Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Misfit“Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother–well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.”

Misfit felt like it was a little bit out of my comfort zone, that being said it was an excellent read! It was a bit confusing at first, though. The confusing part was mostly formatting of the ARC, though, so I hope the final book is a bit clearer. For example, some chapters were about Jael’s mother, others were about her, and some were Jael having dreams or visions of her monther, which normally I’d love, but there was no distinction of what was going on at times.

In Misfit you have a teen girl who is a halfbreed, half demon and half human. She’s come to terms with this at a young age and is used to keeping it a secret. Her father is overprotective though, so she never really gets to do anything fun. From the description, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into.

Like I said it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but really it was more like I just didn’t know some things already. I’ll admit I have little-to-no knowledge on Catholic beliefs, I was raised Baptist, so aside from the basic things I picked up from friends or readings over the years, I have no clue about their belief system. When I was reading this book, I did do a bit of research so that some of the things mentioned would make more sense. I don’t think that’s necessarily required, I could’ve read the book just fine without knowing these things, but I was curious and I like to know what I’m reading about. That being said, I was fascinated learning all of this new information!

While it was a bit confusing at first, I loved how the author brought in so many different types of mythologies and belief systems. There were mentions of Aphrodite, Lilith, and Samson & Delilah for example. It was very interesting and kept me hooked wanting to uncover more about this world of demons.

I love Rob, the “cute skater boy”. He’s spacey, yet obviously intelligent. Despite that, I never really felt a love connection between the two. It felt like they had more of a best friend connection. Jael’s uncle was VERY amusing to me, I think he might be my favorite character.

I definitely want to read more about these characters, so, I’m hoping there will be a second book. Especially now that I’m brushed up on my Catholic-knowledge.

Misfit is supposed to go on sale August 1st.

I received my copy via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. Heidi says:

    I am reading this right now! Your review is right on for me as I read this.

  2. Kristina Marino says:

    I just got approved for this book the other day on netgalley, but am having trouble loading it on my e-reader. Glad that you enjoyed it! I keep hearing good things about it.

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Once Upon a Readathon 2012

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This is my second year participating in the Once Upon a Readathon! I’m really excited. Since I’m busy doing other projects and am stuck in a bit of a reading rut, I decided no set goals! I always push myself harder during Read-a-Thons, so who knows what’ll hapoen. I grabbed 6 that I’m hoping I […]

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Book Trailer: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout #daemoninvasion

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If you haven’t already read Obsidian, really, what are you waiting for?! In case all of the praise hasn’t been enough to sway you, though, Obsidian‘s book trailer went live yesterday. I don’t typically share trailers, but this one…. When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much […]

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Cover Reveal: Uncontrollable by SR Johannes

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 Last year I read and loved Untraceable by S.R. Johannes! The sequel Uncontrollable will be launching on September 24th and I can’t wait! Today is the cover reveal, which I’m super excited to be a part of! (There will also be a giveaway today on the author’s website: srjohannes.com. You might want to check it out!) […]

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Follow Fridays (57) – Reading Outside of My Comfort Zone

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Hosted by: Alison Can Read and Parajunkee Q: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place. Up until reading The Host, I disliked all sci-fi. I’d never really tried reading any, but I just […]

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Review: Silent Song by Ron C. Nieto

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Please note that the copy of Silent Song I have reviewed was an ARC, so my comments may or may not be applicable to the final copy. The princess of the school, Alice, is keeping a secret that could strip her of her high school fame. She is obsessed with the school’s outcast, Keith, but […]

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Guest Post: Emma Daley, author of Propheticus

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Here on Letters Inside Out, today I have Emma Daley here with a guest post about making her book into a movie! Four destined characters run into each other by chance and discover their pasts connect them in a prophecy to destroy some of the universes most gruesome creatures. The mystery of Aniah’s past begins […]

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Guest Post: Emma Daley, author of Propheticus

Here on Letters Inside Out, today I have Emma Daley here with a guest post about making her book into a movie!

