Monday, October 3, 2011
For now, I just finished reading an ARC of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare! By looking at that exclamation point, I assure you that I am pretty excited about this book! Review to come soon!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
THREE promotional posters for the Books of Wonder event, SIGNED by all three of the authors!
Postcards [an unopened pack] between Magnus and Alec on their world travels (mentioned in City of Fallen Angels) and the others in NYC... oddly about a Malec wedding... [These are HILARIOUS!]
TWO sets of Curse Workers postcards with slogans - if you've read Red Glove then you'll find these familiar!
A double-preview with chapters from Holly's Black Heart and Cassie's Clockwork Prince!
A preview from Book Two of The Chemical Garden Trilogy, SIGNED by Lauren DeStefano!
For those keeping track, that is EIGHT items to be given away! Want to win one of them? Here's what you need to do!
+LEAVE YOUR EMAIL in the comment so I can contact the winners!
Winners will be chosen RANDOMLY on June 1st!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 3rd was Cassie and Holly Black's only appearance in New York City for the spring, so of course I had to go; Lauren DeStefano, though little known for now, also tagged along [I'm extremely excited to read Wither]. I'm especially glad I attended because it was one of the most fun signings I've been to - all because of the people I met.
I arrived two hours early and I wasn't even near being the first person to have arrived. Luckily, while I waited for Dorothy Donne (of MundieSource)and Michael Sourcows to arrive, Mitali (from The Alley of Books) recognized me as a friend of Devyn Burton and I clung to her like a fangirl to Robert Pattinson (who wasn't there and won't get a link). Through her, I was introduced to Rachel (The Book Muncher). We three bonded - fun ensued.
It's interesting to see how intense some fans become for their favorite authors. There were plenty of home-made shirts that looked like they took hours; part of me wonders how anyone possibly has the time to be that detailed, but the rest of me already figures that the Fearless Rune Tattoo on my back is proof enough that I'm a fan.
We took our seats LITERALLY right in front of the authors' tables [not creepy at all] and mingled with Vania (known to most for creating book trailers - particularly for City of Fallen Angels). The authors came out like rock stars, but with better shoes. Cassie, Holly, and Lauren each read us an excerpt before moving quickly on to the Q&A segment. In all, we've learned that Magnus's favorite color is sparkle; Lauren doesn't outline her stories at all; Holly could practically run a marathon with the amount of effort she puts into getting the microphone to people. Also, there's a fanbase for Chairman Meow and Church - unexpected, but true!
With big-named authors, the signing part of the event takes forever. I was Number
I stalked Robin Wasserman [who promptly asked "Haven't I already signed every book of mine you own?] outside with Barry Goldblatt [agent to practically everyone] and made a fool of myself asking her to sign Zombies vs. Unicorns... which she isn't a part of. She did sign it though, just as Maureen Johnson [which works since MJ signed my Geektastic even though she isn't in that one]. It turns out that Robin will be in a coming anthology that will be released around the same time as a movie next summer... Detailed, right? All Barry would tell me is that the movie has a very hot guy in it and the cover to the anthology will probably be along the same lines - brief mentions of Robin posing in a bikini were given... This is a wonderful rumor - go spread it :P
My night ended by riding on the subway with Jace. You really can't make things like that up.
Now, for Cassie to read the prologue of Clockwork Prince
Also, a much longer version with some conversation with all the authors and their readings. Thanks to VintageBomb for letting me borrow it!
COMING SOON: A contest to win some little things (several autographed) from Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Lauren DeStefano.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I can't give a jolting final sentence to end this summary, purely because there is no one way to sum up the story. There are so many twists and un-expectations [I was shocked to tears in the last few pages] that you simply have no other choice than to read this book and flail your arms wildly at the end.
