Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Banned Books Week

Book Banning has been around for over a millennium. It is a few small minded people that disagree with the ideas that are put forth in a book. Most of these "concerned parents" only read one or two pages and conclude that this book is trashy or vulgar. Sometimes, they think that is an insult to their religious ideals.
I have lived in a liberal town, but both my parents are extremely conservative. They never really limited me from anything growing up, because when you say that you can't do something. It seems really appealing, when a limit is put on it. I can thank all the broken limits to my older sister. I was allowed to see some R-rated movies, with my parents by the time that I was nine. They never kept me reading from anything and never could really keep up with all the books that I devoured in a day. My parents rather have had me, read about pregnancy, drugs, alcohol use, and such from a book. Then actually go out there and experience it.
Here are three examples of books that I have read and enjoyed, that have been challenged:
1. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman was the second most banned book*, because of political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence. It is a fantasy and set in a whole other world. *bangs head on desk*
2. TTYL, TTFN, and L8R, G8R by Lauren Myracle was the third most banned last year*. For offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group, I think the book say fuck about ten time... I say that in about a weeks times. How is it unsuited for the age group? Ugh, I read these, when they first came out, which was a while ago.
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green has been challenged a few times**. It is my favorite book ever. To me, it is a book about hope and honestly finding yourself. It helped me get through random things, when I was really sick. I have eight copies, because that is how often I have read it or loaned it out. It is one of my mom's favorite books, too. The reason that it gets challenge is because one scene of very uncomfortable oral sex that is pulled out of context.
Seriously, anyone that tried to ban a books, needs to get a hobby. Like maybe actually reading the book that you are trying to ban or educating yourself to not be such a small minded ass. I hope that you guys are all reading something banned and having fun.
Best Wishes, Sarah.
*This came from the ALA.
**It is currently on this long list of book that two "concerned" parents are trying to get moved to a different section of the library. I think that by next week, they will decide half of the YA section is inappropriate.

Waiting on Wednesday(Week Twenty Seven)

Title: The Rise of Renegade X
Author: Chelsea Campbell
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he only has six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.
To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's “flying lessons” that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city—despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights—thwart the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keep his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.
This cover is totally amazing. I just want to stare at it for a few weeks. The summary is just as rad. I like the whole self identity crisis and the good vs evil concept. I am so excited for this book. Now to go back to staring...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Liar by Justine Larbalestier Book Trailers

There are two Trailers for Liar by Justine Labalestier. I like the trailer from Oz, more. Which one do you like the most? The One from Austrailia:
This one is from the US:

My review of Liar will be up, soon.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 92/100 or A
Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it wan't hard for her to believe in the idea of a perfect family. Sam has be doubting God for a while. Her mom is in rehab after a DUI and her father seems to care more about his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tradegy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to slowly unravel.
Once was Lost was an amazing book. Sam is a very relatable character and her probelms are also fairly unique. I think that everyone has a crisis of faith at sometime. The ending is a bit predictable, but at the same time makes you wonder what happened. The plot has a ton of ups and downs, but it is interesting for the whole time. Zarr creates a book that leaves you with the questions of your faith and what it means to you. I don't think that this book would appeal as much to someone that isn't religious. I recommend this book to any teenager that is growing up and making decision about themself.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What should I read next?

Hey Everyone,
I forgot about half the books that I got this week at my mom's. So, I will have a either a In My Mailbox in the middle of the week or do both in one video, I guess you can tell me what you would like.
So, I need help on picking what to read next, so here are the choices. The Road from Home by Nigel Hinton, Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin, Girl in the Arena by Lise Hanes, Fire by Kristin Cashore, or Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye. Please vote. Thanks, if you do! I am off to read to my sister and maybe make candles later today. I hope everyone is having a swell Sunday.
Peace out, Sarah.

Contest winners!