Four destined characters run into each other by chance and discover their pasts connect them in a prophecy to destroy some of the universes most gruesome creatures. The mystery of Aniah’s past begins to unravel when she meets a stranger in the desert outside her ranch on the planet Delucia. Strange things start to happen around the ranch and Aniah experiences horrible nightmares of a dark creature the longer this stranger stays and the more she begins to question her fathers disappearance years ago. This story takes you to other worlds and although the first novel offers a little more romance and mystery with some thriller, the other novels in the series have more action and adventure in them as the characters travel the universe and visit incredible worlds. Sample from the book: There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it’s cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how.

I have been asked the question often…If my books were made into a movie, who would I choose to play certain characters? For most of the characters I have it down; I love Natalie Portman for the role of Aniah, though I’ve looked at some other girls to play the part and wondered, I think she would be impressive in the role; she’s petite and can be timid or tough depending on the need. For Dyna I’m stuck on a face such as Diane Kruger, those roles have all been easy to fill. But, although I have a pretty vivid picture in my mind as to what my Novell looks like or who he is as a character to me, I have had quite the difficult time deciding who would be the right person to play his role. I don’t know f other writers do this when I needed inspiration for the part of Novell, I actually imagined someone specifically…it is probably not who you would suspect. So, I’m going to reveal my muse when it came to Novell’s voice and character. If any of you have seen the movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, you might have feel the rush I felt realizing that Clive Owen could in fact play a sultry seducer. Much like Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”, I found myself viewing Clive in this similar fashion throughout his role in this film. Not all will feel this way when watching this film, but as I tried to figure out the details of Novell; the way he smiled, walked, his candor, the way he held himself and his emotions (men have to do it just right to attract our attention) etc. I found myself thinking…what would Clive do in Elizabeth? However much that might ruin or enhance your image of Novell, I haven’t quite pinned down whom I might want to play the role of Novell if the movie were ever made; I’d love to hear suggestions.

About the Author

Emma Daley was eccentric; this was something her mother knew right from the start. At only the age of three, you could find her perched in the center of the dining table, a tape player in her lap, while the other kids gathered to listen to her recite her own creative version of her favorite tales like “Jack and The Bean Stalk” or “Peter Pan”.

As she grew up, she moved on to bigger and better things. With her older sister, Emma started dressing up the neighbor kids and auditioning for parts in Beauty and the beast, and Cinderella using mops and her mother’s make up for costumes.

Her imagination was fueled when she signed up for a high school Greek Mythology class. It was there in high school Mythology class that Emma found her dream. Her teacher recognized her talent, and encouraged her to pursue a career in the one thing that brought her imagination to life, writing. As a military wife and with life’s fast pace and strenuous demands, it wasn’t until she was 26 that she finally decided to pursue those long forgotten dreams.

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  1. Emma says:

    Amanda,

    Thanks for having me on the blog today, looking forward to seeing who wins the giveaway :)

  2. Sounds great and like many books could be part of the series. I love that the first is like a foundation and then the rest are action and adventure throughout the universe.

  3. Shane says:

    Thanks so much for participating. Awesome guest post!

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Review: Silent Song by Ron C. Nieto

Please note that the copy of Silent Song I have reviewed was an ARC, so my comments may or may not be applicable to the final copy.

The princess of the school, Alice, is keeping a secret that could strip her of her high school fame. She is obsessed with the school’s outcast, Keith, but not just him – his music.

Since the inspiration for the song hit, Keith can’t get it out of his mind. The song must be played; it demands to be played. He knows the music is changing him, but he is unable to stop it.

Music has the ability to move you, enlighten you, and take you to places you have never dreamed of. And this particular piece? It has a life of its own and makes you forget who you really are.

As Keith and Alice learn of one another to the notes of that one perfect tune, they can overlook their roles and discover who they could be together. But they also discover someone else is listening and intends on keeping Keith to herself, possibly for an eternity.

