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“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld blew me away

So, if you are unfamiliar with Scott Westerfeld I must request that you pause, open another window, order all of his books, and then return to this blog post. Your life is now better. You’re welcome.

If you ARE familiar (good for you) you may be aware that he recently released a new novel called Afterworlds.
I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know it was out. I walked into my favorite local book shop (Avid) and was browsing aimlessly as I am apt to do when I saw it. Boyfriend was unphased by my excitement because he. doesn’t. understand.
But I had no choice. Sad little undergraduate student budget be damned. I had to have it.
And then I started reading, and it was totally worth it (even if ramen is going to be on the menu for a few days ;)).
Not only is it a good, well-written story… I expected that from my old friend Scott Westerfeld. I love his work. I know that. So that wasn’t the surprise. It wasn’t the best part.
The best part was that it made me want to write.
It’s been a while since I was truly motivated to write. Since, walking down the street, I started spouting scene ideas ( thoroughly confusing Boyfriend). It is glorious. So thanks, Scott Westerfeld. Thank you very much.

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Fangirl made me fangirl

I just read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it was WONDERFUL. I went to an awesome author event at Avid bookshop (if you haven’t been, GO) and heard Rowell and David Levithan both speak about their books and read excerpts. I cannot wait to read Attachments, also by Rowell, and Two Boys Kissing, by Levithan.

Fangirl is a great story for those of you looking for college lit. There isn’t a ton to be easily found, I suspect because we fall oddly between YA lit and adult literature (however if you’re looking for some, here are two other recommendations).

The main character in Fangirl is Cather. She’s got a lot going on, what with moving into her dorm for her freshman year, her social anxiety, her absent mother, her off-beat dad, and her twin sister that really would like more independence than Cath is interested in. Meanwhile Cath has to navigate the dining halls, hide in her room, and tackle a third year level creative writing class, all while keeping her fan base satisfied with new fan fiction each week. Cath writes Simon Snow fan fiction, which is stories using the characters of the Simon Snow books ( a fictional series that is similar to Harry Potter but definitely isn’t Harry Potter).

Rowell skillfully (some might say magically) incorporates all of these dramas and issues (plus a dash of romance) into one book without making it seem overly dramatic or exhausting. Instead, I was left wrenchingly attached to the characters and inspired to write until my keyboard breaks.

So basically, read that.

Also, I’m really sorry I haven’t written in forever. Next week I have a break from school, so I promise, I will post some great stuff. Tonight my creative writing class (featured on the blog writersworkshop3800.wordpress.com) is having a reading at the Globe, in downtown Athens, and I’m incredibly excited. I’ll be reading an edited version of Apple Pie, and I’m really excited and nervous. Send good vibes my way!

Lastly, I’ve heard some negative things about the new book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, but I haven’t had a chance to get my nose into it, so look forward to my thoughts on that.

Okay that’s it for now, sorry it’s been so long, really. I’ll do better.

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Teen Screens: ‘The Mortal Instruments

Teen Screens: ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ successfully translates to the big screen – The Red and Black : Variety.

This movie is AWESOME…there’s really no other way to say it.

My review, on the Red & Black newspaper website, is also pretty great.

So, if you read the review (which you really really should) you’ll get the gist of what I thought about the movie, and the very fact that I’m blogging frantically means that I LOVED the book (and Cassandra Clare, and every word she’s ever written). So I won’t just rewrite my review, but I will hit some high points I didn’t get to.

Clary’s mom ROCKS. When she is kidnapped by Valentine’s goons, which we don’t get an actual description of in the book due to limited perspective, she puts up a hell of a fight.

Simon, played by Robert Sheehan, is HOT. In a geeky, adorable, sweet way. Jace (played by Jamie Campbell Bower) is attractive too, but he was supposed to be. Sheehan took me by surprise.

Magnus looks perfect, but I wanted a little more sass from him. He’s supposed to be flamboyant and debonair and sassy.

Also, I touch on this a bit in the article, but VALENTINE IS SUPPOSED TO BE BLONDE!!! HE IS BLONDE. NOT A DARK HAIRED HIPPIE WITH BRAIDS AND AN EGO COMPLEX.

I mean he DOES have ego issues, but he has deeper motives in the book than in the movie.

BUT, aside from Valentine’s horrible shortcomings, and some general deviations from the plot of the book (which make me wonder how sequels will work) the movie is great, the casting is great, and I’m in sickly, dreamy, fangirl love.

Read the article (pretty please). Read the book (if your life is sad and you haven’t read it yet). Watch the movie. Love life.

 

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City of Bones (Preview)

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There’s more to come on this subject on Saturday, but let’s just say that if you haven’t seen The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones yet, GO NOW! (and if you haven’t read the book yet well then shame on you. educate yourself)

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Unwind, Unwholly….Neal Shusterman is my hero

Unwind (novel)

Unwind (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because these two books are WONDERFUL. I LOVED Unwind when I read it in high school…twice, and I just finished Unwholly. Shusterman creates these beautiful characters who draw me in and pluck my heartstrings and keep me up until the wee hours of the night.

In a world where the solution to the controversy of abortion is the ability to unwind, meaning to surgically dismantle while technically keeping all of your parts alive, unwanted children between the ages of 13 and 18, AWOLS are kids who escaped after their parents signed the unwind orders.

Connor is awesome. Risa is…just beautiful. Lev is complicated and surprisingly young, and Cam…. Cam is a new, confusing, enrapturing character I can’t get enough of. I NEED the next book. SO MUCH!

Read it.

Now.

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Summer’s over D:

So I can’t deny it anymore, summer is officially over. Today was my first day of classes (and they went great by the way) and now it’s time to officially post how successful the summer reading list went! So here goes! I read: 
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I loved this book. I just didn’t get into the second one good, but I will give it another go.
  2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre- finished! Loved it! The second one is in my possession.
  3. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire- Mmmmm just mmmm. Delicious.
  4. Easy by Tammara Webber- also delicious
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – first book to keep me up to 3am this summer! This was pretty great.
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- the second in the Cinder series. Also faboo.
  7. Dark Life by Dan Wells
  8. Rip Tide by Dan Wells –  Both of these were really good! I want the third!
  9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman- I. Am. Dying….Halfway through as I’m typing this.

I didn’t read:

    1. Outpost (Enclave #2) by Ann Aguirre- I have it! I just haven’t read it yet!
      summer reading, Outpost, Shannon Adams, Sharing Stories
      Outpost by Ann Aguirre
    2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
    3. Reqium (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver- I have this one too…
    4. End the Fed by Ron Paul- the boyfriend added this one to my list… I’m sorry babe….
    5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr- It’s next!
    6. Partials by Dan Wells- never got a hold of it. Still on the list.
      Cover of "The Bar Code Tattoo"
      Cover of The Bar Code Tattoo
    7. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
    8. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Wey
    9. Reached by Ally Condie (and the two before this, Matched and Crossed)
    10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson -Highly recommended by one of my best friends
    11. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    12. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

So all in all, I think I had a fairly successful reading summer. Let me know what else I need to add to my list of books to read, and tell me if you’ve read any of the ones that are already on there!

Happy end of summer!!

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Woah! I missed you guys (also…zombie books!)

Cover of "The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest o...

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Photo credit: andtara)

Hey everyone!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA. There have been several last minute trips, projects, and summer activities for me to attend to, so my blogging fell down my list of priorities. (I’m sorry, but there were roller coasters involved…. I love roller coasters.)

But regardless of my temporary lapse in prioritizing goodness, I’m here now!

And boy do I have some books and stuff to tell you about!

Let me begin by saying that I am a chicken…. a big baby when it comes to horror stories.

So in high school, maybe three years ago, I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, which is about a girl named Mary and her friends who live in the future, after society has fallen, in a time when the Unconsecrated (who are basically zombies) roam the earth. Mary is always told that her village is the only surviving town, that the rest of the world is filled only with Unconsecrated and the Forest.

Through a series of exciting and terrifying events Mary’s village is breached, and she and her friends end up on secret paths lined with chain link that lead through the Forest.

This book horrified me. Really. There were nightmares…but it was also really well written and completely engrossing. So much so that this summer, when the nightmares finally subsided (just kidding…mostly), I decided to pick up the second book in Ryan’s series, The Dead-Tossed Waves.

This one is from the perspective of Gabry, Mary’s daughter, who lives in Vista, a small town on the shore and one of the few remaining human settlements. When Gabry agrees to jump the fence that surrounds her town with a group of friends to explore an abandoned amusement park, things go terribly wrong. A breaker, which is an Unconsecrated (or Mudo) who Returns when there aren’t any other Mudo around and so is much faster than a normal zombie guy, attacks them, shattering Gabry’s world.

Things happen. Big things. Important things. ‘Read it’ things.

Two days ago, lounging on the couch next to boyfriend at a very lovely little lake house, I finished the third and final book in the series. (good thing too because boyfriend was tired of being ignored 🙂 heehee)

I want more….

So what are you waiting for? Go! Read!

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