Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez

"Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all. Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!"
I loved this book! It was a great followup to Dead Is the New Black. I read two chapters the day I bought it (in the car, so I got a headache :P), and read the rest in one sitting the next day. Definitely an addictive book.
I have to admit, that while this book was really awesome-- even worthy of rereading-- it was a little predictable at times. I figured out the Ryan thing shortly after it was mentioned, and was frustrated that Daisy didn't see what was going on. It was so obvious! But Daisy is the jealous type and is quick to accuse Ryan of cheating, so it never crossed her mind (until waaay later). It was a little annoying, but her worrying was kinda funny and amusing.
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I didn't trust Duke from the moment he was introduced (which was on the first page). Never trust the handsome foreigner with the unplacable accent that immedietely takes an interest in the leading female character. I totally saw through his cheesy, overly complimentary disguise.
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I felt bad for Poppy. What happened to her was kinda sad.
What I liked more about this one was that all the supernatural stuff played a bigger role. There were a bunch of shapeshifters, Daisy's powers were better, and everything was just explained a little more.
Anyway, this book was awesome, and I really can't wait to read Dead Is So Last Year.
I give DIASOM five Fists of Rock.
Eclecticallt yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, June 28, 2009

In My Mailbox 6

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.

Bought:
Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Pub. date: May 09
"Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat."
I spent about twenty minutes looking at all the shiny new books in Barnes & Noble, trying to decide on one of the many things from my wish list that I so desperately needed to read. Then, while browsing the YA books on one of the display tables, I saw it. Peace, Love & Baby Ducks with a shiny gold sticker that said "signed copy". I had heard about these-- magical books that the author signed and sent out into the world, and I had found one. It was like the golden ticket in a Wonka chocolate bar. Because I'm extremely indecisive, I browsed a little more before realizing that I would regret not buying that signed book, having never gotten a signed book before. So I got it. Yay!!!
I was going to post a picture of the signature, but my camera is dead so no such luck.

Well, that's what I got, what about you?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, June 26, 2009

Catching Fire Contest at the Shady Glade

Alyssa at Shady Glade is giving away an ARC of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The contest is open until Monday, June 29, so you only have a few days left to enter. I really hope I win this one!!! Hunger Games was soooooo good (and that's all I'll say until I review it)!!!
Click here to enter the contest!!!
I NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Suite Scarlett Contest

Maggie over at Bean Bag Books is holding a contest for Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. She's giving away 5 paperback copies, the contest is open until July 20. Click here to enter!

"Her new summer job comes with baggage.


Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.


When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.


Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.


Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off."

This book sounds great! Isn't that cover pretty?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, June 22, 2009

Why My Posts Haven't Been Very Good Lately

You might have noticed the lack of decent posts lately. You also might have noticed the word count for B9 hasn't moved in... a while.
I wish I could say that my lack of updates and whatnot is because I've been sooo busy writing that I haven't had time for the blog, or even enough time to update the word count here. But sadly, that would be a lie.

I'M STUCK!!!

I have a detailed outline of the book, I know all the characters, so it's not like one of them is throwing me off (like one character in B15.1), and I even know exactly what's going to happen next. I'm just having trouble getting the words out. Maybe I need more music. I've been working on the soundtrack, and it now has 7 songs (which is considerably more than my other book soundtracks). But 7 songs go pretty fast and after the third or fourth time they start to annoy me.
I think maybe I just need to sit down with my iPod and force myself to write. I took a break from writing to edit the first page and a half so I could send it to my critique group, but I finished that a few days ago and still haven't gotten anything new done.
*sigh* I hope the book isn't dying.
I probably shouldn't be thinking like that. As soon as I start to think that the book is dying, it will die... Or at least go into a coma until I revisit it in a year or so.

