31 October 2010

In My Mailbox (17 + 18)

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Hey all!  I'm back!  I didn't have an IMM last week (I'm a lazy butt like that) and I'm getting really frustrated with my movie thing-a-mabob.  So.  Signal the graphic!

Bought:

  • Leven Thumps and the Eyes of Want - Obert Skye
  • Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
  • Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld (SIGNED!)
  • Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld (SIGNED!)
Received via awesome blogger friend:
  • ARC - Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey
  • ARC - The Twin's Daughter - Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • The Emerald Talisman - Brenda Pandos
Recent Reviews:
  • Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
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29 October 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away, and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch, or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

27 October 2010

Pros & Cons of Falling for the Fallen Angel (Guest Post)

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First, I must apologize again for not having this up a few weeks ago, when it was supposed to be up.  I have a bunch of reasons but none of them constitute an excuse.  I've been looking forward to Maggie's post for a while now and she was true to form. :) So, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the magnificent Miss Maggie! ^_^
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Fallen angels. First let’s discuss what, exactly, they are. They are usually defined with two words. These words may come obviously to you, because they are the name of the thing.

1) Fallen
2) Angel

I think it’s these two words that really do define a fallen angel. (I swear I’m getting somewhere with this! Well, sorta.) Fallen can usually mean leaving the place where an object once was, downwards. With this definition we can infer that the angel (beautiful thing, oh man, swoon) has moved downwards from where it once was. And where are angels usually associated? Heaven! That’s right! Therefore, being the smart people we are, we can infer that the angel has fallen downwards.

Downwards leads to Earth.

Falling is usually something you don’t necessarily choose to do, especially when you’re leaving a place like Heaven to fall down to Earth, I might add. I mean, in Heaven ice-cream is never-ending, and you don’t get fat if you keep eating it, so obviously it’s a pretty awesome place, right?

(This is all beginning to get very tiresome, even to me.)

Now that we’ve acknowledged what a fallen angel is. . .

Let’s get to the pros and cons for falling for one!!

Falling, as we’ve found out, is never really a good thing. But is that always true when it comes to special things like angels? But what about when the angel itself has fallen. Do you want to fall for something that is already associated as bad? That would be like doing bad to the even worse, wouldn’t you say?

Well, I disagree.

I think falling for fallen angels are alllllll pros. Let’s list them. They are hothothot. I mean, dayum, that’s falling for the bad boy, and bad boys are just plain sexay. As if they weren’t already irresistible enough being angels, when you add in the fact that they’ve actually gotten kicked out of Heaven, you just want to maul them. (Virtually, of course, in the best way. Heh.) They’ve got both sweet and sexy, combined. Not to mention the fact that he’s got ties to both Heaven and Hell, and can most likely get you whatever you want.

There are cons, of course. You’ll have other girls competing with you for your man. He’ll probably flirt back, simply because he can. He’ll be moody a lot, worrying about gaining his wings back and the angel that he was with before going crazy and stalking you down. And yeah, you will have crazies stalking you down, because that’s simply what happens when you’re in love with a paranormal.

When you fight with him, he’ll most likely win, what with the angel looks, and convincing things that made him fall in the first place. But, did I mention he’ll be adorably yummy? He’ll probably wear a leather jacket and ride a motorcycle to balance out the bad-boy and angel. He’ll be sweet, but cocky as well.

Basically he’ll be bipolar, which will make for good moments and bad moments.

I, for one, totally think the pros outweigh the cons. Maybe that’s just me and my obsession with fallen angels in the first place. Or maybe it’s the fact that I’m easily distracted and swooned by cute boys. I’m willing to deal with the moodiness and all that comes with a fallen angel, though, hands down.

But what about you? Would you mind falling for a fallen angel? Got any other pros or cons that I didn’t mention? Share it up!

(Also, thanks, Amelia, for letting me steal your blog today!)

Maggie

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Seriously, I've gotten the pleasure of having some awesome guests on here. :)  Big thanks to Maggie! ^_^

23 October 2010

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

17 October 2010

In My Mailbox (16)

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So I have a video this week!  Woot, woot!

Bought:

  • Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
Latest Reviews:
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
This Week:
  • Monday: Guest Post from Maggie @ Juniper Breeze
  • Tuesday:
    • release of "Crescendo" (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
    • release of "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer
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16 October 2010

Winners of September Giveaways!

Whoo-hoo!  Thank you all for participating in those September giveaways!  They are now closed and I am ready to announce the winners. :)

Winner of "Other" by Karen Kincy - 
Elena @ Elena's Book Cafe
Winner of a SIGNED copy of "Spy Glass" by Maria V. Snyder -
Cassandra @ Vamps, Weres and Cassay
Winner of "13 to Life" by Shannon Delany -
Jenilee A.
Winner of "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater -
Milan @ Muggle-Born.net 
Congrats to all the winners!  They have been notified via email and have until anytime on Monday, October 18th to respond. :)

Again, thank you all for participating!  I really appreciate the turn out!

13 October 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

11 October 2010

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

10 October 2010

In My Mailbox (15)

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So... no video this week. :(  I had a fun night last night with some friends over and though I'm not exhausted (shocker) I am totally not up to a video...at least, and still have a followship afterwards. XD

I got some awesome stuff this week!  (links go to Goodreads)

Bought:

  • None. :(
Received: (via trade)
Received: (via awesome friend & fellow blogger!)
Like I said, awesome week!  I won "I Shall Wear Midnight" from a Goodreads giveaway and I cannot believe "I am Number Four" came in the library so quickly.

I'm expecting  many books from ARC Book Tours (Good Golly Miss Holly) and from the said awesome friend & fellow blogger. ^_^

In other news...

Poll Results: (from most to least)
  1. [TIE] The Iron King - Julia Kagawa - 7
  2. [TIE] Halo - Alexandra Adornetto - 7
  3. Torment - Lauren Kate - 6
  4. The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima - 3 (ARE YA'LL CRAZY!?*)
  5. [TIE] She's So Dead to Us - Kieran Scott - 1
  6. [TIE] Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey - 1
  7. Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev - 0
  8. Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson - 0
There were 25 votes--woot, woot!  Thank you everyone who participated! ^_^

* = Now really, I know urban fantasy is all the craze nowadays but only THREE votes for "The Exiled Queen"!?  I am shocked!  Ya'll need to seriously get into some GOOD fantasy--like Cinda Williams Chima.  That is my order for the day.  Read.  Cinda. Williams. Chima.  Right now.

As I watched, "The Iron King" stayed in the lead the longest, so I'll be picking that one up next.  But since I appreciate good literary fantasy (like Cinda Williams Chima) I'll be moving on to "The Exiled Queen".  I'll prove to you that fantasy is still in the game here! XD

I know you might have noticed that it says I'm currently reading "Jekel Loves Hyde" and yes, as a matter of fact I am, and I'll tell you why. (Don't look at me like that!  Don't get your knickers in a twist.  Just wait.  I'll explain right now.)  Library books always get read first since I'm on a time limit.  With school and everything I don't have as much time as I'd like sooooo....I have to put some brain power behind scheduling which books I read when...so I can read them.  It would suck if I was in the middle of "I am Number Four" and it was three days overdue.  

Regardless, thank you all for voting! ^_^  I really appreciate the participation!

Upcoming Reviews:
  • Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
  • Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey
I...uh...*cough*...happened to finish "Leviathan" last Wednesday but I haven't put a review up yet...*awkward look*...yeah...don't worry!  I'll get it up!...as soon as I write it. XD

Calling Scott Westerfeld Fans - It is confirmed that I will be at Scott Westerfeld's appearance in Raleigh, NC on the 22nd of this month.  If ya'll want more information on S.W.'s tour schedule, click away!

Oooohhh...annnnnddd....it's my brother's b-day tomorrow.  Happy 21st to my big bro. :)

Don't forget to check out my TRADE PAGE!

06 October 2010

Interview w/ Andrea Cremer

Isn't this perfect timing?  "Nightshade" just sounds creepy, eh?  Perfect for Halloween!  This is Ms. Cremer's debut novel.  You can buy a copy of "Nightshade" anywhere books are sold October 19th.  (That's less than two weeks from now!)  I emailed Ms. Cremer and asked her for a review.  Not five minutes later I had a reply in my inbox--yes.  So I unveil for you now....!

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On your website, you mentioned that you love heroines who can hold their own. Can you give us some examples—specific books/characters? 
I’d be delighted to! One of the authors who had a tremendous influence on me is Marion Zimmer Bradley. She recreates history from a female point of view. For example, The Mists of Avalon retells the legends of King Arthur from the perspective of Morgan Le Fey. I always loved warrior women, like Eowyn from Lord of the Rings and Ayla from Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series.

When did you start writing “Nightshade”? 

In the summer of 2008 I was in a horseback riding accident that put me on crutches for twelve weeks. Because I was couch bound I decided it was the best time to try my hand at something I’d always dreamed of: writing a novel. I wrote two practice novels that will only ever be read by my family. I started writing Nightshade around Thanksgiving of that year and I knew it was the book I wanted to share with the world. I signed with my agent in March and the book sold to Penguin in the summer of 2009.

To you, what’s the hardest part about writing? 

The hardest part of writing for me is actually not writing. I love writing so much that I tend to lose myself in it and forget that a world outside my story exists (this is particularly unfair to my husband and friends). Every day I wonder how I could strike a better balance between writing and the rest of my life.

Are there any “gotta have this/gotta have that” when in the depths of writing? 

Coffee and music. I create playlists for all of my books.

Do you like to write at a certain time of day? 

I can write anytime and anywhere. I don’t work on a particular schedule.

What kind of research did you do for “Nightshade,” if any? 

I have a Ph.D. in early modern history and that was how I created the backstory for Nightshade – the research had already been completely through my ‘day job’ as a history professor. I did do research about Vail, Colorado – the book’s setting – as I’d spent time in Boulder and Denver, but not Vail.

Did you encounter any unexpected road blocks when writing? (the results of sitting in traffic and miraculously getting past writer’s block totally counts) 
I actually haven’t – I consider myself very fortunate. As you’ve mentioned though, I do get some of my best plot ideas when driving – particularly on trips between Minneapolis and my hometown of Ashland, Wisconsin (it’s about a four-hour drive).

Was “Nightshade” always the title, or did it change along the way? 

The title was originally Guardian, but my editor and publisher wanted something more evocative. Since Nightshade was one of the pack names it was perfect. I was thrilled with the change and wish I’d thought of it myself!

Which do you prefer: flying or driving? 

It depends on the circumstance. I love driving – I think it’s a lot of fun and I love road trips. But if it’s about getting somewhere and not purposefully a meandering drive, I’d rather just fly and get to where I’m going.

What are you up to when you aren’t writing? 

I teach history and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have two dogs, a border collie and a pug, and I take them for lots of walks. I also play a lot of World of Warcraft with my husband.

To conclude, what is something about you that would surprise others? 

Most people see me as a very upbeat person, which is true, but I’ve struggled since my teens with severe, chronic depression. It’s something I’ve learned to live with, but the road to being at a happy and healthy place in my life was a long, hard one. Many artists and writers deal with depression and I think it’s an important issue to talk about as mental health is still largely unaddressed and misunderstood in our society. Since most mental illnesses manifest during your teenage years it’s pivotal that adults who have been affected by depression and gotten help are open about it so others know they’re not alone.

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Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies with her husband. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things – white carpets beware!

Her debut novel, NIGHTSHADE, the first of a YA fantasy series, will be published in fall 2010 by Penguin (Philomel).


You can visit Ms. Cremer's website here.  (That is a COOL website!)

You can preorder "Nightshade" here.

Again, "Nightshade" releases OCTOBER 19th so mark your calendars! ^_^

05 October 2010

Guest Post: Brandi @ Blkosiner's Book Blog

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Okay, so I'm a dork.  While being busy with getting bored to tears with US History and falling behind in Algebra II (pitiful excuses, yes) I totally and completely forgot about this awesome guest post--how, how, how could I barking forget!?  *sigh*  But look, I'm still keeping you from the awesomeness!  Stop reading this from me and get onto Brandi's literary musings already!

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The Book I Am Waiting For The Most
Short introduction- I am Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog, and feel honored to be doing a guest post for Amelia. I am a stay at home mom to a beautiful and spunky 2 year old, and I of course, love to read. YA is close to my heart, and with that, here is the book that I am most anxiously awaiting.
 The Secret of the Keepers: Kailmeyra's Strength by Elizabeth Isaacs
This is the sequel to The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra’s Last Hope, which is a book that is near and dear to my heart. The author is such a sweetie and her writing is some of the most lyrical I have come across. She weaves a beautiful love story between Nora and Gavin, the main characters, that left me breathless and wanting more. This is not only a love story; Elizabeth has woven in the paranormal in a unique world blend of the world that we live in and a parallel one. This book examines good and evil and how it is within each of us, and our power to defeat it or succumb to it.

We have a bit to wait since it is not slated to release until Fall 2011, but I am certain that it will be well worth the wait.

You can read my review here, buy it here, or learn more about Elizabeth at her site.

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Like I said, she's the awesomesauce, isn't she? :) And this is her FIRST guest post!  Crazy, right!?  I mean, I thought I'd be fighting for her attention like a reporter, you know?  :)  Thank you, Brandi! ^_^

Note:  For real, ya'll.  If you can spend maybe five minutes writing a guest post, please let me know!  Because next week?  Um yeah.  EMPTY!  I have the ever-brilliant Maggie @ Juniper Breeze (shameless name dropping) coming over for a chat about the pros and cons about falling in love with a fallen angel on the 18th.  But what until then?  (I know, it's impossible to wait for all that coolness, isn't it!?)  So, recap: if you can be awesome for the whopping five to ten minutes it takes to write about your favorite thing--BOOKS!--then please, email me.

Thank you all! :)

03 October 2010

Calling all Scott Westerfeld Fans!

As you all know (not really, barely some of you know this XD) I'm currently glued to "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld--yeah, I know that is says that I'm currently reading "Ascendant" but give me a break.
I can't remember exactly how I got there--actually, yes I do.  I was researching the sequel "Behemoth" (publishes October 5th) and was searching for a third book (*fingers still crossed*) when I found Scott Westerfeld's list of appearances...and just so happened to find that there is a location near me...

*HOLY FREAK SHOW OF BUBBLING TENSION*

If you live in North Carolina, start planning...
Scott Westerfeld heads to Raleigh, NC!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
5:30PM
Quail Ridge Bookstore
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607

So it isn't confirmed whether or not I'll be there (MY FIRST AUTHOR SIGNING! *hyperventilation*) since October 23rd is my dad's birthday (big 5-0...shh...) and he'd be the one driving me the two and a half hours to Raleigh.  (Is there a freaking reason why S.W. can't come to freaking Charlotte which is the freaking biggest city in North flipping Carolina?! *cough*)

Alright, all you huffing people out there.  I'm not going to just focus on North Carolina *coughILiecough*  For all you other Scott Westerfeld fans, you can check out if he's coming to a city near you by checking out his Appearance Page.  *butNCisthebestregardless*

Like I said, this will be my first freaking author signing ever.  So yeah, I'm kinda crossing my fingers, toes and earlobes hoping that my dad will agree to drive me up there--on a Friday, the day before his birthday, two and a half hours.  Ya'll had better cross your fingers for me too--no malicious thoughts now! XD


And I can't believe this!  I did a little money counting--I have to budget like CRAP so that I can buy all the books I wanna get--and I discovered to my utter delight that despite the forty-something dollars set aside to buy both "Leviathan" and "Behemoth" on the 22nd AND the three books I plan to buy in the coming weeks ("Beautiful Darkness," "Nightshade," and "Crescendo")...*drum roll*...I will STILL have a good thirty dollars left over to do whatever I please with!  (Translation: the opportunity to buy more books!)


Okay.  I'm done.

Hasta luego, chicas!

(Don't huff at me, boys, if there are any boys reading this. XD)

In My Mailbox (14)

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Hey everybody!  Hope you've all had an awesome week!  I got some really cool stuff this week. :)


(I know it says "In my mailbox (12)" XD)
In the Mail:
  • Spy Glass - Maria V. Snyder (signed)
Bought:
  • The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima
  • Torment - Lauren Kate
  • Ascendant - Diana Peterfreund
From the library:
  • Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey
  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends - 
  • Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
Referenced - Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye; The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Not mentioned - "Slayed" by Amanda Marrone: I received it Monday via ARC book tour and I sent it on yesterday.

Oooohhhh my gosh.  So I saw Kristy's IMM vlog today.  *bawls*  I dream of having that many books one day.  You can see my shelf behind me in my video, but even though there isn't a lot there, I am immensely proud of it. :)

Recent Reviews:
  • Ascendant - Diana Peterfreund
  • Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
Check out:
Don't forget to enter my giveaways--ALL September giveaways end October 14th!  (You can find a list of all of them via my "Upcoming Events" page.)

Link it up!
Leave a link to your IMM so I can stop by! :)

New Address!
Just so ya'll are aware, you can now find me via www.theauthoress.com!  :)

02 October 2010

Books for Trade

I've got several books on my shelf that I'd like to trade with somebody. :)  You can find a whole plethora of details by visiting the "Books for Trade" page, but!  Here are the books I'm offering:

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara West
  • Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  • Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
* I have two copies of Spy Glass, that's why I'm trading one. :)

So go check out the page if you're interested in trading! ^_^  I know a lot of you have been dying to read "Clockwork Angel" and "Paranormalcy". :)

01 October 2010

What Next?

I'm agonizing over which book I should read next, since I've got some AWESOME titles in my possession. *slow evil laugh*

I'm currently reading "Ascendant" by Diana Peterfreund.

But what happens when I'm done with the bottle of awesomeness that is "Ascendant"?

So help a sistah out, huh?

Go over to the right--no, your other right--in the sidebar and if you eyeball it long enough, you'll find a itsy bitsy little poll.  Please, please tell me what the heck I should read next.  'Cause I'm kinda overwhelmed with all the awesomeness about to burst from my shelf. *series nod*

[EDIT]

OH!  And check this out!  I thought this was so incredibly awesome!

The Best Review of Twilight -- Ever!

You will NEVER guess who wrote it! ^_^

Recap + Upcoming Events for October

So I'm not a complete stiff -- here's some things to make ya'll laugh. :) Then we'll get to business.