{Interview + Giveaway} SM Reine

By: | Sep 30, 2011
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Today we have SM Reine, author of the Seasons of the Moon series with us for an interview and I think, if you’re all very good, she will also be giving away an eCopy of All Hallows Moon, book two in the series that I just reviewed the other day!

Sara, welcome back to MMSAI!

All Hallow's Moon is the second book in your Seasons of the Moon seriahmes, how was writing it different from writing Six Moon Summer, the first book in the series?

It was a lot harder. Even though I had a much clearer picture of the story progression of All Hallows' Moon than I did starting out with Six Moon Summer, finding the drive to sit down and write it was tough. When I finished the book and reread it, I was surprised to find it turned out to be one of the best things I've ever written-- it sure didn't feel that way in the beginning!

Where did the initial idea come from for this series?

The original idea for Six Moon Summer was a standalone book, but Rylie turned out to be too interesting to leave alone. Here we have this normal girl -- who can't stand the thought of eating steak, so she's a vegetarian -- and suddenly she's struggling with these insane, monstrous urges she can't control. The innocent blond girl is always a victim, not the monster. Having her turn into a werewolf is so much fun.

Your the mom to a beautiful little boy, and also a wife. How do you balance it all with your writing?

One word: Grandparents! :) Having enthusiastic babysitters frees up a lot of time for me to write. My husband calls me a workaholic. He's probably onto something. I work a full-time day job as well as my full-time writing job, so when I'm at home, I'm glued to my laptop or phone working on promotion or penning the next novel. I don't have hobbies anymore. But I always make time for my family.

All Hallow's Moon is one of five novels you have personally y19d medwritten, according to Good Reads, all available now but one due out next year. Which of these have you enjoyed writing the most?

The 19 Dragons has been my favorite project. It's a novella, so I never hit those "I can't finish this, I'm the worst writer ever" doldrums that strike around 30-40,000 words. It's the most unique, bizarre thing I've ever written. Like immersing yourself in a steampunk Salvatore Dali painting. The 19 Dragons is a story that makes more emotional sense than rational sense, but it's a heck of an adventure.

If you had to cast Rylie and Seth in a Seasons of the Moon movie or TV series, who fits the description best to you? (feel free to send photos too!!)

Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, would be my perfect Rylie. She has this beautiful unearthliness to her that I love. And can you imagine her drenched in blood and eating deer? It would be awesome! I think Bryton James would be awesome as Seth, although that might be because I'm a big Vampire Diaries dork and I want an excuse to poach their actors!

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Last - is there more Seasons of the Moon novels coming?

Yes, we're going to see two more novels in the book to round out all four seasons. Long Night Moon will be coming in spring 2012 and Gray Moon Rising will be released in the summer. I have some really exciting things planned to complete Rylie and Seth's story arc! I don't want to talk about it too much yet, but I'll give you a hint: We're going to see shapeshifters.

Sara, as always - we love having you on the blog and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! We can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

Thanks so much for having me, Amber!

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{Book Review} Witch Song

By: | Sep 29, 2011
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Witch Song
Author:
Amber Argyle
Format: ARC
Pages: 305
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Published: September 1, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons--but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fade, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can't stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn't, there won't be anything left to save.

My take: This is my new favorite witch book, hands down!  I mean, I love my series witch book, but holy amazingness!

Okay so I didn’t really get a whole lot from the synopsis except that a girl was in trouble and so were all these witches.  Little did I know what would truly entail throughout the book.  I was enamored from the first page and got so lost in it that I wished I was there.

Brusenna, or Senna as she’s come to be known in the book, is this meager little girl who’s so unknowing about basically everything surrounding her.  Her character grows so incredibly much throughout this book, and I got to see her go from being this know-nothing to knowing what her true destiny was and is all along.  The journey follows her over the course of more time then you’d think, and it’s striking to know what goes on.

Just when you think the big battle is going to happen, BAM something else happens and you’re like “wait a second, what?! How?”  But Amber did such a great job with a push and pull during the story that it was beyond words.

Many of the other characters, even if only given small parts in the story, are completely necessary.  Unlike many books where you get these insignificant people described in detail, Amber strays from it and gives you the cold hard facts of each. 

