Thursday, April 30, 2009

Last Day

Could it be? Have I actually made it all the way through BEDA without missing a post?

Well, my minions, it can be, and it is. I, Dahlia, have blogged every day this April. It was hard, and sometimes my posts weren't really worth reading, but I did it. Whoo-hoo!!! Now I can finally go back to blogging every other day or so (I didn't really have a schedule before). :)


But today isn't just the last day of BEDA, it's also the last day to enter my Name Contest. I think I might start working on some sort of badge thing for the winners or something. Just so they have something to take away from this (other than bragging rights). I'm thinking one of those name tags that says, "Hi, my name is..." I'm still trying to think of what would be in the blank space.

Well, that's about it. If you haven't submitted your entry yet, I suggest you do so before midnight tonight, otherwise it won't count. Like I said before, I'll announce the winners sometime in the first week of May.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rhymes with Witches by Lauren Myracle

"Now available in paperback, a dark look at popularity by a New York Times best-selling author

From the author of ttyl, comes this smart, savage story of a high school where popularity can be stolen.

Jane dreams of being chosen as the freshman member a dominant school clique made up of one girl from each class. When her wish is granted, and she is offered a place in their group, Jane discovers the terrible price of their particular kind of popularity. There is a sinister secret to their power, one that will change Jane forever. Darkly humorous and dead on, this book will leave readers shivering in recognition."

I borrowed this book from Orchid yesterday, because I wanted to read something by Lauren Myracle since I entered her contest. I finished it in one day, mostly due to its weird format. Rhymes with Witches didn't have chapters. It was separated into three parts, with little stopping points every now and then. Because of this format, it's very hard to put down. You read a little, then you hit a stopping point, then you look to see where the next stopping point is, and when you see how close it is, you read a little more and repeat until the next thing you know, you've finished the book and it's two a.m.
I only liked one character in the whole book, and it wasn't even the main character. I really just didn't like Jane, or the Witches (I know that's not what they're called, but I don't want that word on my blog), or Jane's friend Alicia, or anyone else. The only person who was even remotely likable was Jane's friend Phil. He was the only normal person (in my opinion) and he was the nicest.
I was really kind of disappointed with the end. I mean, after all the trouble she went through, not only did Jane lose, but the Witches were still around and evil. I hate it when the good guy loses.
This book was good, but it had a lot of swearing, something I don't really like to read. Because of that, I feel obligated to only recommend this to people about 15 and older. And if you have a serious problem with swearing, I think you should pass on Rhymes with Witches.
The writing was good, and I'm definitely going to look into Lauren Myracle's other books.

I give this book three Fists of Rock.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fired Up

I went to the movies with my friends this weekend. As you can tell by the title and picture, we saw Fired Up. It was okay. It had it's funny moments, like when they were on the bus and they cheered about everything they did (driving, eating, driving again, ect.), and when they watched Bring It On at camp, and everyone recited every single line along with the movie. I found the two main characters (plus many of the supporting characters) to be really annoying.
The ending wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. I mean, it was still kind of predictable, but they used a slightly neglected cliche.

There really isn't much else to say. On to the rating. I give this movie three Fists of Rock (I wanted to give it two and a half, but I don't have half a Fist of Rock, plus that would just be a pinky).
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mini Blog: Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks Contest

Hey people!
Just stopping by to tell you about the Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks contest Lauren Myracle is hosting. Check out the contest site here. The challenges sound like oodles of fun. I can't wait to make a potato print t-shirt!!!! (though, I'm not really looking forward to wearing it in public)

Well, that's it. Now, I need to go work on a haiku, a story about my sister, and figure out what I'm going to do with my shirt.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
Has anyone else joined yet? My name on the site is Dahlia-sensei (I'm, like, sooo creative with names *sarcasm*).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Splash Award

Amelia over at Book Junkie has very kindly presented me with the Splash award. Thanks, Amelia!!!!!!

Here are the rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
3) Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash award.
6) Have F~U~N

My nominees are...
Yay, awards!!!! Don't forget to pass it on (that means you, Holland).

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mini Blog: News, and More News!!!

So, today I received an award from Amelia (thanks!). But sadly, blogger is being stupid and didn't save half of my post for it. Now I have to rewrite that part, which I will do tomorrow. So, yeah, that's about it. I'll be back tomorrow to pass my new award on to some lucky bloggers. :D

In other news, it may take a while before I have another review up because I'm having trouble getting into the books I'm reading. Maybe it's a sign that I should work on B15.1 more...?

