Showing posts from May, 2012

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is all about Blogosphere love, every Friday. Follow me either via GFC or NetworkedBlogs, and I'll follow right back. Leave a comment!

Q: You are a matchmaker — your goal, hook up two characters from two of your favorite books. Who would it be? How do you think it would go?

A: Um, hardest question EVER! I'm terrible at crossover fanfiction, and usually run far from fanfics that mix up my favorite book characters- but a hook-up between books is always fun!  So let's see. If I pair up Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone with Barron Sharpe from Holly Black's Curse Workers, the result would be catastrophic. He'd con her out of all her wishes, and she'd kick his ass big time for it. Would be a fun scenario.

Cover Crazy: Guest Post by Kelan O'Connell

Today, Kelan O'Connell, author of YA crossover Delta Legend stops by- to tell us how that gorgeous cover came into being.
YA indie authors- if you're looking for advice on cover designing, look no more!
Without much ado, let's go directly to Kelan and what she has to say about the mastermind(s) behind the piece of art you see on the right.
Take it away, Kelan!

When Varsha contacted me about doing a guest post, she asked if perhaps I would be interested in talking about the cover art for Delta Legend. As you can see, Wishful Thinking is beautifully designed and Varsha herself is a Photoshop Queen. I love it when bloggers have suggestions for guest posts. It gets me started in the right direction regarding the style of their blog and what they think their followers might find interesting. And the cover of Delta Legend, well that's a subject that's near and dear to my heart.
Not to sound vain, but I never tire of looking at the image myself (I have one of the 13 x 19 poste…

Cover Crazy: Asian Dystopia and Awesome Art

Just a quick post before I go to bed~

Japanese Steampunk.
Yes, I said JAPANESE STEAMPUNK. Like those awesome animes. Like everything I ever wanted in a YA book. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE.

LOOK AT THIS. Just look at it. You're gorgeous, cover. You're so gorgeous I want to scream. You're so gorgeous I want you on my shelf and I can't till September this year when you finally hit the bookstores. Add to that the awesome blurb and I'm sold.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff


Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her father are commanded to capture one for the murderous Shogun of the Shima Isles, they fear their lives are over. After disaster befalls the mission, Yukiko finds herself stranded in the wilderness with only the crippled griffin Buruu for company. Working together, the pair make a stand against the authorities, facing intrigue, betrayal and murder in the hope of seeing their homeland saved and Buruu flying again.

With Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff pre…

REVIEW: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Title: Blackbirds
Author: Chuck Wendig (
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Dark
Series: Miriam Black #1
Length: 384 pages
My Copy: Purchased for Kindle Reader on iPad

Goodreads Summary:

Miriam Black knows when you will die.

Still in her early twenties, she's foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.

Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can't save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she'll have to try.


How do you review a book like “Blackbirds?” I literally had to drag myself to the laptop to type this out, because good sense dictates I should refrain from writing a review for Chuck Wendig’s gut…

Feature and Follow Friday :)

Yay, it's another Friday. And Saturday happens to be the day I finally get to celebrate my birthday. Let's do the basics: Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, and is ALL about some blogosphere love. So follow, follow, follow, and don't forget to leave your links so I can follow you all right back!
This week's question:
Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?
A. The question actually got me thinking: there are so few YA books with parent-child relationships that are actually healthy! What comes immediately to mind is the Anna Dressed in Blood series: I thought Cas and his Mom were cool, there was just something about the kitchen witch and her relationship with her son that made me fall in love with the pair of them. It was one of the few books that didn't relegate the Mom to a cameo kind of role. Then, of course, Lily Potter. I mean, she'…

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. 

THE SELECTION, I read with utmost certainty that I was probably not going to like at all. Any book promoted as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games is going to make me leery. Plus, it’s got some bad r…