Thursday, January 29, 2015

5 Reasons Apollyon Rocked.

So 40 years later I finished reading Apollyon. I know that seems as though the book wasn't amazing. It was. It totally was.

I really need to make sure that responsibilities don't get in the way of reading, because reading-- especially young adult books-- is totally worth it.

                                  So, 5 reasons Apollyon rocked

1) It was written by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
     Need I say more? This is the woman who made Aliens seem sexy. I am almost dying for my extraterrestrial experience because of her Lux series. She always does a great job of creating loveable characters and entertaining scenarios that are both out of this world and believable.

2) Alex

     That one word sums it all up. Alex is strong, funny and flawed. No Mary Sue here. She is the epitome of a strong female character. We have seen her grow from self centered and rambunctious. To .. well still self-centered and rambunctious, but better at it:) Alex is 100% awesome.


The relationships in this book really grow. The characters interactions with one another are so much better and stronger. We see the backstory of some relationships that we've wondered about: Alex and her uncle, Alex and Leah, and Aiden and his parents. The development of the back story, really helps to draw the reader into the world and establish and  explain the dynamics.

4) Jennifer is not afraid to kill people

    I don't believe in senseless deaths. Not at all, but a war where no one dies isn't really believable. Is it? Not an issue here. Jennifer is not afraid to kill off a character. She is not as extreme as Veronica Roth, but death doesn't phase her.

5) Aiden

Can he get any better? Be still my heart.  If you want to know more about why I love Aiden, you can read my post the hottest males in YA.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clearly not getting the hang of this

When I read about successful blogs, one of the first things mentioned is consistency. I truly don't get how they do it. My life is always going a mile a minute. I barely have time to breathe let alone blog.

This week I have been working hard on organizing the 31 authors for 31 books in 31 days. In order to do this project, I have had to place my book on hold, and aspects of work on hold. I haven't even truly started publicizing the event as yet. It is all quite daunting.

So today would be a great day for me to review Jennifer Armentrout's book the Apollyon, but I have yet to finish it. So far its great, which is expected-- it is Jennifer after all.

So I will leave you with this. I will do better with the whole blogging thing. I will keep you abreast of the progress of 31 books in 31 days. And I will update you on The Azemeon. that is all I can promise for now.

P.S. I am trying to raise funds as an incentive to encourage youth (and the young at heart) to read, as opposed to participating in the deconstructive activities that are available to all of us. Please consider donating. Every dollar helps. I'll be posting the link soon.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Anomaly by Tonya Kuper was an interesting read.

Josie is living a normal teenage life: horrible ex boyfriend, dead beat dad, and recalcitrant mother.  Her world is knocked on its axis when a boy shows up telling her that she has magical powers that people would kill for-- literally. She launches into training and a world where everyone is keeping secrets.
As the story unfolds she discovers what her true mission is, who her true friends are, and  what really happened to her brother all those years ago.

What really drew me to the book was the cover and the blurb on the back. The blurb had me laughing out loud in the Barnes & Nobles.
The book, however, wasn't really a comedy. I can't say that I remember laughing, Which is fine, it just wasn't what I expected. The story line was fairly typical, with some original plot points thrown in. I loved her creation of the world and the consequences of using one's powers. That was the best part of the book. The magic was really structured and I loved that.

The characters were interesting enough. The story kept me engaged. I will probably read the sequel, but the book was missing something. I can't put my finger on it, but it was worh the read.

Monday, January 12, 2015

31 books in 31 days

So for those of you paying attention, national reading month is coming up in March. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to promote my love of reading in an attempt to change the world so here it is:

                                         31 books in 31 days

31 amazing authors will donate their autographed book and their time ( a brief interview)

Their book will be the book of the day (almost like a book club on steroids)

                    - Readers have until the next day to tweet, follow, and engage with that author, but most importantly to read and review the 1st book in the author's series.
                    - Then the autographed copy of the second book will be raffled off.
                    -  People who have participated can enter for the larger raffle at the end of the month.

I don't logically expect people to read 31 books, but we can all try.

The closer you get to reading all 31 books, the more you can win.

As the days progress, I'll keep you all updated. I've already reached out to my favorite authors and have had some great responses.

Stay tuned.

Loving Ya

Folami Morris


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Changing the world

Since I was a kid, I have said "I will change the world". I always added that I would do it when I was older, richer, wiser (fill in your own ending). I realize now that day will never come, not just for me, but for any of us. If there is something you want to do you have to do today because tomorrow isn't promised.

So I'm going to change the world.  How am I going to change the world? Honestly, I've been thinking about it.

            1. I can't step in front of a bullet and stop people from shooting police.

            2. I can't control the minds of police officers and stop them from killing unarmed men.

            3. I can't prevent prejudice, oppression, racism, sexism or anti-gay sentiment.

I can, however, promote a better way of thinking. I can promote reading. I know that seems anti-climatic, but I thought about how I could change the world over the break. I thought about how my world changes: it changes through reading. When I read amazing authors like Paula Weston, Rysa Walker and Brigid Kemmerer, I completely detach from this planet.  It's like being in a different world, where my problems are illusions and anything is possible.

I think all too often we turn on the news, read the newspaper, or go online just to find a world of chaos. And for people-- youth especially-- the realities can be daunting. Everyone needs a place of solace: Somewhere they can find refuge in a world at war. For me books are my oasis. And that is one thing that I can share with the world: my love of books.

So I have started a project called 31 books in 31 days to celebrate national reading month. 31 amazing authors donate their books and their time to promote reading. I haven't fine tuned the idea quite yet so I'll keep you all posted- that and quite frankly my hands are tired of typing and I might as well build some suspense. See you next time.

Loving Ya