Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
but a friend and I have started another blog called THE CRAZIES, in which we basically post little half-written stories, poems, etc. We're also working on an interactive story, so check that out:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Big Fat Nerd Journal is just that--a journal. A plain, marble one that you can get for fifty cents at a Stop and Shop (though, depending on the economy crisis, things might be getting a tad steeper). It looks like this:
The lowdown is that I will send this journal out to one person across the Americas. They will carry it around for as long as TWO WEEKS, scribbling and doodling and just generally writing whatever happens to be on their mind (limited to three pages, please). Then, when they are done, they will take a picture with the journal. It can be anything--the journal with their cat, their house, their bed, computer, stack of books, on a bench, on a rock, in the kitchen...etc etc etc. They will then email this picture to me, along with a few words on their "experience" with the journal (which I will post on the Offical Blog). I will in turn give them the address of someone else, and they will send it to that person. Rinse, wash and repeat. The goal is to get this journal to as many people, places and countries as physically possible. I think it will be a fun way to connect to other folk around the world. It's also a way to plug your blog/website, or any other buisness endeavers. I would really appreciate if you were to check out the site to sign up, and I look forward to seeing what you scamps have to say!
(international participants welcome)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
As far as books that have been read, I finished Alis by Naomi Rich and reviewed it, and I am currently reading Need by Carrie Jones. I am going to try and kick things up and get at least two books in a week. Depending on how hectic my schedule is.
I think that's it this week. If I think of anything else, I'll update!
Also I dont know if it was like this last week, but I updated the look of my blog so check it out and let me know what you think of the new layout!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Ok so I did not post anything last week because honestly, I had nothing to talk about. I didn't post any reviews last week or anything. The book that I just finished, I didnt really enjoy so it took me a while to read it. I did finally finish it though, and got the review of it up here. Other than that I can't think of anything that has happened. I did get a book in the mail today and I am expecting more through out the week but I dont want to ruin it by posting them today. I think that I am going to wait until Sunday and see what I can do for my IMM. I am thinking about doing a Vlog but I dont know how well that will go. I can never upload video from my camera to Youtbe.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Well it would be CANDOR!! This book actually just came out last Tuesday, the 22nd. I read this for the 1 ARC Tours. You can check out my review of it here. It took me a little while to get into but once I did it was great! Other than that nothing that I can think of has really happened. I started Madapple by Christina Meldrum today. I read a review of it on Goodreads, and just from the first paragraph of that I can't wait to finish it and see how it goes. If anyone has read it, please let me know what you thought.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I just finished Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. Not typically my type of genre, I really liked it. I loved the dynamic between Auden and her mother - and then later with Auden and her father. The picture of step-mom Heidi that I had created in my head was quickly blown to smithereens once we actually first meet her...overwhelmed and stressed as she's become a mom and deals with a newborn. There's some great interaction between Auden and the beach girls - Esther, Leah, and Maggie - especially after Auden's embarrassing first-night hook up. And what can I say about Eli? Loved him. A great, easy, quick read.
I'm 10 pages away from finishing Gone by Michael Grant...AND I LOVE IT!!!!! It's like The Stand combined with Girl Who Owned a City with Lord of the Flies with lots of awesomeness and super powers!! What more could you want. Next in my "to read" pile is the sequel, Hunger!
That's it! Don't forget to check out my blog for my contest...we're giving away an autographed copy of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I finally finished Envy by Anna Godbersen. I was hoping to have it sooner but I had the flu and was so sick that all I did was sleep. I had a constant fever and couldn't eat anything, and it was bad! But I'm all better now, so I'm back to reading. And anyways I linked the review for that about. I also read a book that I didn't plan on reading but I was glad that I did. It was actually one of my sisters school books. It was called Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit. It was a non-fiction book about a woman who disguised herself in the Civil War. I didnt review this one but I did enjoy reading it, though it was short. The woman who it was about actually wrote her own book but it was made more than 120 years ago and you cannot find it. I linked the book on amazon in case anyone was interested.
Right now I am currently reading Candor by Pam Bachorz for my 1 ARC Tours. I am only on the third chapter but it is ok for only being that far. I hope that it gets good, which from the reviews that I have seen, it will. I should have the review for this one up in a couple day so be looking for that.
And last but not least I am holding a Michelle Moran contest. It will be for a paperback signed copy of The Heretic Queen and a signed hardback copy of Cleopatra's Daughter. I will be reading and reviewing these in the near future and let me tell you I am so excited to read them. If you are interested head on over and check it out.
That is all that I can think of that has happened in the last two weeks. I would like to say that I am sorry for the delay. I just got back yesterday and am trying to get back into my routine .
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter, which was amazing. This series is fantastic.
Now I am in the middle of The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White. It was recommended to me by my school librarian and I like it so far.
Next: Crashed by Robin Wasserman and Chasing Fire by Suzanne Collins. So excited!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
on how she created her ghosts
for her new book:
Give Up The Ghost
Let give her a round of applause, people!
Creating a ghost
You can find stories about ghosts going back thousands of years. So when I
started writing GIVE UP THE GHOST, I had to decide which bits of ghostly
mythology I might use, and how I would shape them to fit my story and make my
Here are a few of the things that define my ghosts:
1. My ghosts have a confused sense of time. This was inspired by the stories of
ghosts who seem to be living out or mourning a tragedy over and over, even
though it happened decades or centures ago. In GIVE UP THE GHOST, the ghosts
have strong memories of their lives, and have trouble remembering anything that's
happened afterward. They can recall recent events for a few hours or even days,
depending on how long they've been dead, and then they forget again. The only
things that start to stick are changes that stay the same. For example, when one
ghost's parents first cleared out her old bedroom, she would freak out over it every
few hours when she'd forgotten and was surprised by it again. But after a few
weeks, the change "sank in" (as Cass puts it) and she accepted it as if it'd always
been that way.
2. My ghosts can travel, but they have a relatively small location they feel most
comfortable at. Most ghosts in stories seem to be stuck to a particular place,
often the place where they died. For my ghosts, it's a place where they felt at
home when they were alive. One ghost who had an abusive father hangs out in
the halls at school where he used to meet up with his friends; another, who
dreamed of becoming a ballerina, lingers near the gym where she used to practice.
But because they're more human than many ghosts, they can decide to leave their
comfort place if they want to--they just won't feel totally at ease until they come
3. My ghosts have an individual smell. This wasn't based on anything specific in
ghost mythology--it just seemed to make sense, that wispy and ethereal as ghosts
are, they would carry something wispy and ethereal like a scent. Each ghost's
scent is related to their life: one ghost trails of a whiff of the hair oil he always
used; another travels with the smell of his favorite tea.
All of that added together, I hope, makes for ghosts who seem appropriately
ghost-like, but a little different in their own way, too!
Thanks for hosting me,
What an interesting post! Really!
I loved having you, Megan!
Come back any time! ;)
Give Up The Ghost hits the shelves TODAY!
*deafening round of applause*
Make sure you go to your nearest book store a snatch a copy of this amazing book!
AND, I'm guessing you'll be needing a bookmark to go with your copy of GUTG.
So, I'm giving away (thanks to Megan, of course)
a bunch of this awesome GUTG bookmarks!
Just go to The Clock Monkey, and leave your e-mail in the comments section, and you're in to win this beauties!
There'll be two winners!
(US/Canada addresses only, please, we don't want to leave Megan penniless!)
In the meantime, I'm leaving you with the GUTG Book Trailer (which I love <3)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
He turned towards me. For a long moment, he stood facing me. I was held, anchored to the ground – not by his music, which still called and pushed against the music already in my head and said grow rise follow – but by his strangeness. By his fingers, spread over the ground, holding something into the earth, by his shoulders, squared in a way that spoke of strength and unknowability, and most of all, by the great, thorny antlers that grew from his head, spanning the sky like branches.Buy it here. Enter the contest at Maggie's blog here.
Then he was gone, and I missed his going in the instant that the sun fell off the edge of the hill, abandoning the world to twilight.
Maggie Stiefvater is holding a Ballad Contest every Tuesday until October 1st, Ballad's release day.
Here are the prizes:
1) A signed Shiver audio book.
2) Another signed Shiver audio book.
3) A CD of my Homicidal Faerie Mix -- the music I played while writing Ballad. - Maggie Stiefvater
The contest ends next Thursday, the 17th.
So, what am I reading?
Sleepless by Thomas Fahly.
And that's it.
I thought it was incredible! It definitely started out a little slow for me, but once the changes began in District 12 and the Quarter Quell twist was announced...I couldn't put it down. And what an ending - once again I'm left with my mouth open and waiting for Book 3.
Another book I just finished was Shiver. I took this book with me on our trip to New Hampshire over the long weekend and I couldn't put it down. I was reading it every free minute I got - it was driving everyone NUTS! Told in alternating points of view - Sam and Grace - we hear the story of a girl and how she was saved by wolves. Or should I say one wolf in particular. Years later, she is obsessed with the wolves - and her one wolf. But are they dangerous? A classmate is killed, or is he? Mystery, confusion, suspense - it's all here - plus an amazing love story. I loved it!
Finally, I read Once Upon a Witch - I got this as an ARC and not sure if it's out yet. But it's amazing. Witchcraft, sibling rivalry, time travel - this one has it all. Read my blog for the full review!
What's in my pile to read? I'm looking at a copy of Along for the Ride by Sara Dessen - so that is next! And I'll be giving away an autographed copy of that same book on my blog - so check it out!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Now, onto book related stuff. I did some reading this week (or past two weeks). I dropped Eon because I just wasn't that interested, and I picked up Crash Into Me by Albert Borris. You can find my review here.
In short: it was great. However, if you're looking for a fantastic suicide book (for whatever reason you may be searching for something like that...) I would always recommend 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Absolutely fantastic.
I also started At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks, for a change of pace. I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for awhile, but it went away for awhile as I started to discover new things. Now, I'm going back to my roots. I'm really enjoying it so far :)
I am also excited to say that I am taking a reading course in school, where we are planning on reading romantic and victorian lit (of the Austen/Bronte variety) and also global literature. I hope to expand some reading knowledge with this class.
More next week,
PS. Sorry about the lack of pictures and fun stuff, but it's late and I still have lots to do before getting to bed.
Also this week I started the 2009 YA Challenge. And if Im not mistaken the 1st in a series challenge. If you click on the links you can see how far I am on those.
Also i just finished Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, last night. I dont have the review up yet but if you check in a couple hours it should be. Now im gonna start Hunted by P.C. & Kristin Cast, so that I can be fully caught up when Tempted comes out!!!
What with all the contest going around, I figure I have a pretty good chance to win!
However, if I DON'T win...well, I could just wait for the paperback.
Now, I'd say something else, but isn't this all you folks at Teen Tuesday care about?
...TEAM PEETA *ninja vanish*
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Yesterday I finished, the AMAZING, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, and you can find my review about it here. I absolutely loved it! i never expected it to end the way that it did. When I finish it I was so... hyper I guess you could say, because I was really getting into it and then BAM!! It's over. So I read that this week and right now I am currently reading Audrey Wait by Robin Benway. Im not too sure what I think of it yet. I am only on like page 10 so. I have heard a lot of good things about it and hope that I am going to like it.
And now for my OMG moment of the day, I dont have these everyday but I did today. I recently contacted an author about a book for my brother. He read their first series, and loved it so I asked about her new book that she has coming out soon. Well when I opened my mailbox this morning there it was. He has no idea about it and I cant wait to give it to him because I think that he would just die if he knew about it right now. I know that when I do give it to him though I am going to have to lift him up off the floor.
Also I am waiting for my WAKE and FADE books by Lisa McMann to get here! We ordered them just earlier this week and they are supposed to be here by the 31st and I want to read them so, so, so, so bad! So thats all this week and I will be looking forward to talking about what has happened between now and next Tuesday. Hope you liked my first post.
I'm going to assume it IS Tuesday and write a quicky post about what I'm reading.
There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of suburbia: louder, faster, angrier . . . till it drowns out the silence.
Kara hasn’t been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park. . . .
Amidst the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.
I'm loving it so far. I'm around the part where Christian is insisting Kara go out with him, and I think he is just THE SWEETEST. Plus, this author has my EXACT taste in music and disdain in metal heads. It's seriously a great book and I can't wait ot finish so I can write my review. I started it yesterday and I'm already half finished. I didn't even finish and I'm already reccomending it to all my friends.
Other then that, it's a rather uneventful reading week for me. I got a few ARCs in the mail, but nothing worth talking about.
So, that's it for me. Have a great Tuesday, you little scamps!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I read INSANE AMOUNTS last week.
I started off by finishing How it Ends by Laura Weiss. I liked it, but I kind of wish it was a little better. The writing sometimes seemed a little choppy, but the story line was really good. =)
I then read Meridian by Amber Kizer which really sucked me in -- I had it finished the next day! It's very action filled and keeps you hanging until the very end. I believe I heard from someone that there is going to be a sequel and I cannot WAIT to read that.
After Meridian, I started Crank by Ellen Hopkins and had that finished that night. Crank is so disturbing, but it's SO GOOD and you can't put it down. I just started reading Ellen Hopkins this summer and let me tell you - if you haven't, please start soon. They're horrible to read, but you can't. put. them. down because they're amazing.
After Crank, I read Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe which is released in September. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but that's a good thing! After a little tiny bit of a slow start, it got rolling and I had it finished the day after I started it.
After that, I read The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. This book is also quite disturbing, but it's really good. Polygamy is a very interesting topic, and this book is a wonderful example of a polygamy compound. I read and finished this in one day.
After The Chosen One I read Invisible Touch by Kelly Para. I was sucked in from the first chapter and was left wanting so much more at the end. =)
And now I'm reading Possessions by Nancy Holder, another September release. =) I'm about 150 pages in, and I'm hoping to finish it soon!
Lately, I have been inching my way through Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. I'm liking it, and it's actually kind of reminding me of another book I've read: Graceling by Kristen Cashore. The two books have the same kind of aura about them, I suppose, and similar main characters in a way.
Either way, I hope I can get through this soon so that way I can actually have an interesting Teen Tuesday post. =D I have so many books that I have to read, and the pile keeps building up.
Anyways, this is my little update... hopefully more fun stuff to come next week =D
I had been thinking about what to post over here today, and the idea of Sequels came to mind.
I recently read Marked by PC and Kristin Cast, and I really liked it. (click here to read my review).
Once that one was finished, I started listening to the audiobook for the 2nd part of the series, Betrayed.
Let me tell you that I was really disappointed. I listened up to the 12th chapter, and just put it aside because it wasn't appealing to me at all.
The main character, Zoey, was constsntly reminding us of what had happened in the first book, and that could go on for several minutes.
It's ok to refresh our minds, maybe we've forgotten something, but I felt like half of the book were explanations of why this was happening, and how it was connected to a previous event.
I mean, if we're reading the 2nd book in a series that usually means we've read the 1st. Right? We don't need to be reminded every second of what happened before, or how something came to be.
Another thing I didn't like, was the AB narration. It felt completely drained of emotion, and it was really hard to listen to the female narrator without falling asleep.
This was the only sequel I've ever had problems with. I thought I was going to love it, as I love the 1st book, but then I got my bubble burst.
I'm going to give it one more chance, but if the situation doesn't speed up, I'm going to have to give up on it completely.
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Fade by Robert Cormier, about a boy who learns he can vanish from sight, with horrifying consequences...
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent--it's about BANSHEES. I mean, come on. When was the last time anyone wrote ANYTHING about banshees?
I also got Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, Ballads of Suburbia, and Deathwish by Rob Thurman.
Hopefully Cruel Summer will be better then Alyson Noel's paranormal effort, Evermore (which I reviewed here--it was AWFUL):
I also read this great ARC of a "blog novel" called EyeLeash (reviewed here).
Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about “fitting in” a world where superficiality reigns supreme.
Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who’s morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician.
They decide to be “friends-with-benefits”. But it’s Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog — which *isn’t private* — that backs out.
EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves — and what’s really in their hearts.
Here are some books I'm DYING to read:
Anywho, I hope this was a decent enough first post. Til next Tuesday!
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