So here are five contest winners from my Blogaversary contest.
Never Cry Werewolf goes to Seaheidi
Strange Angels goes to Vanessa(poodle649)
Paperback of choice goes to What a Girl Want.
Vampire Academy goes to Devyn.
Once was lost goes to Michelle(the book Junkie)
Congrats to everyone that won and enter again next time.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 86/100 or B
In the town of Candor, Flordia, everything is perfect. Teens respect their elders, do their chores, and enjoy their homework. Adults also quit addictions after moving there for a bit, The reason that this happens is that everyone in this town is controlled by subliminal messages. Only Oscar, the son of the town's founder knows how to get kids out, But Nia moves into town, Oscar is smitten with her. He can't stand to see her change. So, he must help Nia escape Candor and lose her forever or he could choose to keep her close and risk her exposure,
When I heard about Candor, I knew that I had to read it. I started reading it and was instantly hooked. Oscar has an original voice that shined throught the whole book. This book had the classic theme of how rhetoric and mind control can turn bad. The uniqueness was sucked out of everyone, unless Oscar helped them. I think that it was presented in a new way that made it more interesting. Like how art, was found to be worthless. To me, art is the life of our culture and found it really sad to see them without it. The ending also made me want more. I think that it was just, "Wow!" If you are searching for a different book, you should really check Candor out.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 88/100 or B
Dani Callanzano is stuck in her nothing-ever-happens town with only her favorite noir mysteries at the Little Art movie theatre to keep her company. Her best friend has moved out of town and no longer calls Dani often. Her father also is getting remarried and she will be getting a mean sister-in-law, Nichole. So she is alone in the town. But one day a real-life mystery begins to unravel at Little Art! And it all has something to do with a girl in polka-dot tights. Dani is armed with a vivid imagination, a flair for the dramatic, and a knowledge of all things Rita Hayworth. She sets out to solve the mystery and learns more about herself than she ever thought that she would.
This book had an awesomeness that is hard to explain. Dani is stubborn, which is usual for most thirteen years old. I am going to have to check out some more noir movies, since I haven't seen them all. It was great to see Dani's love of movies and how passionate she was about all things Rita Hayworth. I also could relate to the problems at home and the lost of her best friend, because that happened to me around the same age. The plot was really interesting and created a great story. Suma was a great writer and created a story like no other. I recommend that you check out this book for a great mystery.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 87/100 or B
Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girl school in South Bend, Indiana. Her boarding school is far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. There is no way that she is going to survive a whole year here. She is going to miss her best friend Andrew and Caitlin. She now has to replace it with her three new roommates, who actually like it. Most of the time, Viola is hidden behind her video camera, but what happens when she puts her camera down and starts living her life.
This is the first book that I have read of Adriana Trigiani, but it won't be my last. Her writing was witty and amazing. I was laughing for most of the book. I was really glad that Viola adjusted to boarding school. Suzanne, Marisol and Romy were amazing roommates. They reminded me a lot of friends that I had as a freshmen. Trigiani was able to bring Andrew's personality and Jared was also interesting. I am definitely going to have to read her other books soon. It was a great coming of age novel and I really enjoyed it. I recommend checking it out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday(Week Twenty Six)

Title: This World We Live In
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Release Date: April 1, 2010

It's been over a month since Miranda Evans has written in her diary, a month of relative calm for her and her family. It's springtime, and with warmer weather comes rain, and the melting of the winter's snow. The shad are running in a nearby river, and Miranda's brothers Matt and Jon leave home for a few days to see if they can catch some to supplement their food supply.When they return, Matt brings with him a girl named Syl, who he introduces as his bride. But that's not the only shock Miranda and her family have to deal with. A few weeks later, Miranda's father, stepmother, and baby brother show up at her door. Accompanying them are three strangers, a man named Charlie Rutherford, and two teenagers, Alex and Julie Morales. These five people have crossed America together, becoming, in their own way, a family.
Miranda's complicated feelings about Alex, curiosity, resentment, longing, and passion turn into love. Alex's feelings are equally complex. His plans to escort Julie to a convent where she can be taken care of, so that he will be free to enter a monastery, are destined for failure. He wants desperately to live up to his moral code, but his desire for Miranda is too strong. He proposes to Miranda that they take Julie and go to a safe town.But before Miranda and Alex can go off together, a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and in its aftermath, Miranda makes a decision that will change forever her life and Alex's, and the world that they live in will never be the same.
I love the other books in the series and this book seems amazing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 90/100 or A
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered. His son is Prince Aleksander. He would be the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. He is on the run. His own people have turned against him and his title is now worthless. All he has is battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She is a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. World War I is now brewing, Alek and Deryn paths cross in the most unexpected way. It takes them on an adventure that changes both of their lives forever.
Deryn was an interesting character. I liked how strong that she was. Alek was awesome. I think that Deryn and Alek were kick ass together and I was ecstatic, when they met. The plot was gripping and awesome. It was hard to put it down and I wanted to keep on reading it. I haven't read much steampunk. So, it was original to me. The writing was really good and similar to the style in a few of his books. I recommend Leviathan to anyone that likes Scott Westerfeld's other books. You will definitely enjoy it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pretty Cover!

So Holly got her cover. I think it is gorgeous and I can't wait to read this book... since I heard she was getting published. Here is a summary of the book:
It’s tough, living in the shadow of a dead girl… In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own. Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own. In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.
Doesn't it sound amazing.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

In My Mailbox (Week of September 20th)

In My Mailbox was started by the Pop Culture Junkie and memefied by The Story Siren.

Books that I got for Review:
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favourite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging.
Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time.
This book sounds amazing and I am really excited to read it.

A Golden Web by Barbara Quick
Alessandra is desperate to escape—from her stepmother, who’s locked her away for a year; from the cloister that awaits her if she refuses the marriage plans that have been made for her; from the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There’s no tolerance in her village for her keen intelligence and her unconventional ideas.In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee—and an enduring fame.In this exquisite imagining of the centuries-old story of Alessandra Giliani, the world’s first female anatomist, distinguished novelist Barbara Quick gives readers the drama, romance, and rich historical detail for which she is known as she shines a light on an unforgotten—and unforgettable—heroine.
This book sounds really amazing. I love historical fiction.

Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
Twelve-year-old Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong River shoot at anything that moves, but in oppressive Communist Laos, there’s nothing left for him, his spirited sister, Dalah, and his desperate parents. Their only hope is a refugee camp in Thailand—on the other side of the river.
When they reach camp, their struggles are far from over. Na Pho is a forgotten place where life consists of squalid huts, stifling heat, and rationed food. Still, Vonlai tries to carry on as if everything is normal. He pays attention in school, a dusty barrack overcrowded with kids too hungry to learn. And he plays soccer in a field full of rocks to forget his empty stomach.
But when someone inside the camp threatens his family, Vonlai calls on a forbidden skill to protect their future, a future he’s sure is full of promise, if only they can make it out of Na Pho alive.

This book sounds really different, but looks really good.
Books That I bought:

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

I am really excited to read this. It looks amazing.

The Hollow by Jessica Veraday
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
I just started reading this book and it looks really good.

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe
Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance…
I just finished this book and it is really cute.

Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny. Bliss’ escape? Take up Roller Derby.
When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn.

I really liked this book. I am excited to also see the movie Whip It.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chelsey by Chelsey Shannon

Overall: 90/100 or A
When Chelsey's father was violently murdered, days before her fourteenth birthday. She is now an orphan and has no clue what to do. She is forced to come to terms with living with her aunt and the home life that comes with it. She also is starting a new school. Chelsey is also trying to make sense of what happened and how she got here. Despite all that happened, Chelsey finds a way to flourish.
Chelsey's story was heartbreaking. I think that it would be impossible to visit that part of my life. I think that there could have been more to Chelsey's story. Her writing was lovely and well done. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blogs that I love...

So, as a part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I am just going to say a few blogs that I love and that you should check out...
1. Frentic Reader: Khy has funny vlogs and random cute posts. Her reviews are also amazing.
2. Reading Keeps You Sane: Kelsey is super awesome. I love her On the Outsides post.
3. Zoe's Book Reviews: Zoe is super sweet and awesome.
4. Hope's Bookshelf: Hope is so sweet. She is one of the first bloggers that I found.
5. Persnickety Snark: I love Adele's blog. She keeps me updated on all the Aussie books that I will want in the future.
6. Ten Cent Dance: Jordyn is awesome. I love how she does her reviews.
7. Korianne Speaks: I love Korianne. She need to blog more thought.
8. Courtney Summers: I love Courtney's blog. She is amazing.
9. The Road to Publication: Kimberly is super sweet. I love her blog. Both related to books and not.
10. Maureen Johnson: Maureen's blog is one of the funniest. You just have to check it out to understand.

Marni by Marni Bates

Overall: 87/100 or B
Marni is having a huge amount of stress at home, school, and with her friends. She has started to pluck out her eyebrows, eyelashes, and even hair. It has helped her escape from all the trouble in the world. Unluckly, she gets hooked. Soon, she figures out that her little habait is actually a disorder called trichotillomania or "trich".
Marni had an honest story. She discussed something that was a major part about her. It was a story that was a huge part of her and it was amazing that she was able to write it. I could relate to having divorced parents and also the stress and the pressure of being a teenanger. This book is awesome and you should check it out.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I have 300 followers on my blog. I am so excited and happy. Yay!
Contest coming in the future, when I can afford it. =)

Emily by Emily Smucker

Overall: 89/100 or B
Emily is plagued with some sort of cold, fever, or bizarre aches and pains for much of her life. Emily thought that the dizziness and stomachaches at the beginning of her senior year, were just another bout of "Emily Flu." But when it didn't go away, she knew that something was very wrong. After a tons of tests, she is eventually diagnosed with the rare and incurable West Nile virus. Emily watches her senior year and her future go up in smoke.
I could relate to Emily's story. I have been sick for almost three years and didn't get answers for a long time. Emily was a great writer and I enjoyed her story. I think that anyone that has had a serious illness could relate to this. You should check it out either way.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I only eat toast or waffles, when I read
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I don't mark my books. If I have to mark it, I use post its
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmarks or random pieces of paper
Laying the book flat open?
If I am going to go back to reading in a sec.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I read both.
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Hard copy
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I read until I am sleepy or have to do something else.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
No, I use the words around it to find out what it means.
What are you currently reading?
Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
What is the last book you bought?
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I read one book at a time.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
At night in my room.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I like both.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and Looking for Alaska by John Green
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I don't organize my books.

Waiting on Wednesday(Week Twenty Five)

Title: A Match Made In High School
Author: Kristin Walker
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 4th, 2010
When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
This book sounds really cute and interesting. So, I am excited that it will finally be coming out in a few months.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Interview with Elizabeth from Thoughts from an Evil Overlord

For Book Bloggers Apprecation Week, I signed up for the interverw swap. I got to meet Elizabeth from Thoughts from an Evil Overlord. She was a teacher until she got Hodgkin's lymphoma. She stays home now due to a compromised immune system. She likes doing crafts, reading, and spending time with her Nephews and Niece.

