Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Book Themed Halloween Party

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Harry Potter, this is my dream party! I've dressed up as HP character but have not yet gone to a HP Halloween Party!
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How fun would it be to care a bow around? Or better yet, how cool would it to have Effie hair?

Wonderlad! Dress up all crazy, mixed matched cloths, bright colors, it would be so much fun!
That's right! 
The Mortal Instruments! 
(I had to add this now only because of the books and characters but because I can NOT wait for the T.V. show to start!)
 This would be fun have a table set up wear guest could get mark!
Divergent! I've just finished the last book, I've been putting it off as the end was spilled for me but I need to finish it so I just jumped in. I think the outfits that could be wear to this would be cool. Also, guess could take quiz to find out when they would end up!

Need I say anything! Blue box, so many different kind of characters!!

I have read part of book one book of Game of Thrones and have not yet seen the show, but I still think this would make a great party theme and I do know there's quite a few characters too!

This is yet another series I have sadly haven't read but once again think that Splintered-themed party ideas would make an amazing Halloween themed party!

Twilight! With the new book out, I felt that this would be a great party theme. Just think of all you Twihards, with a themed party talking about the new book!
Edgar Allan Poe Theme Party!!! 
I love Edgar Allan Poe and this is like the creeps party I have listed because I am not a huge fan of spooky stuff, but do feel this would make one sick party!

What's your dream Halloween Party? 
Who are you going to be this Halloween?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen
Followed by: Red Queen #2
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Dystopia, Magic, Romance

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...

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   Red Queen… I don’t know where to start. I wanted to read it right when I first heard about it, Silver, Red, fake princess, resistance group; I mean what can go wrong, right? ;) I finally got my hands on it and I just don’t know what to say… but it’s AMAZING, I love it! With some stories like this, the plot is overdone. But Victoria Aveyard knows how to write. She understands her characters and this world. At first I wasn’t sure about Mare Barrow, there was just something about her. I think is was how she kept thinking how much better her sister was then her. However, once the story went on the more I began to enjoy Mara. She is walking a little, thin, line that at any point she may fall. There’s kinda’ a love triangle, however, that isn’t the main thing in these pages. There’s just a dash of it to where you don’t stop thing about it but were it’s not on every single page. As of right now, I’m not sure about any of these three guys, Maven, Cal and Kilorn. At first I was thinking Cal but after everything that’s happened. I am so on the edge about all of these guys.
   There’s much I appreciate in this story. The danger that hangs in the air. The powers that the Silvers have. The face that Mara has a bond to her family; even though her family isn’t major characters, they all play a role. The ending! Oh, my, word! The end, I just can’t put it into words. One of the characters I didn’t trust as the story went on while this ending wasn’t total how I thought it was going to go but this ending wraps up book one however it leaves it open for book two. With many questions answer and others not.
   As for other characters, Queen Elara reminded me a bit of a softer version Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Lucas who is assigned as Mare's guard, is one that I found myself like that parts he was is. Julian one of Mare’s trainers/teacher becomes a close friend of her, I just adore him (and all of his books!)
   Over all, I’m dying to read the next book and see were these characters are now. How everyone is dealing with the ending of book one!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Vampire Academy The Graphic Novel

The Graphic Novel
Author: Richelle Mead
Followed by: Frostbite 
Genres: Young-adult fiction · Horror · Paranormal romance · Urban fantasy · Romance novel · Novel · Fantasy · Dark fantasy

   After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels.
   The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

I’ve been waiting to dive into this world for a while but knew I could easily get hook. So when my library had The Graphic Novel grabbed them and now I am in love with this world. The first one was quite simple it’s a great ‘here’s what this world is like’ book. The lead girls, Rose and Lissa, are perfect friends as they are so different but alike. The bond that they have is a great twist to the book. The lead guys, Christian and Dimitri could be my favorite characters in these books. They’re both dark, witty and strong leading characters. I would love to read a book about Dimitri past. Can I just say I love how this book starts after the girls leave the school and we don’t have to read about there two years away and there being chase. (Even thought that would make a good shout story; but not a full story would be boring to me.) Over all this graphic novel was a great fast read that has a strong plot and leads nicely into book two!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

1.) Would to be to meet my favorite Teen/YA Author who is Sarah Dessen! I would just love to meet and talk to her. She's my go to for Teen love stories!

