Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Gorgeous cover! I want those shoes!
Title: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Publish Date: August 4 2011 (UK)

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson is the story of Lila, a seventeen year old girl who has a secret... or two. The most important to her is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since she was five years old. The other isn't as big a deal, just this little telekinetic power she's discovered she has.

After almost being mugged in South London, Lila runs away to California to spend some time with her brother Jack, and, of course, that means spending time with Alex, too. But soon she's questioning the company Jack and Alex work for and everything she's ever believed about herself and her family. Also, there are others like her out there, people with powers, people who use those powers to hurt others. And they might just be after Lila...

First, I just want to state that I wanted to read this book so badly that I had it shipped from England just so I could get my hands on it before it was released in North America.

And I must say, I am not in the least disappointed that I did.

Hunting Lila was a wonderful story full of twists and turns, some of which I saw coming, some that I didn't. Lila was an adorable character. Her personality wasn't weak or overwhelming in anyway (as a lot of heroines are prone to be). She was a displaced teenage girl who just wanted to feel... wanted.

Being carted off to England by her father when she was twelve was discombobulating. I mean, come on! She was forced to move to another country after the death of her mother without the company of her brother (who chose to stay in America) and her father (who travels a good amount of the time). I would feel lost and alone, too. All Lila wanted was a home, with her family (and, if miracles happened, Alex).

I can understand that.

Lila's relationship with Alex was cute. She adored him throughout the book, seeing him as the best of the best. She compared him to all other guys. She was infatuated, but not in an annoying way. It was funny, actually, and sweet. I found myself wanting Alex to see Lila the same way she saw him. I wanted him to like her the way she liked him.

And my favorite part of Hunting Lila, the powers. From Lila's telekinetics to the bad guy's powers, I loved them. Mind reading, mind control, projecting, so many useful talents and Alderson used them all to forward her story. And, between the mind readers and projectors, there were more than enough jokes and gossip going around to keep me entertained during the lulls in the action.

If I had to take points off for something it would be that the characters, the ones who were supposed to be American, were clearly written with an English accent. Twenty-two year old American guys don't say words like lovely and proper. But it's a small thing really. And I enjoyed the story so much I was more than willing to overlook it.

I recommend Hunting Lila to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance or science fiction. It kept me reading until late in the night (during a hurricane too!) and every time I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up because there were few parts that were boring. I can't wait until the sequel, Losing Lila, and am definitely going to check out Alderson's next book Fated, which releases January 5th 2012 (UK).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Release: Review — Fury, by Elizabeth Miles

Title: Fury
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: SimonPulse (Simon & Schuster)
Pub. Date: Today, August 30th, 2011

Read an excerpt here!

Emily Winters is a girl who believes she is in like with her best friend, Gabby's, boyfriend. To top it off, she thinks he's into her, too. When Gabby goes to Spain with her family over winter break, Em is excited to test if there really is something between them.

Chase has his own issues to deal with. He's stressed about his home life, his social life seems to be falling apart, and he's hiding a dark secret deep inside of him, something cruel that he did.

Both Emily and Chase regret what they have done, but they still have to be punished, because, as the tag-line of this book depicts:

Sometimes sorry just isn't enough...

Fury is a terrifying tale of revenge. In Ascension, Maine, the Furies of Greek lore have arrived to show that mistakes made will not be taken lightly. That there are consequences to your actions. And that the punishment must befit the crime.

I like retellings and modern incorporartings of mythological tales and beings, so when I read the description for Fury, by Elizabeth Miles, I was excited to be able to take the chance to read this book. Plus, the cover is simply gorgeous, which is always a plus

The whole story had a creepy feel to it, which is what I like. You knew something bad was going to happen. You were waiting for it.

Perhaps that was also this book's downfall.

I kept waiting and waiting for it to happen which, if you've ever waited for something to happen during a book, you know that can be a bit—distracting to the story as a whole. That was probably the biggest problem I had with this book, because it did take a while to get to the good stuff, as opposed to the High School drama that was littered throughout this book.

I also had an issue with the fact that the Furies chose Em as one of their targets, and not Zach, when his transgression was surely greater than hers (not that her's wasn't big, because it was). But, I suppose, then there'd be no point in using Em as the protagonist.

Over all, I thought Fury was well written. I loved the characters, though Em, among others could be a bit annoying at times. I found the plot different and intriguing, so in that sense it kept me entertained.

I can't say I was too surprised by the turn of events portrayed in this novel. I found myself often going, “ this is so-and-so doing this,” or “Ok, this is going to happen next,” but I don't believe that detracted from the story. Actually, I thought it made it kind of fun and interactive, but I'm weird, so...

To put a rating to this book, I would give Fury 3.6 Crazy Hearts. I wouldn't call it a must-read, but Fruy was a good book. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes creepy, paranormal tales of revenge.

Monday, August 29, 2011

UPDATES: September Group Reads Poll #2 & Irene

First things first.

Yesterday, we posted an announcement that we were expecting to be hit by Hurricane Irene. Well she came, we saw, and have all lived to tell the tale. Honestly, neither of our parties really had much damage to speak of, just a few twiggy tree limbs and leaves here or there in our yards.

Another of our cousins, Michelle, from, who lives closer to Jesse and Taylor than I, though still not far, did lose power and, I believe, may still may be without power, but that, thankfully, is the worst any of our family experienced with this storm.

Next order of business.
Read with PiF

A Little over a week ago, we posted a Goodreads poll to determine what two books you pretty readers would like to read with us this upcoming September. Your votes were cast and tallied, but there was only one clear winner:

Bloodlines, by Richelle Mead

Of course, Bloodlines is only one book, and that means you guys need to help us choose another:

In order to break a tie, we need to do a second poll to determine which book will be our second September read.

This poll is limited to the four books that were voted for and tied, but didn't win.

This poll will only run through the 31st, only 3 days, so be sure to cast your votes!

Your choices are:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) *Description* When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) *Description* I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) *Description* St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Divergent (Divergent, #1) *Description* Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

The Hunger Games Teaser Trailer Revealed

The first look at The Hunger Games!

We (Jesse and I) sat through the whole VMA's to see the 30 second clip of The Hunger Games trailer. I normally wouldn't have watched the VMA's , but it was totally worth it!

Check it out below!

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Oh yeah! I totally called that they would use the clips of the fireball scene for the teaser. What about Liam Hemsworth's voice? That was Gale talking to Katniss before Effie and Haymitch take her to the Capital.

So what do you guys think? Is this teaser getting you pumped for March 23? Or would you have liked to see more?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

IMPORTANT: Hurricane Irene

Hey, there, Pretty Readers,

We have some very important, non-book related information to talk about today.

For those of you who don't know, we four cousins of Pretty in Fiction are all residents of eastern Ocean County, New Jersey (refer to maps below, Jesse and Taylor live in Toms River, Courtney and I slightly south east).

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This means, of course, that all four of us are directly in the projected path of Hurricane Irene (we've actually been getting some of the storm's outer bands for several hours now):


At this time we're not entirely sure what the effects of Irene may be, but the possibilities we are expecting are not good. Lots of flooding, airbourne debris, possible tornadoes, and loss of power for maybe a week (more, or less).

Because we have no way of knowing what exactly will happen, the rest of the staff and I here, at Pretty in Fiction, wanted to let you guys know in advance just in case, for what ever reason, we are unable to get back online and update for some time.

We should be getting the worst of the storm between 7-8am tomorrow, so we will try to keep you posted on our status if we can.

We know we are not the only ones being affected by this storm and so those of you who have already, are already, or will also have to endure Irene, we wish you well, and hope that you and your families stay safe during this time.

Your Pretty in Fiction Staff,
Kira, Jesse, Taylor, and Courtney

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (5)

Feature, and Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee View and Alison Can Read:

Feature & Follow Friday

In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real
Jesse: Maybe it's cliche, but if any mythical creature could be real I'd have to say vampires.

Damon BiteYou have to admit, there's something very appealing about them. The whole neck biting thing? Very sexy. Plus they're the bad boys of the mythical creature community. The tall, dark, brooding stranger who haunts the night and stalks the girl he's in love with.

Creepy? Very. But romantic. And that's the point. That's why vampires are the most popular creatures in fiction. Something about blood and sex and danger and love, it gets mixed up in our heads and we decide it's romantic.

