Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last Day of Fantasyfest!

Hola mi amigas y amigos!

Today is the LAST day of Fantasyfest. Amanda and I have had tons of fun this year putting together prize packs and guest posts and doing all sorts of fun things with all of you!

We really appreciate everyone who has participated in making our first Fantasyfest awesome, we owe it all to you.

A few key blog notes for today:

This is THE LAST DAY to enter the Ultamite Swag Bag Giveaway, you have until 11:59 Central Time to get in your last entries.

Do you remember what your going to win? Well, let me recap...

One Grand Prize Winner will get:

3 random bookmarks
1 totally unique Mortal's Library Fantasyfest bag
1 Copy of Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
1 Copy of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Awesome Clockwork Angel swag including a signed poster, rune tattoos, and at least 1 CA journal

One Second Place Winner will get:

2 random bookmarks
1 totally unique Mortal's Library Fantasyfest bag
Awesome Clockwork Angel swag including a signed poster, rune tattoos, an at least 1 CA journal
1 $5 Barnes and Noble giftcard
Way cool already, no? But wait. There are some last minute additions!!

In addition to the above the Grand Prize Winner will ALSO get:

Three Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent Bookmarks
Four SIGNED Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick postcards
One SIGNED Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick promotional book cover/poster thing (I have no idea what to call it :) )

In addition to the above the Second Place Winner will ALSO get:

Three Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent Bookmarks
Three SIGNED Hush, Hush postcards
One SIGNED Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick promotional book cover/poster thing


Freaking awesome right? I think so!

Okay so there was really only one blog note but it was a two parter :)

Happy Fantasyfest :)

Shelbie

Monday, August 30, 2010

CSN Winner!

Howdy Ya'll,

We are wrapping up the last week long contest before we draw the winners for our Ultimate Swag Bag Giveaway! The last two days of August are for you to concentrate on entering that, remember you can enter every day but only once a day! (and you are timestamped so if you enter tomorrow saying it's August 15th we know your lying!) :)

Without further ado....

The winner of the fabulous bookends, bookmarks and a booklight is.......

Amelia R.!!!!!!!

Congrats Amelia!

Please don't be a sore loser, so if you're disappointed that you lost go enter the Ultimate Swag Bag Giveaway! And if you're Amelia and you're super excited you won go enter the Ultimate Swag Bag Giveaway!

Hope everyone is having an awesome Fantasyfest, only two days left of it :(

xoxo and Love Always,
Shelbie and Amanda

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Author Interview: Cassandra Clare

Hey guys, today we have a special treat for you! An interview with the author of The Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare! Her new book, Clockwork Angel, is the start of a new series called The Infernal Devices, and it comes out on the 31st! Make sure to go out and buy it in a couple days, it's sure to be amazing!

1. How did you get started writing? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?


I always loved reading. For all of my childhood I was always with a book in my hand. When I got to college, I minored in "composition" — there was no "creative writing" minor, so that was as close as I could get. At the time it was something I enjoyed doing and wanted to get better at, but I hadn't given thought to it as a career. It just seemed impractical — who could make money writing books? Everyone said it was impossible. I went into journalism after college, but my love of writing fiction caught up with me and I ended up writing City of Bones while also holding down a job as a copyeditor at a New York magazine.

2. What were you like as a teen? How did this affect your writing or you wanting to write, if at all?
Introverted, shy, like a lot of writers. I lived a lot in my head and in books. I did write when I was a teen — it's just that everything I wrote was pretty bad. Bad romance novels, bad vampire novels, bad historical novels — the works. I'm sure it was good practice though.

3. What writer do you look up to, or would be totally shocked and honored if your books and writing were compared to theirs?
Oh, the great urban fantasy writers of my teenage-hood — Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull.


4. How is your writing process different now, than from when you were first writing City of Bones?
These things become more fluid with practice. I'm used to the outlining and development process, so things go quicker.

5. Are there any people in real life that you’ve based a character off of?
Occasionally with truly hateful characters I start off by basing them on people I've disliked in real life. The problem is that as soon as I start giving them dimension and life and motivations, I start liking them more than the people in real life I based them off!

6. Which Clockwork Angel character was the most fun to write and why?
Will was a lot of fun to write because his character keeps so many secrets — so much of what he does is a pretense, that it's like creating a character within another character. You only see his real self peeking out some of the time.

7. Which Clockwork Angel character is most like you, if any?
Oy. Probably Charlotte. I relate to her feeling that she needs to prove herself, and her self-recrimination when things go wrong. I also relate to her desire to save things — I'm always rescuing mice in shoeboxes and that sort of thing.

8. Which Clockwork Angel character would you like as your best friend, and why?
Perhaps Sophie. She's very loyal and defensive of the ones she cares about.

9. Are you Team Jem or Team Will? Or (like I’m guessing we’ll be) do you not care and just love the Magnus parts?
Fond as I am of Magnus, I love Jem and Will just as much. I can't really *have* a team — there's no point rooting for a game you know the outcome of! I'll just say I love both boys. I know with Will, making him as unlikeable as he is in the end of Angel, I'm playing a risky game. Everyone could wind up Team Jem just because Will's such a jerk. But I'm hoping that events in the second book will put things on a more even keel. This is absolutely not the story of a girl who reforms a bad boy and makes him good through her love. This is a story about the masks we wear, the pretenses we put on to protect those we love, and about the shifting nature of identity. Will and Jem and much more complicated than just "the nice one and the bad boy." I hope to show that in the second book.

10. Who do you think has the most problems in their love life in City of Fallen Angels? What couples or characters don’t have major love life problems in City of Fallen Angels?
Probably Jace and Clary have the most, or biggest problem. The only couple for whom its fairly smooth sailing is Jocelyn and Luke.

11. Which pair of lovers in City of Fallen Angels do you like the most as a couple? Or if you were one of your readers, which couple would you be rooting for to stay together no matter what?
I don't have personal favorites, but one thing I think is interesting is that I can never predict fan reaction. I knew people would root for Clary and Jace and not for Simon, but I had no idea there would be so many people invested in Magnus and Alec. And people do seem really interested to see where Simon's love life goes now, though I have to say it's really a mess at the beginning of CoFA.

