Thursday, February 26, 2009

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

I stayed up into the wee hours last night finishing How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier, and it was sooo worth a slight lack of sleep.

"Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment? From the author of the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy, this is a delightful story of fairies, friendships, and figuring out how to make your own magic."

This book was many things: hilarious, well written, creative, original, and above all else, awesome. While I did take a break from reading while I was sick, I had a hard time putting it down every time I picked it up. The situations Charlie got into were sooo funny! It was one of those things where you're laughing at the character, but you feel bad for them at the same time.
I loved how much thought was put into the fairies; how they worked, how you got rid of them, plus all the different types of fairies (which are listed in the back of the book, along with a handy guide of the slang used in the book).
Charlie's school was absolutely insane! You could get expelled if you were breathing wrong! (an exageration, but just barely)
There were points in the book when I wanted to kick Steffi. I won't say why, I don't want to give anything away.
Here's the sum up of the story. Warning: spoilers!!!
>Charlie hates fairy, tries to get rid of it by walking. Right when fairy is about to leave, Danders Anders forces her to get him a good parking spot, ruining all her efforts. Charlie teams up with (at that point) semi-enemy Fiorenze to get rid of both their fairies. After stealing a key and looking at Fio's mom's Ultimate Fairy Book, they swap fairies. Things go well for a few days, but then they realize why the other hated their fairy so much. They decide to scare the fairies off by almost dying. First attempt fails hilariously, second attempt works. Charlie ends up getting a Shot Blocking Fairy in the end and makes the basketball team.<
This book is Too Much Rock for One Hand.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Amanda Ashby is throwing a blog party to celebrate the release of her new book Zombie Queen of Newbury High. For the next ten days, Amanda has invited other authors to guest blog with her, and give away prizes to anyone who comments on the blog party posts.

"Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha-cheerleading goddess and miss popularity- who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy."
This book sounds awesome! I've been looking for a good zombie book for a while, so I'm pretty excited to read this.
Click here to check out Amanda's blog, and be sure to check back for the next few days to see who's guest blogging and what they're giving away.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, February 22, 2009

iPod Shuffle Game of Awesomeness

I saw this awesome game on Musings of a Fledgling Writer, and I couldn't pass it up. Here're the rules:
1. Set your iTunes, iPod, Windows Media Player to shuffle.

2. Answer each question with the next song that comes up.

If someone says "Is this Okay?" You say:

"We Are Broken" Paramore
Uhhh...

How would you describe yourself?
"When I Get Home, You Are So Dead" Mayday Parade
Hmm, I should really work on that.

What do you like in a guy/girl?
"Dead!" My Chemical Romance
Actually, I'd prefer a guy with a pulse.

How do you feel today?
"I Don't Know" Lostprophets
That pretty much sums it up.

What's your life purpose?
"Andy, You're a Star" The Killers
I guess it's to watch Andy Roddick play tennis. So much for that writing career I was hoping for.

What do your friends think of you?
"Somebody Told Me" The Killers
Told you what? What are they saying about me?!?!

What do your parents think of you?
"Goodbye Tonight" Lostprophets
I'm not ready to leave yet!!!

What do you often think about?
"Faint" Linkin Park
Uh, yeah, that's it...

What do you think about the person you like?
"Secret Valentine" We The Kings
I'm not a stalker! I swear!
What is your life's story?
"Hoodoo" Muse
No, my life is all about voodoo, with a V.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Easier to Run" Linkin Park
London Olympics, here I come! Hehe, not.

What will you dance to at your wedding?
"Call Me When You're Sober" Evanescence
My wedding will be MUCH classier than that.

What will they play at your funeral?
"The River is Wild" The Killers
Did I drown?

What is your biggest fear?
"Whatsername" Green Day
I think some strange girl is out to get me. D:

What is your biggest secret?
"Sunburn" Muse
Hehe, that's no secret. I'm as pale as the day is long (if not longer).

What do you think of your friends?
"Miserable At Best" Mayday Parade
That must be wrong, I'm excellent company.

What is your future going to be like?
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" Blue Oyster Cult
I'm going to live forever!!! Whee!!!

What do you see in the person you like?
"To The End" My Chemical Romance
I don't like them that much (let's hope it wasn't referring to the part about drinking cyanide).

What will the song be for you and your spouse?
"Perfect" Flyleaf
Judging by the lyrics, I think we're heading for divorce.