I absolutely adored this book, and I liked that the cover wasn’t an actual real life model but more a cartoon rendition of a girl.  Fantastic, I loved it, I’d recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/witches/paranormal…anything!

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{Book Review} All Hallows Moon

By: | Sep 28, 2011
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All Hallows Moon
Seasons of the Moon #2
Author: SM Reine
Pages: 114
Format: eBook
Pub Date: Sept 9th 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Rylie survived becoming a werewolf at great cost. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life... with a few distinct changes. She transforms into a beast every new and full moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.
Without many werewolves left, it’s hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters -- Eleanor, Abel, and Seth -- recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he’s still in love with her.
Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what’s right. But what is right-- obeying desire or duty?

First, first, first: THE COVER. Yay! The cover! I love that Rylie is blonde on it, because she’s described as being so in the books. On the cover of Six Moon Summer, the first book in the Seasons of the Moon series, she’s brunette and I just was so excited to really see Rylie this time!

Okay, the book. I am shocked to say that I liked it more then book one. I am generally a “1st book in the series” lover – but lately I am finding authors, SM Reine included, are just gaining momentum with each book.

We pick up with Rylie not long after her time at camp where her whole life changed. She’s going to live with her aunt, on her ranch. Rylie’s curse isn’t exactly ignorable and she’s making the best with the situation she’s got. Wait for the curve ball, when Seth arrives at her school, with his family of skilled werewolf hunters in tow, unaware the wolf they tracked to this little po-dunk town is Rylie.

I thoroughly enjoyed Reine’s humorous banter and how she, on the other side of the scale, didn’t dial back the gore. A nice smooth even balance that made for a fantastic read and a great second book to this series. 

Be sure to pick up All Hallow’s Moon for $2.99, as well as all of Reines great novels you can find listed by hopping along through the Good Reads link below! At 4.5 Birds here on MMSAI, you know it’s WELL worth the money!!

On a side note, this marks the 104th book I’ve read this year – reaching my goal (but I won’t be stopping any time soon!) and I’m so happy I rounded out my goal with something I can happily recommend to everyone!

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My Wednesday Vlog for The YA Rebels

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{Book Review} Sleepers

By: | Sep 27, 2011
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Sleepers
The Swarm #1
Author: Megg Jensen
Format: eBook
Pages: 212
Pub Date: July 20th 2011
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Rating: 3.75 - 4 Birds

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

Any fan of The Cloud Prophet Trilogy, will not be disappointed in the first installment of The Swarm series Sleepers!!

Now, for my completely honest review: My very first thought when I started Sleepers, was a shake of my head that came when I absorbed all the parallels it ran to Anathema and The Cloud Prophet Trilogy, Jensen’s first books. I am certainly not one to like having to compare books, but I feel when they are written by the same author it’s worth noting.

While writing in a fantasy world, sure anything is possible, but things like hair playing a large role in identity and station, a secret best friend, someone not suited to be Queen ascending and/or attempting to the throne, something important coming to light on their birthdays, needing to kill and/or over throw a malicious king….gah it was all just a little too much like Anathema for me.(which, don’t get me wrong, was and is a fantastic fantasy novel) However, I was a little sad not to see more of Jensen’s creativity muscle flexed, because I know she has it in her.

All that considered, and I say this with totally heart felt sincerity – Sleepers drug me in every which direction, sent me cursing a page number (or 5) and the very author who penned it’s pages, while I was riddled with pure and total shock and awe at the story line unfolding before me. This, the shock and awe, is Jensen’s essence. Her ability to put you so fully among the people and the world she has created and have you cringe, cry, and beg from it’s suspense is something that few authors really have a handle on. I am thrilled this woman found her calling as an author.

At a 3.75 - 4 bird rating, Sleepers earns a spot on my shelf, or more, on my Nook (and not because I already have it….lol) And I know, it’s an odd rating – one I’ve never dolled out before – BUT I felt the story strong even though parts seemed “already done” by Jensen, and didn’t want to discount the immense strength she has for capturing her audience and making them beg for more.  It is a great story, but in a fair and honest review I can not discount the similarities and feel I did right by an author who loves her reviews to the point and 100% honest. Which is good, because those are the only type I serve here.

I implore you to read it yourself. For even if you too feel things were similar, I double dog dare you not to get caught up and be begging for more…much like I am….Where’s book 2?!

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 21

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.
Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS I WANT TO REREAD

1) Performance Anxiety – Betsy Burke
2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K Rowling
3) Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer (hush your face, before each movie I try to reread them)
4) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
5) Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
6) Divergent – Veronica Roth (it hasn’t even been that long!)
7) Sister Mischief – Laura Goode (totally need to buy this!)
8) Sweep: Book of Shadows (Wicca #1) – Cate Tiernan
9) The Princess Diaries(The Princess Diaries #1) – Meg Cabot (I seriously read this once a year! I haven’t yet this year!)
10) The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

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Swoon-Tastic Giveaway!

By: | Sep 26, 2011
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I have such a great giveaway for you all, my wonderful readers! 

Thanks to the FANTASTIC folks at Simon & Shuster I have 4 Sets, yes SETS, of the Swoon series by Nina Malkin….autographed up for grabs!
I’ll give you all a moment to absorb the news, and regain your self control over the excitement!



It has been a pleasure working with S&S and I’m so happy to bring this to you! Follow the Raffelcopter form below to enter, you have 2 weeks to enter!

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{Book Reivew} Swear + ARC Giveaway!

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SwearSwoon #2Author: Nina Malkin
Pages: 472
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3 – 3.5
A promise broken. A bond betrayed. 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?
Ever had a book that when you put it down to do those things you actually have to do while your not reading (i.e: work, sleep, eat, shower…) all you can think about is what is about to happen in said book? This is how SWEAR was for me. Every time I had to set it down I was constantly trying to sort out where Nina Malkin was taking things. I was almost never right and I really liked that aspect, because it kept me guessing all through out.

Dice and all her one-syllable pals (Duck, Marsh, Sin, Pen….and so on) really bring you a full serving of both romance and romantic angst, right along with all things paranormal picking up right where SWOON, the first book in the series, leaves off.

One thing that I had a little trouble with, was language and thusly also the writing style a bit. Now, we do have a few character's from other times in history and their language being suited for them makes perfect sense, if they didn’t speak as if they were from their time it would ruin the effect of the book. However, there are times Malkin will go from “trendy-typical-teenager speak” into something that felt like a forced, over done Dawson’s Creek vocab, meshed with a bit of British slang tossed in for good measure. Since the book is written in first person, following Dice, an 18 year old, American born gal living in Connecticut this was sometimes (okay, nearly always) really hard to swallow. I would actually twist up my face in confusion trying to understand what teenager would say things like “poste-haste” when asking friends to hurry.

If I had read this book with out knowing it was YA, I wouldn’t have pegged it as one. It falls for me, between YA and Fiction, leaning a bit more towards Fiction based on writing style alone. Malkin is obviously a walking thesaurus and remarkably intelligent which flows onto her pages. While I love learning new vocab words, I did have to stop a few times wondering if maybe I should look that word up to be sure it meant what I thought it meant. And I’m not dummy. I promise. ;0)

The story is strong and fluid, and therefore I tired very hard to ignore the obvious hopping language issues I was facing. You get a little Stephan King’s ROSE RED and a little Single White Female even in a tiny way. It’s a never been done before Paranormal Thriller that despite the things I didn’t particularly love about, still feel is worth a read. Both book sin the series are!


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{Book Review} Weaving Destiny

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Weaving Destiny
The Soulkeepers Book 2
Author: G.P. Ching
Pages: 220
Release Date: August 29th 2011
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Rating: 5 Birds.

Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn't help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob's love.
When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.

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Weaving Destiny is even better then the first book in the series, The Soulkeepers! (which I gave 4 birds if you will recall) GP Ching really shows off her amazing ability to weave (no pun in tended) the complex worlds of fantasy and reality almost effortlessly with in the covers of her second novel.

You will pick up right where you left off with Soulkeepers, with all the great character's you met the first time, and even get a few new ones that add excitement and drama in all the right places.

Told from Malini’s point of view (see her on the cover!? Beautiful!) you will get to see her journey full on in this world of Soulkeepers and watch as she learns her true role among them. Sprinkle in some relationship drama, some teenaged angst brought with a new character and a vision quest and you have a superb book!

5 Birds for Weaving Destiny! All around this is a fantastic read! A lot faster then the first, and nearly 100 pages smaller. Where I felt that The Soulkeepers may have been a bit overly descriptive, Weaving Destiny has a perfect balance and to me this shows a growth for GP in her writing that leads me to wonder – what will her next book be like if they just keep getting better and better?

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{Book Review} Dead Sky Morning

By: | Sep 25, 2011
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Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror #3)
Author: Karina Halle
Pages: 343
Format: ARC from Metal Blonde Books c/o Karina
Publish Date: October 13, 2011
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Rating: 4 Birds

With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying investigation yet. A tiny, fog-shrouded island in the rough strait between British Columbia and Washington State has held a dark secret for decades: It was a former leper colony where over forty souls were left to rot, die and bury each other. Now a functioning campground, Perry and Dex spend an isolated weekend there to investigate potential hauntings but as the duo quickly find out, there is more to fear on D’Arcy Island than just ghosts. The island quickly pits partner against partner, spiraling the pair into madness that serves to destroy their sanity, their relationship and their very lives.

My take: I’ve already reviewed both Darkhouse and Red Fox which are the first two in the Experiment in Terror series…and when given the opportunity directly from author Karina Halle to read the third before it came out, I jumped on it like a woman possessed!

This book, I felt, showcased even more of the real Perry.  I got to see her insecurities come out more, and her real life of lying to her parents.  It was plain to see how real this girl could be given such real life circumstances in the beginning of the book.

Dex was the same old Dex, and honestly I still don’t know whether to like him, hate him…or love to hate him.  He still holds that unknown about him through this book – and being such a well developed character in this one, it gave me confidence that I’d know some more.  I’m still confused on the guy though and that’s what makes him great.

Perry and Dex set out on this adventure again with Perry being kept in the dark about the entire thing.  All she knows is there’s this island they’re going to, and there were a bunch of lepers that died there – and that no real history is written because the lepers were Chinese so no one cared since the island is in Canada!  What happens on the island is shocking and twisted.  I feel like you almost have to have a sick sense of humor to find it not so bizarre.

So where will the crazy pair go next, and where will their relationship turn as they continue down this path of ShowNet stardom?  Only time will tell, but I can’t wait.

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{Book Review} The Unwanteds

By: | Sep 23, 2011
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The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 406
Format: ARC from Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
Pub Date: August 30th, 2011
Publisher: Aladdin (Imprint of Simon and Schuster)
Rating: 4 Birds

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret - behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a magical place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.

But it's a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

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I’ve read quite a few other books by Lisa McMann, so I opened this one knowing that whatever the story it was, it would be amazing. And it really is.

As a kid some of my favourite books were written by Enid Blyton, C.S. Lewis and of course, J.K. Rowling. This one is like a combination of all of them but unique in its own right, and a Dystopian too. Although aimed at Middle Grade readers, I didn’t notice this at all and I doubt other readers my age and older would either. I sincerely wish I had this when I was a kid because I would have read it so much that the pages would have fallen apart! You can definitely see the similarities between this and Harry Potter but as I mentioned, it’s completely unique. A magical castle, statues that move and talk (I loved Simber, the talking stone Cheetah who guards the castle), talking blackboards (my favourite was Earl) and many interesting magical spells.

Dystopian themes are strong in this - you have two worlds, one truly Dystopian and one Magical, which is a really strange idea but it works. Quill, the Dystopian world has strict rules where all creativity is banished, even dreams and drawing. There’s a Purge each year, choosing who is Wanted, who is Necessary and who is Unwanted. The Unwanteds are sent to their Death in The Lake of Burning Oil, a horrifying prospect for any 13 year old kid. But hang about; it’s a Middle Grade book so they’re all fine! They are rescued by the leader of Artime; an awesome guy called Mr. Today and they learn whichever creative pursuit they wish, as well as Magical Warrior Training, just in case the leader of Quill finds out about them.

The story itself is pretty fast paced, which is a shame as I wanted to see the characters developing and learning new skills properly. But I can see why it was fast paced, managing to stuff a year into 400 pages – it may have ended up like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix if it hadn’t! Lots going on though, Alex is coping with being separated from his brother Aaron, who has become a Wanted. He believes his brother would want to come to Artime if he knew about it, which may or may not lead to some silly decisions later on in the book – you’ll have to read it to find out! The side stories were fantastic in this, instead of having a silly amount of different thoughts and switching constantly between them, you occasionally get a glimpse of what the other characters are thinking, without it being too much. I particularly liked Lani’s story and would have liked to have known her character better. Fingers crossed for a sequel!

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{Book Review} Angel Fall

By: | Sep 22, 2011
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AngelFall Book I – A Novel of Hell (Volume 1)
Author: S.E. Foulk
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Published: May 12, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Rating: 3.5 Birds

A mysterious ancient prisoner has been freed from eternal sleep,awakened after millennia by the wandering Aristotle, who roams freely despite the edicts of the Elders Council. Tired of living within the gilded cage of Limbo, the great teacher has unknowingly opened Hells' own Pandora's box and set in motion a chain of events that will forever alter the infernal landscape. Will the Fallen, those Dark Angels who reign over Hell, discover their loss? And why does this prisoner not know who he is? Can he evade capture and get to Limbo? This is Book I of the AngelFall series. Book II will be available on September 1st, 2011.

My Take: So, I wasn’t really sure what I would think of this book.  All I knew was there was stuff about Hell, a guy, and escaping.  Really, it didn’t give me much by reading the synopsis.  But I figured what the heck, it’s about hell.  It can’t be that bad right?

True.  It really wasn’t that bad.  Now, I know I didn’t give it my highest rating, and the reason for that isn’t because I didn’t like the storyline – but because I felt like sometimes I was confused.  I understood the story, but at times I got confused about different characters, or why they were truly important to the storyline.

If you like things that have to deal with some mythology, the seven platforms of Hell and well, some gruesome bits, I definitely recommend this book.  However, I don’t recommend having a snack while reading because there are parts that will make your stomach turn from description alone.

All in all, I liked the book, and I’ll probably go back to read it a second time so I understand more bits here and there.

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 21

By: | Sep 21, 2011
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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Kiss Crush Collide
Author: Christina Meredith
Release Date: December 27th 2011
Greenwillow Books

Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some.
With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green

 

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The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Release Date: December 27th 2011
Greenwillow Books

When her boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of sophomore year, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. Enter three stunning girls with a magical offer Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days, and then…break his heart and collect one of his brokenhearted tears. As the girls teach Lucy how to hook a guy (with the help of a little magic), she quickly discovers how far she is willing to go—and who she is willing to cross—to get what she wants.
Fans of Lauren Myracle, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and Meg Cabot will love this tale of breakups, friendship, new crushes, and magic. Told with wit and charm, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is sure to be one of this winter’s most irresistible reads!

 

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 20

By: | Sep 20, 2011
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.
Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS I FEEL AS THOUGH EVERYONE HAS READ BUT ME!

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Since becoming a blogger, I feel like some of the books that I’ve been dying to read have been put on the back burner.  It’s not to say I don’t love blogging, because I do, but some of them are like – I KNOW other people have read this and I still have it on my to be read shelf!  So here it is:

1) Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead (Really, I have it on my shelf!)
2) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare
3) Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses #1) – Ellen Schreiber
4) Marked (House of Night #1) – P.C. Cast
5) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) – Maggie Stiefvater
6) Passion (Fallen #3) – Lauren Kate
7) Hereafter (Hereafter #1) – Tara Hudson
8) Nightstar (The Immortals #5) – Alyson Noel
9) Everlasting (The Immortals #6) – Alyson Noel
10) Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) – J.R. Ward

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{Guest Post + Giveaway} GP Ching

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Hello my wonderful “Shelfers”, we have another fantastic guest post to share with you today! GP Ching author of The Soulkeepers and it’s sequel Weaving Destiny, is here with us as part of a fantastic Blog Tour to help promote that sequel!

We will have a review of it up later this week, but until then enjoy this Guest post about why GP writes Ethnically Diverse Characters. And check out the bottom of the post for a chance to win a fantastic prize pack from her!!!

 

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Why I write multicultural characters

Several years ago, I first heard the phrase "Browning of America." Taken broadly, it means that for various reasons America is going through a shift in demographics from having a majority of its population identified as white and tracing their ancestry to Europe to a more diverse majority. While I am Caucasian, I've always thought this change was a good thing. Diversity brings with it new strengths, new ways of thinking, and ultimately, in my opinion, innovation.

The truth is most of us are mutts. Yes, I'm white, but my ancestors were German, French, and Czechoslovakian. Those are vastly different cultures and given the time period when the mix was taking place, a fairly extraordinary coupling. With modern technology, our world is small and there are less and less people that define themselves firmly within one cultural group.

My husband's father was Asian and his mother was Irish. We always thought my father-in-law was Chinese until he died and we learned he was actually Korean, adopted by a Chinese family. My husband, who looks white, grew up in the predominantly Asian culture of Hawaii and experienced various levels of inclusion among different ethnic groups. His acceptance has varied widely by his geographical residence.

It's no surprise that the character of Jacob in The Soulkeepers, half Chinese and half German, was inspired by my husband. But Malini's character is equally diverse, not ethnically but culturally. Yes she's East Indian but her family is culturally American and she's Christian, a religious minority among her race. The characters are complex, both identifying with their roots and the contemporary expectations of their peers.

In a story about the battle between good and evil, I think it's more than appropriate that the characters involved struggle with issues of race, culture, and acceptance. Just like each of us have the capacity to be either good or evil, the reader can see the events in the story through the lens of Jacob and Malini's heritage.

For example, when most of us think of stealing, we would judge someone who took medicine for a sick child less harshly than someone who had the money to buy a shirt but stole it anyway. We process the morality of the event through a lens of the person's motivations and personal situation. In Weaving Destiny, Malini's reaction to the supernatural events in her life is rooted in the realities of her past. Her parents came to America to escape cultural persecution they would have experienced in India, and this lens colors the way they react to the changes in their daughter. The lessons of Malini's past guide her into her future. They are something she can't divorce herself from any more than she can resist the jealousy that takes root in her heart during the story.

Of course, many readers might not pick up on why diversity was integral to the plot of The Soulkeepers Series. That's okay. The books are first and foremost meant to be entertaining. But now that you know, ask yourself how the story might have been different if all of the characters were white.

Giveaway Time!!!

Want to win all the fantastic things in this picture?
FILL OUT THIS FORM

Prize pack

* 1 copy of each The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny EBOOKS 
* Book marks for both books
* Darkside Publishing Pens

Contest run until the 26th, Must have a US mailing address to enter. Must be 13+

 

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{Giveaway +Scavenger Hunt} with Angeline Kace

By: | Sep 19, 2011
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Throughout Descended by Blood's book tour, different puzzle pieces of the cover for book 2 will be posted on different blogs, with the full cover and its synopsis being revealed on September 30th.

On October 1st, Angeline Kace will be running a bonus paperback prize pack giveaway for one luck winner that can properly identify the blogs with the puzzle pieces!

Follow along with the tour to get the lucky sneak peeks of the cover!

Here is just one of the teaser puzzle pieces! Be sure to keep track when you find a piece on one of your favorite blogs so you can get a full glimpse of the cover!

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Oh and HEY! We are also doing a GIVEAWAY! Here on the blog. That doesn’t require you to do anything more but fill out this form with your contact info and you’re entered!
BUT HURRY!
This contest is only open for 48 hours!

What can you win? A Paperback copy of Descended By Blood the first book in the Vampire Born Series

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{Announcing…}

By: | Sep 18, 2011
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Time to announce some winners once again for contests held here on MMSAI!

All of these wonderful folks have been contacted via e-mail, but we want to celebrate them a little more with a shout out!

2 Winners of Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan:

Shannon J of Illinois

and

Larissa B of California

Winner of the Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3) by Alyson Noel Audio book:

Tammy W of Wisconsin

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