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What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?
Jesse: I haven't done anything particularly crazy to get a book. No standing in line for hours to be the first to get a copy, or facing crazed fans at book signings. Honestly, the craziest thing I've ever done to get a book is probably pay a ridiculous amount for shipping. And by ridiculous, I mean $10. There is a book I'm dying to read that was published in Australia but the shipping ends up costing more than the book itself. $15-plus shipping is too crazy for a book. Even a book I'm dying to read. I'd rather wait on a never-ending line!
Kira: I can't really say I've ever done anything too crazy to get my hands on a book. Unless you count sleep deprivation, and cancelling a pre-order to get it quicker crazy. This was a group effort, back before PiF was PiF.
All of us Pretty Staffers were staying up, waiting for the release Mockingjay. I had pre-ordered an ebook copy for a number of reasons: 1) I wanted the freaking book already. 2) All of us wanted the freaking book already -- it's a lot easier to share an ebook with those you trust, than to fight over a copy with a pretty cover. 3) I don't know if any of you have noticed this, but ebooks through certain distributors (I notice it more with iBooks and Kindle books) tend to release early. So much so, that I've come to expect my eBook pre-orders at least one half hour before the 12 o'clock switch-over, eastern time (I believe the earliest time I recieved a pre-order was 10:30 the night before via iBooks. Don't remember which book, but it was fairly recent.)
Anyway, so we were, all edgy and eager with anticipation, squeeing over the phone--we couldn't wait to see what craziness Suzanne Collins threw these characters into next. 11:30 rolls around, no book. Ok, whatever. A little disappointing, but it technically isn't supposed to be out until at least 12am, anyway. So we waited. 12:30. 1 o'cock. 1:30 (instead of going to bed like a normal person would, we waited). 2 o'clock. I think it was around 2-something when Barnes & Noble finally put it up for the nook/nook reader app. We wound up dropping the Amazon pre-order and purchasing the book through Barnes & Noble.
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Jesse: Out of the last 10 books I've read, the one I would recommend most to a friend would be Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Scarlet is a re-imagining of Robin Hood with a strong heroine and an awesome hero. I mean, seriously, who doesn't like Robin Hood?!
I've always had a crush on Robin, I just never really liked Marian as a heroine. She was an awful, whiny thing. So when I picked up Scarlet I was immediately a fan of Gaughen's heroine. Scarlet is a badass chick who deserves to be in Robin's band of Merry Men.
Scarlet releases Valentine's Day 2012. Watch out for my review, coming soon, and if you haven't already, put this on your TBR list. Better yet, pre-order your copy now. You won't regret it. Trust me!
Kira: Out of the last ten books I've read, I'm torn between several. I wish I could get you guys to read all of them. That said, I will leave you with what I believe to be the top three (and links to their reviews) to think about. Mind you, this isn't necessarily in any particular order.
- Every Other Day, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
Kali D'Angelo is not your average sixteen year old. At least not all the time. Every other day she turns into something...well, not quite human. She still looks the same, but for twenty-four hours she is stronger, faster, and driven by a lust to kill. Luckily, that lust is directed at the monsters that go bump in the night, because she is good at what she does. Too bad it's on one of her human days that she notices something that could change everything. One of her classmates has been marked for death, and only Kali can save her. Maybe. But what if her now too-human body can't handle it?
- Adventures in Funeral Crashing, by Milda Harris:
In her spare time, Kait Lennox can be found crashing funerals, for fun. So long as she follows a strict set of rules she's made herself over the years, she can almost guarantee she won't be found out among the mourners. Almost. At least until she unwittingly attends the funeral of her long time crush's (coincidentally, THE hottest, most popular guy in school!) half-sister.
He takes the whole crashing thing pretty well, given the circumstances. In fact, now he wants Kait's help. He believes there is more to his sister's death than meets the eye. Can the two uncover the truth?
- Burnt Children, by R.E. Washington:
Elaria is a Burnt Child. When she was born, she was born with what those in charge of Meli called the wrong kind of magic. Because of this, like all other burnt children, Elaria has had her magic ripped from her. Elaria is different from most of her Burnt Children peers, though: She can see magic. It this ability which sets Elaria's story in motion, for without she would never have been drawn to the magical pendant that causes her so much trouble without it.
Burnt Children are not allowed to handle magical artifacts. Knowing this, Elaria takes the pendant, anyway, and shortly after she is on the run, for freedom and her life. The Purifiers are on her tail, they know of the pendant, and they know what it being in Elaria's hands means. The pendant is the key, and the conspiracy surrounding Elaria's life, what happened fifty years earlier to make people so afraid of the Burnt Children, soon starts to unravel. Ultimately, Elaria is left with a choice: Will she follow through with her original plans and find herself a safe haven? Or, will she help save the world?
Be sure to check out Jessie's review of The Gathering Storm, by Robin Birdges!
- P.S. Concerning GFC: Pretty in Fiction is a blogger blog, so I believe we are among those who do get to keep GFC. That said, if you would rather follow Pretty in Fiction another way, there are several options to choose from along our right side bar. Follow one way, or follow them all. Either way, we're happy to have you very Pretty Readers. :}