Thursday, June 30, 2011

Interview with Barry Hoffman, author of Curse of the Shamra!

Hey everyone! Today I got a brand new interview with Barry Hoffman, the author of Curse of the Shamra. Lets get started!

1)    How did you get the idea for the world that Curse of the Shamra is set in?

Curse of the Shamra
As a child I was fed a lot of misinformation regarding American Indians. All of the TV programs portrayed American Indians as uncivilized barbarians, committing atrocities against settlers because they were savages.As I got older I learned these stereotypes had no real basis in fact. I learned that most Indian tribes were run as “villages” where everyone was respected and no one was left to suffer because of age, infirmity or an inability to work.The elderly, who had provided for the tribe all their lives, were revered when they were too old to hunt or farm. Food and shelter was provided for them.They, in turn, watched over young children while their parents worked or hunted. The world of the Shamra is loosely based on this concept of “it takes a village.” The health and welfare of the Shamra is the responsibility of all and no one is neglected. The other civilizations and creatures that Dara encountered on her journeys came from my imagination.


2)    I love how strong Dara is as a young women. Did you base her on someone in your life?

Dara is a composite of many of the female students I taught while I was a teacher. For 30 years I taught 5th-8th grade and found the girls in my classes had diverse and unique personalities, while the boys were still lumps of clay not yet formed. A half-a-dozen or more girls would eat lunch in my class each day, gossiping and swapping stories. They trusted me (knew I wouldn’t repeat to their parents what I heard). Some of their stories were humorous, other heart-wrenching. All of these girls possessed an inner-strength I greatly admired. Sadly, in 8th grade many of these girls would become more introspective and they allowed boys to become the leaders of the class. In some ways they seemed to lose their identity. I based Dara on those girls I so admired while I was teaching and hoped that through Dara’s character teenage girls in general would be able to identify with her and stop fading into the background.


3) Did you use any elements of your life in the book?

I was a bit of an outcast as a teenager (as are I think many writers were). My family moved from the city to the suburbs when I was in sixth grade and I never made the close friends I had when I lived in Queens (New  York). While I enjoyed sports I wasn’t a jock. I got good grades but I wasn’t into joining science clubs or debate teams. My friends were a diverse group of kids who didn’t fit into any particular clique. So, in a way I could identify with Dara who also felt like an outsider among her own people.


4) When you began to write Curse of the Shamra, did you find that the ending changed a lot? Did it stay the same as you planned?

I don’t write detailed outlines before I begin a book as I know the characters will force me to go in directions I never anticipated. My original ending for the book occurred about twenty or so pages prior to the actual ending. But, as I was finishing the book I knew I had to go further so, yes, the actual ending took a number of twists and turns that I hadn’t planned when I began the book. I also left the new ending open-ended in case I wanted to write a sequel (I didn’t initially plan to write a trilogy). The new ending provided the perfect segue to Shamra Divided, the second book in the series, though I didn’t know it at the time.


5) Did you have a soundtrack for writing this novel? If so, could you name some of the songs?

Music is very important to me. In my adult novels, I mention songs throughout my novels. I’m very much into Rhythm and Blues (from Motown, Stax to the funk of War, The Isley Brothers and the R&B-influenced reggae of Third World). With The Shamra Chronicles coming up with a soundtrack was more difficult as I created a world that existed solely in my mind. However, I think that the soundtrack for the series would feature War’s extended funk-soul-jazz musical interludes you hear on their albums as well as on the title song on the soundtrack for “Youngblood” with probably some Isaac Hayes (instrumentals from “Shaft”) interspersed.


6) Which character was your favorite to write? Which was your least?

I would have to say it was a tie between Tyler and Atyra (one of Dara’s ancestors who doesn't appear in the first book) for my favorites. Tyler wasn’t in my first draft of Curse of the Shamra. After I’d finished the first draft I felt I needed to add some humor. Tyler, Dara’s Bauble (a centipede-like creature who was Dara’s constant companion), allowed me to add the humor I desired. I began writing the Tyler character just before the birth of my granddaughter … whose name was Tyler.The verbal interplay between Dara and Tyler is among my favorite. I enjoyed writing the Atyra character because she was so complex and heroic. She sacrificed more than any Shamra in the entire series and was the most heroic character in the series. Yet, because of the sacrifices she was forced to make, Atrya wasn’t as revered as other Shamra who were far less heroic.

