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Saturday, July 31, 2010

REVIEW: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.



Book: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Body Finder, #1
Free or Purchased: Library
Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

Kudos to a fabulous mystery with even better characters, and one of the best settings I’ve ever read! I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog, but, for me, the setting makes the book. I’ll read an entire series of bad characters and flimsy plotlines if the environment it’s set in is good enough. Just a little quirk of mine.

Everything—characters, plot, writing—came together perfectly to form a haunting, original novel that left me eager for the next installment. While there aren’t really any loose ends to tie up, I’d like to see how Violet and Jay grow as characters, and how their relationship develops after the events of The Body Finder.

Like I said in my review of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, I don’t generally like female characters in YA, since most of them strike me as whiny and needy, the two traits I hate most in any human being, especially one who I’m trying to entertain myself by reading about. While Violet wasn’t superwoman—far from it, with her slight klutziness and tendency to get into trouble—she was strong, and didn’t need to be fed meaningless comfort just to get through the day like some YA girls I’ve read about. She was very real, and reacted just how most girls her age would, and as such, was very enjoyable to follow through the story.

The story itself was at turns both scary and romantic, with comic relief from Chelsea, Claire, and Jules, Violet’s friends from school. The mystery was hard to figure out, but not in that frustrating, ohmigod-this-is-impossible way that some have. It was fun, and kept me guessing until the very end.

I strongly recommend The Body Finder to fans of cozy mystery stories and the paranormal, with a strong romance woven in. There aren’t really any books that I could compare it to because the concept was so innovative and new. All I can tell you is that The Body Finder is a great read that nobody should pass up.

Friday, July 30, 2010

REVIEW: Shift by Rachel Vincent



Being the first female werecat enforcer isn't easy. Scars accumulate, but I'm stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It's complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother's death and my father's impeachment, it's all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option...


Book: Shift by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #5
Free or Purchased: Purchased 
Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

Faythe seems to be more subdued and conscious of how her actions as Alpha-to-be can affect those around her, both positively and negatively. She's really grown as a character from the spoiled, wannabe-independent, but still lovable girl we met in Stray to a tough-as-nails, serious, and mature woman that I can easily see leading her Pride one day in the near future.

Besides Faythe, Jace is much more intense since Ethan's death. He's more focused on the things he really wants in life, to the exclusion of everything else. Unfortunately, Faythe is one of those things. In the earlier books, Jace didn't really seem like much of a contender for Faythe, in fact, all he was was a casual flirtation; I definitely didn't see their relationship really going anywhere, and even if it did, nowhere that would bother Marc. I honestly do feel sorry for Jace, but that doesn't change the fact that he's pushing Faythe to cheat on her boyfriend, and, as honorable as he tries to make himself sound, if he really wanted what was best for Faythe instead of what's best for Jace, I think he would leave her to make up her own mind without the constant pressure to choose, choose, choose. Seriously, what kind of man uses his grief and the grief of the woman he supposedly loves to force her into a relationship with him? Just think about what kind of a precedent that sets for any future interactions between the two of them if they become a couple. From what I've seen so far, it would be Jace pushing Faythe to do things she doesn't believe in, while trying to make himself look like the one making the tough choices. As far as I'm concerned, Jace needs to back the hell off!

While I really loved this book, especially compared to the last one, one of the biggest problems for me was Faythe's way of dealing with her boy troubles. I really get that she likes Jace, even though she wants to be with Marc. What I don't understand is her claiming that she loves them both, falling apart whenever she thinks that Marc is going to leave her, but can't decide between him and Jace. The choice seems obvious, if Marc is so essential to her existence. And she still won't marry the guy? What the hell, Faythe?

It may seem like this is the most selfish thing Faythe could do, but, in my opinion, rather than being selfish she's being entirely too selfless. She needs to forget about hurting Jace's feelings and just tell him to STFU every once in a while, and tell Marc to speak up.

Speaking of Marc, I really wish he would stand up for himself. While punching someone may seem like standing up for yourself, it just doesn't count if you turn around and act like you don't care what someone chooses to do. Whenever I see Marc telling Faythe to do whatever she wants, I feel a mixture of joy that, for once, the hero trusts his heroine to make the right choice, and exasperation that he refuses to try to influence her decision. I'm caught between swooning and screaming, "Just grow a pair, for goodness' sake!"

But instead of continuing my rant, I'll leave it up to you guys to check out the book and see for yourselves. I guarantee, it's a great read!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review Format & More

Almost two months ago, when I first started this blog, the structured review style that I use was really helpful in letting me know what I needed to write, what should be covered in the review, etc., but now it just seems kind of restricting. As such, I'll be trying out a more free-flowing review form for my post tomorrow. Feedback would be awesome!

Also, my giveaway of Linger is still going on, and I don't have any entries yet, so if you're interested, go check it out. If I get to 100 followers, I'll add in another mystery prize, so get the word out on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else you want.

I don't know if anyone saw my post a while back, but I'm going to be hosting a challenge for a read-a-thon in the near future, and any ideas for that would be great. I'd love to have a challenge that my readers will be excited to participate in, and your input will go a long way towards that goal. Thanks, guys!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (3)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.


This looks like a really promising novel, although the male cover model is slightly odd looking and quite possibly psychopathic. I'm pretty sure I can get over this, especially if I get a hardcover and take the dust jacket off XD Nevermore comes out August 31, 2010.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

REVIEW: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater + Giveaway


Book: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2
Free or Purchased: Purchased


Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)
If you thought Shiver was good, then you're in for a real treat with Linger! It was so much better than the fabulous first Wolves of Mercy Falls book, and before reading it, I wouldn't have thought that that was even possible. As usual, Stiefvater's prose is unbelievably perfect, and the plot was riveting. There aren't enough ways to say that Linger positively rocked!

Blurb:

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.


The Book
While Shiver was full of haunting imagery and a slow, steady love affair between Grace and Sam, Linger is more fast paced and dark, adding the narrative voices of Isabelle and Cole. We all know who Isabelle is, after her part in the events of the first book, but Cole is somewhat of an enigma. A strangely attractive one, at that. You'll just have to read the book to find out why. *evil grin*

There isn't much I can say about the actual book without giving away an inordinate amount of spoilers, but I can tell you this much: whatever Grace and Sam thought they knew in Shiver was wrong, and the only one with a chance of finding the real answers is a suicidal werewolf who no one can seem to trust.

My Thoughts
I really, truly loved this book. It's one of the best YAs I've read this year, and possibly ever. It would be a lot of fun for me to just sit here and analyze all of the characters and their actions, the settings, the diction used, but instead of waxing poetic about Linger, I've decided to let one of you see for yourself. Yup, I'm finally having a giveaway!


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So, here's how to enter to win a signed copy of Linger:


1. Fill out the form linked below!


International entrants may win, if they are willing to pay for the shipping themselves. Sorry, I'm broke right now, guys.

Contest open until August 27, 11:59 PM PST.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Maggie Stiefvater Signing

I was planning on getting an actual post up today, but I barely managed to get a copy of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater to get signed tonight in Glendale, and I want to read it before the event. So, if I finish it with time to spare, I'll post the review later today.

PS: For anyone who's going and wants to say hi, I'm the short blonde chick wearing a dark gray Mt. SAC t-shirt and jeans.

A little info on Linger:


Their eyes, human eyes in wolf skulls, remind me of water: the clear blue of water reflecting the spring sky, the brown of a brook churning with rainfall, the green of the lake in summer as the algae begins to bloom, the gray of a snow-choked river. It used to be only Sam's yellow eyes that watched me from between the rain-soaked birches, but now, I feel the weight of the entire pack's gaze. The weight of things known, things unsaid.


Wish me luck in finishing Linger in time for the signing! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

The Story Siren


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in every once in a while (a.k.a., whenever I can remember.) You just post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.

As usual, links are to GoodReads.
 
I've only read the first book in this series, and I think this is the fourth, but I bought all the books in between since I liked the first one so much, just haven't gotten around to reading them yet. Not much to say about it, since I have no clue what happened in the previous books.
Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
 I read a review of this over at Book Faery and it looked like a good read, so I purchased it online. It just came in the mail, but I can't quite remember what it's about. Cover's nice, though.

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
I got this book because I just received an ARC of the second book in the series, Johannes Cabal the Detective, and since I'm really anal about reading series books in the right order, I immediately bought this book online so that I could read the second. Of course, the second book was released before this one got to me, so that was kind of superfail. I'll try harder next time, really. I think this'll probably be one of the next few books I read, after Shift and Nightshade.


That's all for now. Gimme a link to your IMM in the comments and I'll make sure to stop by and leave you a comment back! Thanks :D

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Why Me?

So. I am in, like, a serious mega-über-super reading slump right now, and I can't seem to get into any of the books I've started. The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike, which I got as an ebook ARC, is waaay too long and going nowhere in a hurry; Shift by Rachel Vincent is full of action, but still slow (yes, this is possible). I don't know what to do!

As a rule, I never read more than two books at once. I want to just give up on The Secret of Ka, speed-read Shift, and get through with one of my YA Debut books, then read the Johannes Cabal books I just got in the mail, or one of the numerous ARCs sitting on my shelves, staring at me.

But I feel guilty. I know that my policy says that I can quit once I get 150 pages into a book and still hate it but I still feel bad about it. 150 has come and gone, readers, and I don't know what to do! All I know is that re-watching episodes of The Mentalist and White Collar isn't going to cut it, even if Neal Caffrey is the sexiest criminal on earth. I digress.

Any advice from those of you who've found themselves in similar situations? I really want to finish this book, but it's putting me to sleep and ruining my scheduling for other books that I'll probably (read: hopefully) like more. Ugh.

Friday, July 23, 2010

5 Movies I Think Could Be Decent Books

So, since I've been flitting back and forth between two different, decently long books, I haven't been able to finish one to write a review for. (Yeah, I know how behind I am. Not my fault. Mostly) Anyways, since I don't have a review to put up, and I don't want to scare everyone off with too many memes, I thought I'd look around through some awesome blogs that I follow for inspiration. One of the posts I came across was by Khy @ Frenetic Reader, who is more amazing than chocolate, and it was about five books that she thought would make good movies (Link here.) and since we already know that I didn't have anything ready for today, I thought I'd flip it and be a little more original than I normally am. So, here goes.

1.  Avatar: Seriously, can't you imagine some sci-fi author writing this as a super-long trilogy thingy that everyone avoids because of shear length, only to jump on the bandwagon a month before the second book comes out, just because the popular people claim to have read and liked it. It would so be one of those books. And movie rights would totally be optioned, but never used.

2.   Labyrinth: The only reason this would be good as a book is that it would be less ridiculous. No one wants David Bowie to look ridiculous, so making it into a book might make people believe that it was made after what is sure to be a funny-in-a-sad-kind-of-way, oft-made-fun-of, frequently-discussed book. Come on, who wouldn't read that?

3.  Ultraviolet: I had to include something involving vampires, and besides, Garth is hot shit. I dig sexy nerds, especially when they have those gorgeous terrifying fangs. He is magnificent. And Five is just weird enough to be a character from a book. Freaky little kid. Not that I paid much attention to him, since I was too busy staring at Garth of the Sexy Fangs.

4.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow is awesome. They could write an entire series of 200-page even books on him, spitting out one a month. Like the novel version of a comic book, sort of. To pull it off, though, they would have to change Orlando Bloom into a blond, with pointy ears. That's what the female fans want, and after seeing how well the Lord of the Rings books did, who wouldn't want to get a little of that Legolas action in their books?

5.  Push: The token cliched awesome-power people. Nuff said. PS, Dakota Fanning was really good in this movie!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Challenge Stuffs

So, I'm going to be hosting a challenge for an as of now top sekrit read-a-thon thingamajig soon, and, after seeing slight variations on what is basically the same tired old challenge over and over again, I decided that maybe there was a reason for this.

I, personally, would much rather do a unique challenge then one that I could copy and paste one of my previous answers into, but, since I won't be participating in this challenge, that doesn't really matter. Now, for my point in this entire post:

What would you like from a challenge? What is the ideal challenge for you in particular? Are there any specific types of prizes you'd like to see?


Also, I'm looking for some new blogs to link to from my sidebar, since it's looking sadly empty recently, so if you run a blog or know of any that I'd like, drop me a link in the comments and I'll stop by and check it out.

Thanks for your help, guys!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (2)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer.


It all comes down to this.

Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him – along with all the citizens of Bathory – first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not still be alive after all these years, and oh yeah, that tiny little detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications.

In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn’t yours.


The ending of Eleventh Grade Burns was so depressing that I must read this book as soon as possible to make sure that the world doesn't end because a certain someone died! I can't wait for it to come out, and will probably buy it the day it does, even if I do end up getting my hands on an ARC (don't know if there are/will be any). It looks like a really good conclusion to the series.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I was planning on doing a review today, but since there's work being done on my house right now, I didn't really have time to get much reading in, and even when I did it was too loud :'( But hopefully I can get one in on Thursday, since tomorrow is Waiting on Wednesday. I think I can finish one of the three books I'm reading by then XD

Well, without further ado, my teasers:

"An Alpha-in-training was always fine, right? There was no other choice." -Shift by Rachel Vincent, page 50.

 Being the first female werecat enforcer isn't easy. Scars accumulate, but I'm stronger in so many ways.As for my personal life? It's complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother's death and my father's impeachment, it's all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.
With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option….

Monday, July 19, 2010

REVIEW: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Book: Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Wings, #2
Free or Purchased: Purchased


Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucket (2 Zombies)
I have one word to describe this book: DISAPPOINTING. I loved Wings so much that I fully expected this to be a good, fast-paced, funny read like the last one, but it was none of those things. Hopefully, the third will be better. If it isn't then I don't think I'll be getting the fourth, if there are that many.

Blurb:
Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?


The Book
Well, I usually write a few paragraphs about what happened in the book, minus any spoilers, but I don't think enough actually happened in Spells to warrant that many words. Basically, David was pissy, Tamani got ignored by the girl he loves, and Laurel whined. Oh, and Barnes came back. Like 5/6 of the way into the book. Before that, it was just Laurel describing random scenery and thinking lovey-dovey thoughts.

My Thoughts 
It sucked. Plain and simple. I'm really sad about that, since Wings was so, so good! I'm not sure what happened, but this one just fell flat. That's happened in a lot of series I've been reading recently, the first book is amazing, then the second is b...o...r...i...n...g (Evermore, Wings, The Maker's Song). I almost couldn't finish it, and it killed my read-a-thon goals.

Well, I've got a busy day in four hours, so I'm sorry if this post was really short :'( Hopefully I can come up with a better one tomorrow.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

The Story Siren


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in every once in a while (a.k.a., whenever I can remember.) You just post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool sway you want to mention.

As usual, links are to GoodReads.
 
Shift by Rachel Vincent (Currently reading)
I just started this and am only a few chapters in, but whenever I pick it up I get so depressed because of the events of the previous book. This is definitely a testimony to the author's skill, since I was so emotionally involved with what happened :'( Hopefully this book will be happier.

Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathon L. Howard (ARC)
I'm really excited about reading this book, but I can't start it until I get my copy of the first book in this series, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, which I ordered like two weeks ago >:( Maybe it'll come in the mail soon so I can finally get started on this one.


Bleeder by John Desjarlais (Review Copy)
Since the publishers of this book were offering free review copies, I couldn't really say no. It seems to be a Catholic murder mystery, something I've never tried before, so I'll just think of this as me branching out. It's kind of weird, though, since I'm not even Catholic XD


Well, there's my text-smiley-filled IMM post for the week. If you drop a link to yours in the comments section, I'll make sure to stop by and return the favor. Thanks!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Author Interview with Emma Michaels

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Emma Michaels was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them with every moment.
With her Debut novel, The Thirteenth Chime being released August 13th 2010 and future releases planned Emma Michaels aspires to one day make it to the top ten of the New York Times Best Sellers List. With her fiancé at her side and her small white Chihuahua, Hope, she writes, reads, reviews and tries to live everyday to its fullest, whether in the pages of a good book or reaching out to others.


Emma Michaels, author of The Thirteenth Chime, which comes out on August 13, 2010, has graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us. Since I haven't read the book yet, none of the questions relate directly to it; most of them are about her writing style and influences. Enjoy!

Find Emma at:

Hopefully I can get a copy of The Thirteenth Chime soon so that I can post a review here :)


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Cade Crowley: First of all, thank you so much for doing this! I really appreciate it when anyone volunteers to do something for my blog. Forgive me if my questions aren't very original or insightful. This is my first interview, so I have no clue what I'm doing.
What made you decide to write paranormal?

Emma Michaels: Actually, I knew right off that I wanted it to be a YA novel, but it became paranormal as the book progressed. So I hope that both YA and paranormal book lovers will enjoy the reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

CC: Was there any one event that made you realize that you wanted to be an author?

EM: Yes. I was ill when I was younger and I was given a book by Tamora Pierce to read that really helped me deal with that time of my life. Shortly afterward, I found out that she would be doing a book signing at a bookstore near to where I lived. I went with a family member and not only did I get my book signed, but I was able to speak to her. The experience was wonderful and I knew after reading the book and meeting her that I definitely wanted to become a YA author one day.

CC: Did anyone in particular influence your decision to become a writer?

EM: Other than Tamora Pierce, my father has been a great support in my life in deciding to become a writer. I was also very fortunate with my fiance, who has support my decision to write my debut novel since the beginning and been my driving force pushing me forward.

CC: Do you outline your books, or are you a pantser (someone who writes without an outline, for those of you who haven't heard the term)?

EM: I do create outlines for my novels, but I only use them as a guide to keep on track. Once I begin writing, I just let the story itself flow and go wherever it wants to go.

CC: What is your favorite part of writing?

EM: My favorite part is when I sit down to write and I don't think about the words - I just feel them and type as fast as I can to keep up with the story. I feel that letting the story tell itself allows the characters come alive to anyone who reads it in a unique way. 

CC: Do you enjoy writing light and humorous scenes more than emotional ones, or vice versa?

EM: I enjoy both equally, but I think the emotional ones are the most difficult to write at times. I immerse myself in music to help me with the atmosphere of the moment, but I'm right there with the characters in what they are feeling and experiencing.

CC: Are any of your characters based on people you know in real life?

EM: No, I try to let the characters develop on their own. I've looked back through the book and wondered if maybe I based a character off of anyone accidentally. But all of my characters are their own individuality and I am very glad to have gotten to share their story with all potential readers.

CC: Does being a blogger affect your novel writing?

EM: Not the writing itself, no, but it does affect my outreach to my readers. To me, writing a book is not just about the writing or being published, it is about writing a book that I hope others will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it. It allows me to keep in touch with potential fans and to touch their lives the way that they have touched mine. Everyone has been really wonderful and supportive and I hope to continue blogging and writing for many years.

Thank you so much for the interview and thank you to everyone reading!! Your support means so much to me! If you would like to hear more of get updates on The Thirteenth Chime feel free to stop by my blog. http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

Thanks again Cade!!!


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Emma was a pleasure to interview, and I hope you guys go check out her website and get The Thirteenth Chime on Friday the 13th of August, which is the greatest release date ever!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday



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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon Wrap-up

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon





Well, Once Upon A Read-A-Thon really went by quickly. I had a lot of fun reading with you guys and entering the mini-challenges, which were very creative. It was awesome to interact with other bloggers for something other than commenting, which I forget to do way too often.

I didn't actually get much reading done (only 1 1/2 books), but it was still a great experience, and I'd love to do it again as soon as possible.

So, adios to the read-a-thon, and back to normal blogging for me. It's almost like getting home from a vacation; you miss the vacation, but it's nice to get back to your routine. At least, that's how I feel about it.

I hope that everyone had a good time, and won some awesome books!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (1)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.


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.

Sounds really interesting, and I've read a few hilarious excerpts from the author's website. After reading Clare's Mortal Instruments series, I can't help but want to read anything else she writes. Cassandra Clare is a goddess, I swear to you! Wish I could get my hands on an ARC of this sucker, but it looks like I'm a little late. Oh, well, I tried, and there's only a little while left to wait. Clockwork Angel will be published on August 31! Be sure to pick it up ASAP :)

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon: Third Time's A Charm





Once Upon A Read-A-Thon
 
On the third day of Read-A-Thon I shall be doing the following:
  • Reading my book selections, which you can find here.
  • Posting reviews/previews of the books I'm reading.
  • Participating in Read-A-Thon related activities.
  • Browsing through participating blogs.
  • Running down to B&N to catch up with a friend and pick up Linger.
  • Pretty much the same things I did on Monday and Tuesday.
 I don't really have time to type up a long, rambling post like I did on the first two days of this read-a-thon, but I have enough time to say that I really screwed up today. I don't think I read 50 pages! Seriously, how hard could it be? But no, I had to procrastinate and mess around online ;< I am an awful person.

Today's read:
Spells by Aprilynne Pike - GoodReads - B&N (STILL)
 Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?


So, same as yesterday, I'd love to hear from any of you who have read Spells or Wings.

Thanks guys, sorry the post couldn't be longer :'(

UPDATES:
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
  • Started Monday night.
  • Not even close to the halfway point. Hopefully I'll at least finish this one today. Oh, well.
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Check out my dot on the map for The Book Faery's Mini-Challenge.

I answered the question for Book Soulmates' Mini-Challenge.
  • 1. Richelle Mead, because, while none of series are technically romance, the romantic elements in them are what originally drew me to the romance genre.

    2. Paranormal.

    3. Dylan and Rio from Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series.
 I combined sentences for NRS Vampire Chick's Mini-Challenge.
  • Laurel stood in front of the cabin, scanning the tree line, her throat constricting in a rush of nerves.
    - Spells by Aprilynne Pike

    The sweet, cloying odor of blood and honeysuckle hung in the rain-misted courtyard like rancid smoke.
    - A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

    Everyone has a secret life.
    - Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

    Every city has a pulse.
    - Night Shift by Lilith SaintCrow

    It was like a final nail in a coffin.
    - Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber

    The Wizard had returned.
    - Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

    Every city has a pulse, everyone has a secret life. Laurel stood in front of the cabin, scanning the tree line, her throat constricting in a rush of nerves. The sweet, cloying odor of blood and honeysuckle hung in the rain-misted courtyard like rancid smoke. It was like a final nail in a coffin--the Wizard had returned.

    I'm not quite sure I did it right. I picked 6 books and combined first sentences into a 4-sentence paragraph. Unfortunately, no vampires.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eclipse Pics for 13 to Life Contest

Behold the crappy cell phone picture of me standing in front of the theater, about to see Eclipse (by far the best Twilight movie so far), reading 13 to Life!


My Eclipse ticket stub being used as a bookmark for 13 to Life.

REVIEW: Prey by Rachel Vincent


Book: Prey by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #4
Free or Purchased: Purchased


Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)
Rachel Vincent has done it again, but better this time! After the political fiasco that was Pride, I didn't think that the situation could get anymore complicated and potentially disastrous.  Let me tell, you, it could and does. You have been officially warned--as Gangstagrass would say, "I see them long, hard times to come." Well, I saw. You, hopefully, will see.

Blurb:
Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.
Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.


The Book
Faythe Sanders--whose first name is actually Katherine, which I never realized--was nearly executed by her own species in Pride, but apparently that wasn't good enough for them. They want Manx to pay for her trauma-induced crimes, and parties currently unknown are after Marc for something he didn't even do!

We left the Southwestern Pride in more trouble than at the end of any previous book, and with no plan of escape. Nothing has changed, except that now there are more threats, from more sides than they knew existed. An unlikely group bands together to--maybe--go against them, and Malone is still...Yeah, he's Malone.

One thing that has changed, though, is that Marc has been kidnapped, and Faythe and the gang can't think of a reason why. What on earth would make anyone kidnap Marc instead of just killing him. Little hint here: it gave me disturbing Buffy flashbacks.

Is it possible for Faythe to survive revenge-bent strays, Buffy-esque plot twists, and a missing lover, as well as something that could put the final nail in her pride's proverbial coffin? Of course she can, she's the main character, and we all know that she won't die because Shift is already out, and Alpha is on the way. But the question is, can everyone else?

Definitely not in this adventure.

My Thoughts 
Well, I came into this book with a loose idea of who was going to eat it due to a spoiler in a spoiler free thread. GRRR. But, anyways, I was like, okay, out of these people who could possibly die, I don't want these two to go, but the rest are on their own. Of course, it was one of my picks that died. It always is D'x

Besides this obvious setback, Marc wasn't in most of the book, and Marc is so made of awesome that I spent most of my time thinking: Marcmarcmarc where's Marcmarcmarc come on, I want Marcmarcmarc... It wasn't pretty, trust me. Since this was obviously the effect intended by the author (Why else would she make Marc disappear and have Faythe think about him all the time but suspense?), I'm counting it as a good thing.

The one really bad thing about this book for me, that I didn't agree with rather than didn't like, was Jace and Faythe's interactions. All of the progress Jace has made in my book since Stray has officially been thrown out the window. Woosh. There it goes. I. Hate. Jace. But at the same time, I can't help but like and feel sorry for him. I dunno. I'm just confused about The Jace Issue.

But besides what shall from here on out be known as The Jace Issue, which wasn't even enough to take off a zombie, it was a really, really, really good book, and I can't wait for Shift to come in the mail. Argh, I ordered it, like, a month ago, so why isn't it here?! Come faster!! (And then I have to wait for Alpha xD)