Sunday, May 30, 2010

TAC/BEA Recap

I had an absolute BLAST at Teen Author Carnival and Book Expo America this week. This is my recap of the wonderful experience.

Sunday:

After an entire night of sleeping awkwardly in the car as my dad drove to NYC, we got out of the car to explore the city since we couldn't check into the hotel until 3 o clock. We strolled through Central Park and Time Square as I complained about how gross I felt until we got into the hotel, where I showered and prettied myself up for going to the Strand and dinner with Genevieve, Kori, Devyn and Rebecca. My dad passed out as I watched some TV and changed the dinner time about three times with Kori and Genevieve. After that ordeal dad and I were late and rode in one of those bicycle carriages to the Strand. There, I met Genevieve, Kori, Devyn and Michael, who was a pleasant surprise. The Strand was HUGE. It was absolutely gorgeous, with its tall shelves and pretty ARCs. I salivated as I attempted to not look like a complete idiot around the people I'd talked to for years online. We headed over to Max Brenner where we met Rebecca and had a yummy dinner. I had a bit of a stomach cramp so I didn't eat too much, but the conversation was fun!

Monday:

I woke up and got ready to help Korianne, Devyn and Mitali and Teen Author Carnival at Jefferson Market Library. When I got there, I was put to work immediately. Then again, I'm not one to call organizing books work, but if I can get away with it, sure. The library was magnificent and the librarians reminded me of why I want to become a YA librarian. We were quite busy the entire day, and when the event started, I began to moderate with Genevieve. The first panel was Teen Real Life, and I was very nervous. But the authors were amazing and Genevieve totally saved it. It was my favourite panel of the night, because of the answers the authors gave were so insightful and lovely. Afterwards, we did the Romance panel, which was a lot of good, silly fun. We had three big giveaway piles for the question askers on that panel, so it was enjoyable to see the look on the winners' faces. Then we had the Mystery and Fantasy panel, which unfortunately went over time with the intros, so we had to call that one to a close early. Then we had autographing time, where all the authors signed books and swag. I met Maria D'Isodoro at this period of time, and I spent the time talking to her while looking around for authors with swag after I had gotten all my books signed. Things cleared pretty quickly and I met Dominique while clearing all my stuff out of the way. She was really delightful! Then a few of us went to Chipotle, which was my first experience with the restaurant. I enjoyed it immensely. Overall, it was a fantastic and exhausting day.

Tuesday:

Oh, the start of BEA! I had been relatively sure that I wasn't going to be there for very long, since there were only one or two panels I wanted to go to and nothing else, but I ended up staying for the entire day. I blame this entirely on Maria and Cassandra Yorgey, who I had only talked briefly on twitter with until BEA. I spent the morning with Maria organizing our schedules and wandering blissfully around taking it all in so we didn't screw up completely on Wednesday. When Maureen Johnson tweeted about her panel Maria and I knew that we had to go. Kori and Devyn had said that they weren't going to BEA that day, but when we went to the panel, they were there with Cassandra and Rebecca. It was a lovely surprise and we ended up spending the rest of the day together. The panel was on social networking, and it was very fascinating. I disagreed completely with one of the women in the group, but MJ made some wonderful points and was hilarious. I kept on fangirling in my head as she talked. Afterwards, we met her outside and she taught us psychological warfare tactics. Admittedly the second best moment of my entire life. Then we wandered and chatted as I kept track of the BEA mobile app to see if there were any interesting panels. Everyone was so much fun to hang out with. Then we went to the Editors' Panel (because I was declared Official Event Planner), and while very fascinating got somewhat tedious about halfway through. I organized my schedule when I got bored and then we left early, luckily able to grab the books that we'd already heard about. Although I had told my dad to pick me up at 2:30 I ended up leaving at 6 with Maria because neither one of us was interesting in hearing Barbra Streisand's keynote speech. We had a lovely dinner at an Italian place and then went to a Steampunk event at a bar that completely failed. Then we both went back to our hotels. I slept pretty soundly that night.

