The 13th Continuum, by Jennifer Brody

Hi guys! It’s Kester, and I love this book so much that I want you to get to the review right away!

 

DISCLAIMER: I won a free, signed paperback copy of this book from the author’s private giveaway during the YASH. This will not affect my review in any way. I had also received some book swag before I received this book. This is not part of a trade agreement.

Rating: 11/10 stars (it was that good!)

The 13th Continuum joins together two descendants of survivors from the Doom that took place a thousand years ago: Myra Jackson, a girl who is labeled as a heathen in the underwater 13th Continuum, and Captain Aero Wright, soldier in the outerspace 2nd Continuum. Right before the Doom took place, making the Surface inhabitable for 1,000 years and obliterating all of the humans on the Surface, the “chosen” humans were selected to help the human race survive in 13 continuums, or colonies. Myra Jackson soon realizes that the her continuum, the underwater 13th Continuum, must return to the unutterable Surface or they will die. Captain Aero Wright, at the same time, faces opposition in the outerspace 2nd Continuum on his and the Supreme General’s mission to return to Earth. They both try to return to the Surface, where they realize is their true home.

This book is probably the best book I have read in a long time! It’s now actually a new favorite, probably now number 2! I ended up devouring this book, and I couldn’t put it down. It was so amazing! I just loved it! From the beginning that hooked me to the end that made me wanting more, I found myself being thrust into the book, being immersed in the struggle to return to the Surface.

The premise of a human civilization surviving in continuums that have been corrupted or destroyed over the course of time fascinated me. The beginning, which started off right when the Doom started, was brilliant. I found myself so hooked into the book that I was blown away. When you get to the ending, every single detail is somehow tied up. There were no loose ends, no unnecessary details. Jennifer Brody knew how to connect every single dot, from the Doom that happened 1,000 years ago to the present, and it was a smart move.

The 13th Continuum is so well-written that it felt like I was watching a movie. There was so much action, adventure, friendship, romance, plot twists… oh my! You’re going to need to prepare for this roller coaster ride! Even the dual-POV made me want to read more. It felt like The DaVinci Code meets The Hunger Games, but even better. It was that good.

I have nothing, not even the smallest, thing against this book. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t even criticize any detail. Maybe the epilogue, but that’s how the author will get you. With the epilogue so absurd, so weird, and so cliff-hanger-ish, I just want to know what that has to do with the sequel. I just really want to read the sequel so badly! I can’t wait for me to get my hands on it! I’m hoping it will be as good, or even better, than this one!

I’m just going to say it: You are going to enjoy this book. I’m going to guarantee it!

Recommendation: 110% Yes, and that’s not a typo!

 

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What’s Next?, by Alex Abaz

Hi guys! It’s Kester, and I finally got another review together!
DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog.

Rating: 10/10 stars
Coping with a big loss or setback can be very challenging. Depression, financial distress, and anxiety can be very hard to overcome, but Alex Abaz in her 10-step outline will help you start over and open the next chapter in your life.
This short, quick read was very informative, and although I do not need any advice right now, I’d recommend it to anyone who is undergoing troubles. This book can be applied in any troubling situation, whether it be loss of a loved one or employment, and it will definitely help you when you need some help.

The ability of the author to be very informative and helpful yet still in a concise, short fashion is one of the best reasons why you should go to this book first. I know someone coping with troubles might not have the time to finish a 300 page, or even a 100 page book, but 25 pages is short enough to read in an afternoon.

It was a very informative book. I learned a bit about how to cope with loss, and I don’t even need it right now! It was so well-written and useful that I’ll keep this copy on my phone just in case something happens and I need some guidance. Reading the book felt as if the author herself was counseling me in person, comforting me along every step of the way.
I have nothing against this book. It was a fantastic read, one that anyone who is suffering through something should read!

Recommendation: Go ahead!

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New Logo for LILbooKlovers!

Hey guys! LILbooKlovers has a new logo for the blog! I (Kester) designed it using Google Docs. Here is the new logo below!

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I’m going to upload the changes onto our blog, and I will make business cards to help promote our blog via in person and word-of-mouth! Look out for some new reviews (including Alex Abaz’s What’s Next?), and a new installment series on my visit to the Southern Festival of Books (with me meeting some very famous and cool authors)!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Review by Cayli Lambert)

Though this book didn’t quite reach My Top Ten, All the Bright Places is definitely on the edge. I give it a 9.5/10. It was beautiful and enduring.

Summary:

Violet Markey is the popular girl everyone accepts and loves. Theodore Finch is the freak of the school. Two people with different backgrounds may have just found the one thing that connects them both. Violet is looking for something-or someone-to help her back out of the “Blue Hole” she’s fallen into. Theodore Finch doesn’t mind one bit to be the One for her.

This summary was wrote by me. Usually, I go straight from the back of the book so I give you guys the full effect without anything left out.

From the first page, this book has pulled me into its grasp and has twisted every emotion. both Violet and Finch have their own past that they rather not talk about. As bits and pieces come into play, you begin to feel horrible for each character. By the end of the book, you’re left in tears. At least, that’s how I was.

At first, it makes you think that Finch is some ordinary guy who just likes to dress up as a different person every week. He’s American one day, Australian the next! That’s when the book sucks you in. Finch was hard NOT to love. He’s was so different and special. Violet, on the other hand, followed the crowd. She was a popular girl with popular friends and a popular boyfriend. How was life so hard for her? It wasn’t until her sister died in a crash, leaving her in pieces. Throughout the book, she struggles to find herself again; to find joy in anything.. At first, I actually thought of her as a little annoying by the short responses she gave everyone.

“No.”

“Yes.”

“I don’t know.”

Like really, Violet? At least say something a little more intriguing. But as the story progresses, I learned that she was slowly opening up to us and to Finch. Violet was learning more about herself as we learned more about her. That was absolutely amazing.

I can’t say much more without spoiling the whole book so I’ll let you see for yourself just how great of a book it is. I cried, of course. It was late at night when I finished it; I laid in bed, contemplating what I had read.

This contemporary is one of the best I’ve read. Absolutely loved it. I have a close friend who says she’s read it about ten times over and over again, claiming it to be her favorite book of all time. If you’ve read All the Bright Places, I encourage you to try Holding Up the Universe. Both books were written by the same wonderful author.

 

 

 

Author Interview with J. L. Pattison!!!

Hi guys! It’s Kester, and I’m here with a special interview. This week’s special guest is J. L. Pattison, and he is an amazing short suspenseful story writer, and I loved his works! Enjoy!

 

1. What are your short stories, THE VISITOR and ALIBI INTERRUPTED about?img_6223

They are both speculative time travel tales that deal with the consequences the protagonists make (or don’t make). The JFK assassination deals prominently in ALIBI INTERRUPTED and is a backdrop in THE VISITOR. Currently I have almost 50 reviews between the two and they both maintain a 4.5-star rating.

2. Which of the two stories is your favorite? Which character did you like the best?

That’s tough to answer. They are both unique in their own right and I like them each for different reasons. THE VISITOR is suspenseful but more contemplative, whereas ALIBI INTERRUPTED is more action and suspense.

3. Why do you like writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed? 

Writing is a passion. Like most writers, I like to write because I have to. I can’t not write. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. In fact, I wrote my first story when I was five.

4. Who are your favorite authors which have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?

I know this may be sacrilegious in some circles, but I don’t have a favorite author. I like to read whatever strikes my fancy regardless of who wrote it. I don’t read books because of who wrote them, I read books for what they’re about.

5. What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are you favorite books?

Just like when it comes to authors, I don’t have a particularly favorite genre. I prefer to read what interests me at the time. There are genres, however, that I’m never interested in, like romance, erotica, and horror.

6. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job for you?

I wish writing was a full time job. In fact, in this early stage of my writing, it’s not even a part timejob. It’s an obsessive hobby that I’ve spent far more money on than I’ve made. Far more.

7. Why do you like the Kennedy Assassination a lot? It is a fascinating subject!img_5943

It is. For as far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the JFK assassination and the coverup that followed. It amazes me how few people there are today that understands the significance of the coup d’etat that took place that fateful day.

8. If you had the chance, would you prevent the Kennedy Assassination? 

Good question. I suppose, if presented with the opportunity, I would. I’d have a moral obligation to.

9. I like alternate histories and timelines. What do you think would have happened if President Kennedy wasn’t assassinated? Do you like fantasizing about what would happen if this event was changed?

That is a very tough question. It is hard to speculate the millions of variables that would have taken place. One thing for sure, less men would have died in Vietnam as JFK was making attempts to start removing troops from the conflict. Johnson ramped up the war once Kennedy died.

10. Your writings to me are like scripts for episodes of The Twilight Zone. Do you like The Twilight Zone, and how did it affect your writing? img_5942

I love The Twilight Zone, it had a strong influence on me as a child. I’ve never revealed this public ally before, but as an ode to Rod Serling and that great show, I hide a Twilight Zone reference in every story I write. In ALIBI INTERRUPTED the reference is obvious, but in THE VISITOR it is much more obscure. You’d have to be a Twilight Zone fan to catch the references in my two time travel tales as well as the stories I have yet to release.

11. Do you like plot twists? I know I do! 

Are you kidding? I love plot twists. I think one of the greatest plot twist of all time came from The Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man.”Although I’ve resigned myself to the fact that not every story I write can have a twist ending, I still strive to have a memorable ending in everything I write.

12. I am a major history buff and geek, especially since it is a very interesting subject on other cultures and time periods. How much of a history buff are you? What, other than the Kennedy Assassination, is your favorite event in history?

I appreciate history but would not actually consider myself a history buff. Besides the JFK assassination, the other major historical event that I am most intrigued by is the holocaust. I’m utterly amazed at how such rampant evil could run parallel with such a beautiful backdrop as thevast countrysides of Western Europe and in such an enrapturing time period as the 1930s and 1940s. The dichotomous contrast is incredibly difficult to reconcile.

13. What other books have you written? What are you currently working on?

I recently published my first paperback, SAVING KENNEDY. It’s a two-story collection containing ALIBI INTERRUPTED and THE VISITOR. I published it for all those who readers who were interested in my JFK time travel stories but preferred a physical book over an ebook. I have many other stories already written and even more in the chute waiting to be written. These will be released in the future in a two-volume anthology. Right now I am working on the novela, THE ISLAND, and three short stories: THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE COULD FLY, MISSING LUCY, and THE DREAMS OF EVIL MEN.To see all of my works in progress, check out the “Current Projects” page on my blog:

Current Projects

14. Do you have any tips to recommend to aspiring writers?

I certainly do. The biggest impediment to the writing progress that I struggled with was writing the opening to a story, then working and reworking that opening over and over again till I got it right. A month later all I had was the opening. Then I heard about the concept of writing all the way through till the end, and worrying about editing after I was done. It was the best piece of advice I’ve ever received.

A bonus piece of advice that has helped me was Ray Bradbury’s suggestion to those trying to write their first book, to instead put the novel aside and try writing a bunch of short stories. He said that if you write one short story a week, you’ll have 52 in a year. That sure beats laboring for a year to produce one book.
Thank you so much J! 

If you want to buy J. L. Pattison’s new paperback book Saving Kennedy, or if you want to download his two short stories, click on the links below:

Saving Kennedy

Alibi Interrupted

The Visitor

What’s With Me and Book Giveaways?

Hi guys! Kester here, and I have some great news:

I won Jennifer Brody’s YASH Bonus Giveaway for a signed copy of her award-winning debut The 13th Continuum! I am really excited to read it!

Now, there’s something funny with me and book giveaways. I have won about nine giveaways in the past six months, yet I only was able to use/download seven prizes.

I would like to say something really quick first: yes, I know I’m under 18, but I was given special permission that is standing right now by my dad who says I can enter these types of giveaways. Just to clear that up.

I probably have entered dozens and dozens of giveaways, yet nine wins is to me a great feat. I love getting free books… especially free SIGNED books (yet most of them weren’t…).

 

The first giveaway I won was Joshua McCune’s YASH Bonus giveaway for Talker 25: Invisible Monsters last spring. I remember I was internally screaming, like “Ahh!!! I actually won!!!” in my mind in Computer Applications when I got the e-mail. Although I didn’t win YASH and 20 books- aww!- I still was really happy. And that’s where my giveaway spree started.

Soon, I got more giveaways wins.

From SourceBooks through TeachingBooks.Net, I won Nancy J. Cavanaugh’s Just Like Me, which was my second giveaway win!

From Epic Reads, I got an Advanced Reader’s Copy (or ARC) of Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia. I wasn’t even notified. I just got a package in the mail, assuming it was from an author who said she’ll send me a signed copy of her book that she never sent, but then I found out I won a giveaway!

From YA Insider, I got a free $5 Amazon gift card from Maureen Miller (which I never was able to redeem) and a free e-book copy of Naked and Far from Home by J.P. Grider, which you can find the review here.

From YA DASH, I received a free Kindle copy of Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow, which has a really nice cover by the way.

From Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, I technically was supposed to get a free e-book copy of Nicole Conway’s Traitor, but the blogger never sent the copy to me.

I also won two Audible Audiobooks: The Misanthrope: Stone’s Story by S.M. Boyce and narrated by Tim Campbell and Transient Echoes by J.N. Chaney and narrated by Steve Barnes.

 

Somehow, I’ve just had great rewards from these giveaways. And they made some of my reading adventures sweeter. One reason why I keep going with Even if the Sky Falls was that it was won from a giveaway. It made the story so bittersweet. I did enjoy three of the reads I got, and if I ever have the time, I’ll look into Pintip Dunn’s book.

 

And that’s my giveaway story.

 

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Kester’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge Completed! 

Here’s the amazing news! I just completed the “52 Books in 52 Weeks” challenge! Woo Hoo!!!

*gigantic applause*

Thank you. Thank you. 

As a special celebratory treat, I’m going to do 10 Book Superlatives of the 52 I’ve just read. Here they are!

Most Likely to Make Me Go “Why Did I Continue This Book Even After Knowing It’s Just Bad?”

  • Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman

Most Likely to Want to Track Down the Author and Get Him or Her to Sign my Copy

  • Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Most Likely to Make Me Argue with People who Don’t Like the Book

  • Mosquitoland, by David Arnold

Most Likely for the Plot to Happen to Me

  • My Senior Year of Awesomeness, by Jennifer DiGiovanni

Most Likely to Be Thrown Against the Wall and Then Picked Up and Treated as a Hurt Baby Since I Damaged It

  • We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Most Likely to Be Completely Soaked with My Tears

  • All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Most Likely to Freak Me Out and Boggle My Mind Completely

  • Alibi Interrupted, by J. L. Pattison

Most Likely to Burn in a Fire

  • City of Thieves, by David Benioff

Most Likely to Make Me Spit My Morning Coffee Out When Reading It Because I’m Laughinf

  • Bossypants, by Tina Fey

Most Likely to Change Me For the Better

  • Confidence in God, Words of Encouragement, by Rev. Daniel Considine, S.J.

So next up on the challenge list is trying to finish all my requested books! See you later!


The Thinking Dilemma, by Kyle Willkom

Hi guys! It’s Kester, and I just attended an amazing event! It was the Middle TN CTSO, and I had so much fun! I almost won Ultimate Rock Paper Scissors, but second place against like 50 people is also very good! And I met some nice people, such as the girl who smashed her pinky toe with a hammer, the girl who can read 300 pages in only 2 hours, and the girl who actually has the same birthday, May 17! And I met an old friend, which was so cool!

So our keynote speaker was Kyle Willkom, both paid author, speaker, and rapper. Yes. Rapper. He makes raps about getting girls who are soldiers, who have Snapchats, and who play PokemonGo. For real! It was hilarious! And I was able to get a signed copy of his book The Thinking Dilemma.

DISCLAIMER: I got this copy signed! In no way will this affect my review.

Rating: 8/10 stars

The Thinking Dilemma is meant to inspire kids to think for themselves and change the way they perceive the world. Kids and teens today don’t think, which is something I personally agree. Willkom wants teens to change their outlook on life, making their actions much better for their peers and the world.

In terms of Kyle speaking, I loved it! It was hilarious! I really enjoyeed listening to him rap and speak, but mostly rap. With a book, it didn’t feel as effective. Maybe because I already listened to him. Maybe because I didn’t feel like I needed to know more and change more. 

I really commend Kyle for delivering his message. We need more people who know how to actually think for themselves and not focus too much on the downs of life. We see so many people complaining every single day, and that can start to rub off on us. It’s a vicious cycle that we must get out of!

It was a nice quick read. I finished this, surprisingly in about an hour on the bus, where my group and I passed by a truck that caught on fire and exploded and a blocked off Instertate where cars stretched out for 10-20 miles. It wasn’t too long to disinterest the reader, but it could have been a bit longer.

Although I really enjoyed the message, here are just my two cents on how this book could be improved.

1. This is an avid reader, writer, or author’s pet peeve about fonts: keep them the same! There were pages that had only 12 words in 100-point font. There were pages with 100 words in 12-point font. It was so inconsistent that it was both annoying and funny.

2. The book wasn’t really that organized. I see the transitions, but with some separations with chapters, it would be better. Like if I wanted to know how to think, I want to go to the chapter that specifically is about how to think. One should not scan 90 pages to find it. I like my things consistent and organized, except for my desk and room, where everything is (or was before I HAD to clean it) in an organized mess.

I liked this book, overall, but it could better. I think this seems more like something a stenographer (one of those court people) would write if he or she was hired to write every word of what Kyle would say in a speech to a group. 

Recommendation: Yes.

Kester’s October Update

Hey guys! Man, October’s already here! Can you believe it? But the more into the school I’m in, the less time I get to read. Already, I’m trying to choose whether I should, with my remaining 20 minutes of free time in my Personal Finance class, do YASH, read either my Youcat or The Secret Life of Bees, or continue blogging. So, I’m going to continue blogging. While looking at YASH and emailing authors for free bookplates and swag. I’m almost at 100!

So here’s the thing. I haven’t been reading as many books lately as I should. I know. There’s one book I need to review that I’ve had for more than two or three months now! Sorry about that! I’m going to read that as soon as I can. Here’s October’s to-read list. And if you are an author who wants to send me a book, I’d be happy to read it! Firstly, here are the books that I need to read. Because there might be a little of a long wait, I will list them so people can go out and read summaries, buy them, etc.

  • The Age of Corruption, by Melanie Ifield (Homecoming-Fall Break read)
  • What’s Next?, by Alex Abaz (October read)
  • Catch the Spark Within, by Alex Abaz (Halloween read)
  • Davenport House 2, by Marie Silk
  • Born This Way, by Sacha Lanvin

Those are the author-sent books that I am planning to read soon! Here are my upcoming non-electronic reads:

  • Confidence in God, Words of Encouragement, by Rev. Daniel Considine,  S.J. (Book 52!)
  • Youcat, by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

Oh, and I’m so close to completing my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge! My 52nd book will be Confidence in God, Words of Encouragement, by Rev. Daniel Considine,  S.J., a small little book that was sent to me by Mrs. Patti Melvin, director of the Universal Living Rosary Association. It’s an amazing and encouraging books! I really recommend it!

So that’s my October update! It’s been a while since I’ve posted something, so here it is!