And now, some more news.
I have finally worked out the plot for a book (okay, more like a character) I thought of a long time ago (probably about a year, maybe less). Yay!!!! This has kind of been driving me crazy for the longest time. I had a character that I really wanted to write about, she had an awesome power and name, but the plot eluded me. But now I have finally figured it out!!! I'd like to thank my sleep problems (this idea came to me at about 3:00 am).

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

"Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:

Debate Club.
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.


Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.


Frankie Landau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer.
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.


Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.


This is the story of how she got that way."

I've heard a lot of good things about this book, both from friends and around the blogosphere. But I've gotta say, it didn't quite live up to all the things I've heard. It took about half of the book before the Loyal Order of the Basset Hound came into play (other than briefly being mentioned near the beginning). I really thought the author would get to that sooner, and was dissapointed (and slightly annoyed) by how long it took.
Frankie was an okay character, but I don't thik I'd ever read another book with her. I found her to be quite annoying at times, particularly when she started using the whole neglacted positive thing (more so when she used "falsies,"  I thought it made her sound stupid). Sometimes I wished she would just leave the Bassets alone and start her own sercet society, a female rival for the Bassets, which could have resulted in a fun competition. But sadly, that didn't happen.
I had a hard time liking any of the other characters (I barely liked Frankie). I found the Bassets to be annoying. I hate all-male societies. All-male societies are just a way for men to get together and pretend they're better than women, which is stupid and childish. Though secret societies normally have a certain cool factor (I wouldn't mind starting one of my own, but only if there were a rival society or something. You know, a purpose), the Bassets were just lame.
The end was very disappointing. SPOILERS!!!! I mean, Frankie spent the majority of her sophomore year giving them pranks far better than anything they could come up with, and when they found out it was her, they rejected her. I really thought she would end up the leader of the Bassets, or at least the leader of her own group, but instead her evil mind ended up alone and without a secret society to carry out her plans.
Though the writing was good, this book wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

I give it four Fists of Rock (for writing and an interesting story, though the characters and end left something to be desired).
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In My Mailbox 3

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. None of these books were or ever will be in my mailbox, but whatever.

From the new/used bookstore
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Pub. date: May 2007
"When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever."




Borrowed from friends
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (from Orchid)
Pub. Date: March 2008
"Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer.
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way."

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (from 21)
Pub. date: September 2006
"The "true story" behind Alice in Wonderland! Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss' mother (Off with her head, she cries!) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist. Alyss escapes from Wonderland and is exiled to another world entirely--Victorian London--where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice, and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20 she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd, reclaim the throne, and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination."





I started reading Disreputable History late last night, and I'm almost done it with already. I won't tell you how I feel about it until my review. As much as I love the Percy Jackson series, I decided to take a short break and read something else before moving on to the third book (and let me tell you, Orchid and 21 are not happy about that, since they were going to read it after me). I'll be starting Looking Glass Wars as soon as I finish Frankie.
And that's all I got this week. Sadly, my trip to the library was disappointing, and I didn't find anything worth reading. :( Oh well.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan


Note: In My Mailbox has been postponed due to a lack of good books at my library.

"After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson--a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters--the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia--only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name...the Bermuda Triangle.
Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family--one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke."

I had a lot of expectations from this book after the awesomeness of its predecessor, The Lightning Thief, and I must say it totally lived up to them.
I was a little frustrated with Percy in the beginning, he acted like a jerk. But he redeemed himself by the end. His powers over water played a bigger part in this book, which I really liked. I love super/magical/mythical powers!!! And there were more mythological creatures, which I also liked.
I really, really, really hate Ares. He is my least favorite character in the series.
The introduction of a new character in the group, and the larger roll of an old character was nice. I often get bored reading about the same people for too long (it's why I always have to read multiple books at once).
I don't know why, but reaching the goal in this book seemed a little more urgent than the last one. Maybe it was because a specific character's life was on the line, maybe it was because the destruction had already started by the time they left on their quest, whereas in book one, the damage was only a strong possibility.
This was definitely a good book, and I'm eager to see what else the Percy Jackson series has to offer.