Wednesday:

The first REAL day of BEA began with going to Beth Fantaskey's signing for Jekyl Loves Hyde before going to the event I had been waiting for for MONTHS. Libba Bray's panel, You're Reading That?! Young Adult Fiction Crossing Over. Everyone on the panel was brilliant, and while I am very biased, I will still say that Libba's speech was the most beautiful and badass. Genevieve and I went up to her afterwards and she gave me a hug. I might've turned into a puddle right then and there but I had some form of restraint. She signed my cootie catcher and then we got a picture of her trying to eat my head, which IS and might always be the best moment of my entire life. I walked on cloud nine for the rest of the duration of BEA as I went from signing to signing with Cassandra, Maria and occasionally Genevieve and Kori. I met a few bloggers that I'd been very excited to see and almost died after having no lunch because I am an idiot. After seeing Libba (squee) and going to a whole bunch of signings, I went with Cassandra, Genevieve, Maria, Robyn Schneider (!) to see Young Adult Editors' Buzz, where they talked about a lot of really awesome looking books. My two favourites being Infinite Days and Matched. Then we ran off to get Zombies vs. Unicorns, which I have been waiting for for literally YEARS and met Justine Larbalestier, who called me intelligent to try and get me to go finally go Team Zombie. Saying that it didn't work would be a LIE. She also called Korianne dumb so that was helpful to her cause ALSO. We did a few more signings and checked out the publisher area. Maria had to leave earlier than she anticipated, so we said goodbye and I ended up missing her for the rest of the day. Then I drowned myself in books and ran off to go see WICKED with my dad which was absolutely amazing. Then I went home and attempted to get a decent amount of sleep.

Thursday:

I started feeling sad at this point, because it was my last day in NYC! I ended up meeting Devyn, Ashley, Annie and Lauren at the line for the BEA publisher area which was HUGE. They were getting ready to RUN, and I mean RUN for Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel and when the line started moving, WE DID. I think I nudged some people in the ribs with my infamous bony elbows. But we did end up getting it! I then got to the Rules of Attraction line, where I talked to Annie and Lauren as my feet fell off. I will never understand the appeal of that guy from the book trailer, but it was a fun experience! After that I found Cassandra after MINUTES of directional issues and we spent the majority of the day together, which was so much fun. We had lunch with Kori and Rebecca and went off by ourselves, then went back to hanging out with Kori for a while. That time with Kori consisted of me stroking her hair. At about four, all of us, Ashley, Michael, Devyn, Kori, Annie, Cassandra and myself hung by the Starbucks for an hour before my dad picked me up. I spent the majority of that recording everyone on my Iphone and making bad your mom jokes. Dad called me after that and I hugged and said goodbye to everyone. Then Kori walked me to the car. I said goodbye and got in the car, where I had the worst car ride home of my entire life, but it was so worth it. It was SUCH a memorable and amazing and life changing experience. I will have to use all of the positive adjectives in the entire world to describe BEA. I met all but one of my favourite people ever, got 35 books and stroked Korianne's hair. My life is complete. I recommend the experience to anyone and everyone. I hope to see you next year!

Emma

Saturday, May 22, 2010

BEA Landing Post

This is for all the new people who will hopefully look at my blog for the first time after BEA.

So, you're here because I had a conversation with you either at TAC or BEA. I'm glad you arrived! I'm had a blast at BEA and am so thankful for being given the opportunity to go to NYC.

What I do here is review YA books. In 09 my original plan was to read a book a day. While that plan failed completely, I still read quite a bit and I love the blogging community.

If you ever would like to talk to me, just email me at bookingthrough365@gmail.com or comment on my blog! Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you like this place where my words live.

-Emma

Kay Cassidy Interview

Hiya Followers!

Look at the treat I have for you today. The lovely Kay Cassidy has allowed to interview her!

Kay's Bio:

Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 - Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.




Here's a bit about her novel, The Cinderella Society:

What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?

Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.

Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.

Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?

Kay has been so kind as to provide a teaser!

I opened the card, my hands trembling in dread and the faint remnants of what I used to call hope, as a tiny silver high-heel pin bounced into my hand.

I juggled the pin for a second, barely managing to keep it from falling, and flipped open the note with my other hand. The words inside were not a message but an invitation that sent shivers down my spine:

Your presence is requested at The Grind.

Tonight, 7 p.m.

