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Southern Fried Fiction

Jul 30, 2011
Southern Gothics are becoming quite a huge trend in YA. I think they might be the next big thing. There's just something about old, creepy plantations and characters that are a lot more superstitious than they need to be, that makes this a trend to die for, literally. I may be biased, but I think this is one of those trends that I won't be able to get enough of. I've been really into the Gothics lately.

Here are three Southern novels I can't wait to get my hands on. Gothic or not, they're definitely gems.

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Hourglass by Myra McEntire

What do you think is going to be the next big thing in YA fiction?

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Jul 27, 2011
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


I spent a little bit of yesterday searching the web for excerpts from the novel. I found a few. But it doesn't come out until September, GAH. I love the authors amazingly pink hair. And I also can't wait to get my hands on Lips Touch: Three Times. Both of these books sound absolutely amazing. That cover is!

Image and description from Goodreads.


Jul 24, 2011
Inspiration can strike at the oddest times especially when you least expect it. Inspiration for my writing comes in the form of movies, news, and photographs. Simply put, I'm inspired by creative people. They inspire me to do better, try harder, and crave more.  

Recently, on my favorite writing boards there's been a lot of talk about writing to music. Now, even though I've tried this concept before, I've never been able to master it. I like music, sure, but when a song is on full blast at the same time I'm trying to find my muse, my thoughts get all jumbled up, and my prose sucks. It's too purple, too flowery. Terrible.

I read something while browsing the web about a possible new planet called Goldilocks and I thought, wow, that's a great story idea, so I wrote it down. Now, it’s floating around somewhere on my computer, just waiting to be written.

Inspiration for stories can come in any shape or form. Quotes, names, places, an era, you name it. I saw The Lord of The Rings for the first time, all three movies, and I couldn't believe how great they were. I always thought that all of the hype surrounding them was just that—hype. But now I see. It’s more than just the movie, it’s about being thrust into a world that so different from our own, that’s so well crafted, you almost feel like you belong there.

Now I want to write my own high fantasy novel, but I know that’s not my style, and it probably won’t work out. That’s the thing I love about fantasy, it makes you want believe that anything’s possible.

But sometimes I think something’s are best left alone like Owling, for example. Who came up with that?  As silly as it is, we all know why it exists. It was inspired by one of the most popular fictional worlds of all time, and more silly stunts just like it are yet to come as our array of fantastical worlds expand.

I love writing and reading fiction, it makes you want to believe that maybe, just maybe, there is a real Hogwarts or Nevernever. And Dwight Schrute is really a paper salesman at a company called Dunder Mifflin.

Stepping outside of the bubble we’ve created for ourselves, because they're safe and nothing can harm us while we’re in them, I think is the first step to really, truly being able to live our lives with no limitations to what we can and cannot do.

I’m still not there yet, I’m always second guessing myself.

Summer Spell Writing Update

Jul 20, 2011
For the past couple of days I've been typing a way on my keyboard like a crazy woman. It has gotten to the point where I just want to finish the novel. I'm exhausted on the inside, but on the outside, I'm sure I look fine to unsuspecting civilians. 

Writing a novel is hard work, and here I thought that my remarkable story telling skills (not really) would help me breeze by. It’s interesting because even though I'm not even half way through finishing this novel, I feel like I've been writing for days. My Characters are now doing what they want (oh, the benefits of being a pantser), and I really don't know what's going to happen anymore. 

It's both exciting and scary. But I'm more than determined to finish

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Jul 19, 2011

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.


Like almost every other writer/book blogger out there, I am a big Richelle Mead fan, and her Vampire Academy series is one of my favorites. So Imagine how I felt when I found out the first chapter to this new series is online, HERE. Woot, woot, that cover is stunning.  

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Jul 13, 2011
It's the third and last day of the readathon. And, as if i already didn't know there was no way in hell I could finish eight novels in three days, I didn't. Although, I'm proud to have finished a novel and such a great one at that. I think I've also developed some weird fey fetish.

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. 

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. 

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

What I Thought

Does Nevernever actually exist? Or is Mrs. Kagawa just that awesome at world building. Everything was so well done to the point where I’m absolutely sure if faeries were real, Mrs. Kagawa would know how and where to find them. I really loved this book. I loved how diverse the world of Nevernever was, from sirens to bogarts, I couldn't help getting excited every time a creature I’d heard of before popped out of nowhere, frightening the characters but of course, entertaining me. The cat, Grimalkin, was by far my favorite.

The characters were relatable, funny, and unpredictable. I found sympathy for Meghan Chase in the earlier chapters of the novel, but sometimes thought she was hasty, a little too hasty for her own good. There were times where I wanted to scream at her. And sometimes, I really just thought she should listen to the cat.

I was torn in the later chapters of the novel between the two likely love interests, who I thought were both good choices for Meghan. And I’m interested to see how all three of their relationships develop in the later novels. They both cared about her so much they risked their own lives to see her to the end of her journey, even disregarding their own quarrel along the way, although not at first.

The scenes between her and The Iron King I honestly thought could have gone both ways. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

If you haven’t already read, The Iron King, you should. Because It’s fun, well written, and utterly unpredictable.

Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Image and summary from Goodreads

The Second Annual Once Upon a Readathon

Jul 11, 2011
Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

Hey guys, I've decided to take part in the super exiting, second annual Once Upon a Readathon that's being hosted by Reading Angel, Candace's Book Blog, and Pure Imagination. The Goal is to read as many books as possible from today, July 11th to 11:59 on July 13th. There will be prizes donated by authors, publishers, and the book bloggers involved. And there will be mini challenges. 

My Picks

Crush du Jour
The Iron King
The Poison Eaters
Never Let Me Go
If I stay
Slice of Cherry
Across The Universe 

I've already started The Iron King and I'm going gaga over the world building, its awesomesauce. Happy blogging, writing, and reading.