12. Do you think that people will be really surprised with Clockwork Angel or City of Fallen Angels, if so, why?
I don't think people are going to go into Clockwork Angel with that many preconcieved notions, because it's the first book in a series. They're more likely to be surprised by developments in Fallen Angels, because things do get very dark.

13. How many characters from Clockwork Angel will we see in City of Fallen Angels, or have we seen any of them (besides Magnus) in any of The Mortal Instruments books?
You haven't seen them, but you've heard them referred to — Camille, for instance and Ragnor Fell. As for characters from Clockwork showing up in CoFA I can think of two off the top of my head.

14. Are any of the characters in Clockwork Angel at all like the ones in TMI?
Yes and no. A lot of people are reading Will as Jace. That isn't surprising, as they are 1) obviously blood related and 2) share a similar sense of humor and a way of using humor as a deflector against real feelings. I think of Will as almost a commentary on Jace's character, but that will be more clear in book two, when you learn there are ways in which they absolutely aren't alike at all. Tessa is very unlike Clary — where Clary is a visual person, Tessa's a word person; where Clary never thinks before she acts, Tessa deliberates; Tessa's views on the role of women in society would be puzzling to a modern girl like Clary. I've seen people compare Jem to Alec, and while I understand the desire to map characters you know onto new characters, I think that's a huge stretch. Alec was nasty to Clary from the moment he met her because he was jealous; he was in love with Jace, and was deeply shy and insecure. Jem is neither shy, nor insecure, nor ever rude to Tessa, because he's romantically interested in her himself.

15. If you could describe Clockwork Angel in 3 words, what would they be?
Romantic, steampunk, adventure.

16. What song(s) describe Clockwork Angel?
I have a whole playlist — I guess I'll pick two off it: 'The One I Love" by Greg Laswell, and London, 1888 by Momus.

17. What is one thing readers should pay attention to in Clockwork Angel?
The details of the stories about Will's childhood and his family.

18. In the end, what is one thing that you want your readers to take away from Clockwork Angel?
Things aren't always what they seem.

19. Okay, now a writing/publishing/Mortal Instruments question. Who was the first person to read City of Bones, and how did they help you with the writing process and your journey to getting published?
Probably the first person to read City of Bones was my friend Holly Black. She actually recommended the book to her agent, and he signed me on after reading the first ten chapters.

20. After you’re all done with Clary and Jace, and Will and Jem, (We know that’s a long time from now) what do you think will be your next project? Are you working on anything else right now?
I'm hoping to work on a modern-day comic take on Pride and Prejudice with a co-author. We both really want to work on it and just don't have time.

Anything else? Anything we forgot?
At almost thirty questions, no, I think that was pretty thorough!


*side note: This was 30 questions, but we shortened it for your reading pleasure :) and the City of Fallen Angels cover is not the offical one. But it's pretty!

We hope you loved her interview as much as we did! And make sure to go get Clockwork Angel when it comes out on the 31st! Also, City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series comes out in April 2011, keep your eyes peeled for that!

xoxo and love always,

Shelbie and Amanda

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blog Hop 4

It's time for another weekend blog hop! I love the hop and I was really sad when I woke up on Monday and was like "Oh yeah I just missed the whole weekend. Dang" I must have just been checked out last weekend. I don't know what was up with me :)

The Blog Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books, and if doing the hop is something you think you would like to do go click the link and check it out! Also, leave a comment below this post with links to your post because sometimes I can't get to every blog hop link or I'll accidentally skip one or something.... sooo yeah, now that I've done my sufficient rambling.....

This weeks question:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?
Yes, we use one. We have an overall rating out of five stars for the overall enjoyment of the book and then we have a rating of out of five stars for four different categories, Cover, Characters, Plot, Writing and Ending. Why do we use it? I think just because it sort of evolved into what it is now, we used to only show the overall and then we just had Characters, Plot and Writing and then we added Cover and now we just added Ending, who knows maybe in a couple months we'll add something else. This is just what works for us at the moment :)
Like i said leave a comment with your posts I would love to read them!
Have an awesome weekend and make sure to put in your last entries for the CSN Giveaway which ends tomorrow. Don't forget about the Ultimate Swag Bag Giveaway either! Remember it ends at 11:59 on the 31st!
xoxo
Shelbie

Guest Post: Kris from Voracious YAppetite


We're now wrapping up Fantasyfest :( This is our last guest post for the month and it's Kris from Voracious YAppetite who we thank for beinging our last guest post-er!

To the post!

Name/Alias: Kris

Blog Name/URL: Voracious YAppetite (www.rebloco.com)

Favourite Fantasy Book (standalone): Wow, this is a hard one, as pretty much all of the fantasy books I read are part of a series. Do Kristin Cashore’s books count?

Favourite Fantasy Series: A few favorites include Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Favourite Fantasy Author: Gah! I cannot bring myself to name just one. But in addition to the authors I’ve already mentioned, I absolutely love the work of Carrie Ryan and Rick Yancey.

If you could be a fantasy creature what would you be and why? Either a dragon or a werewolf! A dragon because I’d be a fire-breathing bada** that could fly around and basically rule the sky. A werewolf because I could still be a human most of the time, but I’d also get to experience heightened senses, speed, and strength. Werewolves rule, vampires drool!

What would be your dream fantasy character boyfriend/girlfriend? Why? Probably Brigan from Kristin Cashore’s Fire. He’s a brilliant military commander, totally loyal, and stands out among the YA fantasy romantic interests of late as being sexy without being perfect. I was utterly enthralled by him. *sigh*

What would be your dream fantasy character best friend? Why? Three that come to mind as possible “best buds” would be Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Lake from Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Clauda from Libyrinth by Pearl North. Those girls would be so much fun to hang out with and they would have your back no matter what.

What fantasy character would you like at your arm during a party? Why? Jace from The Mortal Instruments, because he would make snarky comments about all the guests that would have me laughing the whole night. Also, he is hot. (Sorry, Clary.)