Wear the pin.

Discretion MANDATORY.

1. The Cinderella Society is so focused on girl power and feminism. What inspired you to guide your novel in that direction?

I'm a former leadership development specialist, so I'm passionate about helping people fulfill their greatest potential. And there's no two ways about it, being a girl today is tough! There are so many more challenges girls face today than I faced when I was a teen. There are also some universal challenges that we've faced since the beginning of time: acceptance, getting comfortable in our own skin. I wanted to write a book that addressed those issues in a way that most girls have never experienced—by creating a secret society with the motto Celebrate your strength – Embrace your future – Be extraordinary.

2. I love the idea of the Cindys. How did you come across it?

The Cinderella Society actually came from a magazine article about high school sororities. I'd never heard of that before and, once I started thinking about the kind of society I would create if I could, I realized I would want it to be an organization devoted to fighting the everyday battle of good vs. evil. The idea snowballed from there and The Cinderella Society was born.

3. You have done such a graceful job of advertising your book in the blogging community. What do you think is the most important aspect of successfully promoting a novel in an organic way?

Well, thank you! :-) I think social networking is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people. Whenever I think about marketing, I think first and foremost about relationships. I don't want to force my book on anyone. In fact, I had an interviewer ask me why I thought everyone should read The Cinderella Society and my response was that I don't think there's any book on the planet that everyone should read. The great thing about fiction is that there's something for everyone. So when I find people who like the same kinds of books I do, those people are generally the ones I get to know via blogging or Twitter or wherever. It's those relationships that end up blossoming into the marketing efforts in the blogosphere.

4. What new projects do you have on the go at the moment?

Right now, I'm working on the sequel to The Cinderella Society, titled Cindy on a Mission. It follows the further adventures of Jess and the Sisters as the Wickeds launch an offensive that threatens everything the Cindys hold dear. Cindy on a Mission will be on shelves in Spring 2011.

5. What are your top three favourite girl power novels?

When I was first considering writing YA, I stopped into my local library at the time and asked the teen librarian what she would recommend. Based on my adult reading preferences, she suggested The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, and How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers. I devoured all three in a week and fell in love with YA. So without Meg, Ann and Julia, I might not be a YA author today!

And Kay has offered to give away free swag to one lucky American/Canadian winner!




Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday May 19, '10

Hello!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (No Cover)

Amazon Description:

The Leviathan arrives in Constantinople, a city where Clanker culture and Darwinst principles intersect in the most intriguing ways. Dr Barlow and Deryn deliver their precious cargo to the Sultan, but their peace-keeping mission goes unexpectedly - and disastrously - awry. Now the only way to save themselves in this hostile, politically-charged city is for Dr Barlow to offer up the thing that matters most: the air ship. Alek escapes from his prison camp and goes on the run with his men and the loris while Count Volger stays behind to fend-off the pursuit, forcing Alek to take on new responsibilities. Meanwhile a secret mission lands Deryn in serious danger- and leads both teens to re-evaluate their precarious situations in the world.

Release Date: October 5, 2010

I LOVED Leviathan and I cannot wait to read the sequel. I'm sure the cover will be gorgeous too when it comes out.

Emma Out!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TBR/Teaser Tuesday May 16, '10

Hey,

To Be Read Tuesday was started by my friend Korianne.

The Luxe
by Anna Godbersen

Goodreads Description:

A big, sumptuous tale of catty girls, dark secrets and windswept romance unfurls in this compulsively readable novel of late-19th-century New York City socialites. Godbersen weaves a tenuous web of deceit, backstabbing and pretense that follows four teens: Elizabeth Holland, a prim and proper lady of old-money society, is betrothed to one man, though furtively loves another; Henry Schoonmaker, a debauched playboy who must marry Elizabeth or be disinherited; Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister who is in love with her fiancé; and Penelope Hayes, a member of the nouveau riche who will stop at nothing to win Henry’s affections. As Elizabeth and Henry’s wedding approaches, the spectacle unfolds in a wondrously grandiose scene, making for a fun, though not entirely unexpected dénouement. A delicious new twist along the Gossip Girl vein, readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal.



