Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I feel very reminiscent to Amanda Hocking's Tyrlle series. I liked the first book. I loved the second book. I was thrown completely off track with the third book. WHAT THE BEEP. Seriously. I know. I just posted about how I like to make my readers feel and typically make them cry, but really, Ms. K., what are you doing to me?
I loved this book's beginning, for the simple fact I got to see Ash and Meghan develop as a couple. Ash's ice starts to melt away, and we get to see a human side of him, jealous, territorial, soft. Meghan, hurts his feelings a lot, and I am not a fan of that, but it is realistic. After this book, I know for sure I am more attached to the males in this book than Meghan. At the end, I was more upset for Ash and Puck than Meghan.
I really would like to have seen more of Oberon and Mab. Did anyone notice that Mab was supposed to be all icy and she was nicer than Oberon?
So what is my beef with Meghan? Well the fact everyone calls her Meghan Chase. Also, her character, abruptly changes in this book. She was meek, mild, and building to being strong and then it was like WHACK - huge revelation (that I must have missed in the book) and she was all Xena Warrior Princess. I knew she was getting stronger, but it was too rushed for me.
A character I have not paid enough attention to is Grim. I do see the Cheshire Cat, but
Also, I know I am all Team Ash, but I really love Puck. I mean he's funny, he has great comedic timing in the worst situations, to make me go "heh" and smile. I think he really loves Meghan as much as Ash does. I think in other stories where the best friend loves the girl to, its more like: we spend a lot of time together and you're pretty, so I love you - don't date the other guy". With Puck, I think it's genuine. Can I be on both teams?
Monday, September 26, 2011
I want to say thanks to all of my friends who are hosting giveaways, participating in the giveaways, and for all the people who taught me about hosting the blog, linky lists, the button, and the overall blog feedback! Notice there was not a linky list - I just don't get it. Below you will find a list to all of the blogs that are participating. Go see them all! They are offering up some awesome gifts!
So what am I giving away?! You have an option of what you can win.
Option 1 You can win a copy of Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. It's my current fav series and I encourage everyone to read it.
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You tell me what works for you!
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- Must be 13 years of age or older.
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Here's the list of all the participants!
Diana at The Lovely Getaway
Melissa at My World...in Words and Pages
Tia at Depression Cookies
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Kamol at In Which I Write Nonsensically
Jackie at My Ever Expanding Library
Molli at Once Upon A Prologue
Nellie at The Scribbling Pen
Amanda at Amanda's Writing
k. liz barker at Just a word in this story called life
Friday, September 23, 2011
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
I liked this one more. I am officially attached to Ash and the rest of them. This could be spoiler-ish because its the second in a series. I will do my best not to spoil all of it.
So this one starts out with Meghan trapped in the Unseelie court with no Ash. I was super bummed for awhile. But then Ash's brother Rowan totally is a manipulative, evil character (AWESOME) and he sets the whole plot into motion and ultimately the separation and distance that Meghan finds herself from Ash. Which, is really a good thing because Ash is pushing out the "ice" vibes, like I almost feel the frost.
And then you have our dear, sweet Puck. I have this picture in my head of him, but he isn't a teenager in my mind's eye. Does anyone remember the movie A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger? Remember the red-headed character who always gets into fights with Chaucer? That's Puck - maybe slightly younger. But as always, Puck is there for Meghan, being her rock and her friend when she needs consoling about Ash. Um can we say my heart broke for him at the end of this book.
Meghan - What can I say about her? I like the other characters more. Yeah - that's all I got.
My favorite side character in this book is Ironhorse. What a noble, honorable character. A moment of silence please.
Now moving on - Um - my prediction - She is totally going to be Queen of the Iron fey. Tell me I am wrong or tell me I am a little slow on the draw.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
- The forbidden love
- The love triangle
- The best friend who you had no idea loved you
- The guy is such a jerk to me 75% of the time but hello other 25%
- The I'm a vampire, werewolf, demon, ghost, angel or any other supernatural creature and I want to kill you half of the time
- The I am stuck working with this idiot but wait, he's kind of good looking.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart
There were things that I really liked about this book and was surprised about and some things that I was just like "eh" about.
So some good things first. I like the Fey world. I love the fact they are not your TinkerBell or Jimminey Circket or Fairy Godmother types. They are manipulative and cunning. It really intriguing and Meghan starts to pick up on how to talk to these creatures, thus making enemies. I love a good love story but I also love a good enemy and I feel like more are coming in the series.
Spoilerish - Speaking of witch, I had no idea that the Iron King was not going to be her dad and that it was going to be based on technology. Hello surprise. And now I am wondering why Iron stays in the title. No one tell me!
