Saturday, July 31, 2010

Winner Of Linger!!!!!

Phew! Sorry guys it took awhile to get through all of the entries!!!
However we do have a winner! Now with a drum-roll..........

The Winner is........

Number 173

Congratulations! I have emailed you and I hope to hear back soon, you will have 48 hours to respond and then I will pick another winner! Thanks for entering everyone and stay tuned for
my next giveaway =)

Happy Reading!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater

I was lucky enough to snag a awesome interview with the lovely Maggie Stiefvater!

I asked her a bunch of questions about her newly released book Linger that came out July 20th. So have fun reading her book and this interview!

Do Sam and Grace represent anyone from your real life?

Well, I’m a big time thief when it comes to people’s personalities, but I don’t usually steal someone whole-cloth. That wouldn’t be quite as entertaining -- characters are like art. You can take a snapshot of a bowl of apples or you can take that same bowl of apples and paint it with cool colors and globby paint and put your own interpretation on it. And while some people love that photorealistic art, most people, I think, would prefer to hang a good painting.

So that’s my long way of saying, no, not really. They have kernels of people I have met, but that’s wrapped with bits and bobs from other places.

Where do you go to get inspired to write these books?

Driving. It sounds bad but all my best ideas come to me at over 65 miles an hour.

What was your favorite scene in Linger?

It really depends on the mood you catch me in. There’s a painful scene involving a bathtub I like. Also one with a deer. I tend to like the ones that make you go “Ew” or “aw.” Something with a “w” at the end.

What was your overall mission when writing these books?

To make my readers cry hard enough that snot comes out of their noises. Also, to look at the idea that we choose the people we want to be, no matter what our circumstances are. But also, the snot. That bit’s important.

What is your favorite series (or multiple series) of books?

Hm, I tend to be less patient with series than I used to be -- all of my favorite series seem to be middle grade. Like The Dark is Rising, The Black Cauldron, and the Harry Potter series. I like things with wizards, zapping, and angst. Unicorns help, but are optional.

If you could be any character in Linger who would you be and why?

Ohmigosh. I would not wish to be any of them -- they all have terrible things inflicted upon them and are in bad need of therapy. Maybe Karyn from the bookstore. Nothing bad has happened to her . .. yet.

I would like to personally Thank Maggie and her publishing group for letting me be apart of this blog tour! I absolutely love this series and I can not wait to read more!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Will Post Winner To Linger Soon!

Hey guys I just wanted to let you know I will be posting the winner to Linger soon =) I also wanted to thank you all for entering the contest! So stay tuned!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Win Linger by Maggie Stiefvater!!!!

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Thats right folks I was able to get one copy to give away to one of my lucky readers!!! Thanks too Samantha with Scholastic! So there is one main rule to the giveaway you MUST be a follower, if you are not a follower than just click the follow button and ta-da! There are also a number of different ways to get extra entries, so if you would like a better chance too win =) You must leave a valid email address for me too contact the winner I will give the winner 48 hours to claim their prize then I will pick a new winner. So below are a list of extra entries you can all participate in! Good Luck I will pick the winner (through on July 20, 2010 the release date of the book!

Extra entries:
+1 for following me
+2 for already following <3
+7 for (each) referring someone (they must state your name in entering)
+1 following on Twitter +5 for actual blog post (leave link)
+1 for tweeting (leave @ras1513)
+2 for following these great blogs (+2 for each)
Try Reading My Mind
Bloody Bookaholic
Cooking With Sammy (good giveaways!)

Good Luck All!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Untamed (House of Night Series #4)

  • Title: Untamed
  • Author: P.C and Kristin Cast
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Received From: I Bought it
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 29, 2009)
  • Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/YA
  • Cover: A+
  • Overall: B
  • ISBN-10: 0312596308

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, of the two Zoey has left, one is undead and one is unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wld and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened.

I am not going to lie I did not think that this book in the series brought the Amazing factor like the rest of the books. Don't get me wrong it was still a good book however I did think the others where much more stronger. I feel like this book had alot less action in it well, except for the end but don't worry I will not spoil that for any of you! I feel like this book dug more into Zoeys personal life and I did like that however I would have liked too see more action. I did think the Raven Mockers and the background too them where really cool, however it seemed like a build up to more build up lol!

I think the plot could have been stronger because it seemed secondary to me over the issues with Zoey and boys. I also thought that the character development could have continued and not just stayed where it was in the last book. However I did like certain scenarios for instant when Erik came to be a teacher, I thought that was an interesting turn of events. I also enjoyed the fact that Neferet is waging war on humans and that Zoey must find a way to stop it, I think that really brought up the plot for me.

Overall I would not say a bad book but just not my personal favorite in the entire series. I like a mix of all the elements: Action, Romance, Comedy, and Suspense! But what can I say I am hooked on this series so they have not lost me =)

So What Did You Think of Untamed?
Will You Read It?

Happy Reading!
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