Saturday, August 4, 2012

Owl Post #10 + New Layout!

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows me to excitedly share all the yummy books I get in the mail each week! Owl's are much faster and more reliable than sneaky postmen, and the common way for magical folk to send and receive letters and parcels. Yes. I went to Hogwarts. Be jealous.

I only read a little of this today, but this book and I? Instant love! It's nothing at all like I was expecting, but oh it's SO GOOD. Fingers crossed the awesomeness of the beginning maintains throughout the rest of the novel. I have two other of Gena's novels, which will definitely be read soon after this!!

What have the owls delivered to you this week?
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Pretty New Layout!

But the owls didn't stop with just a book, they treated me to a whole new layout! I have the AMAZINGLY talented Amelia from The Graphic Files for my stunning header and blog button. She really is creative goddess and it's just... SO PRETTY! Thank you so much, Amelia! And I also must thank the ever patient Sarah for her advice and putting up with my annoying questions (and pretending it DIDN'T annoy her).

Sooooo, what do you think? Like it? Quite different in style to what I've had in the past, but I really like the change! If there's anything not working or causing you issues, please do let me know so I can fix it. I'll be using the slideshow box up the top for any news, book spotlights or new releases and will update weekly or fortnightly.

I may also be trying out a new style of interviews soon... it will either be entertaining or ridiculously stupid. And of course, all depends if any authors are willing. We shall see!

32 comments:

  1. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE the new design! ESPECIALLY THAT SUPER AWESOME BOX UP THE TOP. (I’m trying to break the comment box but blogger sucks!) :P I WANT ONE OF THOSE BOXES! Though where would I put it? I don’t know.

    I declined Alice in Zombieland. Wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. But hopefully you do :D I still need to read Gena Showalter’s Intertwined books.

    <333!! (Why am I suddenly writing like some crazed teenage girl? *cough* Celine. Shirley. Alice... and Sarah who’s not a teen. Oh and like you too!)

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    1. HAHAHHAHAHA BRAIDENNN! YOU'VE TURNED INTO A CRAZED TEENAGE GIRL!!!

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    2. HAHA. YOU CAN'T BREAK MY COMMENT BOX, WORDPRESS BOY. BLOGGER IS INVINCIBLE!

      The slideshow box is totally what sold me on the layout, IT'S SO COOL. And when there's stuff I want to be known, but not necessarily write an entire post for every thing... well, it serves that purpose.

      Seriously, I'd reconsider Alice in Zombieland. My opinion may change once I've read more, but it is SO good. If it's still amazing by the end, I'll demand you get it.

      HA. I was totally just thinking that and then you say it yourself... you're like the brother amongst a huge family of sisters and we all know a hoard of girls will eventually wear down the male ego :D

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    3. As I said in my book haul video today... I’m the ugly duckling.

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    4. You're also taking on our girl characteristics with your self-esteem... WHERE'S THE CONFIDENCE, BRAIDEN?! You're the only male in a group of girls, own it.

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    5. I am a teenager. Therefore, I shall act like one! XP And hearts are the best aren't they, Braiden? :P <3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

      And these hearts are all for you guys and Brodie's new AMAZING EPIC BEAUTIFUL BRILLIANT (insert another word more amazing than amazing) blog design too! <3

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  2. BRODIE BRODIE BRODIE BRODIE MEEEEEEEE LOVEE YOUR NEW LAYOUT!!!! It's SOO PRETTYYYY<3 Especially the writing- "Eleusinian" IT'S SOOOO ELEGANT AND UNIQUE AND PRETTY AND GAHHH I LOVE IT!!!!
    YAYY for Alice in Zombielandddd! It sounds SO freaking awesome<3 I haven't started it yet, but I'm sure i'll LOVE it too :DD heheee ENJOY! :D

    P.S. And have I mentioned HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER AND BLOG BUTTON AND LAYOUT! heheheee just wanted to say it again :D

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    1. HAHAHAHHAHAHA You no steal all my love!

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    2. RIGHT?! I asked for something pretty with an air of magic and this is what she came up with and I FLIPPING LOVE IT. Oh I am so excited for you to read Alice. Kat is my FAVOURITE so far, I swear that girl is on a new breed of crack. I LOVE HER.

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  3. Nice!!!! The new design is gorgeous!!!!!! I love the font of your blog title, the perfect shade of purple, everything! I love the tale of alice in wonderland, so i'm glad a book based on it is so far good, Hope you enjoy the rest!!!!

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    1. YES YES YES. Honestly, I think Amelia has psychic talent. I probably wasn't overly clear with what I wanted, but she created... exactly what I wanted. Shamefully I haven't read Alice in Wonderland... shame on me!

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  4. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOD. YOUR LAYOUT IS FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. I JUST KEEP SCROLLING BACK UP TO STARE AT YOUR HEADER! And the pink thingy that looks like it slides from 'Return to Blogger' to 'Contact Me' and how 'Eleusinian' has that GORGEOUS font and the girl and the I CAN'T EVEN TALK IN PROPER SENTENCES IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!

    *Ahem*

    I'm super jealous that you have Alice in Zombieland too! As soon as I saw that a while back I wanted to do backflips I was so excited (unfortunately, I'm a blogger/internet addict, not a Gymnast or Olympian so I'll just jump around a bit instead). You lucky duck :) <3

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  5. *Gasp* I am staring at your blog layout with my mouth open! It's that pretty. I love it, and hte font is amazing. Seriously, your blog looks fantastic! LOVE IT!

    Alice in Zombieland! YAY! I have this on my TBR shelf in my book closet. I can't wait to get to it!

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  6. So pretty, Brodie!

    I love the slideshow banner thingy at the top! :)

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  7. Your design is GORGEOUS. I love it! Your bloggy is going to get super stalked now, not that I mean it wasn't before..but, you know what I mean. BEAUTIFUL. Congrats on the new look, lovely!

    Sarah is so epic! She helped me with my bloggy as well and made it stop acting bad and made it all good. Yeah, I kept emailing her and any minute I thought she was going to crack because of how many times she had to go back to it and try again. She possesses much patience!

    I also got Alice in Zombieland, too! Not really into zombies but the blurb sounds awesome! :D

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  8. Such a beautiful layout! It's SO pretty! LOVE!

    I received Alice in Zombieland too. Wow at your enthusiasm so far! I thought I might like it as it sounded interesting, but I've never been the biggest Alice in Wonderland fan, and zombies have never really done it for me, but I was intrigued. A little more excited now! :D

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  9. First of all, your blog!! I love the new look! Isn't Amelia just super talented? I love everything she comes up with. Your header is so cool, especially with the blog buttons embedded in. I love the box/advert thing at the top too!

    Secondly, ALICE! I have my copy to get stuck into too but it's good to hear you are liking it already. So much awesome on your blog today. :D

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  10. BRODIE! I LOVE YOUR NEW LAYOUT! Seriously, it's GORGEOUS! :D Plus, it still has the Harry Potter/Hogwarts/Wizarding feel to it! (Did you intentionally pick Pottermore colors or was it a coincidence? I loveee it!) ;) I adored your old layout as well, but I love the new change! It's much more sophisticated and still retains the charm and beauty of your old design, so congratulations! :)

    I'm SO happy you picked up Alice in Zombieland! I've never been a big Alice in Wonderland fan, but I love zombies and haven't read many reviews of this one, so I'm quite torn over whether or not to add it to my TBR-Shelves. I can't wait for your review of it now. Your reviews are always so helpful and help me make up my mind about books, so I'm really looking forward to it. Enjoy! :D

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  11. PURPLE!!! If you couldn't tell from my blog layout, purple, in all its shapes and forms, is my favorite color! Plus, I'm totally digging the grey-ish swirly background thing! PRETTY!

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  12. It looks great! Love the slider also :D Thanks for stopping by my blog also :)

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  13. I'm hoping to get this book too! (Though we haven't received post since like...Tuesday. I'm starting to think all out post is getting lost o_O.) SO glad you're enjoying this book, it definitely sounds awesome. And I LOVE your new design and your new bio :P. Very cool. Happy reading! :)

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  14. Lovely layout!!! Amelia is AWESOME!!! This layout really suits your blog perfectly! And WOW Alice in Zombieland looks SO good!!! I am really looking forward to your review for it!!! Glad to hear your enjoying it :-)

    SeeitORreadit


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  15. BRODIE, YOUR LAYOUT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! The colors, the banner...all of it -- it's so, so stunning!

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  16. brodie.brodie bridie

    i love the new layout

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  17. BROOOOODIIEEEEEEEEEE! NEW LAYOUT! I LOVE! IS PRETTY! IS PERFECT! AND AND AND! You already know how much I love it, right?

    ALSO: ALCIE IN JOMBIELAND! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Seriouly, I can't even. It's too perfect and pretty ♥

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  18. Oh my gosh Brodie, I LOVE the new layout! And the header is utterly gorgeous and magical! :) Whoever designed it is super, super talented! And the button... *swoon*

    Okay, raving over... But be warned, I am jealous that you have Alice in Zombieland. I've been craving that books for ages! I look forward to your thoughts of it, though. :) <3

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  19. The new layout . IS. STUNNING, BRODIIIIIEEEEE~!!! I love the colour of the header and the refreshing clean-cut but not-too-plain design of this new layout <3 and omg, Alice in Zombieland! I've been dying to read that, so can't wait to hear what you think of it! <3

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  20. BRODIE. WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO MAKE ME SOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS WITH YOUR LAYOUT? I am JUST... gah... It is STUNNING. STU---NNING.

    Plus Alice in Zombieland = <3333 & JEALOUSY too. I wanna read this soo bad!! Instead I will just wait for your review <3

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  21. It's lovely! Very professional looking. I'm not going to lie though - I will of course miss your beautiful illustrated banner. But then again, you new banner is very pretty too!

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  22. BRO. I thought this was a professionally made blog so *high fives*! It's, basically, in the words of Adrian, it's one of the most beautiful creatures I've seen on this earth. Seriously, I LOVE IT. And the image at the top and just... wow, I am bedazzled.

    AND ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND. I so very badly want to read this book. Like yesterday. I can't wait to see what you think about it!

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  23. *still staring at the layout* The slideshow box is such a cool feature! I love that you can display some news but not have to actually write up an entire post for it. Plus, it just looks pretty! :D

    ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND! Good? *stares nervously* I have really high hopes for this one and they're just re-inforced by your 4 star rating on GR! That's not to mention all the other amazing reviews that are beginning to roll in... Ahh, it's going to be a loooong wait to October.

    Sonia

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