 2. Marissa Meyer is my newest craziness about author! I love her books, writing style, characters! Can NOT wait for Winter! 

 3.An endless stack of books! If there's one I want it just pops on to the stack! This could be like a huge problem because there's already a list of books taller than me. So with that... 

 4. My own library this has always been something that I've always wanted! And with wish number three I will need lots and lots of place to put all those books!!!


5. With all the books I will need my very own reading nook! 


6. So with all that room and books, I have no NEED to be able to read much, much fast!

7. With the endless stack of books, I'm sure my personal library and reading nook still will not be enough room so.... I will need a bedroom that comes with built in selves!

8. With that isn't always been a dream of mine to have a Harry Potter room and a bedroom. No one can enter the Harry Potter room but me, with no food, or anything. Need to be perfect!

9. Having the power to bring to life any character to be able to talk with them, ask them questions, and stuff! I could have any of the following over for a nice cup of tea or coffee or cookies. And ask them every single little, tiny questions bouncing around in my head!!

10. Ever from the first few words of Harry Potter, I knew that meeting J. K. Rowling would be my number 'who I would love to meet dream'. It's not just because she wrote Harry Potter, it's the world that she brought to life, the friends I made because of these books. All the laughing and crying I did. How she brought the love of reading to me. Please, her story and everything she went thought and all the stuff she's done for her fans. She is strong, talented, and has an amazing heart! 

What are some of your book wishes?
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Blog Tour Scool of Deaths +Giveaway

School of Deaths 

Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail. 

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn't an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance and production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life. 


Reds, yellows, hots, colds. Sensations blended and faded. Suzie’s head spun in a whirlwind of sensation. Two suns appeared for an instant, and she watched the building where she’d signed the contract. Athanasius, the first ’Mental she’d met, seemed to smile at her, and then was gone.

Stars burned her.

Oceans drowned her.

Clouds suffocated her.

Noise deafened her.

The tether slackened. She opened her eyes.

Billy still held the scythe; the blade dripped with tiny beads of white light.

“You okay?” asked Frank, turning.

“Yeah,” she said. “Are we there?”

“Yes,” said Frank. “We’re in the Mortal World. The scythe will never bring you anywhere near anyone you ever met here. That’s one of the rules, but we’re here. This is the closest to home most of us will ever get.” His voice trailed off, and he looked away. Suzie patted his shoulder. She could imagine his pain.

“We’re not here to talk,” said Billy. “The target will be here in a minute.”

“The scythe tells you the target as you cross the portal,” explained Frank.

“They explained in Theory class,” she said. “But it’s still weird to be here.”

She looked around. They stood in an alley, with gleams of starlight visible above them. Flies buzzed over a trash can, overflowing with pizza boxes. A cool breeze blew candy wrappers across the pavement, to graffiti-covered walls. Behind her, a cement building rose, with barred windows. In front of them, a larger street met the alley, with part of a neon sign glowing around the corner. It smelled like urine.

She heard shouts in Spanish from a dilapidated cement building with iron bars. More shouts and someone pleading. Then a gunshot and the shouts moved away from them.

A young girl staggered into the alley. Suzie was about to speak, but Frank shook his head.

The girl fell onto her face, a pool of blood leaking out from under her. In the distance, Suzie heard another gunshot.

“We have to help her,” said Suzie.

“It’s too late,” said Frank.

The girl lay motionless. Time seemed to stop. Suzie had never witnessed someone’s death. Who was this girl? Who had shot her?

Even as the questions started to form in her mind, the girl sat up and stared at them. Suzie started to move, but Frank grabbed her arm, holding her.

“Where am I?” said the girl.

She was sitting up, but she was also laying face first on the ground. The sitting girl looked at Billy with terrified eyes and struggled to her feet. Suzie realized they were each wearing black robes; even with their training badges, they must look frightening. Billy still held the scythe.

“Is this a joke?” said the girl. “I’m not dead—”

“You are,” said Billy.

The standing girl had no gunshot wound in her chest. Her dress seemed to shine as she moved a step away. She never looked down at her own body, or the blood continuing to run.

“Who are you three?” asked the girl.

“We’re in training,” said Billy. Suzie admired how calm his voice was. He was cool and collected, while she wanted to yell.

The girl took another step back and tripped on something. She tried to get up again but Billy held up a hand.

“Please,” he said. “Allow me.”

He raised the scythe and let it fall. The girl screamed, and Suzie screamed as well.


An interview between author Christopher Mannino (CM) and Billy Black.

CM: Billy, I understand you're entering your second year as a Death. What is it like Reaping souls for a living?
Honestly, it's just a job. We're in transportation, but the cargo happens to be souls. On a day to day basis, I don't think about death too often. Especially since this is only my second year. I went on three Reapings so far, and only held the scythe myself in one of them. Most of my time's spent at school studying.

CM: What do you think of your new housemate, Susan?
I'm really conflicted. There's never been a girl here. A lot of the other Deaths, particularly the older ones, are complaining, saying she'll mess everything up. If she hadn't been housed with Jason and me, I'm not sure how her arrival would affect me, but living with her, even though it's only been a couple weeks so far, I think she's pretty nice. I was kind of annoyed at first, particularly since they had to choose my house to stick a girl in, but it's not that bad. She's a kid, just like all of us.

CM: Speaking of kids, how did you become a Death?
Back in the Mortal World I started losing a lot of weight. Suddenly a Death showed up, swung his scythe, and offered me a contract. Live as a Death for a year, and then take a test. If I failed the test, I'd be a Death forever. If I didn't sign the contract, I'd die. Wasn't much of a choice. All Deaths are living kids, snatched in a similar manner. At first, you're really resentful, but once you get used to the World of Deaths, you find it's not so bad.

CM: So you failed your test, and were forced to remain a Death?
Not exactly. In the end, I decided I liked being a Death. After Dad left us, life was... rough for my mother and me, to say the least. At the College of Deaths, I made friends. I'm on a boskery team, I do well in classes, and I even work a part-time job for money. I didn't feel compelled to go back.

CM: What's the one thing you miss most about the Mortal World?
TV and computers. There are times when life feels a little slower in the World of Deaths On the other hand, that's not always a bad thing.

CM: So what do you do for fun?
As I mentioned, I play boskery. I was one of only a few kids my age to make a team. It's meant as a way to see how well we use scythes. Deaths are monitored, and their positions in the Senior College are determined by skill with the blade, since scythe skills allow you to Reap more souls in a shorter time. But it feels more like a game, with four teams competing at once. We use double-blade scythes, which paralyze you if you get nicked. It's a really tough sport. When I'm not playing, I like to read, hang out with friends, or even head up to Mors, which is a city nearby. They have some rides there, like an amusement park.

CM: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
I think everyone should give Susan a chance. She seems nice to me. I know the last time there was a female Death, she was a witch who betrayed the Deaths to Dragons, but Susan's different. Don't judge her before you get to know her.

Author Christopher Mannino $20 Amazon Giftcard

Firebird Book Blast

by Jennifer Loring

by Jennifer Loring

  Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career...

   When superstar hockey player and notorious bad boy Aleksandr Volynsky is traded to the Seattle Earthquakes in a blockbuster deal, Stephanie demands the opportunity to prove herself by scoring an exclusive interview with a man with no love for the media...the same man she once though, as a naive teenager, she'd someday marry.

   An Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion, Aleksandr has achieved every goal he's ever set...

   Now expected to carry a failing team on his shoulders, Aleksandr's troubles deepen when he encounters Stephanie after a season-opening loss. His lifestyle of drinking and random hookups has been a futile attempt to forget the beautiful tomboy who stole his heart nine years ago. And worse, fame and fortune have made it impossible for him to trust anyone--especially Stephanie, who is engaged to another man.

   Romance rekindles, but tragedy reveals Aleksandr's dark side...

   Being with Aleksandr in the first place jeopardizes Stephanie's journalistic integrity and threatens her career, and when he spirals out of control, it reawakens fears from her own history, making her unable to commit to a future with him.

   When Aleksandr discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance...

   Or will his revelation drive her away for good? 

Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing's inaugural Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My Kind. She recently signed a deal for a contemporary romance trilogy with Limitless Publishing; the first book, Firebird, is due out on October 20, 2015. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, a turtle, and two basset hounds. She is currently at work on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy as well as a paranormal romance.

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