Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blogger Interview | Zuleeza from Qwerty

Hi Hi!

BooksBooks&MoreBooks is about books of course and I like to talk about books with others but sometimes it's good to know the blogger behind the blog and the books. That said today I interview Zuleeza (awesome name btw) from **QWERTY** !

Hi Zuleeza! And welcome! I am very happy to have you here getting to know you a bit.
My Photo
That is what she looks like!
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Hi Martha! Thanks for having me. Well, I think my twitter/blogger profile description fits me perfectly 'A socially awkward penguin by day, a ninja assassin book reviewer by night'. I kid you not! I'm currently a final year student in Biomedical Science and I rather spend my time with plates grown with microbes than people! Not that I have anything against people, I guess I just like quiet, calm life in general. SO DON'T EVER INVITE ME FOR CLUBBING! Haha. But when it comes to reviewing books, I'm unafraid to give books I didn't like 1 or 2 stars (3 stars is still bad in my universe) or shelve it under DNF. Of course I feel it's unfair if I don't actually write a review for those books but I try to do it in a fun and relaxed way! But I do admit, my old reviews were more sarcastic and unforgiving, but now as I'm getting to know more authors personally, I've tried to tone down my dark sense of humour because let's face it, writing books is a tough job! Hopefully, it shows! Hehe
You remind me of Batman!
How early did you start reading? What author or book hooked you in the beginning?
Haha! I wish I have tonnes of moneiz like Batman. Okay, here's the confession. I'm not really an avid reader until three years ago. I read occasionally, yes but not as often until I can call it a hobby. Until one day, back in 2009, my friend showed me the movie trailer for Twilight. And she insisted to lend me her copy of Twilight. I'm always intrigued with all things paranormal but I'm too spooked to read horror, believe it or not. LOL! So, I thought 'this book sounds should be okay'. And the next thing I knew, I finished the first three books of Twilight saga within one semester break and aching for the release of Breaking Dawn. At that time, I wasn't aware that there is this whole genre of Young Adult: Paranormal. Only after I finished with Breaking Dawn, I started to look around for books in similar genre on Amazon. The search was fruitful because only then I know, there are so many other books which are way, way better than Twilight books. So, if you're asking me now do I like Twilight, I'd say not anymore but I would always be grateful to Stephanie Meyer for introducing me to the world of Young Adult. :)
And the blog? How did Qwerty come about?
Qwerty was previously my personal blog, but I always had problem to define how much I should express myself to the public. It was good to be able to express myself in words because I would never be able to do that face to face but I live a very private life, so revealing bits about my daily life is something I'm always uncomfortable with. So, Qwerty left abandoned for some months. Until I found out about sites such as Netgalley and Eldeiweiss. I have to have a bookblog in order to request for ARCs, so I slowly transferred all of my reviews from Goodreads to Qwerty. Only after I participate in Crewel Street Team, I found out that bookblogging can be so much fun by looking at updates from my other team members. So, starting from that point, I vowed to be a serious bookblogger, so now Qwerty is a full-on bookblog which not only features reviews, but also promos, giveaways, interviews, cover reveals, blog tours etc. :)
Agreed! My TBR pile has grown exponentially because of updates from other bloggers like yourself!
What are your top three absolute favorite books?
My top three absolute favorite books? God, this is a tough one. Hmmm...I'd say
1. The Lord of The Rings trilogy (okay, okay, there are three books in there but it's impossible to choose just one!)
2. Pride and Prejudice (not only for Mr Darcy *squee* but also for the way Jane Austen spoke her mind. She was just so ahead above women of her time)
