Thursday, August 13, 2015

Plagiarism is defined as,"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own". 

Over the weekend, it was brought to my attention that someone had stolen a review of mine and claimed my words as their own. In my anger, I called the blogger out on Twitter because I felt that people should know what she had done, also because I felt that if someone plagiarizes then there is a good chance that they have done so before and I wanted others to be able to check out her blog, not to humiliate her but to make sure no one else's reviews had been plagiarized as well. However, after the blogger sent me an apology and took down my review, I took down the tweet because she asked even though, as she told me, I did not owe her anything after what she did. She seemed genuine in her apology so I gave her the benefit of the doubt and believed her to be sincere when she said this was the first and last time she would ever do something like that. And even though she was right, I did not owe her anything, I still felt some guilt for outing her. 

I am sharing this story because plagiarism is not just something that goes on in classrooms. With so many different forms of media and ways of expressing ideas, words get stolen all the time. While it is not the most important issue in the world, it is still a problem. It is unfair to take someone else's words and ideas and claim them as your own, even if it is for something as little as a book review. Someone else put effort into those words, put in time and feeling, while you just copy/pasted it and put your name on it. 

I hope that plagiarism will not be an issue again. I have the author of the novel I reviewed to thank for pointing the issue out to me. I will keep the author and blogger anonymous but I was notified on GoodReads by the author of the novel saying that she was going through reviews for her novel and noticed one looked eerily similar, in fact even identical to mine. She left a link and upon reading the other blogger's review, I saw that the reviewer copy/pasted my review and then tacked on a couple paragraphs of her own. The only reason the author even caught this was because her book had not been released yet and therefore had limited reviews, allowing her to be able to go through all the ones that had been written. 

Bottom line is, be careful, you never know who is taking credit for your words. And if you ever feel the need to plagiarize anything because you are having a hard time writing, do not take the easy way out and steal someone else's work. In the long run, it will hurt you more than it will help you. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Giveaway Haul

Hi everyone!

I recently won a giveaway hosted by the author of the True Calling series, Siobhan Davis. This is a series that instantly became one of my all time favorites and I am so glad I have had the ooprtunity to be in contact with the author herself and help promote her books.

The giveaway itself was pretty awesome as I received the second novel in the series Beyond Reach. Davis wrote a lovely note and signed the book. But what is really awesome was the fact that a quote from my review of the book is included on the back of the first page in the Blogger's Praise section. I just got so excited seeing my name in a book!

Anyway, if you have not heard of the series or want more information, I will leave links below.

Happy Reading!

Click on the covers to read my reviews for the books!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ARC Review: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

**E-copy ARC received courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Entangled: Teen
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute. 

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

Every time I read a dystopian novel I tend to feel grateful for the world I live in, despite all the horrible things going on, because the world I just finished reading about is usually a whole lot worse off. It also tends to frighten me a bit because the future is unknown and I do not want to live in a world that has annual events that pit children against one another to fight to the death, or a world where I am trapped in a god awful maze or have a disease that turns people into zombies that chase me down the street trying to eat my brain. 

Despite how frightening it is to picture any of those scenarios, the scene this novel sets is perhaps the most frightening because I personally feel it is not something completely unbelievable. The Body Institute is science fiction and dystopia at its finest. A world were people are taxed for being overweight and shamed for their appearance because of being overweight is not that hard to imagine. In real society today people are made to feel bad about how they look. The media portrays beauty as being model thin, or having fair skin, etc. This portrayal makes everyone who does not look like the women they call beautiful to feel self conscious, to hate their bodies, and some go to extreme measures to live up to what they believe are the world's expectations of themselves. The extreme measure in this novel was going to the Body Institute to become a Loaner.

A Loaner allows another person, a Reducer, to pretty much take over their body through mind-swapping technology. The Reducer's body lies in suspended animation while they inhabit the Loaner's body and their job is to get the Loaner into shape. It is kind of a freaky concept really. While it seems like its for the betterment of humans, getting into shape means living a healthy life, it also brings about some ethical issues which brings us to those who oppose the Body Institute. Just like those who would go to extreme measures to meet society's standards, those opposed to the institute also go to extremes.

Our protagonist Morgan is very fit and in shape. However, because her grandfather has collected quite a hefty amount of debt, her family is struggling financially. This financial struggle is what leads Morgan to enroll in the Reducer program as credits are rewarded to those who help the cause. After her first assignment, Morgan is given another which could eliminate her family's debt completely, so naturally she finds it impossible to turn down. Well, a TON of stuff goes down once she takes her second assignment. Protesters go too far, lines between who is wrong and right become blurred, and we see how awful Morgan's Loaner body was treated by others because of her heaviness.

This book had me hooked. It was amazing in every way. The writing was wonderful, the characters relatable and the romance just right. There were so many times I was caught off guard by what was happening which is exactly why I loved it. 

The Body Institute was more than just a novel. It showed a harsh reality as well. People are treated differently because of how they look and it is very unfair. If we continue on our judgmental path, a future like the one in this novel, where people are cruelly treated and cast out of society for being overweight, may not be too far away. Appearances are only part of who we are, we are much more than what we look like and that is what I believe was the moral of this novel and why I would recommend it to everyone.

5 out of 5

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blog Tour: The Dating Intervention

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
This is the first book in the Intervention series.

The Dating InterventionThe Dating Intervention (The Intervention series #1)
by Hilary Dartt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: August 1, 2015

When Delaney Collins’s fail-proof dating system fails completely, her best friends Summer and Josie take absolute control of her dating life through The Dating Intervention. Although Delaney’s intuition is always right on when it comes to men, she never listens to it. If she doesn’t start now—with her friends’ help—she’s in danger of ending up alone and lonely in a sea of men with stained neckties and cumbersome baggage.

You can find The Dating Intervention on Goodreads

You can buy The Dating Intervention here:
- Amazon

HilaryAbout the Author:
Hilary Dartt is an author and freelance writer who grew up among the redwoods and hippies of California and now lives among the cacti and cowboys of the wild west. She and her husband live in Arizona’s high desert with their children and an assortment of pets, including five chickens. To maintain sanity and quiet her inner critic, Hilary runs, drinks wine and eats chocolate. She’s the author of The Intervention Series: The Dating Intervention, The Marriage Intervention and The Motherhood Intervention. Learn more at

You can find and contact Hilary here:
- Website
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- Twitter
- Newsletter

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Dating Intervention. These are the prizes you can win:
- a 10$ amazon gift card

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