Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Just Curious (3) - Love Triangles


So we recently touched up on love interests who were the stereotypical good and bad. It's quite logical to talk about love triangles, right? They're in a million YA books - some of them successful, some not so much. Some of my favourites include Unearthly and Clockwork Angel.

There's all types of love triangles. I think all of the ones mentioned below are effective if done well. They can create another dimension to the main relationship or create tension and suspense with two equal male leads.
You don't know who she'll end up with and you like both: Clockwork Angel
You don't know who she'll end up with and you only like one/neither/are not sure:  Nightshade
You know who she'll end up with but you can love the other: Vampire Academy
You know who she'll end up with the and other guy isn't an option: The Hunger Games

So why must almost every author try this? Is the appeal so large? Are normal, simple relationships not entertaining anymore? Must we have two guys fighting over us? What does this say about us?! *laughs* This isn't to say that I don't enjoy them because I do. When an author is able to do the things mentioned above, it is magnificent and helps the novel become an easy favourite. You know you've struck gold when you're genuinely torn between the two guys! More than half the time, though, love triangles come off as a cheap plot device that you wish had just been left out! I'm sick of them! We're positioned to favour one guy and the other is just a stupid disturbance or distraction!

What do you think of love triangles? Do you immediately avoid them when you see the blurb or are you a sucker for those tough decisions? Who are your favourite love triangle couples? Which type (above) do you enjoy the most?

A Few Random Thoughts From Above (What about you?)
Nightshade: Ren, you badass! How sweet are you? Confessing your feelings! :) Shay, why are you such a tool? Stop being nice and do something, for once! [Think she will end up with Shay]

Unearthly: I can't choose. Don't make me! *sob* I won't!! Both guys are perfect for her! [Think she will end up with Tucker]

Clockwork Angel: NO! Don't you dare make Tessa decide! The other boy will be left so heartbroken! If she chooses Will, sweet sweet Jem will probably die from heartbreak. If she chooses Jem, Will might get angry/depressed and jump off a bridge. Do you want that on your conscience, Tess? Do you?! [Think she will end up with Will]


Previously Discussed: Good Guys vs. Bad Boys

Giveaway Winners

What a month it's been! Five giveaways have just ended and I'm sure you're eager to see if your name's in this list!

The winner of...
...is Mz Angel Joy!

The winner of...
...is Ange!

The winner of...
...is The Story Queen!

The winner of...
...is Chanel CG!

The winner of...
...is Julie Witt! 

Congratulations to all of the winners! They have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond. Enjoy!

I want to say a final thank you to all of my followers. Thanks to you, I'm over 1000 followers! I cannot wait to see you again in a few weeks when I announce the winners for my 850 Follower Giveaway! You guys will make choosing (for part 2) very difficult! ;) I look forward to seeing you around on my blog!

Aussie Authors Down Under

So a few authors are making their way to Australia next month. View the deets below! If you're lucky enough to live on the east coast, I hope you're going to meet these authors!

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Maria V. Snyder will be touring Australia and New Zealand! Here are her upcoming public events.

BYRON BAY - Byron Bay Writers Festival - Thursday 4 August, 11am - 11:45am "Vampires VS Gritty Realism"
BYRON BAY - Byron Bay Writers Festival - Saturday 6 August, 4pm - 5pm, "They're Growing up - Writing for Youth" along with Martine Murray, James Roy & chaired by Tegan Bennett
BYRON BAY - Byron Bay Writers Festival - Sunday 7 August, 1pm - 2pm "Where does YA Begin?  Adult Themes for Young Readers" along with Melaina Faranda, James Roy & chaired by Barry Divola
BYRON BAY - Byron Bay Writers Festival - Sunday 7 August, 4:15pm - 4:45pm "Maria V Snyder"

BRISBANE - Dymocks Brisbane City Event - Monday 8 August, 5:30pm - Talk & Signing (Shop D17, 177 Albert St, Brisbane)

MELBOURNE - Readings Hawthorn Event - Tuesday 9 August, 5pm (701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn)
MELBOURNE - Plaza Library in conjunction with Collins Booksellers Werribee - Wednesday 10 August, 5pm (Corner Derrimut & Heaths Roads, Werribee)
MELBOURNE - Target Melbourne City - Thursday 11 August, 3:30pm (236 Bourke Street, Melbourne)
MELBOURNE - Rendezvous, The Romance Bookstore - Thursday 11 August, 6pm (359A Lonsdale St, Melbourne)