I can’t say there was any character who was my “least” favorite to write. I think the adversaries that the heroes face are as important as the heroes themselves and I enjoy creating my adversaries. I might not like the characters I’ve created but I enjoy bringing them to life. And, interestingly enough, if there is a “villain” in the entire series it’s not those most would suggest. To me the clerics who altered the history of the Shamra (removing all mention of the heroics of females) are the most heinous.

7) Anything else you would like to say about yourself or your books?

For those who read the entire series, there is a bonus novella that follows Chaos Unleashed. It features two other characters who are among my favorites, Dara’s twin daughters Elise and Janae. In the novella I was able to write about honor killings, a heinous practice that is part of the culture of some Middle-Eastern countries and has even occurred in this country among some who have immigrated here. I feel very strongly about human rights and too often the news is filled with the oppression of women around the world. Honor killings are among the most vile of these human rights violations. Oddly, I was able to write about the subject in a YA book with Dara’s twin daughters for the first time able to emerge from the shadow of their mother. And, if I decide to continue the series, I will be able to keep it fresh with the focus on Elise and Janae rather than Dara. I feel I’ve said all there is about Dara’s growth as a person but I’ve only scratched the surface of her daughters.

Thanks so much to Barry Hoffman for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions and also to Cara over at Wunderkind PR for making it possible!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The GatheringTitle: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Release: April 12, 2011
Pages: 359
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Synopsis:
Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students—for every grade from kindergarten to twelve.

Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya's determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya's home, and they won’t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret—and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.

Review:
I got this book a while back, and read it as soon as I got it. I really enjoyed it and knew immediately that I would have to read the next one ASAP. To add to my excitement surrounding this book, I also got to meet the amazing Kelley Armstrong at one of her signings. Talk about a memory I'll never forget. Anyways, this novel is set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The writing was very descriptive and told the story in a beautiful way. The characters were definitely similar to those in The Darkest Powers series, but they also showed definite differences. I was very impressed with the storyline and how well it flowed. The story never got 'sticky' or slow. The one downside was how similar the two stories could get and how Maya and Rafe ignored the chemistry they clearly had. The Gathering gets a 4/5 in my opinion for an awesome first book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fire by Kristin Cashore

FireTitle: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Gollancz
Release: September 24, 2009
Pages: 461
Series: The Seven Kingdoms #2
Synopsis:
Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

Review:
This was a book that I had been planning to pick up for quite some time. I was waiting for it to go into paperback before I picked it up. After I read it, I was left with a few great thoughts and some not so great thoughts. The first being how long it took the book to get any where. The plot was good in this book, but it moved at a sluggish pace. A positive thought I had was how strong the main character, Fire, was so strong in personality. I also loved how well developed the characters were and what a great hint of romance there was. I also really enjoyed the different perspective you received in this book, but it was still set in the same world as Graceling. It was very cool to see how perspectives about the Gracelings had changed through the ages and how they differed in different lands. When all was said and done, Fire got a 4/5 for being an excellent companion novel to Graceling.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Follow my Book Blog Friday and Book Blogger Hop!



So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.
Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

My favorite story that revolves around the fae is most definitely The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. TEAM ASH!


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?

I have always read a lot by choice, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I REALLY began to read A LOT. As for blogging/ getting my voice out there, that was last summer that I realize it was something that I would want to do.

Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)Title: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release: June 14, 2011
Pages: 432
Series: Fallen #3
Synopsis:
"Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever."

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.


Review:
I recently picked Passion up when I saw it at the store. I knew that I would be taking a risk as I did not care for the last book, Torment, but I read it and quite enjoyed it. The fact I loved most about this book was that Luce was going into her own past to find out who she and Daniel really are. Throughout this life changing learning experience, Luce learns that not everyone is as they seem and that she and Daniel do share something special. The disappointing aspects of this book were how repetitive it got, how little we get to see of characters other than Luce and Daniel and how long it took for anything to actually happen. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed learning about their past loves, it got REALLY old because we just saw the same basic thing happen over and over in different settings for the first three quarters of the book. The writing was fairly descriptive, making all the historic settings seem unique. Altogether, Passion gets a 3.5/5 in my opinion for providing a good lead up to what is sure to be an epic final book in this series.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Curse of the Shamra by Barry Hoffman

Curse of the ShamraTitle: Curse of the Shamra
Author: Barry Hoffman
Publisher: Edge Books
Release: February 6, 2009
Pages: 325
Series: The Shamra Chronicles #1
THANKS TO CARA OVER AT WUNDERKIND PR!
Synopsis:
ONE GIRL STANDS ALONE, DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.

When the peaceful and isolated land of the Shamra is invaded and its people enslaved, a young Shamra girl named Dara must lead a ragtag resistance to defeat the enemy. But even as she fights the invaders, Dara grapples with self-doubt and is criticized by her own people for being outspoken and different.
Venturing into uncharted territory to seek allies, Dara encounters unusual creatures and dangerous lands. But is her rebellious spirit enough to help her overcome the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her own people and convince them that she is the only hope the Shamra have to regain their freedom?

Review: (SPOILERS BELOW!)
I was recently sent the whole Shamra Chronicles series in the mail. These were some books that I had heard of through another review site and boy was I ever excited to read them! When I dove into the first book, The Curse of the Shamra, I fell in love with all of the settings, characters and themes that the book showed.

One of the major themes in The Curse of the Shamra is that women can do anything that males can do. This theme was broad casted by the protagonist, Dara. Dara was unlike the rest of the females in her society because she did not want to become a house wife and do a man's bidding. Dara wanted to be equal to the males and she wanted to change the stiff customs that said males were superior to females. Ironically, when her people were enslaved, she stepped up to be the leader of the rebellion, which she eventually used to free the rest of her people. I really loved this theme and how great a message it sends to the young women who read the book.

As I said before, Dara was the protagonist of this epic novel. She had outstanding qualities that made her the perfect role model for any young girl. She did, however, have some drawbacks in her character. She could be a little too perfect at times. I found that she made too few mistakes and that she knew things that weren't really possible to know at the time. My personal favorite character of this book was Dara's companion and Bauble, Tyler. Tyler did not let anyone, not even Dara, tell her what to do or how to be. I found it really awesome that both of these characters had such strong traits and determination.

The writing and storyline of this book were unlike any other. The writing was descriptive and informative, setting up the world of the Shamra in a way that very much immersed the reader. The writing of the book definitely was great, and I really fell for it. The story of this novel was great, but it could get a little slow at points. The action made up for the slow points, because these scenes were so amazing.

When all was said and done, I very much enjoyed this amazing novel. I cannot wait to read the second book, but for now Curse of the Shamra by Barry Hoffman gets a 4.5/5 in my opinion.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Everblue by Brenda Pandos Cover Reveal!!!



Isn't it just GORGEOUS??? I know I will be reading this one when it comes out.

Synopsis:
Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. 
Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

Friday, June 17, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hello everyone, I just got one book this week, but I'm fairly excited to read it so here we go...

Passion (Fallen, #3)

Bought:
Passion by Lauren Kate

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday and Book Blogger Hop!



So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.
Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?
Dystopian. The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins got me hooked. What more can I say?
Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”

Well, I'm not really sure at this point because I'm sort of afraid of the number because there is a lot of  books in that pile.

Bloodlust by LJ Smith

Bloodlust (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #2)Title: Bloodlust
Author: LJ Smith
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 4, 2011
Pages: 225
Series: Stefans Diaries #2
Synopsis:
A new beginning . . .
 
When Stefan Salvatore's first love turned him into a vampire, his world—and his soul—were destroyed. Now he and his brother, Damon, must flee their hometown, where they risk being discovered . . . and killed.
The brothers head to New Orleans, looking for safe haven. But the city is more dangerous than they ever imagined, full of other vampires—and vampire hunters. Will Stefan's eternal life be forever damned?
Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan's Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.

Review:
After quite enjoying the first book in this series, I had to read the next one right away! I have to say, I quite enjoyed it. I liked seeing Stefan in love with someone else other than Elena. I found the idea so immensely intriguing that I read through this book in a day, and loved every minute of it. This book takes place directly after Origins leaves off, with Stefan and Damon leaving town to avoid getting caught by the townspeople of Mystic Falls. The characters relationships get tested to the max and many lives are lost in the process. Of course this cover is also my favorite of the series, mainly because of who is on it. The plot was fast paced and had an ending that left me craving the next in the series. All and all, this was an excellent second book in the spin off series of my favorite ever TV series. 4/5 for sure!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In My Mailbox!

Hey everyone, I got a couple pretty sweet books this week that I'm really excited to read...

Dust & DecayWitchlanders

For Review (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada):
Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

Thank you very much,

The Shamra Chronicles

Hey everyone, I just wanted to quickly show you some books that I'm quite enjoying reading right now!


Curse of the Shamra
ONE GIRL STANDS ALONE, DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.

When the peaceful and isolated land of the Shamra is invaded and its people enslaved, a young Shamra girl named Dara must lead a ragtag resistance to defeat the enemy. But even as she fights the invaders, Dara grapples with self-doubt and is criticized by her own people for being outspoken and different.
Venturing into uncharted territory to seek allies, Dara encounters unusual creatures and dangerous lands.  But is her rebellious spirit enough to help her overcome the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her own people and convince them that she is the only hope the Shamra have to regain their freedom?
Shamra Divided
ONE GIRL MUST EMBRACE HER DESTINY AND FIGHT TO SAVE HER PEOPLE FROM A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH.
Dara has managed to save her people from one enemy but the cost has been high. While Dara struggles to come to terms with the loss of beloved friends, she finds herself thrust into the leadership role of an improbable army and learns that it is her destiny to unite her people as one.
To fulfill her destiny, Dara must embark on a treacherous journey to find her ancestors and unite her people in the face of the biggest challenge they have ever faced: Chaos.  Dormant for almost two hundred years, Chaos has returned, intent on destroying Dara
Chaos Unleashed
ONE GIRL MUST LEARN THAT BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF IS ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST HONORS.
Nothing is as it seems in a world where the living mingle with the dead and dreams can turn into frightening reality. Chaos is beginning to spread across the land and Dara is all that stands between the salvation of her beautiful homeland and its total destruction.
Together, with friends from past journeys and new allies who may not be what they seem, Dara must build an army to confront Chaos. But as she and her army prepare for the final battle, Dara realizes that the only person she can really count on is herself . . .

Friday, June 10, 2011

Kelley Armstrong Interview

Hello everyone! I have something very exciting for you guys! What? Well I got an interview with the phenomenal KELLEY ARMSTRONG!!! Her new book The Gathering hit stores on April 12, 2011 and if you have not yet gotten a copy of this book, run and go get a copy. It was AWESOME. So let's get this show on the road...

1) What drew you to centering The Gathering around cougars?
Kelley ArmstrongAfter wolves, they’d be my favourite animal. I haven’t done big cats yet, so when I decided to add them into my world, cougars were the natural choice. 
2) Do you ever find yourself wishing you had changed something in one of your books?
 With the Darkest Powers in particular, I would have made the ending to The Summoning a little less of a cliffhanger :)
3) Do you enjoy writing YA or adult more?
I don’t have a favourite. They’re alike enough that I enjoy both, but different enough to be a change of pace, so I don’t feel I’m writing the same thing all the time.
4) So far, have you enjoyed writing The Darkest Powers Series or The Darkness Rising Series?
 I loved the Darkest Powers, but I’m so caught up in the world Darkness Rising that it’s my favourite…for now.
5) Do you look up to other authors?
 My biggest writing influences were Stephen King (for his ability to make the supernatural seem natural) and Anne Rice (for showing me how to put the story into the words of the "monster").
6) When you started to write The Gathering, what was your first thought?
 “How do I do the same basic plot as the Summoning—kids finding out they have supernatural powers—without writing the same book over again?” That meant very different characters, setting and plot points.
7) Where did you get the idea for The Gathering?
 I don't typically have a single point of inspiration.  I know the basics of what I want to do, which in this case was to focus on a second Edison Group experiment.  Then it just unfolds through brainstorming--what do I want for characters, setting, supernatural content etc
8) Was it difficult to write your first YA book after writing only adult?
The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) The only real difference is the age of the characters.  However, while I cover a lot of narrator ages in my adult series, teens ARE a lot different.  There’s the language of course—making the characters sound like teens. And when I’m writing adults, whether they’re 25 or 45, they’re dealing with a similar set of issues (jobs, finances, marriage & children) Teens are at a different place in their lives and the characters must reflect that.
Random Question: What is your favorite TV show?
 I think I’m in a bit of a TV funk. I have a list of shows that I DVR (House, Fringe, CSI, Supernatural) but there aren’t any where I’m eagerly anticipating the next episode. I just started Game of Thrones. That looks intriguing. The last show where I was watching episodes as soon as they taped was The Walking Dead.
Anything else you would like to say about yourself or you book?
Not really. LOL. Instead, let me give a couple of recommendations for great summer YA reads. Two very different books. Veronica Roth’s dystopian Divergent and Libba Bray’s “pageant contestants stranded on a desert island” Beauty Queens.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Origins by LJ Smith

Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #1)Title: Origins
Author: LJ Smith
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: November 2, 2010
Pages: 256
Series: Stefans Diaries #1
Synopsis:

Review:
Ok, I have something to admit. I am in love with the show The Vampire Diaries, so when I saw these books were coming out, I knew I would have to read them. When I saw they came out about three months apart, I decided to wait and get them all at the same time, when the second season ended. And when I did read them, they were pretty darn good. The characters were just like they are in the TV series which I favour over the books. I really loved the insight you got into the characters origins and how you got to read what you didn't get to see in the TV show. The novel was quite well written, especially for a spin off. The story kept moving the entire time with few slow spots in between. The only drawback of this book was that sometimes the flashbacks from the show, didn't line up with the scenes from the story. And after all was said and done, Origins was 4/5 for sure.
Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.
Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Winners!




Hello everyone! I would just like to take a minute to thank everyone who entered to win a signed copy of The Gathering or City of Fallen Angels swag. Are you ready to find out who won? Well..... Drum roll please....




A new winner was chosen for the signed book.

The winner of the City of Fallen Angels swag is.... Marie!

I will be contacting the winners today and if no response is received, new winners will be selected.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

WildefireTitle: Wildefire
Author: Karsten Knight
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release: July 26, 2011
Pages: 393
Series: Wildefire #1
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the Advance Copy!
Synopsis:
Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

Review:
When I recently saw this book on another blog I had to go read the synopsis immediately. When I read the synopsis I knew that I HAD to read this book. And then... SURPRISE! It showed up in the mail about a week later from Simon & Schuster Canada (it's like they can read minds!). I started it within seconds of recieving it and could not believe all of the shocking twists and turns that the story took!

The cover is such a good representation of the main character and all of those around her. She was a burning, beautiful flower whilst most around her are dull and normal. I also really loved the colour scheme as it was purple and eye catching. My two favourite things in a cover. Did I mention I really want to grow flowers just like that now? Well, minus the fire and smoke.

The characters of Wildefire were all unique and featured depth. They all had very intricate relationships with each other, especially for a group of individuals who were could not be anymore different. That group of individuals went through some serious drama from the first time they were all thrown together. I was very much a fan of the diversity that this book demonstrated in cultures. You had everything from the California surfer to the Haitian boy to the Japanese girl, all of whom just want to leave their dark pasts behind them. When you throw all of these characters together you get a stew of personalities that make for an awesome cast of characters.

Oh my goodness, the ending! It was so freaking unexpected and awesome and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! The writing was fantastic and always kept me on my toes and brain. One fact I didn't like too much was how much swearing there was at times, but apart from that, I always enjoyed the style of writing that Karsten had. It was interesting because it was quite descriptive. The story kept going at a crazy pace, always twisting around and throwing curve balls at you when you least expected them. Did I mention the ending?

I think that Wildefire was an awesome debut for Karsten Knight and I will definately be getting the sequel and any other books he writes for that matter. Wildefire gets a huge 5/5 for being one of the best debuts I have ever read.

Friday, June 3, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hello everyone! I got a couple of books in my mailbox today. I got some REALLY awesome books in the mail and I just had to share them with you!

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerFury (Fury, #1)

For Review:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada)
Fury by Elizabeth Miles (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada)

Follow my book blog friday and book blogger hop!



So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

 What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)

Reading as many books as possible so that I will have read as many as possible before the world ends! And also watching as many good movies as possible should Mel Gibson return to making movies.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

“Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!”

My first contest (which is still open for today) was held in the last month. This was a huge milestone for me so it is very close to my heart.


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