Friday, September 30, 2011

TGIF! Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (9)

We're running late, today, with our Friday fun. My (Kira's) fault. I've been easily distracted and incredibly indecisive today as to what I wanted to say. So, without further ado:

The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy For Books asks us a question every week to help us get to know our fellow bloggers better. This week, our question is:

Book Blogger Hop

"In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”
Click here for 2010-11 list in PDF format. You can also click HERE to view past years and choose from any of those titles!

Jesse: This is a tough question. I have so many problems with banning books and the fact that any of these wonderful books are banned just gets under my skin. The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, classics that everyone should get to read in school. But my favorite banned books would have to be the Vampire Academy series. I can't believe these books would ever be banned. Sure there are a few areas that might make the books unsuitable for younger readers, especially the more immature readers, but most older kids (especially the type of kids who like to read) are old enough to handle these types of things. It's not like the books are actually graphic in their descriptions of these things.

Kira: The term banned book irritates me. I hear it and I'm ready to go off ranting about the injustice and stupidity of it all. I do not do well with injustice and stupidity. Seriously, though, what does something like banning books really accomplish? The spread of ignorance and intolerance? The stepping stone to one of those totalitarian dystopian societies we've all read about (or should have) at some point (or, was Nineteen Eighty-Four only on my high school's required reading list)?

I went through these lists and saw so many awesome books. Did people even take the time to read them before deciding they were trash? Like Brave New World, which is one of my favorite high school curriculum books. There was much more to that story than its "explicit sexual content".

The Hunger Games was banned, too, this time for its violence. Well, ok. I'll give you that. The Hunger Games is very violent, but I would think the message more important.

Same with The Giver (Hey! Wait a minute, I'm beginning to notice a theme here...). At least, with this one, I think they touch on the real issue. In 2003, the book was challenged by parents who called it “'lewd' and 'twisted'”. Well, yeah. the society in the book alone is both those things, which is sort of the point the book is trying to make. The society is "lewd" and "twisted" because of how it intricately controls the lives of its people and enforces its laws. So, how do we respond? By trying to prevent people from reading it. Because that's not controlling.

Feature and Follow Friday is another of those question memes, this time hosted by the lovely ladies of Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. They asked us:

Feature & Follow Friday

What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

Jesse: Since I'm currently reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (and I'm in love I tell you!), at the moment I'd probably most like to see Perkins' first book Anna and the French Kiss turned into a movie. I loved ATFK sooooo much! I immediately fell in love with Etienne St. Clair. But my favorite character in the book has to be Josh. He's adorable, and he and Etienne are hilarious when left to their own devices. If i had to choose an actor for Josh would Adam LaVorgna. It's hard to cat the perfect person in the role of a high school student, but Adam has many similar features to the Josh in my head.

Kira: For some reason, I'm finding this to be an unusually hard question to answer. I've changed my mind about certain books about five times already. So, I think (and i'm sticking with it this time) I'll go with The Host,by Stephenie Meyer. I know there have been various rumors about it being made into a movie, but it's not there yet, so I think it counts. I don't know, I just think that book could translate really well on screen (course, it could be done very badly, as well). There's just something about it. That and I just love the characters.

As for the cast? About a year ago, I could have told you about an entire select cast that me and the other Pretty Staffers were pretty dead set on. Now? Well, honestly, I'm not sure. Perhaps, if I'd re-read the book recently, I'd have a better answer, but I'm not certain some of out top picks would stick. My favorite, Eustace (better known as Doc) is even harder for me to picture as anyone in particular. It sounds like a lame cop-out, but it's true. I have him pictured just-so in my head, that no one really fits. He's just a hodge-podge of different people.

TGIF is our latest addition yo Friday meme fun, but they, too, have a question for us. Ginger, from GReads! asks:

Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes??

Jesse: There have been a few books that I've been stoked to read and then been sort of disappointed in, but I'd have to say the most disappointing was the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz.

I know that a lot of people really love those books, so it may be shocking for some of you that I felt disappointed. And I did like the characters (in the first book, at least). And I did try to really get into the series (I only got to the third book though). It was just, I don't know, too much, I guess. There are just SO many characters and different points-of-view. Plus there's the whole backstory that's going on as well and you're trying to figure out what's going on with that. The whole thing can just be a little overwhelming. Personally, I just didn't care for it very much and felt disappointed reading the books.

Kira: I've had my fair share of book disappointments. I'm sure everyone has. One of my big ones from this past year was probably Cloaked, by Alex Flinn. I was so stoked when I learned of this book prior to its release. It had been shortly after I'd read Beastly, which I'd loved, so I was eager to get my hands on another of this author's works. So, I read the sample, got excited, and I pre-ordered the book. I cleared my reading schedule so I could get to it as soon as it released and, when the time came, I happily sat down to read. And then the story fell short.

It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong. But it wasn't that great, either. The story seemed to be missing something. Even now, I can't think what it may have been.

This past week on Pretty in Fiction:
* We had a nice little Zombie Walk shambling though our blog.
* Will Killian, from Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, showed why he is Book Boyfriend material.
* We reviewed the second novel in Sara Shepard's Lying Game series. The book is called: Never Have I Ever.
* And we revealed the winner of our Concealed Scavenger Hunt Giveaway.

We were SUPPOSED to write a final Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy Post to end the whole deal this past Tuesday, but due to some technical difficulties, it never came to pass. That being said, I'd like to take the time now to announce the winners of the Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy Giveaway.

Congratulations to Rockee and Hanna Loraine!

If (and this goes for the winner of our Concealed Giveaway as well,) when you lucky-duckies receive your prizes you'd like to snap a picture of you with your new novels, your can send them to, and we'll happily post them on our Giveaways! page.

We'd like to thank everyone for participating in our contests, and if you did not win, don't be discourage. We already have a couple new giveaways in the works for  October.

Blogger Zombie Walk 2011

Hey Pretty Readers,

This year we've joined the Blogger Zombie Walk hosted by Ghost Hunting Theories! We've posted an excerpt from an original short zombie story, written by a few of the Pretty Staffers!

