Sunday, December 26, 2010

Matched Review Coming Soon!!!

Guess what I got for Christmas?!?!?!
I didn't even put it on my list, and I opened up my gift from one of my guy friends and I almost screamed! I am so excited to read this book. (I have this thing about Utopian society books and movies like The Giver by Lois Lowry, Gattaca...things like that) 
I will definitely be getting to read this tonight and getting a review up shortly!!!
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Here's to all of you, and I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!
Merry Christmas wishes from Santa Claus!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winners and more!!!

I am so grateful to everyone who entered the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! I had a total of 176 entries! I am almost at 200 followers now, I'm estatic. I think I'm going to be doing another giveaway, VERY soon. I have so many books that I bought, that I just don't read or care to keep! So stay tuned for another giveaway!

So here are my winners!

Prize Pack #1, which is the book Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket and other assorted Christmas-y things goes to....
Jennifer Mathis!! Congratulations!

Prize Pack #2, which is $10 at the Book Depository and this goes to....
Elise (expogenic)!!!

The winners have been notified. The winners 24 hours to respond from the time I send the e-mail. If the winners don't respond a new winner will be chosen.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop!

Who doesn't love giveaways!? I love giving gifts, especially around Christmastime, so I decided to become a part of the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by Inspired Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer. "Midwinter's Eve is the longest night of the year so why not spend it entering some great giveaways." I am going to be giving away TWO awesome things for this giveaway.

Here are the nitty-gritty details:
1. MUST be a follower to enter (just click the follow button on the Google friend connect)
2. Fill out THIS form
3. Giveaway will run from 12:01 AM on Tuesday, December 21st to 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd. 

Isn't that simple? Now here's what you REALLY care about! Here are the two things you'll be entering to win! 

Prize Pack #1: 
Christmas Pack

(Including: Lemony Snicket - The Lump of Coal and a few other special Christmas-y things!)
I absolutely loved The Series of Unfortunate Events, and had to get this when it came out. :)

Prize Pack #2:
Your Choice!
I am giving away a $10 giftcard to the Book Depository! They always have great books and free shipping! So you can get the book you REALLY want! 

So after you enter my giveaway, by filling out THIS form, enter the other great giveaways below!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Review - Nightmare by Robin Parrish

By: Robin Parrish
Published by: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0607-8
Release Date: July 1, 2010


The story opens up with Maia attending a "haunted house" with two girls she knows from school. As they're waiting in line, the girls are shivering with nervous excitement. Maia is extremely bored and wondering why she even came. "Growing up, I'd seen and done things that those two weren't equipped to imagine. I knew it would take more than a fun house to rattle me-a lot more-no matter how technologically advanced it was."

When they finally enter the house, at the end of the "scare tactics", Maia experiences something that she's only seen on a few occasions. Maia sees an intelligent apparation, one of Jordin...someone who's not supposed to be dead. The next day when Maia finds out Jordin has gone missing, from Jordin's fiance Derek, Maia becomes even more worried. She sets out, with Derek, to find Jordin.

"Do you know the question? Look at every quest, every journey that's ever been undertaken, and at it's heart you will find a question. A question that needs answering. And that drive for answering it is what fuels the quest. The search for the paranormal is no different than any other quest. At it's core, there is a question that needs to be answered. Do you know that question?"

Maia Peters asks Jordin Cole this when they meet for the first time. Jordin is trying to enlist the help and guidance through the paranormal from Maia. Maia has grown up around it her whole life. Her parents, Malcolm and Carmen Peters, are famous for their paranormal investigation reality television show. When Jordin aproaches her, she knows that she's asking someone experienced. Maia flat out refuses.

"I really hated when people recognized me. Fame had never agreed with me. It wasn't really my fame they were recognizing, anyway. I was just famous by association. Or perhaps infamous."

Maia has left the paranormal life behind and has decided to pursue a criminal justice degree at Columbia University. Jordin is very persistent and finally convinces Maia (with a LOT of money) to help her feel the paranormal.

I couldn't put this book down once I started reading, the author has a way of sucking you into his world. The bad thing was, I am such a wimp when it comes to ghosts and scary things that like! So I would have to tear myself away from the book, because I wouldn't be able to sleep at night!! 

Ghost at Waverly Hills Sanatorium
The way the book is set up, helps the story move along quickly. Every other chapter switches between Maia and Derek's investigation, to Maia and Jordin's paranormal investigations. It's a very fast-paced book, that will certainly keep you on your toes. The author has a way of making you think. Not just experiencing the story, but delving into your mind. 

When Maia and Jordin go on their very first paranormal investigation of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, the author answers all the questions you could have about the paranormal. 

"...has evidence ever been collected? Has the paranormal ever been proven?..Any scientist will tell you there are infinite numbers of things in the universe that we cannot explain. And no one will argue that proving what happens to us when we die is a question we still can't answer. Whatever label you apply to it-the paranormal, the afterlife, the unexplained-almost everyone agrees that things exist that are outside of our ability to perceive. But defining it, quantifying it, cataloging the exact scientific parameters of what it is and where it is and how it we've never achieved that."

He even goes  through and explains the different types of hauntings. It was really helpful to have someone like Jordin who didn't know anything about the paranormal, because I didn't know anything either! Having it explained to me by Maia, made me feel like I was Jordin, soaking in her every word.

When it switches back to Derek and Maia, Derek is the complete opposite of Maia. Their beliefs about the paranormal are vastly different. Whenever they get the chance to hash it out, it brings up new thoughts in your mind, but at the end of the argument, you're at the same place you were before, bewilderd.

"Even the disciples believed in ghosts. That was their first thought when they saw Jesus walking toward them on the lake. And also when He was resurrected. I know that one by heart. He said, 'Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.' He doesn't lecture them on whether ghosts are real or not. He's alive that's what matters. And that's just the New Testament. Don't get me started on Saul using the Witch of Endor to conjure up Samuel. Are you telling me Samuel was a demon?"

"Why would a ghost wear clothes?..Most reports of so-called hauntings feature a dead soul that's seen wearing the clothes he or she wore most often when they were still alive. It makes no logical sense. People die, clothes don't."

The author takes you on a journey, along with Maia and Jordin, to learn about the paranormal. You'll experience everything they do, the heaviness in your chest, the feeing of dread and even the room around you will get colder. You're not just reading you are experiencing. Robin Parrish is going to explain everything about the paranormal and take you to ACTUAL "haunted" places such as Waverly Hills Sanatorium, The Stanley Hotel and even Alcatraz. He will leave you breathless and searching for the answer to the question that drives every paranormal investigator, "What happens when we die?" I wouldn't normally pick up this book. but I'm glad my mom asked me to read it! It was one of the best books I've ever read. :)

About the Author(taken from Wikipedia):
Robin Parrish was born in Thomasville, North Carolina, to Michael Wayland Parrish and Lutricia Jones Parrish. His earliest writing efforts took place on a plastic, toy typewriter, and resulted in several "books" (most between 10 and 30 pages long) and even a few magazines.
By the age of thirteen, he had begun winning local writing awards and became a regular in his high school's literary magazine. In college, he garnered acclaim from his English professors and fellow students while maturing and honing his skills.
It was his own website creation Infuze, that led to becoming a published author. One of his more "high concept" ideas for Infuze was to return to his love for storytelling and create a serialized tale that would play out every two weeks, telling a complete, compelling story over the course of nine months. That serialized story eventually came to the attention of several publishers, who saw it as a potential debut novel for Robin Parrish.
In 2005, Bethany House Publishers brought Parrish full circle by contracting him for the rights to not only that first book—but two sequels. A trilogy, to unfold in the consecutive summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008. One massive tale—of which that first, original story would form only the foundational first volume of the three—spread across three books.

More Literature From The Author:

Book Description from Amazon:
Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park's main ride is a haunted mansion that promises an encounter with a real ghost.
When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she's not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned "ghost hunters," so the paranormal is nothing new. In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl who disappeared from campus a few months ago.
Convinced what she saw wasn't a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin's disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin's boyfriend--a pastor's kid with very different ideas about the spirit realm--Maia finds herself in a struggle against forces she never expected to confront.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Be apart of helping a child's education! :D

Gerber is a very well-known brand for babies. It's trusted most by parents all over the United States. Gerber Generation has a way now to help further your child's education!

I've entered my son at and there is one Grand Prize winner plus 6 winners a month!

The Grand Prize is that your child could be featured in a Gerber Ad and they can get $25,000 scholarship! 

I've entered my son Brayden into this contest, and I'm asking you to help fund his education!

All you need is an e-mail address and to click this link here!

It's as easy as 1-2-3!!

Thanks so much, all votes are appreciated.

And if you have a child in the Gerber contest, post your link and I'll cast a vote for you too! We'll pass the votes around!!