Month: September 2013

Investigated – ARCs

Investigated – ARCs

ARCSARCs, also known as Advanced Reader Copies, are a part of a book blogger’s life, whether they like it or not. Many bloggers dream of getting more ARCs. Others shy away from them. There are many positive and negative things about ARCs. Positive Negative Get to read books you before other peopleDon’t have to wait as long to read a sequelPeople will be jealous of youPressure to read books before publication datePressure to review books before publication dateNot a lot of people to talk about […]

Posted September 30, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 5 Comments

Author Event Recap – Ally Carter

Author Event Recap – Ally Carter

Yesterday was awesome. In more ways than one. The first being I got to meet ALLY CARTER! The second being I got a signed copy of United We Spy! You have no idea how long I have wanted to meet her. I apologize in advance for all the blurry pictures. I used my iPod and it’s camera sucks. Plus, my mom made me late to event so I was all the way in the back. Ally during the Q&A session.Another pic of Ally during Q&A. I […]

Posted September 29, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 1 Comment

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (36)

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (36)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book ReviewerStacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.I have decided to try to participate in all of their memes with only one post…thus The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves.BOOK HAUL:Not a really big haul this week, but a good one nonetheless.And I owe Folio Literary a HUGE thank you for it.Won from Folio Literary:Fire with Fireby Jenny Han & Siobhan VivianAnd that’s it for this week.Last Week on Icy Cold Reads:Spotlight […]

Posted September 28, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 11 Comments

Novel News – Volume One, Issue #3

Novel News – Volume One, Issue #3

This week…IN MOVIE NEWS:The Fault in Our Stars Movie NewsWeek Five of Filming Recap (The TFIOS Movie Fansite).John Green talks about gratitude, particular in the case of the TFIOS movie in the video Gratitude: Swoodilypoopers Strike Back #70John also talks about what he has learned on the set of the movie in the video The Filmmaking Process: Swoodilypoopers Strike Back #71The Hunger Games Movie NewsIt was revealed on the official Hunger Games Movie twitter that Elden Henson was cast as Pollux in Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. (See […]

Posted September 27, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 0 Comments

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway – Moirai

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway – Moirai

TITLE: MoiraiAUTHOR: Ruth SilverSERIES: Aberrant (#2)GENRE: YA, Dystopian, Sci-fiSYNOPSIS: Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home, in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the […]

Posted September 27, 2013 by Emz Chang in book blitz, giveaway / 0 Comments

Sarcastic Sundays (On Thursday) – Banned Books Edition

Sarcastic Sundays (On Thursday) – Banned Books Edition

Welcome to the first edition of “Sarcastic Sundays”. It’s a new feature I came up with when I was “talking” to Fly to the Sky at Read Books and Live Green and Arial at In Italics on Twitter about sarcasm. And then I remembered this post that Emily at Forever Literary wrote called Six Books that May be too Racy for Teens. Thus this post was born. (It can also be considered a follow up to I Just Don’t Understand – Reasons Behind Banned Books).NOTE: Everything […]

Posted September 26, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Six Months Later

Waiting on Wednesday – Six Months Later

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.TITLE: Six Months Later AUTHOR: Natalie D. RichardsPUBLICATION DATE: October 1, 2013SYNOPSIS: Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy […]

Posted September 25, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 5 Comments

I Just Don’t Understand – Reasons Behind Banned Books

I Just Don’t Understand – Reasons Behind Banned Books

In continuation of yesterday’s Investigated post/rant (Investigated – Banned Books)…Yesterday I mentioned one of reasons the concept of banned books makes me mad is the reasons on which the books were banned. I used Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher to help illustrate my point. Today, I will use a few more examples.EXHIBIT ONE: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay AsherRead yesterday’s post (link above).EXHIBIT TWO: HARRY POTTER by J.K. RowlingOkay, so maybe the reason why I don’t understand why this book was banned is because I […]

Posted September 24, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 0 Comments

Investigated – Banned Books

Investigated – Banned Books

WARNING: This will turn into a rant at some point.Banned books. There is so much wrong with that phrase. “Banned” is not a word that I like to see being used. On the other hand, I love the word “books” and everything it represents (well, almost everything). Those two just don’t go together. And when they are grouped together to form that dreadful phrase “banned books”, I am often filled with horror and anger that I simply cannot describe with words.Why someone would want to […]

Posted September 23, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 3 Comments

Spotlight – Banned Books Week

Spotlight – Banned Books Week

WHAT IS BANNED BOOKS WEEK?Banned Books Week is a designated week in the US, during which banned or challenged books are celebrated. It was first created in 1982 in attempt to bring awareness to all the books that have been banned. Banned Books Week usually occurs on the fourth week of September, but that sometimes varies. This year (2013) Banned Books Week will start on September 22 and end on September 28.For more information go to the website dedicated to Banned Books Week or The American […]

Posted September 22, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 6 Comments