I give this book five Fists of Rock.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, April 20, 2009

Reviews That Won't Happen

I know I should've spent the day reading, but I didn't. Now, I have to go to the library tomorrow, and I don't think I'm going to recheck those books (maybe I'll recheck The Devil's Breath, because I only read two chapters). The Supernaturalist was painfully boring!!! I can't bring myself to finish it, let alone check it out again! So, that won't be getting a review. Oh, and I was wrong in my last post. I thought I only had a quarter left, but it turns out I'd just barely reached the halfway point. But it seemed like I read so much more than that! I spent so much time reading, and I barely made a dent!
Oh, the horror that is a boring book! T_T

Anyway, just thought I'd give you the status of those books. I should really start working on my reviews for Specials and Sea of Monsters. You can expect an IMM post when I get back from the library tomorrow.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
There are 15 entries for my name contest. Whoo-hoo!!! Keep the names coming! You guys are awesome!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sorry, I Don't Really Know What to Write About

The title pretty much says it all. I was hoping to post a review today, but I'm unhappy with my current review for Specials (I still haven't rewritten it), and I'm just stuck with my review of Sea of Monsters. :(

I should probably be reading right now. I mean, my books are due back Tuesday and I still have, like, a quarter left in The Supernaturalist (which I'm not liking, but I must finish so I can review it), and I've just started The Devil's Breath. I mean, I'm only one chapter in. Ugh, I'm never going to finish on time! Not unless I read all day tomorrow, and that doesn't seem likely, seeing as I'm not very into the books. T_T

Well, I guess that's it. This post was pretty pointless. Sorry about that.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Coraline and Confessions of a Shopaholic

Just got back from the movies, and I must say, it was rather enjoyable.
Coraline was definitely my favorite of the two (it is the one I wanted to see). I really love claymation movies. Nightmare Before Christmas (a.k.a. the movie that killed punk), Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, I liked them all. Coraline is now one of my fave movies, and I totally plan on buying it.
I've never read Coraline, but now that I've seen the movie, I think I'll have to. I loved the story! It was creepy, but not too creepy. I wonder if my library has it...
I liked Coraline's hat. It was cool. :)
Anyway, on to the rating. I give Coraline (can I say the title one more time?) five Fists of Rock.






For being a chick flick, Confessions of a Shopaholic wasn't too bad. I mean, I didn't feel like I was dying while watching it. It was kind of funny at times, though it's still not something I'd willingly see again. I kept thinking the whole time that the guy looked familiar, but I couldn't place where I'd see him before. I didn't find out until the movie was over (when my friends said something) that he played Prince Char in Ella Enchanted. The main character looked a lot like Amy Adams from Enchanted.
I give this movie two Fists of Rock.
And that concludes this movie review. :D
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mini Blog: Answer to Shelley

I got a question from a new follower today. Shelley of Book Fanatic said:
I'm new to the blogging world and was wondering if there's a way to add a comment box to my page.
After checking out Shelley'd blog, I think I might have figured out the problem. Embedded comments.
You see, embedded comments are the newest format for comments on Blogger, so they're the new default comment setting. Unfortunately, that format doesn't work on non-Blogger layouts. I found this problem when I gave 13 & Co. a new layout from Pyzam. The comments had originally been embedded at the bottom of the post, and when I changed the layout, the comments no longer worked.

So, to answer Shelley's question, go to Settings, then click on Comments. If the comments are set on Embedded Below Post, try changing the format to Full Page or Pop-Up Window. Comment here if it doesn't work, and I'll try to figure something out. :)
Hope that helps. :D

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Books I Need

Here is a list of books I'm dying without.

"As the fourth novel in the spellbinding Gatekeepers series begins, the world is under the greatest threat it's ever known. The evil corporation Nightrise has amassed an immense amount of power . . . and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong--not just the modern city of skyscrapers and wealth, but the secretive underworld beneath. In Hong Kong they will meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own...."

"When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever."





"At long last, Rachel's powers have arrived and she's a bona fide get-your-broom-ready witch! And it's happened just in time. No Manhattan for her this summer—she's spending her vacation at Camp Wood Lake.


But she's having some serious issues:
Mosquitoes in the Adirondacks are incredibly thirsty.
Her stepmom keeps sending embarrassing feminine hygiene care packages.
She accidentally zapped away all her clothes.
And there's a backstabber in her cabin intent on making life miserable.
Good thing Rachel's a witch."
Right now, those are all the books I need. There are a bunch of other books I want, but those are books in series I'm already reading (and I'm dying to know what happens next!). I really thought there would be more books on this list. Hmm... oh well.
And that concludes this BEDA post. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dahlia Pictures

I finally found some batteries and got my wonky camera to work. I only took one pic, because truthfully, the dahlias aren't very impressive yet. But anyway, without further ado, here's what my little flowers look like (they've grown a little since I took this, but they're still pretty much the same).
I'll try to get more pictures after I transfer them into a pot. They should look more like flowers by then. :)
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia
P.S.
Don't forget to enter the name contest. So far I have 9 entries, 6 for Chick and 3 for Dude. So, if you have a (guy) name you like and wouldn't mind giving away, please enter. Click here for details. And thanks to everyone who already entered! You guys rock!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."