How did you get started in blogging?
The Internet is an enormous part of my life because I am semi-house bound. I have an immune deficiency as well as being on an oxygen tank, and I’m supposed to avoid public situations. So I can no longer teach, and I have a lot of time on my hands. Even though Law & Order is on almost all day, there’s only so much of that I can watch, and soaps and Jerry Springer aren’t my thing.
When I bought my home three years ago, I was looking for design ideas and met a group of women through HGTV’s Rate My Space section, and one person set up a discussion board group. Like many discussion boards, topics expanded, but some of the things I enjoy chatting about, books and crafts, were not popular with many others. One of the women suggested I start blogging, specifically about books, because she enjoyed books I had recommended on the board.

What are some of your favorite books?
I think I’ll name books I’ve read more than once, since I am really a one-shot reader! Gone with the Wind, The Runaway Jury by John Grisham, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I am also a big reader of children’s and young adult novels. I’ve been reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin since I was in fourth or fifth grade. I love reading them with my students, and it seems that my enthusiasm for these books encourages them to try others by the same authors.

You have started an etsy shop, has doing crafts helped you blog more often?
Good question! It has definitely given me more topics about which to blog, but I am walking a tightrope between sharing my excitement and advertising. I try to mention the shop only once a week, usually on Fridays when I participate in the Finished For Friday meme at Lit & Laundry and show items I’ve finished creating that week. I want people to visit my blog because I have something new and interesting to say, and not be turned off by advertising, whether my own or ads all over the blog.

What is your favorite part about blogging?
I have two favorite things about blogging. First, meeting new people around the world and seeing how much we have in common, or not. For example, I have a great blogging buddy who is an enthusiastic conservative Republican, and I am often freaked out by what she writes in the political or religious vein. However, we both love vintage items and decorating, and have a lot to share on those topics.
My second favorite is learning new things. I’ve heard about new authors and books, of course, but I’ve also learned history, regional superstitions, recipes, and thoughts on interpersonal relationships.

What are some of your favorite blogs?
From my favorite things about blogging, you can tell that I visit a wide variety of blog types. In the books and reading genre, my faves are The Tome Traveller’s Weblog, My Friend Amy and Historically Obsessed. They have an easy writing style and share a lot of my preferences. Outside of the book world I visit ColoradoLady regularly. We share a love of vintage items and crafting, and have really clicked on a personal level. There are many others, of course, just check out my blog roll!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Book Trailer

So, here is Vania's Trailer for Beautiful Creatures. I have been kind of waiting for it, since I heard that she is making the trailer. It is so well done and reminds me of the book. So yay!

School and such...

So I am starting a new homeschooling program today, and I am kind of nervous, but excited. I am also taking a few online college courses, this year.So I am not sure how long it will take to set everything up. I'll probably post something later today, but here is the new New Moon Trailer. It looks exciting. I could varily tell that Jane was Dakota Fanning.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In My Mailbox (Week of September 13rd)

The Girl with the Memaid Hair by Delia Ephron
Sukie Jamieson is obsessed with her appearance. She checks her reflection in windows, spoons, car chrome—anything available. So when her mother gives her a full-length mirror that once belonged to her grandmother, Sukie is thrilled. So thrilled that she doesn’t listen to her mother’s warning: "This mirror will be your best friend and worst enemy.” Because mirrors, as Sukie discovers, show not only the faraway truth but the truth close up. And finding out that close-up truth changes people. Often forever.
It sounds really good and I love it's cover. So, I am excited to read it.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Shipped off to boarding school in South Bend, Indianna, city girl and aspiring filmmaker Viola Chesterton feels out of place with her three new roommates. Missing her life back home, Viola is tempted to hide behind her video camera all year. But first impressions are often wrong, and soon Viola realizes she’s in for the most incredible year of her life—if only she can put the camera down and let the world in.
It was really good, so I am excited to read it

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.
I am super excited to read this book soon.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
I have already read this and I really want the Third one now.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Books Read in August

150. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
151. I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure edited by Larry Smith
152. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
153. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
154. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
155. Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
156. Snap by Carol Snow
157. Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel
158. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
159. So Punk Rock: and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother by Micol Ostow and David Ostow
160. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
161. The Goodbye Season by Marion Hale
162. The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
163. Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
164. Beautiful by Amy Reed
165. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brescount White
166. The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills don't Mind by Kristin Cronn-Mills
167. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Reviews posted from these books: 6 of these books so far, a few are planned to be posted later.
Books from Library: 0 books
Books for Review: 13 books
Books borrowed: 0 books
My Favorite: This is really hard, since I read a lot of amazing books this month. I am going with The Naughty List, Hush, Hush, and The Cinderella Society. It was so amazing.
My Least Favorite: Bran Hambric, It could have been better.
Update:100+ Reading Challenge: 167 read.
V.C. Andrews: Read Good Trash movement: 3 read. 8 to go
Debut Authors '09: 34 read

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 91/100 or A
What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…
So, I loved this book. It is amazing. Anne was sweet, but was pretty tough at times. Anastasia was really cute and sweet. Ethan was totally swoon worthy, if the whole book about him doing regular things, I would still read it. The plot was action pack and really exciting. The originality was really good. I have never seen a book like this and it was totally awesome. I am excited for what else Preble will write, because I am sure that it will be just as amazing.

