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Friday, December 31, 2010

Out With A Bang Finish

So, yeah, I didn't get much read. In fact, I only finished one book. :'( Here are my answers to the challenge questions I decided to do today:

Books, Sweets, and Other Treats:
1) Out of all the books you read in 2010, which one would you like to see made into a movie? Why? WITHER by Lauren DeStefano because I realllly want to see Linden on the big screen XD

2) Pick a song that you feel represents the book as a whole. "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry.

Blog Hops (11)

What are your new years book blogging resolutions?

 1. I'd like to comment more on the blogs that I read.

2. Stay on top of getting post scheduled, etc.

3. Be better about getting to review books quickly.

4. Read at least half of the paper books that are piled up on my TBR shelf.

5. Write reviews quicker, while the book is still fresh in my mind.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Out With A Bang Read-A-Thon Update

I know that I've been terrible about updates on the read-a-thon, but that's only because I was so super-absorbed with The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, which I finished earlier today. I've just started Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, which I will most certainly love because this series is very awesome. (CURRAN.)

So, here are my little challenge answer-y thingys:

Day 1

Pure Imagination:
Which two authors would you pair up to co-write a book, and what would it be about?
I think that I would pick Simon R. Green and Rob Thurman because they are two of my favorite authors, and they could write the best tortured hero horror series together, with an awesome older brother and crazy frienemies to sweeten the deal :D

Choose a character from the book you're currently reading and answer the following questions in the comments of this post. 
I picked Meghan Chase from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.
  • What historical figure do you think they could have been in a past life? Cleopatra.
  • Why did you choose this figure? Because she was a strong female leader with an interesting romantic life ;>
  • What similarities do the two share? Leaders, hooking up with royalty.
  • Be sure to tell us the book and the character you chose.
Which book, series, or genre took you by surprise (in a good way) over the last year?
Hm. This is kind of a hard one. I'd have to say Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner. I read it so recently that my review hasn't been posted yet, but it was totally the most awesome semi-horror zombie story ever. Matt Richter is one hot zombie.

Day 2

Post a verse of a song that reminds you of a YA book!
This is another tough one. I'm going to go with the chorus to "Everything I Asked For" by The Maine.
 "Oh she makes me feel like shit (it's always something)
But I can't get over it (she thinks it's nothing)
'Cause shes everything I ask for
Everything I ask for
And just a little bit more
Everything I ask for
Everything I ask for and so much more"

I chose this because I feel like a lot of the girls involved in the ever-present love triangle don't treat the guys with very much respect at all, but the guys are willing to put up with absolutely anything because this girl is "sooooo amazing."
The Mod Podge Bookshelf:Who is the character you felt the most connection with in 2010, and why did you have such a strong bond with him or her?
Cal, from the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman, because he is so far from perfect and you still can't help but love him. He is such an amazingly real character, and even though he is half evil-elf-thing, I would totally not be surprised to meet him in real life.   But enough with this question answering crap! I must continue reading now :D

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon Intro

 Today is the start of the Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon and I'd like to put together a loose schedule for myself because if I don't, then the entire time I'm supposed to be reading, I'll be staring at all the pretty books on my shelves, trying to pick one. So, without further ado, here are my choices:

Books to Finish:
1. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
2. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Books to Read (start to finish):
1. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
2. Dante's Journey by J. C. Marino
3. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

While I probably won't end up finishing all six books, I'd like to have a list because I am a very list-y kind of person.

I'll be posting a couple times a day to update everyone on my read-a-thon status :)

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Warped by Maurissa Guibord.
Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (26)

The Story Siren

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Chaos Bites by Lori Handeland
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (copy #2)
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Squinx's Queen by Esther Friesner

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

For Review:
State of Mind by Sven Michael Davison
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Olive
Dorris Bridge by Clive Riddle
Logic of Demons by H. A. Goodman

Friday, December 24, 2010

New Years Reading Resolutions

I haven't had any real reading system this year, and a lot of things that I'd like to have read kind of got ignored, so I'm making some reading resolutions for 2011 that will hopefully help fix this problem.

1. Series: I have a lot of series that I've only read a few books from, but loved those books, so I need to get caught up on them.

2. Review books: Yes, I am aware that it can take forever for me to read a book that someone sends me to review, and that's just rude. I will definitely be making a huge effort to lessen this time in 2011.

3. Debut authors: I just love these guys, and I'm hoping I can get to more of their books in the new year.

4. Authors I've liked: I have a tendency to lovelovelove one series by an author and not even glance at the 29472 other series or standalones that they have, and this bugs me. So, as soon as I'm good on my first two resolutions I'll start working on this one.

What are your new years reading resolutions?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (26)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Abandon by Meg Cabot.
 She knows what it's like to die. Now Death wants her back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.

That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible.

Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her.

What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows... just like she knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly Heaven. But she can't stay away from him, either, especially since he's always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.

This summary sounds really awesome, and the cover is gorgeous! What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

REVIEW: Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father.

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Cullen seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

Book: Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary YA
Series: Standalone
Obtained: ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (3 Zombies)

I don't know what it was about FFA, but I just didn't connect with the main character, Eddie. It might be because I've never had a suicide close to me, but I didn't really understand her thought process most of the time, and that really put me off.

Despite my lack of a connection with Eddie, I loved her best friend Milo. He was awesome and realistic and very normal, easy to imagine being real. He was my favorite part of FFA, and made the book a short, entertaining read.

I've been hearing people say stuff like Oh, Beth was just some bitch, or talking about how her actions were unreasonable, but Beth was actually my second favorite character. She was a bit abrasive, which put me off at the beginning, but then I realized that she was just trying to cope with a terrible situation. Unlike Eddie and her mom, though, no one was feeling sorry for Beth or trying to help her out. She was facing a tragedy, too, but no one really got how that was affecting her because she wasn't actually related to the man who died.

Don't let the hype raise your expectations too high, but FFA is still a pretty good read. If you have a couple of hours to spare, then this is a book that can easily be read in one fairly short sitting without getting bored.

Monday, December 20, 2010

REVIEW: Moonshine by Rob Thurman

After almost destroying the world in 2006's Nightlife, Cal has learned a lot about his mysterious past (he was the product of an experimental breeding program run by the otherworldly and nightmarish Auphe, whose objective was nothing short of annihilating the planet), but many questions still trouble him. However, one thing is certain: With a plethora of bloodthirsty monstrosities secretly preying on and sometimes coexisting with humankind, Cal and Niko will never be short of work in the City That Never Sleeps. But when they take a seemingly open-and-shut case involving the Kin (the "Mafia of the nonhuman world"), Cal and his sword-wielding brother become unwilling pawns in a power struggle between rival werewolf factions. The stakes are dramatically increased when Cal's girlfriend, the young seer Georgina, is kidnapped and held as collateral. The odds of Cal and his small group of misfit allies coming out of this unscathed are not good -- but 20-year-old Caliban Leandros is much more than even he realizes.

Book: Moonshine by Rob Thurman
Release Date: March 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cal Leandros, #2
Obtained: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

Cal and Niko Leandros are two brothers that never fail to entertain. I love reading about them and their sidekick Robin Goodfellow. He is my absolute favorite. Gotta love the puck, right? I would like to have one for myself, please. Okay, enough puck love. For now.

This is one of the few series that doesn't have that one annoying side character that I absolutely hate and want to die painfully. George, Cal's sort of girlfriend, is totally awesome. I wish I were awesome like George. Niko's vampire girlfriend, Promise, isn't as awesome as George, but she's not annoying, either. Flay, the werewolf that joins the gang for some of Moonshine is not terrible. I don't get it. There is always an annoying good-for-nothing. I am awed by the lack of one in this series, and I hope that one doesn't join the cast. That would suck.

These books are so fast-paced that they're hard to put down, so it didn't take me long to read Moonshine. I love Thurman's action scenes. They totally rock my socks. Not that anyone says that anymore :( If you know any older reluctant readers, the Cal Leandros series is easy to get hooked on and very action-packed, as well as having enough emotional depth for a girly girl to avoid getting bored. I personally love the action. What does that say about me, I wonder?

This is one of the most awesome UF series ever, and anyone who hasn't read these books yet needs to rectify this immediately. Immediately, I tell you!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (25)

The Story Siren

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.

Hex and the City by Simon Green

The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller

Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Best Covers of 2010

This is part of my 'Best of 2010' series. These are my top five book covers from 2010.

Alpha by Rachel Vincent

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

White Cat by Holly Black

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

What were your favorite covers this year?

*Inspired by Adele @ Persnickety Snark.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Blog Hops (10)

Book Blogger Hop
 "What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

Well, that's a really tough question. It honestly depends on the book. If the characters are easy enough to relate to and, for the most part, likable, then some books can survive with little to no plot, and the same goes for a really exciting, interesting plot with not-so-great characters. Like I said, it's really a case-by-case kind of thing and not something that I can give one big general answer to.

