[BLOG TOUR]Interview – Kimberly Pauley of Ask Me

[BLOG TOUR]Interview – Kimberly Pauley of Ask Me

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Hey, guys! Today I have Kimberly Pauley, author of Ask Me, on the blog to answer some questions. Take a seat and get a glass of wine or two, you’ll be bound to be here for a while!

If you could describe Ask Me in 5 words/adjectives or less, what would they be?

Unwilling oracle vs. cunning sociopath

Okay, the fun part! I really liked Aria Morse as a character and as a person. You could really feel the frustrations within her as she tried to find her place in the world, as well as her doubts when she didn’t automatically charge head-on into the problems coming her way, which was really a breath of fresh air from the many reckless and impulsive heroines I’ve read lately. What made you decide to write her the way she is?

I don’t know that it was a conscious decision, at least for that part of it. That’s just the way she was in my head. When writing, I usually start with a character and Aria and her problem was the first thing I knew about the book.

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ARC Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

ARC Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

vivian divine is dead Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss
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When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….

Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

REVIEW

Vivian Divine is Dead is so bad that it’s almost comical. I was craughing after finishing it. No joke. With its clichés and “coincidences”, this book is like a big fat joke. This is something that would be a million times better on TV than on paper. When you write a book, it’s important you close all the loop holes or at least attempt to. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in this book. What we have here instead are dramatic twists that are so predictable they just make you want to bang your head on a wall.

Vivian Divine came from a perfect family. Her mother was voted Hollywood’s most beautiful woman 3 times in a row. Her dad’s one of the best directors in Hollywood and she herself was the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar. She had a perfect boyfriend and a beautiful best friend (throw in some self-image issues, too, when she compares herself to her bff) but then her mother died (6 months before the start of the novel) and her father tried to commit suicide. They are trapped in a bubble of grief and no one can seem to catch a break. Her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend (there’s that trope), her life is in danger (ooh, another one) and now she must go on the run (YAY! Another one, too).
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Monday Marathon: Mischievous Kiss, Episode 1

Monday Marathon: Mischievous Kiss, Episode 1

Every Monday, the people here at The Social Potato will be doing a recap of one episode of Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo! Right now, we’re doing episode 1!

Basically what happened was this:

- Kotoko has been in love with smart, cool, and tall Naoki Irie for 2 years already. She finally got the courage to confess to him through a letter, however, Naoki rejected her and didn’t accept her hand-written confession.

- A few days later, while celebrating the finished construction of Kotoko’s new house, a meteorite falls from the sky and crashed into her new home. Due to faulty structures, the house fell. (eh-heh)

- Thankfully, they’re not homeless just yet! A friend of her father offered to take them in for the meantime! Yahoo!

- But fate has something else in store for our dear Kotoko! Apparently, her dad’s friend had two sons – and one of them is Naoki Irie-kun, the very same guy she confessed to!

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Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 5 – “Love/Hate Relationships”

Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 5 – “Love/Hate Relationships”

Recaps, Rants, Raves is a new feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share a recap as well as a rant/rave of a few TV shows every Saturday! For now, we have the first season of The 100!

Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!

Hello, Potato-lovers! Well, last week I was such a klutz and totally forgot to watch The 100, so I’ll be doing the recaps for episodes 5 and 6. Thanks Faye for covering up for my idiocy!

THE EPISODE IN A NUTSHELL:

All sorts of plots, plans and ideas come out in this episode, and various characters will do what they must to get what they want. And survival. Survival is important. And there are actual twists! *Gasp*

WHAT I THOUGHT:

Like Faye, I’m starting to think that The 100 wasn’t as bad as I’d assumed. I’m still unimpressed, but things aren’t as horrible and stupid as they were in the first two episodes (no seriously, those were shit). But to be honest, I have so many mixed feelings about this episode.

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ARC Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel

ARC Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel

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Genres: Young Adult, Drama, Contemporary, Social Issues
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publishing House: Balzer and Bray
Number of pages: 336
Source: ARC from Netgalley
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Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

“She asked for it.”

“It didn’t have to happen if she didn’t do this… if she didn’t do that…”

“We didn’t kill her. She did this to herself.”

How many times have we seen these excuses being said by bullies and perpetrators, in defense of their horrible actions? How many times have we read these kinds of comments by people on the internet, heavy words easily thrown under the veil of anonymity? Too many times, I bet. Once is already too much. And every time I stumble upon such words, such implications, I feel dark and empty inside, and I wonder if the people in our society are devolving into hideous monsters who have no ounce of compassion in their veins.

So to read a book about bullying, about slut-shaming, from the perspective of a bully and a slut-shamer, was… a different kind of experience. I can’t describe it, but let’s just say that after reading this book, I felt like showering myself ten times over.

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ARC Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

ARC Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn AwayRating: 4/5
Genres: Death, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
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Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.

REVIEW

“But we’d never—not once—discussed what to do after.”

This book is one tough nut to review, mostly because after finishing it you will not feel like a tough nut, you’ll feel like someone has smashed your insides and you’ll have no idea what to do or read. Or at least that was the case for me.

I’ve had my eyes on Jennifer Brown’s works for some time now, but for some reason, I still hadn’t picked up any of her works. Then Torn Away came. This book changed my world and I am only sorry I didn’t read any of Brown’s works earlier.

Torn Away is a very heartfelt story. It tells a tale of loss and loneliness, but ultimately, this is not a tale of hopelessness. In fact, it deals with finally having faith in yourself and learning to heal.

I’ve always been morbidly fascinated with natural disasters. I have no idea why; perhaps because I’ve never really been in one. I’ve never had to experience that pain, fear, and loss. Through the eyes of our main character though, I got to share with her experience. I was terrified and scared and so, so, completely alone, and for the first time these natural disasters weren’t just something I hear about on the news – I experienced the aftermath of one and I cannot tell you how heartbreaking it was to read this book.

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ARC Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

ARC Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

The Treatment (The Program, #2)Rating: 3/5
Series: The Program #2
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

REVIEW

The Program was one of my favorite novels of last year (which I gave a rating of 3.5) and definitely made me bump up The Treatment on my wishlist. Although book one was a much more enjoyable read for me, Suzanne Young definitely did not lose her touch when it comes to making me feel all the feels.

Let’s start with the things I didn’t really like.

1.) It seemed like the majority of the plot was just driven by angst. I mean, Sloane and James were constantly fighting and making up. Separating and finding each other. I don’t know, but it felt like a lot of the book just centered around their rollercoaster of a relationship. Yes, I do really love them as a couple, but I find it unrealistic how often they fight and make up.

2.) Where’s the plot again? Majority of the book was mostly about Sloane and James running away with a gang of odd characters. Where are the twists? Can we move on from the running to the action, please?

3.) That love triangle… is stupid. I don’t even know why it’s there! We all hate Realm and just want him to go die in a hole, right? Every time he comes rushing to Sloane telling her how much he loves her, I just want to squeeze his eyeballs out! (Sorry for the mental image.)

All those aside, I still really loved The Treatment. Of course, Suzanne Young has such beautiful, easy to get into writing that just enhanced the atmosphere while reading. She surely makes me connect really well with each of her characters. I sympathized for Sloane and how much she wanted her memories; I was in love with how protective James was (although it was a bit weird and overdone at a few points); I liked the side characters and how they all had different personalities and stories to tell.

But really, how much I feel while reading the novel really has a huge impact on my enjoyment, which is why, despite how I sound like the novel wasn’t great, I still really loved reading this. The romance was just so feel-worthy and I rooted for Sloane and James to be together from the beginning to the end.

Without a doubt, I’ll be looking out for more from this author just to get some more of her writing.

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Overall: 3.2
Invitation: Mischievous Kiss, Love in Tokyo Monday Marathon

Invitation: Mischievous Kiss, Love in Tokyo Monday Marathon

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Hi, friends! Faye here! So, I was watching a local channel the other day, and I saw this really intriguing commercial for a local broadcast of the hit Japanese romantic-comedy TV series called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo. If you’re an avid manga reader, then this might sound pretty familiar, and it probably is! It’s a live action adaptation of the series Itazura na Kiss, a very cute and emotional shoujo manga that I loved years ago. There’s already a Taiwanese and Korean version of it, and I haven’t watched them yet, but when I found out there was actually a Japanese one, I instantly decided to host a Monday Marathon on the blog, and I’m inviting all of you to watch with me.

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Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 4 – “Double Standard Much?”

Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 4 – “Double Standard Much?”

Recaps, Rants, Raves is a new feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share a recap as well as a rant/rave of a few TV shows every Saturday! For now, we have the first season of The 100!

Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!

Hi, guys! Faye here again. Bet you were expecting sweet Aimee to give you the recap, huh? Unfortunately  for you, you’ll have to endure my rants and raves again, as Aimee wasn’t able to watch the past 2 episodes yet (awww…). Don’t worry! She’ll be doing 5 and 6! For now, here we go.

THE EPISODE IN A NUTSHELL:

Like episode 3, this is way better than the first two combined. I watched episode 4 expecting its quality plot-wise to go down, but it actually stayed consistent, to the point that I am left wondering if episodes 1 and 2 were simply an advanced April Fool’s joke, considering how god-awful they were. Compared to this episode and last week’s, those sucked rat balls. Seriously.

WHAT I THOUGHT:

The 100 continues to surprise me, with its becoming riskier and riskier after each episode. I know, we’re still only at the fourth, but it’s way, way, WAY better than the first two (I keep repeating that, huh? I just really want to emphasize that despite what you’ve seen at the start of the series, it does become decent later on, so hang in there!), and the show is heading towards a more focused direction.

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