Anyway, I have a lot of books to finish reading, and I should at least try to get something done with B9. So, the posts might be kinda "bleh" for a while (also, I've found myself spending more and more time on Shelfari).
There should be a few reviews up soon--one book and a movie--so you'll have those to look forward to. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Muse

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why am I excited? Because Muse just announced the release date of their new album, The Resistance!!! The new album (which is bound to be awesome!) will be out September 14!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! IT SEEMS SOOOOOO FAR OFF!!!!!!
In case you didn't know, I'm a huge Muse fan. They rock! I own all their cds, and I'm dying to see them live. But if I can't see them live, I'll settle for getting the awesome shirt I saw on Hot Topic's website. I need to publicly support my favorite band! I have shirts for my other favorite bands (okay, I have Paramore shirts and one MCR shirt. But they aren't my favorite favorites, so I really need a Muse shirt).
Above: awesome Muse tee at Hot Topic
Anyway, Muse rant officially over. XD
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, June 15, 2009

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

"Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country."

I don't really know what to say about this book. I guess I'll just say, I felt sooo bad for Melinda! I can't believe everyone stopped talking to her just because she broke up a stupid party. I wanted to give her a hug because what happened to her was terrible, but at the same time I kinda wanted to hit her for keeping it a secret.
I really didn't like her "friend" Rachel (or should I say Rachelle? *rolls-eyes*). And I mean, really didn't like her. I wanted to punch Rachel when Melinda told her what happened and she accused her of lying and took the guy's side. Actually, I probably would have punched her a few times if I could. I also didn't really like Heather. She ditched Melinda for a stupid, boring clique and then expected Melinda to help her with stuff for that stupid, boring clique. It was so annoying!
Anyway, this book was good. Sad, and many of the characters were frustrating (some made me think violence was the answer), but it was good. My review was kind of lame, so I'll refer you to 21's review on Crackin' Spines and Taken' Names.

I give this book three Fists of Rock (though, I don't think I'll be reading it again).

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I Have Joined...

Shelfari! I just set up my account today. My shelf isn't complete yet, but I think I almost have all the books I own/have read/ want to read. I'll probably paste my reviews from here on there (much easier than writing a whole new review).
Anyway, I'm just wondering who else is on Shelfari. Check out my profile at shelfari.com/eclectic-shelf. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, June 12, 2009

Q&A Friday 3: Readergirl

Time for the third edition of Q&A Friday. This week's interview is with ReaderGirl and her character Gemma.

For Characters
Name: Gemma
Genre: YA Romance
Author: ReaderGirl

1. If you could put yourself in any other story, what would it be???

Um, well.... my writer has a friend who's a writer who's writing a story that would be cool to be in. XP I RP with her characters and they're amazing so that would be fun!
2. If you were to write a book about your author, what genre would it be???

Hard question! XD YA romance probably lol Write what you know... e.e
3. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

Hmm, I dunno.... a zombie fighter would be pretty win.... XD
4. If you were given control of your story, would you change anything? What and why???

I would change some stuff.... like um.... hmm... e.e Well I would change how some things have happened, and then I would have added things. Time with more people, choices, etc. But in the long run I think everything happened that way for a reason, or at least any path could have been rocky and at least with this one I know how everything happened? if that even makes sense... XD
5. Do you ever try to give your author writer's block (don't lie)???

Sometimes, we might start to think of something happening, me worrying about it, her plotting about it and sometimes I have to shut that down cause it could get scary... lol
For Writers

1. Why do you want to be a writer???

I LOVE books! 8D lol but really I just love people too and I think characters are so fun to make and from that point I want to know there story and how their lives will turn out, etc. And then when you connect with somebodies story it's so thrilling so it's like gotta share this! XD
2. Do you have anything in common with your characters? Do you wish you were like them???

I wish I were like my characters sometimes, but then we have our similarities too just like any other friendship. XP
3. Do you base characters on people you know? Do they end up like that even when you don't try???

I have purposefully tried before but sometimes they end up like them too XP It's bound to happen eventually I think XP
4. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

I would be too chicken to be a zombie fighter even though that'd be awesome so probably the zombie... lol
5. What books/authors inspired you to write???

TWILIGHT! XP And Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Sweep Series, any book that pulls me in and wont let me go inspires me because I think that's an awesome super power I want to do that!
6. How do you feel about killing your characters???

