What does a book blurb mean to you as a reader and a writer?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy: Fountain Bookstore / Amazon
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.
Catching Jordan is a hilariously fun book with a kick-ass heroine. Jordan Woods has always been the girl on the football team, and she’s good enough to be the quarterback of her high school team in Franklin, Tennessee. Her teammates (and the boys she’s grown up with) trust her and treat her like the captain she is, including her lifelong BFF Sam Henry. Suddenly, a new (and super-cute!) guy named Ty Green comes to town, and he’s looking to play QB too. She can’t have this, not while Alabama is talking about scouting her or before her NFL QB father, the great Donovan Woods, can finally come to see her play. Dealing with her feelings for Ty, her anxiety over the upcoming Alabama-scouting game, and some odd things she’s hearing about Henry’s more-than-friendly feelings for her, Jordan’s got an interesting couple of weeks ahead of her.
Honestly, I love Jordan Woods for tons of reasons. She is who she is, take it or leave it. She’s always the girl with all the boys, and she more than holds her own against them. I love how open she is about her sexual side and her slight pottymouth. I haven’t found another girl like her in the other books that I’ve read, and I find Jordan to be so refreshing in that way.
Working perfectly in Jordan’s favor is Miranda Kenneally’s no-frills writing style. It’s uncomplicated and straightforward, and it is excellent as Jordan’s voice. Occasionally, I wish there would have been more details and description about how she felt during important conversations with Ty or Henry, but the more I think about it, the less that makes sense for Jordan. She isn’t the type to get frivolous with her words; she says what she means, and she doesn’t feel the need to elaborate. One of my favorite scenes (and the best example of this style) is Jordan getting ready for school and trying to make herself “girly” so she impresses Ty. I think it’s great because it is the perfect snapshot of Jordan’s personality. The best part is that her interpretation of “girly”- Chapstick, shea butter lotion, a fitted tee, and actual brushed hair- is the average 17-year-old girl’s definition of “every day.” (I also love that Jordan’s girly look blows her teammates away!) Because this style fits Jordan so well, I am curious to read Kenneally’s next book. I am interested to see how her style will translate to a character that isn’t Jordan.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Congratulations! I will ship the books out to you ASAP. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for donating these great prizes and to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Release Date: October 10, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy: Fountain Bookstore / Amazon
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?
Before I even cracked the spine on Bunheads, I knew I would enjoy it. Why? Firstly, I have a ballerina past, in which I spent 7 years taking all sorts of dance classes (though I ultimately gave it up, which is still one of my biggest regrets). Secondly, one of my guilty pleasure movies is Center Stage, and I originally thought this would be a YA version of that (what YA book reviewer doesn’t love a book version of their favorite Saturday afternoon movie?). However, while there are a few similarities to that guilty pleasure, Bunheads is not cheesy in the slightest- it’s a beautifully written, sweet, hilarious, entertaining story of the life of a corps dancer at the Manhattan Ballet Company. It’s the tale of don’t-call-me-a-ballerina Hannah Ward, a self-proclaimed bunhead whose life gets knocked a little sideways when she meets handsome college student and musician Jacob Cohen.
What I love the most about Bunheads is that it’s not about the star prima donna fighting to stay on top or even about an up-and-comer trying to push her way to the top: it’s about a member of the corps, the background line. This isn’t just her passion- it’s also her livelihood. Since Sophie Flack is a former corps dancer, she knows all the dirty little secrets, and she doesn’t gloss over any of them. Every painful injury, every back-stabbing moment, every insinuation regarding weight is included in perfect detail, just like reality. Ballet is a tough business, open to only an elite few for only a handful of years, and it’s not always as pretty as it seems. Hannah can barely make time to breathe, let alone see Jacob who longs to know her better. Her struggle to maintain what we would call a normal life while still staying on the top of her game is painful at times, fantastic at others, but it’s so very real.
At its core, however, Bunheads is about a girl who simply loves to dance. Period. This is a love story for ballet. Hannah dances for no one but herself. Hannah exudes ballet, and she never feels quite like herself unless she’s on the stage. As a former ballet dancer, I knew a ton of the terminology and dance steps without having to research, but I found that it didn’t really matter if I didn’t have the knowledge. Listening to Hannah describe how she felt while doing the steps made each one come alive. I could close my eyes and be there in the audience, awed and amazed by every moment. Flack’s words practically draw a picture for you in your mind. It’s gorgeous.
This is a wonderful debut by Sophie Flack, and I look forward to anything else she may write in the future. Seriously, anything. You just let me know, kay, Ms. Flack? Also, fun side story: I tweeted Sophie about how much I was enjoying this, and not only did she immediately write back her sincere thanks, her mother also retweeted me! I just love that. I just love Bunheads.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I'm clearing out some books at home and thought I'd give you guys and gals a shot at them before I donate them or toss them out entirely. There are recent ARCs and a few hardcovers and paperbacks. My hope is that they'll find a good home!
There's no charge for most of the books since they are ARCs, but I am asking the recipients pay shipping. The cost will be $3 per book or $5 for every two books. Remaining funds over and above shipping costs will be used for shipping in future contests.
Take a look at the LIST and see if there's anything you're interested in!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thanks to the awesome folks at Simon & Schuster I have signed copies of Nina Malkin's novels Swoon and Swear to give away to a lucky reader! Just fill out the form below for your chance to win.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?
It’s been six months since ghost-turned golem Sinclair Youngblood Powers confessed his love, stole Dice's heart, and disappeared from Swoon, perhaps from existence. Despite the hurt, Dice has been moving steadily toward ordinary. Dreams of Sin still plague and pleasure her sleep, and the mark of Sin's love remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice has been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her band mate, Tosh. Life seems almost…normal. The last thing Dice wants is to mess with anything remotely supernatural. But when her best friend’s boyfriend goes missing, Dice has no choice but to become very much involved. She knows that his disappearance was no accident, and it somehow has everything to do with Sin. Because Dice can feel it: Sin is back. And the promises and deceptions he left in his wake have returned to haunt him.
What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love?
Thursday, November 3, 2011
What is the weirdest thing you've researched for a novel, and did it spark any sketchy Google searches?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark Hunter novel, The Guardian, was just released yesterday! Read the description and take a look at the trailer below...
As a Dream-Hunter, Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions. She’s to descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill all of them. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian.
Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. Then there’s the beautiful Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus—she’s holding back one of the world’s darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive...
Find out more about Sherrilyn Kenyon and her novels at http://www.officialsanctuary.com/ or http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Glutton for punishment, table for one?
And thus, NaNo's strange gravity has sucked me in again.
Don't mistake my light-hearted and somewhat cynical attitude as a set-up for failure. That's not what it is at all. I'm just not turning my back on NaNo this year for she is a fickle mistress, and I've been burned before. No, no. This time I am not buying your pretty lies.
It's on like Donkey Kong, baby. Your move, NaNo. Your move.
Mood: In the mood to kick a little ass.
Music: All Time Low - I Feel Like Dancing