Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

So my friends pulled me into to going out trick or treating this year. I figured, hey what the heck, you're only one once. So dressed up as cowgirls - it looked better than it sounds - and we hit the streets to score some serious sweets. After three houses we realized that this was actually pretty lame. We were the oldest people walking around, and it was kind of awkward going to each door asking for candy.

Then came house number four. We knock and this lady opens the door and gives us a blank stare. Hesitantly we say, "trick or treat?" The lady gives us a weird look and says "Candy or canned goods?" With embarrassment we admit candy and she raises her eyebrows and gives us that all too familiar look of disappointment before reaching to grab her candy bowl saying, "aren't you all a little big for trick or treating?" We don't say anything, take our candy and run.

In the street we practically die of embarrassment and argue about whether to keep going or not. Ultimately we choose to book it back to my friends house, throw on some sweats and walk down to CVS to buy some candy. Yes it was that sad. When we returned to her house we poured our paid for candy into bowls, popped some popcorn and sat down on my friend's bed to watch some scary movies.

I learned some valuable lessons tonight.

1.) Nothing in life is free
2.) Save trick or treating for kids
3.) Go to costume parties instead
4.) And always, always, always resort to sweats, junk food, and a movie when feeling bad about yourself! - okay actually never do that, but still..

-M.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Loved The Dark Divine...?

The Dark Divine


.... Then you'll be excited to know about this cool promotion from Egmont.

From now until November 22nd you can buy the Dark Divine E-book for $2.99 HERE!

So if you have had any hesitations in buying this book, go buy it now, I promise you'll like it - especially at $3!

-M.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis

Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future


Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.


Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.


Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.

Thoughts: Um, can I have this? Now? I love futuristic novels, and this ones sounds amazing. The cover alone should be the selling point for this book, but the plot is equally as inticing. Love it!

Release date: January 11th :(

-M.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nightshade

Nightshade
Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer


# of Pages: 528
Age Range: 14+
From: BEA
Pub Date: Oct 19th


Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


I know you should never judge a book based on its cover, but I look at this one, it says so much about the book. The moment I saw it I knew that this book was going to be must read. I was fortunate enough to snag two signed copies at BEA and I read one of them over the summer. Although Nightshade is much better suited for October this fun and sexy read was perfect for those warm August nights under the moon.

Nightshade starts off with Calla saving the life of a very handsome, and very human boy in the woods. There is something off about Shay though, he seems to be a part of Calla's world except f the fact that he knows nothing about her pack or magic. As Calla learns more about him, their connection grows and soon her future goes from being crystal clear to foggy and confusing. Her world as she knows it  is changing and Calla isn't sure if she is prepared for whats coming next.

Nightshade captivated me from the very beginning. I loved how Shay challenged Calla, and the mystery behind Shay's existence. I will admit, the first 150 pages were confusing for me because I really didn't understand how the packs/nightshade world worked. All of the back history wasn't explained until much later so it made the beginning a little tough to get through. Once I knew what I needed to though, I was sucked in and found it hard to put the book down.

With strong characters. a page-turning plot, and an intense romance, Nightshade was a must read. I recommend this book to people who like or will like the following books:

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)
Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, Book 5)
Torment (Fallen)
Crescendo (Hush, Hush)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Beautiful Darkness

Visit Andrea Cremer here

-M.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hold Me Closer Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
by Lish McBride


# of Pages: 352
Age Range: 14/15+
From: Publisher
Rating: 3.7/5


Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.



Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer at BEA and then have the publisher send me a second copy a few weeks ago. The plot sounded like a funny paranormal read and one day when I was in the mood to read something humorous, I picked up a copy and gave this book a try.

I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer at BEA and then have the publisher send me a second copy a few weeks ago. The plot sounded like a funny paranormal read and one day when I was in the mood to read something humorous, I picked up a copy and gave this book a try.



I couldn't help but like college drop out, Sam, the naive main character in this debut novel. I found him funny and loved how close he and his friends were. Apparently you can make some serious bonds over burgers. When Sam's life is on the line after he catches the attention of Douglas - the council's leader and strongest necromancer in the area, it seems that Sam's already dead, especially when he is captured and held prisoner in Douglas's evil basement. Luckily for Sam he has a loving family and great friends who will stop at nothing to save him - not that he' alone. With him in the basement is a gorgeous werewolf hybrid who is desperate for company.

This novel has a very original plot - which I liked, and I really enjoyed the characters. My problem with this book however is that the ending felt very rushed, I didn't feel like I got to know some of the characters as well as I should have and the climax seemed like the first part to a bigger climax, except it wasn't... Needless to say, I did enjoy this book, and I thought it was extremely funny and original. I just wish the ending had been better executed.

Still, I'm hoping for a sequel!

If you liked this novel be sure to check out:

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
The Replacement
Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1)

Visit Lish McBride HERE

-M.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Winners!

WINNERS...

For the signed Firelight ARC the winners is...

KATIE!

and the winner of The Twins Daughter is....

LESLIE G.

I'll be emailing you both shortly!

-M.

Author Interview: Julie Berry

Meet author Julie Berry!

Books 
 I''m so happy to have to the chance to interview her here at Bookmac today! For those of you who don't know Julie, her newly released novel is called Secondhand Charm and I have a review of it below!


1.) Why did you decide to write a fantasy novel for young adults?


 

 I wrote the kind of book I enjoy reading. I don’t remember ever musing, “Hm, should I write a corporate crime thriller? A depressing memoir? ... I know. How about young adult fantasy? Bingo.” There was never a choice. When I opened my creative cupboard, that’s what was sitting on the shelves.

 

 2.) If you could describe your book using only three words which ones would you choose?

 

 Can I list the three words I hope others will choose? “Brilliant, inspired, award-winning?” That last one was a cheat, I suppose. If I must choose my own, how about: “I like fish?” I’m trying here, grasping … Adjectives elude me. Would you settle for ingredients? “Adventure, danger, myth.” (Plus kissing.)

 

 

3.) How did you come up with names for all of your characters?

 

 Naming is always fun. Some names in Secondhand Charm have thematic significance, for me at least. Others are simply harvested from lists of names I find online. I look up first names and surnames that existed in England and France during the 18th Century, then trawl through them for the ones I like best.

 

 4.) Are any of your characters based off of people you know?

 

 Not really. There’s a little bit of me in every first-person girl protagonist I write. I hope it won’t spoil things for my readers when I say that every leading guy I write has a bit of my husband in him. But really, girls, you should see my husband. I’m not kidding.

 

 5.) Did you have to do any research for your novel?

 

 I did, and I always do, whenever I’m writing anything set in the past, even if it’s a made-up past. European history fascinates me – social, linguistic, religious, political. Part of the fun of writing each book is the exploration into new historical territory. Researching details for period authenticity helps my settings feel more believable, I think, even if there is no kingdom of Pylander. Although I don’t attempt to use speech patterns that would have been used in the 18th Century – no “thee” and “thou” for me – I do research every word I use to make sure it existed in English during the time period in which my novel is set.

 

 

6.) Do you plan on writing more fantasy for young adults in the future?

 

 Absolutely. I’ve only just begun to play. Stay tuned!
 
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Can't wait!
 
-M.

Secondhand Charm

Secondhand Charm
Secondhand Charm
by Julie Berry


# of Pages: 352
Age Range: 13+
From: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms—no more than trinkets when  worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

I had wanted to read author Julie Berry's novel, The Amaranth Enchantment, for some time. So when I got the chance to review her new novel, Secondhand Charm I eagerly agreed to review it and I am so glad I did!

Secondhand Charm is an enchanting fantasy novel filled with laughs, love, and magic! Main character, Evie, is not only refreshingly sweet but has a good head on her shoulders.  When she has a chance to go to University despite her gender, she takes it. With the help of a special someone of course... Along her journey Evie learns more about herself than she ever imagined and also gets the chance to help her kingdom.

This novel had great characters, awesome writing, and plot. I really enjoyed it! With short chapters, Secondhand Charm read quickly and I never found myself bored throughout the novel. After reading this novel I am more inclined than ever to go pick up Julie Berry's, Amaranth Enchantment!

If you liked this novel be sure to check out:

The Healer's Apprentice
StarCrossed
Everlasting
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Princess of Glass

Visit Julie Berry here

-M.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Author Interview: Jennifer Solow

Hey Everyone!

Meet Jennifer Solow, author of the new MG series, The Aristobrats. I was lucky enough to not only review her book but also interview her!


1.) What was the hardest part about writing The Aristobrats?




The hardest thing about writing The Aristobrats is that the characters aren’t real. I really have fallen in love with them and sometimes I get in the mood to meet them at La Coppa Coffee for a Mocha Mach – but they’re not on my speed dial.

The other hard thing is that so many of the stories and characters are based in reality – it’s weird when the person and the character meet up. For instance, Ikea was inspired by a friend I went to school with. I was so excited to tell her about it because I think Ikea is a pretty big hero in the story. I don’t think my friend saw it that way – I felt bad, like maybe I’d offended her when what I really wanted to do was pay homage to a girl I admired long ago.

2.) Which of your characters do you see yourself the most in/you best relate to?

I think I’m a lot like Parker – we both work hard to seem like we have it all together when really we’re just hoping it all doesn’t all fall apart at the seams. I’m also a bit Kiki-like, or at least I wish I could be some days – kind of like the world revolves around me and there’s no reason to believe otherwise. Ikea is a perfectionist and deeply charitable and brilliant. Unfortunately I can only aspire to be like her. Plum is uber-cool, very laid back and punky-stylish without having to try too hard. I’m sort of Plum in my imagination.

3.) If you had one day to spend 1 million dollars, what would you buy?

Clothes. But at the end of the day, I’d wish I’d said chocolate…but at the end of the chocolate, I’d wish I’d said savings bonds…but after the savings bonds, I’d wish I’d said clothes. So I’m sticking with clothes.

4.) Mac or PC?

MAC!!!

5.) What is the best part about being a writer?

Getting to invent a world that didn’t exist before and then inviting people to come in.

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Thanks Jennifer!
 
-M.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Ivy

The Ivy
The Ivy
by Luren Klunze and Rina Onur

# of Pages: 320
Age range: 15+
From: Blog Tour
Rating: 4.5/5

Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?



Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with—
Gregory
The guy she loves to hate

Evan
the guy she'd love to forget

Clint
the guy she'd love to love

and Matt
the guy she really should love

—all vying for her attention.


But she has three fantastic roommates (best friends or her worst nightmare?) and a wholesome California-girl reputation (oops) and brains and beauty and big, big dreams.


Will it be enough to help her survive freshman year at Harvard?


The gorgeous red cover alone was enough to draw me to this story. When I read the plot it became automatic must read on my mental book list. And I from the second I picked this novel up, I found it extremely hard to put down. I even read it amidst the craziness of a group study session before a field hockey game. I was dedicated, and this book was worth it.

A little bit of Legally Blond, The Clique, and The Duff all combined into one, the Ivy was addictive in a way vampires and Werewolves are not. Because let's face it, we know paranormal creatures not to be real, and while it's fun to dive into their world for many a story, the great thing about realistic fiction such as this book is that even though the events that take place are about as close to happening as we are to the sun, they could still happen! Which makes it much more fun to day dream about. I mean, I know  Edward Cullen isn't out there waiting for me, but Gregory...? Who knows!

Hot guys aside, The Ivy also has an awesome unexpected side story that has me captivated and shocked. And while I wasn't a huge fan of Callie's bubbly room mate, Vanessa, I loved all of the other characters and the fun angles they presented to the story. The writing was great too, and he plot was a definite win. I wasn't a fan so much of very very ending, not so much because of the fact that was a cliffhanger but more so because I felt like it was cut off awkwardly, but nonetheless it still managed to make me be eagerly awaiting the release of he sequel to this new series.

Check this book out! And if you like it be sure to take a look at:

The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
Matched
Echoes
Smart Boys & Fast Girls

Visit the authors here

-M.