Welcome to Living Fictitiously. We are Kimberly and Britney. We adore escaping into a fictional world and crushing over hot book guys. We read. We review. We blog.
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A contemporary young-adult retelling inspired by the classic 1938 romantic suspense bestseller Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
They call me 'New Girl'...
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.
Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.
Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend…but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.
Title- New Girl
Author- Paige Harbison
Release date- January 31, 2012
Source- Netgalley (for review)
New Girl captured my attention from the very first page. A haunting mystery centered on a very unhappy girl trying so desperately to be someone else that it swallows her whole and the strong new girl who fights the tide of obsession to stay true to herself. Everyone at Manderly Academy is obsessed Becca Normandy, a legend at Manderly. The mystery behind her disappearance floats around every corner, and Callie is just trying to stay afloat amidst the idolization of a girl who isn’t even there. The author did an amazing job making Callie disappear herself. What I mean is I couldn’t have told her name until the very end of the book. She literally became “new girl” in the story. The entire story she is fighting for her identity, to be known as more than “new girl.” And the story chronicles her life in the shadow of the infamous Becca. I really enjoyed the way the book alternated between Callie’s first person POV and Becca’s third person POV. I could actually visualize how Callie’s year at Manderly followed in Becca’s footsteps. This created and built upon the eeriness of the situation and really developed an interesting atmosphere that kept me hooked to every word. The characters and their flaws were realistic and believable and even heartbreaking at times. The author made me care about each of them. I expected Becca to pop up everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. Overall, definitely a success, and I would certainly read it again! Pick this one up quick, you won’t be sorry.
Welcome to the ALL THINGS SCOTTISH GIVEAWAY HOP hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth in honor of Burns Day/Night. So . . . . .
HAPPY BURNS NIGHT
You may be thinking, "What the heck is Burns Night?" Well, Burns Night is Scotland's yearly celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. You know... Auld Lang Syne?!
Yea, that's this guy>
Now you are probably thinking, "Why are we celebrating a Scottish event?" Well, you probably (read should) know that Kim and I are HUGE fans of Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade series (read the 5 star review by Kim). Part of being a HUGE fan of Shade is absolutely adoring the fabulous Zachary, who happens to be, you guessed it, SCOTTISH! Now, you don't have to be a TeamKilter or even know what Shade is, although you are REALLY missing out if you haven't read it (and we TOTALLY recommend you add it to your TBR list). In the words of Jeri herself, " Everyone is invited! ... EV. REE. WUN." And we've decided to celebrate Burns Day Team Kilt style! of fun activities and giveaways!
So, wanna get in on all the fun?! Join Jeri Smith-Ready, along with participating blogs in a day long celebration over at Jeri's blog and the Kilt and Keeley Fansite. There are are Twitter chats, blog hops, and ... wait for it ... GIVEAWAYS! You could even win an ARC of Shine (which are an endangered species)!
So, that brings me back to what this post is all about. Yes, it's about the Burns Night celebration, but it's also about what we LOVE about Scotland! Besides the fact that Zachary is a Scottish product of course. (but lets face it, that is a GREAT BIG HUMONGOUS part of it!) ;) That being said, lets move on. And stay tuned, cause ya know, this is a GIVEAWAY hop!
So, one of my favorite things about Scotland is...
My family! Surprise, I'm Scottish! Well, technically I'm Scot-Irish, but we will address the "Irish" part when we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My maiden name is "McEachern" pronounced MAC ATH RIN (at least that's how we American McEachern's pronounce it). I can't roll my Rs like a real Scotsman though. Anyway, I thought I'd share my family crest with you guys. I won't bore you with what it all means. I just think it's kinda pretty.
And here's a pic of my mom and dad when they visited Scotland with my grandparents a few (ahem 10, that's a *few* right) years ago.
Ok, moving on. Me and Kimberly's next favorite thing about Scotland is. . .
Come on, how can you NOT like that! Isn't it beautiful! And wait, is that Zachary in the window... oh wait, no ... that's just our overactive imaginations running away with us.
Next up, the dancing!
Which brings us to our FAVORITE thing from Scotland: THE MUSIC! And Zachary of course. But the two will come together shortly.
Who doesn't love some good bagpipes! My dad actually learned to play them too! He's not very good (don't tell him I said that), but they are REALLY difficult to play.
So finally, our absolute, without-a-doubt Scottish favorite is . . .
FRIGHTENED RABBIT is a Scottish Indie band from Glasgow. And Zach likes them too! So, we decided, why not giveaway a copy of their newest CD:
The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Truly, the perfect combination of our Scottish loves: Music & Zachary! What's not to love! If you haven't heard of them, check the band out at the Frightened Rabbit website and enter below for your chance to win. But that's not all! Our winner also gets an entry into Jeri's contest for the Shine ARC! So get entered, spread the word, and celebrate BURNS NIGHT!
Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky.
Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars.
As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.
Title: Replication: The Jason Experiment
Author: Jill Williamson
Release date- January 01, 2012
Source- Publisher via Netgalley
Human cloning. It’s a fascinating subject to me, and Replication fascinated me from the very first page. Scientific research always sparks controversy, and cloning is an EXTRA controversial topic; so when I heard about Replication I was curious. I wondered how cloning would be approached for a YA audience. What better way than to have hundreds of teenage boy clones hidden in a secret Alaskan lab? Martyr’s voice captivated me. The author did a fantastic job of developing a character who had never seen the outside world. When Martyr narrated and spoke, I really believed his innocence. I believed him when he called a cat “dog” and a moose “horse,” because of his limited education. I sympathized with him. He was real to me. I love characters that really come alive, and Martyr is now one of my favorites. On the other side of the story, Abby narrates from her POV. She’s a fierce protector, which I love in female characters. And her dedication to helping those around her is admirable.
One of my favorite things about the story is that is doesn’t shy away from the religious aspect of the controversy. In fact, it’s a central aspect of the book. I love that! I don’t think the topic of human cloning, even if it is in a fictional story, can be addressed without looking at both the general ethics and the religious aspect.
Overall, it was a great story, and I really enjoyed it.
(To skip my blab, scroll down to the verse story, bolded in lavender ;)
I love making new friends. Love it as much as reading. Friends are important to have in life, whether they are physical or cyber. I quickly developed a friendship with the fabulous and entertaining Melissa “Missy” or “Lavender Girl” Mitchell through twitter (#TeamKilt). You can follow her on twitter under the alias’ of @xolavendergirl and @3fixedhearts and stalk/join her blog at http://www.xoxolavendergirl.blogspot.com/.
Purpose Kim, purpose. So, the reason for this post is I had the opportunity to read Missy’s manuscript of her current work in progress, Lavender Boys. It was a refreshing story and different from what I normally read. It had a great story line and a load of emotion in it. It was real. It was sad. It was fun. I laughed. I got excited. I cried- tears of joy, tears of sadness. Some parts made me mad and I kicked my husband in the shin -->kidding. To find out more about Lavender Boys, click on the link above to Missy’s blog. Be on the look out for this soon-to-be published author.
ANYWAYS, get to the purpose Kim! I fell in love with one of Missy’s character’s. ADAM. Oh ADAM. I professed my love to Missy sooo much about him, that she wrote me a verse story and she… and she made me one of the character’s- SQUUUUUEEEE! I’ve posted it in the past, but it was incomplete. Here is the finished version. The title of it is Letting Go. And it’s amazing and I. CAN’T. STOP. READING. IT. It makes me smile so big… like off the chart BIG! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Enough of my blab… READ ON!!
Letting Go by Melissa Mitchell
I like girls.
But I also like football.
And a lot of other things.
So that’s not saying much.
That is what’s weird.
About last night.
She sat over there.
At that other table.
Me, DeShawn and Beckett sat here.
Eating more than you would ever guess.
Because we are teenage boys.
And we just finished football practice.
The girl’s tray was empty.
Yes, I noticed.
She looked at me.
Three times. Our eyes met.
God, she was cute.
Not from Lake.
A different school for sure.
Insane as usual.
My best friend. All my life.
The girl of my dreams.
There she is.
Kissing the boy of her dreams. Beckett.
Where’s the keg?
Drown in my sorrow.
Pump, pump, pump.
Because red plastic cup is empty.
Can you fill mine? A girl says.
I look up? Same eyes.
Eyes so dark I could get lost. Dark blue like deep ocean water.
Empty tray girl.
God, even cuter close up.
Hey, it’s you, I say.
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
I am me, she says.
She is funny.
No, it’s you from Lou’s – the hamburger place.
Wednesday night. Right? I ask.
Her cheeks warm.
Thoughts run through my mind as I look her up and down.