Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Overall: 94/100 or A
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.
As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
3. Knightley Academy is based in an alternative history of Victorian London. Do you have an other books planned in a sort of alternative world?
4. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Also I fisrt saw this on MTV, so congrats to Vania on that.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Teaser Number 5:
5. Did we mention that Adam’s band, Shooting Star, is huge now, and Adam’s a rock star? Well, they are. We are talking national phenomenon huge. Lady Gaga if Lady Gaga-rocked-it-like-Nirvana-huge. Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy huge. And Adam is the front man. The lead man. The one everyone wants. The one who shot the band to superstardom. And if you think this has made Adam happy, you are very wrong.
Penguin is also awesome enough to offer a signed paperback cover of If I Stay to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment with your email, a song that it your current obsession and live in the United States.
Go and visit the other Where She Went Teaser Tour Stops:
August 19: Persnickety Snark
August 20: Hope’s Bookshelf
August 23: Bookworming in the 21st Century
August 24: The Story Siren
August 25: Sarah’s Random Musings
August 26: The Compulsive Reader
August 27: The Book Scout
August 30: Frenetic Reader
August 31: Book Chic
September 1: Presenting Lenore
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Overall: 86/100 or B
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Overall: 91/100 or A
Saturday, August 21, 2010
My parents don't censor me and never have. They feel that it isn't good to grow up in a glass bubble that can break at any moment as knowledge is surged at me. My mom grew up in a very Mormon household. She was only able to read the Bible and books that were approved by the Church. She was also a long distance runner and would get in trouble for wearing sweat pants over her shorts until she got to the mailbox. She feels that might have been why she wanted to leave her family so early. My mom still reads some of my books and has never been, "Sarah, you shouldn't be reading this." Some of her recent favorites have been The DUFF, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Crank.
The DUFF has sexual content, but so does TV, Movies, and a lot of music. And so do Teens! I probably got exposed to more sexual content, when I went to a normal high school, then the last three years that I have been home schooled. Will Grayson has depression, homosexuality, and porn. Okay, I have been depressed, my sister has been depressed, and I bet my dog has even been depressed. Depression is a fact of life and sure some bad behavior can happen from it. But would you rather have a teen be depressed or read books with depressed characters. I don't personally think that people should be put in group, because who they love or attracted to. I think that is one of the worst thing to censor. I believe that people are born as they are and God loves you as are. The two main characters meet in a porn shop. I actually found that to be hilarious, because I don't think that people want to talk about that. Crank has drug use and rape. Drug use happens. It isn't a wise thing to do, but people want escape their lives, but instead of picking up a book or watching a movie. They decide that this is the only way to find freedom is by diving into something that will destroy their lives. I have seen this happen to friends and family members and rather just read about it. Rape is a horrible thing, but I have seen campaigns to censor books in which a character is experiencing or has experience rape. I know someone that read these books and found hope, which I find amazing for her, since she is afraid to use her voice.
Things happen in life and you can’t censor them, so why do that with what you read. I personally find book banning to not be a sign of wisdom, but one full of only idiotic reasoning. A lot of the time, parents say that their children are too innocent or not ready to take a subject on, when they censor. Recently Ellen Hopkins was uninvited to an event, because a librarian and a group of parents that have not read her books, decided that her books weren’t fit for the event. I read Crank when it came out in 2004, and felt that it was a better book, then the Christian YA that my extended family was trying to push on me.
Anyways, I am a nineteen year old girl from a religious family that has never limited my reading of a book or series. I find books to be relaxing and wonderful, they are an escape into a brand new world. Anyways this is all just my opinion and I don’t mean to personally offend someone.
Other places to read about Censorship are:
The Page Flipper
Harmony's Book Review
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
1. The Ouroboros Society is a society that is in the public eye, but still is full of secrets. What is your favorite part of secret societies?
The most intriguing thing about secret societies is that I’m not a member of any! (Or am I? Ha.) I think some people (including myself—and definitely my mother) are fascinated by secret societies for the same reason they find conspiracy theories entertaining. Both offer explanations for why the world works the way it does. Haven’t you ever wondered why some people get ahead and others don’t? Or why those in charge often seem to be the least suited for the job?
The Ouroboros Society grew out of these questions—and a few more: What if some people were able to bring talents and skills from previous lives? What if these people had their own club? How would they choose to use their power—for good or for evil?
2. Both of your blogs are based on aspects of The Eternal Ones and Kiki Strike Series. How does that help, when you start creating the story and the characters?
Well I just started the blog for The Eternal Ones, so I can’t really say how helpful it might prove to be in the future. Right now, it’s just a LOT of work and a LOT of fun. I love “reading” people’s past lives.
As for the Kiki blog, it’s an endless source of inspiration. When the next Kiki book (The Darkness Dwellers) comes out (soon!), I think my blog readers will be tickled to see how many ideas can be traced back to the last four years of blog posts. (I hope they have fun with this. It should feel like a scavenger hunt for Kiki fans/real life Irregulars. Wait a second! That kind of sounds like the beginning of a secret society!)
3. Beau was definitely one of my favorite characters in The Eternal Ones. What inspired you, when you wrote about this character?
I had a very good friend in high school who grew up gay in our small Southern town. (Actually, he’s still my friend.) I saw first-hand how tough it was for him, and that provided a great deal of inspiration. But I didn’t want to base Beau on him, because my friend has a very beautiful and powerful story to tell, and I really hope he writes it himself.
Instead, Beau is a mixture of two other people I’ve long admired. The first is my brother, who shares Beau’s sense of humor. The second is another person who grew up gay in the South. I didn’t know him that well, but I was always awestruck by his refusal to be anyone other than himself. Even as a little boy he showed more guts and confidence than most people will ever be able to muster. (The Barbie lunchbox scene was “borrowed” from him.)
I know the “gay best friend” is a bit of a cliché in YA literature, but I think of Beau as more of a real person than a character. He’s not just in the story for witty repartee or comic relief.
4. Kiki Strike is based most on girl power and the story of six girls, while the Eternal Ones was mostly about romance. How different was it for you to be writing a story that is romantically centered, then your previous books?
The search for love is the ultimate adventure, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather risk my life than my heart. And poor Haven . . . just like the rest of us, she has to go through it all alone! That takes some serious guts.
The truth is, I don’t really think of The Eternal Ones as a “romance” in the classic sense. I think of it as a romance/thriller. I like books with a little lovin’ in them, but I need some adventure mixed in as well. Hopefully The Eternal Ones will provide readers with a satisfying helping of both love and adventure.
But writing this book was a much different experience. The Kiki books are a reflection of how I see the world. The Eternal Ones really forced me to enter another person’s life. It was much harder to write, but I’m glad I set myself the challenge!
5. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks so much for the interview! I had a blast!
Penguin is offering a Penguin 5 Box for a contest here.
Anyways here is what books are included in the Penguin 5 Box:
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Overall: 84/100 or B
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Of course, film studios are spending tens of millions of dollars blitzing the airwaves with advertisements for their summer blockbusters, while the publishing industry rarely has much of a marketing budget at all. But rather than lamenting the more grass roots, micro-budget push given to a book’s release, perhaps authors should be embracing it. In the book world, an author has the luxury of sitting back and waiting for their novel or series of novels to find an audience over months, or even years. In Hollywood, you’ve got maybe 24 hours to connect with a very fickle public being asked to shell out their hard earned dollars. We all want instant success, and the corporate entities bankrolling these products – be it a movie or a book – aren’t exactly known for patience. But as screenwriters looking forward to an unknown Friday in 2013 when The Familiars movie gets released, here’s a plea to Hollywood: take a page from the book industry and give a film time to find an audience. Maybe one day just isn’t enough.
You can learn more about “The Familiars” at www.thefamiliars.com.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Overall: 91/100 or A
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Overall: 92/100 or A
The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely surv...more The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.
The plot of Blood Feud was constantly going and changing. I wasn't really sure what would develop, except for the romance between Logan and Isabeau. There was a lot of action with the fighting and politics in this book. I still find the various types of vampire to be very interesting and original. The magic that the vampires can posses is very interesting and well developed. Harvey is an excellent writer that creates such a fantastic world that is one of a kind. I highly suggest this book to fans of Paranormal Romance.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Author: Steph Bowe
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date: Summer 2011
The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening… But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine? With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own. Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
You're just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can't be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?
There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time's running out. How did this happen?
You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn't make that lead to his own destruction.
In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Overall: 93/100 or A
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Glee: The Beginnings
Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher
Books for Review:
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (and a poster)
The Teen's Guide to World Domination
My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
A Japanese version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (From my friend)
Girl Parts by John M. Cusick, Love, Ghost, and Facial Hair by Steve Herrick, and Swag ( From Alex)
A Letter, Sticky Notes, and Voucher for her audio book (From Holly Cupala)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So, she is finally finding someone that gets the illness and still loves her, despite that. They are having a fabulous time... Then she suddenly dies. This has happened in a few other books that I love that shall also remain nameless. Anyways, the real reason of this rant is where are the optimistic sick main character books, where the character doesn't die and lives to be old and happy. Heck, I would settle for them living past the end of the book.
When I was really sick, I had some odd obsession on finding books where the main character was sick, because that was the reality when I was sick. I know what the medical jargon means, before the main character explains it. Like the book I just finished, the main characters all died. I am not saving that isn't a reality, but most people survive.
Where are the uplifting books about illnesses? Optimism is so important when you are sick, but it seem like that aspect is ignored when the Main Character is the one that is sick. When it is a family member, parent, or friend, they survive. So, why can't a main character live and be happy?
I know that as the sick girl that survived, I feel extremely lucky and blessed, because I beat the odds. I just don't understand why their aren't literary main character that haven't survived and it isn't the best reassurance when you are as big of a reader as I am. And the sick main character just keeps dying. I think the moment that I will remember the most is, when I was reading this book, after being told that I was relapsing and the main character dies. I cried for two whole days, because I was sure that was going to happen to me(I am very irrational, when I am sick.) My challenge for you is to demand books where the sick girl or boy lives, beyond odds and if you write, write one.
Sorry for the rant, but it had to be done...
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Overall: 94/100 or A
Monday, August 2, 2010
Holly is also doing a huge giveaway and here are the prizes:
You are probably wondering how you can win these awesome things. You just need to spread the trailer love, you can find ways to share it here. You get five points each for posting the trailer on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or your blog. That is twenty points! Make sure to tell Holly, here.
Holly is also on Readergirlz all month, so make sure to visit her there. They will be having a twitter chat later this month.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
71. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
72. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
73. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
74. Matched by Ally Condie
75. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
76. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
77. Hush by Eishes Chayil
78. The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
79. Top 8 by Katie Finn
80. What's Your St@tus? by Katie Finn
81. Other by Karen Kincy
82. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
83. My Ultimate Sister Disaster by Jane Mendle
84. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Reviews posted from these books: 7 of these books so far, a few are planned to be posted later.
Books from Library: 0 books
Books for Review: 12 books
Books borrowed: 1 books
My Favorite: Probably Tell Me a Secret, I haven't read a contemporary book that I have connected to that much in a while.
My Least Favorite: I enjoyed these books.
Debut Authors '10: 30 read 20 books left
Dystopian Challenge: 14 read