3. The Hunger Games (that sensation when I first read this, it was palpable, I could never forget it)
If I have read Harry Potter books, I think they'll make it to my top three somewhere but I haven't! I know, I'm sorry Potterheads, I'm just impatient with long book series but I promise someday I'll read them! I really, really love the movies though! :D
Love Austen. And no worries Zuleeza I have neither read the Potter series nor seen them so the mob might actually to after me.
Ever thought about writing a book yourself?
I did! I think it'll be an amazing achievement if I can successfully write a book myself. But I don't think it'll happen in five years time because I really want to build a career as a researcher first. Plus, I don't have any original ideas yet. The market is now practically swarming with books with fresh premises, I think it's almost impossible to find pure originality anymore. Nevertheless, if I can write a book right now, I will write about a female ninja assassin doubles as a famous geisha. LOL! Okay, copyrighted that! You'll be my witness. :D
I am your witness! *smiles*
What do you like to do when your not busy researching or reading and blogging? You know other then hit all the crazy clubs in town.
Honestly studying, reading and blogging kind of already take so much of my time! But during holidays, I like to travel...photographing places and trying out new foods! ^_^
Ooohhh wierdest ( is that a word? *shrugs* ) dish you've tried on said travels? Describe it.
Haha, my definition of ermm...weirdest dish might be different than most of you guys because I came from Malaysian background (we don't eat raw seafood). I tried raw octopus sushi once and it was like chewing through a tyre. Blergh~
Of all the books you've read who is the fictional character got wish was real?
Hmm...for now, I really wish Naji from The Assassin's Curse (The book isn't out yet! But I've read the ARC) is real *bats eyelashes*. He is a assassin/blood magician who is cursed with an impossible curse. From book 1, not much much has been revealed about his background but I really adored his personalities. I don't know exactly how to describe him! LOL. He is one of those tormented characters but he has a positive outlook in life. Have I mentioned that he is socially awkward too? Squeeee
I sense a character crush! *smiles*
About how many books do you read in a month? Are you a fast reader or a slow one? Or does it depend?
Oh, stop it you! *Snorts*
I'm a certified slow reader :( I can only read about 4 books per month when the semester runs. During holidays, I can fit about one book per two days so, I guess it does depend.
That cheeky snort makes tells me I am right! *laughs*
Ereader or Paperbooks?
Nowadays, I prefer reading on e-reader because I can doodle, highlight and do all sort of stuff to the book I read. But if it turns out I do like that book so much, I'll buy the paperback version anyway! :D
Coffee or tea?
After watching Kuroshitsuji anime, I tried Earl Grey tea and now I'm addicted to it! XD
Paranormal or Contemporary?
Definitely paranormal because I like books with strong imaginary.
Burgers or Hotdogs?
I'd say hotdogs? Haha...actually I'm not a fan of both burgers and hotdogs
Pants or shorts?
Can I choose skirt? Tee hee. Okay, okay, if I have to choose, I choose pants with wild color! ^_^
Indoor movies or Outdoor movies?
Indoor movies. I'm still not comfortable watching outdoor movies because I won't lie down in front of strangers and I like to lie down while watching movies! :/
Standalone or Series?
Hmm...I like series maximum to 3 books. Standalone can be good but usually it's harder to leave a lasting impression on me given the limited number of pages (except if we're talking about books like The Fault in Our Stars of course! :D)
Shatter Me or The Hunger Games?
Okay, here's the problem, I really disliked Shatter Me because of reasons I've stated in my review. It's one of those books which I don't understand why people loved it so much. So, The Hunger Games, hands down.
Winter or Summer?
Summmerrrrr!!!! Although summer in Australia can be ridiculously hot, I still prefer that than the gloomy, chilly winter. I really hate cold weather. I suspect I have seasonal affective disorder. Tee hee.

Well that's all for this Interview. Thank you Zuleeza for dropping by!

qwerty
You can stalk Zuleeza through:  Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

-Martha

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blaze-ing YA Giveaway!

Welcome everyone, to the Blaze-ing Giveaway!

I've read Ignite and it is astounding!
Read what I said about it HERE (*whispers* I rated it 4/5 birds!).
Get in on this Blaze-ing Giveaway!
Pshh trust me I will! :D

First a blurb from Blaze:

“Kira gulped, unable to stop the growing sense that everything in her world was about to change.”

With Aldrich’s note burning a hole in her pocket, Kira is off to England to finally reunite with her birth mother. But what begins as a dream quickly turns to a nightmare and Kira is left questioning everything she has ever known. Can she be the conduit Luke wants her to be? Can she be the rebel Tristan needs her to be? Or is she something else? Something no one, not even Aldrich, ever saw coming…

Blaze is the third book in the thrilling Midnight Fire Series. It is approximately 65,000 words.

Sounds good! Doesn't it!?
Terms & Conidtions:
- One month long giveaway lasting from Sep 27-Oct 27
- Ten winners of e-copies of Ignite and Simmer, One winner of the paranormal package, One winner of the dystopian package, and One winner of the angels, demons & magic package.
- Winners will be notified on Oct 28th and will have five business days to respond before the prize is forfeit
- International entries are welcome, but if you live outside of Canada/US, you are only eligible to win e-copies of Ignite and Simmer


Can't wait for the giveaway? Get them now!
Purchase Ignite: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Sony | Kobo | Smashwords 
Purchase Simmer: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Sony | Kobo | Smashwords

Purchase Blaze: Amazon | Smashwords 
Author links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Central

-Martha

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cover Reveal | The Star Dwellers by David Estes

Hello my lovelies!

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)
I am excited to reveal to you the new David Estes Cover! Also be on the lookout on October 9th for stop on The Star Dwellers Blog Tour. 

You guys remember The Moon Dwellers copy don't ya'll? If not here is a refresher. Looks great right.

The Star Dwellers Synopsis:
After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers. 

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.
The Star Dwellers Release Date: Sept 30th 2012




I don't know about you guys but I like it! I mean it matches with The Moon Dwellers cover but not so much that it's almost the same. The buildings remind of a description in the book where they meet...oops that's a spoiler. Never mind. Trust me the cover is perfect!

What do you think of the new cover?

Early praise for The Star Dwellers
-“Estes´s creative genius continues to shine in this installment. We get quite a few questions answered and more are raised.”
Author Christie Rich 
-“This is easily becoming one of the best dystopian books I've read.”
Lolita  Goodreads
-The Star Dwellers surpassed all of my expectations and more. I was just completely amazed and thrown back into this fantastic world and left dying to know what will happen next.
Kayleigh Goodread

Early praise for the author
-“David Estes you are a genius! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt such intense emotion to the main characters and their cause.”
Tina Donelly Goodreads
-“Another fantastic book by David Estes that had me gripped straight away”
Adele Goodreads

David Estes
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table
Author of the Evolution Trilogy

-Martha

Blog Tour | Review & Character Interview | Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane #1) by Kelly Riad

Title: Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane #1)
Author: Kelly Riad
Source: Review Copy
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: May 30th 2012
Author: Blog | Twitter
Purchase: Amazon
Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane)


Goodreads Synopsis:
16-year old Emily has accepted her fate with each weakening beat of her heart, but after her best friend's brother and sister arrive in town and turn out to be more than what they appear, Emily's life is turned upside-down. When their friendship includes confronting wizards who harbor dark secrets and dancing with an elf prince, Emily discovers there are some things still worth living for.

My Thoughts on Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane #1):
I'm one for vampire and werewolf books, and dragons and witches, even fey, but elves is one creature I usually don't read about. Mainly because I haven't looked for any book that consist of elves. Now that being said I am going to consider this as my first elf book (because I can't remember if I have or have not read any thus far).

I had signed up for this blog tour because the synopsis grabbed me immediately, that being said when I received the book to read and review I had completely forgotten what it was about and simply dived in without knowing anything about it. Good thing I went in blind because I would've been expecting too much out of it. I was only 6% in and already I thought the book was great!

The beginning was intense, Emily is already acting as an adult to her childish mother and she's only 16 years old! Enter her best friends siblings, Jarrad and Kara. They seemed normal to both Emily and I but after a bit I started to note that no they were not as normal as they wanted people to think. Even though they were elves I thought they were very human even with the weirdness, but then again aren't we all varying degrees of weird?

This is one of those book that I've been so excited to read and so sad to have it finish. I'm the type of person that gets bored very easily and this book never had me bored. I found myself most nights staying REALLY late trying to get to a boring part to stop at so that I could go to sleep but instead I was confronted with what Daphne, Jarrad and Kara were or trying to figure out what was wrong with Emily that made her take medicine. There was always mystery, romance, adventure and many other things that would NOT allow me to put it down!

The descriptions were FANTASTIC! The author described it so well I literally thought I could see it in my minds eye. I could see the paintings in the castle and in Aerath's home and the gardens and the strange flowers that were native to Arethane. the author is brilliant in this aspect (then again she's brilliant in all the other aspects as well, in my opinion).

This is also one of those few book that I found nothing wrong with (except for a few grammatical errors here and there but nothing for me to take a bird away). I loved every part of it. The characters, although not all human, were very like-able and relatable in some form or another. There was no instant love at first sight from the MC, which happens too many times in books as well as no love triangle! This book for me was perfect!

READ IT! I was not disappointed and I'm pretty sure you won't be either.
I've Rated Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane #1):
(5/5)

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I managed to interview some very incredible people  for you guys! Let's see who we have here, huh?!

Welcome, welcome Emily, Daphne, and Jarrad to booksbooks&morebooks! I am beyond excited to have you here with me to a little chat! How are all of you?
Dafne jumps in before Jarrad and Emily can open their mouths: We're all SUPER excited to be here!  Thank you so much for having us!
Jarrad:  Obviously my sister has been looking forward to this - she thinks she's a celebrity now. **Grins at Dafne**
Emily: Yeah, thank you - this is really cool.  Normally the only interviews I do are with the police after my mom's run her car through the line of shopping carts in the Target parking lot or something.
You're definitely A-list in my book Daphne! *grins*
All of you guys are really. *blushes a little wondering if they would autograph something*
I'm sure those aren't as fun as these, huh, Emily?
I have to admit that ya'll's story blew me away! From the very beginning I couldn't put it down!
Emily how does it feel to have elves as friends?
Emily: It was a bit freaky, at first.  Well, I guess really the not knowing was freaky.  You see all these shows about vampires and aliens and you kinda start to wonder, you know?  Especially when they aren't very good at hiding it. *Smiles at Jarrad, he returns with his contagious grin*
Jarrad: Over twenty-some odd years within the human world and never caught.  *Turns to Emily* I told you, I wanted you to catch me.
Emily:  Uh-huh.  Anyway, after the initial shock, it turned out to be pretty cool to have elves as friends. Slight headache - they can totally take it away.  Need to get rid of a pestering bully - elf spell to the rescue!
Jarrad: Enchantment...
Very true. 
Emily how did you manage to see the truth even though Daphne made you forget. And let me just say that I agree with Jarrad when he said you are very observant because I would've missed the blood on his shirt unless it was just so blaringly obvious.
Emily:  I think being around them, in such a close proximity, probably helped.  If Jarrad hadn't healed my hand and helped with my mom - which were all awesome things and knowing him so well now I know he's just too kind and caring to not help  - then maybe it would be different.  But really it was Karawyn.  She sort of blew the lid right off their cover with her whole ghost-walking act.
Jarrad looks at Emily:  I would blow my cover over and over for you. * *Kisses her cheek as Emily blushes**
Dafne:  And my enchantments aren't very good.  I'm not as developed as Jarrad.  If he had chosen to make Emily forget, she would have - he's that good.  You want him to enchant you? **wags eyebrows and grins**
*laughs nervously* As tempting as that sounds, no thanks. 
How is Karawyn handling being a married woman and being queen all at once, Daphne? And you Daphne, you were in one hell of a fight trying to get to Karawyn how was that?
Dafne *takes a deep breath*: The fighting was scary, but I think I was born for it, actually.  I grew up close friends with Baelemar - he's actually the general of our Army now - and he would train with me when I was an elfling.  It was pretty cool until you think about the loss of life.  But getting back our home was important and saving our sister was important so we just kept that in mind.  And Karawyn is LOVING married life, though she would never admit that openly.  She tries to be tough and indifferent, but she would do anything for Aerath and he for her.  She was trained to be queen from the beginning so  she is handling both very well.
Uh oh! These high school boys are going to have to watch out for you then! *confused look* Wait are you guys going back to high school? 
Yes she is perfect for the job. THEY are perfect for each other.
Dafne: I'm determined to graduate! So we will definitely be going back to high school. 
Emily **makes a sour face** I've tried convincing Jarrad we should just drop out. 
Jarrad: I told her her choices were to finish school or I'd make her one of those Teen Moms and she'd have to support me. *flashes his famous smile* Oh wait, that talk happens in the next book. 
Whooo Daphne! You get yourself that diploma! 
Emily if you drop out what would you do then?
Jarrad! *flashes shocking face while laughing* Would you be the lazy one who did nothing all day except play games or the one with the issues?
Jarrad: I think spending all day in a Laz-boy chugging beer is a commendable post-graduation job. And to clarify, I meant the conversation happens in the next book, not me making Emily a teen mom. 
Dafne: Spoiler alert, Jarrad! Geez!
Jarrad: Spoiler alert? *shakes head* You read too many entertainment magazines. 
Emily: To answer your other question, I think leaving behind a never-there dad and an alcoholic mom to live in Arethane is a pretty good drop-out plan. 
Jarrad *takes Emily's hand*: Just two more years, darling. 
Ahh yayyy! When can I expect the next book to come out?
Emily imagine prom with Jarrad.
Jarrad what went through your head when you first met Emily at the restaurant?
Jarrad: I felt like I knew her.  I felt this immediate connection and that I knew her, knew her soul and I wanted to take care of her, fix whatever hurt her, rescue her.  But then I also knew she wouldn't make it easy on me.  *Grins* And she didn't.
Easy is boring Jarrad! 
Emily how is your heart after all this? No more pills?
*Jarrad grins and winks*
Emily: No more pills! That's totally crazy, right? People die from this condition, kids my age die from this condition and somehow I lucked out, I was saved by these elves and their crazy, wonderful world!
They do seem to have their uses doing they. * winks at the elves while grinning* 
How weird was it to have Aerath lead the battle against his father? How was it for you guys?
Dafne: Looking back now, yeah, pretty weird but at that time, he was our best way to get our sister back. I think it was harder for Jarrad because he was older when everything went down between Aerath and Karawyn so he still remembered how she was after and he still held a grudge at first. But they get along now, better than I think either would admit.
Jarrad: I can't really imagine anyone more suited for Karawyn.  So as long as he doesn't hurt her again, we're fine.
Well guys our time has unfortunately come to an end. I am really looking forward to your next book! * leans towards Daphne to whisper* Do you have any cousins? *blushes while sitting up straight. 
Emily, Jarrad and Miss A- list herself, Daphne I have enjoyed our chat please do come see me when your sequel comes out.
Dafne:  Thanks SO much for having us--we elves have a lot of family *winks*
Jarrad: Thanks, Martha! It was such a pleasure talking to you.
Emily:  Thanks so much for the chat - this was so much fun! Bye!
*blushes a deep red*