SYDNEY - Kinokuniya Bookshop - Monday 15 August, 6pm (Level 2, The Galleries Victoria, 500 George St, Sydney)
SYDNEY - Dymocks George Street - Tuesday 16 August, 5pm (424 George St, Sydney)
SYDNEY - Galaxy Bookshop - Wednesday 17 August, 12 noon (Level 1, 131 York Street, Sydney)
SYDNEY - Ultimo Library - Wednesday 17 August, 5:30pm (Lvl 1, Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo)

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Kelley Armstrong will be attending the Romance Writers Convention in Melbourne from August 11th – 14th.

Her other events will include:
  • A talk & signing at Dymocks Collins St Melbourne on the 15th Aug at 6.30pm – this is a free event, please RSVP to Louise 03 9660 8500.
  • Talk & signing at Galaxy Books in Sydney, 16th Aug at 5.30pm – a free event, please RSVP to Mark on (02) 9267 7222
  • Talk & signing at Dymocks George St in Sydney, 17th Aug at 12.30pm – another free event, please RSVP to Steve on (02) 9230 9058.

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I don't know about you guys but I'm insanely jealous. Why isn't Perth on the itinerary? Luckily, Maggie Stiefvater will be visiting Perth in September for the Get Reading campaign! Be sure to let me know if you'll be meeting these great authors ;)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

In My Mailbox: 30/7/11


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

This week I received some books I'm very excited about! I cannot wait to devour these *sighs*

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart
Thank you to Random House Australia for sending this ARC to me! I'm crazy excited because I have read so many raving views. Go Australian authors! ;)

I began reading this series last night. I only got through a few chapters before my body gave way to sleep but I'm loving it so far! A big thank you to Hachette Australia!

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
I now have two copies of this! I won the first two books of this series from Badass Bookie already so I guess I'll be giving this away or swapping it! This was a random little gift provided by Hachette, along with Ally's books!

 Lament & Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Australia was amazing and sent me Maggie's Faerie series. I've read mixed reviews so I'm interested to see how it is! Looking forward to meeting this so-called "amazing" James.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
You got it. Scholastic kindly sent me a hardcover copy of Forever! I already own this book so again, it will either go to a giveaway or swap.

Graveminder by Melissa Marr
This surprisingly ended up in my mailbox this week, thanks to Harper Collins Australia. I have yet to read Melissa's Wicked Lovely series but people have said some good things about this. It's an adult book but I'll give it a try! Some say that it reads like a YA novel? I see dark-ish themes ahead but...they never hurt anyone ;) Has anyone else read this?

Please leave me links to your mailboxes and I'll be sure to visit! Let me know what you think of these books. Am I in for a treat? 

Review: A Need So Beautiful


Title: A Need So Beautiful
Author: Suzanne Young
Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 21st 2011
Source: Harper Collins Australia

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.


A Need So Beautiful was absolutely amazing. I devoured it in under 3 hours before begging for the sequel. Charlotte is your typical high school student. She's got a cool best friend, a slightly crazy family and a doting boyfriend. But...did I mention that she's constantly forced to unfamiliar places, forced to help unfamiliar people? If she ignores the Need, Charlotte feels intense physical pain but with every helped stranger, her body continues to wear away. How long before she is gone completely? The Need is calling her more and more often, which means that her time is running out.

The strong point of this novel is the characters. I enjoyed exploring every relationship and watching the effects Charlotte's dilemma had on each. Sarah is the yin to Charlotte's yang and they've been friends since they were kids. Sarah is gorgeous, yet she has a difficult time finding the perfect boy who meets all of her standards. Logan and Charlotte have been in a long-term relationship for a while now and are very comfortable as friends and as lovers. What I loved was that they were in a sweet and strong relationship. This is the first book I've read where the main character is already in a relationship and stays in it. The development was fantastic and just as good as a newly blossoming love.

Charlotte is adopted by a woman named Mercy, who has also adopted other kids. She has no recollection of her parents, or any of her previous life, really. When her skin begins to wear and fall off, revealing a golden interior, Charlotte is frightened and doesn't know who she can turn to. There's a mysterious woman, claiming to know how to save her life, and an old friend, who she has trusted dearly for many years. When they begin pulling her in two different directions, Charlotte finds herself needing to make a decision between life or death. For spoilers sake, I can't say more, but it will all blow your mind. I promise.

