28 November 2010

In My Mailbox (20)

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Good day everyone!  :)  As you may (or may not) have noticed, I have posted up my brand spanking new layout--isn't it prettiful!?  I myself have been sick alllll through the holidays and even missed the two days of school we had last week before Thanksgiving break.  I am now hiding from my schoolwork--all of which is due tomorrow.

So not a lot of books for me this past week, but perhaps some really good ones!  My fabulous mother went to the library for me yesterday (the things parents will do when you're sick) and picked up some books that I had on hold there.  I'm also currently reading "The Betrayal of Maggie Blair" by Elizabeth Laird which is a fascinating book set in Scotland about a girl that just can't catch a break.

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Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
Scholastic Press, 2008

Gwynna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna is frightened but intrigued-and says yes-for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

If Gwynna and Myrrdin's trickery is discovered, what will become of Gwynna? Worse, what will become of Arthur? Only the endless battling, the mighty belief of men, and the sheer cunning of one remarkable girl will tell.

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Hex Hall
Rachel Hawkins
Hyperion, 2010

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

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So I FINALLY got "Hex Hall" by Rachel Hawkins.  I've been dying to read this book for forever and I finally got my hands on it!  Mwhahahahahaha!

Recent Reviews:
Upcoming Reviews:
  • The Betrayal of Maggie Blair - Elizabeth Laird
NEWS FLASH!
I am starting a new feature called "Ask an Author".  I haven't done author interviews in a while but I'm hoping to pick back up.  And so, I had a thought that wouldn't it be great if my followers could submit questions to some of their favorite authors if I get to interview them?  And in the same stroke, it will also give me a list of potential authors to interview!

Check out the "Ask an Author" page at the top of the blog to find out how. :)

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I hope everyone's had a great holiday!

I've been found out!  The schoolwork has FOUND ME!


25 November 2010

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An imposter seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock—to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she'll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously close to home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin's faith not only in her but in all her knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

21 November 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

You can find an updated list (as of April 2011) of my list of 2011 debut list here.

So I've been slacking a LOT for the past few weeks.  I have a lot of stuff to send out to people--now that I've got the money to do it (ABOUT TIME!)--and I've also enrolled in the Secret Santa deal for bloggers AND the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.

So my list is a bit longer than 12 since 12, methinks, is not enough of a challenge for me.

(updated 11/29/10)
  1. Warped - Maurissa Guibord
  2. Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
  3. XVI - Julia Karr
  4. Timeless - Alexandra Monir
  5. The False Princess - Eilis O'Neal
  6. The Water Wars - Cameron Stracher
  7. Angelfire - Allison Courtney Moulton
  8. Haven - Kristi Cook
  9. Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton
  10. The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney
  11. Entwined - Heather Dixon
  12. Clarity - Kim Harrington
  13. Falling Under - Gwen Hayes
  14. Divergent - Veronica Roth
  15. Bad Taste in Boys - Carrie Harris
  16. The Near Witch - Victoria Schwab
  17. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
  18. Possession - Elana Johnson
  19. Where I Belong - Gwendolyn Heasley
I've put in ARC requests for a few of these titles and have been added to at least one galley list, I know that much.  But jeepers!  I'm dying for an ARC of "Possession" by Elana Johnson but getting contact info for Simon Pulse = impossible much?  Oy.

You can enter in on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge here.

19 November 2010

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater


Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .


14 November 2010

Ranger's Apprentice: Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan


What does it mean to earn the Silver Oakleaf? So few men have done so. For Will, a mere boy, that symbol of honor has long felt out of reach. Now, in the wake of Araluen’s uneasy truce with the raiding Skandians comes word that the Skandian leader has been captured by a dangerous desert tribe. The Rangers are sent to free him. But the desert is like nothing these warriors have seen before. Strangers in a strange land, they are brutalized by sandstorms, beaten by the unrelenting heat, tricked by one tribe that plays by its own rules, and surprisingly befriended by another. Like a desert mirage, nothing is as it seems. Yet one thing is constant: the bravery of the Rangers.

In this red-hot adventure, winner of the Australian Book of the Year Award for Older Children, John Flanagan raises the stakes on the series that has already sold millions of copies worldwide.

11 November 2010

LOOK ALIVE! "I Am Number Four" is coming to the big screen!

So the book may have been of questionable writing quality--but definitely a great adventure--and it's coming to theaters near you...

2/18/11

Watch the trailer!




07 November 2010

In My Mailbox (19)

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I went to the library yesterday! Wooooo!  *happy dance*  Good times.  So I've got some books to share with you!  Because I also went to Borders in addition to the library.  WOOT!

From the Library:

  • Six Rules of Maybe - Deb Caletti
  • Extraordinary - Nancy Werlin
  • Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
  • Lament - Maggie Stiefvater
  • Book of Mordred - Vivian Vande Velde
Bought:
  • The Maze Runner - James Dashner
  • Ranger's Apprentice: Halt's Peril - John Flanagan
  • The Warrior Heir - Cinda Williams Chima
I was thrilled to get several books that I've been seeing around the blogosphere for a while now, like Extraordinary and The Maze Runner.  I've decided to start with The Book of Mordred though.  (I LOVED Arthurian legend!)

I also got some great music this week including: Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Rise Against, Blink 182, Maroon 5, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Green Day, All American Rejects, Fireflight, Corinne Bailey Rae, Group 1 Crew and a little bit more. :)  But not, like, whole albums.  Just some songs from iTunes. ^_^

I hope ya'll have had a great week!

For all those doing NaNoWriMo: Keep your chin up!  Trust me, you're miles ahead of I am because I haven't even gotten 2,000 words in this month.  I know, I know. *slap on the wrist* I'm pulling it together!  Just...no time.  But I'm trying.  I'm determined! :)  You should be too! Keep that story alive!  Write every day!

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06 November 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

01 November 2010

It's time again for many things...

So there are a few HUGE, MAJOR, LIFE OR DEATH, MAKE OR BREAK YOU changes.

First.

NaNoWriMo.



Nervous much?

I tried getting on the NaNoWriMo YWP site but...grr..they're down for maintenance. >.>  How could they be down for maintenance on the first day!?  Jeepers creepers.   But since I'm not going to start a brand spanking new story, I'm just going to add onto what I already have.

So.  Let the records show that on November 1st, 2010, my story "Dragon Heart" started out with a whopping 57,554 words (191 pages *) and by November 30th, 2010, I will have reached 107,554 words! :)  Now whether or not I'll be finished with it is another matter entirely.  (I write far more than needs to be said...but I'm working on it.)

Good luck to all entering NANOWRIMO!  And if you have no idea what NaNoWriMo is but would like to get in on the action, you can go to a) NaNoWriMo.org [if you're 18 or older] or b) you can go to ywp.nanowrimo.org [which is for us young people].

* = 191 pages using Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced with one inch margins.

Second.

New template.  Woot! I'm still an itsy bitsy unsure about the header.  So I'm thinking about changing it up soon.  (Downloaded a trail of CS5--shew!)  I like how the whole template turned out though. :)  Not exactly fall-like, but still.  I like the colors.  And I can't wait for my December template to go up!  I have a great (methinks) header to go with it.

Also.

I've met some really cool bloggers lately and would like to do some shameless name dropping. :)