I have to admit, I kind of had my doubts about this book. I've heard good things about it around the blogosphere, but I was a little skeptical because it's aimed at younger readers.
I was so wrong to think like that.
This book was sooo good!!! The writing, the characters, the story, all of it was amazing! I saw this book when it first came out, with a different cover (left), and I considered getting it, but forgot about it shortly after. Now, I must buy it! And the rest of the series. Don't you hate it when there's an amazing series that you don't start until half of the books are out, and you finally realize what you've been missing? All the time you wasted not reading it? I know I do.
I found it really interesting that all the demigods had dyslexia and ADHD. They had trouble reading anything that wasn't Ancient Greek just because that's what their brains were hard-wired for, and the ADHD helped them in battle. Very interesting.
Percy was a good character, very likable. You just wanted him to win. I really hated a few of the characters, like Smelly Gabe, the bully girl at Yancy (can't remember her name), the evil teacher from Yancy Academy, Zeus, Ares' kids, Ares, ect. Pretty much anyone even remotely mean or evil.

I found the gods to be really annoying. They were very frustrating and showy. I mean, did Zeus really need a solid platinum throne?!?! I think not.
There was one part I didn't like when they were in Vegas. It seemed really pointless. Like, the author got the characters close to their goal and didn't know what to do, so he skipped forward a week and gave them a magical way to get the rest of the way there with a day left before their deadline. Luckily, that part didn't last long.
I don't know if it's just because I'm not good at picking up on subtle things, but I totally didn't see the end coming. It was kind of one of those "what?!?!" moments, but at the same time you kind of expected it.
This book was really, really, really good. I totally recommend it to everyone. I think it's the next Harry Potter, because it's technically a book for kids, but everyone would like it. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series.

I give this book five Fists of Rock.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, April 12, 2009

In My Mailbox 2 and Happy Easter

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. So, none of these books were or ever will be in my mailbox, but whatever.

I bought...

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Pub. date: April 2006
"After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson--a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.
But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters--the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia--only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name...the Bermuda Triangle.
Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family--one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke."

I was going to try to save Sea of Monsters until I'd finished my last two library books, but no such luck. It just looked so good! I couldn't resist! Now I'm a few chapters in, I love this series!

Happy Easter!!!! Here's a picture of the delicious and adorable chocolate bunny I got. Mmm, chocolate...
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Super Mini Blog: Rescheduled

Due to being really busy today, my review of Coraline has been postponed until next Saturday. And because I decided to wait until then to see it, I will be reviewing two movies, Coraline and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not too excited about the second one, but whatever, my friends wanted to see it.

Instead of going to the movies, I went to the bookstore. I'll tell you what I got in my next In My Mailbox post, which will probably be near the end of the month.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, April 10, 2009

Micro Post: Good Friday

I'm not really supposed to be on the computer right now, because it's Good Friday, but when I sign up to blog every day in April, I will blog every day in April.

Anyway, tomorrow I might be going to see Coraline. So excited!!!!! I'll review it as soon as I get back, as long as nothing comes up to make me miss it.
And the dahlias have started to sprout!!! If I can get my camera to work (it's been kind of wonky lately), I'll post some pictures. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

"High school senior by day, published author by night, 17-year-old Jessica is about to make a life-changing discovery: that the vampire world of her novels truly exists."
(left: the new cover for Demon in My View. right: the old cover, which is what Orchid owns (I borrowed the book from her))

I liked this book, but I have to admit, it was a little disappointing. I was expecting it to be scary, or at least a little bit sickening (it is about vampires). But I guess vampires just don't bother me like they used to. I actually used to be afriad of vampires (yes, I know they're not real!), but sometime between reading Vladimir Tod and a particularly gross feeding scene in Dangerous Girls, I must have lost my fear.
Like I said, the book was good, I guess I just thought it would be more... violent. I definitely want to read the rest of the Den of Shadows series.
It's been a while since I read it, so I don't remember the characters as much as I do for most of my reviews. But I don't remember hating any of them while I was reading (except Fala, she was cuckoo *makes international sign for crazy*). I think I found Jessica to be a bit annoying at times, but nothing too severe.
This book wasn't amazing, but it was short and good, so I might read it again. Not as scary as I would have liked (never thought I'd say that), but I still liked it. I read it in one sitting, which isn't saying much considering it's only 176 pages.

