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February 17, 2016 posted by Nichole

Bitten Season 3 Episode 1 Review

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bitten TV series, it’s based off of the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, which happens to be my favorite series of all time (yes, even over Harry Potter.) It doesn’t follow the books exactly, and this will probably be its last season, but it’s fairly accurate.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with the Bitten TV series. I thought that season 1 was super cheesy and lame, but I powered through it, because I owed the series that much. Season 2 was FREAKING AWESOME! And now…we’re on to season 3. And let me tell you, the first episode SUCKED.

 

My biggest complaint with episode 1 of season 3 was that it strayed so far off course of the books. There were two major storylines going on that never existed in the series at all (I’ve read all 13 books…I mean…come on!) I’m okay with the TV series having SOME changes, but I’m not okay with it changing MAJOR things.

Another one of my major complaints was all of the torture scenes. I remember this from season 1, because we constantly had to cover our faces or fast forward through those scenes. We actually had to fast forward through about ten minutes of episode 1 this season. First off, it’s very confusing, because the book series didn’t have all of those torture scenes. Sure, they explained that Clay was the “enforcer” of the pack and that he was big and scary, but there were no gory scenes in the book. And, I’m fine with there being some gore in the TV series. I understand that this is television, and they need to do stuff to attract viewers. Honestly, though, I found it very unattractive. I don’t want to watch you stab through someones eyes or rip out their fingernails. That’s just disgusting and unwanted.

I also thought that Elena’s acting was HORRIBLE! Also, they’re starting to ruin Jeremy’s characters. It’s really quite sad /= Overall, I was VERY disappointed.

 

Did anyone else watch Bitten this week? What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!

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March 30, 2015 posted by Nichole

I’m still here!

You guys…I am SO sorry that I have been so MIA for the past 7-8ish months. I just haven’t been reading very much, so I don’t have a ton to post lately. School and work are consuming my life. I just wanted to pop on really quick and to let you know that I am still here. I read all of your comments and emails. YaReads is still active and in existence!

 

I am currently reading the new Kelley Armstrong book, Empire of Night (AMAZING BOOK!.) I’m about half way through it and will hopefully have a review up soon.

 

So if you’re still with us, thanks for not giving up! I’m trying to make a come back!

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December 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

YaReads is Looking for a New Reviewer/Blogger!

Hi everyone!

 

YaReads is looking for a new reviewer/blogger. Someone to schedule reviews, Waiting on Wednesday posts, Top Ten Tuesdays, Giveaways, etc. Since I started work in August, I have been swamped. I’ve maybe completed two books since then, and I never have any time to blog. When I do, I don’t want to because it’s a lot of work! And since I spent a lot of my time over at YaReads Blog Tours, YaReads has been taking a hit.

 

We’re looking for someone who can work one on one with me since I’m not going anywhere…I just won’t be around as much. More specifically, we’re looking for someone who can handle things on their own and who I don’t have to contact on a daily or weekly basis about posts. Anyone can apply for this position. You just can not have another blog where you post the same content. All content on YaReads must be original content.

 

This is not a paid position. Please do not contact us about how much we’re paying. This is a hobby that should be fun for you! We’re looking for someone who enjoys reading and talking about the books they love!

 

Simply fill out the form below and we’ll look at all of the entrants and contact you if we’re interested!

 

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October 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

My side of the story…

I wasn’t sure I wanted to write this post. First, I’m not sure that it’s everyone’s business… I don’t mean that in a rude way, I just feel that, at the moment, this is really intensely between three different parties. I’m not saying that everyone else doesn’t have a reason to be concerned and, well, afraid, but there’s a reason the main parties haven’t thrown themselves head first into the drama. Second, I don’t do drama. Sure, I’m advocating it at the moment, but I really don’t want to be pulled into the mess anymore than possible. But I’ve been receiving a lot of emails, direct messages, and tweets on Twitter from close blogger friends showing their support for both myself and Blythe and also letting me know that our community really wants to know what the heck is going on.

 

First off, I’ll start out by letting everyone know that I’m the one who gave KH Blythe’s mailing address. It’s not a secret nor something I thought I would ever have to be ashamed of. Why? Because I received Blythe’s permission to give it to KH.

 

This all started because of the 2014 debut authors bash. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a big event that YaReads hosts each year since 2013 where we gather up all the debut authors and pair them with other bloggers. During sign ups, we ask the authors if they have a specific blogger that they would like to work with. This is not a requirement. We are more than willing to randomly pair bloggers and authors. In fact, that’s what most of the authors choose to do. In this case, though, KH specifically requested Blythe as her blogger host.

 

Now, I mentioned I don’t do drama, right? So, I had no idea that KH was previously engaged in some blogger scandal. I still don’t really know that much about it because I don’t care enough to look it up and ask around. Well, as soon as I emailed Blythe about it she seemed a little confused. She was willing to host KH for the Bash, but she didn’t really understand why KH wanted to be paired with her since she didn’t like her book. So, I emailed KH about it and she informed me that she knew that Blythe didn’t like her book and that’s exactly why she wanted to be paired with her. She also wanted to talk about the previous controversy in the interview they were to do together. Blythe agreed and everything was set for them to be paired together for the Bash.

Let me back track a second since this seems to be the super important part. When KH requested Blythe as her blogger, she also asked me to get Blythe’s mailing address for her because she wanted to send her a gift for hosting her for the Bash. I sent Blythe an email and she seemed super excited and gave me her permission to pass on her mailing address to KH. It seemed safe and simple. I read in KH’s article that she was requested to donate some signed books and that’s why she wanted Blythe’s mailing address. When we send invitations out to the debut authors we give them a set of questions. One of those questions is whether or not they will be hosting a giveaway for the event and if it will be open to US, US & CAN, or INT. We never ask any of the authors to host a giveaway nor do we ask them to donate specific prizes. If they have questions about the giveaway we answer them, but that is completely up to them. Most of the authors chose to do a giveaway this year, but we did have quite a few who did not host one.

As we started to get closer to deadlines for the Bash, it was becoming slightly difficult to get ahold of Blythe about the interview. KH emailed me a few times and it was obvious that she was a bit frustrated that Blythe wasn’t communicating with her. At one point she said that it was starting to get a bit ridiculous but nothing exceeded mild annoyance. I remember that she requested a phone interview or a video chat between her and Blythe, but Blythe wasn’t interested in either of those. Eventually, I asked Blythe if she needed to be removed from the tour and we agreed that would be the best option since she was having some family issues going on and she would soon be traveling to Europe. It really wasn’t a big deal. We changed KH’s blogger to someone else that she wanted and I thought that was that.

I remember that KH had emailed me asking if Blythe sent me the correct mailing address because it was under someone else’s name. Of course, me not being very attentive, didn’t put two and two together that it was weird that she knew that. I’m not very savvy online, so I just figured that she went to put it on some post office site and it came back weird. That sounds stupid now, huh? I think I emailed Blythe about it, but I can’t remember that whole conversation and don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth. Later on, KH emailed me asking what to do with the gift she was going to send Blythe. I thought that was a little strange since I thought she had already sent it to her. I let it go, though, and just told her to hold onto it or give it to her new blogger….whatever she wanted to do with it, really.

Honestly, that seemed to be the extent of it. KH emailed me a few weeks ago asking me if YaReads stood for another blog. I remember I was slightly offended because we’re a pretty well known blog, not to mention that I worked my butt off on the 2014 debut authors bash all by myself, but I politely let her know that nope…we’re YaReads!

Other than that, I haven’t talked to KH or Blythe since we hooked up KH with another blogger. The last connection I had with Blythe was my email to her letting her know that we replaced her with another blogger for the 2014 debut authors bash. I didn’t even know about KH’s article until a day after it posted…..which you can all imagine how pleasant that was for me. I emailed KH about it and she requested that I call her, but I wasn’t (and am still not) overly comfortable giving her my phone number at that point.

 

Other than that, I’ve talked to Blythe a little bit about the situation as well as some pretty close friends in the blogging community who know bits and pieces but are close enough to have kept quiet about it. I’m still a little in shock and more than a little betrayed. Mostly, I’m in shock since I’m directly in the middle and completely flabbergasted that this happened.

 

I’d like to thank all of you for defending us and protecting the blogging community. What happened was absolutely horrifying and I can’t even imagine how Blythe must be feeling right now or even a few days ago. I would like to encourage everyone to tone it down just a little bit. This is already intense enough at the moment and I know that I personally want it to just die down a little bit. I know that steps are going to be taken, but other than that, I’m not going to share anymore details.

 

I feel like I just wrote a book, but I also know that I just grossly fascinated all of you. This is my statement. I know that you all are very curious and upset about this whole situation, but I would like to ask all of you to respect my space and privacy during this confusing time.

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October 19, 2014 posted by Nichole

Books for sale!

Hey, everyone! Welcome back!

 

I know everyone is concerned with the drama today, but I’m taking a step back for now. So, I went through a bunch of books in my room that need to go. These books will be on sale for two weeks (longer if it seems to be going well) and then I’m just going to donate the rest or something.

 

Hardbacks are $5 each

Paperbacks are $3 each

 

Deals: 3 paperbacks for $7/ 3 hardbacks for $12

 

You must pay shipping which is not included in these promises. Shipping depends on the amount of packaging used and the weight.

 

Please email me at American.yareaders2@gmail.com with your choices. And I promise, cross my heart, that I will not pull a Hale on you. All addresses will be deleted and WILL NOT be shared.

 

Shipping will be done on Saturdays. If I am able to get it out sooner, I will.

 

Hardbacks

Red by Alison Cherry

The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton

Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion by Jody Feldman (MG)

The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister by Stegan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand and Emma Trevayne

Immortal City by Scott Speer

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Burning by Elana K. Arnold

A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Fates by Lanie Bross

Seven Wonders: The Tomb of Shadows by Peter LeRangis

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

Incineratior by Niall Leonard

Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber

The Living by Matt De La Pena

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

After the End by Amy Plum

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos

Love Me by Rachel Shukert

Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons

Pathfinder by Angie Sage

Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince

The Serpent’s Curse by Tony Abbott

The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: Escape to California by Jeff Brown

The Graveyard Book Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

 

Paperbacks

Eternal by CC Hunter

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Conjure by Lea Nolan

Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler

Stormbringer by Shannon Delany

Quarantine by James Phelan

Survivor by James Phelan

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Echo by Alyson Noel

Seven Wonders Journals by Peter Lerangis

Midnight City by J Barton Mitchell

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Switched by Amanda Hocking

 

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October 11, 2014 posted by Nichole

A Brief Hello!

Hi everyone!

 

I am SO sorry for my absence lately! I started my new job as a Pre-K teacher in Mid-August and that has consumed my whole entire life. All of my blogging has gone toward YaReads Blog Tours and YaReads kind of got left out in the cold.

I just wanted to keep all of you updated and let you know that YaReads is still an active blogging site. I don’t really have very much time to read anymore. In fact, I haven’t finished a book since I started working. I’m trying to find that balance between teaching, curriculum planning, assessments, family time, blogging time, and reading. It also helps that I’m not falling asleep right when I get home anymore LOL.

I’m just about to schedule some more posts right after this. I hope you check them out throughout this month!

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August 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

Annoucing the 2014 Debut Authors Bash Schedule!!

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Hi everyone!

 

It was my intention to release this schedule way before the day before the tour starts but this Bash ended up being a lot more difficult than our previous Bash and everything is now official. If you don’t know about the Debut Authors Bash…it’s very simple. Each day in September several bloggers will host a 2014 debut author on their blog and will feature special posts (some will host reviews, guest posts, interviews, video chats, live interviews) and some will feature giveaways. It’s a very fun and exciting event and we hope that you get a chance to check out each stop this month!

 

The Tour Schedule:

September 1st

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Melissa Landers

YaReads – Courtney C. Stevens

Swept Away By Books – Mary Crockett

Between Printed Pages – Alison Kemper

September 2nd

Two Chicks on Books – Bethany Hagen

Pandora’s Books – Kiki Sullivan

Gorgeous Books – Hillary Monahan

Books i View- Rachel M. Wilson

September 3rd

Fictional Thoughts – Kristin Rae

Beauty and the Bookshelf – Rin Chupeco

The Quirky Reader – Adam Gallardo

September 4th

Books As You Know It – Elizabeth Czukas

Book Briefs – Meredith McCardle

Bibliophilekid – Megan Whitmer

September 5th

My Heart Hearts Books – Philip Siegel

Books and Swoons – Katie Delahanty

Playing Jokers – Jocelyn Adams

Blissful Book Reviews – Lillie J Roberts

September 6th

The Book Tower – Lisa Colozza Cocca

Beauty and the Bookshelf – Kate Asha Boorman

Falling Down The Book Hole – Michelle Krys

September 7th

Reading is My Treasure – Bethany Neal

Ginger Reader 22 – Adi Rule

Pandora’s Books- Jennifer Longo

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read : Christine Kohler

September 8th

Little Bookworm Reviews – Chanel Cleeton

Her Book Thoughts! – Mary Elizabeth Summer

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Christina Farley

Gorgeous Books – Helene Dunbar

September 9th

Bookish – Colleen Oakes

My Book Addiction – Emily Lloyd-Jones

Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Veronica Bartles

Pond Across the Pond – Jessica Love

September 10th

Adventures in YA Publishing – Joy N Hensley

Never Ending Stories – Erica Cameron

Whimsically Yours – Rachel Searles

September 11th

The Phantom Paragrapher – Skylar Dorset

My Library in the Making – Sashi Kaufman

September 12th

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Kathryn Rose

Adventures in Storyland – Stephanie Diaz

Platypire Reviews – Louise Galveston

Next Page Reviews – Michelle Shusterman

September 13th

Taffy’s Writings – Jessie Humphries

Nocturnal Predators Reviews – AdriAnne Strickland

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Kory M. Shrum

Fiction Dreams – Bethan Cooper

September 14th

Pond Across the Pond – Rebecca Behrens

Adventures in Reading – Bethany Crandell

The Phantom Paragrapher – Lisa Doan

September 15th

Fiction Dreams – Sarah Harris

Playing Jokers – Laura Wettersten

September 16th

Ok, Let’s Read – Stefanie Gaither

Platypire Reviews – Lisa Ledochowski Survillas

September 17th

Swoony Boys Podcast – Heather Demetrios

Bumbles and Fairy Tales- AJ Pine

Pretty Sassy Cool – Lauren Magaziner

Book Lovers Life-Trinity Ambrose

September 18th

For The Love – Kristi Helvig

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Annie Cosby

Sleeps on Tables – Kelly Loy Gilbert

YaReads- Emery Skye

September 19th

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Jaye Robin Brown

Between Printed Pages – Kate Scott

Pop! Goes the Reader – Kathleen Hale

September 20th

Becoming Books – Lynne Matson

Bibliophilia, Please – M.G. Buehrlen

MindJacked- Heidi Schulz

September 21st

Keep it Fictional- Lisa O’Kane

Bibliophilia, Please- PA Warren

Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Rebecca Yarros

Fiction Dreams – Kimberly Wheaton

September 22nd

Nocturnal Predators Reviews – Stacey O’Neale

Lisa Loves Literature – Jessica Gollub

Teen Scene Reading – A Lynden Rolland

 

Blissful Book Reviews – Katie Sparks

September 23rd

Skye’s Scribblings – R.C. Lewis

My Book Addiction – Joshua David Bellin

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Dawn Brazil

September 24th

Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Tracy Clark

Platypire Reviews – Kym Brunner

BookLoversLife – Elissa Sussman

September 25th

Allodoxophobia: The Fear of Opinions – Lisa Maxwell

Turning Pages – Kelsey Macke

Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Annie Cardi

YaReads – Carol Staff

September 26th

Curling Up With A Good Book – Martina Boone

Diane’s Book Blog – Julia Gibson

Bibliophilia, Please – Whitney Miller

Book Lovers Life – Ryan Gebhart

September 27th

Turning Pages – Robin Constantine

The Cozy Reading Corner – Kristen Lippert-Martin

Out of Time – Robin Talley

The Quirky Reader – K.A Barker

September 28th

Diane’s Book Blog – Stacey Nash

The Book Beacon – Sarah Bromley

YA Series Insiders – Nicole Maggi

September 29th

YA Series Insiders – S.L. Duncan

The Eater of Books! – Ryan Graudin

My Not So Real Life – Seth Fishman

Book Lovers Life – Jane Lively

September 30th

Fiction Freak – Sara Raasch

Read My Breath Away – Anne Blankman

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Linda Vigen Phillps

YaReads – Kate Hattemer