Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

When Patricia's Great-Gramma Anna came to America as a child, the only things she brought along from Russia were her dress and the babushka she liked to throw up into the air when she was dancing. Soon enough, though, Anna outgrew the dress and her mother decided to incorporate it and the babushka into a quilt. "It will be like having a family in backhome Russia dance around us at night," she said. And so it was. Together with her Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress, and an apron of Aunt Natasha's, Anna's mother made a quilt that would be passed down through their family for almost a century. From one generation to the next, the quilt was used as a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket to welcome each new child into the world.
The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco's signature piece, was first published in 1988 and won the Sydney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. This edition has been expanded to include Patricia's two children, who have also been able to share in the family tradition by using the quilt for birthdays and for play. Now a new generation of readers will come to cherish this heartwarming story of one family's special symbol of enduring love and faith.wn family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
I had the wonderful privilege of listening to this inspiring woman speak at the New York State Reading Association. Her topic was heroes in her life. She spoke of her grandmother and how she made sure that Patricia new her family history. She talked about the idiosyncrasies that the people we love have and what they mean to us after they have gone. When she talked about her grandmother's death there was not one dry eye in the house. 
She spoke of a teacher who realized that Patricia could not read. She talked about her had someone come in and help her. She talked about how when she saw the teacher 30 years later, how she thanked him.  
The book is a memoir. It would be great for modeling in the classroom and a great lesson about the importance of remembering your family. 
At this point, I want to take a minute to say thank you to a few people in my life.
My parents and brother - I am not me, without each of you 
Dr. Mosher - because when I told him I was going to be a writer, he said, "Go for it." 
Kristi for showing me so much more than dance 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey - mini review

The Malorys
A family of dashing rogues and rakehell adventurers -- and ladies of uncommon beauty and incomparable spirit -- their amorous exploits are spoken of in envious whispers from Regency London to America′s shores.
Love Only Once
The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton is abducted by Nicholas Eden -- an arrogant seducer hardened by a painful secret from his past.
Reggie has vowed to marry the golden-haired rogue who has besmirched her good name--and who arouses her womanly desires to an unendurable level. But her beauty only stirs Nicholas′s passion--giving rise to dangerous misunderstandings. . .and a love that can live only once in a lifetime.

I am a huge Lindsay fan. In fact the Malory family series is one of my favorite. I find myself always giggling at the antics this family does. I am slowly re-reading the series. The first one is the introduction of Regina Ashton, the niece of the Malory brothers (handsome and charming all four of them). Regina is special to me. She is the perfect definition of an imp (in a good way) and takes her family seriously and loves fiercely.

Introduce Nicholas Eden. Rake. Handsome. With a secret. He compromises Reggie's reputation and though he desires her more than anyone, marriage is something he is not willing to consider, for personal reasons, but he doesn't count on the weight of the Malory family. He is forced down the isle and somewhere in there they fall in love - I know shocking in a romance novel - but can't seem to get on the same page. Nicholas is so worried Reggie will judge him. Reggie is sure he will never want her again because of her uncles.

It's a great read

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Author Blog Hop sign-up

Have you recently published a book? Do you know a first time author recently published? It's tough these days getting our stories and books out there. This hop/giveaway helps to support first time authors whether published traditionally or self-published in getting their books noticed and read by the reading community. Let's support one another! Find and support new authors and their debut publications!

For authors: Provide details/summary of your book, places where your book can be purchased, review(s) etc. Giveaway is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

For book lovers: If you have read a debut novel and loved it, help the author by sharing it with us. Write a substantial review and where the book can be found. A book giveaway is not mandatory but again, it is highly encouraged. Nothing draws a big crowd like a fun book giveaway! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

7x7= Thanks Steph!

7x7= Thanks Steph!

My friend Steph over at The Non Sequitur Ramblings awarded me this oh, about a month ago. But life has been busy and I could see which way was up but now school has settled down, so I can FINALLY accept the 7x7 award and pass it on. 

The fine print within the award is to share seven past blog articles that fit each category. Then maybe read them. Depends on how bad you're trying to procrastinate. Lastly, I am to slap this award onward to seven other people.

Most Beautiful: While I love books, writing,and anything related, there are two characters that I love the most in this world: Fergie and Mia, my pups. This post is when I first introduced them into you!

Most Helpful: I am torn. I have some helpful posts for others and I have posts that I think after I wrote out everything, things became clear to me. So I am going to go with what works for me... (flipped a coin) So here is a post about Rose and Luce where I got to know what I looked for in a female protagonist.

Most Popular: I chose not to pick anything with a contest. This one came from the writer's campaign. It's my flash fiction piece. Check it out! I tried to be funny!

Most Controversial: Um? I dunno. I guess I always try to be really PC. OK. So yeah. Nothing controversial so I picked something that people could be split about. It's a post where I asked my followers if they like happy endings or heartbreaking ones.

Most Surprisingly Successful:
 It was one of my first Follow Friday Memes. The question runs along the lines of "what would you do if zombies attacked." I got to feature some advice from my students and starts to let my sense of humor come into play into my blogging.

Most Underrated: TIGER'S CURSE BOOK POST! People. ONE OF THE BEST BOOK EVER!  Why didn't you give me feed back. So go here, now. Thanks.

Most Prideworthy: It's a bit self-centered. BUT a fellow blogger, gave me my first award and I was just really taken a back by getting an award. It let me know someone was paying attention to me. It also gave me a chance to say thank you to people who had help me grow. It was during this post that I realized, I was growing, getting better, and really networking like I had hoped to. Here it is.

Who will be the next seven victims in this count by numbers meme?

  • Diana at The Lovely Getaway. I love this girl. I often call her my book soul mate. We are that intuned to each other's tastes in books.
  • Melissa at My world in words and pages. She super helpful, resourceful, and always pulls me away from reading YA. I need it every now and then and she always has great books on her blog. 
  • Kamol at In which I write nonsensically. She's my writing focused blogging buddy. We have developed a great friendship where we can be honest about the writing process with each other.
  • Lulu at The Bookworm is here! Lulu and I are just starting to get to know each other and I love how "alive" her posts are. They are so energetic. 
  • Saba @ Of Thoughts and Words and I are putting on a New Author Book hop together. Her ambition to help new authors out is great. If you are a new author and want to sign up for the hop...head over to her blog.
  • Lindy at Lindy Legends and Other Such Nonsense is another ambitious writer I have met on the blog world. She currently is hyped up for November. Why you ask? Because it's the National Writing month.
  • Logan - at Logan E. Turner is my last but certainly not least. She always has great new books and like Melissa forces me out of my comfort zone of YA.  Check her out folks for something inspiring.

Enjoy folks and check out my top 7!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. 

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love? 

Everyone take a moment to reflect on this stunning cover. Sophie Jordan's art team - you guys are sensational! My goodness - look at Tamara. Diana said she looked at the cover of Firelight a lot while reading, and I have to say I did the same with this cover. Every time I got to a point about Tamara - I wanted to see her. I do think Jacinda is described as beautiful, but man, Tamara - STUNNING.

I was a big fan of Firelight - and quickly bought Vanish. Now, no one throw anything at me. I like Cassian. I am 100% on team Cassian. Several times I put the book down because Jacinda was "following" her heart - I know - she's in love. But really CASSIAN. Sigh. I know Diana, I said "hello Will" but now I am saying "Hello Cassian." I get Tamara's frustration with the situation. It is clear that Cassian is in love with Jacinda but really Jacinda, get your head in the game!

Jacinda, Tamara, and mom go back to the pride. Jacinda is treated horribly, mom is just outcasted, and Tamra is the new "it". There are a lot of hardships in this book for all three women to bare. However the book is not action packed, it moves a long and sets you up for the third installment. The ending was NOT a shocker, I kept waiting for it, but it didn't come. It was a simple stop - let you know where it was going - but not what would be done. I want to know what is going to happen but I am not frustrated, which is nice because I bet the third installment doesn't come out for awhile. Anyone know when?

blog hop participants?

Saba at Of Thoughts and Words and I are joining forces for a hop! She cam up with the idea of a new author (traditional and ePub) authors who have appeared on the book scene within the last year or so. What we are looking for:

New authors who want to get their book out there
New authors who want to donate their book epub or traditional books, maybe critiques?
New authors who want to do interviews
New authors who want to have their website be part of the hop
Bloggers who want to hold interviews
Bloggers who want to have giveaways

Just about everyone :)

We are thinking that it will be held the last two weeks of November.
Please email me at mf060784 at gmail if you are interested.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lost in Time by Melissa De La Cruz

After their beautiful yet brief bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force are forced to separate. To fulfill the Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler travels to Alexandria to search for Catherine of Siena and the Gate of Promise. But Schuyler quickly discovers that everything she believed about the Gate to be wrong. Meanwhile, Jack makes the difficult decision to return to New York to face his twin and former bondmate, Mimi. But instead of a bitter reunion, he is faced with a choice for which there is no good option. 

Mimi, with a most unexpected travel companion in Oliver Hazard-Perry, jets off to Egypt, too, to search for Kingsley Martin, her long lost love. With all roads leading to Hell, Mimi learns that not all love stories have happy endings. But she'll have to put her own feelings aside if she's going to save her crumbling Coven. 

Packed with heartache, twists, and vampiric folklore, Lost in Time is sure to satisfy hungry fans' cravings for more Blue Bloods adventure.

I have been reading the Blue Blood series since Winter 2008. I am very invested in this series. The characters in this series seems to be like old friends that I am happy to see again. I have gotten to know them, cried with them, hated them, and smiled when they get what they deserve, both happy and sad.

This entire book is told from three plot lines, each chapter goes to the next plot line. The plot lines are:

  1. Jack and Schuyler searching for the next Gate
  2. Mimi and Oliver searching for Kinglsey in hell 
  3. Allegra and Charles initial separation back before their children are born
I was horrified that in the first chapter Jack was leaving to go battle it out with Mimi. Luckily it doesn't happen he stays with Schuyler. It was nice to see how their relationship was building, though Jack has a few secrets he isn't sharing with Schuyler about their bonding. 

Speaking of secrets, Mimi doesn't tell Oliver the reason he is going to hell with her is so he can give up his soul so Kingsley can come back. Hell in this book is not the burning inferno, but a place where your deepest secrets are displayed for you, to slowly torture you. It's subtle? hm. Yep. Subtle.  Hello Kingsley.  I think I'm starting to fall for his character more than Jack's. Jack was such a jack wagon when I fell for him in the first three books, not that bad ass has left because he is so in love with Schuyler, which is great but his edge is gone. 

Allegra - I don't know for being Gabrielle and one of the highest angels, she sure is clueless about the Blue Blood codes and rules and the outcomes and it's disappointing. Really disappointing. However, this plot line makes me feel really sorry for Charles Force. He loves her and she left him. She may have her reasons, but I have no doubt that is why he is so cold in present day. 

The end three plot lines - all surprising. All great. Next book please! 

Can we please make this a movie? Someone? Yes you! Future movie maker, there in the back! Yeah. You do it!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Soldier by Grace Burrowes

This Regency era battle of wits, wills, and the sexes features a wily duke determined to see the succession of his line secured. The duke can't force his sons to marry, but he can make their lives miserable until they do. Resisting his pressure, each gentleman holds out for true love.
The second book in the series features Devlin St. Just, the duke's oldest, but illegitimate, son. He arrives at his new estate weary in body and spirit only to find the previous owner's bastard daughter and her beautiful cousin are his responsibility and making his life almost unbearably complicated.

I really enjoyed The Heir, the first in this series, The Soldier was OK in comparison. I was hoping to get a glimpse of Westhaven and Anna but they were not seen in the book. Val did reappear and I hope that the third installment is his.

In The Heir, Devlin (which I really am thinking about putting this on my baby boy names list - no I'm not pregnant) was very menacing. In this book, we see how being a soldier has really broken him as a man, but not enough. He reveals one seen that has done damage to his psyche but I think I would have felt more heartbroken if he had revealed more, even if it was in his private thoughts, and not to Emmie. He does find comfort with a new friend, Bart's exmistress' hubby.  He helps Devlin put the new property that he has inherited into shape, and lends a shoulder of friendship. I thought the relationship was touching and deeply explored. The last time I saw a brother friendship explored this much was in the Mallory series by Johanna Lindsey.

As for Emmie - I thought her problem was going to be life threatening by the descriptor. I think her problem for the time period is very serious and I get why it was done. I also get why she kept Devlin at bay.  I could have seen some more romance between them... it is why I love books like this after all :).

Winnie's presence in the book was new for me for this genre. It is not often that a child plays an essential role in these books. She pulls some antics that are hilarious! She also is Helmsley's bastard child - the one Devlin shot in The Heir. And because Devlin shot Helmsley, Devlin feels responsible for the child.

It was a pretty good. I hope their is a third installment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Writer's Block - Yikes

Yeah, friends, I have got it and I have got it bad.
I had Columbus Day Office. (Thanks Chris) I had a big, fat nothing to do and I decided to write (I know this is starting out as a bad story -it's only going to get worse) and I sat down to my Mac and I got this.

That's my body's imprint after I ran smack into my writer's block. 

So some of you might be saying: She's has had writer's block for two days? Big Whoop. 

I get that - BUT I looked back on the last two weeks and what I happened to write - oh it's ugly. It would resemble this.

Yeah - Scary and ugly.  So it's been here that little infectious disease that cripples a writer to want to cry - yeah, for those of you have never had to deal with it, it is that bad. 

So my question to my writer friends - what do you do to get over it? Some tips and tricks would be great! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
I had been waiting to see Patch again for some time... but I will tell you that I was super nervous when Nora couldn't remember the last five months of her life - IE. No Patch?! AHHHHHH - don't worry it doesn't play out that way.

So Nora wakes up in a cemetery, remembering nothing and when she finally gets back with her mom, she finds out mom is dating HANK MILLAR. AHHHH, but Nora only feels like something is off. And some other people like Vee and Mom don't seem to remember certain things like: Patch, Rixon, Scott, among other things. It's really odd, leads you to believe that mind erasing has happened.

Then, Nora meets Jev  - AKA PATCH! sigh - It's a relief to see him again, and slowly he begins to flirt with Nora, though she doesn't know why she is so drawn to him for being a stranger in her eyes. I will say there is more Nora/Patch one on one in this one than in the previous installment and Patch is all about Nora with no tricks. It was great to see.

Hank Millar - Holy schemer and plotter. This man - mastermind - congrats to him.

I hate Marcie

A few things I didn't like - well, i felt like there was holes. Like Detective Bassco - Nora has a really off feeling about him, but then we don't see him again, at all. Vee wasn't a huge part of this story and I missed her - but with Nora coming back, I thought they would be inseparable. Nora's dad showed up in Cresendo, but he doesn't appear. Dabria shows up - seems to love Patch but not half as nasty as she was in the first one. Then Nora seems to get her memory back in one scene but I am not sure she really did or is just using memories she stole from Patch...  - All things minor in the world of Hush, Hush.

Pst... hear the rumors of a fourth book? It's true.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cascade by Lisa T Bergen

Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever

Careful - spoilish because it is the second in the series...

I liked this one, but not as much as the first. I think it was how their mother was so willing to believe them that they could time travel. Maybe I am thinking of my mom. She would think I was telling her a story. But I was happy she was so willing because that mean that Gabi was going to Marcello again, and soon.

In this story I do like the boys better. I love how proper Marcello is. I read the historical romance novels, and the leading men are gentlemen but have the rake side, but not Marcello. He steals sweet kisses, never lays an inappropriate hand on Gabi, and professes undying love and loyalty for her. He is willing to risk everything for her... So Romano not in the picture - er, kinda.

Luca - sigh. He's the one I want to date. Humor and carefree spirit are what attract me in real life, and naturally Luca's character is the one I gravitate to. I am relieved that Lia turned out to not be so uptight and finally caves for the man. Sigh.

The concept of the plot is really good. There are a few characters that turn traitor for both sides, which is surprising, but good and aid our characters or bring them into terrible life and death situations. However, some of the really good scenes, take forever to get to. Like I could skip a chapter and I wouldn't miss anything pressing. But back to the really good situations, Ms. B does not sugar coat the situations they find themselves in. She beats up Gabi, almost freezes her to death in a river, and cages her like an animal.

I predicted the ending.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

I got this whole series from the wonderful Logan E. Turner. Click her name for her blog, she just did a new blog design as well! Stop by and tell her how it looks!.

Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life. 

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

Time travel... hm? I like it. I like more than I am in the 1300's for this series. I am historical romance nut, and this time period is right up my alley. But wait, you mean to tell me, it is a YA, historical romance (minus the steamy scenes)? Oh Thank you Ms. B.

Gabbie finds herself tossed into the middle of a brutal war, savagely hot men, and without her sister, who she knows has also time traveled. Insert the knight in shinning armor, literally. Marcello and Luca come to her aid. I grow to love Marcello but I immediately fell in love with Luca's easy going way and charming banter. He doesn't hit on our dear Gabbie, but tries to make her feel at ease, something that I find to be genuine.

Marcello is clearly smitten with Gabbie but there is that whole he is getting married to the gorgeous Romana - aka the b@tch. And though he tries to remain loyal to his betrothed, well... you know how these stories go.

Lia, Gabbie's sister, becomes a monumental part in the climax of the story, and we learn some trusted people, are not so trusted. Don't worry, it's not Luca. In the end, Gabbie has to leave, and I knew it was coming, because I read the back of book 2, but she fell for Marcello, and I didn't know what could make her leave him. Ms. B. was smart, she left Gabbie and Lia no choice. Hence book 2.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Flower
Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence—until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee. . . and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger.
The Flame
A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman. . .and to carry her off to far, uncharted realms of sensuous, passionate love.

The Flame and The Flower is a guilty pleasure of mine. I have probably read it, oh, 10 times. No joke. There is just something about this story that appeals to me and also, its one of my familiars, like an old friend. Do you have a book or two that is like that? I also love the time period. I am a sucker for historical fiction. Though the excerpt from Goodreads really does tell you what it really is about,

Anyway - Brandon Birimingham is the epitome of male for me. He's handsome, business savvy, has a temper, ridiculously protective, and has the soft side. We see the soft side in the very beginning when he first "abducts" Heather but when he is forced to marry her man does he turn in to a jerk, but through his thoughts we see, he has already realized that by not being nice to Heather, he is hurting himself.  Upon meeting Louisa, Brandon's ex-fiance- we see how nasty she is, and so does Brandon, not that he ever thought she was sweet - just not that nasty and slutty. We also see his protective side and how he aims to keep Heather safe from Louisa's biting words.

Heather - might be the most innocent characters I have ever read about.  From going with the god-awful William Court, dealing with Aunt Fanny, Brandon's nasty temper, Louisa and another person. But for every bad person, there is a good person, Lord Hampton, George, Jeff, Brandon (eventually) and Hatti.  Heather immediately causes people who are not jack wagons to love her.

Heather's innocence is also what ultimately lands Brandon in love with her. She does things just because, not to be calculating, and he becomes very aware of her.  Once they finally figure out they love each other, I love the little moments that we can read about, the touch of his hand on her shoulder, how he fastens her gown for her, carries her up the stairs when she is tired.

One of the best love stories. Really go get it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

I got interviewed. Check it out.

Hey everyone!
Just a quick post. The awesome Kelly McClymer interviewed me! It's about the campaign and my interest in being published. She did a great job. So stop on over there and see what we talked about. You can click here.

Thanks Kelly! You're awesome!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Wow. Was I blown away. I mean I started out thinking the first chapter that the book really wasn't for me. (Yeah - its like five pages.) But I kept going because I am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan and was thinking that maybe YA wasn't for her. Um, boy was I wrong. After the scene when Will discovers Jacinda in the cave, and whispers that "word" I was hooked, hooked forever.

I am going to start with Mom though. Mom who has lost her husband (murdered), has a daughter that does not possess the draki gene, and a daughter who is basically a prize as she is so special. I admire her for protecting her daughter and not letting her fall victim to that barbaric custom, but I really get the feeling she wants Jace's draki to die. I am not sure if she doesn't care that it is killing Jace or she doesn't get it, though she should.

Tamara - definition of a teenage girl. She wants to be accepted, she wants to be friends with the Queen Bee, wants the perfect social life. A lot of the time I thought she was bratty. Then I needed to remember that for a while now, she was seen as unworthy in the draki pride. OF COURSE SHE WANTED A NORMAL LIFE - I need to know if she manifests in Vanish - When does that come out. Someone tell me it is out!

Cassian - Hello ultimate bad boy. Prediction - Jace is so going to break his heart. - million pieces.

Will - I am not sure what I want to say about him. He's fictionally super hott. He's got some secrets. He can't stay away from Jace even though he stayed away from every other girl before she came. I love his character but it is very reminiscent to Edward Cullen - No he is not a vampire - I am saying more the relationship preface. Don't get me wrong. I swoon when his name appears on the page. He's def. a new fictional boyfriend.

Jace - I really feel bad for her as she goes to her new home and her Draki starts to suffocate. You can tell she is torn about staying and leaving, about Will, about her sister, about her mother. School is extra hard for her and sadly, Will's attention to her does not increase her popularity at all. But Will ... she can't stay away from him and man am I happy she can't GREAT SMOOCHY SCENES. Two thumbs up.

Brooklyn - I like her as the bitch because she just isn't the Queen Bee who glares and starts rumors. She legitimately goes after Jace. She really is mean.

Xander - Dick - It's all I got.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


The Falling Into Books Hop Giveaway is now over! I hope all of the other blogs who hosted found it to be successful for them! I was super happy and decided to giveaway a critique AND the book! Yeah - I know. I am awesome (gives herself a pat on the back).

On to the winners!
Winner of Tiger's Curse Lieder Madchen over at Songs and Stories!!!

Winner of a critique from me 
Steph from The Non Sequitur Ramblings!!!

Another great thing going on is at Zook Book Nook for us Campaigners. The general idea is you post the opening hook, of your book, chapter, sequence, poem, anything and other campaigners are going to give you feedback. Here is mine for The Owens Legacy: Revelations

Where have they dropped us this time?
            Black, rusted iron gates stood in front of my sister and me. Gargoyle statues stared down at us; I think they were angels at one point, but years of sitting perched on those brick columns turned their cherub faces into faceless demons. They warned us not to enter the place where they had dropped us off. I guess “dropped” is a loose term considering our so-devoted aunt and uncle, had their chauffeur drive us to the airport - again with no goodbyes.
            Certainly doesn’t look like the website, does it? I heard Ryder say.
            I shook my head in agreement. We both stared at the sign “Evermore - School for the Gifted and Talented.” Actually, it should have read “a great place to drop the unwanted.” 

I don't mind critical!