Teaser Tuesday #6: MERITROPOLIS by Joel Ohman


Hosted by MizB from adailyrhythm.com, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out.

This week's teaser:

As far as Charley was concerned, anyone who was a part of the System was guilty of allowing Alec and the others to die. And as for the ones who had actually put the System in place and sentenced Alec to the gates— he harbored a special resolution for them: he would find them all and he would make them pay a permanent penalty.

In quiet moments like this, all alone, Charley could only half-glimpse what he knew deep down inside to be true. The person he hated most was the one who had let Alec be taken away without even a protest or a fight. The passive coward who had just watched as Alec was hauled off by those snatching, grabbing government-sanctioned kidnappers. 

The person he hated most was himself.

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Book-to-Movie Review: ALLEGIANT (2016)

Ok, so I just saw The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and although there were mixed to negative reviews on the movie, I decided to push those aside and see the film for myself. Mostly because I'm a YA book-turned-movie lover, and I support good movies. 

This movie wasn't terrible by any means. It was actually pretty good! Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) did fantastic with what they were given. I thought they had great chemistry. Even supporting actors like Zoe Kravitz (christina), Ansel Elgort (Caleb) and Miles Teller (Peter) did a good job, again with what they were given. Miles Teller was the comic relief of the film, as he was in the last two films. I could never tell if he was remotely good or bad in his actions. At some times he seemed like a complete dick, other times, he just didn't know where to stand. Also, other  supporting acts like Octavia Spencer (Johanna) and Naomi Watts (Evelyn) were good, although Evelyn got on my nerves with her ignorance and heavy need to be a dictator just as bad a Jeanine (you are missed, Kate Winslet!). 

The story itself was good in the beginning, but when Tris, Four and all them went into the new Bureau over the Chicago wall, things became a little all over the place. When they got to the Bureau to meet the director David (Jeff Daniels), David told Tris that "she is the only one" who is genetically pure. She is the only one who is able to cure everyone of their "damaged" selves. Four is also damaged, which caused a strain in their relationship. But in turn, it was really David whom wasn't to be trusted, and the gang had to band together to stop the Bureau from kidnapping children in the community to wipe their memories and create a new world order. 

Some parts, like when Evelyn released the toxic gas in the air and everyone didn't get affected, even she didn't. I was surprised that no one else got affected by the gas in the air, even when they were running from it outside the city. How did they not inhale it? They didn't cover their faces or noses. How did they get back out? But in the end, Tris got underground and found the power source of the gas to stop it from wiping everyone's memories out. 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Nita (Nadia Hilker) and Four supposed to have some sort of fling, and Tris got jealous in the book? In the movie, it was toned down a lot. Four and Nita got along fine, but they didn't have that connection they were supposed to, like I remembered in the book. 

But anyway, the movie was good. Not great, but way better than last year's Insurgent. 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Book Birthday Post: SINNERS IN THE DARK by Inger Iversen @kris10inger

Happy book birthday, Inger Iversen! The second book in Inger Iversen's In the Dark series, Sinners in the Dark, has arrived!! I can't wait to read the new book! I really liked the first one, Running in the Dark, so I hope that this new one will be good too. :)


Depending on who you talk to, the Vampire Nation is either corrupt or a necessary evil. The Sect was formed to eradicate all things vampire, or maybe it’s just their mission to protect humans. Echo has been on both sides. He was once a Watcher for the Vampire Nation, but when he uncovers an ongoing plan to kill chosen Sect leaders to force war, he is driven to make a decision he never thought he’d make. 

Echo becomes a Ghost, the name used for traitors of the Vampire Nation. It’s a dangerous way to leave the Nation, but Echo is sick of all the blood on his hands. However, leaving the darkness behind isn’t as easy as he thinks. Choices he made might cost him the one person that could help redeem his soul. 

Olivia lost so much at a young age, and she has spent the last four years wading through the blood of vampires. Her goal has always been to avenge her family’s massacre. When she met Echo in battle two years ago, there was instant chemistry. Now, he is not only a part of the Sect but her new partner. Will she be able to set aside her hatred for vamps to expose the V Nation for what they really are? 

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About the Author

Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Character interview with
King Konstantine 

Today we sit down for a brief moment with Echo, ex-assassin for the Vampire Nation and true king of the Russian vampires. 

Inger Iversen:  Thank you for being here with us today. Let’s jump right into this interview and start with explaining to the readers the difference between a blood born vampire, a made vampire and a dhampir.

Echo: As you know, most humans are misguided in their theories about my world. Most humans assume a vampire female is incapable of giving birth, however; that is not wholly true. A blood born vampire is born from a demon and is able to reproduce. However, turned vampires are unable to reproduce, as their wombs are barren and the undead cannot nurture life inside of their body. A male dhampir can reproduce with any fertile female. 

II: Wow, that's fascinating. So would it be safe for me to assume there’s an underworld out there most know nothing about? 

Echo: Yes, and in more ways than one. Our world is kept secret from humans at the request of government officials. They do not want you to know that there are creatures of the night. 

II: Okay, well I think some humans know that the government hides information from us. What about things like the cure for cancer and other deadly diseases? 

Echo: Let me put it like this. My dhampir blood isn't nearly as potent as the blood of a blood born vampire, and yet, I can heal broken bones, cure poisons, remedy genetic diseases and much more human and lore illness. Just imagine what the blood of a blood born vampire can do.

II: Amazing. I hope one day we are able to use vampire blood to help those in need. For my last question, I would like to ask you something personal. When you find your brother, what do you plan to do to him? As you told Via in Sinners in the Dark, please give detail.