Author Info:
Kelly Riad is from Texas where she lived with her husband and a house overrun by pets. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is determined to bring the y'all to the West Coast.  While she published her first book - a handmade pop-up titled "The Lost Puppy" - in the fifth grade to much acclaim by the first graders, she only recently picked the craft back up. "Return to Arèthane" is her second published novel.

-Martha

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I've Never Finished


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week's Top Ten is:
Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

To keep things short and sweet, Martha and I decided that we would each do a Top 5 Series I've Never Finished.

Martha:
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - 
Just finished Spirit Bound (Book 5) and I am VERY anxious to start on Last Sacrifice.

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)
2.  Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent - 
I'm slowly but surely getting through them whilst I read other books, but I am completely hooked by Tod! :




Insurgent (Divergent, #2)3. Divergent series by Veronica Roth - 
I have Insurgent but have not been able to read it :(


Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - 
Through the Ever Night doesn't come out until January!




Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - 
Unravel Me doesn't come out until February!






Hannah:
I've actually started about a million book series, but have only finished maybe 5 or 6 of them. So you can see it was a bit hard to pick just 5. I narrowed it down to the top five that I was least likely to finish.

Marked (House of Night, #1)1. House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast - The first book, Matched, was such a pain to read, I've promised myself that I would never read another book in the series. I do not believe in masochism via literature.


Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - I read the first two books and maybe three words of the third book. But this series is so unmemorable, I did an instantaneous brain dump the second I finished each book. And how can I continue a series if I don't remember what's already happened? (I'm actually wondering why the hell their making a movie out of it too...)