What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

 My AA is going to be in Language Arts, and I don't actually have a job, since I'm sixteen and can't drive myself to any job that I could get. As soon as I finish my AA, I'm planning on an English degree from wherever I end up going. I don't tend to think too far ahead, though, and since I just started college (this is my first semester as a full-time student) I'm not 100% sure about anything besides the AA.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

REVIEW: Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge

Thirteen years ago, Jack Winter lay dying in a graveyard.  Jack called upon a demon and traded his soul for his life . . . and now the demon is back to collect its due.  But Jack has finally found something to live for.  Her name is Pete Caldecott, and because of her, Jack's not going to Hell without a fight.

Pete doesn't know about Jack's bargain, but she does know that something bigger and far more dangerous than Jack's demon is growing in the Black.  Old gods are stirring and spirits are rising--and Jack doesn't stand a chance of stopping them without Pete's help.

Book: Demon Bound by Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Format: Mass market
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Black London, #2
Obtained: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

This book was awesome in a different way than the first book in the Black London series. First off, it wasn't from Pete's POV like Street Magic was. I really loved seeing from Jack's POV, and I'm a bit disappointed that Book 3 will be Pete again. I love Pete, don't get me wrong, but Jack is just so amazingly awesome. I know that he will be an important character still, but I'm going to miss his POV, I think.

I liked how London was a character in the first book more than just a setting, and if you liked seeing London in Street Magic, than you will absolutely love Kittredge's colorful descriptions of Bangkok. It's so amazing o see the cultural differences and how the very British Jack learns to survive there for a little while.

While Street Magic was very focused on Jack and Pete's internal struggles--for Jack, the heroine and his sight, and Pete finding out about the Black and that Jack is still alive--Demon Bound shows us more of the big picture of what's happening outside of the two MCs. Pete and Jack are still very important, but the plot isn't as narrowed on them as in the first book.

This is one of those books with such a profound cliffhanger ending that you're left just gaping at the last page. It is terrible to leave a reader hanging like that, but also very good writing. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. And last pages that make me want to cry. Okay, maybe more than 'want.' There just might have been a few tears. Only a few, though.

I don't really have any complaints about this amazing followup to Street Magic, and I can't wait to read the recently released third installment, Bone Gods.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (25)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout.
 Welcome to Penance, Ohio - hell on earth! Peter's a vampire, and he loves it. He's free to indulge his every dark, dangerous and debauched whim. Until a road trip takes him somewhere he never expected. Now he's trapped in Penance, a town that no-one has been able to leave for five years. And he's stuck protecting Jessa who's beautiful, tempting...and very, very human! The townsfolk know she's tied to their troubles and don't look kindly on strangers, meaning Peter and Jessa have only each other to rely on. Which is making it harder for Peter to control his desire to devour her...But if he can keep his bloodlust in check, their bond could be the key to uncovering the secrets that lurk within Penance and delivering the town from it's curse.

This looks like an interesting mixture of humor and drama. I can't wait to read it! What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Matched by Ally Condie ARC

Since I won an ARC of Matched on top of the one I was sent for review, I decided I'd give one away. All you have to do is follow the rules below to be entered:

1. US only.
2. No double entries.
3. Leave a comment with the following:
     a) Your email address
     b) Your name

Follow my blog +1
Tweet (include @cadecrow) +1 for each tweet
Refer someone +3 for every person who mentions you in their comment

Giveaway closes on December 24, 2010.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Busting the Newbie Blues

1. When did you start your blog? 

I started my blog on May 30, 2010.

2. Why did you start your blog? 

There were a few reasons, but the biggest one was that I was bored. I know, it's a terrible reason, but I was just finishing up my Sophomore year of high school, had fairly easy classes, and got bored, so I decided to start a blog. Some other reasons: I love reading, and had been following The Book Faery for a while. She did it well, so I figured it would be a fun thing to try out. It's a good way to keep up with all the awesome new releases and find out about great older books, too. It always comes back to books, for me. If I get to be exposed to books that I would otherwise miss, then that's a huge benefit to running the blog. Also, I'd heard about the legendary book blogger community and that was something that I really wanted to be a part of.

3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Did you make any mistakes new bloggers can learn from?

The biggest challenge for me was looking at the blogs that I followed and seeing 600-2000 followers on most of them and then looking at my blog and seeing 17. I was stuck at 17 followers for the longest time, I thought I would never get another person to read my blog. Here I am just over 6 months later, though, and slowly creeping towards 200 followers. Not nearly as high as some of my favorite blogs, but they've all been going a lot longer than I have. I've learned that you just need to give it time. If you're putting out good content, then people will come eventually.
Content was another big problem at first. I had no clue what everyone else was writing about since I only followed a few other blogs before making mine. I didn't know what readers would want to hear about. That was the first thing to get easier, though. It only took me a few weeks to figure out what kind of things my audience (what little of it there was at the time) wanted to read. 
Another hardship, and my biggest mistake at the beginning, was time management. When I was new, I would sit in front of my computer every night and think of something new to post in the morning. Let me tell you, for me, this is not the way to do it! There were days when my internet was down, I had too much homework, I didn't get home until ungodly hours of the morning, etc., and I just couldn't get a post up in time. I got so stressed out about missing a day of posting, but sometimes I just couldn't avoid it. Later on, I learned to schedule posts ahead of time. Instead of writing up a new post every night, I now write five or ten blog posts when I have a large block of time, and whenever I don't have the time to write, I don't have to worry about it. I know that a lot of people say that getting content out daily doesn't matter as long as what you do put out is good, but I'm too anal retentive not to post on a regular basis.

4. What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this? 

For me, there were two things that were equally discouraging. First, I couldn't seem to get any followers. I ran around commenting on other blogs like a chicken with its head cut off, I did the weekly blog hops and IMMs and Waiting on Wednesdays. I put myself out there, and no one seemed to care. I'm not sure how or why I started getting followers, but I did, and hitting 100 followers was the most exciting thing ever! The only way to deal with this problem is to stick with your blog and try not to worry about it. If all you think about is followers, than it won't be any fun. When blogging stops being fun, you know that something is wrong. Thankfully, this has been one of the most fun things I've ever done :)

5. What do you find most encouraging? 

The most encouraging thing about blogging is that, no matter how few followers you have, all of the big, amazing blogs that you admire and envy started out just as low as you. No one gets 500 followers in their first month of blogging. It just doesn't happen. And I know this is mean, but you can always find someone with less followers than you, which is always nice XD

6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? 

I like blogs that have more than just reviews and memes. You can only read so many reviews of the latest popular book, and memes can get repetitive fast if that's all you see. My favorite type of post is a discussion post. It gives your blog readers a great chance to get involved and no matter how many times the same subject is discussed, every blogger has a different angle. No one is coming from the exact same place, and I love seeing how other bloggers' and readers' opinions differ from mine, as well as how they are similar.

7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? 

I don't like blogs that are all reviews or all memes. Changing things up is what keeps me coming back. I do 3 memes a week, and those are the 3 that I enjoy reading on other people's blogs. I think that when I get bigger, I'll probably stop doing the blog hops, but Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox are really enjoyable to read and write, so I think I'll keep them up.

8. Do you have any advice for new bloggers? 

Get involved! I love receiving emails from new bloggers asking questions about absolutely anything. That is one of my favorite parts of blogging, interacting with other bloggers. If you have a question about anything at all, just ask and most bloggers will be thrilled to answer. Want to do a guest post? Email a blogger you like and suggest it. More likely than not, we'll say yes.
Second, be polite.  I hate it when someone sends me a rude or demanding email, and I know that bigger bloggers/authors/publishers get them a lot more often than I do. It isn't hard to be nice, and it makes everyone happier in the end.
Comment on other blogs. One of the biggest ways I learn about new blogs is from clicking through the profiles of people who leave meaningful comments on my blog. Key word there being 'meaningful.' If you don't have anything to say besides "Come visit my blog!!!111!!" then don't bother, because that's spam and it makes me waaaay less likely to check out your blog.
Don't be afraid to approach other bloggers. I can't say this one enough. Getting email from readers and other bloggers is the most amazing thing ever. A lot of bloggers that I know take some time to answer since they sometimes get bogged down, but I check my email all. The. Time. If you want to get in touch with me for whatever reason, I'll probably answer within a few hours. I don't know about other bloggers, but email is the best part of my day and, IMO, I don't get nearly enough of it :)

9. How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people? 

Commenting on other blogs, Twitter, memes (blog hops, IMM, WoW), etc.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience? 

Blogging is one of the best things that's ever happened to me, and I love every single one of my followers. Those who leave comments get even more love XD If you're a new blogger who's having trouble or getting discouraged, just know that it gets so much easier and is one of the most rewarding experiences for anyone who loves to read and write and interact with people with similar hobbies.

For those of you who don't have my email already, it's ArcadiaWearsPrada@yahoo.com. Don't be afraid to send me a message whenever!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

200 Follower Giveaway Announcement

If I get to 200 followers before Midnight on December 31, then I'll be giving away a finished copy of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead and an ARC of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I've talked about this on Twitter several times, but nothing much seems to be happening (a.k.a., no new followers), so I've decided to add an extra incentive:

For every person who comments on this post saying that they were referred here by you, you will get five extra entries in the giveaway. Every person who leaves their referrer's name gets two extra points. I'm only 18 followers away from 200, so this shouldn't be all that hard for you guys, and I know that you all have amazingly cool superpowers, so have at it!

EDIT: Contest is limited to the US. Sorry, guys, I can't afford international.

An extra little prize, here: the person who refers the most people (must be 5 or more people) will win an ARC of Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin!

In My Mailbox (24)

The Story Siren

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.

For Review:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Paper Towns by John Green (not pictured)
Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams
Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Many Faces of YA

I've noticed around that in the blogs I follow and in real life, there is a huge distinction made between adult and YA books. People have asked me why my blog is focused on paranormal books instead of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or young adult. After thinking about this question for a while, I decided to write a post on it. Since I seem to be in a huge minority regarding the subject, this is obviously just my own personal opinion.

I've read a lot of adult books. I've read a lot of young adult books. Whenever my family asks me what I'm reading and I tell them that it's something like young adult urban fantasy, all they hear is young adult. Oh, she's still reading baby books. That's stupid. I hear that word a lot, and considering it's coming from people who are lucky to read a book a year, I don't take it all that seriously. But it still pisses me off.

I don't know about any of you, but when I compare, for example, a YA paranormal romance and a YA historical fiction they aren't all that similar. An adult PNR and a YA PNR would be much closer, as would an adult historical and a YA historical. Just IMO, of course.

So to answer the question: why do I write about adult and YA paranormal books? Because I like the paranormal aspect, not the age of the characters it follows. I like werewolves and vampires and faeries, not 16-year-olds or 35-year-olds. Age has nothing to do with what I read. I don't have a YA book blog or a romance book blog or a fantasy book blog. I have a paranormal book blog, just like my header says.

Is there anyone out there who agrees that you can like a particular genre without caring how old the protagonist is? If you disagree with my opinion, then why? I'd love to get a discussion started about this topic.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blog Hops (9)

Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about?

 Shannon Delany! She wrote 13 to Life (my review) and it is one of the best werewolf books out there. You should all go out and read it, you know, immediately. Just sayin'.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

REVIEW: Once In a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.
Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.
Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Book: Once In a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Format: eBook
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Full Moon, #1
Obtained: From the publisher, in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (3 Zombies)

Warning: this will be a fairly short review, seeing as this was a fairly short book and it wasn't all that great or all that terrible. Probably only a few paragraphs, since I don't have much to say.

First off, I hated Celeste's best friends. They were both stupid and ditzy and shallow stereotypes. They sucked. So did her original boyfriend, Nash. In fact, there wasn't a single Eastsider that I liked, besides, of course, the main character Celeste. By the way, I hate that name.

The plot seemed kind of rushed and there were a few gaping holes, but it wasn't altogether unpleasant. It had its redeeming qualities, and I liked the love interest, Brandon.

Overall, Once In a Full Moon was a quick, light read that didn't really tip the scale one way or the other. I'll probably read the second book, but I'm not going to be rushing out to get it. This series seems fairly similar to the Vampires Kisses series, so fans of that will probably enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (24)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.
Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

This one sounds like it's going to be really interesting and original. What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

REVIEW: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.

Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk…

Book: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Soul Screamers, #2
Obtained: Purchased
Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

This series is one of those darkly humorous romps that you just can't put down. At the moment, it's one of my favorites, and I'm racing through the books in anticipation of what happens next. I. Love. These. Books.

The main character, Kaylee, is a stubborn but still smart high school student who just happens to be a banshee--or bean sidhe, as it is correctly spelled. She can make some pretty bad choices, but her heart is always in the right place. Well, mostly. What teenage girl is perfect?

Her boyfriend, Nash, is my only problem with the series so far. I don't know what it is about him, but I just don't care about him. It isn't that I dislike him--he's given me no reason to--but he just seems kind of flat to me, if that makes any sense. Hopefully he'll grow on me as the series goes on, since it definitely looks like he and Kaylee are going to end up together at this point.

Nash's brother Tod, on the other hand, I absolutely adore. He never backs down and doesn't take no for an answer, and he'll do anything to protect the people he loves, no matter how much they deserve the situation they're in. So what if he just happens to be a grim reaper? Tod is just perfect.

The fast-paced plot (and Tod) kept me reading furiously until the very last page, and I look forward to reading the third and fourth books ASAP, since I have eBooks of them both.