What fantasy character do you think is the most like you? Why? Hmm, probably someone like Chloe from Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series. She’s got her share of flaws but she’s also got a quiet strength about her and would do anything for her family and friends.

What is the last fantasy book you read? The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan.

What fantasy character would you not get along with? Why? Any of the passive/co-dependent/too dumb to live female leads from the recent crop of YA paranormal romances. I would want to beat them over the head constantly.

What is your favourite badass fantasy villain? Why? Lord Voldemort. *shivers!* He is so wrong, he’s right.

What is your favourite fantasy hero/heroine? Why? Alanna. Tamora Pierce’s first literary female lead proved that girls can do and be everything boys can do and be. Hurrah!

What fantasy character would you like to be if you could be anyone? Why? Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore, because I could kick anyone’s a** and survive through pretty much any kind of disaster, natural or otherwise. She is too cool for school.

What fantasy character would you like to play in the movie representation? Why? Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter because she is an intelligent, bold, and empowered young woman who gets fly around on a broomstick and shoot magic from a wand. Love her!

Hope everyone is having a great Fantasyfest and it's not over yet! You can still get your entries for the ultamite swag bag giveaway in until the 31st! Go enter now!

xoxo and Love Always
Shelbie and Amanda

Thursday, August 26, 2010

We Won Another Award!

Guess what? We won another award! Yay!

We won the "One Lovely Blog" award! We won it from Misha at My Love Affair With Books! Go check out her blog and send a thanks from us :)

So the rules for the award are we put up the button and tag 15 blogs that we love so you can check out some of our favourites. (I can't think of more than 10 blogs, but I'd feel bad if I missed someone important :( )



Its so pretty! I just keep looking at it and smiling. Isn't it so pretty? Okay back to the point... But I did want to mention the fact that it was pretty....

We tag:

Amelia from Amelia Town
Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly
Larissa from Larrisa's Bookish Life
Isalys and Vanessa from Book Soulmates
Looksie Lovitz from Books and Wits
Megan from Read it, See it
Keri from Cinnamon Quill
Jeremy from Novel Thoughts
Kris from Voracious YAppetite
Liz from Consumed by Books
Congratulations to those 10 blogs and thank you so much to Misha!
xoxo and Love Always,
Shelbie and Amanda

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Help Shelbie Pick a New Book!

Hey Guys,

I'm pretty much out of books and I wanted your opinion of what I should read next! Please share your opinion below. Thank you! :)



Thank you thank you thank you! :)

xoxo
Shelbie

Mockingjay Thoughts - SPOILERS

I’m sorry if you haven’t read Mockingjay and you’re tempted to read even though you haven’t read it. Trust me, I’ve been there. The book is 100% better spoiler free. Don’t ruin it for yourself and go away!

1. Confession: I didn’t know what team to be on after Catching Fire. I was on the fence, leaning toward Peeta but not on the actual team. Scandalous I know.

2. Guess who’s in school mode and every time she looked at the cover, saw the symbolism of it. Did you catch it? On the cover of The Hunger Games the bird (I’m assuming it’s a Mockingjay) is pretty much all enclosed in the circle pattern. I.e. that the capitol has control over the districts, but they are kind of trying to get out of it and break some rules. On the Catching Fire cover the Mockingjay’s wings are pretty far out of the circle. I.e. The rise of the rebellion. Finally the Mockingjay cover has the circle broken and the Mockingjay is flying free. And then I knew the rebels were going to overthrow the capitol eventually. But it was kinda obvious without my deep thinking on the cover.

3. I hated District 13 from the start. I hate the governments that are all planned and scheduled and you can’t decide anything for yourself. Hi, let me decide when I have dinner and when I go training and what I wear today, thankyouverymuch. If our government for some reason is ever like that someone will get punched in the face. I also think that both District 13 and the capitol are exactly the same but with different leaders. They both do the exact same things, torture, random fire, propaganda their side, explode mountains without giving people warning. They are just as bad as the capitol. Both sides of this equation suck. Katniss should just live in the woods.

4. I love Haymitch. He is one of the best parts of the book. He is so funny, but also caring and I looove that he turns to be her guardian at the end. Well not the very end because she’s old. But like the last chapter (: He is very fatherly to her and it’s sooo cute!

5. Everyone knew Peeta would be okay, so I was half expecting him to really be dead. Interesting that they made him the winner of the hunger games. I suppose they needed one. It’s really lame that they made Peeta a traitor it was obviously scripted or something, he was not talking on his own free will.

6. I liked Katniss’s speech in District 8. Fire is catching, and if we burn you burn with us.

7. I hate the Propos. They are so fake. Hi District 13 you are the head of the rebellion. Not selling Proactiv. You don’t need ad campaigns. It’s just stupid.

8. Did it say in the beginning that Pollux was an Avox? Because I had to figure it out on my own, that he had to write stuff down and made like gargle-y noises. I’m sitting there like What are you? Sick or something? Why can’t you talk!?!

9. All the district songs are really depressing. The hanging tree?! That’s the song you teach to your children?

10. Question: If Peeta was Tracker Jacked Up, why did he warn District 13 of attack? Or wasn’t he jacked up yet? But it seems like that’s a lot of damage to do in a small amount of time. Ps. The scene where he gets beat up = super duper sad. ):

11. Super sad also = when they all worked so hard to rescue him and Katniss was all excited to see him and he tried to strangle her. That made me depressed.

12. I HATE that District 13 blew up the nut without giving the people inside a chance to surrender. I get that they didn’t give District 12 a chance to surrender but aren’t we supposed to be proving were better than the capitol. Not their equal. I hate District 13. Team live in the woods!

13. Why are there so many bread mentions? That is so random.

14. Katniss wouldn’t have gotten shot if she acted like a normal person instead of the spokesperson for the rebellion, when she was just talking to him for reals about how she didn’t wanna blow up the nut and whatnot he was agreeing with her, but instead she got all Join the Rebellion! And got shot.