I give this book four Fists of Rock
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Name Contest!!!!!

Okay, so I'm doing the contest.
I've written some details about the characters below, you know, so you know the people you'll be naming. They're listed in order of importance.

Charactar the First!
Gender: male
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 22
Hair: white-blonde, kind of messy and emo
Eyes: gray, almost silver
Personality: Artsy, quiet, kind of a loner
Likes: drawing, people watching, being alone, crowded places, reading, sleep, blending in, coffee
Dislikes: being interupted while he's drawing, people that talk too much, sticking out in a crowd, anything that might want to kill him, tea, milk, any other drinks lacking caffiene
Brief description: An artist since his childhood, he managed to make a career of it without really meaning to. Sometimes haunted by strange dreams.

Character the Second!
Gender: female
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 20
Hair: chocolate brown, longish, straight, layered, often tied up in a ponytail or braided
Eyes: light green
Personality: kind of bossy, inquisitive, stubborn, slightly squeamish, talks a lot when nervous
Likes: writing, reading, taking pictures, investigating (but denies it), running, plants
Dislikes: people who dislike reading, lazy people, modern art, sherriffs, children, small spaces, blood
Brief description: Bookworm, detective from birth, and aspiring journalist. Her parenst want her to take over the family detectice agency, but she doesn't want to.

Okay, so those are the characters that need naming. I know some of you are probably thinking this might be a bit of a love story, well, it's not (saying it is will get you disqualified from the contest. Not kidding). I don't write love stories. It is very much an action/fantasy.

Anyway, here are the details about the contest.
Rules:
  • You may only put one name per entry.
  • The contest is open to everyone.
  • Names taken from books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, ect. will not be counted.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can enter.
  • Any entry from "anonymous" will not be counted because I won't be able to give the winner proper credit, so come up with a screen name if you don't already have one.
  • The deadline for entry is April 30
  • Entries must include a first and last name for the characters (I don't want to know your name), middle name optional (might not be mentioned).
  • Entries can only be submitted on this post.
Here's how to enter:
The characters will unnofficially be called Dude and Chick for the purposes of this contest. Here's a sample of what your entry should look like:
Character: [write Dude or Chick here]
Name: [your idea]
Entries will not be published, so please don't write anything you want published in your entry. I will randomly draw two winners at the end of the month. If I don't like the first/last combo, I may draw more winners and mix and match the names.
The winners' screen names will be in either the acknowledgements or dedication of the book (hopefully it gets published), which I may post after writing it (which may take a while. I have a lot of other projects). The winners will be announced sometime in the first week of May.

Now go forth and enter! And don't forget to spread the word!

Need help? Check out the name sites below.
babynames.com
behindthename.com
thinkbabynames.com

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

UPDATE: Anyone who blogs about this contest will have their entries put into the hat twice! So, spread the word to increase your chances! And don't forget to comment with a link to your post. :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Required Post

Yeah, I'm just posting this so I can say I actually blogged every day in April. Anyway, might as well write something worth reading.

I have changed my About Me. Check it out on the left. I was trying to make it shorter, but it appears to be the same length.
I hate my review of Specials, I'm going to rewrite it, so it may be a while before that's up.
I have almost finished my review of Demon in My View, you can expect to see it in the next few days.
I finished reading The Lightning Thief yesterday. Loved it!!!! Still need to write my review.
So far, it looks like I'm going to be doing that contest. I might just close the poll early and post the details on it.
I am 10% done with B15.1!!!!! Whoo!!!!! It's really action-y and way more violent than B1.1.

