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HARKEN Blog Tour: Interview with Kaleb Nation & Giveaway

Monday, February 25, 2013

Today I have the Kaleb Nation on the blog to talk about newest release, HARKEN. I've been a fan of Kaleb's youtube channel, and was excited when I heard about his book. Now I'm fortunate enough to be part of the blog tour!

Harken by Kaleb Nation
Website | YouTube | Twitter

Series: Harken #1
Release Date: January 9, 2013
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Michael Asher is almost an ordinary California teenager, except for his unexplainable ability to see a glimpse of a person’s thoughts through their eyes. After surviving an assassination attempt, he discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy higher than any earthly power. A clandestine organization with authority over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy desperately wants him dead. Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to search for the identity of the puppet master and dig up the truth that humanity is not being told.


1. What are some of your favorite moments since you’ve published Harken?

I think my favorite moment was when so many people were buzzing about it online, #HARKEN became a trending topic on Twitter… TWICE. Seeing readers so excited about something I wrote is the fuel that keeps me going. Another favorite moment was when Adrienne Frailey recorded the song New Eyes, inspired by the book. I listened to the lyrics and they’re straight from things that I wrote. It’s so exciting.

2. What were some struggles you had while developing your main character, Michael Asher, and creating the conspiracies in the novel?

When I first write Michael, he was a bit flat. I had his character traits but they only felt like I was describing a character, not living as him. Then out of nowhere, I realized that Michael’s love of photography was deeper than just taking pictures, that he had a special gift of reading glimpses of thoughts through a person’s eyes. He uses photos to make sense of the world because he can study them instead of making an instantaneous judgment.

The conspiracies weren’t difficult to create because everything in the book is based on real beliefs. I simply had to read the blogs, listen to the interviews, and write what I heard with an open mind.

3. If you could take one of your characters and place them in another book, which book would it be and who would they befriend?

I would LOVE to see Callista in The Hunger Games. She has a sharp mind and thinks quickly. I’d bet on her winning if I lived in the Capitol.

(Now that I think about it, wishing one of my characters into The Hunger Games is probably the worst thing I’ve done to them so far)

4. Ultimate reading pet peeve?

Books with unpronounceable character names. I understand that Bpzuul-groleth Lzlztbt looks cool for a kind-hearted goblin love interest character, but what if I like the book and Bpzuul is my favorite? How will anyone ever find my fansite, bpzuulgrolethlzlztbtFANBOY.net?

Thank you so much Kalen for taking the time to answer these questions. It was great having you on the blog!



KALEB NATION is an author and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more.
While writing Harken, Kaleb documented his progress through video blogs at Youtube.com/KalebNation. A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for teens.
Kaleb regularly posts on Twitter (@KalebNation) and blogs at KalebNation.com.



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Vy's Blog is Turning Two... WHAT?!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's been two years since I've started Vy's Blog. I was an 8th grader at the start of blogging, and now I'm almost finished with my sophomore year of high school. I AM GETTING OLD.

My goals heading into my 2nd year of blogging was to create and publish more content, comment more, and interact with more bloggers. Well at least I got the interacting part down. I'm not exactly proud of my 2nd year since I haven't improved much, and I recently realized the noticeable decrease in the amount of posts. 

Blogging started feeling like a job, and I was feeling completely burned out. School wasn't helping either, so I slowly crawled into a blogging slump. The best decision I made was to take a step back. I went back to reading because I wanted to instead of having to. And also, thanks to the blogging community for reminding me why I started blogging in the first place! More posts will be coming your way soon! The blogging slump lasted way longer than I thought, but now I'm back!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who continued to support my blog and I. And a GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who commented and read my posts. THANK YOU SO MUCH. This year's blogoversary's low-key, but next year I'll have a bigger celebration with more exciting stuff!

Here's to another year of blogging!

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I'm almost back!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I know, I know. I've been hard core slacking. It's been quiet on the blog, but frete not because I've been spending my away time thinking of a bunch of discussion ideas, and I've been reading more which will mean MORE REVIEWS!

I'm actually thinking of new ideas which doesn't come often enough, so right now I'm just thinking:


I just want to sit down and publish a bunch of posts:



But everyday after school I always end up like this:



It's once again time to pick classes for next year, and it's stressing me out since 
I'll be a junior next year. SLOW DOWN, LIFE. 


I don't have it ALL planned out yet, but for sure I'll be having an exciting post up on the 25th as part of the HARKEN blog tour. Be sure to check back for a fun interview with Kaleb Nation, and a giveaway!


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Happy New Year!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Happy Chinese and Vietnamese New Year to my lovely followers who celebrate. 
Chúc mừng năm mới!
Cheers to a fabulous new year to you and your family.
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Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Harlequin Teen, 304 pages 
Series: Nightwatchers #2
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

MY KISS CAN KILL.

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....

Wicked Kiss picks up a few weeks after Dark Kiss, and the problems continued to stack up. Sam's greatest problem was the danger of sucking out Bishop's soul when he was around her. The hunger became too strong to be ignored. Sam was on the brinks of being consumed by the hunger when she found her temporary solution, Kraven. Yes, Kraven, Bishop's BROTHER. Sam has to make out with him and Bishop has to be okay with that! I for one found this extremely hilarious. I'm most likely the minority here, but I hardcore ship Sam and Kraven.  