I love my historical fiction and my murder mysteries. This could be a complete disappointment, but I own it so I might as well try!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"The story of the Unicorn Child was so real to these people they'd erected a stone in his memory."

-How To Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

Emma Out!

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? May 17, '10

Hey Followers,

I got a little bit of reading done this week. This meme is hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read This Past Week:

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
Hero Type by Barry Lyga

Currently Reading:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

To Read This Week:

Beats me! We'll see what I pick.

What about you guys?

Emma Out!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Book 15 of '10 Welcome to Camden Falls by Ann M. Martin

Hey!

For the readathon I read this book by the author of the Babysitters Club that I received from my cousin years ago.

Dust Jacket Description:

Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But they don't really have a choice -- their parents are dead and their grandmother, Min, is taking them in. It's strange to be in a new place. But luckily, it's a very welcoming place.

Min runs a sewing store, Needle & Thread, at the heart of Main Street in Camden Falls. There, Flora and Ruby become friends with Olivia, who likes to organize things, and Nikki, who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Even if Flora and Ruby never expected it to, Camden Falls becomes their home . . . and its stories become a part of their stories.








Characters: This was an adorable novel. Flora and Ruby were well defined and had their own quirks. They had a nice arrangement of friends and they all just screamed cute. I don't really have anymore to say. 4 flowers.

Writing:
Clear and direct. I liked the segments where Martin illustrated what the town looked like through their windows, but it would've been better if the transition had been clearer. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot:
The book is about Flora and Ruby's life in Camden Falls and has no specific mission of any kind. The stories and subplots were well written and intriguing, although admittedly pretty predictable. 4 flowers.

End:
Cute and average. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
It does its job. 4 flowers.

Cover:
It doesn't do anything for me, but I think that will be appeal to the market they're trying to go for. 3 and a half flowers.

Overall:
Adorable and a generally fun read. I'd recommend this to some of my younger female cousins. 4 flowers.

Emma Out!

Friday, May 14, 2010

BEA Meetup (Because I'm Unoriginal)

Hey Followers!

So, have I impressed you by my COMEBACK? I hope so. This is what happens when my priorities change from my book to my blog. I must do this more often.

Anyways, I have been posting more not only because I love you all and I miss doing book stuff but because I am going to BEA for the first time this month. I am so excited. And while I am not Sharon Loves Cats or The Story Siren, I would love to meet those of you who are going! So here is my magical spreadsheet:

Book 14 of '10 The Hand You're Dealt by Paul Volponi

Oh wow, I haven't done a review in what seems like a long time.

I read The Hand You're Dealt a few months ago and was very surprised by it.

Dust Jacket Description:

When Huck Porter's dad suddenly dies, it feels like nothing will ever make sense again. Huck's "best friend" thinks that Huck should just get over it, the girl he likes won't give him the time of day, and his mom now works all hours at a roadside diner to make ends meet. The only thing that still makes sense for Huck is the game his dad taught him, the game they spent hours playing together: Texas hold'em.

Worse than all of that, though, is Huck's math teacher, Mr. Abbott -- a hungry card shark with an ego to match his appetite. He now wears the local poker tournament's first prize, a silver watch that Huck's dad wore proudly for three years. So Huck hatches a plan to knock Abbott off his throne and win back the watch. Only, bluffing his way into the tournament will mean lying to everyone Huck knows. But as Huck gets deeper in the tournament and starts to lose himself in the cards, he begins to wonder who he'll be when the last hand is played.


Characters: Huck had a strong voice that I loved from the start of the novel. He seemed like a good kid with decent morals. He was prepared to fight for his family. Mr. Abbott was a fascinating character. He was just an idiot for the majority of the novel, but he really angered me several times. Those two were the main characters, but there were a few side characters who were also intriguing. There were just enough characters. I find more and more that a lot of novels have an excessive amount of characters but this was perfect. Well written all around. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing: A distinct voice with clear, descriptive writing. I was absorbed and delighted. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: The entire story consists of Huck trying to get his dad's watch back by playing cards at the local tournament. The actual card aspect of the game was written well and never became boring. Short and to the point, but it was never over simplified. Even with only around 160 pages. Four and a half flowers.

End: Predictable but I was still rooting for Huck through out it. 3 and a half flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: It focuses on the most important aspect of the novel, the card tournament and Huck's moral dilemma. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover: I would've preferred something darker and more focused on the cards. But nonetheless, it's a good cover. 3 and a half flowers.

Overall: Surprisingly enjoyable and interesting. I'd love to read more of Volponi's novels. 4 and a half flowers.


Emma Out!

Friday Finds May 14, '10

Hi Guys,

I haven't done Friday Finds in AGES. It's hosted by Should Be Reading.



Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Goodreads Description:

"Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself."


After hearing a rave review from And Anything Bookish, I had to want to read this. It sounds adorable and I love the cover.

Emma Out!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Link a Contest Thursday May 13, '10

Hiya Followers!

Link a Contest Thursday is hosted by my awesome friend Kristen from Booking Worming in the 21st Century.


There are two contests that I have seen today that I think are awesome.

Fantastic Book Review is hosting a contest for The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell. There are also signed bookmarks!

My friend April from Good Books and Wine is hosting a contest where she is giving away three ARCs. Not to mention, it's an international contest so ANYONE can join.

These both look SO cool. I hope you check them out.

Emma Out!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday May 12, '10

Hey Followers!

Sorry I haven't posted. It's only been because of a cold, though, so don't worry!

This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine.










She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott


Goodreads Description:

"When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?

Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled. So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing.

Now, two years later, Ally's mother has landed a job back at the site of their downfall. So instead of Ally's new low-key, happy life, it'll be back into the snake pit with the likes of Shannen Moore and Hammond Ross.

But then there's Jake Graydon. Handsome, wealthy, bored Jake Graydon. He moved to town after Ally left and knows nothing of her scandal, but does know that he likes her. And she likes him. So off into the sunset they can go, right? Too bad Jake's friends have a problem with his new crush since it would make Ally happy. And if anyone deserves to be unhappy, it's Ally Ryan.

Ally was hoping to have left all the drama in the past, but some things just can't be forgotten. Isn't there more to life than money?"

I read I Was a Non Blonde Cheerleader and I actually really enjoyed it. So I'm looking forward to reading this one too!

Release Date: May 25, 2010

Emma Out!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Link a Contest Thursday May 6, '10

Hey!

Link a Contest Thursday is hosted by my wonderful friend Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century.



I've found three contests recently that look wonderful. I hope you think so too! They're all advertised in the awesome contests section of my home page.

May Prize Pack
Prophecy of the Days Contest
Shade Giveaway (US Only)

So go check those out!

Emma

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday, May 6, '10

Hey!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Goodreads Description:

"Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea’s real adventure begins."

I have read a few blog posts by this author and she seems so fun! It looks like an enjoyable book and I really love the cover.

Emma Out!

Book 13 of '10 David Inside Out by Lee Bantle

I have not posted a review in FOREVER. Mainly because I was on a winning rampage of reading and then I had this crazy idea to finish the first draft of my novel in one month and then I completed neglected everything. But anyways, here is my David Inside Out review.

Dust Jacket Description:

David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems. In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

(It's been such a long time I forget if this is the dust jacket description or not. But I'm still going to rate this for the Dust Jacket Description portion of my review).


Characters: I really liked David's character. Sean was an idiot from the beginning, but it was very easy to understand David's lust. I didn't get a very well defined understanding of the rest of characters, but I did understand their motivations. 4 flowers.

Writing:
I briefly recall the writing being very brief but direct. Nothing really special. I did like how Bantle illustrated David's feelings toward Sean and his struggle about being gay. The voice of this novel felt realistic and genuine. 4 flowers.

Plot:
This was really unclear. The description gave me an indicator that the majority of the novel would consist of David fighting his sexual orientation, but only about one fifth of the entire novel briefly mentioned that. Then after spending a bit of time with Sean, he gave up. But while most of the plot driven events were predictable, I still really enjoyed this book. 3 flowers.

Ending: Predictable, but fitting. Nothing special. 3 and a half flowers.

Dust Jacket Description
: Too misleading for reasons stated in the plot section of this review. 2 flowers.