That's really all there is to say right now. I'll be back tomorrow with a more interesting post. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tell Me What You Think

I've been thinking, and I might do a contest. What for? Names.
You see, B16 has two major characters and I have no idea what to name them. So, the contest would be for picking the names of the characters. But I'm not going to do it if no one's interested. So, what do you think??? Should I do the contest??? Would you enter??? Please answer.
The story is a fantasy/action/adventure, I think. Sometimes it's hard for me to figure out what genre a book is, particularly this one because not only have I not written it, but the info I have for it is very minimal (I wasn't home when I thought of it, so I had to write it in a tiny notebook I keep in my purse).
The biggest prize would likely be your name in the acknowledgements or the dedication (and maybe a copy of the book, but only if it's published). Sound good? I'll put a poll up for this and do a follow-up post when the poll closes.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
There would be two winners. :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Inspiration, A New Look, and Flowers

Last night I was struck by inspiration and started writing B15.1 (see my progress on the right). All I'll say about the story is that it's a supernatural/action/thriller about vampires. I think it's very promising. So far I have two books planned for the series.
Now, I have to tell you where I got the idea, because you just will not believe it.
Twilight.
Yes, I, the biggest Twilight hater of all, was actually inspired by it. Okay, "inspired" isn't the right word, I'm not quite sure what is (that says a lot about my potential writing career). I saw the movie with two of my friends the other day (it was totally injured, a complete cinematic joke), and while thinking about things that could have been added to make it better, I realized Stephenie Meyer's big mistake and decided go with it and use it for a new book. And thus, B15 was born.
I'm beginning to think my calling as a writer is vampires. This is the second vampire book I've started, and just like the last one, I started it just a few days after coming up with the story. Vampire books just seem to be really easy for me.

I hope you've noticed that I've made a few changes (look up). The water drops were nice, but I grew tired of them. So I decided to replace them with something else that is strangely cool to look at: jellyfish. I've always been fascinated by jellyfish, don't know why.

I've decided to try my hand at gardening (again). I've tried growing things before, but they either A) didn't grow or B) died shortly after showing some signs of life. Hopefully this time will be different.
The plant in question is non other than my namesake, the dahlia. Below is a (almost identical) picture of the bag of seeds I bought. Luckily, my mom went through a gardening phase so we have a purple flower pot. Yay, purple!
I think that's enough rambling for now. I should really save this post for tommorrow, just in case I run out of things to say and come up one post shy of completing BEDA, but I really want to post this now. :)
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sisterhood Award and BEDA

Nadia Murti recently gave me the Sisterhood Award. Thanks, Nadia!!!
Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award.

5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

I'd like to give this award to...
Thanks again, Nadia! :D


I have decided to participate in BEDA (Blog Every Day April), which was started by Maureen Johnson. Read the details and rules here.
Below is the BEDA manifesto.

I commit to this idea and am determined to create something EVERY DAY in April, including weekends. Every day, I will find something to say. I embrace the reality that there is always something to talk about, if you are willing to take the time to look for it.

I Dahlia promise to blog every day in April.

That about wraps up this post. I'll be back tomorrow to fulfill my duties as a BEDA participant.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

"Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can’t get out. He won’t let them."

There's not much to say for The Compound. I didn't really like it.
It was fairly well written, I mean, I didn't find any major flaws with the writing. And the story was interesting enough to keep me reading (though not on the edge of my seat or totally eager to reach the next page).
I didn't like Eli.
He was annoying, he was a jerk (he admitted to that), and his hair was gross. Okay, forget scratching that out. His hair was so... weird. It was long. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's guys with long hair. One of the most annoying things aout his hair was that, right when I forgot that it was long and weird and gross, he would pull it out/put it up into a ponytail or hang it over his face. And he his behind it, a lot.
But it wasn't just his hair that bothered me. He just wasn't likable. All he did was talk about his twin, Eddy, and how good Eddy was, and how well liked Eddy was, and what Eddy would have done in that situation, and that Eddy always made the right choices. Which means he knew the right choice to make 99% of the time, he just never did it (until the last quarter of the book).
I absolutely despised Eli's dad. I wished him ill throughout the entire book, and not because he had them trapped underground. He was severely sexist. He said that dishes, cooking, cleaning, and laundry was women's work. I wanted to kick him sooo hard! And he was a control freak. I hated him!
The story was okay, the writing was fine, but the characters kind of ruined the book.

I give this book one Fist of Rock.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Leaving My Mark on the World, One Book at a Time

For a while now I've had a book I don't like, don't plan to finish, and didn't know what to do with. But now, after little debate, I've decided to donate my hardback copy of Evil Genius to my library. The YA section is severely lacking, and I thought someone would probably like it. It's not like I want it.
The picture below is a stamp I bought today to mark all the books I donate. Do you like it? I can't decide if it should go in the front or the back, inside of the cover or on the title page. So many decisions.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia