Review: Girl Meets Boy

Girl Meets Boy, edited by Kelly Milner Halls
Genre: Teen
ISBN 9781452102641
Published December 28th 2011 by Chronicle Books
Rating: 2

The cover and summary were misleading for this book. I expected stories that were related to different interesting meetings and occurrences, screwy relationships, typical teen drama.

Instead I got a very strange and rather awkward mix of sex-addicts, homosexuals, transgender, and native Americans.

I'm not saying I don't like those stories, I'm just saying I wasn't expecting it.

The above reasons are not why I didn't like the stories: those are just facts about the characters. The stories themselves just didn't seem to connect to me, I couldn't relate to any of them. Maybe it's because I'm one of those weird girls with a completely functional romantic relationship, but a lot of the content in this book was just like "uh… why are they acting like that?"

Anyway, it felt awkward. that's the only word I can use to describe it. Some of them were good, some of them sucked. Most of the writing was mediocre.

I guess all I can say is… this is probably the worst short story collection I've ever read. Sorry, I wanted to like it… It was just awkward.

*This review is copyright Haley Mathiot and Amazon Vine*

Waiting on Wednesday

I saw this while catching up on my Google Reader which I've left to run wild for the past few weeks…

and I about died.

Total badass falls for a Nerdy chick. This one I have to read.

And the cover? Dang. Very alluring.

He makes good girls...bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

ISBN 9781620612422 | Expected Publication March 2013 by Entangled Teen | Goodreads

http://www.dantewalker.com/

wheeee!!! sounds GOOOOD!

Exploring Etsy: Have a Tea Party

For my 21 birthday party (coming this November!) I'm going to have a tea party. Because I love tea, and I love pretty flowers and stuff… yeah.

Maybe for my future wedding too… :)

Tea cup and set by Fabricated Family

Tea stand by Fresh Pastry Stand

Bohemian Necklace by Flower Land Shop

Lace Coasters by Mintook

Tea Pot Necklace by Shimrita

Clayful Impressions will customize any color teapot!

Alice eats gold cake by High Tea for Alice

So yeah. I love tea parties.

We should have one.

 

If you have an etsy shop or know of a favorite etsy shop, leave a link in the comments and I'll check it out, and try to feature it on an upcoming post!

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Reviews coming soon, I promise.

Waiting on Wednesday: Collateral by Ellen Hopkins

I KNOW I've been distant. I'm working on a huge project for my internship so I haven't had a lot of reading time…

But. Here's a book I'm excited for.

Colateral by Ellen Hopkins

The gripping story of a woman torn between love for her boyfriend, a dedicated Marine deployed to Afghanistan, and the resentment she has for the war that is tearing their lives apart.

Written in Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man. He’s passionate and romantic. He even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a professor with similar pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. Those who remain at home may be far away from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, but just the same, all of them will sacrifice a part of themselves for their country and all will eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage caused by war is worth the fight.

ISBN 9781451626377 | Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Atria Books |Amazon | Goodreads

Teaser Tuesday (on Wednesday)

I know it's Wednesday… but I'm on vacation. gimme a break.

Here's a teaser from Shadow and Bone… which comes out today, by the way!

"I did what I had to, Alina."

I knew that. He had saved my life. And what other choice did I have? . . .

"You're shaking," he said.

"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."

"Really? I hardly notice anymore."

~Shadow and Bone, page 72 ARC

About the Book

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

ISBN 9780805094596 | Published June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. | Amazon | Goodreads

Interview and Tour: Deborah Lightfoot

Today I'm hosting Deborah Lightfoot for her virtual book tour!

Why do you write the genre you write? Was it difficult to decide, or did it come naturally?

Once I got past my self-doubt, fantasy felt as natural as breathing. Life-long, I’ve lived in my imagination. I grew up with Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm. Early on, I was reading Andre Norton, a prolific science fiction and fantasy author. I also love Edgar Allan Poe and such classics of English literature as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. All these influences bubbled together, seasoned with everything else I’ve ever read, all the people I’ve known, all the places I’ve traveled and everything I’ve learned. Plus all the crushes I’ve had! Just because I’m no longer a teenager doesn’t mean I don’t vividly remember what it felt like, to dream of love and then to experience it. Falling in love is powerful. Those emotions shape us.

Did you base any of your characters on real people?

The characters are combinations of real people from my life plus fictional creations I’ve admired. Heathcliff and Rochester are the literary godfathers of my leading man, Lord Verek. My protagonist, Carin, is a little bit Jane Eyre and a little bit me. The housekeeper, Myra, owes some of her chattiness to a talkative friend of mine.

What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?

The most exciting part is connecting with readers! I love it when readers comment on my Facebook author page, on Goodreads, or my blog. Any and all questions are welcome. If you’ve read or are reading the books of WATERSPELL, I want to have a conversation with you. Please contact me.

The hardest part is juggling the added demands on my time. I make my living as an editor. The projects I edit tend to be long, messy, and complicated. They take serious time and concentration. Getting out on the book-tour trail is also labor-intensive. By the time my current WATERSPELL Blog Tour wraps up on June 22, I’ll be in Roswell, New Mexico, to sign books and do readings at the annual festival of science fiction and fantasy known as Ros-Con / Cosmic-Con. And of course, I’m also trying to write! The days are too short.

Do you have any other books planned in the future?

