Potato Strip #1: Blog Name

Potato Strip #1: Blog Name

Hi, guys! Welcome to another awesome feature here on The Social Potato! This time we will be featuring weekly “comic strips”, drawn and told by yours truly. Right now, I’ve decided to draw about how The Social Potato came to be, right from the very beginning! This is something I decided on a whim, also to practice my drawing skills since I’m terribly rusty for years of nonexistent use. Once this “volume” finishes, we’ll try out different other stories! In any case, I really hope you like it!

Potato Strip #1: BLOG NAME

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Believe or not, I really, really had a hard time thinking of a good blog name. I wanted it to unique, to stand out, to be something someone can overhear and they go, “Hey! Isn’t that that awesome book blog?!” (Hahahaha… TSP have not achieved this level of fame, just for your information. I CAN DREAM, THOUGH!) I was toying with the possibilities but since there were so many blogs with the words “book”, “novel”, “reading”, “reader” in them, I wanted to use something else. So I searched out a couple of movie names, and one of them was The Social Network and just decided to replace the last word with Potato.

Because potatoes rock.

What about you? How did you come up with your blog name? Did you have a hard time deciding?

Mini Review: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Mini Review: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

22296819Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: November 29th 2013
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie 
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He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex…staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

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I RARELY give ratings above three stars to new adult books, but Krista and Becca Ritchie seem to get under my skin every single time. Usually, NA books give me feelings of frustration and anger, but books by these twins? They give me raw emotion.

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Random Things in Motion #8: Why I’m OK with Major Characters Dying

Random Things in Motion #8: Why I’m OK with Major Characters Dying

Imagine this: you’re reading a really good book. You love the story, you love the setting, you love the main characters, and you love the secondary characters. Then something happens. A twist. A fight erupts. A sword swings from out of nowhere, and your beloved, favorite character dies in the arms of the MC.

What would be your reaction?

I would feel sad, of course. That person was my one of my favorites, an individual whose role in the story I thoroughly enjoyed, and an individual I was able to relate to so much in a deeper level. Nobody would want to go through the pain of seeing them get killed so unfairly and so untimely, especially since they bring so much life to the story.

But I’d be okay with it. In fact, I welcome it.

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Potato Prints #4: Flipped, Crescendo

Potato Prints #4: Flipped, Crescendo

Hi guys! How are you liking our awesome new blog design? Anyway, this time around, I’ll be presenting the wallpapers and bookmarks we have for you guys! Fans of Wendelin Van Draanen (FLIPPED), Becca Fitzpatrick (HUSH, HUSH/CRESCENDO) will definitely want to download and print these!

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ARC Review: I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

ARC Review: I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source:  ARC from Author
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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other. 

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

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It’s so hard to describe this book because, while it isn’t particularly special and will probably not blow your mind away, it’s also a fantastic read and something that combines youthfulness, young love and the difficulties one faces when you have to grow up, and it is done in such a fresh manner. There is something great when a book manages to merge those elements together–and I Want it That Way is that kind of great.

The new adult demographic has become known for tons of sex and not having enough character development but a lot of the NA books coming out lately are starting to change how we see them and are starting to really explore the potential this demographic holds. I Want it That Way is one of those books. It’s why I ended up adoring this book in spite of the handful of problems I had.
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ARC Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

ARC Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
Release Date:  September 1st 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

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Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers–if not for that shitty, awful romance. That’s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful–I call a lot of things shitty, but awful. That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.

Oh, and noticed how I said “many other readers”? Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me. It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games (they had rings around the city and the larger rings are for the poorer sectors) and The Selection (the atmosphere and writing), but there were really just some stupid things I couldn’t understand about this one. *grabs notes* Let’s get started, friends.

“I have absolutely no idea what it must be like to be pregnant.”

What. The. Hell? Weren’t these girls brought up to be surrogates in the future? Why does it seem like Violet seem to have zero idea about pregnancy? Throughout the novel, she was basically ignorant and constantly confused–just SNAP OUT OF IT AND GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF, OKAY?

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Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 2 ~

Faye Reads 50 Shades of Grey ~ Chapter 2 ~

Hello, guys! It’s me again! This time with the second chapter of my reading 50 Shades of Grey. Can I get some applause here? It was hard work, y’know!

If you think the first chapter shooed me away, think again. This time I trudged through the next one like it was a birthday cake (I am not sure if that makes any sense). I have a lot more reactions in this installment compared to the last, hence the whooping length. Make sure to watch through it all, especially from 6:20 up because that’s where some of my violent reactions are. 

Observations:

1.) Still too many emphasis on the unnecessary details. Pages talking about your mom’s ex-husbands?! Is that really necessary?!
2.) Too many adjectives for my bloody life.
3.) Basically my problems in chapter 1 in a nutshell.

Is it not appearing? Check it out HERE.

What do you think? Did you enjoy the second chapter? Have you read the book? Did you like it? NO SPOILERS!

Special thanks to:

HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

 

ARC Review: Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco + Asian Horror Recommendations

ARC Review: Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco + Asian Horror Recommendations

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Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Supernatural
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcefire
Number of pages: 272
Source: eARC from Netgalley
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A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out. 

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Since I was young, I’ve always loved Asian horror films. I’m a fan of horror in general (who agrees with me that getting goosebumps is AWESOME?! No? No…? Okay…), but there’s a certain quality in the Asian counterparts that I don’t really see in Western works. For one, they incorporate their mythology in their films and literature, and these are deep, complex, and old folklore that are very ancient to the point that they sound fucking creepy and mysterious. Second, they usually concern the supernatural, so combine a violent death and an urban legend with some mythology to the mix and you pretty much have something that will set your fears to the edge. Result? Something that’s bloody scary and psychologically thrilling.

That was why I wanted to read this so much – for my love of Asian horror, and the fact that it highlights a bit of Japanese folklore and ancient traditions. It’s not something that you encounter every day in the Young Adult market, and I was interested in seeing how it would turn out. And besides, a Japanese ghost as a narrator? Who wouldn’t want to read something like that? Turn the lights off, give me my blankets, let the winds howl in the dead of the night – I’m reading that shit.

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ARC Review + PH Giveaway: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

ARC Review + PH Giveaway: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls Abigail HaasGenres: Young Adult, Psychological, Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Number of pages: 328
Source: ARC from publisher and author
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Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Upon finishing this book, I begged for mercy.

Why mercy, you ask? Because Dangerous Boys made me uneasy and scared. It made me anticipate, and dread, and look forward to what else will happen to our cast of complex characters. It would build up the momentum, tease me, let go, and then tease me again. It was intoxicating, addicting, and riveting in every sense of the word. Needless to say, it nearly drove me crazy with the well-placed suspense and well-built characterization, and all I could say was, “Have mercy, woman!”

Long story short: it blew me away. You need no other explanation than that.

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