group of friends from a prestigious boys' prep school works just like the London broil, though. The Dream Thieves: Book 2 of the Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) , comes out September 17.

Darkest Minds, The , by Alexandra Bracken: I have to admit, I almost didn't buy this one. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, and in my experience, at least fifty percent of the time, overly hyped books tend to...well, blow. This book didn't blow. It blew me away. Think X-Men meets The Hunger Games; a dystopian world (an overdone genre, IMHO, but freshly made here!), fugitive kids with superpowers, and a truly well drawn supporting cast. The sequel, Never Fade (Darkest Minds),comes out October 29.

I am always on the hunt for new books, so if there's something you think I should be reading, let me know in the comments, tweet me, or leave a post on my Facebook page! Links are below! And don't forget that my book, Blind Study , is out in the wild and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Douchebag Defense

 
Please note: as I state in the video, I am not a self-defense expert. However, I know a few tricks. Sorry for the length of this video, but watch it, if you have time...I think it's pretty important.


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