A Need So Beautiful ends on a shocking cliffhanger, after we just learn an unexpected and vital piece of information. Must we wait another full year for more? This novel was an exciting start to what will be a brilliant series. I look forward to learning more about Charlotte and seeing how she overcomes the obstacles which will be thrown her way! If it's in your TBR pile, grab it now. If you don't own it, buy it. Shoo!


Find Suzanne on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.
Buy A Need So Beautiful on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF: 29/7/11


 Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?

I've got a couple that are absolutely spot on!

 Any more expensive obsessions and I'm done for!
If you threw in a "study", this would sum up my daily routine, these days!
I love music just as much as I love books. I absoltuely cannot live without either! I try to put them together but usually it doesn't work. I'll go off singing and performing a whole concert in my head before realising that I'm meant to be reading!


Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose & why?

Well doesn't this sound like my giveaway question?;) There are honestly too many to choose just one so I'm going to follow the guest blogger and do a couple.

Alera from Legacy - She's a princess…searching around for a husband who will be the future King to her Queen… Sounds good! You know, even though her man's off-limits.

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss - She has Etinne St. Claire. Isn't that enough? The two have an adorable relationship and who doesn't want a little slice of heaven?

Gwen from Touch of Frost - Can't really say what I want to without spoiling the book, but the sexy Spartan who's into her is reason enough! Gwen's got spunk and courage. Woo! Great character.

Clara from Unearthly - Not only is she an angel (I want my wings!), Clara's got two guys fawning over her. Two very nice, very suitable boys. Bet she's got a tough life! I really admire her bravery and determination. Look forward to more of her in Hallowed!

Clary from The Mortal Instruments - I say it every time so you shouldn't be surprised anymore. She's badass and has ownership of Jace Wayland. Yes, please! With the amount of times I answer this way, I have to conclude that I am crazy about this series. Or maybe just about Jace. *shrugs* Either way! Wish I was as powerful and "angelic" as Clary!

How did you answer this week! Leave me your answers!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cover Reveal: Fever

Oh lookie here! The cover for Fever has finally surfaced.


Okay, so I'm liking the pose and props but...the colours are really getting to me! I dislike the fluoro green title and the washed out colours of the girl, dress and background. The colours for Wither were absolutely gorgeous and I have to say that I'm disappointed this one doesn't follow suit. If the background and title were darker...I'd probably love it. I'll just hope that this is another "pictures on screen don't look as good as in real life" moment! I, very often, find that books are much darker in real life.


What do you think of the cover? Do you love it or are you a bit disappointed? Mixed opinions floating around!

Review: Touch of Frost



Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Publisher: Kensington
Published: July 26th 2011
Source: Author

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

Touch of Frost is an amazing novel, filled with mythology, action and mystery. The rich background and mythology is so satisfyingly good, for once not skimming over the details and leaving readers wanting like so many others.

In a magical school filled with descendants of powerful beings, Gwen Frost is the odd one out. She isn't super strong, able to move in the blink of an eye, create illusions or even make a fireball! She's a gypsy, one with the ability of psychometry. Whenever she touches a person or object, she can see images and feel feelings about anyone who's ever touched it previously. In a school filled with the rich, she initially uses her ability to find lost objects in return for cash. Little does she know…she'll come in very handy in a mysterious murder that just doesn't seem to add up.

I don't know how to explain this without spoiling anything. The mystery is such a large part of the novel and it is ten kinds of fun. Constant twists, clues and information about Mythos history all add up to something which will keep everyone on their toes. In a nutshell, the good guys (Pantheon) fought the bad guys (Reapers) because they wanted to bring Chaos with the king of evil (Loki). Everyone at Mythos Academy is training to fight in this war and well...everything is just super cool, full stop.

Gwen can't stop running into badass Logan Quinn, a Spartan who everyone fears at school. I'll be straight with you. He's a manwhore - the sexiest one to have ever graced the bookworld. If you're not constantly swooning, you're drooling, otherwise there is something very wrong with you. I was so afraid the romance would go off the rails because I was absolutely in love with it from the get-go and guess what? *whispers excitedly* There's a slow build up, development, sly glances, flirty conversations, almost-kisses, almost-promises and more! It was perfect and I couldn't have asked for more. Gwen also finds a best friend in a completely unexpected place and this was so wonderful and endearing! All of the characters are written brilliantly and I am so excited to explore them further.

Touch of Frost was an excellent start to the Mythos Academy series and I am just dying for the sequel, Kiss of Frost, which will be released in November this year! Apart from a few repeated phrases, this was perfect and I'm very excited for everyone to read this. Run for the bookstores now!


Find Jennifer on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Touch of Frost on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

I hope you've all got a copy of this! The sequel is coming out very soon and you'll want to be prepared! *admires pretty cover*

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: 26/7/11

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

The rules are simple!
  • 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! 
 
 So I'm currently reading Possession by Elana Johnson. I've got a few more chapters to go until I'm done! Here's my teaser from towards the beginning....
Their shrieking alarms screamed, echoed, ratted me out to the whole world. I couldn’t believe I’d tortured myself for no reason.
This scene was hilarious. I really like Vi's voice. Very sarcastic! She's just blasted herself with freezing cold water to lower her body temperature. Um, LOL?

I'm starting to read Enclave tomorrow? Perhaps tonight, even, if I finish Possession :) Leave me your teaser!

YA News This Past Week!

Alright, so some fantastic news has been floating around the blogosphere this past week! Let's touch up on some of those, shall we?

Aimee Carter has started doing her Q&A videos! She's absolutely adorable and I couldn't stop smiling! Her first one is all about Goddess Interrupted. Subscribe to her Youtube channel or blog so that you're notified when her next video goes up!





I'm sure you've seen this already but let's admire it again, shall we? The cover for Spellbound was released and it looks great! I absolutely love this series and can't wait to buy the box set!


Last week I showed you the countdown widget and motion picture. Here's the official HD still! How gorgeous does it look? *sighs*


Becca Fitzpatrick showed us the cover of the Hush Hush graphic novel! What do you think? Too hulky? Just right? I was honestly expecting a leaner Patch with whiter wings...soft pillowy wings that could hold me while I slept! *sighs*


Supernaturally was released today! Who's got their copy already? Paranormalcy is making its way into my mailbox right now so once I read and fall in love with that, the next book is out and ready to be devoured! If you've read the book, what did you think?


Did you read the news about Comic Con? Did you go? (If so, I'm totally jealous!) There were some author appearances but I actually won't talk about that right now. Have you guys seen the Breaking Dawn videos? I hated the book but I won't lie - I am excited for this movie. I think it'll actually look much better on the big screen because it can't be worse than the book!

Clip 1: Jacob warring with the Cullens and his wolves! I didn't like this one too much but I think it'll be better in the film with everything else. Mood just isn't right here!




Clip 2: Edward and Bella's honeymoon. The world exploded this week. It seemed like no one got this on video and it was absolute hell. Who's excited? Not the best quality but at least we can see something!





Bloodlines is being released next month! The countdown's on! A few words from Richelle...
There are always nay-sayers out there who try to tell me VA readers aren't going to stick with me and read Bloodlines.  
Wait a minute! Hold the phone. What are you saying, Richelle?
Challenge: Can Bloodlines get 10,000 pre-orders in a week?

Come on guys, We can hit 10k no problem! I am so excited for this series and I think it'll be just as good, if not better, than the original series. Want to do your part? Run along to Richelle's post
By the way, how gorgeous is the cover for The Golden Lily? *squee*


If you've made it this far, congratulations! I hope you've come away with something ;) 

If you would....please fill in this super short form for me? Just 3 clicks! I'm buying a new series (or multiple) soon and I'd like your advice on which one to read first! Just rank them from 1 to 3 and we're all set! Thank you!



Review: Forever



Title: Forever
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: July 12th 2011

In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

In the final installment of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Grace is still a wolf after being turned in the previous book. After many tough complications and unfortunate circumstances, she manages to find her way back to Sam, the love of her life. Meanwhile, Isabel is still furious at Cole for refusing to sleep with her. The characters are stronger than ever before in Forever and it is an action-packed book, bound to have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation and fear.

With Isabel's father planning to murder all of the wolves in Mercy Falls, Cole takes it upon himself to experiment in order to find cures. He wants to be able to turn Grace back into a human, as well as force humans to transform into wolves. Their plan depend on him and they're all doomed if his vials of chemicals don't work. As always, Maggie drives us completely insane with worry. She loves to make us yell, "Oh no, (insert name)'s going to die!!" and she certainly does not hold back in this book. My heart stopped a few times whilst reading this and I'm sure you'll be shocked at the ending. You've never seen twists like this. Heart attack rates went up this month.

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Forever is my favourite novel out of the three and contains everything that you enjoyed in the first two plus a little more. While the ending was left quite open for readers to come to their own conclusions, I felt that it was suitable for this series, which is based on chance, possibility and fate. A line or two on the final page still leaves me scratching my head but I'm sure I'll come to a logical explanation soon. I really will miss this series because Sam and Grace are one of the sweetest couples in YA fiction. This series isn't all about smiles and light-heartedness, but it sure does have the ability to make you clutch your heart in both happiness and in sadness.


Find Maggie on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, her blog and website.




Who's sad that this series is over? *sighs* No more sweet Sammy wolf. On the other hand, I am absolutely ecstatic about Maggie' new series, The Scorpio Races. Remember when there was no summary and it was all a big mystery? Now we've got a summary and an excerpt! *squeals*


Monday, July 25, 2011

Musing Monday & Cover Crazy: 25/7/11


Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted over at The Book Worms! The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design. So get over there and share your loved covers!

This week my gorgeous cover is Bloodsong by Rhiannon Hart

I am CRAZY in love with this cover. I love the dark background and the slightly luminous title. The colours work brilliantly together and it's just got that "horror mood", don't you think? So excited to read this and I'm hoping to dig in very soon ;)
 
Summary from Goodreads:  
I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.
When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.
Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.
Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading. 

Do you need to have your owned books out where you can see them, or are you okay with them being stored away?

My books definitely need to be out on display! What's the point in having them if they're going to be shoved into a box? I don't have an obsession with owning books in print just to hide them away ;) I display my books proudly in my room and it's a joy to look over and see them on my bookshelf everyday!

Leave me your answers and I'll try my best to return the favour!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beautifully Broken Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway




Sherry Soule has won awards for her short stories and writes full-time. She writes young adult, horror, and paranormal. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her black cat, Charm. Sherry is also an Amazon book-buying-junkie, horror movie fanatic, and compulsive shoe shopper. Hey, a girl can never have too many shoes to wear or books to read!


Tell us three interesting things about yourself!
1)    I read a lot of poetry. I find it inspiring when writing dark gothic tales.
2)    I love to watch scary movies in the theater or at home. But it has to be very dark and quiet.
3)    I get a lot of ideas for stories from dreams. I dream a lot. All my dreams are very vivid like a movie.

In 100 words or less, why should people read Beautifully Broken?
Not every YA reader looks for books about first crushes, babysitting, and being part of the popular clique. Some prefer something darker, more passionate, intense, and definitely...more dangerous.
And since I love all things supernatural, and I knew that the young adult market was inundated with vampires, fairies, angels, and werewolves, I decided to make the heroine of my debut novel a sassy witch, who works in a haunted house. Because witches need love too!

What is it about the supernatural genre that you love so much?

EVERYTHING! The danger. The romance. The world-building where anything can happen.

What was your inspiration for Beautifully Broken?

I’ve always had a morbid fascination with ghosts and haunted houses.

If you were a witch, what power would you want to have and why?
Hmmm, the power of telekinesis. (The ability to move objects at a distance by mental power or other nonphysical means.)



Is there anything major in the novel that was changed from your first draft?
Most of the entire story. First drafts for me—are just that. I rewrite. Revise. And revise some more. I usually do 25 drafts at least.



Is there anything you've put from your real life into this novel?
Ravenhurst Manor is based on a real haunted house in California.


Perfect writing environment? Quiet. Home. No interruptions.

Favorite animal? Black Panther

Three words to describe yourself? Goofy. Headstrong. Snarky.

Favorite book? ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Favorite author? Rachel Caine

Favorite book character? Kaylee Cavanaugh

Sam or Dean (Supernatural)? You can’t make a girl between those two hotties! Love that show!!!

Guilty pleasure? Watching Vampires Diaries, TrueBlood, and SUPERNATURAL.

This is the first time that I've had a non-essay-length interview. *claps* Hello, short post! Long time no see ;) Thanks to Sherry for answering my questions!

Find Sherry on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.
Buy Beautifully Broken on Amazon (Print) (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook).


One winner will receive a copy of Beautifully Broken in whatever format they wish for Kindle or Nook.

International
Ends 31st July
Must be a GFC follower
[+1] Must comment on this interview with GFC name, email address and tell me what power you would like as a witch and why?
[+2] Extra entry - Comment on my review of Beautifully Broken

Review: Beautifully Broken



Title: Beautifully Broken
Author: Sherry Soule
Series: Spellbound #1
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Published: June 30th 2011
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse. Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms. When construction on Ravenhurst Manor unleashes a sinister evil, the body count rises. And Shiloh's would-be boyfriend is next on the supernatural hit list. Shiloh decides it's her duty and Destiny to find out what is causing the unexplained phenomena before its too late...

Shiloh Ravenwolf is a powerful witch, as the thirteenth daughter of the Broussard family. The daughter who the prophecy says will be able to lift the dark curse blanketing the town of Whispering Pines. Before Shiloh learns of her powers, she finds that she can see supernatural beings, evil shadows in the dark that seek to harm her. It is revealed that this all began the day she tried to commit suicide, leaving a scar along her forearm in the shape of a knife. Shiloh can see auras, a person's true nature in the form of colours, and soon learns that she is harbouring more talents than she initially thought. Why has her mother ignored her since she turned thirteen? Something shady's going on…… 

Beautifully Broken catapults us into Shiloh's everyday life, showing us the stiff interaction between her mother and herself, before the family is whisked away to church. There, she sets her sights on a gorgeous boy around her age, someone she is unfamiliar with. The two immediately form a connection from across the Chapel, unable to stop seeking peeks at the other. I honestly believe that Trent Donovan has one of the best "love interest entrances" I've ever read. Stunningly gorgeous with hypnotic green eyes, a leather jacket and sexy Mustang… *faints* Though I was a bit unsure about their lightning quick forming of a relationship, you can't deny the smoking moments between them. Sometimes I would be all for their teasing and playful relationship, but then Shiloh would act a little crazily, argue with Trent, leave, and then Trent would text the next day asking if she wanted to hang out. That was a little strange...

This novel is filled with mystery, whether about the Ravenhurst Manor (where Trent lives), Shiloh's powers, her parents' suspicious behaviour or the frightening murders. I would've liked to see more focus on this part of the story but overall there was a nice blend of supernatural and romance. The only criticism I have about the novel is the characterisation, but all in all, Beautifully Broken is an interesting read which will entertain those who enjoy this genre.
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The cover is beautiful, don't you think? The sequel, too!


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

In My Mailbox: 23/7/11


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Harlequin Australia sent me another copy of this! So...now I'm still stuck with 2 copies after giving away the ARC! I'll have to see what cover of Goddess Interrupted I get ;)
 
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Received from Harper Collins - thank you! I'll be starting this tonight. Very excited because it sounds fantastic :)
 
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Got this from Net Galley ages ago but just had to own it in print. If you haven't read this yet, do so now!

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
I never bought this in print because of the whole cover dilemma. Decided that I needed to get it, now that the new covers are final.. *sighs* Miss the gorgeous purple and green covers! Wolfsbane is up in the air somewhere. It'll hopefully arrive by my next IMM!

Possession by Elana Johnson
Another great book that I'll hopefully read tomorrow. The corners were actually a little damaged so I grabbed a 45% refund from The Book Depository... It's not too noticeable but, still. My books are usually in perfect condition! Refund pays for another book...

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Read this yesterday and really enjoyed it! Heart was pounding like mad. Enjoyed the ending although it was left quite open!

Enclave by Ann Aguire
So pumped. This is another dystopian adventure/action/romance waiting to happen.



Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Received this eARC via the author. Read it in one sitting last night and absolutely loved it. *gushes* So so good.

Eve by Anne Carey
I've been so excited for this. It looks brilliant and I almost had an aneurysm when I saw it up on Net Galley!

Nomnomnom, loved my mailbox this week. Leave me your thoughts on these books and a link to your mailbox!
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