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Graceling Review

What did I think? I think this book was WAY over hyped for what I got in this story.

WHAT I LIKED
The only really interesting thing about the characters were the Gracelings with their different colored eyes, and special powers. That's about it.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
The world-building didn't seem extraordinary to me. It was just a run of the mill fantasy story. I've built stronger worlds in RP games in a few hours of dice rolling. I really didn't get the hype. The characters are ordinary, and by page 100, I'm wondering where the story is. Katsa is strong and doesn't like to wear dresses, I get it. That's pretty much what the first half of the book is about. The minor characters (Randa, Oll, Giddon) all of them are pretty much forgettable and have no distinguishable personalities. What really confuses me is how this book became a bestseller? There is nothing really remarkable about what little action there is, what story is there, the world …

Feature and Follow #18

Q: What book do you think everyone should read? If you could gift the entire population with one book? This is such a hard one, because what works for me and changed my life might not neccessarily change someone else's life.  But if I absolutely had to pick, I'd say any of the "Artist's Way" books by Julia Cameron, especially if you are a writer, a poet, an artist, a musician, an actor/ess. Or maybe you wanted to be or do any of those things and thought, "You know, it's too late for me. I'll never play the piano now."  It's never too late to pick up then pen, to walk on a stage, to strum a guitar, whatever it is that makes your life yours. I really believe this, and I believe Julia's books helped me realize how to help myself realize my potential.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Well, I've found a new favorite author! It's not a honor I hand out lightly, but when I do, I'm (usually) a fan for life.

WHY I READ IT
It was one of my Goodreads book club reads, and it was seasonal. Perfect for winter.

WHAT I LIKED
I like an author that can treat teenage relationships realistically. So often in YA novels there's this insta-love thing that really gets under my skin. And while the book makes one mention from an outside character about love at first sight, and yeah it kinda is, it has the ring of truth to it rather than something forced so it fits the genre.
It feels authentic. The characters are aware that love is fragile, and the people and things around you that you know and love and trust can be whisked away from you and broken in a flash. That's real.
And not that this is a major plot point or anything, but Sam and Grace do have sex. It isn't wildly graphic or anything, but there's no rule I'm aware of where it HAS to be. I can…
#NowPlaying on @8tracks: "Bitchtapes: Holiday Chillout" at http://8tracks.com/bitchtapes/bitchtapes-holiday-chillout - Sent from the 8tracks Android app

Sweet Venom Review

Book Description from Amazon:


Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite …

Feature an Follow #17

Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn’t know before about the publishing industry?My answer is pretty similar to a lot of responses, so not much is unique here. I have learned a lot more about the publishing industry, which was my initial goal as a book blogger. I started this blog as a way to connect with other bookish people, but also to put my thoughts and posts out there as a writer.  As a book blogger I've learned how to obtain a lot of ARC's and to always keep my Kindle fed! I've made some good booky friends through Goodreads, too.As a writer, I've learned a lot about what people seem to respond to, what bloggers (in general, everyone's tastes are different) absolutely love, absolutely hate, and honest opinions about what works in a good story and what doesn't.  I've learned that having a semi-public forum to talk about non-book issues has been invaluable for me. Even if I'm the only one who sees it. Sometimes, you need a plac…

Time for 2013 Challenges!

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Each month, we'll be featuring one of the creatures on the list at both Megan Likes Books and Auntie Spinelli Reads.


January - VampiresFebruary - Angels/NephilimMarch - FeyApril - DemonsMay - AliensJune - ZombiesJuly - Witches and WizardsAugust - MermaidsSeptember - DragonsOctober - GhostsNovember - Werewolves/Shape-shiftersDecember - Other If you're having trouble finding books for one of the categories, you can try these lists:

Vampires - Adult or YA
Werewolves/Shifters
Fey
Angels/Nephilim
Mermaids
Dragons
Zombies
Demons
Witches/Wizards
Ghosts
Aliens
Other (ie: unicorns, centaurs, timetravelers, seers etc.)





Challenge Rules:
This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013.  I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post (below), reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)Grab the reading challenge button (c…

Motivation Monday #7

How's this for a motivation monday? One of my favorite authors has some freebie stories on her site. While she's asked not to post the actual stories on any other site, I think it's safe to post the link to the stories. ;)
You can find them at Yasmine Galenorn's blog, here.
Why is this a #motivationmonday post? Because it goes to show aspiring writers, including myself, that you don't have to take on the world in gigantic leaps and bites. Stories sometimes happen in small doses, and it doesn't mean they are any less of a story, or any less meaningful. I'm beginning to learn that less is sometimes more.  A lot more!