Monday, May 31, 2010

T2T Author Interview: Heidi R. Kling

Hey everybody!

Let me introduce you to the fabulous Heidi R. Kling, he who wrote the equally fabulous book, Sea. Sea is a novel about a girl names Sienna who gets a chance to go to Indonesia to do relief work after Tsunami, and not only finds herself but also finds love in an Indonesian native, Deni.

Heidi has been kind enough to do an interview with Bookmac, thank you Heidi!

1.) When did you decide you would like to be a writer?

I've been writing since I was a little girl, so since forever!

It's great to know what you want to do!

2.) What drew you to YA literature?

My natural voice is about 15-19 years old. I don't know why. Young at
heart?

Aren't we all? :)

3.) Do you plan on writing other YA novels or have any coming out?

I do! I'm contributing to the Mystic Falls Vampire Diaries anthology which
is out in October, 2010 and I'm finishing up a fantasy novel about
estranged witches and warlocks which is to be a trilogy.


Squee! Can't wait to read it!

4.) Where did you get your idea to write Sea?

My husband is a cross-cultural trauma psychiatrist and I was inspired by
his volunteer work in Indonesia after the tsunami.

Inspiring :)

5.) Which character was the most fun to write?

I like Big Doctor Tom a whole lot. He's the type of guy I love to be
around in serious situations, because he lightens the mood. Vera was also fun because she's so awful, yet probably not as awful as Sienna thinks she is. I also loved writing Sienna, Deni and Spider. I love them all. ;-)

Doctor Tom is Sienna's Dad's best friend, and Vera is a co-worker of Sienna's father as well. Spider is an old friend of Sienna's, and Deni is...oh you'll see.

6.) Which character was that hardest to write?

Probably Deni. Because I wanted to be true to him and his voice.

Your work paid off!

7.) If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I would go to Indonesia and walk where Sienna walked. I only went there in
my imagination because my son was too little to travel and I didn't feel
comfortable with both my husband and I being outside the country at the
same time.

That's awesome!

8.) If you had one day to spend $1,000 what would you spend it on?

Clothes probably.

Ahhh, clothes...I love clothes!

9.) How was your first signing?

At Author Carnival? It was great! Many bloggers brought their ARCs from
home, which was so sweet--and Penguin donated 10 finished copies to give
away as prizes. I also signed bookmarks and gave turtle stamps and stickers
out. I had a pretty busy booth for someone with only ten books floating
around. I also signed bookmarks at BEA. I love meeting readers and
bloggers, so it was a blast. I can't wait for more!

Wish I could have been there! Next time perhaps!

10.) The best part about being an author is....?

Connecting with the reader. Knowing something I wrote touched someones
life. To me it's all about the readers and the great YA community which I adore.

What a great response!

11.) Pick three words to describe your book.

Hope, Love, Loss

Perfect!

Sea

Sea
by Heidi R. Kling

# of pages: 336
Age range: 12+
Rating: 4.5/5


Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder—something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Sea from Traveling to Teens Tours, and I wasted no time reading the book from the moment I got it. This book is a tragically real story, one that makes you reconsider the life you have and the things you take for granted yet also yearn for the love that builds this novel.

Sea starts with main character Sienna Jones receiving a plane ticket to Indonesia on her fifteenth birthday. Still affected from her mother's death years ago, Sienna remains closed off and hostile, refusing to go on the plane, mainly for he fear of them. After talking with her father, Sienna eventually agrees to go on the trip, which is turns out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to her. Not only does Sienna find love, she finds herself.

Sienna is probably one of them most developed characters I have read in a long time, by the end of the novel she is practically a different person. She matures so much, and learns to accept the past and embrace the future. The writing was well suited for the novel, and I loved how Heidi ended Sea. There were many themes and symbols in Sea, ones that only made the novel stronger.

Overall, Sea was a refreshing debut with a painstakingly real message and a close look on what it means to love.

