Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
First, I've changed the working title. I have another title for it, but I don't really want to post it online because I'm paranoid and afraid some not-so-nice writer will find my blog and steal my brilliant title. Anyway, the new working title is...
Not Another Vampire Book!
I know, I know, it's not that creative or anything, but it works, and that's all I need it to do. Here's the synopsis I wrote for NaNo:
Short, sweet, and to the point (without giving too much away). ^_^
I have an idea for a cover, and I'm gonna see if Zombie Girrrl will draw it for me (because I can't really draw).
On to the second bit of news. I have a new pen name! Yay! Whoo!
What is it, you ask? It is Frankie Barlow. There's a little story behind the name Frankie, but I don't feel like going into it right now. However, I will tell you where I got the last name, because the story is much shorter: I got it from Leviathan. I liked the sound of it, so I thought, Why not? I need a last name, and this one is rather nice.
So, what do you think? Not Another Vampire Book by Frankie Barlow. Would you pick it up? Glance at it and keep browsing? Not see it at all? None of this really matters since A) the book isn't finished, B) isn't published because it's not finished, and C) if it ever is published, that won't be the title. But I'm still curious. :)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
But first, some stats.
40 people entered the contest, which is more than I thought I would get for my first giveaway.
Those 40 people had a combined 341 entries! Wow, that's a lot of extra entries!
The highest number of entries for one person was Maria with 23.
However, the winner of the contest only had 10 entries.
Now, without further ado, the winner of one shiny new hardback of Leviathan is...
Congratulations! I've emailed you already. You have 48 hours to get back to me with your mailing info. :)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My Soul To Take
Cracked up to Be
You're So Undead to Me
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Favorite Post: Hunger Games review
Favorite Book: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Favorite Song: Snuff by Slipknot
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Monday, November 16, 2009
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
From Velvet of vvb32 reads.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Nominate up to 10 bloggers who are deserving of the award.
Display the award on you blog.
-Nominate 10 bloggers you feel deserve the Humane Award
6) Role play
5. The Zombie Chicken Award
I got this
6. Jessica at Shut Up! I'm Reading also gave me the Let's Be Friends Award.
Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.
- Nadia Murti's Crazy Little Thoughts gets 1, 3, and 6
- Eleni of La Femme Readers gets 2, 4, and 5
- Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines & Taken' Names gets 4, 5, and 6
- Maggie of Bean Bag Books gets 3, 5, and 6
- Taschima of Bloody Bookaholic gets 4, 5, and 6
- Tina of Fantastic Book Review gets 1, 4, and 5
- Steph of Hey, Teenager of the Year gets 2, 3, and 6
- Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf gets 2, 4, and 5
- Deltay of Lucid Conspiracy gets 2, 4, and 6
- Readergirl Reviews gets 3, 5, and 6
- Jessica of Shut Up! I'm Reading gets 3, 4, and 5
- Steph Su Reads gets 1, 4, and 5
- Diana of Stop, Drop, and Read gets 2, 4, and 5
- Book Scout gets 3, 4, and 6
- Epic Rat gets 4, 5, and 6
- Haunting of Orchid Fosythia gets 3, 5, and 6
- Alyssa of Shady Glade gets 4, 5, and 6
Next time I get an award, I'll post it sooner. ;)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way - taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever."
I can't decide who I liked more, Deryn or Alek. They were both great characters. Deryn was funny and cool, I found it amusing that she was the best midshipmen on the Leviathan when she wasn't supposed to be there since she was a girl. I wish there had been a few more instances where her secret was almost discovered. I feel like that part was downplayed a lot. It was a little confusing how in the chapters about Deryn it would be all "she" or her", but in the chapters about Alek with Deryn present (or Dylan, as he thought she was called) it was all "he" and "him", when it was the same person.
Alek wasn't really funny, which my favorite characters usually are, but he was still likable.
I'm really torn between which side I liked more. The Darwinists and the Clankers creations were both interesting. Early on, I thought I liked the Darwinists more, but then they got into a battle and the beasties started getting hurt and suddenly I didn't like them as much. The Clanker contraptions were equally interesting, and the parts where Alek tried something new with the Stormwalker, like running (when he almost tripped), were kinda funny. I guess you can't really choose which one's cooler, they both had their merits, and they both had flaws.
Now, I can't review Leviathan without talking about the illustrations. Keith Thompson did an amazing job with the artwork! The characters, Clanker machines, and Darwinist beasties all looked so great. One of my favorites, which I really wish had been in color, was "An Heirloom Saves the Heir". I won't tell you what it looks like, because A) it just wouldn't be the same as seeing it, and B) it might ruin the story.I also really liked the colored version of "Negotiations and Collateral" which was used for the UK cover and can be viewed on Keith's site.
Anyway, this book was amazing! I highly recommend it, especially if you've read Scott's other books. This one definitely ranks as one of my favorites, above Midnighters, So Yesterday, and Uglies. Seriously, read it.
I four Leviathan four Fists of Rock.
Note: If you would like to read this book, there's still time to enter my Leviathan giveaway.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Congrats guys! I've sent you both an email, you'll need to get back to me with your mailing info and book of choice within the next week. :)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I didn't really expect to like this book as much as I did. The cover almost made me put it back on the shelf at the library, and the story only slightly interested me. But I actually really enjoyed Among the Hidden. It was a nice, quick read that I finished in one day. The story was much more interesting than I thought it would be.
I can't really decide if it started out slow or not. I mean, in the beginning there wasn't much going on, but there was always the danger of Luke being found to keep things interesting, even though nothing like that happened until near the end of the book.
I found Jen to be a bit annoying. She was too naive. What she wanted was great and everything, but the way she planned to get it was, quite frankly, stupid. She was a little too entitled for her own good.
Luke was an okay character, not very interesting, but not horribly boring either. I felt really bad for him. I couldn't imagine being in his situation, not being allowed out of the house for months, not even allowed to go near the windows. It sounded like torture! It's amazing he didn't go insane.
I found Luke's easy friendship with Jen to be a bit unbelievable. I mean, she was the first person outside of his family that he'd ever met. But I guess what they had in common made it easier for them to become such good friends in such a short amount of time.
I really didn't expect what happened to Jen. It reminded me of Bridge to Terabithia. I was very shocked.
This book really surprised me. I thought it would be kind of boring and slow, but it wasn't. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.
I give Among the Hidden three Fists of Rock.