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Oh, music! We all know how much I love music here on Letters Inside Out, so, when I read the synopsis for Silent Song to say I was intrigued is probably putting it lightly.

Keith was definitely my favorite character in Silent Song. My heart ached for him, who is kind of goth, but in a way that even the goth kids find him weird. He’s so good at music that Alice has spent much time crouched below his window listening in secret. Alice, while the main character, annoyed me quite a bit. She’s the popular girl in the school and just goes along with all of the bullying. She’s never really noticed a problem with it until now. Once Alice started realizing the error of her ways, she was much more sympathetic.

I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed the story behind Silent Song, but I wasn’t thrilled with the writing. Nieto does a great job, but I felt like at times it was a bit rushed or not as in depth as I’d like. Especially when it came to the big, out-of-nowhere plot twist. I had my suspicions as to what was going on, but I would’ve loved to have a bit more why. Regardless though, I was hooked on the story. In addition, some of the aspects and explanations had me wondering…like the fact that spent so much time listening outside of the window.

Silent Song would be the perfect sort of book for someone in the mood for something with a bit of mystery and a little touch of scary. Nieto handles the merging of music, teenage drama, and terror pretty well.

I received my copy of Silent Song in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

 

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  1. I love the premise of the story! Especially I love the combination of silent Goth music boy with a High School Queen Bee – this always ads for a nice conflict! Plus, there is something hot about Guys that play music! Definitely adding it to my list! Thanks!

  2. Liviania says:

    Looks self-published . . . I try to give self-pubbed books a try, but the writing does tend to be not as good even if there is a decent story.

  3. Hi! Thanks for being part of the tour! I’m glad you liked the story behind the book, and Keith too :)

  4. I am glad to see Ron’s book published! I have to check it out :)
    Thank you for the review!

  5. 1st love the cover! 2nd-that is quite an accomplishment being a goth that doesn’t fit in with the goths? Hehe.
    Thanks for review!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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Follow Fridays (57) – Reading Outside of My Comfort Zone

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Q: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

Up until reading The Host, I disliked all sci-fi. I’d never really tried reading any, but I just “knew” I wouldn’t like it. I read The Host: A Novel, which isn’t even a heavy sci-fi book, but it threw me into the genre and made me love it. (Another one…Bex of Kindle Fever convinced me to read a Comfort Food *adult title*…same deal!)

 

As for why…I’m a reader who is willing to try reading anything/genre at least once. I’m pretty brave when it comes to reading. If someone recommends it to me and stands behind it, I’ll likely attempt to read it. (I’m known for going into a library or store and grabbing something random without knowing anything about it in various genres too. I also do this for music. ;) ) I’m not so adventurous when it comes to books for review, but in my free time – everything is game!

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  1. J.J. Bonds says:

    That’s the second time I’ve seen The Host tonight! I definitely need to pick it up. It’s not exactly a genre hopper for me, but I’m pretty sure it’s my kind of read! New follower hopping through!

  2. I loved The Host, too! I like sci-fi though. I’ve never heard of the other one, but I love the cover. I’ll have to check it out for sure! Happy Friday :)
    My Friday Hops

  3. I’m not a big sci-fi fan either, but I just read a book called Mothership about a school for pregnant teenagers that’s in space. It was hilarious and really entertaining. I’ve been throwing this book at every I know since I’ve read it!

    My Friday memes!

  4. I’m very bad with reading other genres… like super bad. If I do not like a genre it’s hard to convince me to read it. But I’m getting better and trusting other peoples recommendations much more!

    Happy Friday!

  5. Donna/BLHmistress says:

    I try anything if someone recommends just sometimes certain genres doesn’t grab me.

    Following thru email

    MyFF

  6. Hopping through. I loved The Host. It took awhile to get into it, but once you did, the story was great.
    My Hop

    • Amanda says:

      It really did get off to a slow start, I think a big part was how confusing it is at first…now whenever I re-read it I’m hooked from page 1.

