Oh! You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!
He's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out
who's naughty or nice.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!
Ho! Ho! Ho! My Holiday Readers!
Christmas is a day we all love and look forward to, the day Jesus Christ was born and the day Santa Claus drops by to leave coveted presents under beautifully lit Christmas trees. In my case, Christmas brings the smell of fresh pine and lots of shopping. It brings families together and makes us bake cookies and do all that fun stuff we don't do all year long.
Whether you spend this holiday curled up by the fireplace with a good book or at a raucous and fun party, remember: Be grateful, have fun and make sure to believe and have a great holiday.
I had the pleasure to interview Marissa Meyer, debut author of Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1), coming out on January 3, 2011. Make sure to pre-order it now!
About the Book:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
About the Author:
I read and write young adult fiction. My debut novel, CINDER, in which Cinderella is re-envisioned as a teenage cyborg, is due out 3 January 2012. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.
Edmiary: What inspired you to make a futuristic version of such a beautiful classic as Cinderella?
Marissa: I’d had the idea in my head to do a series of futuristic fairy tales for awhile, thanks to a short sci-fi retelling of “Puss in Boots” I’d written for a writing contest. Although I’d been brainstorming different ways to futurize some of my favorite tales for a few weeks, the idea for a cyborg Cinderella came to me quite suddenly as I was falling asleep one night. As soon as the idea hit, I couldn’t turn off my imagination and all the different ways the classic story could be twisted to fit a high-tech world. The story started falling into place rather quickly after that.
Edmiary: Why a cyborg?
Marissa: Partly because I think cyborgs are awesome—from Darth Vader to the Borg to Spike (the lead character in Cowboy Bebop), they’ve just become this really cool part of popular culture, but there’s still so much room for them to develop as real-world technology continues to develop. It was also a fun choice from a writer’s perspective: Cinder’s cyborgness is both a strength and a weakness. She has some really unique talents, but she also struggles with questions of worth and humanity. She’s been a really interesting character to get to know.
Edmiary: Who or what made you want to be a novelist?
Marissa: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first learned that there was such a thing, and that the books I loved as a child didn’t magically pop out of thin air, but were written by actual people. I don’t think there’s ever really been another option for me.
Edmiary: If you could collaborate on a novel with any author, who would you choose?
Marissa: Although I don’t think I’d be a great collaborator (I can kind of be a control freak…), I’d have to go with Shannon Hale, one of the greats when it comes to fairy tale retellings. I’ve always admired her writing and it would be an honor to work with her.
Edmiary: Are you currently working on any new projects?
Marissa: Right now I’m working on the rest of The Lunar Chronicles—Book 2 has just gone to my editor and I’m starting in on the second draft of Book 3. I’ll be neck-deep in this series for awhile still, but I have lots of ideas for The Next Project and look forward to getting started on it when the time comes!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Edmiary!
Release Date: March 2010 Publisher: Roaring Book Press Age Group: Young Adult (Dystopian Pages: 361 Format: Hardcover Shelfability: Borrow Source: Friend Buy the Book:Amazon
This is the first YA book I've read where the main character is a midwife, which is really cool and different. I mean, really? A midwife at 16?
Also I love dystopians so I was really excited to read this book.
Gaia has loyally served with her mother as a midwife to the enclave. The first three births of the month are turned in to be advanced. She's never question that it's her duty and the right thing to do. Until her mother and father are arrested. Gaia is soon faced with making a choice that could change her life forever.
When I first started this book I wasn't very sure it'd really be my thing. It felt sort of odd and, to be honest, a but boring to be reading about a birthing. A few pages later I realized that this book was souch more than that. Gaia's character was one that I felt sorry for, she has a huge scar covering Hal of her face and she feels ugly and insecure. I may not sport a scar that way but I know all about that pressure and the feeling of wanting to be beautiful and wanted. We all seek acceptance. For Gaia it's something she's given up an she's convinced that no one could want someone as repulsive as.
When Captain Grey shows an interest in helping her, she's wary. After all, he is a soldier of the Enclave. It could be a trap.
Grey was sort of a change for me. I didn't know what to make of him because he was a distant character and I'm used to the male lead being more... attractive? He was on such a hot/cold scale that I was as unsure and confused as Gaia.
The story was an interesting and compelling read and I am definitely hoping that I can get my hands on the sequel, Prized, very soon.
Release Date: December 2011 Publisher: Tammara Webber Age Group: Mature Teens Pages: N/A Format: Kindle Shelfabilty: Aquire Source: Author Buy the Book:Amazon
There is not a single thing of this book that I disliked. Actually, there is... that it ended! I loved this book! It is my favorite one of the three and trust me, after reading and loving Where You Are I had my doubts that I'd like this one better. I DID!
This book absolutely blew me away! I'm going to tell you that it is long, but not once during the time I was reading did I get bored or zone out. Sometimes when books are too long we think, "When will this end?" Not this one, I can assure you.