In real life a parasitic creature who feeds off of others is seriously gross. But not in our imaginations. In our imaginations vampires will always be the mysterious and intriguing boys of our fantasies.

Kira: Perhaps it's just me, but I found this question hard to answer. Maybe it's because I'm greedy (hello, you're asking me to choose just one?), but I can't really think of one that screams, "Oh! Pick me!"

So, I guess I'll go with one I've always liked, though it couldn't really "come out of the closet" all on its own, so much as happen to be in the wrong (or, right?) place at the wrong (right?) time.

PhoenixI would LOVE it if I could see a real live phoenix. There's just something about them that is just awesome (like the whole resurrected from the ashes thing). Imagine randomly seeing a flaming bird fly through the sky.

Oohh, well that, and centaurs would be cool, too. Then again, I'm a Sagittarius, so of course I'd love it if they we real.

Taylor: Mythical Creatures are cool in books an what not, but they would scare the crap out of me if they just came out of no where! But if I had to choose it would be angels, because they would be here to protect us... Unless they are like those scary seraphim from Supernatural (except Cas). Then nuh uh.


And, Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy For Books:

Book Blogger Hop

“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

Kira and Courtney: We have 4 pets. 1 dog (Milkshake), and three troublesome kitties (Nala,Princess, and Fifi--the most troublesome of all).

Maddie & BusterJess and Tayl: We have 3 dogs. All different sizes. The oldest, Casey, is a sixteen year old German Shepard/Collie mix. Buster is a six year old dachshund. And Maddie, the puppy, is almost a year old. She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Pitbull mix. Actually her birthday is September 2nd.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

And The Award Goes To...

Us girls at Pretty in Fiction are super excited because we just won our very first blog award!

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The lovely Sherre, from Beckoned By Books honored us just the other day with the Leibster Blog Award, and we couldn't be more thankful for her consideration of us.

The Leibster Blog Award is a way for us to honor all our fellow budding bloggers out there with fewer than 200 followers. Once the award is passed on, each honoree then chooses five (5) fantastic blogs that meet the criteria, and it continues from there.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThink: Pay It Forward (which, ironically, shares our PiF acronym), blog-award style.

The Rules:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.

5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

Here are the blogs that we choose to award today:
Cold Moon Violet Books
Book Love 101
Fiction Fool
My Tower of Books
Congrats to all the winners! You guys deserve it, your blogs are awesome.

Many thanks, again, to Sherre over at Beckoned By Books. We hope you and the other Pretty Readers of PiF continue to enjoy this blog's, and these bloggers', crazy bookish opinions.

Thanks again!

The Pretty Staff of Pretty in Fiction

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Trailer For The Hunger Games Movie Out Sunday!

Good news for all you Hunger Games fans!

A teaser trailer of The Hunger Games is going to be released at the MTV VMA's on Sunday August 28, 2011!

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This will be the first released footage of The Hunger Games movie. They know how obsessed we Hunger Games devotees are so they are posting it to their website immediately after they show the footage at the VMA's.

The Hunger Games will be released in theaters March 23, 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

UPDATE: Click here to watch The Hunger Games teaser trailer.

Review: Numbers, by Rachel Ward

Title: Numbers
Author: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic)
Pub. Date: February, 2010

Read an excerpt here!

Imagine, for a moment, that ever since you were a little kid you could see people’s numbers. Not just any numbers, mind you, but numbers that signified the date of their deaths.

Now imagine that one day you’re wandering around, minding your own business, when you start to notice peoples’ numbers. But it’s strange, because all their numbers are the same. The date they’re all reading is today.

This is the concept that drew me to reading Rachel Ward’s debut novel Numbers. The first book in a trilogy (the last of which, Infinity, was released this past June in the UK. The second book, The Chaos, was released in March here in the US), Numbers follows the story of Jem, the girl who sees these dates. It’s because of them, ever since her mother died and she learned what they meant, that she has cut herself off from others, refusing to get to know people.

Until she meets Spider.

Check Out Our Updated Favorite Books Section!

Hey Pretty Readers!

Check out Our Favorite Books page for a list of our favorite books by genre.

Realistic Fiction to Fantasy to Paranormal Romance, we're sure to have something you'll like. And if you have any suggestions for the list or for us to read, feel free to let us know!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Guest Post by Abbey Adams

Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published Date: January 5th 2010

Has anyone ever started a rumor about you?