  7. amanda P says:

    New follower via RSS

    I didnt think I’d like the Host, it took me a while to get into it but once I did, It hooked me.

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

    • Amanda says:

      I keep telling people to sit down and keep trying to read it. The beginning is tough, but once you get into it…it gets better and better! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Helene says:

    I had the same experience with The Host. First of all I didn’t want to read because Twilight was such a hype this book was certainly going to let me down (Boy, was I wrong) and than the sci-fi thing, nope not for me. But then a friend said she really liked it and that I should definitely read it, so I gave it a shot and loved it! Although it didn’t get me into reading sci-fi ;) New NB follower.

    Happy Friday!
    My FF/TGIF

    • Amanda says:

      I was the same, I kept thinking “a book about aliens…?” But I’m the friend who ends up always having to try first…no one else will. ;) Then I get to push them on everyone else.

  9. Lexxie says:

    I have not read The Host yet, but I actually have the book.

    I’m a new twitter follower – couldn’t find any GFC or linky, but that’s OK.

    If you’d like to know my answer to this week’s question, please hop on over to my FF #2 and find out.

    Have a great weekend.

  10. Ah, The Host… changed my way of thinking about sci-fi too.. Hopping Through!

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    Happy Reading :)

  11. Nice choices. I thought about adding Comfort Food to mine too. A friend suggestion it and I loved it.
    -Jenese
    http://www.readersconfession.com

  12. I tried getting into The Host but couldn’t get through it.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow.html

  13. Melissa says:

    I loved the Host too…but then I do like SciFi:) I try to be daring and explore different genres but there are some I can’t help but avoid

    • Amanda says:

      It’s always kind of scary! I’ve read a bit of everything…I always just tell myself if I can’t make it far in, it’s not a big deal. But I hate leaving things incomplete. ;)

  14. I am the same. When someone says ‘it’s really good, try this one!” I most likely will read it as soon as possible :p (if it sounds like something I could like) I always like to find out new things :) But The host was a book I just couldn’t get through..

    New NB follower!
    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2012/07/feature-follow-7.html

    • Amanda says:

      I figure if someone likes it, there has to be a reason! (Although, sometimes I just wonder what they were thinking…)

      Awww, how far did you get into it? If you didn’t make it past the first 2-3 chapters..I urge you to give it another try. I know the beginning turns people off, once you get into the “story” it’s better.

  15. The Host is one of my all time favorite books! It was hard to get into but once I did, I fell in love with it. Glad you gave it a chance!

    I’m a new follower via RSS.

    Would love you to check out my new blog, Ensconced in YA!
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

    • Amanda says:

      I always go “Ok, give it a try…try to get past the first 5 chapters.” ;) Everyone I know gives up after the first couple…sniff!

      I’ll be checking your blog out, but thanks for stopping by and welcome to blogging. :)

  16. It’s awesome that you’re brave about different genres! I try to aim to be like that too, and yes, I agree. If had to choose a least-favourite genre (not hate), it’d be sci-fi. Great answer!

    Hopping through <3 New follower via GoogleReader
    Come visit me sometime ^_^
    Vivian :)

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Cover Reveal: Uncontrollable by SR Johannes

 Last year I read and loved Untraceable by S.R. Johannes! The sequel Uncontrollable will be launching on September 24th and I can’t wait! Today is the cover reveal, which I’m super excited to be a part of! (There will also be a giveaway today on the author’s website: srjohannes.com. You might want to check it out!)

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new “Red Wolf Reintroduction Program”.

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is growing silk plants.

After a couple wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. When a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

And possibly by more than one person.

 

PRAISES FOR UNTRACEABLE

“Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn’t need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for more!” -Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder series (Harper Teen) and The Pledge series (S&S)

“This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page.”

– Kirkus Reviews

 
“Johannes has done a marvelous job of creating a suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Untraceable is a thoroughly engrossing and riveting page-turner.”
-IndieReader
 
S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.
S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for as Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult).
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.  
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  1. Liviania says:

    I don’t like the title treatment but the picture is pretty.

