QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19
The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
I was all prepared to write this incredibly spoiler rich review; I mean, given what happens in the story...how could I not want to discuss it? (Trust me, it's worth discussing...and those of you that have read it, know exactly what I mean.) Instead....I took a moment to reflect on my thoughts and package them into a protective nutshell. Why protective? Well, there are a myriad of reasons for that. Right off the bat....this is most definitely NOT a Young Adult book, in my mind at least. I've seen it advertised as YA and Mystery/Thriller alike and I have to tend to agree with the later. The age of the characters fits YA but the story is quite something else. There are several HEAVY (and that's a word I placed in all capitals AND bold font....in case you doubt my meaning of 'heavy' here...) topics covered from rape to murder, emotional turmoil to severe mental instability, acute levels of fear to disguised courage...and the list goes on and on (or rather it could, but I won't...you get the picture, right?).
Second....the main character, Katherine. I can't honestly say why, but somehow I expected the ages and roles of the characters to be reversed...which actually ties into a second mini-irritation of mine in dealing with the time jumps. There are chapters that deal with past, present, and future and though the past and present ones made perfect sense to me, it wasn't until I was about two thirds of the way through that the future glimpses finally hit me, snapping into place pieces that didn't quite fit before but also unsettling a few my mind MADE fit at the time. After this revelation though....I was back to chugging right along the reading trail and turning pages faster and faster as I tried to imagine what on earth Alice (Katherine's new friend) was going to do next (really, she's one of those tragic cases you feel bad for but still love to NOT love).
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Speaking of this character....I suppose the saying of "to know her is to love her" really applies to our female lead. At times, she is beyond ditsy (yes, I said ditsy....) and her lack of focus on anything but handbags, even when faced with a potentially deadly situation, would drive me up a wall at times. I mean I've read characters that were more mature that were a fraction of Haley's age, but better able to handle their world, their situations. However, as it turns out, that is simply a part of her charm. Once your understand her personality quirks, as naive as they make her at times, she verges on being quite endearing. I mean, how else would you read to a stories end when essentially it's a big shopping trip with a pit stop of murder thrown in on the side?
Until next time....happy reading!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Let's have a taste...shall we?
It's hard to get a really good teaser out of this one since the story kind of rotates between characters and events, but it's definitely interesting.....
But as the blood flowed into me, I began to feel my strength returning. Her blood tasted sweet, not at all salty and metallic like I had expected, and I began to crave it. -- pg 22, Evin Driscol Series: The Chosen Historian by Randi Ertz
Thus far this vampire story combines several elements from classic lore and present day ideas....be interesting to see where the author takes it from here.....
What followed was not silence, but more mayhem: swearing, shouting, and fists hammering into flesh. I got to my feet and ran in a crouch toward the back door. -- pg 118, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (ARC)
Oh my...hope everyone is okay! Unless it's Marcie...yeah, that girl is seriously just...Ugh!
"Series"-ously Awesome Contest!
So in reading over the post, yeah, I seem to have forgotten something....to tell you exactly how many winners there will be! DOH! Sorry bout that...I'm blaming the excitement of the event. Now that the contest is over and the winners have been drawn, I'll let you in on that great big secret...there WAS going to be 3 US winners of 2 books a piece from the stack in the photo, but I'm feeling generous today (hehe) and so I'm adding a fourth winner of the last lonely book in the pile...and 1 winner of the Generation Dead book of course....
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
As a co-conspirator behind this (what has become a massive) event, I'd like to take a quick second to thank you...my readers, fellow bloggers, and all the bookish (and non-bookish) folks that take a moment of their time to visit my site, read the posts, enter the contests, leave comments and the like. It is much appreciated so thank you from my bookish heart to yours.
Second a quick shout out to my partner in crime for this event...Danielle from There's A Book. Working together, we were able to see this event come full circle, from idea to project to oh-my-word-look-how-big-it-is and finally to what you see before you (well, not just here, of course, but the site itself). Thank you Danielle for all your assistance and great feedback sessions even in the wee hours of the morning (yes, we were working the day shift, night shift, graveyard shift...may have invented a new shift even....to get this one done). I hope everyone has a blast!
Enough of this mushy show of emotion....on with the show!
May I present my contribution to the contest portion of this event, which I am calling the....
"Series"-ously Awesome Contest!
Why is it "series"-ously awesome?
I'm glad you asked.
We all love a good series, as in multiple books that form an overall story...and that's what I aim to bring you the chance to win in this contest. Below you will find a picture of the books up for grabs....
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Danny is a star student. High grade point average, musical aspirations with the talent to support them...basically good at anything he sets his mind to. He was on the fast track to bigger and better things in life with the drive to take him there....that is until one faithful days events cast a foreboding shadow on his formerly bright future. Sounds ominous, no? That faithful event was so great, so terrible, so bewildering that his teachers neigh his school was willing to turn their backs on him in an instant. What was so terrible? Brace yourself...he had to....use the restroom. (GASP!)
No really, it all starts from a slightly overactive bladder and an over conformity to the rules. Grant it, his chosen location to ahem...tend to business...is not exactly desirable but that's second in his line of offenses according to the powers that be. Thus begins the series of in-school disciplinary actions up to and including the dreaded parent teacher conference....dun, dun, dunnnnn.....
To their credit, Danny's parents fly to his defense never once questioning his actions (really, who would?)...after all it's not like he disappeared on any of his previous bathroom breaks. The problem comes from the fact that he happened to have to use the bathroom more than 3 times during the given semester in the same class. The result of this confrontation…suspension and the inability to finish out his exams thus giving his perfect record a few non-erasable smudges. Harvard, Yale, Columbia...all once within reach become dream worthy aspirations.
Can Danny pull himself back from the abyss on which he's been set and show those standing against him the wrongness of their ways? Will determination and a can do attitude help him achieve all the great things he is destined for? Will he ever make up his mind when dealing with his on again off again girlfriend? Only time will tell….
Oh where to begin....well, the beginning of course! In general I would say there is a lack of focus, almost as if there were several tangible plots the author wanted to explore but thought wiser of upon visiting the idea. It somewhat plays into the characters age but since he is basically a genius, it didn’t quite work in my mind. HOWEVER, the author makes you care enough about the main character to look past the under lying flaws of the book and seek out the story’s end. Plus, the issue brought to light really hits home with a lot of school kids and parents. I mean really, if a child (no matter the age) is doing well in school and not disappearing on these little breaks, where's the harm? You end up causing more harm to their health (and possibly their confidence if an accident were to happen) by not letting them go.
Review copy courtesy of Pump Up Your Book Promotions and author Steven Verrier. (THANKS!) For more information on their comings and goings, be sure to check out their respective sites. This book is available now at Amazon so feel free to click on over to take a closer look.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Author Guest PostHello there, insatiable readers!There’s someone new wearing the apron today! Your delightful web-chef has let me, author Katie Williams, knock around in her kitchen today, as long as I promise to wash all the dishes and put her spice rack back in alphabetical order. Since Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers is so admirably inclusive with its reviews—adult, YA, science fiction, fantasy, everyone is welcome—I thought it might be fun to cook up a few thoughts about the young adult novel, more specifically, what moral responsibility YA writers have to their readers.Up until quite recently, my writing background was in fiction for adults, but then my first novel, The Space Between Trees, sold as a YA novel, and I had to think about what these classifications meant—children’s books versus young adult, young adult versus adult.Protagonist age and reading difficulty seemed to be the obvious differences, and there’s certainly something to be said for the ease of finding the right shelf in the bookstore. Beyond that, though, I eventually decided that a good story was just a good story.Then a writer friend asked me if a YA novel had to have some sort of moral at its end. “No, no.” I waved the idea away. “Maybe children’s books do, but not YA.”But the question stuck with me. It echoed whenever someone remarked that Bella Swann was not a good role model for teenage girls or that Katniss Everdeen was. I heard it in the approval for YA books that “taught an important lesson” and in the panicked claims that Harry Potter glorifies witchcraft. And I began to worry a bit about my own novel, which includes teenage girls behaving pretty horrifically and ends with no moral whatsoever except, perhaps, that being an adult is messier and scarier than you expect it to be when you’re a child. So was I doing harm to my teenage readers? Had I forsaken my role as a moral guide?I’ve thought about this a good bit. I’ve thought about the books I read as a teenager, both adult and YA, and what these books gave me.Here’s where I’ve ended up:The story is the lesson. Reading allows us to step into someone else’s skin and walk around for a bit. Through stories, we experience situations different from our own and people different from those around us in the most intimate way, sitting inside characters’ heads or hovering just over their shoulders. Ultimately, a story gives the reader empathy. And isn’t that the greatest lesson of all, no matter one’s age?I’d love to hear what you think. Does a YA novel bear moral responsibility that an adult novel doesn’t?
Now, one last thing before I stop inundating you with posts of greatness today, and believe me, you'll forgive me for dragging on when you here this. Thanks to the generous folks over at Chronicle Books (thanks, Lara!) and the wonderful author, I have the privilege of offering YOU the chance to win a SIGNED copy of the book for your own reading pleasure! (Got ahead, take a moment to do a happy dance...no one's looking....*peek*) Here's the scoop....
Good luck to everyone!
Until next time....happy reading!