For a spoilery review, go over to Mundie Source
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Now, on to the winners :D
FIRST PLACE: (winner of I Am Number Four SIGNED by Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron)
SECOND PLACE: (winner of an I Am Number Four t-shirt from Hot Topic)
I used Random.org as a number generator to make my choices truly random... all except a special Third Place winner, who had too awesome of a comment not to reward :P She/he is receiving a surprise second Hot Topic t-shirt (donated by my lovely friend Tara):
 Oh god... I totally screwed up trying to clean my inbox on this thing. Definitely just deleted a whole bunch of comments! Ugh. I'm an idiots. Let's hope that these three winners get in touch with me... and if they don't... well.... I'll have to make something up quick. [/idiot] [/edit]
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I recently attended an advance screening of the upcoming YA-novel-turned-movie I Am Number Four about a way-too-good-looking alien trying to escape some not-so-good-looking aliens. Long story short: Alex Pettyfer. [oh, and Dianna Agron. But let's face it, I went for Alex to smile at me. Which he did. While lying about the Mortal Instruments... but that's a story for another time!]
The movie is not officially released until February 18th, so what better way to anticipate it than to enter a contest to win the book SIGNED by the stars of the movie? Alex himself seems to be the talk in casting for every major YA-genre movie coming up, so it will be great for you to get your hands on this now!
Here's the details:
A copy of I Am Number Four, signed by Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron
An I Am Number Four T-Shirt from Hot Topic, featuring Alex Pettyfer! Size Medium [the shirt... not the Alex]
There is none... [that's all I have lol]
Friday, January 14, 2011
Explanation of rating
Summary: The story opens up with Jack explaining how it's his birthday. Everything is a fact, and Ma (obviously Jack's mother) knows everything. From the jacket summary, the reader already knows that Ma had been kidnapped years early and held captive in the room. Through Jack's simple conversations and observations of his mother, we learn that she had nearly given up on life before he was born from the rape of their captor, Old Nick.
Jack details his daily routine and describes each of the objects in the Room. Everything has a purpose and can be used as a toy - showing the creativity and desperation Ma has succumbed to in order to provide any semblence of life for her son. They run "track" for Phys. Ed. in a small section of Room; they create their own ruler and measure every inch; they play Scream every weekday, when they yell as loud as they can at the small skylight that provides the only section of sky Jack has ever known. While he's learned reading and writing and mathematics, his Ma has him believe that Room is all that's real, and all else is TV (like stores, houses, other people). He's advanced in so many ways, yet limited in an eleven-by-eleven foot room.
The day comes when Ma tries to explain her old life and the world outside of Room, which is almost incomprehensible to Jack's mind. With the memories, the seed is planted in Ma's head that she could try again for an escape, now using Jack (whom she obviously didn't have seven years earlier when she was first kidnapped). The real issues, though, come when Jack is thrusted into Outside and must experience, for the first time, humanity and life.
Opinion: I'd heard incredible things about this book from people who attended BEA 2010. That's a long time to wait before I actually got my hands on it as a Christmas gift from my father. [It's officially the first book I've read in 2011!]
Admittedly it was a bit hard to read at first. The point-of-view being from a five year-old boy really messes with the syntax and vocabulary that I basically set my career on. After I settled into the pages, though, I fell in love with the writing. This story is truly told in the unique voice of Jack that sticks with you in every word.
While I was drawn in to reading the story based on the premises of a young boy living only in one room all his life, it become quickly obvious that the story is not about that confined life. It becomes a narrative about the world and how it is percieved by someone who could never have comprehended the simplicity and complexities of it before. [Back in high school Biology, my teacher had the class go around to different lab tables to look at ordinary objects and describe them as if we've never encountered them before... but our minds could only reach so far. I kept thinking back to that experiment while reading.] I was getting bored with the story before Ma and Jack escaped, which is perhaps a good thing - I could only imagine Ma having lived before Jack and the boredom she had to battle.
Unfortunately, it fell just a little short of my expectations. I was hoping for story that would make me cry... instead it just made me curious, as if it was a case study or something.
For School? (Hey, I'm a teacher, I think about this stuff!) Probably not, only because I'm thinking as a high school teacher and I could only imagine the controversy it would cause to teach this book to teens. However, as a study of how to write in a Voice: absolutely.