This is the problem Regina Afton faces in Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.

Regina is part of the Fearsome Fivesome, the clique on the very top of the social ladder at Hallowell High. The Fearsome Fivesome is feared by the students, yet envied by nearly everyone. But when they cast Regina out of the group in a freeze-out after nasty rumors were spread, she gets a taste of her own medicine.

Only worse.

Soon the entire school completely hates her, and lets her know by spray painting words like "whore" across her locker and posting awful comments and rumors about her on the internet. The people she thought were her friends beat her down not only mentally, but physically as well. They abuse her for a crime she didn't commit.

Regina becomes an outcast. The only people she can find refuge with are people she has abused in the past. Liz, a girl who was abused by the Fearsome Fivesome so badly she attempted suicide, is one of the only people who treat Regina kindly. She doesn't accept Regina as a friend or forgive her for what she's done in the past, but she is not mean to her like everyone else.

Regina is astonished that Micheal is the one person who she can actually call her friend, when she's the reason he is an outsider and a loner at school. She is even more astonished that she begins to have feelings for him, like more than friend.

Can you imagine this happening to you during your senior year ?

What I found compelling about this book was how much I hated the characters. You might think that's odd to say about a book I enjoyed, but I thought that was what Courtney Summers was going for when she wrote it. I think she wanted readers to see how truly mean teenagers can be when left with no consequences.

As a thirteen year old in junior high I know how teenage girls are prone to act. I haven't seen any girls bully to this extent, but I can see how it could get there if their actions had no repercussions.

This is a book that is very important for teen girls to read because it puts them in the shoes of someone who knows how it feels to be be bullied. It shows you, as a reader, the repercussions your words and actions have. When adults just tell you that someone is hurting that doesn't always change your view or teach you that what you say really does hurt people. By reading about it you see through the eyes of the victim. But Regina is not only a victim, she has victimized others and gets to see first hand how it feels to be treated how she treated others.

What made Some Girls Are interesting is that it was real. It didn't sound like an adult writing teenage characters how they should act, but how they would act in this kind of situation. I read this book in a day. I literally couldn't put it down, except for once to eat.

And that was against my will.

I recommend this book to readers thirteen and up based on language and violence. I wouldn't stop younger readers from reading this based on the language because they've surely witnessed worse on TV, at school, or just hanging out with friends. If you're a parent and your kids are old enough to hang out with friends, unchaperoned, then they have probably seen this kind of behavior first hand, and this book might put things into perspective for them. If you are a teenager then you should check out this book because it might change your opinion on some of your so-called “friends”.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What Would You Like to Read with PiF Next Month?

Hey Pretty Readers,

As part of our new monthly Group Reads feature here on Pretty in Fiction (August Review|Discussion), we'd like to invite you to vote on which books you'd like to read with us in September.

Read with PiFIf you'd rather a different book than one that is listed, please comment your choice below.


It's time to choose our Group Reads for September, Pretty Readers. We only had a few suggestions this month, and so I have added a few more based on recent (well, in a couple of days) releases. I also leave you with a write-in space, to add your own suggestions, as well.

The top two books at the end of this poll (Aug. 27) will be September's Group Reads

* PLEASE NOTE: If you have already cast your vote, the poll will no longer be visible for you. You can change your vote by following this link. The results of this poll will not, however, be visible until August 27.

In This Poll:
(click on the book's thumbnail to learn more)
Divergent (Divergent, #1)Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (4)

I know, I know. We're running a little late today. Time for some Follow Friday Blog Hop fun!

The Book Blogger Hop is first up today, and for those who don't know, it's a bookish meme hosted by the lovely Crazy For Books

Today's Blogger Hop Question:
Book Blogger Hop
What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?” 
(Note: I’m putting one caveat on this question. You aren’t allowed to say the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, or other religious/spiritual text.)
Jesse: I think the longest book I've ever read was probably Breaking Dawn. I'm not quite sure because I usually read ebooks, but Breaking Dawn was huge and took me two days of nonstop reading to get through, so I'm going to say it's a pretty fair guess that it was the longest book I've read.
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Taylor: Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosKira: *runs off to check page numbers* I've read lots of books that are a good many, many pages long. Most of them—like my Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1228 pages), or The Chronicles of Narnia, or The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide—are books that consist of many stories, not just one, so I bet they don't count. 

That being said, the longest single-story book I've ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages long (which actually beats some of my multi-story books. Though, were you to count the whole series, which i've read a number of times, as one big story that would be 4100 pages, which would be a great deal more impressive, and one insanely gigantic book).

Jennifer Lawrence to Sing in The Hunger Games Movie

It has recently been revealed that Jennifer Lawrence is going to be singing "Rue's Lullaby" herself in The Hunger Games.

For those of you who don't know or don't remember (but seriously, who could forget?) Rue's Lullaby is the song Katniss sings for her fallen tribute, Rue, while in the arena.

Lawrence has already recorded it with T. Bone Burnett, a music producer who recently won an Oscar for the soundtrack to Crazy Heart. Burnett told MTV that Lawrence is a "great singer" and a "killer actor, too" and that Rue's Lullaby will be "coming out soon."

Check the clip out here.

Does that mean that they'll be releasing the song before the movie?

I hope so!

Here is a clip from The Poker House of Jennifer Lawrence singing. (She's the one driving.)

So what do you think? Will her voice do "Rue's Lullaby" any justice?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hush, Hush Graphic Novel!

So I was on Becca Fitzpatrick's website last night and I found out some awesome news!

Hush, Hush is being turned into a graphic novel! The expected release date is October 18, 2011.

For all of you guys out there that haven't gotten around to reading Hush, Hush yet here's what it's about:

High school sophomore Nora Grey is dealing with her father's recent death, and her mothers prolonged absences due to work. When she is partnered in class with dark and mysterious Patch Cipriano, she immediately dislikes him. She thinks he’s arrogant and rude and refuses to take anything seriously, when she is the exact opposite. But still she feels drawn to him. 

As they spend time together the strange magnetism between them only grows stronger, but Nora is very aware of the dangerous vibes Patch gives off.  When she discovers someone is trying to kill her, she doesn’t know whether or not she can trust Patch. But she’ll have to trust someone if she wants to survive…

One of the biggest reasons I think I like this book is because Patch is so mysterious. I've read books where the heroine was unsure whether or not she should trust someone, but I've never come across another book where I was unsure of whether or not she could trust him. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.

Personally, I cannot wait for the Hush, Hush Graphic Novel because there will be pictures... OF PATCH!

By the way you can crop your face in there (Come on! You know you want to!) by following this link to Facebook.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The Marked Son, by Shea Berkley

Title: The Marked Son
Author: Shea Berkley
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pub. Date: August 2011

Read an excerpt here!

It's 2:43 AM on August 15th, 2011, and I have FINALLY finished The Marked Son by Shea Berkley.

I started reading The Marked Son when it was released on the 2nd and though it may be difficult to believe, I tried to finish it as close to that date as I could (it normally doesn't take me nearly two weeks to finish a book, but what can you do?) .

The Marked Son is the story of Dylan Kennedy, who has always known something was off, that somehow he did not belong. When his mother takes him to the home of grandparents he's never known, who never even knew he existed, and abandons him, the feeling only intensifies and he's waiting for the moment they kick him out and do the same.

Then he meets Kera, the girl (literally) of his dreams, and the strange, yet undeniable pull between the two can only lead to the truth of who and what he is.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Interview with Blake Northcott, author of Vs. Reality

Last week I posted a review of Vs. Reality by Blake Northcott. I really loved the story and the characters so when I got a chance to ask Blake some questions I jumped on the opportunity. Hopefully these questions will give you a little insight into the mind of this truly unique and inspiring author.

1. What were some of your favorite books growing up?
I read quite a lot, actually: romance, poetry, thrillers, historical fiction - whatever I could get my hands on. If I had to pinpoint one, it might be The Mists of Avalon. It was a monstrous book, and I remember sitting in my room reading it hours into the night, until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. 

2. Favorite comic book character?
Batman, Tony Stark (Iron Man), Daredevil...I liked the characters that are more down to earth, flawed and real. They’re not overly ‘super’ as far as powers go, but they’re all overcoming adversary in their own way and those are the more compelling stories to me. There’s a vulnerability that human characters have that you don’t get with someone like Superman who is almost god-like in his strength.