That was fun! Copy the questions and leave a link to your post in the comments, or leave your answers in the comments if you don't have a blog.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Mini Blog: New Book

I done a bad thing. I went to a new/used bookstore today in hopes of finding Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski, because I just loved Bras and Broomsticks sooo much! Sadly, I didn't find it, though I did find Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer. I was so happy! So happy in fact, that I started the book as soon as I got home (that's the bad thing).
I'm already reading so many books! But it was so new and shiny, I couldn't resist! I only got three chapters in before I got a headache and had to stop reading (stupid cold!). Luckily, this means I'm back in a reading mood, which means I should finish How to Ditch Your Fairy soon. Expect my review of HTDYF sometime in the next two weeks.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, February 21, 2009

To-Do List

  • Finish reading B1, find all mistakes
  • Fix all mistakes on computer
  • Have B1 printed again
  • Finally let parents and relatives read B1 despite how many things I think of that "need" changing
  • Continue searching for lit agent
  • Send query letters
  • Finish reading How to Ditch Your Fairy so I can finally know how it ends review it
  • Start running (when I'm no longer sick) so I can do something more than just ride my bmx bike because I'm in terrible shape and feel like I'm dying every time I do ride it
  • Finish other books on my Currently Reading list
  • Practice my guitar
  • Write new story for 13 & Co.
I think that's everything. Looks like I'm going to be busy for a while.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
I officially love Blogger In Draft. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaack

Hello people. I'm finally back from my leave of absence. YAY! I still have a bit of a cold (headache, stuffy nose, nothing too serious), but I'm mostly feeling better.

While I was gone I watched Eagle Eye, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Howl's Moving Castle, and Meet the Robinsons. Sadly, I fell asleep during Prince Caspian and Howl's Moving Castle and missed the end of both (not to mention some of my favorite parts, like in PC when Peter used a break dancing move in a sword fight, and the weird/awesome song that played when Howl and Sophie went to visit Madam Solomon in HMC [which I was minutes away from hearing *sad*]).

I'm one of those people who works when they're sick. I spent the the better part of yesterday (or was it day before yesterday? I can't keep track of time when I'm sick) editing B1. I can't decide if editing is going quickly or not. I'm pretty sure I've only worked on it two or three days, and I've only read 24 (short) chapters. Oh well, at least I'm getting something done.

And here's something strange: all of the comments on Westerblog are gone. I'm not sure if the site is experiencing some technical difficulties or if Mr. Westerfeld just deleted them. Strange, very strange. Please tell me if the comments are still there when you visit the blog.
UPDATE: The comments are back! Hooray! Still no idea what happened to them...

Well, that's about it for now. I'll try to post something more interesting soon. And since this post was fairly boring and didn't really give much to comment about, I will close with some questions...


Question the first: What should I rename my followers? "Loyal Readers" is just a little too boring for my taste. I want something more interesting, like Heather Brewer's Minion Horde. Keep in mind that if/when I get published, this will double as the name for my fans, so choose wisely.


Question the second: What subject/genre should I write about next on 13 and Co.? I've written about superheroes, spies, and zombies. I really want to write something new for it, but I'm at a loss of inspiration. I had an idea a while ago, but I forgot what it was, so please comment.


Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, February 16, 2009

I'm So Sick

I will be taking a short leave of absence, due to being sick (with what is probably just a cold).
So until I'm feeling better you'll have to amuse yourselves with this video.



Dictated by Dahlia, written by Orchid.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Operation: Edit... Again

The Mission:
Read B1, seek and destroy all spelling errors and parts I just generally hate.

The Tools:
Printed copy of B1, yellow highlighter, blue pen, fully loaded clipboard, instant chocolate pudding.
The Agent:
Dahlia, secret editing agent extraordinaire.


Yes, readers, I have finally done what I've been saying I'll do since late December-early January; editing/revising B1. This time is pretty different from last time. For one thing I'm not tying up the computer and I don't feel like my eyes are going to fall out. I was a little hesitant about using a highlighter in my only printed copy, but I decided that I might as well do it since I'm going to print B1 again once I finish editing.
It feels a lot more like actual editing this time, like the kind published authors talk about doing. When I read it on the computer it was more like reading any old book (except that I wrote it) and I had the freedom to change any mistakes the editors missed, as well as parts that just didn't sound right to me.
I have decided to have one of my friends read it again when I'm done to fix any errors I missed, whether they be of the spelling or grammar variety.

Well, I should probably get back to editing. But before I go, a quick question.
I have vowed to practice my guitar at least once a week, but I can't decide if that's enough. Should I practice my guitar once a week on Wednesdays, or twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays??? I (kindly) demand feedback!

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

First, I would like to thank Ally Carter for picking this book for discussion, I probably wouldn't have looked past its girly cover otherwise. I can't wait to chat about the book with Ally and Sarah Mlynowski.

"What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young!Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling. Rachel’s not bewitched. Yet. . . ."

This book was sooo funny! I found Rachel to be quite frustrating, though. She was really vain, and more than a tad bit selfish. She totally took advantage of her sister's powers and abandoned the best friend ever for the "cool" kids and her old best friend (who truthfully couldn't care less about Rachel as long as she acted like herself). As annoying as Rachel was, it was fun watching embarrassing things happen to her (is that wrong?). In conclusion this book had good writing, was very funny, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when I find it. There are now four books in the Magic in Manhattan series, and I plan on reading them all.

I give this book four of five Fists of Rock.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

If I Don't Post for a While, It's Because I'm Reading, And Reading, And Reading...

It seems that my Currently Reading list just keeps growing. In fact, I'm reading so many books right now that I had to prioritize them.
  • Bras and Broomsticks, must be finished by the 15th so I can attend the second Ally Chat, where we will be discussing the aforementioned book with its author, Sarah Mlynowski.
  • Paper Towns by John Green, must be finished by the 26th so I don't have to pay a late fee (library book). I haven't actually started it yet, but I'll probably do that later today.
  • How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. I'd really just like to finish this before March 1.
  • Specials by Scott Westerfeld (slow going because I already know how it ends) and Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (I know what happens throughout the entire series). I'm hoping to finish these by April so I can finally take them off the list. I think they've been there since I added that feature to the sidebar.
I also got Audrey, Wait! (can't remember the author's name) from the library, but I have decided not to finish it due to excessive use of the F word (and I only read one chapter!).
As you can imagine, I have a lot of reading to do, so don't expect to here from me for a few days at least.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I'll just start this review by saying, I bought Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer on Sunday, February 1 and finished Wednesday, February 4. Considering how long certain books have been on my currently reading list, that alone should tell you how good it is. Now, on to the review.

"Vlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.
Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He's being hunted by a vampire killer."

I LOVED this book! I've been looking for a good vampire book for years, and I have finally found it. Vlad was a very interesting, very emotional character. I loved how normal he was, despite the fact that he was a vampire. He was just as awkward as any 13 year old, and it was hilarious. There aren't many things funnier than awkward moments, except maybe awkweird moments.
This was a very good book. Very funny, good amount of action, excellent characters, very doos* writing. Highly recommended.

I give this book Too Much Rock for One Hand.

*Doos: cool, ace, brilliant. From: How to Ditch Your Fairy

Monday, February 2, 2009

Darkside by Tom Becker

I have just (as in, in the last hour or so) finished reading Darkside.
It.
Was.
AWESOME!

"Jonathan Starling's home has been attacked, his dad is in an asylum, he's running for his life, and there's nowhere to hide. Jonathan has stumbled upon London's greatest secret: Darkside. Incredibly dangerous and unimaginably exciting, Darkside is the creepiest place Jonathan has ever seen. It's a world of nightmares and secrets, where fear and evil rule, and Jonathan has to find a way out...."

I loved this book. It had just the right mixture of supernatural monsters, chase scenes, villains, and action. It was, like, everything you could ask for from a book: good story and good writing.
I suppose I won't go into too much detail, since I don't want to give anything away. I guess I'll just end by saying, Darkside was excellent. I can't wait to read Lifeblood.

I give this book 5 of 5 Fists of Rock:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Avatar Movie Poll Results

At long last the Avatar Casting poll has finally closed. I had it open for about two months, I think.

I am shocked to see that, of the 34 people that voted, 19 of them didn't even know there is going to be a movie! I mean, I wrote about the movie not once, but twice.

Strangely, only 3 people were very upset about the casting.

Are you upset over the casting of the Avatar movie?

OMG, YES!!! I blame M. Night Shyamalan 3 (8%)
They could have done better 4 (11%)
Eh, I'm just glad Avatar is getting a live-action movie 4 (11%)
Not really, I was never very excited about the movie 4(11%)
There's a movie? 19 (55%)

And those are all the results. Next time I do a poll, I'm only leaving it up for a week.