Click the Teaser link below for the short. Or skip right to our YA Zombie book list down below for some awesome zombie mayhem!

Carriers Teaser

The wind was blowing in my face and it smelled like rotting flesh. I heard the crackle of leaves behind me and jumped around instinctively.

There, in the middle of the yard, less than 20 feet away from me, stood the hunter.

It must have been his house that I'd broken into. I thought that it had been abandoned...

I guess I was wrong.

I stood there, frozen, staring into the monsters eyes... And he stared right back. I knew I had only seconds to act.

I made a move for the gun tucked into the back of my jeans.

But before I had time to pull the cold steel from my waistline, the zombie pounced.

I crashed backwards into the leaves, my right hand pinned behind me. My left forearm across his throat and collarbone as I desperately tried to hold back his snapping jaw.

With all the power I could muster, I pushed with my left arm and rolled my body viciously to the left.

It had the effect I wanted.

The zombie was on his back and I was on top of him. Once again, I reached back and pulled the gun from my jeans. I pressed the barrel to his forehead. His eyes didn't even so much as widen. He just kept trying to buck me off of his chest.

Just as I was about to pull the trigger something slammed into my right side with the force of a speeding train. I looked around. I was lying on my stomach. Shambling forward, I tried to get to my feet but I something grabbed my ankle.  I was being dragged backward across the lawn by another zombie.

I rolled onto my back and tried to kick at the second zombie,  but the first one grabbed a fistful of my hair and brought my face up to meet his.

My scalp burned and his hot breath stung my nose. He smelled like death. His snarling lips pulled back to reveal yellow, plaque stained teeth with rotting flesh stuck in the crevices.

I grimaced. This is it, I thought. It's all over. I couldn't believe I had gotten trapped like this. Had the hunters purposely ambushed me? They couldn't be smart enough to orchestrate that sort of plan.

I braced myself for the bite, the feel of his rotten, scraggly teeth sinking into my flesh. There was a loud cracking sound. Something warm exploded on my face, spraying into my eyes. I snapped them shut instinctively.

Another loud crack.

The creature on top of me slumped down, a dead weight across my chest. I wasn't sure what was happening, but those cracks were definitely gunshots. I pushed the first zombie off of me and was able to wrench my leg free of the second zombie's dead grasp. I scrambled back, trying to put some distance between me and the monsters.

I wiped my eyes of the warm blood that had sprayed my face with the sleeve of my jacket. Squinting, I saw the zombies bodies lying limp in the trampled leaves. I whipped my head back and forth, trying to see what had killed the hunters that had been attacking me.

What I saw was shocking.

There was a man. An actual uninfected human. Someone else who had survived.

Two whole years I had gone without seeing a single person. For two years I had only managed to find monsters, no matter how desperately I searched. And now standing there with my gun aimed at the dead bodies was a tall man with messy brown hair and fair skin. And no blisters...

Not one.

"Are you okay?" the man asked. There was a look of concern in his eyes.

"I...I..." I choked. I hadn't spoken to another person in so long. "You're human?"

YA Zombie Book List

We've also decided to post a list of some young adult books that contain zombies. It's a month until Halloween so maybe these books could help get you in the spirit.

For those of you who may not read YA books, but are die hard zombie fans, know that these books don't skimp on the zombie gore to sell to the younger crowd.

If you're looking for full on zombie hordes and totally a gruesome gore-fest, look no further than:

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
~ courtesy of Goodreads
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
~ courtesy of Goodreads

As the days pass, the situation has gone from frightening to terrifying. Kids are being picked off the streets; the barricaded teens are surrounded by flesh-eating zombie adults. When a mysterious traveler arrives with an offer of refuge in London's Buckingham Palace, they realize that they have no other option. What they can not yet understand is that their intense challenges will not end with their harrowing trip... Another hard-pulsing teen thriller by the author of the Young Bond series.
~ courtesy of Goodreads

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
~ courtesy of Goodreads
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?
~ courtesy of Goodreads
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.
~ courtesy of Goodreads

Blog Walk Links List
  1. Ghost Hunting Theories 
  2. Above the Norm: Bizarre Arizona  
  3. Zombies Everywhere  
  4. Holly's Horrorland 
  5. Little Gothic Horrors 
  6. Anything Horror  
  7. Katy Bennett Horror Writer and Poet  
  8. Bubba's Place 
  9. Horror Smorgasbord 
  10. Gnostalgia  
  11. Monkey Man  
  12. Words and Music  
  13. Red Shoes Chronicles  
  14. The Wolf's Eyes My Day in a Sentence 
  15. Pixie's Horror Galore 
  16. Strange State  
  17. The Misadventures of HalloweeNut  
  18. Halloween Blues  
  19. Kweeny Todd  
  20. The California Blogging Massacre 
  21. Horror Shock Lolipop  
  22. Vanessa Morgan  
  23. Improbable Frontiers  
  24. No Really, You Can Eat It 
  25. Art By Living Dead Girl Nicole  
  26. Two Gory Chicks 
  27. A Dust Bunny in the Wind 
  28. A Ghoul's Best Friend 
  29. Zombies Are Magic 
  30. Cherry Neko Saves the World  
  31. Tall Tales 
  32. At the Mansion of Madness 
  33. The Haunted Rose 
  34. The Rotting Zombie 
  35. Halloween Overkill  
  36. Out of the Shadows 
  37. Creepy Glow Keyhole Gallery 
  38. Creepy Glowbugg 
  39. Bifocal Univision 
  40. Haiku-Koo-Koo  
  41. Sherry Soule 
  42. Anchors and Roses 
  43. Paranormal Researchers Group 
  44. Whispering Pines History 
  45. Lovely Miss Megs 
  46. Sean Thomas Fisher's Blogwash 
  47. Rise and Fight 
  48. Stump Town Horror 
  49. LoliClown's Little Blog of Horror  
  50. Zombies Can't Love  
  51. Books and Beyond  
  52. The Grave Bandits  
  53. Screaming Goregasms 
  54. Lazy Daisy Life 
  55. Icky Monster  
  56. Ivy's Closet 
  57. Justine's Halloween 
  58. Annie Walls 
  59. Just Johnny

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (2) Will Kill

Hey, there, Pretty Readers,

Welcome to our second edition of My Book Boyfriend right here on Pretty in Fiction!
For those of you not in the know, My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by the magnificent Missie from The Unread Reader. She created this one so we girls could have an outlet to squee over our latest book-boy obsessions, and (of course) to attach some eye-candy to show how we view these delicious dudes (no drooling on the keys, please, ladies!).

Our special guest today is none other than the specter-seeing Will Killian. Feel free to paw him to your hearts content, just don't be surprised if you start getting attacked by a very jealous invisible ghost. *cough*Alona!*cough*

After painstakingly searching, we found our
perfect Will Kill in Seth Gabel.
William James 'Will Kill' Killian:
* Can see dead people, but is not a fan.
* Works in a diner
* Has an iPod Nano named Marcie
* Is a bit of a loner (due to necessity)
* Would do almost anything for Alona Dare
* The following description was be before Alona got to know Will, so it may be a bit -- harsh. She was a a popular cheerleader in her life, and Will's is kind of a loner, as mentioned above. Still, this should give you a general idea of what he looks like:
He was total loser material, skin so pale he practically glowed, and shaggy black hair that hung down in front of his creepy blue eyes. Seriously, they were so pale, they were almost white. And hello, he acted like such a freak, always wearing headphones and pulling the hood of his sweatshirt up, even in the building. (The Ghost and the Goth, ebook pg. 23)
Why We Love Him:

Kira: Will Kill is probably one of my strangest book boyfriends—not in the sense that he's strange, though he most definitely is and I adore him for it, but rather in the sense that I don't really see him in that "I want him!" sort of light.

Don't get me wrong, I love Will Killian to death, and he definitely has some swoon-worthy moments, but he's more the type of guy that I'd be standing there cheering for as he went after his girl (which he'd damn well better do right, because she won't take anything less) than the sort that I'd try to steal, given the chance (like last week's luscious lad—apparently I'm big on alliterations today).

I don't know how else to describe it, really, since I happily still count him among my book boyfriends. I guess what I'm trying to say is I love Will Kill, but I love him and Alona together so much more, that it's not even an issue.

Jesse: I think the reason I love Will Killian so much is that Alona Dare whipped him into submission within two books. It's like he's her adorable husband of forty years who knows better than to piss her off.

Will treads carefully around Alona. He wants to keep her happy, because when Alona's happy Will's happy. And when Alona isn't happy, she's letting him know.

Now, you might say, "Why would she treat this sweet, helpless boy that way? Why can't she just be nice?" Especially since he's her only connection with living. But Alona and Will really are sweet together. They just happen to bicker a lot. Well, Alona bickers and Will (most of the time, but not all) let's her win.

Now I must say, I probably wouldn't adore Will quite as much if it weren't for Alona. She's trained him well and I applaud her for it. He's a good boyfriend, a great one, even though they're not even technically dating and she's not even technically alive.

Hmm. Maybe I also have a little bit of a girl crush on Alona Dare.

Okay, I have a crush on both Will and Alona, as a couple, because they're perfect for one another!

Notably Quotable:
"'I...' My God, there was no good way to answer this. 'Yes' was obviously out. She'd detect 'No' as a lie immediately. And 'I don't know her well enough to know if I like her' was just weak. 'I was curious,' I said finally." (Queen of the Dead, ebook pg. 91)
And Alona was furious with me. That couldn't possibly end well. It wasn't like her to be gone for this long, even if she was angry. Especially if she was angry. Her theory when it came to conflict was that it was only effective if the other person was made painfully aware of your perspective—emphasis on 'pain'—until he or she had no choice but to surrender. And Alona was all about winning.  (Queen of the Dead, ebook pg. 259)

If he'd just done what he was supposed to—i.e., what I said—none of this would have happened! (Queen of the Dead, ebook pg. 318) - Yes it's an Alona quote, but I just love it!

I swallowed back my irritation. 'You're going to make me ask again, aren't you?'
She gave me an innocent look. 'Ask what?'
'Are you staying ... or just passing through?' I asked through gritted teeth.
'Why? Does it matter to you?'
A thousand smart-ass replies leaped to my mind, but she would be expecting that. So, I went for the truth. 'Yeah, it does.' (The Ghost and the Goth, ebook pg. 305)

I straightened up. 'You're such a coward. I take back all the nice things I thought about your chest.'
'You're right,' Killian said. Then he looked up at me with a frown. 'What?'
'I said, I want you to get some sleep,' Miller repeated, a little louder. He removed the syringe from Killian's arm, recapped it, and dropped it in his pocket. 
Killian's glazed eyes found mine. 'What nice things did you think?' he asked, already sounding muzzy.
'Oh, forget it, ' I snapped. (The Ghost and the Goth, ebook pg. 120) - Another Alona quote, but -- Come on! can you really blame me?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Never Have I Ever, by Sara Shepard

Title: Never Have I Ever
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeen (a HarperCollins imprint)
Pub. Date: August, 2011
Read an excerpt of The Lying Game
Read an excerpt of Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is one of those books that it felt like I'd been waiting on forever.

Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2)I read The Lying Game this past January, and loved it. I couldn't wait for the second book. But when Never Have I Ever was released this past August, my reading schedule was already so jam-packed (I had, and still have, books that need to get read and reviewed by specific dates for a number of reasons – Release dates, Library due-dates, various upcoming features and events, etc. -- and there was the normal time crunch of co-running a fairly brand-new blog, too.) that I had to make myself put off reading it just yet.

And then I made the mistake (in the sense that it completely chucked my schedule out the window. Definitely NOT a mistake otherwise.) of tuning into ABC Family's version of The Lying Game (Mondays, 8/7c – guess you know what I'm doing tonight). If you haven't seen the show yet, then let me tell you: the people who work on this series are masters when it comes to leaving you hanging. After a few episodes of tuning in and then being left to bite my nails down to the quick for a week, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed an Emma/Sutton fix to get me through the week, and Never Have I Ever was just sitting on my shelf all nice and pretty.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Concealed Contest - WINNER!

Hey, Pretty Readers!

We have an exciting announcement to make. We've just completed our first contest ever (though, technically not the first contest started) on Pretty in Fiction!

At 12:01 this morning, our Concealed Scavenger Hunt Giveaway came to an end. For those of you that entered, we'd like to thank you for participating. There can, however, be only one winner, and that winner is:

Amber Elise!

Congratulations, and again, Thanks for participating!

The prize, for those of you who didn't know, is a SIGNED copy of Sang Kromah's upcoming debut release, Concealed!
When sixteen year-old Bijou Fitzroy and her nomadic grandmother leave New York City to live in a home in the sleepy town of Sykesville, Maryland, Bijou thinks she will finally be able to live a normal life and be like everyone else. This move will be permanent, and Bijou cannot be anymore thrilled. After years of being shut away by her grandmother, Bijou will finally able to interact with peers, make friends, go to school, and live like a normal teenager.

Moving around and being homeschooled definitely made it difficult to make friends, but there are other reasons for Bijou’s solitude. With eyes that constantly change from gray to green to a honey-coated shade of brown and an ability to feel exactly what other people are feeling, the concept of obtaining closeness is more of a fable than a reality. Although her eyes are beautiful, their constant shift in color instills a sense of fear within other people and causes them to look away. Bijou’s premonitions, blackouts, and semi-prophetic dreams of a faceless boy don’t help her social musings either. Regardless, she decides to attend the local high school.

Bijou is immediately introduced to Sebastian Sinjin, a quirky and unusually beautiful boy who doesn’t seem to belong in a high school in nowhere Maryland. Sebastian is also special. Instead of looking away from Bijou, he makes direct eye contact with her. And when he shakes Bijou’s hand something dark and familiar to awaken within her as an electric shock surges through her body. Bijou soon finds herself deeply attracted to Sebastian, who remains aloof and often acts like Bijou doesn’t exist.

Despite the pains of having her first real crush, Bijou makes friends quickly and excels in all of her classes…well, all except for Mythology with Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings’ class starts off great with endless discussions of djinn and how they conceal themselves from the human eye, but things soon take a turn for the worse when the stories of the mythical creatures begin to take shape in Bijou’s life.

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Paperback, 468 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2011 by The Little Things
Primary Language: English
READ the fist pages HERE!
[c/o Goodreads]
Enjoy your new book when it comes to you, Amber!

The Pretty Staffers,
Pretty in Fiction

Friday, September 23, 2011

Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (8), TGIF (1) + Giveaways!

First things first, my Pretties.

We have two (2) giveaways ending soon on Pretty in Fiction, the first being our Bloodlines vs Vampire Academy Giveaway, which has been going on all month. You have four (4) more days to enter (click the banner below) if you want a chance to win either a copy of Bloodlines or Vampire Academy.
Our second giveaway, which ends today (well, technically, it's scheduled for tomorrow), is a scavenger hunt, of sorts. Sang Kromah has decided to give us a signed copy of her debut novel Concealed (click here to read the teaser!), which will be released this October 10th. In honor of the upcoming book, we have concealed four pairs of letters that spell out a word that has something to do with the new novel. By finding the letter pairs and, subsequently, the word itself somewhere on this blog, you would be taken to where we've hidden the form. HOWEVER, as a special Friday, blog-hopping treat, you guys can bypass the hunt, if you like, and be taken directly to the form by clicking on the banner below.
Now for some hop-along fun. Let's start with the newest addition to our Friday meme train:
Ginger from GReads! created this one as a means to recap the past week'x blogging activities (scroll to the bottom of this post to find our recap), and also to pose a question to her followers that would be answered in their own TGIF at GReads! post (like this one), or in the comments below it.

This week, Ginger asks:

Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year?
How has your progression been?

Jesse: The only reading challenge I've signed up for this year is the Goodreads Challenge, where you challenge yourself to read a certain number of books before the New Year rolls around. Hoping to hit 100 by then. So far I'm pretty much on track. I occasionally fall behind a book or two and then I'll end up getting a few extra books in and get myself even again.

Kira: I've signed up for a few reading challenges this year. Some have already been completed, as they were short-term goals. All of them were hosted on Goodreads. A couple of my reading challenges got sidelined, though when we started up this blog. The two main ones, which I am still participating in are:
* 2011 Reading Challenge, hosted by Goodreads - Due to a few books that just seemed to drag and managed to slow my pace down considerably, I am several books behind my current goal of 100. I changed the rules a bit further, though, and decided each of these books had to be new-to-me, otherwise that total'd be a bit higher.
* A-Z Reading Challenge, hosted by the YA Book Club on Goodreads - A six (well, seven) month reading challenge where we had to choose 26 books, whose title or authors name began with a corresponding letter of the alphabet, only on book per letter. We are a little less than halfway through the challenge, and I have finished 7 books on my list, and am in the middle of two others.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (1) CONNIE!

This is our very first My Book Boyfriend here at Pretty in Fiction. That's not to say we haven't had our fair share of fictitious loves, we're just finally sharing our brand of crazy with others who can appreciate it (that'd be you guys).

Here's a rundown of the basics:

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by Missie over at The Unread Reader. Each week we are meant to pick one fictional boy who is incredibly crush-worthy, and then, basically, talk him up -- you know, show everyone who reads this just why it's a good thing we read these books sitting or lying down.

In a way, I wish that we'd known about this meme in time for last week. We would have been all set. We had our little Adrian Ivaskov vs Dimitri Belikov showdown going and, with a few tweaks, it would have been perfect for this, too.

But this is so, so much better, though I'm fairly certain we won't ever be able to top this week. Why? Two words:

Conrad Fisher.

If you have never read any of Jenny Han's Summer Series, then I recommend you go out and pick up a copy of The Summer I Turned Pretty. Seriously, stop reading this post, get off you rump, and go pick up Connie. You won't regret it (though your heart might hate you for it later).

If you have read the Summer Series -- well, then you probably know where we're coming from.

This meme asks for swoon-worthy boys, and we've picked the trump of them all.

Conrad Fisher, as played by Zac Efron
Conrad Fisher:
* From Boston, Mass.
* Has spent every summer since he was a baby at his mom's beach house in Cousins Beach, with his mom (Susannah), brother (Jeremiah), his mom's best friend (Laurel), and her two kids (Belly and Steven).
* He's a geek. (and who doesn't love geeks?)
Shaking his head, he said, "I was such a little geek."
"No you weren't!"
Conrad threw me a look. "Stamp collecting. Chemistry set. Encyclopedia obsession."
"Yeah, but you made all that seem cool." [We'll Always Have Summer, ebook p. 224/399]
* His mother's cancer relapses, which he takes very hard (destructively so, in some ways), and dies (which he takes even harder).
* Disappears from college to thwart his father's plans to sell the  summer house following Susannah's death.
* (As described by Belly)
Conrad was the older one, by a year and a half. He was dark, dark, dark. Completely unattainable, unavailable. He had a smirky kind of mouth, and I always found myself staring at it. Smirky mouths make you want to kiss them, to smooth them out and kiss the smirkiness away. Or maybe not away...but you want to control it somehow. Make it yours. It was exactly what I wanted to do with Conrad. Make him mine. [The Summer I Turned Pretty ebook p. 17/377]
Why We Love Him:
JesseThere are many reasons why I love me some Conrad Fisher. But the one that always seems to be my downfall with fictional boys is that he is beautiful and broken. Throughout the Summer series Conrad goes through hell. His mother has cancer and eventually dies, and then, because of mistakes he made in the first two books, he must stand idly by and watch the love of his life marry his brother. I love him because he is flawed and perfect all at the same time. Belly sees him as the perfect boy, everything she has ever wanted, even as he makes mistake after mistake with her. But in the end, though it's a long journey, he eventually gets it right.

Kira: There's just something indescribable about Conrad Fisher. Perhaps it's in part because of the main character, Belly's, obvious obsession with him from the beginning (she loved him well before the start of The Summer I Turned Pretty, as we quickly learn, so naturally some of that love rubbed off onto us). Then again, maybe Conrad's just that lovable himself. Regardless, I was hooked from the start -- even if he did act like a jerk half the time.

He totally fits that lovable-idiot persona that, for some strange reason I've yet to figure out, I'm prone to fall for when it comes to my book boys. I can't help it.  I may want to kick his ass for some stupid situations he gets himself into, but at the same time all I want to do is hug him because it's impossible to see him hurt.

Conrad Fisher is the type of boy you compare other boys to. He is the standard. I have had other  great book loves, and it is guaranteed I will have more, but I will be surprised if any of them reach as high as Connie.

Taylor: Conrad Fisher. When I hear that name all I want to do is cry. And the more I think about that name the harder I want to cry. He is perfect. First off, he is gorgeous. Second, he is so broken, all you want to do is hug him until he's better. He is the perfect mix between geeky and cool, he is my fictional crush.

Some Quotes to Make You Swoon:
- "I liked you better with glasses, " he said, his lips close to my ear.[The Summer I Turned Pretty ebook p. 21/377]

- I punched my hand through the water. I wanted to kick his ass. This is between me and Belly. Smug piece of shit.

He was marrying my girl, and I couldn't do anything about it. I just had to watch it happen, because he was my brother, because I promised. Take care of him, Connie. I'm counting on you. [We'll Always Have Summer, ebook p. 209/399]

- I did lie to Belly, though. Just that one time in that crappy motel. I did it to protect her. That's what I kept telling myself. Still, if there was one moment in my life I could redo, one moment out of all the shitty moments, that was the one I'd pick. When I thought back to the look on her face -- the way it just crumpled, how she'd sucked in her lips and wrinkled her nose to keep the hurt from showing -- it killed me. God, if I could, I'd go back to that moment and say all the right things, I'd tell her I loved her, I'd make it so that she never looked that way again. [We'll Always Have Summer, ebook p. 232/399]

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy - 3 - The Books

Round 3 - The Books

Jesse: This is a hard decision. It took me a while to finally read Vampire Academy, mostly because Taylor (who was completely obsessed with Vampire Academy) told me a bunch of spoilers for it. But when I eventually gave in and read Vampire Academy I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be one of the best vampire series I've read.

But now that I've read Bloodlines I have to say I'm looking forward to finishing that series more than I did Vampire Academy. I just think that the Bloodlines series will go in a different direction than Vampire Academy. While Rose and Dimitri were on a mission to save themselves and their friends, I get the feeling Sydney and Adrian are about to set out on a mission to save the world. Or maybe not necessarily the world, but a lot of people in it.

It's just begun, but I feel by the time it's over I'll prefer Bloodlines to Vampire Academy.

Taylor: Vampire academy is one of my favorite books of all time. I just love the way Rose and Dimitri's story plays out. These books had me laughing and crying. Literally crying. Like I-can't-read-this-until-I-stop-crying crying. I definitely choose Vampire Academy over Bloodlines.

Kira: This one was a toughie for me. As such I make a terrible tie-breaker this week. I don't know why I can't come to a conclusive decision.

For this one in particular, I tried to stay within the parameters of Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy, as it should be. As such, each has their (at times shallow) pros and cons. For example, My favorite characters in both series don't show up until after the first Vampire Academy book, at least. While Rose, and Lissa, and even Dimitri are well up there, they do not rank higher than Adrian, Abe and even Sydney on my list – all of whom, Sydney and Adrian particularly are in Bloodlines.

That being said, I found Bloodlines dragged slower in the first half of the book than Vampire Academy did (and I can't stand when my books drag – I become easily distracted). This may have been in part due to the fact that I'd already technically finished a storyline involving these characters, and so was already well enough acquainted with them that things that may have seemed new and strange to me had I just been introduced to the characters, now just seemed obvious. Like a certain connection between Adrian and Jill. I picked up on that well before they even headed off to school. Just ask Jess (because I made her confirm. I'm impatient like that. Because I knew it was probably supposed to be one of those twists that weren't really answered until more towards the middle or the end and I was what? 25-30 pages in?)

I may not be completely finished yet (like I said, dragging + predictability is distracting) but I do love Bloodlines. I love being in Sydney's head, even if I don't agree with all her beliefs. I actually agreed with Rose's opinions more of the time, if not necessarily her actions. And I have to say I loved the setting more in Bloodlines than I did in Vampire Academy (Then, again, Rose was being punished through a good portion of the book, so it was all Bedroom, Gym, Lunchroom, Church Attic, Class. And St. Vladmir's just always seemed a bit dreary to me.)

I can't really say I liked one book more than the other, because really I liked each book for a different reason. Vampire Academy was a new, shiny, enthralling read, and Bloodlines was like greeting an old friend from after a long break away -- different, yet still inherently the same.
The Giveaway

Last week to enter, my Pretties! The entry period ends next Tuesday, the 27th of September!

Concealed Giveaway!

Hey, Pretties!

We have another contest for you going on this week. Sang Kromah, debut author of Concealed, which releases October 10th, is giving away a signed copy of her new novel here on Pretty in Fiction!

But, there is a catch. See, in honor of the book, we Pretty Staffers took it's title to heart and have concealed the entry form somewhere on this blog. What that means is that it's time for you Pretty Readers to go on a scavenger hunt!

The rules are simple. In order to find the page that houses the entry form, you must find the secret word. In order to find the secret word, you must reveal the hidden letters. In order to reveal the hidden letters, you must follow the clues below. No spoiling the fun for everyone else by saying where you find everything either!

Now, you may ask:
How do you find the secret letters in a place that is literally full of letters?
Well, these particular letters will actually be links. They won't look like the normal, pink Pretty in Fiction links ( like this), but you should be able to find them easy enough. After all,  there's more than one way to tell if a piece of text has been linked, right?

Once you find all the letters, you then piece them together, in order, to create the secret word. That word is your key.

The clue you find among the last pair of letters will tell you where to look, from there you need to find that word to take you to the form.

You have until this Friday, September 23rd, 2011 to get your entries in. Any questions/comments can be directed below.

Are we ready? Let's begin!

Clue #1

The Guys of Vampire Academy, everyone knows, each had a thing for a single Rose.

Clue #2

The characters from Tankborn will reveal your second clue.

Clue #3

The prophecy of Numbers will show you the way.

Clue #4

The time has come for our final clue, you'll find it in our Bloodlines review.

Good luck, have fun, and we hope you win!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

YA Creepers #1: Waking Up to a Stranger in My Room

So I was laying in bed the other night. I was cold so I had the blankets all pulled up around my head and I was listening to music in my headphones. And suddenly I thought, what if someone or something was in my room watching me laying here? Then, because I thought it, I got too scared to actually pull the covers off my head and check.

That got me thinking. In a lot of books I've read, boys—be they ghosts, demons, angels, vampires, whatever—show up in girl's rooms a lot.

And these girls handle these boys being there quite well. They are usually just confused or even flattered by the boy's presence in their private, personal space.

So the other night, as I was laying there hiding under the blankets, I thought, what would my reaction be if there was someone in my room?

And I've come to the conclusion that it wouldn't be pretty. I, unlike most YA heroines, wouldn't be confused or flattered or even slightly scared. As I quickly pulled the blankets from my head and searched my room for an uninvited presence I decided that I would probably pee myself if there was actually someone there.

I'd scream and maybe even pass out from fright and shock, depending on what was actually there. If it was a human, I'd naturally assume it was someone come to rape or kill me. If it was something non-human, I'd probably have a heart attack.

Personally, I believe in supernatural things. I believe that people are capable of some strange things. I've even known people who've had very strange things happen to them—from out of body experiences while in cardiac arrest to dreaming about people dying hours before they die. There was even a very strange encounter with a popular psychic once. And personally, I've had a number of strange feelings or intuitions—like getting up early for work because I had a feeling my boss was going to call and tell me we needed to get there earlier than planned. Turned out I was right on with that one. My boss called and asked me if it was possible to be an hour early, and luckily, because of my feeling, I was able to make it.

But I also believe everyone only has as much psychic ability as they can handle. I'd freak out if I saw a ghost. (And right now I'm a little freaked because as I'm writing this, a song by Parachute called Ghost just came on while my iPod with over 3,000 songs on it is on shuffle. Odd, right?) Anyway, like I said, I'd freak if I saw someone in my room in the middle of the night.

So I just don't get how these heroines can handle it. I would literally be throwing things at him and trying to jump out of my second story window to get away, I don't care how hot the guy is. I probably wouldn't even notice if he was hot because I'd be too busy screaming for help.

And God help the poor guy if he tried to come near me. I'm a kicker and a biter. If you come close to me I will kick the crap out of you, creepy guy who is invading my personal space in the middle of the night.

No way I'm just gonna sit there and say, "Why are you here?" or "Well, he's pretty hot. He can stalk me while I sleep."

No! You wanna talk to me in the middle of the night call me on the telephone, text me, email me, hell, knock on my front door. Don't these weirdos know that in certain states it's okay to shoot a guy if he's breaking into your house?

My mother used to keep a six inch steak knife in her bedroom while my dad worked nights. I learned you don't screw with people when they're sleeping at an early age.

To be fair though, my mother has a huge fear of vampires—regardless of whether or not they're real. She even has a small sharp piece of wood in the console in her car, just in case. She claims it's a good thing to hold on to because she can use it just as effectively on a human attacker as she can on a vampire. I tend to believe her. My mom's a little nuts when it comes to her personal safety and I wouldn't mess with her. We have a running joke in my house that if you're ever lost in the woods with her, watch your back. She'll go cannibal on you before she starves to death.

But at least I know that if I ever did have a creepy supernatural stalker my mom would totally believe me. Me and her have an understanding. If one of us says that something weird happened the other one doesn't say, "Oh, you're making that up. It's not possible. Are you sure that's what you saw?" No. If we say like, "I saw a ghost in the house and he wasn't very happy that I was there," the other person says, "Okay, time to move the hell out of this house."

But like I said, I wouldn't be calm or even pretend to be calm if there was someone in my house. The only possible way I'd be calm is after I hyperventilated and passed out.

Would you call me a hypocrite if I said that maybe Dean Winchester could get away with it?

If you woke up in the middle of the night to a stranger hovering over your bed, what would you do? Could you calmly take it in and have a rational conversation with said creeper? Or would you throw your pillow at him and dial 911?


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Trailer!

This Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Trailer is the best of all the trailers I've seen for it so far. The other ones only have some of Jacob, but this one has a whole bunch from the part of the book that was in his point of view. I have to say that book two of Breaking Dawn (Jacob's point of view) was one of my favorite parts of the series, so I'm extra excited to see that.

Here is the trailer:

I'm not even going to try and say that I didn't almost cry when Jacob says " You'd think I would be used to telling you goodbye by now." Aww poor Jacob! But what caught my attention was how the wolves are going to fight with The Cullen's. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. Anyone who's read Breaking Dawn knows that in the book the fight with the wolves amounts to nothing more than a stalemate. But it seems in the movie they're planning on adding a little more action. I guess they kind of have to because otherwise they would literally be sitting in a house watching Bella sleep. They needed to spice it up a little bit. How do you guys feel about it?

Review: Tankborn by Karen Sandler

Title: Tankborn
Author: Karen Sandler
Publisher: Tu Books an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publish Date: September 15 2011

Tankborn by Karen Sandler tells the story of fifteen year old Kayla and her best friend Mishalla. Kayla is waiting to be given an Assignment, something all GENs (Genetically Engineered Non-humans) receive when they turn fifteen. And then these GENs are sent away from their families, sometimes so far away they can never return, in order to complete these jobs. And, since GENs aren't allowed to use any form of communication except word of mouth, they usually never get the chance to speak to their families or friends again. Mishalla has already been assigned as a Nurturer in a far off sector of Loka. But that's not true. Mishalla was assigned as a Nurturer, but she's a lot closer than Kayla believes. Both Kayla and Mishalla begin to realize that something is not right in their society, and it's not just the injustice towards GENs. Something much more sinister is going on and their worlds will be turned upside down as they come together to figure it out.

Sandler has created a rich, realistically complex fantasy world with Tankborn. The characters are deeply ingrained in their world, they were raised there and don't rush to explain to the reader the complexities of it. At first their world, their society, seems strange and confusing. I wondered about everything. What words meant, what objects were, what the animals they describe would look like. It was like being a child and having to re-learn everything. But then it started coming to me. Once I started to see the complexity in Sandler's world, I couldn't put it down. There are different kinds of people, vastly different social classes, complete religions. And then Sandler takes everything you've learned and turns it's completely upside down. Tankborn is a riveting young adult novel that will keep you reading long into the night just to find out what happens next.

The point of view changes from time to time throughout the book. It doesn't change too often, and Sandler gives you plenty of time to really get to know the characters. And then usually switches off just before something big is going to happen, leaving you thinking you want to rush through the next chapter to get back to where the action is. But then she'll do the same thing again and you'll be so caught up in the story you won't want to switch back.

Some of the characters, for me at least, seemed to take longer to get to know. I enjoyed reading from Devak's point of view right away, where as it took me a while to warm up to Mishalla. But I can honestly say I loved Eoghan from the first time he showed up. He was just so sweet. Following Mishalla around like a puppy, helping her with her nurture children. I fell in love.

Then, of course, there's Devak and Kayla. Their story is a little trickier. They both suffer from the same problem. They both believe what society has told them about one another. Devak is a stuck up, mean jerk because he's a trueborn. It's how he was created, so it must be true. Kayla is just a no class GEN. Not even worth taking a second glance at. Someone created her in a lab, so that obviously means she's less than a human. What these characters were missing was that they're the same, despite their difference in social status. And that's what brings them together so nicely. Neither is what they were raised, created, to be. They're just people, even if they were born in a lab. But it's not exactly Devak and Kayla's fault for believing these differences matter. It's how society raised them, how their world works. What matters is that they realize that society is wrong.

Their whole society and caste system is determined mostly by skin color. It plays a huge role in Tankborn. They saw each other as shades of colors, even the trueborns. They used it as a way of telling the different statuses apart. The way even the slightest shade off of high status trueborn color could put you in a lower status. But at the same time, skin color doesn't determine your status for sure. Money will always have the most effect on social status in our world and the same is true on Loka. As long as a trueborn had the money, it didn't matter what they looked like, although they were still looked down on for it. Even GENs, the lowest of the low, could see it was only money which kept these trueborns in power.

The whole time I was reading I just kept thinking "There is no way people can possibly be this inconsiderate of others. Just because someone's different doesn't give you the right to treat them that way. Like slaves! Just because they aren't as rich as you doesn't mean you can treat them like trash. Don't these people have any compassion?!" But sadly, greed and fear usually do cause people to do horrible things to one another. Including bigotry. The world of Tankborn really puts that into prospective.

Tankborn was suspenseful and kept me desperately trying to figure out the plot twist. The entire time I was reading I knew something big was coming, I could see the pieces of the puzzle, I just couldn't put them together no matter how hard I tried. I had guesses and assumptions, but no proof that I was right about any of them. But then, over the course of a few chapters near the end, it all started clicking. I am usually able to figure out where a story is going pretty quickly. Sometimes I can tell just from the synopsis, but with Tankborn it kept me guessing. Flipping through different what-if's in my head. I think that's what hooked me, what kept me reading much longer than I should have. I enjoyed being surprised by the great plot twists, having more pieces click into place as I read.

And the way Sandler leaves the ending open for a sequel leads me to believe we'll be seeing Kayla and Devak again in the future. And hopefully someday the citizens of Loka, all citizens, even GENs, will get their happy ending.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Blog Hop & Feature, and Follow Friday (7)

We've been very, very bad these past couple of weeks, Pretty Readers. Very forgetful and lazy. Well, maybe lazy's not the right word, we have been working hard. Mono-focused, maybe? We'd been so busy planning and executing our September Read with PiF feature (and our very first GIVEAWAY! How exciting? Go enter! You can click the banner above or below.), that we've been kind of neglectful of our Friday hops. We're putting a stop to that craziness this week, though. We promise!


Now back to our regularly scheduled blog-hopping fun.

For those who don't know:

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read.

This week, Rachel and Alison ask us:

It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

Jesse: If I could make any book world a reality it would probably be the Night World from the Night World series by L.J. Smith. Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, dragons. Forbidden love... There are so many characters in that series, so many different paranormal creatures, that it would be so cool for them to exist in real life. Plus I would so join Circle Daybreak and try to stop the coming apocalypse!

But I won't lie, if I saw a dragon I would probably run away screaming. I'm no Keller or Rashel. Hell, even Mary-Lynette is braver than me! Although if Ash Redfern or Quinn were there... Well. That changes things. Now if LJ would just finish the last book (Strange Fate) already... I NEED to know how it ends! *pulls hair out*

Kira: Ha! This is one of those questions I have a lot of issues with. There are just so many I want to pick from! It's a bad habit of mine when I'm truly immersed in a story to want that world to be real, so it's hard to pick just one.


I think, for arguments sake, I'd have to go with pretty much any paranormal urban fantasy (TMI, Night World, Vampire Academy/Bloodlines). I don't know why, just the idea that there's this secret (though probably quite dangerous) world we know nothing about going on right under our noses... It would make one feel pretty special to be one of those few (to steal Cassie Clare's brilliant term--seriously, it's probably the best term i've heard/seen for us normies, though that might some second) mundies selected to know about their existence.

Of course, since most of us would not know the truth anyway, who's to say a world full of supes (thank you very much, Charlaine Harris) isn't already a reality?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Read with Pretty in Fiction: Suggest a book

Hey, Pretty Readers!

I know we're still doing the Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy feature (Don't forget to enter the Giveaway!), but we need to start planning our Group Reads for October!

Read with PiF

Because of this poll, we want to have one way to differentiate between which book would be first-read, and which would be second if the two-poll method is chosen.

In that case, we'd like you to separate your suggestions like so:

So-and-so wrote: " book1, book2, book3
ya-Horror read: book4, book...etc"

Ya-Horror was selected on such short notice because next month is, after all, Halloween, so why not read something spooky?

So, what do you guys think? What would you like to read with Pretty in Fiction this upcoming October? Leave your suggestions down below!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy - 2 - The Guys

Round 2

Week two of or Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy September Group Reads feature. This week we want to know:

Kira: Adrian. Hands down Adrian.

This question is probably the question that fuels the Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy debate here at Pretty in Fiction, and it's mainly because of Taylor. Jesse and I are quite happy to agree and gush over the amazing Adrian Ivashkov any day, but then in pops Tayl with some nonsensical statement about how god-like Dimitri is.

I don't get it, personally.

Sure, Dimitri has his own bad-ass awesomeness going on to match Rose's, and I love him for it, but it's just not the same.

From the moment he first popped up in Frostbite, I've been hooked on Adrian. He was just such an intriguing, determined character, I had to know more. I found myself realizing that I tended to enjoy scenes more if he happened to be a part of them -- not that hard to imagine really, he's just one of those fun characters. And, he's just the right amount of crazy, too (can't help but love the crazy characters).

Sure, Dimitri technically "won" at the end of Last Sacrifice, and it broke my heart to see Adrian in such a devastated state. Still, I was also very excited. We already knew that a spin-off was in the works, and Adrian not with Rose meant that he had to be fairly prominently featured in the (at the time) upcoming Bloodlines. So far I haven't been disappointed -- nor have I seen Dimitri, yet, so I rest my case. Adrian is clearly the winner here.

Tayl: Dimitri Belikov is one of my favorite YA characters. Ever. He's funny in his own Dimitri I'm-so-serious way. He is very responsible and I think that's one of my favorite things about him. Like, most people wouldn't make their girlfriend work if they had to train them but Dimitri does.

I have fought with Jesse about this. Full on battles. I want to get her to admit that she loves Dimitri Belikov before I die. It's on my bucket list. I've heard her admit it before but I want it on record. So far I haven't been able to get any hard proof.

Honestly, who wouldn't want a guy who's "the kind of hot that makes you stop walking on the street and get hit by traffic"?

Jesse: There has been much debate about this question between the girls here at Pretty in Fiction. Who's the better love interest, Adrian or Dimitri? Tayl and I have fought, bitterly, about this. And she still refuses to see reason.

Tayl: (points to pic of Dimitri in VA graphic novel) Would you have this intenseness over here (rubs screen over Dimitri's abs) or the other one (Adrian) that's got nothin'?!

That's just an absolutely ludicrous argument.

Clearly, the right answer is Adrian!

I mean, Dimitri has his good points. He's got good qualities. He's nice and loyal and protective, yet trusts Rose to take care of herself. And how can you pass on a guy described as "the kind of hot that makes you stop walking on the street and get hit by traffic"?

Easy. Enter Adrian Ivashkov into the equation.

He's beautiful and broken and sad, but still has a sense of humor. He, like Dimitri is tall, dark and handsome. Granted, he lacks some of Dimitri's physical qualities, such as huge muscles and super strength, but he makes up for it with his own special qualities.

Adrian is magic. Literally.

He controls the rare Spirit element, which allows him to do awesome things like healing people, raising people from the dead and growing plants just by touching the seeds. He probably has an amazing garden!

Besides, I just can't help myself. I'll always love the snarky, arrogant jerk. Always! It's my downfall.

But, honestly, who wouldn't want a guy who can heal your paper cuts just by touching you? I think the choice is clear, my friends.

Tayl: Me. I happen to like paper cuts.

Jesse: Seriously? No one likes paper cuts. They're so small it makes them hurt more. They're horrible little beasts. You're only saying that because it's a strong argument and you can't stand that I'm right!

Tayl: Nuh-uh!

Jesse: Ya-huh!

Tayl: *walks away*

Jesse: That's right! Adrian is love, people. Adrian is love!

So what do you guys think? Adrian, or Dimitri? Tell us who and why below!

The Giveaway:
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