Blake Northcott
3. If you could have any superpower what would it be? And what would you use it for? Good, evil, or your own reasons?
Creating Dia for Vs. Reality was almost like a fantasy for me. My passion in life is travel, so it would be a great shortcut to have her power, and be able to tear open a portal, walk through it and be in Paris, Sydney, Rome, or some other fantastic place.
So I guess that’s not for good or evil...that’s just my selfish desire to avoid things like long flights and getting molested by TSA agents.

4. How did you come up with the idea for Vs. Reality?
In storytelling there always seems to be people who somehow acquire superhuman abilities, and then everything is so cut and dry. “I’m gonna go save the world!” or “I’m going to make myself a costume in my bedroom!”

OF COURSE if someone could fly, read minds or teleport, they’re not going to immediately think about a costume they can make so they can go fight crime in their neighborhood. Some people would use their power for good, but that would be the vast minority.

I sort of started there and the story just evolved.

Having the characters need a drug of some kind to trigger their manifestation was just another layer I wanted to add – if you got hooked on the power, what would make you quit? Some people spend their entire lives trying to give up vices like smoking and drinking...imagine trying to quit flying? Or telepathy?

I wanted to explore that a bit too, and I’ll get into it a lot more in Volume 2 and 3.

5. Personally Jens was my favorite of your characters. Which one of your characters was your favorite to write?
Jens might actually be my favorite. He’s comic relief, but he doesn’t mean to be. He’s just such a huge jerk and he’s the only person who doesn’t know it. I love writing his one-liners, his advice for people, and of course he swears a lot...and who isn’t a fan of a little spicy talk?
Govinda is fun as well. Creating a smug, condescending villain was of course a blast – aren’t those everyone’s favorite characters? Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, Hans Gruber from Die Hard...they’re SO evil you just have to love them.

6. Do you have any advice for young writers out there?
Get something out there. Don’t edit and re-edit your work into oblivion because you’ll never finish. Shoot for great, not perfect. Then share it with the world and make it accessible.

That’s the great thing about social media and E-Books – you can find your audience and get instant feedback. And if people don’t love it, ask them why. Use that criticism to make your next book even better.

I think that's advice all aspiring authors can take to heart. And I thank Blake Northcott for taking the time to answer my questions. You should all check out her book Vs. Reality. Whether you're a lover of comic books or superheroes or fantasy novels, I think you'll really enjoy it. I did!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blog Hop and Follow, & Feature Friday (3)

Hey, there, Pretty Readers! It's that time of the week again.

We'll start this week off with the awesome Feature, and Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Feature & Follow Friday

Their question this week:
How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?
Jesse: My reading habits haven't changed much since I was a teen, although I'm only 23. I still read pretty much the same things I was reading then. I love paranormal and fantasy books, but recently—within the past couple of years—I've been getting more into contemporary and realistic fiction. But when I need a good read I still usually head for the paranormal section first.

Kira: I've always been a reader. Always had a book on me practically everywhere I went. The major difference between when I was a teenager and now is that now I read way more YA books than I did. When I was a teen, my main go-to books were things written by John Grisham,or Tami Hoag--anything that could keep me on the edge of my seat, really. I still read stuff like that from time to time, but mostly it's all YA these days.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Host Movie News!

The Host is being made into a movie.

They have been saying that since 2009. It's finally true! 

Melanie Stryder has been cast! She is going to be played by Saoirse Ronan who has starred in "The Lovely Bones" (2010) and "Hanna" (2011).

I don't think they could have cast a better person to play Melanie/Wanda. Saoirse (pronounced Sur-shuh)  is capable of playing a strong and independent women like Mel and I think she will be able to pull off the sweet yet determined Wanda. She hasn't let me down in any of her other movies and I don't think she will in "The Host".  

Saoirse Ronan
As of right now "The Host" will be released March 29, 2013! How awesome is that?

Here's a clip from "Hanna" that reminded me of "The Host".

If you squint and pretend she has brown hair she could almost be Melanie running away from the Seekers in the beginning of "The Host".

I also found this little clip from "I Could Never Be Your Woman" which I just thought was hilarious and had to share! 

So what do you guys think? Will she be able to pull off Wanda and Melanie's personalities?

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