Sunday, June 17, 2012

The End.

Teletubby bye-bye!
It has been so much fun blogging for this past year and a half, but I think it's time that I look forward into the next part of my life. Junior year is coming up, and we all know it's the worst year of high school. I will no longer have the time to spend on blogging or even reading much. Blogging takes a lot of dedication, and I'm not really up for doing more homework (aka writing reviews).

I'm not going to delete the blog because I've spent over a year and a half writing reviews and a million other posts, and I think they'll still be a good reference for you guys. :) And maybe for sympathetic reasons... So enjoy my posts! I loved writing them, and maybe when I'm freer in the future... Well, you never know. ;)

Thank you guys for following and supporting my blog. I hope to continue going to author signings and bookish events, because now that I've been introduced to them, I can't stop going! I still love reading and I'm pretty sure I will forever. And I will continue tweeting and such. I would love to tweet books with you. Or chat books. Thank you for being an awesome blogging community. You guys are the best! Live, laugh, love, and as always,

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Tributary


Standalone or Series: River of Time, 3.2
Other Books in the Series: Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent (published by David C. Cook)
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Historical Fiction
Features: Hot Italian Boys. Need I say more?
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: June 2012
Source: Author for review
*Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.
This book was awesome and honestly, was I expecting anything else? This book is part of the River of Time aka one of my most favorite of 2011 series! It was good. Very good. My one complaint? It was too short! I can't get enough of these books, guys.

This book is told from Lia's point of view, which is different from the main three books of the series, but I'm not complaining. Gabi's story is pretty much over, but Lia's story is yet untold. Until Tributary. Lia + Luca = dreamy sigh. I love that guy. Heck, I love all the guys in Lisa's books. She's just so fantastic at creating them!

Tributary is teeming with adventure and romance. I'm so glad Rodolfo got his act together. He's a great guy, too. I was kind of pissed off at Alessandra at first, but I warmed up to her at the end. It was bittersweet there, guys. Made me sadface. :(

Thank you to Lisa T. Bergren for providing me with the opportunity to review her fantastic book (yet again). I can't wait to read more from this lady. She is quickly rising up to one of my all-time favorites!

Disclaimers: Per the FTC regulations, please note that iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does receive books for review for free by publishers or authors. For every book reviewed – whether sent by publisher, author or books purchased, it will be graded with a clean and open mind. A free book received will not influence any opinion of the contents of the book.
Spoilers may or may not have been present in this review. While iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does review honestly, reviews are not specifically checked for spoilers. Attempts at avoiding spoilers are made, but not all are removed or fixed. This disclaimer is a general statement placed on all reviews as a warning to those who read them.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 5: The Future of Book Blogging

Oh... is it over already? Wow, that was quick. :( It's the last day of Armchair BEA, guys. SAD.

Okay so... the future of book blogging. What keeps this blog going is books. Duh. I mean, I love to look at new releases and find out what the hottest book trends are (assassins, anybody?) but sometimes I also feel like the older books are forgotten about, when they are just as good, if not better! Don't complain about cliche. Just read those old books that created that popular trend that would later on become overused.

As for tips for book bloggers, be friendly and polite and respectful. It's cool that we get to talk to authors and publicists, but they're still professionals while we're... not. We don't get paid for this, and we should be grateful for the opportunity and publicists give us to review books and be awesome!

I suppose that's all I have to give. Live, laugh, love, and as always...

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 4: Beyond the Blog

I am a member of the small population of bloggers that are not librarians or authors or wish to become one. I just love to read! Another one of my passions is food. I don't want to be a chef in the future, either, but cooking and baking are two of my favorite hobbies!

When I'm sick, I spend hours lying in bed watching food videos on YouTube when I should be napping. I regret it later because of the headache, but it doesn't stop me from doing it again! I could watch Food Network all day. I love that channel.

Italian is a favorite of mine to make. We have Chinese food all the time (since I am Chinese...), which is why I try to avoid making it myself. Pasta and pizza are really fun to make from scratch, and I also really, really love desserts! Maybe a little too much. Baklava is delicious and not as challenging as it looks, guys. You should try it sometime. :)

And that concludes Day 4 of Armchair BEA. What is one of your hobbies, outside of blogging/reading my blog? ;)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 3: Networking... In Real Life?!

I am incredibly jealous of those bloggers that have the opportunity to partner with local indie bookstores. Unfortunately, I don't live close to any store. The best one is about an hour away, but I just don't have the time to be planning stuff like this with school work. Guys, school sucks.

One of my favorite blogger experiences in real life was ALA. It was sooo much fun, even though I was a little lonely. (Poor me, walking around by myself all day.) I didn't say hi to any bloggers I recognized because I was too shy and everybody was an adult and older than me! It's kind of intimidating. However, all the publicists and authors were so helpful and friendly and they gave books out like candy, which I was obviously was not complaining about.

I also really enjoy the annual Teen Book Con here in Houston. I've gone to two, and both times I have enjoyed the author panels and signings so much! I would love to have the opportunity to go to more of these things. I blogged all about Teen Book Con starting here.

So yeah. That is my Armchair BEA post for the day. :) What bookish events have you been to?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 2... Kind Of

Well, here I am, waking up on a Tuesday morning and realizing that I am very behind on my blogging. Summer just kind of gets to you sometimes. Meaning, I completely lost track of time, enjoyed my extended weekend, and pretty much forgot my blogging duties. Oopsies. Well, I'm doing Day 1 on Day 2... meaning I will be making introductions of myself!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
HI. I'm Lucia, and iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books was born in January 2011! It's been a year and a half now, and it's been really fun! I got into blogging because... honestly, I was bored and needed something to do. :D
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully still up and running! We all know most blogs only survive a few months. I'm lucky to have gotten this far!
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling! Because, who wouldn't?
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Does a literary location mean a place in a book? NARNIA. Or Hogwarts. Or Middle Earth. Or Victorian England. OMG, I can't decide!
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
Just about everybody I've met is sooo nice and friendly. I wish there were more teen bloggers like me. I mean, aren't the books supposed to be targeted towards us? There should be more teen reviewers, not adult ones who will deem whether it is appropriate for their teen or not. If these authors wrote them for us, they should be given to us!

Well, that was fun. Thank you guys for reading my post, and I can't wait for the rest of the week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Insanity by Lauren Hammond

Welcome, welcome! Stopping by on the blog today is the blog tour for Insanity by Lauren Hammond (published May 8th)! Please welcome the author as she shares with us her dream dinner party, with twelve of her favorite people/characters!
Thank you so much for having me on the blog today!

For my top twelve people I’m going to start backwards from 12 to 1.

12. Shakespeare. I truly believe that he is what inspired some of the greatest literary works and I would love to pick his brain.

11. King Henry VIII. I have an obsession with the Tudor era. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve watched every season of The Tudors a million times, read books that are set in that time period, and watched every movie that takes place then too. Maybe it’s because I’m a history nut, I don’t know but…I would be interested in hearing about some of the things that happened then from one of the most notorious rulers of England.

10. Edgar Allen Poe. The Raven. Need I say more? Never more. Never more.

9. Mother Theresa. I wish there were more truly selfless, genuine, and good-hearted people in the world. Someday, I’d like to be able to help people the way she did.

8. Ludwig Von Beethoven. I would have him play Moonlight Sonata for the guests. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s so haunting, dark, and beautiful. I listened to it on repeat while I wrote A Whisper To A Scream.

7. Vincent Van Gogh. I actually saw Starry Night up close and personal at the MOMA. It was breathtaking. Stunning. Plus, I think he like me, was a hopeless romantic. Well, maybe in a crazy way. He did cut off his ear for a woman.

6. Eminem aka Marshall Mathers. Huge. HUGE Eminem fan. I pay close attention to the lyrics in his songs. They’re raw. They’re real. I think it takes guts to bear your soul to the world and I believe he does that.

5. Marilyn Monroe. The woman was and is still an icon. I have loved her since I was a kid. I’m currently in the process of re-decorating and I’m obsessed with old hollywood. I’m going to have an old hollywood room. My mom had a hand-drawn portrait of Marilyn made for me. It’s one of my most favorite possessions.

4 & 3. Both of my Grandfathers. John and George. George passed away recently and the amount of respect and love I have for him is bountiful. I actually discovered that when he was 17 he lied about his age to enlist in the army and fight in WWII. To me, that takes a tremendous amount of courage. My grandpa John, was also in the military during the Korean War, but he more than anything, is the one person who has always pushed me to keep writing. To never give up. I don’t think I could ever repay him, love him or respect him enough for that. I don’t think I can those things enough. This industry is hard to succeed in. It really is. You set yourself up to be judged. You set yourself up for harsh criticisms and sometimes it’s a lot to take. You work your but off on something then to see some things people say. I mean it cuts deep. Sometimes you think about throwing in the towel. But… if you have that one person who pushes you. That one person who believes in the greatness you’re capable of and tells you every chance you get, then to me it makes everything easier. I have that in my grandpa John and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell him or show him how much that means to me and how grateful I am to have him in my life.

2. My mom, Lori. I’m not sure if I’m the only girl who didn’t always see eye to eye with her mother, but I will say as I grew up my relationship with my mother blossomed into a beautiful one. My parents divorced when I was a teen and even during my rebellious years my mom never gave up on me. She’s a hardworker and I love, respect her, and am thankful for the morals and values she has instilled in me.

1.God. I am a religious person. I was raised with a strong faith and even went to Catholic school. If I got to have The Almighty Father over for a dinner party, well, that would be truly miraculous.
Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! To find out more about Ms. Hammond and Insanity, check out:
Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.

Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away.

Be together forever.

And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...
She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...

That one true love never dies.


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