15. I love that sex symbol Finnick loves crazy Annie. Their wedding is adorable. I love that Peeta got better by making the cake. That whole chapter just makes me smile (:

16. I loves Johanna. She’s so spunky. I always liked her even in Catching Fire. Even though she’s a druggie.

17. “Star Squad” by butt. It should really be called the “People We Care about More Than the Actual Soldiers So We Aren’t Going to Put them on the Front Lines but Everyone Else is Free to Die for us Squad”. Did I mention I hate District 13? They are so stupid and fake.

18. Peeta needs to get it together. No one else is wandering around saying they should be murdered and at the very least Johanna went through the same shit. But everyone went through a lot and you don’t see them wanting to kill themselves. Man up Peeta.

19. I hate that Finnick is dead. HOW CAN YOU KILL FINNICK AFTER HIS CUTE WEDDING?!?! Ugh. Makes me angry. At least he was able to marry Annie.

20. Playing dress up in the Capitol would be the most fun thing ever!

21. I enjoy Gale and Peeta’s calm discussion while fighting over the same girl. It’s rather funny that they are so cool to just talk about it as bro’s.

22. Glad Katniss didn’t shoot Gale because everything turned out okay. It would be a whole lot more annoying therapy if she killed Gale.

23. WHY THE HELL IS PRIM DEAD??!?!?!?! WHAT DOES THAT DO? SHE WASN’T EVEN AN OFFICAL PART OF THE REBELLION!!! SHE DESERVED A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE WITH A HUSBAND AND BUTTERCUP AS A DOCTOR. FTS.

24. I didn’t think the capitol killed the kids. It was too messy and unorganized. They risked too many peacekeepers and I think the peacekeepers would have known. Either someone else did it or something in the capitol’s system malfunctioned. Do you know whose fault that is? The people I’ve been blaming since the beginning! Guess who knew it!

25. So if she killed Coin what happened to Snow? Did he just get executed or did he live a long and happy life elsewhere?

26. Will SOMEONE explain Katniss’s reasoning on why the hell they are having another Hunger Games?!?! She knows what it’s like to be in the arena don’t even “For Prim.” There is no way ON EARTH she would ever wish what she suffered waiting for Katniss to come home and wondering if she would have to watch her sister get murdered on anyone else. That is just so stupid. District 13 got to her.

27. Finally on the second to last page Katniss discovers that she loves Peeta. Took her long enough.

28. Last lines are epic
That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.

But there are worse games to play.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

*** Warning: there are spoilers from the first two books in the series The Hunger Games and Catching Fire ***

Release Date: 8/24/2010
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Okay, it's going to be insanely hard to talk to you about Mockingjay without dropping oodles of spoilers. But I'm going to try.

I think this was my least favourite of The Hunger Games... It was still really really good but not the best thing one ever.

I always love the characters in this series. I always love Katniss's strength not to be pushed around. Peeta was pretty MIA the whole book. Was it just me or did it seem like he wasn't even in the book? Minor characters that I love: Finnick, Boggs, Delly, Haymitch, Johanna, Prim... I love them all they are epic characters that really deserve shoutouts. I really hated like 99% of District 13, so the minor characters were a welcome change to the fact that I didn't like district 13.

This plot was a lot more twist and turns than I remember in HG and CF. I was sort of confused for some of it. Writing was awesome. Best part of the book. I love the Suzanne Collins' writes so raw and real-ly.

(Sorry this review was kind of lame. If I would have gone more in depth I would have dropped a whole bunch of spoilers.)
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xoxo,

Ps. The spoiler-y post that shows my reaction to Mockingjay is HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mockingjay comes out today!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey guys, guess what comes out today? MOCKINGJAY BY SUZANNE COLLINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't noticed, we're uber excited. But kind of sad. Because when Mockingjay is over, that means we'll have nothing to build our love affair with the Hunger Games trilogy off of. But, we can promise you epic squealing review(s) when we are finished reading it. Anyways, this is just a post about our girlish excitement for the release of Mockingjay. And just notifying you that we'll be holed up all day reading it. :)

Go forth, buy Mockingjay, and squeal along with us. Trust us, you'll love it.

xoxo and love always,
Shelbie and Amanda


p.s. we're Team Peeta, and my (Shelbie) mom is Team Gale, what team are you?

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Look at Panem

In honor of the final book to The Hunger Games trilogy. I found a map of Panem and I thought it would be fun to see what district everyone is from! Here's the map:

*** I should probably mention there is Hunger Games and Catching Fire spoilers below that relate to our district if you haven't read them you probably shouldn't read this***

I think Amanda and I are from District 8 but we're kind of on the border between 8 and 10.

Our tributes didn't have offical names which is kind of sad. Can I name them? I'll let you name them in the comments if you want :) But our district is the one where the first rebels Katniss meets in the woods are from. We are the ones that staged the rebellion while Katniss got proposed to.

District 8 was one of the districts that President Snow was concerned about, mainly for the uprisings. On the night when President Snow read the card for the Quarter Quell, District Eight rose up and fought against its Peacekeeping force. The Peacekeepers were caught off guard and overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the mob. The Peacekeepers' Headquarters, the Justice Building, the armory, and the Communications Center were all secured by the rebels. However, the Capital responded by sending in thousands of Peacekeepers and using Hovercrafts to bomb the rebel strongholds. The rebels began to flee and the forward momentum slowed, then stopped. Everything went into a lockdown mode, and no one was allowed out of their houses for a while. The factories were shut down and the only time the T.V. played anything but static was when it showed suspected rebel instigators being executed. Eventually things returned to normal but the Capital blew up one large factory when they found out the talk of rebellion started there.

So, yeah. Amanda and I are a part of the rebel district. What district are you?

Ps. I think it'd be really fun to copy the map and do your own post about the history of your district.

Pps. If you are underwater, I'm sorry! That sucks. Just go to whatever district is closest :) and if your out of country pick a random district and that can be where you live :)

Happy Hunger Games :)

Shelbie

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Release Date: 1/5/2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
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Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.

Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.


I really wish my review could do this book justice. But it probably wont. *insert deep and thoughtful review here* This book is amazing. I was looking for a really deep and intense book, and boy did I get one. If you are looking for that type of book. Look no further. Trust me.

Regina Afton, what a main character. I don't even know what to say about her, she was a relatable character, even though I honestly couldn't relate to any of her life experiences. So don't ask me how she was relatable, she just was. I immediately sympathised with her after she fell from grace thanks to a bitchy ex best friend. Where she slowly got to know a former victim Michael Hayden and starts to make amends of the way she used to be. All while getting pummeled by her ex clique for something she didn't do. Yeah, and you thought vampires and werewolves were bad. At least you can kill that bad guy.

One thing, I feel like she could have avoided a whole bunch of pummeling if she didn't react to the ex friends. But I understood her, I wanted to punch them all in the face. They totally deserved it, but the logical thing would have been to avoid it. Which she didn't do. But, like I said, I could she why she reacted the way she did.

Overall very deep, very intense, very good read. Highly recommend if your looking for that sort of book. Now, I am going to listen to Taylor Swift, because that is what high school should be like.
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xoxo,

CSN giveaway!

Hey guys, we have another giveaway for Fantasyfest, and while this one isn't fantasy related, we think you'll like it!

Anyways, CSN has over 200 sites, and they were kind enough to give us some cool stuff for the giveaway. After you've entered, please go visit their site, csnstores.com and look through their sites! They sell book cases, luggage, baby products, book ends, furniture, etc! I might just have to see what luggage they have for Spring Break this school year! Anyways, here are the details.

This giveaway is running from today (the 22nd) through 11:59 p.m the 28th. Unfortunately, this giveaway is only for US and Canada, but be sure to keep your eye out for other international giveaways we'll be doing! Ok, there will be ONE winner and they will win these fabulous prizes:
1 set of bookends
2 sets of four bookmarks
and 1 book light.
We hope you like them, and good luck!
Just fill out the form below to enter!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Soulmates Guest Post!

Hey guys it's time for another guest post! This guest post is Isalys and Vanessa from Book Soulmates

(Well, actually it's Isalys from Book Soulmates, because I never recieved Vanessa's answers :) )

Name/Alias: Isalys & Vanessa or Vanessa & Isalys, either way we're Book ♥ Soulmates :)

Blog Name/URL: Book ♥ Soulmates at http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/

Favourite Fantasy Book (standalone):
Isalys: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller {release date August 24, 2010}. It's a beautiful and complicated story about soulmates that fight to hold on to each other lifetime after lifetime.

Favourite Fantasy Series:
Isalys: My very favorite fantasy series are: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent and The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger. Each of these have new books coming out in the next few weeks/months and I'm practically foaming at the mouth for them, haha.

Favourite Fantasy Author:
Isalys: Suzanne Collins because she wrote The Hunger Games (enough said!). I also love Rachel Vincent's writing. She has a way of conveying emotions that make you feel everything right along with the main characters.

If you could be a fantasy creature what would you be and why?
Isalys: I know this is totally cliche, but I probably would be a vampire. I love their sex appeal, the allure and their strength. I've always been fascinated with them...long before Stephenie Meyer came along, haha!

Who would be your dream fantasy character boyfriend/girlfriend? Why?
Isalys: Someone who is strong, sexy, sarcastic, funny and a little arrogant. One of my favorite male characters is Jace from "The Mortal Instruments". He is one of my choices for ideal fantasy boyfriend ;o)

Who would be your dream fantasy character best friend? Why?
Isalys: Someone who is dependable, smart & incredibly funny. Someone who is optimistic and can cheer me up when I'm down. And definitely someone who is honest and will tell me what I need to hear even when I don't want to hear it. Luckily, I have one of these in real life...but as far as my books go, my fave BFF characters are: Vee from "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick and Izzie from "Need" by Carrie Jones. Oh and I LOVE the fairies from "Eyes Like Stars" by Lisa Mantchev (I really wish I had fairy sidekicks, lol.)

Which fantasy character would you like at your arm during a party? Why?
Isalys: There are two guys that I would definitely not mind having on my arm. One is Jace (as per previously answered question, hehe) and/or Gideon from "Lords of the Underworld" by Gena Showalter, which is a paranormal adult series. There's just something about a man with electric blue hair *wink*

Which fantasy character do you think is the most like you? Why?
Isalys: One of the characters I connect most with is Kaylee from "Soul Screamers" by Rachel Vincent. She's pretty in a simple way and ordinary without being dull. She has a best friend that gets more attention than she does, but is not resentful (I definitely had that growing up). She doesn't go looking for trouble and she doesn't go shooting off at the mouth, but she doesn't let herself be walked all over either. One of my favorite things about her, which is very like me, is that she's very rational. She wants to do the right thing, but she's smart about it. She's not overly emotional and behaves appropriately based on the situation. And I love her relationship with Nash.

What is the last fantasy book you read?
Isalys: My Soul To Lose (novella in the Soul Screamers Series) and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

Which fantasy character would you not get along with? Why?
Isalys: I would have to say Ever from "The Immortals" by Alyson Noel. It's not so much that I wouldn't get along with her, but I would probably need to slap her around a bit so she would stop making so many of the same stupid mistakes, lol. Another character that I didn't bond with was Jem from "Numbers" by Rachel Ward. We're too different and I wouldn't be able to relate to her.

Who is your favourite badass fantasy villain? Why?
Isalys: The one that immediately came to mind was Cam from "Fallen" by Lauren Kate. He is deliciously deceptive! I wanted to trust him, but there's that little voice in that back of your mind telling you to proceed with caution.

Who is your favourite fantasy hero/heroine? Why?
Isalys: One of my all-time favorite female leads is Rose from "Vampire Academy". She's a "take no prisoners" kind of girl. She's strong, fearless, and loyal to a fault. I would want her to have my back in a fight! As far as the boys go, I really like Sam Roth from "Shiver" and "Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater. He's sweet and sensitive, which is the extreme opposite of Rose and it's what makes him so endearing. I like characters that are NOT stereotypical and break the mold of their gender.

Which fantasy character would you like to be if you could be anyone? Why?
Isalys: Honestly, I wouldn't mind being Grace also from "Shiver" and "Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater. She is so incredibly likable! One of my favorite things about those books is that there is so much love and admiration between Grace & Sam...and what girl wouldn't want that?!

What fantasy character would you like to play in the movie representation? Why?
Isalys: Alexia Tarabotti from "The Parasol Protectorate" Series. I would love to put on Victorian gowns and prance around old London *le sighhh*. I would definitely need to work on my British accent though, it's quite shameful!

Isalys & Vanessa
Book ♥ Soulmates

Make sure to check out their blog Book Soulmates and come back on Monday for the start of a new contest!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Vacation announcement!

Hola people! So.... I (Amanda) am going to be gone on vacation starting tomorrow. I'm not sure if this will affect my blogging or not, because I might still have internet. But I might not. Anyways, just wanted to say that starting tomorrow I will not be home until the 29th. Shelbie will be here, and blogger has a wonderful thing called scheduled posts, so this does not meant the Fantasyfest festivities are over. Very much on the contrary. We have one more giveaway on Sunday, the Ultimate Swag Bag giveaway goes until the end of the month, and we have another guest post, some reviews, and an author interview with Cassandra Clare coming up. So, the festivities are NOT over! Unfortunately, this means prizes will not be sent out until the last week of August or first week of September, because Shelbie and I have to get together to mail them. But we will mail them ASAP when I get home. And then you can enjoy your lovely books and swag :) Anyways, I'm going to finish some stuff up today, be off to a party tonight (Happy 16th Birthday M!!!!!), and off to Lake Superior (Madeline Island, woot!) tomorrow morning.

Make sure to participate in our festivities while I'm gone :)

Love always,
Amanda

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: 2/27/2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 327
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Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
(from lovely Goodreads)


Jesus lord this book was freaky! I read like half of it late last night and had to finally force myself to put it down and go to bed because I kept "hearing" rustling outside my window and freaking out. Learn from my mistakes people: No body finder late at night!

The main plot revolves around the main character, Violet, who has an insanely morbid ability to locate the dead. Not only the dead, but their killers as well. Violet was a good main character, for someone who has been so close to death all her life I could see why she was a little more reserved, it was a natural human reaction to me and I could see why she fell into that step. Next up, Jay Heaton, I don't know why but Jay always seems like a best friend name... doesn't it? Maybe it's just me. But it seems very "Hi, this is my best friend Jay!" Okay, off that topic. I liked him as a best friend and a love interest. Lately I've been reading those books where it's like loads of sexual tension right away and there never was a just a friend mode... you know what I'm talking about right? Hopefully! So this was refreshing new scenery from those books, and it kind of makes me want to break out my other best friend turned boyfriend books because they are so cute!
An amazingly awesome thing about The Body Finder was it's twists, there are two big ones I can think of but they're freaking huge, it also made The Body Finder very fast paced and I flew through it! (Minus the minor setback of having to put it down in order to sleep last night) And the ending! I tweeted about this and I don't want to give it away because that would ruin it for you and who wants that? But I swear I finished it when me and my mom were driving on our way to dance tonight and I gasped at the ending! I was freaking out! I probably gave my mom a heart attack, but it's okay because it was worth it. :)

I rarely ever do a separate statement about the writing on it's own but in The Body Finder it's needed. Mad props to Kimberly Derting, she has an amazing writing style. There are parts where she adds kidnapping scenes from the killer's point of view that I swear give me the chills just thinking about. She also does this thing where you think something bad (really bad) happens for like a page and then you realize that she just made you think that the one thing you thought happened, happened, but something else really happened. Right, if you followed that at all... anyway, whatever she does, it works!!!

Kimberly Derting, will definitely be clawing my way to the front of the line for the next book Desires of the Dead. Fantastic read!

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This was also my last Fantasyfest book so I need recommendations now! Please comment with them along with your thoughts of The Body Finder!

xoxo,
Shelbie
waiting in line

Teaser Tuesday 5

I love Teaser Tuesday's! They are hosted by the lovely MizB from Should be Reading. This is going to me a little hard just because the book I'm reading is on my nook so I'm not sure how well that's going to work out but we'll see how this goes :)

This teaser is from The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


But it wasn't the chief's prescience that caught his attention; it was the ordinary-looking sedan that followed right behind it. Actually it was the passenger inside the sedan that had him on alert.


That was surprisingly painless! Comment with your teasers, they are my favourite meme to do and to read! So, yea please leave yours below :)

xoxo,
Shelbie

Monday, August 16, 2010

We need feedback!

Hey guys, as you probably know, we are a relatively new blog. We're only about 3 1/2 months old, and have only been on Blogger since late June (we used Webs before). So, while we have improved our blog (at least by our standards), there is a lot more we could do! Unfortunately, there are some ideas that may be appealing to us, but not very appealing to you. Anyways, we want to hear what you think. We want to know... what do you like about our blog? What don't you like? What do you want to see more/less of on our blog? Do you like when we posts memes, or don't you? (Personally, I like a few, but I think we might have too many.) We want to hear what you think! Just comment on this, tweet us , or e-mail us. We really want to know what you think, after all, we don't jsut blog for our enjoyment, it's only fun if you like it too!

Anyways, either comment on this post to tell us what you think, or shoot us a tweet or e-mail!

Twitter: @shelbieamanda
e-mail: shelbieandamanda@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!

Love always,

Amanda

Review: Grace by Elizabeth Scott

Release Date: Sept. 16 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 208

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Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate. (Summary from Amazon.)

If you've read my review on Scott's Something, Maybe, then you know how much I wanted to love this book. Shelbie had always raved about Scott's books, and was a little disappointed when I gave Something, Maybe a 3 star review. 3 stars isn't bad though... it's good, just not very good. And I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Grace. It was not amazing, but it was pretty dang good.
First of all, I loved the concept of this book. I love dystopian books, and while this one is no Hunger Games, I think Elizabeth Scott could make a series out of Grace if she vamped it up a bit. This book may not have the most riveting plot (they're on a train for the course of the book), but their train ride is much different than one we would take. I loved the concept of Kerr and Grace having a silent struggle for their life. I couldn't imagine the stress I'd be going through if I was a fugitive, just hoping my newly short and dyed hair would keep me disguised. Also, though the plot they have in the present isn't extremely interesting, it was really interesting going through all of Grace's flashbacks. It really adds to the plot as you realize how dangerous what they're doing really is, and it helps you get to know the characters a little better.
At the beginning of the book, you barely know what's going on. You just know Grace is in trouble, and she's on a train with Kerr. But as she has her flashbacks, you really get to know her better. You feel how badly she wants to live, and how it dawns on her that her people might be just as bad as the people they're in a war with. And it was surprising how you could get to know Kerr through Grace's memories. Scott has written it well enough that you have the same biased opinions as Grace, and because of that, you really start to realize things at the same time Grace does. Yes, this thought may not be appealing to some people, but I thought it was kind of neat, instead of knowing things before a certain character does, and then getting mad because you think they are SO STUPID. Grace and Kerr were very real characters. As I found out what made them click, they seemed like normal people that were forced into a bad situation. I loved this fact, and it was a welcome relief to see real characters for once.
Now, train ride over, you've gotten to know Grace and Kerr pretty well. You got to see what makes them click. And Scott does not disappoint with her ending. I thought the ending was perfect, and like I said before, Scott could make a really great dystopian series out of Grace if she chose to do so. Overall, my opinions of Elizabeth Scott have improved, and while this may not be a five star book; it was pretty great and I think you should all go buy it.
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Love always,
Amanda

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rachel Vincent Winner!


Hey guys,

Just wanted to thank you guys for making this contest so great! We had over 45 individual entries and a lot of them had extra entries... so thanks! Contesting is tons of fun when a lot of people participate :)

Just a reminder that all the Fantasyfest winners will get their stuff shipped at the same time at the beginning of September so don't look for it until then! :)

*drumroll* and the Rachel Vincent Giveaway winner that will receive the first three books in the Soul Screamer series is:

Meredith M!


Congratulations Meredith! If you're bummed you didn't win or are Meredith and are happy you won you can enter the rest of the Fantasyfest giveaways the rest of the month!

Happy Fantasyfest!

xoxo and Love Always,

Shelbie and Amanda

Guest Post: Kersten Hamilton

Hey guys, our blog is part of the Novel Noise Tyger, Tyger tour. And in honor of the tour, we have a guest post from Kersten Hamilton herself! Want more info? Visit:

Kersten's site: http://www.kerstenhamilton.com/
For more tour stops: Tyger, Tyger tour on Novel Noise
Amanda's review of Tyger, Tyger HERE.

Anyways, enjoy the post!


Five Characters I wish I’d Created—because I love characters who do something completely and unexpectedly good.



!!!Spoiler warning!!! If you have not read the book, don’t read the blurb! I love these books and I want you to read them and love them too, in all their unspoiled splendor!

Two From Harry Potter: Snape, one of my favorite characters of all time. He was tortured and tormented as a child, and did not win the love of the girl he loved. He watched her marry his tormentor instead. Snape played a dangerous game because of his friendship with Dumbledore, and ultimately gave his life to protect his students.

And, in a hat’s off to J. K. Rowling’s sheer writerly prowess, a second character from the Harry Potter series: Fleur Delacour, for the scene at Bill’s hospital bed after he’s been mauled by Fenrir Greyback. Pure awesomeness.

From To Kill a Mockingbird: Boo Radley. He was trapped in his house by his own fears and society’s judgments, struggling with a broken mind. But Boo was there when Scout and Jem needed him.

From A Tale of Two Cities: Sydney Carton. An alcoholic, a blackmailer, and a cynic…who has just enough strength to keep a promise to the woman he loves.

From Les Misérables: Monseigneur Bienvenu, who treated one ragged and very guilty convict as if he were more costly than silver, more precious than gold.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Review: Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: Nov. 15th 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 294(320 with dedication, author page, etc.)
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Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems. Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.(summary from Amazon)

Oy vay! Let me just say, it is a welcome relief to read a complete and totally unique fantasy novel. Especially one in a world written so well that it's like a fairy tale.
Step into Hamilton's world, and you will instantly fall in love. Yes, there are Highborn goblins, hellhounds, and ugly cat-sidhe, but there are things in the world that are absolutely beautiful. Hamilton has written a beautiful story about a family fighting for themselves and the world that is Mag Mell. The whole entire concept is something amazing and totally unique, a blend of Irish folk tales, fairy tales, romance, and whatever else makes up an amazing fantasy novel today. You will definitely be kept on your toes through this constantly changing plot. There's new love, family bonds, magical powers (and people discovering their magical powers), hidden pasts, and even a little Mob involvement. Trust me, this plot was not boring. Unfortunately, I can't give away more because there are lots of little surprises.
And now, I get to tell you about the gloriousness that is Finn. Because Hamilton has written her characters extremely well, especially Finn. Finn is the Mac Cumhaill, the one born to fight goblins. He is also an extremely sexy Irish teenager who has impeccable manners when it comes to women, and loves his grandma Mamieo. You will easily fall in love with Finn and Teagan's witty banter, constantly interrupted by the very lively best friend Abby and the adorable little brother Aiden. I'd definitely say Aiden was one of my favorite characters, especially when he pulls tricks on Teagan or calls bad guys "dirty Elvis impersonators." The cast of characters in this book is the perfect blend of funny and serious, sweet and mischievous. You will love them from the start, from Aiden's adorable insults, to Mamieo's grandmotherly advice and Finn's boyish charm. Oh, and no wimpy girls in this book. Teagan has brains and beauty, and sure knows how to think on her feet!

I can't tell you much more about the book, and I can't tell you much about the ending. But I can tell you that this book isn't lacking adventure, romance, or any sort of mythical creature. And the ending is so perfect that you'll be unwilling to put the book down. I hope that when this book comes out in November, that you all get it and enter the amazing if some what scary world that Hamilton has created.

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S0, that was my probably not very good review because I'm sleepy and not in the reviewing mood. But oh well, go buy Tyger, Tyger when it comes out!

Love always,

Amanda

Excuse me while I yawn while scanning the YA fantasy section...



** WARNING THIS WILL PROBABLY TURN INTO A RANT, BE PREPARED FOR RANTING**



Has anyone else that YA fantasy stuff and YA in general has become the same old stuff recycled over and over again? Don't get me wrong, I love fantasy (duh, Fantasyfest!) but when it is the same old paranormal romance over and over again I tend to get annoyed. Everything you see is about vampires. Girl meets vampire, they fall in love, girl can't see vampire because he is a vampire and could suck her blood. Hmmmm.... does this sound like a certain saga that everyone's been obsessed about? Well, while not every paranormal romance book will have a whiny no good Bella and a creepily overprotective Edward, most of them tend to follow the same story line. And have the same covers. And similar characters. (Note, I don't mean similar to Twilight, but similar to most other PNR novels.) I'm sorry, but as a book lover, I don't like to hear the same story told over and over again. It's very annoying when I'm browsing through books in B&N and all I see are the same old covers and the same old plots. It's frustrating seeing 2 dimensional characters in a very cliche and overused story. Yes, I know what you PNR lovers are thinking, "But there are fallen angels stories too!" I understand this. Trust me, I've read plenty of Angel stories, but only a few are near and dear to my heart. And the rest are the same. "Oh sexy Angel, I can't be with you because you are an Angel!" Well boo hoo. The only thing I hate more than a cliche PNR novel is one that involves a whiny 'so in love' girl. Oh, and the fact that the YA book shelves are infested with PNR. I love any kind of fantasy, but this is just sickening. Where are the sci-fi novels? The historical fiction? Hmmmm? I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but it is very saddening when I can find barely any sci-fi novels on YA shelves. Although... I am a fan of the new dystopian trend. Anyways, I think you've heard enough rant for now. So I am going to compile two lists: 1 of awesome not cliche brain-washing fantasy novels, and one of epic fails. And after you read that, you should tell me what trends you are sick of in books. What cliches you hate. Come on guys, lets have a ranting party! Anyways... here are my lists. They are in no particular order.

Epic fantasy wins:
1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (okay, it's a LITTLE cliche, but there are parts in Hush, Hush and Crescendo that are totally amazing.)
3. Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
4. Angel Fall by Coleman Luck
5. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (I'm sorry, Shiver was too cliche, I loved Linger though.)
6. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
7. Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore

Epic fantasy fails (or fantasy books I just didn't like as much.):
1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
2. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin (I'm sorry... it just wasn't believable.)

Fantasy books that were just "all right":
1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (definitely not bad, set up Linger well, but not amazing.)
2. The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima ( just didn't like it as much. Not cliche though!)

As you can see, I have tried to distance myself from horribly cliche fantasy books, and have been pretty successful.



Love always,

Amanda

Quotes 8.14.2010

Hey guys I haven't done quotes in a while so I thought I would do them today.

These quotes are from The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, I would've put up The Demon's Lexicon quotes but I lost them in my Nook and I have no idea where they went! So, yeah these are from the second book but I promise not to spoil anything!

5. "I have friends in Exeter already. I have -- those people, you know, they hang around outside the bike sheds, they're always hassling Jamie."
"Those are some awesome dudes, don't let them get away."

4. Alan had explained that circles with knives inside were a sign magicians had their messengers carry, promising death to anyone who interfered with them.
Mae had always thought that jewelry should make a statement.

3. "I thought demons weren't supposed to lie,"
"We don't, but I am in full possession of the amazing power of being sarcastic."

2. "Sometimes when you pull knives on people, they get this impression that you're going to hurt them, and then they're completely terrified. Crazy, I know!"

1. "I came to gaze on your sleeping face. Only you had the blanket over your head, so I just had to gaze at a lump I thought was your sleeping face, and that turned out to be your shoulder. Which just wasn't as special."
"Your life is hard."

Those are your quotes today!

xoxo,

The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennen

Release Date: 5/19/2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 303
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*** WILL contain spoilers from the first book The Demon's Lexicon click the link to read that review ***
Mae Crawford's always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she's even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn't told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick's powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician's carefully laid trap?

I can basically sum up my review in three words: The best yet! I loved The Demon's Covenant even more than I loved The Demon's Lexicon. Which I loved. A lot.

In The Demon's Lexicon the basic story revolved around Nick, in The Demon's Covenant it revolves around Mae. I love Mae's voice and I love seeing the world from her point of view, I love that the main character changed in this book from the first, it makes me wonder who will be the main character in the final installment in the series. There isn't really any new characters to have an opinion on except in The Demon's Lexicon as a reader you didn't (or at least I didn't) get to know the villain until toward the end, so it was nice to have got to know the villain (Gerald) in the previous book and have some hating each other scenes.

One thing to say about the plot was that I loved this one even more than the first. It has just as many twists, but you have got to know the world so this story gives you more room to explore the world, and it helps to be in the head of a character that's new to the whole magic thing because more explaining is involved, which really helps the reader figure out what's going on. And this is one love triangle (which sort of turns into a pitchfork sort of thing) that I don't mind reading. Usually I have the one person where I'm like "You are so stupid to even like character b! When character a is sooo much better for you!" I do admit that I have a favourite *cough*Nick*cough* but I won't be too devastated if Mae picks Alan because he's pretty badass too. A pretty big part of the plot that I loved was that Mae reads to Nick from Daniel Ryves' journal, I loved Daniel's journey to accepting Nick into the family. It was also a really cool way to tie in the character's past. So props for that.

Overall, I loved The Demon's Covenant and am anxiously waiting for the third book. It can't come out fast enough!

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Have you read The Demon's Covenant? Tell me what you thought in the comments please!

xoxo,