  2. K8 says:

    I love these covers. Can’t wait to have this one on my shelf :)

    -K8
    http://froze8.blogspot.com/

  3. Shelli Johannes says:

    Amanda,

    Thank you so much for sharing my cover and being part of my tour. I am glad you loved Untraceable and hope you love Uncontrollable even more!

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Once Upon a Readathon 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

This is my second year participating in the Once Upon a Readathon! I’m really excited.

Since I’m busy doing other projects and am stuck in a bit of a reading rut, I decided no set goals! I always push myself harder during Read-a-Thons, so who knows what’ll hapoen.

I grabbed 6 that I’m hoping I can get to, realistically I’ll probably only manage 2 or 3, but who knows!


The Forsaken (Forsaken – Trilogy)
On the Island: A Novel
Otherkin
Cursed
Inherit
Pushing the Limits (Harlequin Teen)

Day 1

Books Completed Today: Pushing the Limits (the last 212 pages), The Benson (Experiment in Terror #2.5) (short novella), Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror)

Page Count Completed Today: 601
Challenges Completed: none
Notes: I had started Pushing the Limits already, so I finished it up today and then continued a series that I wasn’t planning on working on, but I’m enjoying it so much from Karina Halle. I’m debating continuing the series instead of reading my “selected” books. ;)

Day 2

Books Completed Today: Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) and On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5)
Page Count Completed Today: 558
Challenges Completed: Kindle Fever and Stiletto Storytime
Notes: Another day spent not reading my books listed. ;) I absolutely LOVE this series though, so it’s all good.

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Challenges Completed:
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  1. Good luck! :-)

  2. I am glad there are still people like you Amanda who still finds time to participate in Once upon a Readathon. I admire you and you really have a list of tasks and number of books that you have finished! Keep on participating and good luck! Great post!

  3. Some of those books look so good! Hopefully you’ll be able to get to all six, haha!

    Good luck!

  4. Melissa says:

    Great stack of books and good luck getting them read!

  5. Hi :) I am also doing the read-a-thon :) I have set my goal as 2 books but maybe 3 and i have tried to be strict with myself to i do not mess about choosing books, hence the books chosen. Right now is end of day 1 and i’m contemplating how to do my update post but not sure yet…ummm. I have the challenge to do too :) You have some great books there to read!!! If you managed to read 6 in this length of time i think i would faint with shock haha. I have ‘Pushing the limits’ to read wish i had chosen it for the read-a-thon. Hope you are enjoying it xx

  6. Ruby says:

    Good luck! I’m awful at readathons, but I’ll be checking back to see how you like Cursed and Pushing the Limits, as both are on my TBR.

  7. Hey! Pushing The Limits seems to be a popular pick for OUAR :) I chose it, too and I’ve seen it on some other people’s goal posts, as well! I hope you have lots of fun reading it and – if you finish it tell me what you think :)

  8. You did really great on the first day! I’ve been telling anyone that I’ve been failing miserably but I have good reason – emergency genealogy! LOL! I had to delve into a lot of family history to solve a mystery that is getting closer to being solved but not done yet. Hence, hours of research and like 2 minutes of reading!

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Book Trailer: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout #daemoninvasion – Letters Inside Out

If you haven’t already read Obsidian, really, what are you waiting for?!

In case all of the praise hasn’t been enough to sway you, though, Obsidian‘s book trailer went live yesterday. I don’t typically share trailers, but this one…. ;)

When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien. Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is if she doesn’t kill him first.

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Once Upon a Readathon 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

This is my second year participating in the Once Upon a Readathon! I’m really excited.

Since I’m busy doing other projects and am stuck in a bit of a reading rut, I decided no set goals! I always push myself harder during Read-a-Thons, so who knows what’ll hapoen.

I grabbed 6 that I’m hoping I can get to, realistically I’ll probably only manage 2 or 3, but who knows!


The Forsaken (Forsaken – Trilogy)
On the Island: A Novel
Otherkin
Cursed
Inherit
Pushing the Limits (Harlequin Teen)

Day 1

Books Completed Today: Pushing the Limits (the last 212 pages), The Benson (Experiment in Terror #2.5) (short novella), Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror)

Page Count Completed Today: 601
Challenges Completed: none
Notes: I had started Pushing the Limits already, so I finished it up today and then continued a series that I wasn’t planning on working on, but I’m enjoying it so much from Karina Halle. I’m debating continuing the series instead of reading my “selected” books. ;)

Day 2

Books Completed Today: Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) and On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5)
Page Count Completed Today: 558
Challenges Completed: Kindle Fever and Stiletto Storytime
Notes: Another day spent not reading my books listed. ;) I absolutely LOVE this series though, so it’s all good.

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Books Completed Today:
Page Count Completed Today:
Challenges Completed:
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  1. Good luck! :-)

  2. I am glad there are still people like you Amanda who still finds time to participate in Once upon a Readathon. I admire you and you really have a list of tasks and number of books that you have finished! Keep on participating and good luck! Great post!

  3. Some of those books look so good! Hopefully you’ll be able to get to all six, haha!

    Good luck!

  4. Melissa says:

    Great stack of books and good luck getting them read!

  5. Hi :) I am also doing the read-a-thon :) I have set my goal as 2 books but maybe 3 and i have tried to be strict with myself to i do not mess about choosing books, hence the books chosen. Right now is end of day 1 and i’m contemplating how to do my update post but not sure yet…ummm. I have the challenge to do too :) You have some great books there to read!!! If you managed to read 6 in this length of time i think i would faint with shock haha. I have ‘Pushing the limits’ to read wish i had chosen it for the read-a-thon. Hope you are enjoying it xx

  6. Ruby says:

    Good luck! I’m awful at readathons, but I’ll be checking back to see how you like Cursed and Pushing the Limits, as both are on my TBR.

  7. Hey! Pushing The Limits seems to be a popular pick for OUAR :) I chose it, too and I’ve seen it on some other people’s goal posts, as well! I hope you have lots of fun reading it and – if you finish it tell me what you think :)

  8. You did really great on the first day! I’ve been telling anyone that I’ve been failing miserably but I have good reason – emergency genealogy! LOL! I had to delve into a lot of family history to solve a mystery that is getting closer to being solved but not done yet. Hence, hours of research and like 2 minutes of reading!

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Guest Post + Giveaway: Legend of the Elementals

Today I have Kyle Timmermeyer here with a guest post about the inspiration behind his debut title, Legend of the Elementals: Reintroduction. His book is currently free at most stores! The blog tour, hosted by My Shelf Confessions,  kicks off today. Be sure and check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Get inspired.  One person can change the world.  Four together can save it.

 Ryan, Erin, Kris, and Jason are heroes defined by the villain, unwitting assistants in a cataclysm brought about by an old man who calls himself… Devidis. The four modern, international teens awaken deep within a jungle canyon, a prison in the post-apocalyptic empire established by the tyrannical Devidis. Surrounded by danger, the four Elementals quickly embrace their new-found super-powered control of the elements–wind, fire, water and stone–under the guidance of Sensei, an imprisoned freedom fighter who believes that Devidis’ near omnipotence is a clear sign that the world is a persistent illusion in the mind of its evil emperor. And so the Elementals are forced to come of age in an increasingly hostile land. Though supernaturally capable, they are faced with a frightening possibility: are their hopes, goals, powers, friends, enemies, surroundings and selves… all an illusion?  It’s “Final Fantasy meets X-Men” as worlds are torn asunder!

What were your inspirations for writing the series?
I’ve been writing for about as long as I can remember, and even before that, I was always borrowing the coolest places, characters, weapons, costumes, and themes from my favorite movies, TV shows, books, video games, and comics, including Disney movies, Transformers, GI Joe, Ninja Turtles, the Chronicles of Narnia, Final Fantasy, and the Marvel and DC universes. I would imagine what would happen if all these interesting things were up against each other.

When I was in about 8th grade, I realized that this “slashfic” approach was something of a universe unto itself. At that time, I was really into the Ronin Warriors anime, and I saw the same kind of ”elemental” theme going on in Captain Planet, an earlier guilty pleasure of mine. So I decided to put my own elemental warriors into this universe and see what happened. And, just like that, I knew there was an epic novel (series) in there. I ended up writing a hundred pages in a summer, and I kept going for over a decade. Looking back about half-my-life ago, that first 100-page draft is almost a parody of what I’ve published, but it solidified my resolve, my purpose.

I feel I’ve discovered that writing LEGEND OF THE ELEMENTALS is one of the main purposes of my life, and that sense of purpose is my driving motivation. I could talk about many more of the little things I’ve seen and experienced that go into my book, but there’s no better inspiration than really believing in what you’re working on. And I believe that holds true for every kind of work, not just writing. A message that one might find in LEGEND OF THE ELEMENTALS is that everyone has a talent, a function, a place of best fit. It’s been true for me, and that sort of  idealism, that spirit of inspiration, is something I want to share with the world.

 

How did you approach the writing process itself?
I had written a bunch of short stories, all of them comic, some with my brother Steve’s help, leading up to this. We had a lot of fun on our old DOS machine and the loud dot-matrix printer with its line-feed paper… Oh, how times have changed. I had even tried my hand at a hundred-page comedy novella named after the main character, Stu Pidd.

It was non-stop burp jokes. There were ninjas, too, I’m pretty sure. Dwarves… and gnomes and unicorns wouldn’t have been out of place. Quality stuff. Too bad that in transitions from computers this classic has been lost to the world!  I hadn’t thought too much about trying my hand at a more serious novel. At first, once I realized I really had something, the whole idea was so new and exciting for my newly teenage self… the sheer fact that I was giving form to this awesome world in my head kept me going almost every day, pumping out pages. I wanted to make it truly epic, something to rival Lord of the Rings, and, once that 8th grade summer was over, I really talked it up to my new friends in high school. I had sold myself on the idea, “Go big or go home.”

Somehow, my page count for Lord of the Rings was 1,000 pages, and, with such a big goal, simply having the ideas wasn’t enough to get them on paper. The ideas have always come faster than the pages. I still hold that first summer of 100 original pages as about the most productive that my writing has ever been. I kept trying to replicate those months (and only recently was able to accomplish it super-focused editing, and the release of 2 books in 3 months). With the focus on the challenge, I was able to force myself back to the computer to put in the hours, and I set my goal of finishing by the time I completed high school. And I realized that I wanted to be an English major, that writing was my calling. The closer I got to the end of high school, though, the more stressed out I got about my goal. And I slowly realized that forcing myself to write a book that, for all its seriousness, is intended to be a diversion… my stress would ultimately show on the pages. So I gradually let go of that strictness in my writing discipline, and I firmly believe that taking my time has worked to the series’ benefit.

I have found that once I am able to force myself to set aside a few hours, sit down in front of the screen, and re-immerse myself, the writing still comes easily, and I end up having to tear myself away once something like sleep comes up. And years went by like this. My four years in Japan goes by, and I found myself in Korea, done with a second and, quickly, a third comprehensive draft of the entire series. And I realized how old I was getting, how different I am from my teenage self. I know teenage Kyle would love what I’ve got here, and I knew that I needed to get it published before the meddling of old Kyle messes it up too much. And so here I am, self-published.

As I indicated, the rest of the series is in late drafts. I consider myself as having completed, basically, the writing process. From here on out, I think it should be mostly an editing process, as determined by demand and the very little I know of marketing strategies…

How have your favorite books influenced your writing?
As far as the legend aspect, I devoured Greek and Roman myths when I was a kid, and Arthurian stories, too, so that was a big source of initial inspiration, and I credit Dr. Seuss for my openness to the weird and wacky alternate universes.

My favorite series from my teenage years are The Chronicles of Prydain, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Redwall series. The fantasy influence is strong in my books. Very specifically, the pirate vibe in Book 2 is almost totally due to Brian Jaques, while the changeable first-person storytelling style, from different
perspectives of members on the same team comes directly from K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs. I get nostalgic for Goosebumps and the “My Teacher is a Monster” series that I enjoyed as a younger teen, so the monsters in my books come from there, albeit indirectly. Obviously, LOTR is a big influence, though it wasn’t until high school that I finally read the books all the way through. Terry Brooks’ earlier Shannara books are an easier read. The Bible is a big influence, definitely. Forget the controversial content and the fact that reading it informs understanding of the three great monotheisms. The Bible is the most widely recognized and read text in the world, containing the original source material for many archetypes in
literature, art, film…

Did you do any research for your book and did it help you get a better feel for writing your series?
One great, trite piece of writing advice is “Write what you know.” It makes things easier once you realize that your previously-established expertise and your life experiences have been “research.” For example, I can converse, read, and write (well, type -_- ) in Japanese at a translator level, and I lived in Japan for 4 years, so dropping a good bit of Japanese influence in the book gives it an edge that doesn’t take much additional research. And I think that there’s no shame in embracing the fact that one of the benefits of writing a book for the fantasy genre is that there’s very little (objective, outside) research to be done on a world you’re making up!

That said, one of my major pet peeves when I read fantasy is a lack of realism. And so I’ve found myself doing a lot of research in order to keep my book realistic, though that’s not really work as much as it is a hobby. I read tons of news every day, doing my best to keep up with current, international events to  inform realistic characters, situations, interactions, and reactions. I look at the history and present conditions of repressive regimes, for example, in order to portray a realistic dystopia in the Empire of Devidis. I’ve done my best to travel all over the world–Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Peru and my native US–mainly because I love international adventure, but also because I can experience things similar to what my characters might experience. Is it research? I guess so… Is it fun and interesting? Definitely yes.

Giveaway LIO
Kyle has offered an e-copy of book two, Release, to one lucky visitor! Haven’t read the first book? It’s available free at Smashwords.

In REINTRODUCTION, the Elementals—Ryan, Erin, Kris, and Jason—left the old world and its rules behind, embracing a dubious new reality where they exhibit supernatural control over the elements wind, fire, water and stone. In RELEASE, the 4 teenagers join a motley crew of rebels in pursuit of the Wind Diamond, an Elemental gem that promises to boost Ryan’s wind talent to the next level, in hopes of taking the fight directly to Devidis, the evil emperor who cast the world into its post-apocalyptic state. As leader of the inexperienced team, haunted by his inability to make sense of his powers, can Ryan keep his friends from being captured, or worse, by the black-clad, gun-toting Devidisians as the Elementals navigate cities, frontiers, and high seas brimming with cutthroats and thieves? LEGEND OF THE ELEMENTALS continues…

Must be 13+.

Open internationally.

Ends 7-16 at 11:59pm CST.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my initial email with their preferred format.

Please check LIO’s giveaway policy if you have any questions!

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour:

Tuesday, July 10 – Jenn @ The Bawdy Book Blog – Excerpt 
Wednesday, July 11 – Preet @ A Written Rhapsody – Guest Post
Thursday, July 12 – April @ My Shelf Confessions – Review 
Friday, July 13 – Rebecca @ Kindle Fever – Guest Post 
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  1. Thanks for kicking off the tour Amanda!

    I too get really nostalgic over Goosebumps, I was such a huge fan back in the day! I had a shirt – have the school picture to prove that LOL and a pin.. I was part of the fan club haha I think that’s really the series I ever bought the most books in. I had like 80 books before I stopped buying them.

  2. Kyle says:

    Ditto on the thanks, Amanda! April, it took me about that many books to say “Oh, I see… there’s sort of a pattern with these Goosebumps books….” Thank certainly helped me understand story arcs, among other things!

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