I actually havn't had that experience yet so We'll see how that goes eventually... lol
7. Do you have any advice for other writers???

ERM.... O_o Well, I think it's good to try and write a little everyday cause other wise it can be hard to really get stuff finished, (needs to take own advice) but definitely that and read a lot of course! XP I've also found looking at other peoples writing advice to be really helpful.... e.e
For Bloggers

1. What is your blog about???

YA books and other ramblings!
2. Would you say you're obsessed with blogging???

MAYBE.... 8D
3. Name 1-3 blogs you love.

Lets see.... YA Blog Directory (cause otherwise I'd be lost in the blogosphere XD, Evil Cousins, and.... Free Book Friday Teens!
I love Free Book Friday Teens, too! Haven't won anything yet, but I will someday (I hope). :)

4. What's you favorite book, movie, or band/singer (answer as many as you want)???

Twilight, Lord of The Rings, Pride and Prejudice, Becoming Jane, The Covenant (mhmm Taylor Kitsch! xP), Snow Patrol, the Bravery, Avril, Kelly, Alanis, MOOOOAAAR.
5. If you were going to be famous, would you want to be a writer, actor/actress, musician, or athlete???

A Writer, or a Musician probably XP MAYBE an actress.

Thanks for stopping by, ReaderGirl!
Check back here in a week for another edition of Q&A Friday. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

"Fashion statement...or something freakier?

The first installment of this creepy, campy paperback original series introduces the psychic Giordano sisters—and their very strange hometown, Nightshade, California.
Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerlead Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha looks a little...well, dead, and all the popular kids at school are copying her style. Is looking dead just another fashion trend for pretty popular Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad....
Dead is the New Black is a fast-paced mystery that combines romance, humor, sibling rivalry, and lots of attitude."

I want to start by saying, I love the actual book. The cover is awesome, and it's got the right amount of floppiness. It's, like, the perfect book!
Okay, now onto the story and stuff. They were awesome too! Daisy was in interesting character in a really good story that was very well written. DITNB is a great summer read, and I'll probably read it again sometime in the next three months when I'm dragged outside or something.
A review/blurb by Nancy Holder (author of Pretty Little Devils) on the back cover says it's "Veronica Mars plus Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." I've never watched Buffy, but I did see the last season of Veronica Mars and I'd say she got it right. The story was intriguing and there were just enough suspects and leads to keep me guessing who was attacking the cheerleaders, without making it too easy to figure out who did it or overwhelming me and giving the effect of the culprit coming out of nowhere.
The characters, story, and writing were all excellent. I can't wait to get the next book in the series!!! XD

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In My Mailbox 5

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.

Bought:
Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Pub. date: September 08
"Fashion statement...or something freakier?

The first installment of this creepy, campy paperback original series introduces the psychic Giordano sisters—and their very strange hometown, Nightshade, California.
Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerlead Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha looks a little...well, dead, and all the popular kids at school are copying her style. Is looking dead just another fashion trend for pretty popular Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad....
Dead is the New Black is a fast-paced mystery that combines romance, humor, sibling rivalry, and lots of attitude."
Okay, I actually got this last week (or was it the week before), and I've already finished it. But since I didn't do an IMM post when I got it, I decided I might as well put it into this one. My review should be up soon, but I'll just say now that it was really, really good!

Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Pub. date: January 09
"Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all. Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!"
I read two chapters on the way home on Monday, and finished the rest yesterday. The review will be up as soon as I post my reviews of DITNB and Speak (I still have to write my review for this one).

I also borrowed Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson from 21 last week. I'll post my review soon.

I'm hoping to get to the library soon (like today or tomorrow), so I'll either update this post with what I get (if I find anything) or I'll write a part two. The YA selection is very lacking, and finding anything worth reading that I haven't already checked out is practically impossible, so wish me luck! :)

EDIT (6/13): Okay, I didn't find anything at the library, but I did buy another book. Yay!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Pub. date: October 08
"Sixteen-year-old Katniss is smart, athletic, and fast. She can take down a rabbit with a bow and arrow, hitting it straight through the eye. Will these skills be enough to survive the Hunger Games?

Suzanne Collins, the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Underland Chronicles begins anew, exploring a future landscape that will be familiar to devotees of science fiction's dystopic strain. In a nation called Panem, which occupies the landmass that is the present United States, a parasitical fascist Capitol dominates 12 conquered districts. There was a thirteenth district but it was obliterated during a rebellion. The totalitarian government keeps the subjected populations in line by threatened devastation, starvation, and brutality."

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson


"In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI—which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging—Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?
Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more.
This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed."
 
Kingdom Keepers wasn't bad, but I'm not dying to read the next book in the series and I likely won't reread the first. The characters were okay, though, I didn't get too attached to any of them. In my opinion, there could have been more evil and everything, maybe a traitor in the group (Wayne being evil would have been a good twist).
The story was interesting, but honestly could have been executed better. I liked the whole idea of stuff happening in the park after it was closed (reminds me of Night at the Museum, which I liked). The action was good, but a little lacking in spots. When Finn and the others first started going to the park everything was hard for them, but after their second or third trip things got easier. Too easy, actually. The challenge just wasn't there after a certain point.
The book was good, not the best thing I've read, but I have read worse.

I give Kingdom Keepers two fists of rock.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, June 5, 2009

Q&A Friday 2: Madeline

It's time for another edition of Q&A Friday. Whoo-hoo!!! This week's guest is Madeline, a writer and blogger. On to the questions (and answers)!

For Writers

1. Why do you want to be a writer???

Thats a tough question. the main reason is I don't know life without writing, I always have moments where I just want to write. And when I get into writing it's like this amazing trance.
2. Do you have anything in common with your characters? Do you wish you were like them???

OMG Yes! I have a role playing character which is part of a royal family. Well, she is related to them. Like the plot says. she has 'blue blood'. That would be awesome!
3. Do you base characters on people you know? Do they end up like that even when you don't try???

I don't think I have knowingly based a character of somebody I know. Often characters do turn out reminding me of such and such a person, but I never intend that to happen! :D
4. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

Um... I really have no idea. Just a zombie?
5. What books/authors inspired you to write???

I don't really have any authors that imspire me to write. But the whole Spirit Flyer series is quite inspiring. It's a bit of what got me really into writting. It's funny, I've never actually finished the whole series though! lol
6. How do you feel about killing your characters???

To tell you the truth, I've never killed a character. Which I guess means I don't feel great about killing them.
7. Do you have any advice for other writers???

My advise would be go to NaNoWriMo... lol. That is good advise though, because before it I've never actually finished a story. Once oyu finish a story you ahve far more trust in your writting ability, and wether you keep that story or move on to other things is beside the point.
For Bloggers

1. What is your blog about???
http://www.nanodump.blogspot.com/ Writing. I needed some place to just chat. The main reason being I'm not part of any writting forums, apart from the NaNoWriMo forum.
2. Would you say you're obsessed with blogging???

Not really, I go through stages. Sometimes I just have to post and post and post. Then other times I can not be bothered.
3. Name 1-3 blogs you love.

Um, I don't really follow other peoples blogs... *sham* I never found them up till recently and I can not say that I love any yet.
4. What's you favorite book, movie, or band/singer (answer as many as you want)???

Oooh, I love Ice Age 1 and Ice Age 2. I'm endlessly quoteing lines from them, and not just randomly. You can fit them in to so many situations in life.
5. If you were going to be famous, would you want to be a writer, actor/actress, musician, or athlete???
Well dancer, so athlete I guess. I've never wanted to become famous through writting, it's just something that I enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by, Madeline!
Check back in a week for more Q&A Friday fun! :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mini Blog: Round Two

I'm not really in a blogging mood right now, so I'll post the details for round two of the Widget Duels sometime in the next few days. I started writing the round two post, but I didn't like it so I'll have to start over.
I'll post the winner of round one now so I can take the poll down. Thinkers of Thoughts beat Latest Thoughts (yes, I got the name of that wrong in my last WD post) 7 to 4. Thanks, voters! :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia