Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox 12

Hello, this is my twelfth week involved with In My Mailbox, a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Story Siren. The point is to share the books you have acquired over the week.

I went to my library's used book sale where I got books for fifty cents...so score. I had to do a lot of sifting and by the time I got there all the YA novels were gone, but I did still got one.

 Books  I bought:



I call this the week of mystery and suspense with a little romance mixed in, you'll see why. 


1. In Cold Blood  by Truman Capote- I've heard so many things about this book. It looks creepy, eerie, and I want to read it. We've also been talking about this class in my journalism class and I've been intrigued by this book for years, so I bought it for yes 50 cents.


2. The Summer After June by Ashley Warlick- After Lindy's sister June dies, Lindy leaves her fiancee at the altar and leaves her old life behind her. She takes her sister's one year old baby and flees to her ailing grandmother's home. What she didn't expect was a romance? Looks right up my ally.


3. Macady by Jennie Hansen- LDS romantic suspense plus journalism. I want to read it. Hansen's novels are usually really good and so yeah I'm excited to finish it.


4. It only Takes a Moment by Mary Jane Clark- Journalism once again, plus mystery. Eliza Blake (the journalist) has witnessed tragedy in her career. But nothing prepares her for the kidnapping of her seven year old daughter.  Now she's going to do anything to get her back. She doesn't plan on just sitting and waiting either.


5. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke- I've heard so much about this one and so yeah I figured I might as well get it.


6. Fire Study by Maria Snyder- I've already read this one and I loved it, so I figured I'd get it for only fifty cents. The cover is damaged on this one, but oh well.


7. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks- I've read a lot of his books and usually I loved them. So I decided I'd get it and see what this one is about. 


8. Lockdown by Traci Hunter Abramson-I read and loved this book. I think this is the third/second in the series. I'm not sure though. Anyway it's really good. It's about Navy Seals+romance+suspense.


9.The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark- I've heard a lot about her and well I was in a suspense mood, so yeah had to get a book by her.


10.  Grave Secrets by Marlene Austin- This book is right next to Lynn Austin in my library and so I've eyed this one for years. At any rate, I decided to get it. It's about a writer who falls into a suspenseful situation and there are three interesting guys vying for her attention. Three? Love Triangle? I'm in.


11. Loved like That by Julie Wright- I'm pretty sure this one is going to have a religious undertone.  It's about an old police officer who didn't think he'd find love and then he finds her--problem she's already engaged. Now he just needs to convince her to choose him. Sounds really good. I'm in.


Books I received for review:


1. Venom by K.C. Grant-I received this one for review from work. It sounds intriguing. This one is about an advertiser not a journalist. The main character Samantha finds herself competing for the interest of a guy and when she starts snooping around she discovers not everything is honest. And when she's kidnapped, she realizes she's going to have to fight for her life if she wants to keep it. Sounds cheesy, but cute. Want to read it. 


2. Tempest by Julie Cross- This book finally came. I received this from Tara and Lisa from the DAC tours.  I got it on Wednesday and finished it on Friday. My review is posted here. Loved this one. It's so good.

 And that's all for me. What did you guys get this week? Feel free to leave your link in the comments. I read every single one.




~Danica Page

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross


Tempest
(Tempest, #1)
by Julie Cross
Received for Review from DAC Tours
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Pages: 339

Before we get to my review, here is what Goodreads has to say:

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… 
he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time.
 But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his
 jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux 
capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, 
Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his
 panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his
 previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to
 the future.


Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to 
return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns 
what he can about his abilities.


But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come 
looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will 
stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  
Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and 
himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… 
and possibly the entire world.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

In My Opinion: First off, I'd like to thank Lisa and Tara from the DAC Tours for giving me this book to review. Thanks!


Now then, I have heard mixed things about this book and went into it with mixed feelings. On  the one hand I really really wanted to like it, on the other hand I kept looking for the error in the book that I'd heard about. I think I found that error, but I don't know if I would have if I hadn't been searching for it.  

The book also is up for movie deals already and for the most part people seem to love it. But this is one of those books that people either love or hate and well for me personally I really liked it. I've been wanting to read this one for forever, and had been praying it would be good. It was. I know some people felt disjointed with all the time-travel and the character building, but I didn't. I liked learning more about the characters as the story progressed. In the beginning I didn't know much about them, and I loved learning about them through their actions.

Personally, I thought there was chemistry between Holly and Jackson. That's apparently up for dispute, but I thought they got along great. I loved both of those characters.

I really liked the plot, the characters, the writing, the format--basically I just really liked the book. And once again, like most of the books I've reviewed lately the ending left me dying for more. I really really want to read the sequel. 2013 is looking like it's going to be a great year.

In Summary: A very enjoyable read that I really enjoyed. I loved the characters, the writing, and just the book in general.

Warnings: Language was a little rough. Four-five times it used strong language (f word). There were also references to sex. I didn't find the book offensive though. The sex references were pretty vague, but they were there multiple times.

The Wrap-up: Thanks once again to Lisa and Tara for setting up the DAC tours and for letting me read this book. I really appreciated it. I really enjoyed this book and am anxiously awaiting the sequel and would definitely see the movie if they make one. Definitely recommend this one, but there have been people who hated it, just to warn you.

P.S. I love the cover. From the moment I saw it, I knew I had to read this book.

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: In Dreams by J. Sterling

Book Review: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges


The Gathering Storm
(Katerina Alexandrovna, #1)
by Robin Bridges
Received for Review from DAC Tours
Average Goodreads Review:3.82
Pages: 389

Before I get into my review, let's see what Goodreads has to say:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal 
debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark 
secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her 
finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina 
considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to 
protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue. 

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those 
aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's 
strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . 
including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle 
son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret,
 and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom 
Katerina feels inexplicably drawn. 

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will 
she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to thank Tara and Lisa from DAC tours for giving me the book to review. Thanks!

I was constantly debating between 3.5 and 4 stars and well I've decided on four. I thought Bridges' idea was very original, very intriguing, and very appealing. This new trend of historical paranormal novels is new for me and I was really curious to see what I would think of it. I've always loved historical fiction and I've always loved Russia, so this seemed like a perfect fit. I was intrigued by this book from the beginning. 

Katerina was a character I immediately liked. She wasn't afraid to confront the social norms of the time, and she wasn't afraid to do what she wanted. She was strong, and yet there was a sense of vulnerability about her. I loved that.

I also loved George Alexandrovich from the beginning. He was strong, mysterious, and just a little dangerous (not to mention slightly off limits) so I loved him.

And then Prince Danilo, a character I also really liked. I don't want to say too much here, because I don't want to give anything away. But I'll just say I could see why Katerina was "inexplicably drawn to him" as the synopsis says.

The writing style was good, the characters were extremely likable, and I loved the setting, but something was missing for me. I can't figure out quite what was missing, but something was missing to make it a high four star rating or a five rating.

I did, however, love love love the ending. I am definitely excited to see what happens in the sequel which should be coming out in October of this year.

In Summary: A very enjoyable book that was well-written and entertaining. A book that left me anxious to read the sequel, but a book that lacked something to make it a solid high four/five star rating.

Warnings: Okay minor violence and references to blood, and very very minor sexual references in the loosest sense of the word. Really this is a clean novel. It's not very sexual or violent. It was set in 1888 and is about an aristocracy who obeyed the social customs of the time. So yeah clean.

The Wrap-Up: Once again thanks Tara and Lisa for letting me review this book. A very enjoyable book. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the sequel. Recommended especially to those who love, romance, historical fiction, and paranormal elements. Also if you like love triangles as much as I do, you'll like this one for that reason alone.

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: Tempest by Julie Cross


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Veronica Rossi discussing Under the Never Sky

Since I just reviewed Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (to view that review click this link), and I just decided I wanted to post more videos, it seemed appropriate to post a video that shows Veronica Rossi talking about Under the Never Sky. She also gave a few hints about the sequel that left me squealing. I really can't wait for the sequel. We have to wait a whole year. :(


Anyway, here is the video:




Hope you enjoyed it! To those who have read this book, what did you think of it? I loved it.


~Danica

Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Under the Never Sky
(Under the Never Sky #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Pages: 374
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.28

 Before we get into my review, let's turn to Goodreads for a summary. 

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she 
spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, 
accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms 
and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime 
she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world
 is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 


As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and 
violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called 
the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry 
withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted 
with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, 
whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while 
Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged 
as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. 
But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that 
will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved loved loved this book. I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, basically everything about this book. I read this because somehow my library got a copy of this weeks after its release. I know shocking! I immediately grabbed it, because I've been hearing about this book for weeks. It was so so so so good. 

Veronica Rossi will definitely be an author I'm going to keep my eyes on. Just look at the cover, yes I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but that is one good cover...and the book is even better.

This was Rossi's debut novel and it just came out and she is definitely an author who will quickly make a name for herself.

I loved Aria and Perry. I loved that they both were strong, but they were also vulnerable. Aria is in a land she doesn't know and somehow manages to stay strong. That's impressive. And then Perry...definitely makes the list of guys I would crush on. He's not a bad boy, but has just enough badness to appease somebody who is suffering from bad boy syndrome.

I don't want to say too much, because I'll give things away, but this book was amazing. I'll be anxiously awaiting the sequel.

In Summary: An amazing novel with great characters, a great plot, and a great writing style that I loved. And a book that left me dying to read the sequel. That ending--I reread it four times. Yes four times. :) 

Warnings: Sexual references, and slight mention of female issues. But I wasn't offended. I'd recommend it, but just know that sex is mentioned very mildly though.

The Wrap-Up: I loved loved loved this book. Definitely recommend reading it. In fact go read it now, or better yet wait until right before the sequel comes out. It will save you a lot of frustration. :)

Love,
Danica Page

Up Next: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges.


Awesome Book Trailer: Tempest by Julie Cross

Okay so I wanted to test my ability to embed videos. Plus, I think this is a really cool clip. Tempest by Julie Cross is the book I'm currently reading so be looking for my review. Despite having received mixed feedback about this book, I'm excited and so far am really liking it. Although, I'm only 50 pages in.


Since I'm reading this, I decided to test this video. Hopefully this works. And I'd love to hear what you think of the trailer? Or book trailers in general? I have mixed feelings about them.


Love,


Danica Page





Blogger in the Spotlight...Kindred Dreamheart

This week I'm pleased to introduce Katrina of Kindred Dreamheart who will be starring in this week's Blogger in the Spotlight.

Big welcome,  Katrina.


Katrina's author spotlight:

I decided to feature Suzanne Collins because the Hunger Games was so expertly written, infused with emotion and a spark of awesomeness. I just had to know more about the author behind the fiction. “The Blogger Spotlight” gave me just the excuse and motivation to analyze her resume. Suzanne Collins’ official biography states that she’s been writing professionally since the early 1990’s. She began her career writing scripts for children’s television and is most noted for her contributions to hit Nickelodeon shows Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins has also penned episodes for the preschool level shows Little Bear and Oswald.

From co-writing the critically acclaimed specials, Head Writing for Scholastic Entertainment’s books, to working on a Kids WB shows, it’s no wonder how she got talent to write the phenomenal tale of the Hunger Games trilogy. This project must have been a ticking time bomb for her. I didn’t realize before writing this article that I’ve adored Collins before Katniss. Seriously, I’ve followed, AND LOVED, every project she’d had a hand in since the beginning of her career. The only thing “Suzanne Collins” I’m not familiar with is her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles. I think that’s only because it’s a elementary/middle grade series and I’m a 20-something married professional. I’m sure if I had little ones, I would be a subject matter expert of all things that is her work. Collins currently lives in Connecticut with her family and adopted kittens.
More information on Suzanne Collins can be found here: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/
Q & A with Kindred Dreamheart:

How long have you been blogging?

My very first post was May 17, 2011, so I’ve been blogging less than a year. 

Why do you love blogging?

It’s like my little online journal that I can access and update anywhere.  And share, of course!  I enjoy sharing my opinions with others who share the same hobby and love of reading.  In the fashion aspect, this allows me to post my updates or ideas to a client’s project, while showing other potential clients my effective work habits.

Why did you name your blog/fashion line Kindred Dreamheart?

I’ve always been a dreamer, and that has not changed with age. There are a lot of people who let their dreams wither when life takes over, such as marriage, children, a job that pays the bills, health, etc.  My blog is a reminder that even though I didn’t initially follow my dream, it’s not dead.  I still design whenever I get a break in my daily hustle and bustle.  My designs for my line tend to be very elegant and whimsical.  I design for females that even if it’s for one night, they can look like the princess they’ve always dreamed of being.  

What do you love about being a freelance fashion designer?

I enjoy being my own boss.  I get to choose whether to accept or reject assignments.  I also get to choose my wages.  My success depends on me.

What made you want to go in the Army? How long did you serve with the Army?

I made my own clothes and sewed for profit, even back in high school, but I was an adrenaline junkie.  I played every sport in high school except basketball (I’m short, lol).  I was S1 of the AJROTC department, so the military was a no brainer for me.  I served 10 years.

What is your favorite genre?

My favorite is young adult and paranormal romance.  It’s a tie and I can’t pick one over the other. 

What is your favorite thing to design?

Oh, I love, love, love a formal gown.  The longer the better and I love trains even if it’s not on a wedding dress.  Another of my absolute favorites is petticoats.  I go crazy over tulle.

What book do you think more people should read?

Books of Faith- If you are a Christian, Muslin, Hindu, Jewish, etc.  I think it is very important if you are a lover of books to read the book of your faith at least once in your lifetime.  You’d be surprised by how many people go to, say Church every Sunday, and never get to EVERY story in the Bible.  I just think that’s vital, that while you’re reading everything else to slip in a scripture or two.   

What are you currently reading and what are you going to read next?

I’m currently reading Blood Warrior, by H.D. Gordon.  My next read will be The Angels are here (Book1) by Patti Roberts.

Anything else you think readers should know about you?

I love skittles, gummy bear vitamins, and beef jerky.  I could live off of chips and dip.  I may be out of the military, but I still wake up at 4 am, do push ups, sit ups and run before getting ready for work.  I absolutely do not look my age, and I enjoy getting carded.    
Well that's all for this week's Blogger in the Spotlight. Thanks Katrina for participating. 
Be sure to check out Katrina's blog, Kindred Dreamheart.

Also, if you're interested in being spotlighted, please see the Blogger in the Spotlight page. Also, I have a ton of spots open for spotlights, so please email me if you're interested.
Love,
Danica Page

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (10) and W.W.W Wednesday (9)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly post by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week is my ninth time involved in this meme. And this week I've chosen two books because there was no way I could choose just one. One is YA and one is Adult lit.

My first one is Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows. This one is being released on January 31, 2012.

This one has been buzzing around Goodreads and in the blogosphere for months. I've had my eyes on this one for forever. It sounds so good. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


The other book I chose is Suspense, Mystery, Crime, Law-aka I should love this. It's Defending Jacob by William Landay. This one comes out on January 31,2012 too.

Here's the synopsis:

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.


What book are you guys anxiously awaiting for? Anybody else dying for this book to come out? As always feel free to leave your Waiting on Wednesday link below.
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And now here's my W.W.W. Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

Tempest by Julie Cross. I was supposed to receive this a little while ago (2-3 weeks) but there was a problem with the mail. I've been talking about this one for forever. And even though I've heard there are some technical problems with it. I'm still really excited to read it.

In Dreams by J. Sterling, I didn't get to this last week, because computer crashed, but I'm going to read it this Saturday. I'm really excited to read it, because it sounds amazing.

What did I recently finish reading?

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges- I just finished this one. I'm still processing, but I liked it a lot. I'm curious to see how she develops her novel. My review of this novel will be posted tomorrow. So be sure to come back and look at my review if you're interested in what I thought of it.

What do I think I'll read next?


Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer. I've also been looking forward to reading this one. I received it for review just like all the other ones I've mentioned. It sounds really good.


I'm also going to read Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. Because I love Hamlet and am just curious how the retelling goes. I've heard mixed things, but I'm really interested in seeing how the novel goes. I loved Ophelia by Lisa Klein so I have high expectations.  

What are you currently reading? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Love,
Danica Page

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (14) and Top Ten Books I feel most remiss in not reading

~Teaser Tuesday~

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly blogging meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anybody can play along. Just do the following:

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.Be careful not to include spoilers. You don't want to give the book away or ruin the book for others.Share author and title (and page number) so others can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

I am currently reading The Katerina Triology: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges. I actually received this book as part of the DAC tours sponsore by Lisa and Tara. Thanks so much, guys.

Here's the summary available on Goodreads:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?


And here is my teaser:

"He had an instant pull on me. I could feel the attraction that
 his good looks and something more stirred in my heart.
Then I remembered my nightmares of chanting and blood
and stiffened my resolve." ~pg 122

Yes, I broke the rules for the first time and did three sentences. Forgive me, please.

What about you guys? What are you currently reading? Feel free to leave your link to your Teaser Tuesday. I love reading your comments and seeing what you're reading.

~Top Ten Tuesday~

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate just head on over to their blog and sign up. Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Today's post is Top Ten Books I feel Remiss in Having Not Read Them:


1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer by Michelle Hodkin-I've been dying to read this one for forever. I've heard really good things about it. And the cover is gorgeous.


2. Legendsby Marie Lu-Once again I've heard awesome things about this one. It just sounds so so good. It's Dystopian.



3. Little Women by Lousia May Allcott- Yes, I know. This is probably the one I am most remiss in not having read.



4. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas-I've been dying to read this one for forever. I desperately want to read it too. I know the book is nothing like the movie and I want to uncover what's different.



5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I've been wanting to read this one for forever as well. I just haven't tracked it down yet. Interesting premise. Definitely has caught my intrigue.



6. Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne- It just looks so creepy, and I want to read it. Love love love the cover. I've heard mixed things, but I'm excited.



7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen-This book is by Austen--enough said. I love Austen. I even own a copy of this one. I just haven't got to it. I think it's because this would be my last Austen, and I just don't want to have read all her works. I keep thinking there has to be more by Austen, not Austen wannabes. :(


8. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol- I love Russian Lit, plus this was a Gilmore Girls reference so I have to read it.



9. Existence by Abbie Glines- I just want to read this one really badly. It sounds so good. And the cover....must read.



10. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee- I've heard so much about this series and I've wanted to read it. Just haven't got around to it yet. Really need to do that.

And that's all for me. What top ten books did you recommend? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. I love reading them. :)

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, January 23, 2012

Author Interview with Emily Casey

Today I am pleased to welcome Emily Casey, author of The Fairy Tale Trap on the blog. She has graciously agreed to host a Q & A session here on my blog. I was really excited to talk to her and hope that you enjoy the post. Emily also let me review her novel and host a giveaway. The giveaway ends on Valentines Day, so don't miss the opportunity to win a free copy of this incredible book. Click here to go to the giveaway/review.


How did you come up with the idea for Fairy Tale Trap?
Long story short, I wanted to put a casual, spunky teen into some short fiction for my blog. Fairy tales were the perfect answer (since I love them and they’re short), but blog post-sized fiction wasn’t cutting it. So Ivy got her own novel. I just had to tweak the rules of the magic and her home life a bit.
Why do you love writing?
If I didn’t write, I’d go nuts. Whenever I take a break from writing, my head fills with crazy ideas for stories and characters and worlds. But when I write regularly, I get all that creative energy out and I can relax the rest of the day. (Okay, not really.)
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Sometimes it feels like I’m not the one coming up with what’s on the page. I live for those moments when I surprise myself.
What do you love to do besides write?
Read, run, and tweet. I kind of go through phases where I pick up an interest and dive in head-first. So whatever it is, I’m usually learning something about that interest. (It’s usually embarrassing stuff like couponing or freezer cooking.)
Why do you love the character Ivy from The Fairy Tale Trap?
She makes me laugh. Ivy says what’s on her mind (like most teenagers) and she’s got this snarky sense of humor that you can’t help but smile at.
You say she was born on your blog. How did that happen?
I was pregnant and my brain felt so fuzzy, I didn’t want to worry about writing a novel. A friend of mine suggested I put some short fiction on my blog. I thought my readers might like that, and so Ivy was born. She went through fairy tales, just trying to change something—anything—so she could get home. She once told the evil queen not to poison Snow White, but to just make her ugly. It made so much more sense!

How do you find the time to write while being a mother?
Nap time is sacred. :)

What’s next for you in terms of writing?

I’m working on a novella that’s very different from The Fairy Tale Trap. I’m giving it the appropriate title: Cinderella and Zombies.

After that, I’ll do the sequel to The Fairy Tale Trap:  The Fairy Tale Twist, which I’m really excited about.

Why do you like to run?
I’m happier when I’ve had my daily dose of endorphins and I write faster, too.  

What’s your favorite fairy tale?

Beauty and the Beast, of course!

Thanks for the great questions!

Thanks for agreeing to do the guest post, Emily. And be sure to check out the giveaway everybody. Trust me this book is great.

~Danica
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