Can someone support me that Puck is super sweet and clearly in love with Meghan. Saw it coming a mile away though it has not been confirmed. And I love the cliche of it, she is totally going for Ash. Which leads me to this comment. "Hello Ash! I'm your next girlfriend!"
Some things I wasn't too crazy about. I didn't get attached to the characters. I am curious. I am going right into the next book but if I didn't have it already, I wouldn't go out and buy it. I am more or less curious how it will end, not what will happen to them.
If Oberon and Mab were such big bad @ss why weren't they more involved? Why didn't the Big O get his daughter? How come Mab didn't realize Meghan was in her territory?
What did you guys think?
Just a reminder on Sunday is my blog hop. You can still join up! Come back and enter the giveaways!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
When you are writing a story, what do you aim to do. It's the end of your book (or series), do you wrap everything up in a perfect bow? Does the girl always get the guy of her dreams? Do you have everyone of the main characters survive and go off to college? Does the bad guy get "it" in the end?
or are you like me? When I write, I write to make a reader cry. I want them to feel a deep emotion that may just shatter them. In my completed manuscript The Owens Legacy: Revelations the last chapter makes people cry. It frustrates them. Do I like making my friends (who have been so kind to read my book) cry? No, but it seems very rewarding to me to make them feel, and to feel deeply.
So will I always make them cry - maybe. What about you?
And my reader friends. What do you prefer? Do you prefer a heartbreaking ending or do you prefer the pretty bow? As an author, it is me who wishes to know what you expect from me, from the great authors out there.
As a reader, maybe I put too much stock in the last pages of a book. I know that the last five pages are what stays with me the most when I am done reading. I mean I love a great cliffhanger, but I know more is coming, so it is not over. I know there may be some more turmoil but the end bow (or heartbreak) has not come yet. So when the book or series is over what do you want to feel?
Friday, September 9, 2011
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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.
I am not sure where I want to start with this novel, er, yeah. I thought the novel, plot wise, started out strong, just the way I like it. I'm an English teacher and I spend a lot of time with Poe, (after reading this novel my students are so going to be doing an author bio on dead, creepy, mentally unstable authors.) so that excited me. I loved how the Red Death was worked into it. (again, my English students may get their wits scared out of them come Halloween) However, somewhere in the middle, it dragged for me because I did not know what was going on in the dream world. I guess the biggest question is why did Varen involve Izzy if he could have helped it? Maybe there is a strong reason and I missed it, but by the end, I wasn't as attached.
The main characters run the trend "Super popular girl falls for social outcast and is shunned" Now don't get me wrong. I like this, but if you are someone who does not like this trend, this book is not for you. But the one thing that is good about this trend, is that it tell students now to pass someone by because they are not in the "in" crowd.
Varen, is our leading male, who is our distant leading male. And like The Ghost and The Goth, the cover does not due him justice, in fact, the guy on the cover, with those eyes, makes me want to turn the book upside down when I'm sleeping. I wonder if that was what they were going for?
Izzy and Varen fall for each other and I just looked up that there will be a sequel so it's not over. I did think that if the author were to have ended the series, that it would have been a painful ending, one with longing. How often do we have that in a story? Someone dies, always, but not our leading characters.
Overall, I thought this was rich with Poe, could have the potential in the dream world to be somewhat on the horror side, and I will be picking up the sequel.
Monday, September 5, 2011
“I’m sorry,” I blurted out, feeling the color in my cheeks turn to a cherry shade. He turned around and looked at me, still a little startled. “The door,” I stated, like it explained why I had just barreled into him. He looked passed me at the door, as people continued to push in.
“It happens,” he said and turned back around.
I couldn’t help myself, I looked at his butt again, and by the swivel of his hips, I knew he had turned around. Oh my God, could this be anymore embarrassing?
His smile was wide, “You know I have never had to say ‘Eyes up here,’ to a girl before.”
My cheeks flamed brighter as I looked at him. I opened my mouth like a guppy, a few times. All words in my head refused to form a sentence. I was wrong, this got way more embarrassing than 30 seconds ago.
Without knowing what to do, I headed for the exit. And behind me, the door swung shut.
I actually think I could pop this into one of my novels. I think this is exactly what Ryder would do. :)
Wish me luck!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn seeking refuge, he assists her. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute. The next day he is shocked when his mother introduces the woman as her new paid companion. His mother adores Florentina, so Adam agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret…on one condition: she must spend one wicked night with him.
Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect, but she worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent—but she's a widow, not a whore. Yet she can't explain the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam, or the danger she faces if exposed.
As their initial tryst grows into something deeper, the stakes become higher. What will Adam do when he discovers Florentina's deception?
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
I loved it. I thought it was a new fresh story line. It's based around biblical stories and faith. It did have a few things that I felt needed more of an explanation, but overall a great read.