Echo: Ha! Shall I spoil the end of a series for the readers? No, I won’t, but I will tell you this. When I capture my brother his death will be so bloody and gruesome that readers will not sleep for many nights for fear of the monster I am. 

II: Chilling, but Vasily deserves nothing but death for all the trouble he has wrought. Echo, thank you for sitting down with us today. Your time is most appreciated. 

Echo: No problem. Via made me come.

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Thursday Quotables #4: MERITROPOLIS by Joel Ohman


Hosted by: Bookshelf Fantasies
Description: Share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

This week in Meritropolis by Joel Ohman:

Charley’s pulse quickened as he caught flashes of the little girl being pushed through the crowd. He had read underground that studies 
showed high-level athletes exhibited a special kind of intelligence— termed athletic intelligence, the ability to process and react to complex and rapidly changing sensory cues in an almost superhuman fashion. 

These athletes could see events unfolding in their mind’s eye virtually before they happened and then act with blistering speed. For Charley, when placed under extreme stress, his rage and his mental acuity were a combustible mix. 

The crowd filling the courtyard massed on either side of the girl and her captors, a slow-motion whirling river of bodies, moving them along like so much flotsam, toward Commander Orson and the gates. Charley watched intently as each person in the crowd strained to get a glimpse of the little girl.

Charley had read books about hangings in the Old Days, where crowds had traveled from miles around to see, and even cheer at, the macabre deed performed, but this was different. There was no excitement, but there was also no undercurrent of disappointment, of sadness, or even of shame; it was business as usual. Someone had been sentenced to the gates and that someone just happened to be a scared little girl.

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to PoetryBooksYA!!

It's my blog's second Blogiversary, which means my blog anniversary!! Just wanted to say thank you so much to all who follow, tweet, or even just share my little book blog.

When I started this blog two years ago, I never thought i'd make it this far. I never thought I would make this many friends with indie authors and other blogs. I never thought I'd find my voice amongst all these other amazing bloggers, not just in the book community but in music, TV and movies. So thank you so much for the love and support.

Here's for more to come!! ♥

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#Shadowhunters: Picked up for a Second Season!!

After a delay in announcing cancellations and renewals, Freeform has finally announced that Shadowhunters has been renewed for a second season!!

The cast declared the news in a Facebook Live stream earlier today.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

The series, which debuted in January, but was filmed last year, “2.9 million total viewers and 1.6 million among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The debut ranks as Freeform’s second-best series premiere on record among adults under 50 and adults 25-54. Additionally, the drama ranks as Freeform’s top launch among men under 50 and men 25-54 — as well as it’s third best among total viewers.”

I, for one, didn't think this would happen, considering the very slow build it took for me to fully get into the show. But now that it's been picked up, they have time to improve instead of being axed off right away. I'm just so happy!!

Congrats to the cast, crew, and author Cassandra Clare!! ♥

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MERITROPOLIS by Joel Ohman: Spotlight Post and Giveaway for $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman 
(Meritropolis, #1) 
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…

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Giveaway (International): $50 Amazon Gift Card

Joel Ohman is the author of the Meritropolis series --"The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist". He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.

Learn more about Joel: JoelOhman.com
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Top Ten Tuesday #5: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood to Cry

Hosted by brokeandbookish.com, Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created because they are particularly fond of lists. This week's theme is the top six books you would read if you want to feel emotional!

This book didn't make me die with emotions but there were definitely some moments that made me teary-eyed. Especially the part where Bessie meets up with her dad again. 


So many feels!! Happy feels, sad feels, just overall feelings of emotion that I'll never take back! 

This book made me cry so hard, especially for Millie and McKenna's safety from that bastard Vince!! 

This book gave me a few heart attack, especially when Michael and Luce had that big battle near the end! I had no idea who was going to win! 

This made me choke up so many times, but mostly I was begging Mia to stay with her family. 

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

No words... no words for how many tears and feels this book gave me! Hazel and Gus' love surpasses so many challenges. A cancer story not about cancer. 

What books made you cry this week? Share your TTT lists with me down below. 

This will be my last TTT for awhile. I've been using the same couple books I've read back in 2014-2015, and it's time I up my game and read more books for more creative lists. So signing off for now. 

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Teaser Tuesday #5: LOVE, ROSIE by Cecelia Ahern


Hosted by MizB from adailyrhythm.com, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out.

This week's teaser:

"Ruby: Rosie honey, you’re 25 years old, you’ve got at least ten years of your life left before it’s over. You should get out there and enjoy yourself, stop letting the weight of the world rest on your shoulders; that’s my job. And stop waiting for him. 

Rosie: Stop waiting for who?"

"Ruby: For Alex. Rosie: I don’t know what you’re talking about! I am not waiting for Alex! Ruby: Yes you are, my dear friend. He must be some man because nobody can ever measure up to him. And I know that’s what you do every time you meet someone: compare. I’m sure he’s a fabulous friend and I’m sure he always says sweet and wonderful things to you. But he’s not here. He’s thousands of miles away working as a doctor in great big hospital and he lives in a fancy apartment with his fancy doctor fiancée. I don’t think he’s thinking of leaving that life anytime soon to come back to a single mother who’s living in a tiny flat working in a crappy part-time job with a crazy friend who e-mails her every second. So stop waiting and move on. Live your life."

"Rosie: I am not waiting. 

Ruby: Rosie—

Rosie: I have to get back to work now. 

Rosie has logged off"

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