As you already know, at the end of Where You Are, Reid Alexander tells Emma Pierce to go to Graham Douglas and clear up the whole mess. In this book, the story starts a bit afterthat. Reid has had a terrible car accident and crashed into a house. He is court-ordered to "volunteer" at the site of the new house for a month to help construct it. At this site, he meets Dori Cantrell, an all around do-gooder, religious and caring person. But everyone has a past and it's not always pretty. Reid is absolutely sure that Dori, in her over-sized t-shirts, is the last woman on earth able to tempt him...
Okay! I think I've already established how much I absolutely LOVED this book. Now i shall tell you why.
One of the things I love about this, and all of Tammara's books, is definitely the realism of it. Her stories are things that could happen to any of us. Circumstances that are relatable.
One of my favorite things about this book is that we've known Reid from book one and therefore I could really appreciate him better in this book. He is definitely a character with a lot of potential. I liked very much how there's more to him than just that PlayBoy sex symbol and that there are actual reasons behind what he does. No one is aware of the struggles he faces in his home with his family, the pressures, the temptations. Instead of trying to solve things he simply buries them with sex, drugs and alcohol.
Dori is a character that absolutely blew my mind as well. I'd set my expectations for her from the first few pages but she managed to surprise me, more than once, and again I love that Tammara kept it real. Instead of making Dori this unblemished persona, the way I'd originally thought, she had her faults and misses as well.
I highly recommend this book and series to everyone.
Release Date: October 2011 Publisher: David Estes Age Group: Young Adult Fantasy Pages: N/A Format: Kindle Shelfabilty: Aquire Source: Author Buy the Book:Amazon
Angel stories are always a fun read so when David asked if I'd be interested in reviewing it I didn't even think it twice, especially after seeing the cover—you guys already know my weakness with covers.
In this book you have the girl who is destined to destroy the demon race—a legend among the angels. In comes along Gabriel, gorgeous, cocky, and with a subtle glow surrounding him. No one else seems to notice. Something about him scares her. While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.
This story is a quick and fun read; it's entertaining and fast-paced but in a good way. I usually hate stories that are too fast but for some inexplicable reason, I really liked this one and had no problem with it. David has a way of giving things a fast pace without actually rushing exaggeratedly, which I really appreciated.
There are always things that we love and things that we hate about characters. In this case, I was not very fond of the fact that Taylor was so gullible. I know that once you're in love, you become oblivious to a quantity of things or simply refuse to see or believe them, but I felt that she trusted Gabriel a bit too quickly for my taste. However, I came to terms with it because, well, who hasn't done senseless things in the name of love?
I'm a sucker for confident guys so I liked Gabriel from the start, though it later dwindled for reasons I won't say because I'd spoil the story.
I confess that somewhere close to half through the book I felt as though the story was very predictable and I already knew the way everything would turn out. But, boy was I wrong! I was shocked and very intrigued at the way the plot took a dramatic turn (again, I don't want to spoil anything, but I will tell you that you won't see it coming), and I appreciated very much that twist out of the ordinary. I am looking forward to the sequel, Demon Evolution.
Oh! One more thing! I am so Team Christopher. Who is Christopher you ask? Why you'll just have to read to find out ;)
Jennifer Armentrout, the popular author of the Half-Blood series, has revealed the cover to her book Deity. Jennifer is really excited because Alex (character from Half-Blood) is battling in the YA Tourney. And because she's so happy, she revealed her book cover 5 months earlier! That's major cool!
Check it out!
What do you guys think about Jennifer's new cover? Make sure to leave your thoughts I'm the comments section!
Release Date: August 2011 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 278 Format: Hardcover Shelfabilty: Aquire Source: Bought Buy the Book: Amazon This book has a very nice cover and, as I'm sure you've all noticed, I'm a sucker for. Reading the synopsis I ha very high expectations of this book, so maybe that's why I didn't really love it. I'm not saying I disliked it, or much less hated it, bit I didn't love it either. I liked it. I give it a 3.5 because there was a lot of juicy gossip and explosive drama. For Aggie Winchester everything is going as horrible as it could get. Her mother has breast cancer, her best friend is pregnant, she can't get her ex off her mind and there's a new guy with unknown intentions. The plot is very interesting and fun and Zielin's humor is fantastic. I know, I know. So far I've only said all that I've liked about this book, because really it is a very good book and the story fun and entertaining but I just wasn't feeling it. Okay let me explain. The deal is that I found it very... tepid. Again, I will explain. I found that it lacked romance and all those amazing scenes with that gorgeous guy that make you melt inside. Maybe I'm a hopeless romantic, but in my opinion I felt that what I needed was a little bit more romance and nice things happening. I get that her world is chaos and that she's, well, imploding but it felt so tragic. I mean everything was going so horribly wrong and it all went from bad to worse and it makes for an interesting story but it left me aching for good and happy and goofy and all that good stuff. I also wanted more details about Fitz. I mean really, what's the point of having this exceptional character if he's going to be completely in the sidelines and totally obscured by the loathsome ex-boyfriend? So, like I said, all in all it was a very entertaining and fun read, but I was just left hanging and wanting for those little moments.
It was impossible for me to read this and not share it.
I don't know if you guys know this but I LOVE TWILIGHT and I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN, therefore I LOVE ROBERT PATTINSON.
I am a Twihard, so to speak and I'm not ashamed to say I have read all of the books... three times. Yeah. I loved those books. Anyway! No need to get into detail over my slight obsession. Okay so I need to focus here. The point is that I totally love Robert Pattinson and I think he's very sexy even if, no, he is not as muscular or good-looking as Taylor Lautner but there's just something about him that appeals to me and makes me swoon. Besides his looks, I like his shy and cute and slightly awkward personality. I also adore that he's very sweet. And here's some more proof and another thing to make me love him even more.
Robert Pattinson said this:
“If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”
*swoons and sighs* Absolutely adorable, right? I need a man like him! Who appreciates that I read and who will hold me when I cry over a tragic or simply happy scene. Who–who likes me for me, damn it! Is that too much to ask?
HELP ME!!! :(
My computer's charger totally burned down and now I have no computer until further notice. my parent's ordered another one from eBay but until it arrives I'm so screwed! I'll still be posting but it'll be from my Blogger App from my iPod and it is so no the same. For one, it's so much harder editing and posting pics as well as arranging them. I'll do my best to post everything in order and nicely but if I cannot, I'm sorry. As soon as my charger is delivered I will edit them and fix them.
Another thing is that I was in the middle of reading Angel Evolution by David Estes but it was on my Kindle's PC so it will have to stay on pause until I have my laptop back. While I wait I'm going to start reading The Night Circus.
Anyway! So that's basically it and I'm sorry for any inconviniences and stuff but hopefully I'll have no more trouble soon enough.
I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff, with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at least part of me would die that day...
Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?
After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.
Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.
As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...
Ah! I love this cover! So excited to read this book!!! Don't you just love it?
I wonder if it's necessary to say that this book was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND I LOVED IT! The answer is simple. Yes, it is.
I'll start by saying that the first time I read the synopsis I got that little itch of 'me want now' but it wasn't even out yet. I pre-ordered it and as soon as it arrived I all but devoured it.
From the first few words it sucked me in. Something that at first I wasn't so sure about, but as I kept reading learned that I loved was Tahereh's writing. Absolutely original and very creative and fun. I felt it gave the story this sort of unstable edge. It gave you the sense of always being alert and aware. It really gave the story more life.
Juliette's touch is fatal. Just a simple touch could kill you and she was taken away and locked up by the Reestablishment. She hasn't touched anyone in 264 days. The only company in that cold and lonely cell are numbers. But then suddenly, 1 gorgeous boy is thrown in with her. She's wary that the Reestablishment is testing her, but there's just something about him...
Yes, there is. I absolutely loved him is what I did. Adam is a character that has a hard surface but such a tender heart. He's so passionate and simply took my breath away. Juliette's character is definietly an admirable one. She's a strong heroine with so much of the kindness that the world lacks and even with the lethal powerful touch she owns she refuses to be broken and used for evil. The story is amazing and so much fun. It's a great read. If you have yet to read it make sure that you've behaved and ask Santa Claus to bring it. You cannot miss it! It is filled with action, lots of romance, passion but most of all hope. Hope for freedom. Hope for a better world. Hope for a touch Juliette craves. And love. Always hope for love. Love love love. It will set her free. Free free free.
I wish I had written it. Tahereh is a master story-teller.
Release Date: 2009 Publisher: Razorbill Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: Friend Buy the Book: Amazon
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tape recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
This book changed the way I look at many things. Taught me that sometimes we do things just because we may think they are funny but you never know how they affect that person. Maybe for you it's no big deal but for that person it could be another rock slowly sinking them. Reading this I have been made aware that the littlest think could be that last shove for someone on the brink. I admit that I am a person who criticizes and gossips and I make fun of other people, never giving thought how I am hurting another person. I have made a promise to myself that I will try to minimize these things and not be so critical. A lot of us do this and don't even notice.
Clay was a character that we should all aspire to be like. He's kind, caring, honest, smart and just a great person. I'm not saying he's perfect but I admired the way he tried to be the best he could be all the time. Hannah was a different matter. She was a very troubled girl being eaten away by her insecurities. She sought acceptance and comfort but no one gave it to her and in her mind the best way to stop hurting was to simply commit suicide. I loved the way Asher used the tapes to show how Hannah felt but you also knew Clay's side of the story which was also very crucial. Suicide should not be an option but sadly many people recur to it daily as a solution. I want to take this opportunity to say that if you have ever thought about ending your life, or if you know of someone to please take action. There is help. There are other ways. I am no expert in such matters so if you'd like to know more information visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
We have reached the end of the National Novel Writing Month. People validated their novels and whooped and celebrated when they received their certificates.
This is my first year and it saddens me to say I did not make it. I wrote 44, 262 words. Even if I didn't make the goal I am proud of myself for taking on the challenge and trying until the end. And just because I didn't reach that stipulated goal doesn't mean I won't finish my novel or that I won't join again next year and participate.
For all those of you who reached the NaNo goal: I congratulate you! You worked hard and deserve to celebrate.
For all of those who didn't: I also congratulate you! You also worked hard and the important part is that you didn't give up. There's always next year! :)