My work in progress is called “Out of Mind.” It’s a story of the paranormal set in the American West of the far future. Eventually, too, there may be a WATERSPELL Book 4. I’m mulling over the threads from the trilogy that could weave a framework for a fourth book.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

My favorite character is the warlock, Lord Verek. He’s moody, arrogant, hot-tempered, dark-eyed, sensitive, handsome, mysterious, and dangerous. He’s Heathcliff, Rochester, and Mr. Darcy rolled into one. He’s a strong man in pain. What woman could resist?

But going into detail about any unlikable character(s) would be a spoiler, so I’ll only say that even the villains in WATERSPELL are understandable. They all have valid reasons for doing what they do. The antagonist is certain that the ends justify the means. You may not like their methods, but by the end of the trilogy you’ll understand what has motivated their actions.

What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?

Join a critique group. It can meet in person, as mine does, or it can be an online group. Every writer needs to be able to bounce ideas off fellow writers. The group I’m in is a safe place. We bring our rough, first drafts and get feedback without fear of ridicule or condemnation. (Condemnation, after all, “is lack of imagination, when one cannot suggest something better,” said the English philosopher Theodore Zeldin.) My critique partners have given me invaluable support during all the years I’ve worked on the WATERSPELL trilogy. Every writer needs that support, and there’s not a writer alive who won’t benefit from the kind of thoughtful, insightful critiques that knowledgeable pros can provide. If you don’t have a professional critique group to join, start one!

What are your ten most favorite things?

My family, my friends, my work (I love what I do), my house (it’s in the country and is owner-built from a design drawn by my brilliant husband), books, mountains (Ozarks, Rockies, all mountains everywhere), long walks in the woods, rainstorms, the sound of the surf, coffee with cream and sugar, wildflowers, the “writer’s high” when I’m really in the zone ... oops, I think that’s more than ten. :-)

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I go for long walks in the woods. If I’m lucky, I get up to the mountains.

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

In designing our house, my husband (with my help) spec’d an upstairs room as my office. It’s not a converted bedroom—it’s a purpose-built space with built-in bookshelves and cabinets. It’s under the eaves in the quietest part of the house. This is my retreat, my sanctuary, my place for thinking.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

Just coffee. Many cups of coffee with cream and sugar. I’m addicted. {I'm with you on that one. ~Haley}

If you could go anywhere in the whole world, either for a vacation or to live there, where would you go?

The Scottish Highlands. I’ve been to England, the Yorkshire moors, but we didn’t have time to push on north into Scotland. It’s a dream of mine.

What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school?

Favorite: Band! Least favorite: Speech.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I had an out-of-body experience. It was wonderful: the feeling of floating up through the ceiling. I gradually came to rest on the roof, and even in my “disembodied” state I could feel the sun-warmed shingles under me. I’d love to experience it again, that free-floating sensation of weightlessness. It was sublime.

Thank you for reading this! I’ve enjoyed this Q&A.

Thanks for visiting Deborah!

 

About the Book

Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic -- and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can't seem to decide whether to love her or kill her.

Book 1 of a series. The story continues in WATERSPELL Book 2: The Wysard and Book 3: The Wisewoman .

"Intriguing premise and original characters … Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … Fine fantasy." —Kirkus

ISBN 9780972876841| Published January 1st 2012 by Seven Rivers Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads

Excerpt

WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
by Deborah J. Lightfoot

From
Chapter 1. The Swordsman

It happened too fast to hurt at first. But, oh! the blood—lots of it, streaming from a gouge that crosscut her knee.

She hunched over the wound, her masses of unkempt hair tumbling around her face, strands of it trailing in the gore. Blindly Carin fumbled in her belt-pouch for something to stanch the bleeding. Her fingers met only flint and steel for fire-making, pebbles for arming her sling, and a length of twine that was useful for everything from tying back her shaggy auburn mane to rigging a brush shelter.

Abruptly a hand grasped the shank of her leg, and another shoved at her shoulder. “Straighten up,” her captor snarled.

Carin threw back her head and flung the hair out of her eyes. “You!” she gasped. “But—” She hadn’t heard the swordsman’s approaching footsteps—a seeming impossibility through the crunchy carpet of autumn leaves. Yet here the man was, crouched beside her and brandishing a dagger. Carin’s hand flew to shield her throat, but it was her knee he put the blade to.

Stay away from me! she wanted to shout at him. She couldn’t get the words out—not in a way that made sense. As sometimes happened when she came unglued, Carin lapsed into a language of her own. The sounds that passed her lips weren’t gibberish, but no one ever understood a word she said when she got like this. Carin yelled at the man, in her own private language, and tried to wrench free of his grasp.

“Stop your noise,” he barked. He held her leg tighter and waved his dagger in her face. “If you can’t be quiet, I’ll cut out your tongue.”

Copyright © 2011–2012 by Deborah J. Lightfoot. All Rights Reserved.

Sample Chapter 1 in full at www.amazon.com/dp/B00686UIFW

 

About the Author

Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in West Texas, she grew up reading extraordinary tales of adventure and reenacting them behind tall ramparts of sun-drenched corn. She left the farm to earn a bachelor of science degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography, including The LH7 Ranch (University of North Texas Press) and Trail Fever (William Morrow, New York). High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a complex, intricately detailed fantasy that begins with Book 1: The Warlock and Book 2: The Wysard, and concludes (for the present) with Book 3: The Wisewoman. But a legal pad filled with notes and tucked away in a desk drawer suggests a possible Book 4 before the saga may fairly be said to be finished.

Deborah is a professional member of The Authors Guild. She and her husband live in the country south of Fort Worth, Texas. Find her online at www.waterspell.net.

Check out the giveaway for this tour here!

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