28 November 2011

Just For Kicks: NaNoWriMo Sign Off

Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want--whether it's book related or not is up to you.

24 November 2011

The Thanksgiving Post

Usually I don't jump on the bandwagon when it comes to holiday posts.  (I generally stay away from the mainstream.)  But I have a lot to be thankful for, and my blogger friends are among the top of them.

I'm not going to point out specific people (you know who you are anyway) but to anyone who comments on my posts, thank you.  :)  No matter who's commented or what they say, it always makes me smile.  I mean, at first.  Once I read the post and see who's commented, I generally smile more.  :)

This blog has been a great source of happiness for me.  Some of it may be hard won happiness and some of it bittersweet, but I've met fantastic people through this blog.  It's given me a chance to find other people who salivate in the bookstore as much as I do.  (Did you know I didn't have any napkins on me the other day?  How embarrassing, drooling in the YA section of Books A Million.)

So I'd like to say thank you for all my followers, who actually comment on my whacky, fan-girly reviews and other assorted posts.  And thank you, blogosphere, for giving me the opportunity to find something I actually like wasting my time on.  (Other than Robin Hood and Lie to Me.)

Now I've got to go fend off the inevitable crises that come with my mother antagonizing the kitchen.  All while A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving goes full blast in the background.

Happy Thanksgiving!

21 November 2011

Coming Soon: Recommendations from The Authoress

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Recommendations from
The Authoress

I love recommending books to people.  Luckily enough, people don't seem to mind my enthusiasm as I whip out a piece of notebook paper, hijack the closest pen and start writing down books they should read.  Usually, they don't mind the interrogation as I ask, "What books do you like?  You love that?  Then you'll love this!"  *insert me rapidly writing down titles of relevance*

"But aren't reviews already like recommendations?" you ask.

"Of course they are!" I say.

Yes, reviews are very similar in nature to recommendations.  The entire point of a review is to explain why you love a book so that other people will love it to.  Problem with me is?  I've got a nasty streak of morality in me.  I don't post spoilers in my reviews.  Ever.  Because I'm one of those people who HATES to read a review and come across a spoiler about the book.  Ew.  They're nasty.  I can't swallow those.  But lately, as I've come across so, so, so, SO many good books, I want to rant about them.  I want to reference specific scenes and point out exactly what turned me on.

Can't do that in a review.

Recommendations from The Authoress will be a semi-regular meme where I take one of my absolute favorite books that I've recently read and talk about why I love it.  Not in a book review format.  I will completely unleash my fan-girlyness in these posts.  I will rant, rave, and recount every moment the book made me buzz.

And I will also go into depth about why you should love it, too. ;)

These "memes" (for lack of a better word) will be, like I said, semi-regular.  The basis of the frequency of which I post depends on how good the books I've read recently are and if I have the time/energy to take out of my hectic senior year in order to write up a raving post about a book.

Important, Critical, Vital Note:  These posts will absolutely INCLUDE SPOILERS.  I will not hold back.  If you haven't read the book and don't want to know anything about it until you've read it for yourself, don't read those posts.  Until after you've read it, at least.  Because these posts will also be open calls for discussion.

You've been warned.

Still.  Because people are, well, human, I will still include a spoiler alert in every Recommendation post.  Just so you'll always be able to catch yourself if you find yourself straying.

Can't wait to get started!  Hope you'll join in on the hysterical raving discussions with me. :)

16 November 2011

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

14 November 2011

Just For Kicks: NaNoWriMo Check In

Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want--whether it's book related or not is up to you.

10 November 2011

Tossed Out At Sea: A Windows Live Writer Lament

There once was a girl
Whose blog was her world
Then Mac came along
And sung a good song
Now she's left out in the cold.

09 November 2011

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

In this prequel to Mary Shelley's Gothic classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever.  Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him.  Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life.  Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail.  But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

08 November 2011

Teaser Tuesday (22)

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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!

05 November 2011

Got Questions for Darby Karchut? Ask 'em here!

For centuries, rumors have abounded of a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors secretly serve as guardians for mortals in danger.

But for one young angel-in-training, Griffin, life is hell as a cruel master makes his apprenticeship a nightmare. On the verge of failing, a new mentor, Basil, enters his life and changes it forever.

Taking on the identity of father and son, Griffin and Basil forge a special bond where honesty and trust go hand in hand to secure Griffin’s destiny as a Terrae Angeli. Griffin’s belief in himself and the love of a mortal girl are the perfect combination in overcoming the darkest days of his life. But will it be enough for him to succeed?

For Griffin, it’s time to angel up.
The author of the awesome novel Griffin Rising has been around these parts before.  Back in June, she kindly stopped by the blog for an interview and she's back again.  This time, I won't be asking the questions (mostly…might sneak something in hehe).  YOU will be asking the questions.

03 November 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?