My favorite part of the series continued to be the relationship between the characters. Their facade of hating each other lead to hilarious banters. No matter how many times they deny it, we all know they would die to protect each other. My absolute favorite part of Wicked Kiss were the flashbacks of Bishop and Kraven before they became angels and demons. Aren’t you all a bit curious about these guys?

Besides that amusing Sam problem, the team was presented with an unexpected member. The addition of Cassandra, another angel, further imbalanced the group that was made up of four angels and two demons. They were in no position to pass an opportunity for more help, but the problem was the mystery of her true mission. And to complicate the situation even more, the grays began evolving into something they've never faced before.

Wicked Kiss did not come short on plot twists, and held my attention the entire time. I most definitely enjoyed the darker tone in Wicked Kiss compared to Dark Kiss. It was an overall entertaining read that revealed more of the character's backgrounds. I was not disappointed in this follow up to Dark Kiss.

Overall: 4 out of 5
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ALA Mid-Winter 2013 Recap

Sunday, February 3, 2013

I attended my first ever conference last weekend in Seattle. Unfortunately for me, I had finals on Monday, so I was only at ALA Mid-Winter for Saturday, but I'm extremely glad I went. 

I was a bundle of nerves when I arrived! The nerves actually started way before I even set foot in Seattle. I was completely unsure of everything including simple things such as what to wear! I ended up deciding my outfit ONE HOUR before I hit the road. 

From left to right: Lauren (365 Days of Reading), Katie (Katie's Book Blog), 
Bailey (IB Book Blogging), Anna (Literary Exploration), and ME on the end

Thank goodness for kind and helpful bloggers! I wouldn't know what to do without them and would have been nervous the whole day. My day started off with meeting these lovely ladies! I was so excited to meet them, and they were all incredibly helpful and kind, and nicely dressed! I spent the majority of the time wandering and a bit lost, but I was also with Lauren and Bailey sometimes and they were were so nice in helping me navigate my first conference. And it was awesome being able to meet Bailey, my blogger big sib, in person! She was extremely nice as well as her mom and aunt.


I also spent some time with Lindsey, author of upcoming book, The Murder Complex,  and Cherie (The Book Bender). I also met Becky (Stories and Sweeties) and she was so sweet and helped me when I was awkwardly hanging around the Random House booth. I also ran into Sara (Novel Novice) and it was great seeing a familiar face. There were other bloggers that I met but didn't get pictures with such as Nancy (Ravenous Reader), Mindy (Magical Urban Fantasy Reads), Jaime (Two Chicks on Books), and Sarah (Sarah's Random Musings). 

Along with bloggers, I also met extremely nice publishing people. Everyone there was so NICE and approachable. There were also a bunch of authors walking around and I had the chance to meet Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds, and Kirsten Hubbard, author of Wanderlove. I loved both of their books and probably made a fool of myself fangirling when I met them. I had so much fun meeting everyone, and would have loved to stay longer. 

From left to right: Alexandra Bracken and Kirsten Hubbard.

I've been asked about the books I got there, so here are the reads I'm most excited about:


Hidden by Marianne Curley | Bloomsbury 
Stung by Bethany Wiggins | Bloomsbury 
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore | Random House
Of Triton by Anna Banks | Macmillan 
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Macmillan
Reboot by Amy Tintera | HarperTeen
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike | HarperTeen
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland | Disney Hyperion
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Blog Tour: Love All by Kelly Hashway - Guest Post: Nice Guy vs Bad Boy

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Love All by Kelly Hashway
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Publisher: Swoon Romance
Series: Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak #1
Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan wasn’t very lucky at love. In sophomore year, her idiotic boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker. Ouch! Now a senior, and with a little more self-confidence, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two guys at school. Lucky! Both attend her tennis matches, vie for her attention, and are each gorgeous in their own way. So what’s the problem? Meg has already chosen one of them, and the one waiting in the sidelines will do anything to change her mind. She’s enjoys the attention right up until it’s her heart that’s caught in the middle, and she risks losing both. Can Meg Love All, or will choosing be her undoing?

Nice Guy vs. Bad Boy
by Kelly Hashway

We’ve all heard the saying, “Nice guys finish last” but is that really true? Let’s talk about the Nice Guy. He’s loyal, dependable, treats you like a princess, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for you. He’s the guy you want to end up with because you know he’s good for you. He makes you a better person. Maybe the saying, “Nice guys finish last” comes from the fact that this is the guy you want to last. The one you want to be with in the end.

Now let’s look at the Bad Boy. He’s reckless in a totally sexy way. He pushes your buttons and leaves you wanting more. He’s the one you know is capable of breaking your heart into a million pieces, but you just have to try to tame him anyway. He’s mysterious and makes your pulse race whenever you see him. Being around him is addictive and anything but comfortable. He’s the one you can’t stay away from no matter how hard you try.

So which one wins in the end? I don’t think either is necessarily better than the other. They’re both swoon-worthy in very different ways. It comes down to which one has your heart.




Reading is a thing of magic. It has allowed Kelly to enter into worlds she never would have known. She's cried, laughed, and been scared right alongside her favorite characters. And her hope is that one day kids will do the same for characters she's created. Kelly wants kids to see that reading is one of the greatest gifts. Luckily, her daughter already agrees!
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