Matched (Matched, #1)3. Matched by Ally Condie - I read the first book, and I liked it well enough that I decided I would continue with the series. But time stretched and by the time I spotted Crossed on the bookshelf at the store, I had already forgotten the first installment. And I didn't remember loving it all that much, so I'm not even gonna bother.

Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1)4. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber - I feel bad about hating this series the way I do, as it is one of my friend's favorite series. But, man....the main character, Raven....she is unbelievably infuriating and makes me want to commit violent and illegal acts of terrorism (such as dropping a bomb on her town...).

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - I was stunned to not like this series the way I did. I mean, c'mon, zombies! Hello, how can you hate zombies? But, alas, it just wasn't meant to be...






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-Martha & Hananh

Monday, September 24, 2012

Whip It by Shauna Cross


Title: Whip It
Author: Shauna Cross
Published: September 15, 2009 by Square Fish (originally published in 2007 as "Derby Girl")
Genre: Romance, Comedy, YA, Chick Lit
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Welcome to Crapsville. Where life sucks and everyone is a complete hick with horrible taste in music. At least that's what 16-year-old Bliss thinks of her small-town prison, Bodeen, Texas. Bliss mangaes to survive the monotony with vintage clothing, her best friend Pash, eye-rolling at her pageant-obsessed mother, and, of course, indie rock.

Then, on a trip to Austin, Bliss discovers a Roller Derby track called The Dollhouse. She finally, finally has something that she's good at! But...will she be able to handle the consequences that come with being a badass Derby rebel?

Review:

Whip It was a so-so for me. It's not that it was mediocre; it's just that the positives and negatives somewhat cancel each other out.

What are the positives, you say? Cross gives a very engaging narrative; it's definitely an easy read, I breezed right through it. It's not like you have to psych yourself up just to progress a few chapters ahead (and I know you've read books like that, don't tell me you haven't). The plotline, while predictable and a bit too wrapped-up-nicely-with-a-pretty-bow, was still decent--decent enough, it seems, to warrant a film adaption.

And yes, I will admit, I am intrigued to see the movie. Maybe Ellen Page manages to fill out the Bliss character more so than the book has.

Which brings me to the negatives; mostly, it was the characters I didn't like. I found Bliss to be dumb and hypocratic; she wants to be treated like a mature, responsible adult, to be given the same rights--and yet, she acts like an idiotic teen. She falls for a guy named Oliver, gives it up to him, and of course later learns that he's of the use-her-and-lose-her variety of womanizing sleezeballs.

And then there are the supporting characters. Her best friend Pash was immature and shallow. Her mother Brooke was oppressive and ignorant (one of those mothers who tries to imprint their ideals and dreams onto their children--horrific, no?). Her father Earl was, again, ignorant and, well....hmm...how do I say this without crossing Martha's no-foul-language rule...? Let's just say Brooke had him by the balls.

In a nutshell, the character development was shoddy and the plot was predictable. But hey, besides that, it was pretty decent. I didn't want to totally murder Bliss like some other heroines I've had the displeasure of being inside the heads of. And that's a plus, right?

I've rated Whip It:

 (3/5)     -Hannah

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Author Interview | Mindy Bolinger

Bonjour mes amis!

Today I interview Mindy Bolinger. Author of
 Wanted Nightmares: Battle for LoveWanted Nightmares: Immortal BloodHeartache of FriendshipLast Breath: Dealings with a VampireClaimedWanted Nightmares: A Fragmented Immortal Soul