Here is the rest of a blog tour, check it out:

Saturday, August 29th
Through the Wardrobe
Class of 2k9

Monday, August 31st
Story Siren

Tuesday, September 1st
The Book Resort

Wednesday, September 2nd
Marta’s Meanderings

Thursday, September 3rd
Babbling About Books
A Passion for Books

Friday, September 4th
Day by Day Writer

Saturday, September 5th
Neverending Shelf

Sunday, September 6th
YA Books Central

Monday, September 7th
The Book Obsessions
Dolce Bellezza
Books & Literature for Teens

Tuesday, September 8th
Shelf Elf
The Shady Glade

Wednesday, September 9th
Debbie’s World of Books

Thursday, September 10th
Ultimate Book Hound
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

Friday, September 11th
Sarah’s Random Musings

Saturday, September 12th
Cindy’s Love of Books
Presenting Lenore
Always Riddikulus

Sunday, September 13th
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Carol’s Corner

Monday, September 14th
A High & Hidden Place
Looking Glass Review
Karin’s Book Nook

Tuesday, September 15th
Shooting Stars Magazine
Library Lounge Lizard

Wednesday, September 16th
Book Journey
The Book Pixie

Thursday, September 17th
The Compulsive Reader

Friday, September 18th
Booking Mama

Saturday, September 19th
The Written World
Hope’s Bookshelf

Sunday, September 20th
Book Nut
Hope is the Word

Monday, September 21st
Zoe’s Book Reviews
Homespun Light
Teen Scene magazine

Tuesday, September 22nd
Once Upon a Bookshelf

Wednesday, September 23rd
Café of Dreams
My Friend Amy (9pm EST author chat)

Thursday, September 24th
The Brain Lair
Ms. Bookish

Friday, September 25th
Lori Calabrese Writes
Mrs. Magoo Reads

Saturday, September 26th
Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
Fantasy Book Critic

Sunday, September 27th
Into the Wardrobe In the Pages

Interview with Joy Preble

Joy Preble grew up in Chicago, Illinois, listening to her Russian grandmother tell tales of the old country, most of which ended with the equivalent of “We were all very poor and it sucked so I came here.” Joy began her writing career at age seven with a Thanksgiving play that consisted mostly of the Pilgrim women washing clothes after a long journey. Since then, she has learned to give her female characters, and herself, better things to do. (Not that clean laundry is a bad thing. In fact, she likes it very much. She just prefers someone else to do it.) She is married and has one son and lives in The Woodlands, Texas, where -when sh
e’s not teaching high school English (and sometimes when she is) -she continues to write. Dreaming Anastasia combines Joy’s love for folklore, history, feisty female characters and hot looking guys who may or may not actually be bad and is her first novel.

1. What inspired you to use Slavic Folklore and Magic as major plot points?
Well, the magic part of the answer is easy. I’ve always loved fantasy stories. When I was little, I read things like Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Edgar Eager’s Half Magic, and I think it just inspired a life long love of the whole “what if a character had powers beyond the ordinary” or “what if there’s a world beyond what we normally see.” So while fantasy is not the only genre I write – and in fact Dreaming Anastasia is a sort of blend of fantasy, romance, and alternate history - it was a great fit for my first novel.
As for the Slavic folklore specifically, it was also a sort of natural fit for a story about Russia’s Romanovs. There’s already a sort of mystical component to the real life Anastasia’s story. So many rumors over so many years that perhaps she didn’t die when the rest of her family was assassinated. And beyond that, I did want the folkloric element to mesh with Anastasia’s real life world, to use the stories and myths she might have heard as a child, with of course, the extra addition that I was going to make them real and not just stories. Because if you’ve got this great, hugely scary witch with removable hands and iron teeth named Baba Yaga, why not have your characters discover that she’s real and not imaginary!

2.How has being a part of Class of 2k9 helped you?
How haven’t they helped me would be a better question! Being with 20 other writers in Class of 2k9 has been invaluable. We are really each other’s rocks. There is such a steep and often brutal learning curve in being a debut author that I can’t imagine how crazy it would be to go through this alone. No matter what my current angst is – reviews or promotion or contracts or editors or how to balance being a public person with one’s private life – someone always has an answer for me. Many of us have become very close friends – beyond just our online world. When my first agent chose to move on to another part of the publishing world, it was my 2k9 peeps who held my hand over the phone. (okay it helped that three of us were actually represented by that same person, but that was just a coincidence, actually) Because honestly, in some ways major publishing is a sort of alternate universe. I can’t really sit around the teacher’s lounge and complain that I haven’t heard from my publicist lately, and actually expect them to comfort me. Please! (Full disclosure - Publicist Paul would never miss a call. He loves me and finds me endlessly amusing even when I’m annoying the heck out of him. This was just a hypothetical example of how people in my real world shouldn’t be subjected to my whining about something that to them sounds like I’m looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth)

3. Do you think that teaching teenagers helps you write for young adults?
Um, yes. Yes! I’ve never left high school in that sense and so yes, it really does help. I’m always conscious of how intense the teenage years are. Relationships. Grades. Family problems. Friendships. And honestly, I’ve taught some kids whose resilience with the crappy hand that fate has dealt them is profoundly amazing. I’ve had students who get up and come to school every morning even though their families are broken to pieces or they are suffering abuse or they have serious health issues. Everything is sort of larger than life many days. So I not only want to get those emotions correct on the page, I deeply respect the students I work with. Plus they make me laugh my a—off most days. The stories I could tell you… Like the year that one guy said to another during homeroom, “Hey. I think you should get a tattoo of a banana playing maracas.” And the next day, there it was. You gotta love it!