If you liked sea be sure to check out:

The Killing Sea: Richard Lewis
The Sky is Everywhere: Jandy Nelson
Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver
Sleepless: Cyn Balog

Check out this awesome trailer of Sea made by Vania at Reverie Book Reviews:




-M.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

BEA pics

Javits roof on main floor, and yes that is a bus!
Hachette banner/booth. Sorry random guy whose's head is in my picture!

One of the Ehibit hall enteries.



Me in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth/dining area in the waaay back of the Javits.



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth/dining area.

I also have a short video of just people walking around but I need to learn how to upload it to blogger, which may take awhile.

-M

BEA Day 2

BEA Day 2 Diaries: Thursday, May 27th
6:30 am:

Me: Wide awake.
Mom: Asleep

7:00 am:

Me: Giddy. Wide awake.
Mom: Dead Asleep

7:30am:

Me: Giddy. Anxious. Wide awake.
Mom: Out cold

8:00 am:

Me: Bouncing off the walls. Getting dressed. Wide awake.
Mom: Trying to go back to sleep. Good luck.

At about nine in the morning we got to the Javits center and registered for our badges and then tried to get up to exhibit hall but mom's mini wheeled suitcase was not allowed so we had to go put it in this baggage holding place (the name escapes me) and they charged us! Sheesh! Immediately after though, I was romping up the stairs, wide eyed, completely overwhelmed. There were so many people, so many booths, and so much energy.

After quickly checking out the new title showcase I saw a woman with Clockwork Angel by Casandra Clare *gasp*. I wasted no time running into the Javits exhibit hall, determined to find it. Instead, I found Harper giving away the Exiled Queen *double gasp*. I really, really, really, wanted that book. They were gone by the time I got there. I was so sad. But then I found Clockwork Angel, hooray!

The day continued in a mad blur of me zooming around the booths, getting certain arc's, swag, and signed copies. I had spent weeks making a strict schedule and I was determined to follow it, in the end it saved me big time. The schedule was one of my advantage's, the other was my mom. When we would wait in a line to get a signed copy of a book, I would jet off to go check out the publishing booths I was familiar with for a chance to snag any arc's or books.

Most of the time I got lucky. That's the thing with the Javits, 70% of the time, getting an arc is luck. Right time, right place, etc. So while some people waited in long autographing lines and missed out on certain books, I was able to snag them and get the signed copy. For that I am extremely grateful.

Around BEA next year I'm going to be doing an advice post because I learned a lot in that one day I had at BEA. Mainly though I learned that you will get bruised shoulder bones by carrying around over 100 lbs of books. You will. Trust me.

So what did I walk away with. 68 books from BEA alone. Then about 78 after BBC (there were goody, bags!)

I think I'm going to do a vlog for my IMM but I'm not sure if I'll do it today or next week.

-M.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Swoon this Summer - CONTEST!

Are you ready to Swoon? Need more heat this summer? Sick of my cheesy contest promo lines?
If you said yes to all three of those questions, you need to enter this contest.

Now, for a limited time only you can win 1 of 2 SIGNED paperback copies of Swoon by Nina Malkin in honor of the release of Swoon in paperback. Excited? Yes!


How to enter? First, read Nina's Top Ten Ways To Swoon This Summer list:

10 Ways To Swoon This Summer

Summer is the season of SWOON—the perfect time to lose it, utterly and completely. Ahead, 10 ideas for achieving the SWOON state — they work for me! Your lovely blog mistress Meg and I want to know yours. Share your list and you could win a signed copy of SWOON!

1) Go skinny-dipping. Not feasible? Do something else naked you’d normally do clothed. Baring all helps you revel in the glory of your own body. Clean your room naked. IM someone naked. Sleep naked. Read naked. Whatever you do, avoid the mirror—this isn’t about judging or even admiring yourself; it’s about being yourself.

2) Roll down a grassy hill. You needn’t be a giant panda, but if you want to watch one for inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3k50IfMbS8&NR=1 WHEEEEEE!!!

3) Lie very, very still. Okay, you’re at the bottom of the hill now. No gadget. No other people. No nothing. Let your senses take over. See the natural world. Hear birds, bees, crickets, what-have-you. Smell the proverbial roses and everything else. Feel the tickly grass. Taste it.

4) Talk to your crush. Just do it, damn it! The first few syllables may feel like puking up very sharp pebbles. After that, you’ll fall into this flow akin to an out-of-body experience. And you’ll have done it! Yes!

5) Perform. Getting up in front of folks to strut your stuff is weirdly freeing. Read a poem, rock out, juggle, tell a joke. Then take a bow.

6) Dance your ass off. In the club, at a party or alone in your room. Let the rhythm own you; let the beat into your blood. Continue for 10 minutes minimum, until you’re sweaty and giggly and high on your own endorphins.

7) Scream your head off. If you need a setting, go whitewater rafting or ride your roller coaster of choice (mine is Coney Island’s inimitable Cyclone).

8) Frolic with another species. Swimming with dolphins may not make your vacation plans, but if there’s a cat, dog, goat, duck, et cetera at your disposal, cavort with the creature—it’s as close as you can get to being in a cartoon.

9) Kiss and kiss and kiss... This one has clarifiers: First, you must feel completely ready to kiss. Second, there must be somebody you truly want to kiss. If these prerequisites have been met, do kiss—and only kiss. Even if you’ve been with your kissable one forever, revert to the just-kissing stage and rediscover the swoon therein.

10) Read SWOON! SWOON is a novel of possession and obsession and betrayal and revenge and desire and sacrifice and pure, complete, impossible love.

So
you have 2 ways to to win this fabulous book.

#1 fill out this form: FORM, and enter like you normally would (extra entries, name, email, etc).

#2 fill out form 2: FORM, all you have to do is make a Top 10 Ways to Swoon This Summer (like the one Nina made), and then Nina will pick that best list!

ENDS 6/11!

Enter both if you want! Either way, be sure to enter!

Enjoy and good luck!

-M.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

WINNERS! x2!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
(did that rhyme ever make sense?)

We have 2 winners today! So sorry it took so long guys, my apologies!

Winner of Taurus Eyes is...

KELSEY!

Winner of Birthday Contest is...

DASHA E. EVANS!

I will email you both shortly!

Congrats!

For those of you who did not win, don't cry! More contests will come shortly!

<3

-M.

BEA 5/26/10

Day 1 BEA Diaries: Wednesday, May 26th:

Unfortunately I missed the first exhibit day at BEA (it rhymes!) because of a little thing called school. Three days was pushing it, My Mom told me. (I was already missing two). Who was I to complain? So right after school got out, my Dad drove my Mother and me to the train station where we waited for forty minutes just to board.

I’d never been on a train before, so I was pretty excited to go on one. My Mom hates driving in the city so we all agreed it would be the best idea to take the train. Wrong. Not twenty minutes into the train ride did the air conditioning break. There were engine problems. Then there were passing train problems. And to top it off, because of the electricity problems (did I mention that one?) NO FREE WIFI! And I forgot my book.

Now it was only supposed to be a four hour train ride. I could manage. I had some magazines, my phone (with internet albeit slow and hard to use for the purposes I wanted.) and iPod. I could manage. I mean the on-an-off-again AC wasn’t so bad; it was what only 85 degrees out. Not that bad. What a lie! It was awful. We were delayed over two HOURS! My four hour train ride became 7 long treacherous hours without internet and a book.

I could have flown to California in that time. We could have driven. We could of…at that point I was done caring. I thought all my woos were behind me when we finally got into Penn Station. Oh no. So we got into a cab and told the driver our hotel, he didn’t know it. It was right in Times Square! Aren’t all Cabbie’s supposed to know where the hotels are? So maybe we were being hard on him, ok, we were tired and sick of fake smiling (which we did to the cab driver). So we found the address, called the hotel to get the exact crossroad and street address. Did the Cabbie bring us there? Nope. He brought us a block away, and was confused. We just hopped out, paid the guy (he charged us the whole time!) and booked it a block to our hotel.

We were in the room by 11. I took a shower, tried to get on the internet, which you have to pay for. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? And then went to bed at 12 am. And had to get up at 7. Yay! (That’s still and extra 2 hours of sleep I normally get on a school week.)

What a fun day. Although I am so grateful that I even had the opportunity to go to NYC (my favorite city in the world!) I have to laugh thinking of the “adventure” we had getting here.

Lesson Learned: BEA, you may be the death of my mental sanity. Oh, and always have an address handy when in a cab. And don’t forget your book!

-M.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sorry.

ARG. Want to know what I hate? SPAMMERS! I don't know about you but I hate getting spam comments trying to sell me women products of other unsavory items. Oh and the ones in Chinese, linking to other virus filled sites are always fun too.

Ya, it's great. So now, much to my annoyance, I have to put word verification on my comments, which is super annoying! But what can you do? So my apologies to all the people who hate word verification (I hate it too!) But until spammers can get *poofed* away into oblivion, or just leave my blog alone, the word verification is going to have to stay.

Is there another solution to my spamming woos? Let me know if there is!

-M.

Swoon

Swoon
by Nina Malkin

# of Pages: 432
Age Range: 14/15+
Rating: 4/5

Sin is coming... Prepare to Swoon.

Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him—but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent—and irresistible—adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

*Read bottom of post for a sneak peak of upcoming Swoon contest!*

Before I had even read the synopsis of this book, it was the cover that drew me in. There are so many awesome YA book covers out there, but this is one of my favorites. After reading the synopsis and realizing this beautiful book was a young adult paranormal romance, I was sold. When I got my own copy I immediately read it and then proudly added it to the well stocked shelves of my bookshelf.

Swoon starts out with Dice, a city born teen who moved in to her cousin's neighborhood in the small but affluent town of Swoon Connecticut. Dice is different from most of her cousin, Pen's, friends and is still getting used to the "town life" when Pen suddenly falls victim to a body invasion by none other than "Sin". Sin changes Dice's world from the moment she meets him, and even though all he seems to be doing is wrecking havoc in the Swoon community, Dice can't help but to find herself falling in love with him.

With a little bit of everything mixed in; mystery, romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, etc, Swoon made for an exciting read. Nina's writing is not only fluid but real. Though at times the language can consist of a lot of swears, it made the story feel much more realistic. I mean let's not kid ourselves here, how many teens do you know that don't swear? Exactly. Be forewarned though, this novel is not a fluffy love story. Dark and dangerous, Swoon unveils the darker corners of pretty pictures, creating a seductive teen read.

If you like this novel be sure to check out:

Bleeding Violet: Dia Reeves
Hush, Hush: Becca Fitzpatrick
Fallen: Lauren Kate
Ink Exchange: Melissa Marr
Strange Angels: Lili. St. Crow

Buy Swoon HERE
Visit Nina HERE, Check out her other books and meet the Swoon characters.

Check back next Monday for a chance to win 2 signed paperback copies of Swoon in honor of the release of the paperback edition of Swoon! Hint: Start thinking of way's to Swoon this summer.

-M.

Friday, May 21, 2010

This Gorgeous Game

This Gorgeous Game
by Donna Freitas

# of pages: 224
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4/5
Release date: 5/25/10

Olivia Peters is over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and much adored local priest Mark D. Brendan, offers to become her personal writing mentor. But when Father Mark’s enthusiasm for Olivia’s prose develops into something more, Olivia’s emotions quickly shift from wonder to confusion to despair. Exactly what game is Father Mark playing, and how on earth can she get out of it?

I was fortunate enough to have received this book for review, which I promptly read the moment I received it. I mean how could you not, look at the cover? Intriguing! Though I had never read anything by Donna Freitas (author of The Possibilities of Sainthood) I nonetheless was interested in her work. The only thing that I was afraid of was that the book was going to be "too religious", my own religious beliefs - albeit the fact that I'm Christian, are still...processing. I was pleasantly surprised though to find that the novel used the Christian aspect more of a way to develop plot and character than anything else!

The novel starts off with Olivia winning a grand writing prize and bestselling author/well known Priest, Father Mark, takes Olivia under his wing. In a matter of weeks Father Mark becomes Olivia's life - too involved, and yet she fails to notice anything unusual about his behavior...until it's too late. Amidst Olivia's confusion and pain she manages to find love and eventually find herself.

There was a lot of symbolism and underlying themes in this novel, mainly about corruption
in the Catholic Church. Stalking though, was a new angle to this and I found it fascinating to see how to book would unfold. Some people may become annoyed at Olivia's naiveness at first, and her failure to tell anyone about Father Mark, but I understood her point of view because a close friend of mine had actually gone through a something very similar and I knew that the emotions the character felt were real and do happen in real life.

Overall, the novel resonated well with me. I loved the writing and the innovative plot, as well as the symbolism and controversial topic. I wished however the ending could have been stronger.

If you like this book be sure to check out:

Lost for Words by Alice Kuipers
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
A Blue so Dark by Holly Shindler
God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein
Stranded by J.T. Dutton


Buy the book here (A quick read, by the way)

Visit Donna HERE

-M.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday BEA 10' edition

So I don't usually do WoW because there are just too many books I want to read. But, I learned that I am going to BEA/BBC this year (eeeek!) and after doing piles of research, planning, reading on it, I've acquired quite a list of books I must have! Ok, that's a little dramatic, books I really, really want!

Although the list below is quite hefty, there are tons of other books I'd love to pick up, these are just ones that I am particularly dying to read!








BTW: I know it's Thursday, this post was supposed to go up yesterday but alas it did not. what can you do!? So I've finished a chunk of my mountain of books - expect reviews soon!

-M.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gimme a B, O, O, K, S!

I'm a huge bargain hunter. If I can pride myself in anything it is getting a good deal. This of course has led to some extensive searches on the computer for my deal finding, because lets face it, why pay more than you need to? Or anything at all for that matter?

So today let me introduce you to some new and exciting book sites that just might make your day.

1.) NetGalley

"NetGalley is an inexpensive and green way for publishers to share their digital galleys securely. Professional readers—reviewers, media, bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers and educators—can all use NetGalley for FREE to read and request galleys they want to review. Welcome, and happy reading!"

  • Great way to read upcoming titles for free and instantly
  • Perfect for the kindle, nook, Ipad, and other electronic readers.
  • Hot new titles (just finished The Iron Daughter - fab!)
  • FREE - just sign up!
    • 2.) SwapTree

      "On Swaptree you can:
      Trade the books you have for the books you want, for FREE
      Swap your books for video games, CDs and DVDs
      Instantly see all the books you can receive in trade
      Print perfect postage right from your computer
      Discover new books and authors
      Recycle, reuse and reduce your carbon footprint
      "

      • It's basically Paperback swap but a new site
      • You can also swap music, games, and videos
      • Lots and lots of titles
      • Only pay for shipping

      3.) Deal Oz


      "We search over 200 online bookstores to find millions of books and prices. We find the best deals on any new & used books and textbooks.Save money by comparing prices before you buy."

      • Type in the name of the book you want, Deal Oz searches all over the net
      • Finds the lowest price for the book you want
      • Gives direct links to the site that sells the book
      • Easy to use
      • Huge money saver

      -M.

      Saturday, May 15, 2010

      IMMB 27

      Hi everyone!

      So here's another week of IMMB, hosted by Kirsti of the Story Siren. Thanks for the feedback on whether or not to do a vlog, I think the general consensus is that it's not exactly desired. For those of you who have different thoughts, please comment or participate in the poll on my right column. Vlog or no vlog, is the question.

      I'm going to NYC memorial day week/weekend as a b-day present so I'll be sure to pick up a lot of books then, and...(*squeels*) I think I might be going to BEA/BBC! I'll most likely be the absolute youngest person there, but, it's an "educational experience" as my Mother calls it, so she's willing to pull me out of school for a few days and hit the city for some shopping and book time.

      We'll see if I go though, I think it's supposed to be a surprise. Fingers crossed! Anyways though, if I do go and get lots and lots of books, I'll probably do a vlog then. Not sure. I think I'll let the fates decide on this one.

      So anyways, onward with the books I got this week!

      For Review:






      • The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. (From source books publishers, look really really good! The author is the author of the Fearless series and Sweet Valley High both critically acclaimed series, this book is bound to be good!)
      • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Leviathan and John Green (Got this one from Traveling ARC tours - they're on my arc tour list - this one is supposed to be really good!)
      • Under My Skin by Judith Graves (This is from Leap Publishers. Looks good, werewolf/vamp thing is my guess. This came by surprise, made my day!)

      Bought:

      • Bewitching Season (Leland Sisters)
        by Marissa Doyle ( I bought this book in paperback - signed! I already read and loved it but i have the arc of the second book and it looked so lonely up there on myself so I went and got it's sister for some company.)

      So thoughts, comments, concerns? Tell me what you got this week!

      -M.

      Winners



      WE HAVE WINNERS!

      Winner of Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens is....

      Drum roll.....

      MARTHA LAWSON!

      Winner of 500 Business/Blogger Cards is....

      Drum roll....

      Congratulations winners! For those of you who did not win, do not worry there are more contests to come!

      And, you can still enter my contest to win Taurus Eyes, today is the last day!

      Winners, I will be contacting you shortly.

      -M.

      Thursday, May 13, 2010

      Just a post + question

      So I feel bad that I haven't posted anything since Monday....but I'm reading two books, and re-reading one so I can put up a fresh review. So that's tree books...no reviews. I could do a quick cover art post or something, but I want the post to have meaning, which this one absolutely does not have.

      Hopefully I'll finish up my books soon and get some review going but it might take a day or two.

      While the time passes I have a question, Vlog or no vlog?

      I put this question up as a poll on my sidebar but its near the bottom, and how often do people really look down there, so my little poll has pretty much gone unnoticed.

      But I've been debating for awhile now whether or not to do one. What do you guys think of vlogs? After seeing a vlog, and the person in it, does it change your feelings toward the blog?

      Let me know!

      -M.

      Monday, May 10, 2010

      Splendor

      Splendor
      by Anna Godberson

      # of pages: 400
      Age Range: 13+
      Rating: 4/5

      A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

      Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

      In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

      For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Luxe series, let me explain. The Luxe books, are, in the simplest form, Gossip Girl in the 19th/early 20th century. Rich girls, steamy romances, secrets, betrayals, and the fight to be the "it girl" of Manhattan. Yet, at the same time, this series is filled with well thought out plots, multi-layered characters, and beautiful writing.

      Splendor is the fourth and final book in the series so I was anxious to read it after finishing Envy, the third novel, a few months before. The book starts out about a few months or so after Envy ended with Penelope brooding, Elizabeth adjusting, Diana searching, and Lina spending.

      The four girls all go through revelations in this novel and truly find themselves by the end. We also see relationships form, and end, as well as certain characters finally getting what they deserve after living on top of a pile of lies.

      I though this was a great way to end the series, I felt like there was a lot of closure as well as hope for new beginnings among certain characters. The only thing that annoyed me though was how "old" the characters were. Often I had to remind myself that they were at the oldest, eighteen! They were all so mature, but not necessarily in the responsible sense. Other than that though, the book was quite good.

      What I love about these books is the gorgeous writing, and the shocking plot that never ends without a twist or turn. Anna Godberson is definitely an author to watch out for the in future, I can't wait to see what else she will bring into the YA world.

      If you liked these novels be sure to check out:


      A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
      Gossip Girl: Cecily Von Zeigesar
      Pretty Little Liars: Sara Shepard
      Privileged series: Kate Brian
      The Clique series: Lisi Harrison

      Buy Splendor HERE at Amazon

      Visit Anna HERE

      -M.

      Saturday, May 8, 2010

      IMMB 27

      Hi All,

      IMMB is hosted by the lovely Kirsti over at The Story Siren, be sure to check her out!

      This week was super slow, my mailbox was sadly empty except for some Claire de Lune postcards from Jami at YA Addict, thanks so much!


      I did get two books from the Library:


      Splendor:



      As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

      Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

      In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

      Demon Princess: Reign or Shine

      As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

      So what did you get this week?


      -M.

      Friday, May 7, 2010

      Runaway

      Runaway
      by Meg Cabot

      # of pages: 320
      Age range: 13+
      Rating: 5/5

      Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
      With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope. . .what's the point of even going on?
      But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.
      Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
      With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope. . .what's the point of even going on?
      But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.
      Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved--since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed--this time, permanently?
      Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running.


      I love Meg Cabot, I really do. All of her books are filled with humorous characters, fantastic plots, and just darn good writing. I wish I could be Meg Cabot, we are name buddies after all (Meg, Meg! Haha...ok not that funny). Anyway, after reading Being Nikki, I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Runaway from AWT Tours, and happily read the third, and last, book of the Airhead series.

      Runaway takes off right where Being Nikki left off, Em is being held "captive" with Brandon Stark and someone else...who I won't tell you if you haven't read the series because it will ruin it! As the plot unfolds readers learn what Stark corp is really up to, and how far the company will go to keep certain secrets safe.

      Jam-packed with action, intrigue, romance, and closure, Runaway was a great ending to a terrific series that is much deeper than it's original title "Airhead" portrays it to be. It was sad to see our favorite characters say goodbye but I closed the book with a smile on my face knowing that Meg Cabot, being Meg Cabot, always has a happy ending. Or at least one that works well for the book.

      If you haven't read this series I definitely recommend that you do, and if you like this series be sure to check out:

      Gallagher Girls series: Ally Carter
      Heist Society: Ally Carter
      Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver
      Scarlett Wakefield series: Lauren Henderson
      Teen Idol: Meg Cabot
      The Princess and the Pauper: Kate Brian

      Buy Airhead, a hardcover, for only $9!!! HERE

      Visit Meg Cabot here, she's really cool and usually has a giveaway or two going on!

      -M.

      Wednesday, May 5, 2010

      Hi everyone!

      So I got sick of my last layout, hence the new one. I'm not sure if I'm in love with this one...I think it's too dark. So I might give it a day or two before I decide to keep it or not.

      Does anyone know any good place to get layouts or templates for blogger?

      Thoughts on this one?

      Thanks!

      -m.

      Monday, May 3, 2010

      Bonnie Hearn Hill: Taurus Eyes Tour Interview + Contest


      Meet Bonnie Hearn Hill, author of the Star Crossed series and most recent installment, Taurus Eyes!

      Being in the writing industry for 22 years, working as a newspaper editor, Bonnie's work is definitely something to check out!

      Get to know this talented author a little better with the interview below!

      1.) Where did you get your inspiration for your Star Crossed series?

      My best friend, Hazel Dixon-Cooper (www.hazeldixoncooper.com) is a humorous astrology writer. You can't be around her long and not be interested in all things astrological. I started thinking about Logan, my protagonist, and wondered what it would be like to find an old astrology book as a teen and try to use it to change my life.

      hmm, perhaps I should get an astrology book.

      2.) What was the hardest part of the writing process?

      I probably spend most of my time creating the characters, trying to hear their voices, asking them what the holes are in their lives. Once I really get to know them, they help me write the story.

      Character's make the book!

      3.) If you could be any of your characters for a day, which one would you be?

      That's kind of scary. A whole day? Probably Logan, my protagonist, because even though her life is not perfect, she is doing her best to be proactive and improve her situation.

      Admirable traits!

      4.) Which of your characters was the hardest to write?

      The ghost in TAURUS EYES. I wasn't sure which character was going to be the ghost, and when I read over the first part of the book, it just hit me. There was only one person it could be. I love it when that happens.

      Total writer's moment!

      5.) What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

      Too many to count. I did marry one of my writing workshop members (writer/artist Larry Hill), but that might be the sanest thing I've ever done.

      Love is an unexpected journey.

      6.) If you were given $1,000 what is the first thing you would buy?

      Right this minute, if I had $1,000 extra dollars, I would donate it to Cat House on the Kings, a no-kill, no-cage sanctuary that has one of the highest adoption rates anywhere.

      Charitable too, don't you love her?

      7.) Whom of your characters can you most relate to?

      Probably the villains. It's more difficult to understand what makes people bad, so I really need to get inside their heads and understand what makes them that way. I've always heard that the good have flaws, and the bad have reasons. I have to be able to relate to a villain before I can write him/her.

      Now that's a different angle, I like it!

      8.) Do you check your own horoscope regularly?

      No, because those scopes are based on Sun signs only. Because my best friend is Hazel Dixon-Cooper, I have an inside track. And if the garage door breaks, or I lose my cell phone, I'm pretty sure Mercury is in Retrograde.

      Got to love your friends!

      9.) Do you believe in fate?

      I believe in free will. As my books say, the Sun sign is not the sum. Astrology teaches us aspects and possibilities. It can encourage and warn us. Ultimately, though, we make the decisions to act. Or not.

      Very true.

      10.) When did you decided to become a writer?

      I always knew, even before I could speak. Good that it happened, because I'm not very good at anything else except cooking.

      Cooking, yum!

      11.) What is the greatest part of being a writer?

      The process. Putting words on a page and creating real people and real worlds. I can't imagine doing or being anything else.

      Now that is a true writer people!

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! It was great having you on Bookmac!

      Want to win Taurus Eyes, the sequel in the fabulous Star Crossed series? (Um, yes you do in case you haven't decided), then click on the form below for a chance to win!

      But, be sure to become a fan of the Star Crossed series on facebook for a chance to win an Ipod touch!

      This contest will end May 15th

      FORM.

      Good luck!

      -M.

      Sunday, May 2, 2010

      Cover Alert!

      Okay so maybe I was just out of the loop here but look what I found while surfing the net! Ahh!





      Welcome to the Here and Now

      Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out.

      Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley. . . .

      Must read? Yes!

      -M.

      Saturday, May 1, 2010

      IMMB 25

      Hey everyone!

      Here's another week of IMMB! Hosted by Kirsti over at The Story Siren, she has a great blog with lots of awesome tips if you're a new blogger!

      Anyways here's my loot for this week, *I feel like there was another one...I just can't remember...*




      From contest:


      For Review:


      So what did you get this week???

      -M.

      Pre -Blogoversary Contest

      Hey everyone,

      As some of you might know I just had my first blogoversary *yay!*. To to celebrate this milestone, I want to hold a contest (a big contest) for all my amazing readers/followers, as a thank you for making Bookmac what it is today!

      Since this contest is for you guys, I want to know exactly the type of contest you all want! So I've created a form where you can tell me exactly what type of contest you would like to have.

      So you can fill out this Form HERE.

      I would really appreciate people filling this out, thank you so, so much!

      -M.