Welcome, Mindy, to booksbooks&morebooks!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
First off, thank you for interviewing me. I get all excited with an interview. Second off, please excuse my website to be so outdated. I have been busy.
A little more about me, I am totally obsessed with writing. Sitting on my laptop right now is about twenty different books, in different stages of being written.  When I have writer’s block, I go write something else.
I also love to write, actually on paper and I need a certain pen. I am picky with how I sit, hold the paper, hold the pen and if anyone can see me write. I can’t write when someone is sitting next to me. I seriously have OCD when I’m writing. I can’t have the TV on, since my living room is my office so my kids suffer. I give them breaks and I head to my room.
So no music for you as you write. I've had authors say that they are inspired by a song.
What inspires you to write?
Oh no, I love music and I do listen to it, if I am in the mood. OH MY, I am OCD! I don’t usually listen to music when I am writing,though when I need an emotional lift I turn the music on. I have put my music in different folders for different emotions.
          I also do a lot of paper writing,  until I find the right words, details and attitude, but I also do a lot of Mind scenes. I have to have major scenes down pat to keep the flow and tone correct.
Can you name one song that has helped you in the past with your writing?
Yes, May by James Durban.
I was reading that it took you some odd years to finish your first book. Can you tell me a little bit about that.
When i started writing battle, it was about the same time Twilight came out and after I read the book I had to go back an delete almost all of my work, I had to wait until I had read most of her books to start on mine again. So it took a lot of rethinking, planning and outlining and along with that I ended up with a gallbladder then six months later I also lost my stomach. It has taken a lot of work to to get wanted out.
Did you always want to be an author?
I have always known I love to write. Yes, I have always had the calling to be an author.
Your writing style describe it in 20 words or less.
Realism with flares of Paranormalism, Romanticism and touches of dramatic bursts of imagination.
From all your books who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character will always be Amaya. Amaya is based off my daughter. She is a character that I have fined tuned. Ironic that I also have her morphed into another, Autumn. My daughter has a self produced a double identity so I wanted Amaya/Autumn to feature this. When I wrote Immortal Blood I was excited to show the double identity.
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have a favorite author, I enjoy authors as Shakespeare, Poe, King, Austin, Meyers, and Smith. My readings are based on how I am feeling at the moment.
So what kind of mood are you in now? What are you currently reading?
I think placid. I’m reading BitterBlue right now. Although I have a case of vertigo so today, I have Paint Shop Pro opened and working on Book Covers. BTW, straining your eyes when you have vertigo does not help your condition.
I will definitely keep that in mind. *smiles*
What are your current projects?
I am working on a book called Claimed. Claimed is a book of magic, love, betrayal, and power. Rosemary finds the truth behind the lies when she meets her soul mate Ryan Morgan. There lives are twisted by deals and secrets. With each step Rose takes she finds more lies more deals more steps. The more I write I realize it just be another series.
Ooohhh sounds interesting!
DO you have any bit of advice that you wish someone had given you about writing, editing and publishing a book?
The writer has become the editor and publisher. The writing world seems blurred at the moment leaving the writer tending to all the steps of writing. A creative mind needs to step beyond a pen and paper and tackle editing and publishing.
Editing is a very detailed process. The steps of editing is proofreading, editing, revising, proofreading, and so on. I don’t think editing ever stops. There are ways to help in this daunting process. Turn on all the checklists you can in your document. Ms Word does catch a lot of errors, but be weary it’s a computer program. I use a backup document checker, Ginger it! Is not a free program but anyone can google for help. There are free grammar checkers online, they work to help catch errors. Use what you can to help you in your editing. I found that I go back within each chapter and re-read/revise when I finish so I still have a fresh scene in my mind with the emotions that you want to show. Get your details down. I use a key document. I have from the chapter titles, names of characters, details about them. I also start writing the outline and form the theme or reason the book. It helps keep your mind clear and focused. It’s easier to have a text doc thinned on the side of your screen with details as hair, skin etc. than you rereading and finding you have messed up.
Publishing, or  E-publishing seems to be the only way unless you want to pay thousands of dollars for someone to do a job you can do yourself. Make a timeframe/key/outline for it all. I would spend your time writing and editing so when you epublish it will be smoother. Make sure you heighten your readers and start drawing in a following. Marketing is a major part. Book covers, website, social media are a major part of the marketing. Get your audience before you finish the book, free chapters, details of your characters. I write from nine am until I go to bed, usually around 11pm. I’m updating, editing marketing or actually writing. I also do my own book covers so its three to four days working on book covers.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers and your future readers?
Thank you for the support. It’s never easy to show your dream but it’s worth the emotional wave that you ride. One day I hope to support your dream.

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