4.What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing is when the pieces of a story really come together. When I’ve written a little bit and then I’m driving somewhere or whatever and suddenly my brain goes wham! and I realize exactly what I need to do to move the story forward. The least favorite is when I have a day when either I can’t get to write because I just have too many other things that I have to do, or when I sit there for hours and basically have to bleed on the page to make a few crummy words come out. I usually end up deleting them the next day. Those days suck.

5. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Nope. Unless you know Robert Downey, Jr. Then you could tell him that in the movie version of Dreaming Anastasia that I’ve got running my head, I’ve cast him as Anne’s father. Just in case he was wondering…

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Interview with Suzanne Selfors

Suzanne Selfors is a Young Adult and a Middle Grade writer. Her books are Coffeehouse Angel, Saving Juliet, To Catch a Mermaid, and Fortune's Magic Farm. She is a local author and has a signing about a ten minute walk from my house. She lives in Bainbridge Island with her family.

1. Nordby is a fictional town based on the town of Pouksbo. What are some of your favorite things about Poulsbo?
I love Sluy's bakery. And Liberty Bay books and Hot Shots Java. I really like the ambiance, the town is so cute and welcoming. And the library has some really beautiful art.

2. Malcom is quite an interesting character. Where did you get the inspiration for him?
Well, I have to make a confession. I have this thing about guys in kilts--Scottish guys in particular. Originally, I tried to make Malcolm Scottish, but writing the accent was really difficult and my early readers didn't like it.
Malcolm is an angel, but he's not a traditional angel. I combined a number of mythologies when I created him, including the Christian/Jewish/Islamic tradition of the angel as a messenger. Malcolm wears a kilt and carries a satchel because much of his character is based on Hermes, the Greek messenger God. I'm crazy about Greek mythology.

3. All of your books have some sort of magical twist. What is your favorite part of writing with magic?
I never sit down and say, okay, I'm going to write another story with magic. It just always happens. I get bored with the real world, I guess.
Fantasy is the ultimate thrill for a fiction writer because anything goes. And I love that.

4. What do you like most about writing both Middle Grade and Young Adult?
It never gets boring. It's a constant challenge to move between the two genres and I love that.
5. What books can we look forward to in the future from you?
In May, 2010, my 3rd middle grade book, Smells Like Dog, will be released. It's a very funny story and I just got a sneak peek at the cover which is adorable. I'm currently writing my 3rd teen novel. I don't know if it will be released in 2010 or 11 at this point. But it's about Cupid.

6. What are some of your favorite Young Adult and Middle Grade books?
Loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Loved When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. ANd I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.

7. Is there anything that you would like to add?
There will be a Coffeehouse Angel mini tour this fall. The dates and locations will be listed on my website by the end of summer. And I love hearing from readers, so please visit my website at
Thanks for the interview!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday(Week Twenty Four)

Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 5th, 2010
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard–falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome. And just like the other members of this all girl clique, she was both feared and revered by the students of Hallowell High… that is until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around. Now she’s been “frozen out” and her ex-friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth, and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.
Out of desperation, she takes solace in the companionship of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship–and eventually romance–doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina makes amends for her past, a bond begins to form, while threats from the Fearsome Foursome are poised to break them both.

I loved Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. So, naturally I am really excited for her next book, Some Girls Are. It sounds really amazing. It is only out in about four months.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 88/100 or B
Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping a distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. She likes to keep some routine and predictability, so that she doesn't get attached to anyone, when she has to leave again. But one day, with a crumpling of a calendar page and an odd encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her life turn for the better. She wants just one fair day, where the good guy wins.
She finds a car at their disposal. So, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip. On the road trip, they find a ton of great things happening for no reason.
Destiny was interesting. I loved that she had an interest in numbers and finding commonalities in it. Seth was awesome and sweet at the right moments. Mira was cute and Aidan was really smart. The plot took off really good, but the coincidence got annoying at times. It had a surprising ending that totally shocked me. It was original and awesome. Pearson's writing was great, and she made amazing charcters and setting. I recommend this book and you should check it out.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don't Mind by Kristin Cronn-Mills

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 93/100 or A
Morgan is stuck in a boring hick town that she just wants to leave. Her boyfriend Derek, is boring and lacking in well some ways, her ex-best friend Tessa just kissed her and she might have kissed her back, and her co-worker Rob might just like her as much as she likes him. So, now she is confused romantically. He mom is dead and her dad is an alcoholic. Her timid step mom won't stand up for her. Her grandma is the only one that she can trust, but she is hiding a big secret that will spiral her life out of control.
Morgan was really relatable. I totally understand the feeling of wanting to leave somewhere and having such big dreams. I loved that she wrote fortunes and wanted to write a Great Americain Novel. The fortunes were hilarious. Tessa and Rob were amazing supporting characters. The plot was interesting. It was slow at points, but overall, it was amazing. I also loved that it was original. Mills is a fantastic writer and I can't wait for more from her. I highly suggest that you check this book out, it is amazing.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation

Characters: 13/20
Plot: 15/20
Originality: 15/20
Writing: 15/20
Recommendation: 13/20
Overall: 71/100 or C
Bran Hambric was found locked in a bank vault at six years old, with no memory of his past. For years, he has lived with one of the bankers, wondering why he was left behind -- until one night, when he is fourteen, he is suddenly confronted by a maddened creature, speaking of Bran’s true past and trying to kidnap him.
Bran finds that he is at the center of a plot which started years before he was even born: the plot of a deadly curse his mother created…and one that her former masters are hunting for him to complete.
Haunted by the spirit of his mother’s master and living in a city where magic is illegal, Bran must undo the crimes of his past...before it is too late.
Bran Hambric reminded me a lot of Harry Potter. He is an orphan. He has magical powers, and has little knowledge about his parents. His personality was even similar. I am hoping that he develops away from that in future books. I really liked Astra and Adi. They were really interesting and I hope that they are in the book later on. The plot was pretty good. I liked it, but it was really slow until about halfway through and kind of hard to get in to. It was fairly original, but it reminded me a lot Harry Potter. It had very similar components. Nation's writing was pretty good. The style was fairly good. I think that this book would appeal more to Middle Grade readers, then Young Adult readers.
Here is the rest of the blog tour. Go say Hi to a few other bloggers.

Sunday, August 30th
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Homespun Light

Monday, August 31st
Dolce Bellezza
Bobbi’s Book Nook

Tuesday, September 1st
The Looking Glass Review
Beth Fish Reads
SMS Book Reviews
James Holder’s YouTube Channel

Wednesday, September 2nd
Reading Rumpus
Katie’s Literature Lounge
Ultimate Bookhound

Thursday, September 3rd
Brimful Curiosities
Charlotte’s Library

Friday, September 4th
Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

Saturday, September 5th
Library Lounge Lizard
Sarah’s Random Musings

Sunday, September 6th
Cindy’s Love of Books

Monday, September 7th
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
Grasping for the Wind
Life After Twilight vlog channel

Tuesday, September 8th
Shooting Stars Magazine
Mrs. Magoo Reads
Lori Calabrese Writes

Wednesday, September 9th
The Brain Lair
The Children’s Book Review
TV Watch Online

Thursday, September 10th
The Friendly Book Nook
Book Journey
Stephanie’s Written Word
Home School Buzz

Friday, September 11th
The Inside Scoop With Chandelle
Booking Mama

Saturday, September 12th
Zoe’s Book Reviews
Lit for Kids

Sunday, September 13th
Never Jam Today
A Bibliophile’s Reverie

Monday, September 14th
Café of Dreams
Marta’s Meanderings
A Book Blogger’s Diary
The Reader’s Quill

Tuesday, September 15th
a book in hand
Not Just for Kids

Wednesday, September 16th
Write for a Reader

Thursday, September 17th
Howling Good Books
The Written World

Friday, September 18th
Always Riddikulus
YA Books Central

Saturday, September 19th
Ms. Bookish
Into the Wardrobe

Interview with Kaleb Nation

Kaleb Nation hosted his first radio show at age thirteen. At fourteen, he had a sudden idea for Bran Hambic, which took most of his teenage years to write. He also start, which has had over three thousand year. You can also visit his blog at

1. Bran Hambric doesn't remember his parents. How did you capture those intense emotions of not knowing where you came from?
I think that everyone can relate to feelings of being lost and confused, especially as a teenager. While I never was specifically in Bran's position, I think that the emotions are there growing up, wondering who you are and who you will become and where you're meant to be. Bran simply has a more literal journey of finding out who he is as a person, just like every teenager eventually has to discover who he or she is.

2. You made a soundtrack for Bran Hambric. Where did you get this idea? Also, were you inspired by anyone musically?
When I made the soundtrack, I never really intended to do a full album of songs. It was just something that I had fun doing, and suddenly after a few months I had all this music completed! I would imagine certain parts of the book, and slowly form a song around that until it was complete. I would also say that my musical style is mostly inspired by Thomas Newman and Danny Elfman, two of my favorite modern composers.

3. What was your favorite and least favorite thing of writing?
My favorite part is discovering a new idea that turns everything around. I was stuck in an airport last week when I had a sudden idea for something new in the Bran Hambric sequel that was so powerful, I had to write it down then, and spent the whole flight writing. My least favorite part is all the waiting for things to be edited and finished and published -- but all the waiting is worth it in the end!

4. How many books are planned in the Bram Hamric series?
I have six books planned, unless the sixth is too long, in which case there will be seven.

5. What about Bran Hambric do you think appeals to young adults?
I think that Bran Hambric is the traditional story of a boy who doesn't know his past, but with many new twists that haven't been seen before. Bran's mother was a criminal, so he has this predisposition to be like her, but somehow he fights it and finds a way to prevail against everything his past has led him to be.

Friday, September 4, 2009

This is why Khy is amazing.

So, Khy is the most amazing person ever. This is what she got me in a package.

Once was Lost by Sara Zarr Contest

I love Sara Zarr's books. They are amazing. I have a second copy of Once was Lost. It is my favorite book of hers, which was really hard to decide. Anyways here is what it is about:
Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel. In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed---about God, about your family, about yourself---is transformed.
To enter, answer this question: What event could happen to spin your life out of control?
1. New or Current follower. +5
2. Re-post it in any social network or blog. +3 each
3. +1 for each referral and +1 on being referred.
This Contest is open till September 21st at midnight. International is okay, just indicate it, because only two of the prizes can go to international winners.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What would Devyn Burton Do?

Hello reader of Sarah’s blog. I am the one and only Devyn Burton. I have been asked by Sarah to stop by and help her readers with their daily problems.
Have you ever been in a squeeze and thought WHAT WOULD DEVYN BURTON DO (WWDBD)? Well wonder no longer my little children—now you can have the chance to KNOW what I would do!

I have collected a few questions to give an example:
“If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?” – KODY KEPLINGER
Well I would have to say TIM GUNN.
I would like to offer would like to offer EXHIBIT A. I have provided Sarah with a photo of Tim and myself.
If you look at the photo you can see we both make a suit work, we rock the glasses and have flawless smiles.
Clearly we are both divalicious men and would rock the shit out of the big screen.

HOWEVER, My fellow reader, these questions are no about ME—they are about YOU and your daily life issues like the following:

“Dear Devyn, How should I kill my annoying sister who uses the computer a lot. WWDBD?” – NOT SARAH’S BROTHER
Dear NOT SARAH’S BROTHER, Have you ever seen he film THE WIZARD OF OZ? I will teach you an easy way to eliminate your sister from your life—almost the same exact way that Dorothy took out the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wait until your sister has spent a decade on the internet (also known as five hours) at this point of internet usage she is most vulnerable. As soon as the clock strikes 300 minutes, run to the nearest internet source in hour house.
At this point you grab hold of the wireless adapter plug-in, ripping it clean from the wall. This will break your sisters decade of internet usage. Run quickly to where your sister is located, you will notice she has melted away into a puddle of tears.
Thus ending her forever, just like Dorothy took out that Witch!
AND dear reader this is where you come in!
Sit in your computer chair, stare at your computer, (check out Tim Gunn,) Close your eyes and think WWIADB (What Would I Ask Devyn Burton ?) when you have created a question leave it in the comment section below!

Note from Sarah: This is so funny. I love it.

Signed copy of Vampire Academy Contest

Like Strange Angels, I got this at a signing. I just finished Blood Promise, and this series is amazing. So here is what it is about:
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...
To enter the contest: What is your favorite vampire book(s)?
Extra entries:
1. New or Current follower. +5
2. Re-post it in any social network or blog. +3 each
3. +1 for each referral and +1 on being referred.
This Contest is open till September 21st at midnight. International is okay, just indicate it, because only two of the prizes can go to international winners.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Book Trailer

This is the second book trailer for Hold Still by Nina Lacour. Check it out. Kudos to Amanda for e-mailing me it. I guess the whole trailer was filmed one day with a Super 8 camera, with her friends. That is totally awesome and it explains the whole book so well.

Paperback Book of Choice Contest

So today is my blogoversary. Yay! *Throws sparkles* So today, I am giving away any paperback of choice to one lucky winner. The book has to be published and available in the US.
To enter, answer this question: What books are you looking forward to in the next year?
1. New or Current follower. +5
2. Re-post it in any social network or blog. +3 each
3. +1 for each referral and +1 on being referred.
This Contest is open till September 21st. at midnight International is okay, just indicate it, because only two of the prizes can go to international winners.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Signed Strange Angels Contest

So, when I went to the Lili St. Crow, I got a copy of Strange Angels signed. So it is today's contest. Here is what it is about:
Dru Anderson and her father live an unconventional life; they travel across the continent, tracking and killing dangerous supernatural things. Thanks to her father, Dru is a physically strong, and due to her time spent with her superstitious grandmother, psychically strong as well.
At first, this new town in the Midwest is nothing new, and her father's unwillingness to allow Dru accompany him on his hunts familiar. But when he doesn't come home alive, Dru is forced to face reality. She's not as capable as she once thought, nor as smart. There are things about the night and the Real World that her father never revealed to her. And if she hopes to make it until morning, she'll have to draw upon everything her father and grandmother ever taught her and learn to trust.

To enter answer this question: What would you do, if your parents turned in to a Zombie?
Extra entries:
1. New or Current follower. +5
2. Re-post it in any social network or blog. +3 each
3. +1 for each referral and +1 on being referred.
This Contest is open till September 21st. at midnight International is okay, just indicate it, because only two of the prizes can go to international winners. Here is also the awesome book trailer. Penguin has made some awesome ones, this year.


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