Month: January 2014

Tips for Blogging Newbies – Tip #1 ~ Research & Decisions

I was once a newbie to blogging. Sometimes I still consider myself one. However, I have learned a few tips that I figured I’d share. ResearchI know, I know, it sounds stupid, and you probably do a lot of research already. But seriously doing some extra research won’t hurt. Honestly, it’s something I wish I did before I started blogging. I just jumped right into it and thought “research is for losers”. BIG MISTAKE. It’s one of the things I would redo if I could go […]

Posted January 31, 2014 by Emz Chang in Blogging Tips and Tricks / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Faking Normal

Waiting on Wednesday – Faking Normal

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.TITLE: Faking NormalAUTHOR: Courtney C. StevensPUBLICATION DATE: February 25, 2014 SYNOPSIS: An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and […]

Posted January 29, 2014 by Emz Chang in Meme / 3 Comments

Investigated – Can an Author Redeem Themselves?

Investigated – Can an Author Redeem Themselves?

Have you ever opened a book, only read a part of it, did not finish it, and proclaim you hate the author’s work? Do you give the author a second chance or do you stay away from anything else the author writes?For me, the answer to the second question varies. Usually, I’m all up for a second chance. After all, I would not be where I am today without them. And I firmly believe that everyone deserves a second chance. It really depends on what […]

Posted January 28, 2014 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (53)

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (53)

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:From the library:Daylighters(Morganville Vampires #15)by Rachel Caine&Find Me(Find Me #1)by Romily BernardTwo awesome books that I’ve been waiting to read for a long time.Last Week on Icy Cold Reads:Investigated – Instant LoveAskEmz – The BreakdownWaiting on Wednesday – UninvitedReview – HemlockThis Week […]

Posted January 25, 2014 by Emz Chang in Meme / 12 Comments

Review – Hemlock

Review – Hemlock

TITLE: Hemlock AUTHOR: Kathleen Peacock SERIES: Hemlock #1 PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books SYNOPSIS: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer:A white werewolf.Lupine syndrome–also known as the werewolf virus–is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to […]

Posted January 23, 2014 by Emz Chang in review / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Uninvited

Waiting on Wednesday – Uninvited

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.TITLE: UninvitedAUTHOR: Sophie JordonSERIES: Uninvited #1PUBLICATION DATE: January 28, 2014SYNOPSIS: The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she […]

Posted January 22, 2014 by Emz Chang in Meme / 5 Comments

AskEmz – The Breakdown

Hi guys! Just out of curiosity, how many of you have heard of Ask.fm? For those who don’t know, Ask.fm is a “website/social network” that allows users to ask and answer questions from others. Now, I’ve gotten a few questions about things… things related to either blogging in general, the design, or just about books. And I’ve been wanting to have a some sort of Q&A feature on the blog for awhile. So I thought Ask.fm was perfect. Sort of. Well, rather the name was […]

Posted January 21, 2014 by Emz Chang in Breakdown / 1 Comment

Investigated – Instant Love

Investigated – Instant Love

To me, instant love has the power to battle it out with love triangles for the most hated/annoying type of romance in YA. It’s especially annoying when it happens in realistic fiction. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really annoying anytime, unless it’s done right (certain factors apply), but realistic fiction, really? The truth is, love at first sight seems like a fantasy. How can you claim to fall in love with someone you just met? Someone who you don’t even know? Sure falling in love […]

Posted January 20, 2014 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (52)

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (52)

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:A HUGE thank you to SimonTeen for:I’m too tired to name them all, but if you have questions which book is which, just ask in the comments.A HUGE, HUGE thank you to SimonTeen and Audrey for these wonderful books, and for making my […]

Posted January 18, 2014 by Emz Chang in Meme / 16 Comments

Interactive Friday – Twitter Chat Anyone?

A long, long, time ago, I “hosted” a Twitter chat and it went okay. By okay, I mean it wasn’t a disaster and I wasn’t the only one there. It got me thinking, “hey, this is fun, we should do this again!” A few weeks ago, I did just that. This time I teamed up with Cal from Read Books and Live Green to host the Twitter chat #northstarbooktours. The chat was sort of to promote our new book tour company, North Star Book Tours, […]

Posted January 17, 2014 by Emz Chang in / 0 Comments