Cover: I kept on waiting for this scene to happen in the novel and it didn't. I was extremely disappointed. 2 and a half flowers.

Overall: Enjoyable and a solid GLBTQ book. 4 flowers.

Emma Out!

Monday, May 3, 2010

TBR/Teaser Tuesday May 3, '10

Hello,

TBR Tuesday was started by my friend Korianne.

Rx
by Tracy Lynn

Goodreads Description:

Thyme Gilchrest is on student council."Thyme Gilchrest is an honors student.

Thyme Gilchrest is popular.



Thyme Gilchrest is a drug dealer.


Like piecing together a logic puzzle, Thyme has organized a complex trading system that enables her to obtain the meds her friends need. They all come to her to diagnose their problems and provide the "cure" -- be it Prozac, Ritalin, Vicodin...She's therapist, doctor, and pharmacist all in one. She helps people. And that makes her feel a little more in control -- a little more capable of dealing with her own frantic high school life. Because Thyme Gilchrest is nothing if not good at dealing"


I saw this in a Chapters about two years ago and I still haven't read it. Prescription drugs are really interesting to read about, so I should check this out at the library soon!


Teaser Time!





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"The whole thing looks awesome the next morning. Huge and exciting and scary. Like something that would only happen in a movie.

Kids crowd around it, trying to figure out what it means.

Someone says it's a bomb threat.

Someone says school was canceled.

Someone else says the police were already here and it's not.

This other girl says how it's the terrorists.

So now I'm nervous about getting in some serious trouble."

-Take Me There by Susane Colasanti.

Emma Out!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hiya Followers!

This meme is hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read This Past Week:

Absolutely nothing. I have been working on my novel and moving this past month so reading hasn't been a top priority. UNTIL NOW.

Currently Reading:

Take Me There
by Susanne Colsanti
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

To Read This Week:

Too many to count.

Emma Out!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lindsay Eland Interview

I know I know. I've been bad. But I just moved and I have been writing this first draft thing. But May is all about you, my followers. And look what I have for you, an interview with Lindsay Eland, the author of Scones and Sensibility!

Bio from Lindsay's Site:

I was born in Cincinnati, grew up in various towns in Pennsylvania, went to college in Oklahoma, and found home in Breckenridge, Colorado. I love to write, read, hike, drink espresso, and attempt to keep my plants alive. I am a laugher and a dreamer. Mix all these together and you get me–a lucky writer of middle grade fiction.

I am agented by the amazing Rebecca Sherman of Writers House.



Description of Scones and Sensibility:

Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful land, a time where a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers.

But alas, she was not.

This, however, does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with a summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents bakery (how quaint!) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force…um…encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together…whether they want to be or not.


1. Polly is such a charming character! What inspired her voice? Thank you! Polly’s voice was inspired by two main things. The first being my love for Anne Shirley who, I am convinced, is one of the best characters ever written in all of literature…Polly obviously thinks so too. And her voice was also inspired by my daughter’s friend who is completely dramatic, totally hilarious, and 100% overly-imaginative.

2. Have you ever had any matchmaking disasters? Thankfully not! And I would never consider matchmaking for anyone I know…though…perhaps I would for animals since they don’t have very many, if any, requirements for a mate.

3. What inspired the bakery aspect of Scones and Sensibility? I adore food. I love eating it, baking it, cooking it, and smelling it! And I think it’s also very universal and extremely romantic…unless of course it’s refried beans which I just can’t seem enjoy no matter how many times I try.

4. Anne and Gilbert and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are Polly's favourite literary couples. Who are yours? The one’s you mentioned are definitely my favorites, though I’d also have to add: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester…excuse me while I swoon.

5. What's your favourite pastry? Nothing can compare to chocolate éclairs

6. Have you read any good YA romance novels recently? Yes, I loved the love story in The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

7. Do you have any new writing projects on the go? I do! My second contracted book with Egmont is currently titled A Teaspoon of Rosemary. Though it is also a contemporary middle grade novel, it is very different than Scones and Sensibility. It is the story of a young shy, introverted girl who learns to embrace her inner strength and confidence while becoming a wonderful young chef.

Thank you so much Lindsay! I loved your book and having you on my blog.

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