Saturday, November 20, 2010

In My Mailbox 42

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

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Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Pub. date: May 2008
Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?
I won this, along with a bookmark (that just happens to match my journal!) and an awesome zombie button, from Mrs. DeRaps at DeRaps Reads. Thanks so much, Mrs. DeRaps! I love the button, which has already found a home on my purse, next to all my book buttons.

That's all for me this week. Le sigh. I'm really not liking this book buying ban my family has put me under, it's really hurting my IMMs.

Eclectically yours,

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Awakening by Michael Carroll

Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them…until now. Thirteenyear- olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are in fact the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. As they rise to take the place of the lost generation, the unimaginable truth behind the explosive final battle that occurred ten years ago between the superheroes and the supervillains is exposed. And when the past resurfaces, Danny and his fellow superheroes must face the new challenges that threaten their survival. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.
I really liked The Awakening. It was an excellent superhero book, though a little predictable at times. I kind of guessed most of the plot twists a few chapters before they were revealed. The predictability didn’t take away from the story at all, because while I guessed things correctly, there were always questions leading up to the reveal. Like, I’d think I figured something out, then something would happen to make me question my theory, only for it to be proven right anyway.
I rather liked the characters in this book. Renata is definitely my favorite. She’s kind of made of awesome! The parts with her were my favorite to read, though often very short. Danny would have to be my second favorite. I was a little annoyed at how much he faded into the background, when the story is about Quantum’s prophecy and the prophecy is about him. You’d think he’d be there more. I really liked what happened to him in the end! If you’ve read it and know what I’m talking about, you probably think I’m a little sick. I just love things like that in books. **SPOILERS** Any author that can maim a character like that is okay by me. **SPOILER OVER**
The villains were pretty good. Actually, they were very good. Just the right mix of craziness and personal agendas.
I can’t think of much to say about Colin. While most of the story was focused on him, he wasn’t that interesting. There were a few exciting parts in his arc, but they were few and far between.
One thing I would change about this book is the action, I would put more of it. When I think superheroes, I think action. They go hand in hand most of the time.
Despite the lack of action, this was a really good book. The pacing was good, the characters were excellent, and the story was very interesting. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. There were lots of questions at the end about what side everyone would end up on, and I’m really looking forward to the answers.

I give The Awakening 3 roller skates.
Cover: Eh, it's alright. I don't really like the colors, but other than that it's an okay cover.

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

In My Mailbox 41

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

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The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Pub. date: September 2010
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.
Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi’s vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine’s world.
I recently won this from Sabrina at YA Bliss. Thanks, Sabrina! It sounds really interesting, and the illustrations look really good. It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be, and I just barely managed to fit it on my packed shelf (after removing the last of my three non-fiction books). I can't wait to read this! ^_^

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recap: First Nine of NaNo

The first nine days of NaNo have passed, and I managed to survive. I even managed to keep up with my word counts until Sunday. Here's a recap of my nine days of NaNoing.

Day 1: 2,143
Okay, I have to admit, I cheated a little here. I actually started writing Written in Stone sometime last year, but got stuck early on and decided to put it on the back burner and try again another time. I erased a lot of the first chapter (the part that led to my writer's block), but kept about a page and a half because I really liked them, and it's rare that I like the beginning of anything I write (it's the hardest part to write, and I usually scrap it later on). So, I really only wrote 786 words on day 1. It was really hard to build on what I already had.

Day 2: 4,068
I passed my word goal (1,667) on day 2 with a total of 1,925 words, which is when I started to get hope that I might actually win this year. Let's see how I was feeling about that on day 3.

Day 3: 4,912
Yeah, that hope I mentioned died a little on day 3. I was doing good... until I reached The Journal. See, there are supposed to be journal sections in the book from one of the characters (not the MC), and I had no idea how to start it! I tried a bunch of different openings for the journal, but they all sounded cliche and/or lame. Needless to say, day 3 was very frustrating.

Day 4: 6,329
Back on track! The Journal defeated (for now)! I didn't quite meet my word goal (only wrote 1,417), but it was still so much better than day 3 that I didn't really care.

Day 5: 8,828
Since I was a little behind from my lack of writing the previous two days, I got to work early and wrote like mad. Like mad, I say! And it really paid off. I wrote a total of 2,499 words that day, my current high score (haha) for NaNo, and managed to not only catch up to, but exceed the amount of words I needed by the end of day 5. Yay me!

Day 6: 10,866
Another day of writing like mad! 2,038 words written, putting me 864 words ahead of schedule. It was on this day the NaNo stats started saying I would actually finish in November. I was really excited about this fact until...

Day 7: 10,866
That number looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Oh, I know, on my total words for day 6! Day 7 was not a good day for writing. I felt fine when I got up and had a long day of writing planned after church, but near the end of Mass my back started to hurt a bit. By the time we left the church it was killing me. When I got home I didn't feel like sitting in a chair for hours while I tried to meet my word goal, especially since that chair made my back hurt worse. So, after a barely tolerable few minutes online, I got off the computer and didn't get on again that day.

Day 8: 11,114
Feeling much better than I had on day 7, I was all ready to get back to writing and catch up on the day I missed, plus meet my word goal for day 8. I put on my big headphones, playing the soundtrack I made a few days before, opened the file with my book, and started writing. I felt like I was sort of on a role, but then it was time for dinner and I had to get off the computer, with less than 250 words. It also happened to be ZG's birthday, so their was dessert, and then me and ZG went and played video games for a while, and before I knew it, it was too late to write.

Day 9: 11,114
Another day of Absolutely. No. Writing. I honestly have no idea what happened on day 9. I was either sucked into Simpson's: Hit & Run on XBox, or the final case of Phoenix Write, Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations. I've been going through a gaming phase lately (it happens every now and then), and it's really been cutting into my writing time. I want to write, I really do, but the games are just sooo much fun! And they're addictive! I know, I'm a bad NaNoer. T_T

Okay, so that's my first nine days of NaNo. I am determined to defeat the laziness/procrastination/distraction monster that has taken over my life this week and get back to writing. I managed to get a little writing done today and now have 12,167 words, putting me 4,603 words behind, a number that will hopefully be much lower and/or non-existent by the weekend (trying to be realistic here).

Eclectically yours,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Winner

The winner of the Eclectically Haunted prize pack missed the claiming deadline, so their lovely prize is going to someone else.
:( for the original winner.
=D for the new winner!

And the new winner, according to random.org is...

Lisa Bryant from TheBookWorshipper!

Congratulations, Lisa! You have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification, which has already been sent.

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 30

What?


Love*Com vol. 5

by Aya Nakahara

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blogoversary Winners!!!

At long last it is time to announce the winners of the blogoversary contests! But first, a big thank you to all who entered! I wish I could give everyone a prize, but alas I am out of prizes to give (not to mention that would be insanely expensive).


First, the Eclectically Haunted prize pack giveaway. There was a total of 215 entries for 33 people. And the winner of the 6 book prize pack with swag is...


And now the Hauntingly Eclectic international giveaway. Out of 27 people and 210 entries, the lucky name drawn by Random.org is...

Darlyn from Darlyn & Books!

Congratulations! Both winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to reply, or a new winner will be drawn.

Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who entered. I'd also like to give a big THANK YOU to my lovely guest posters, Golden Eagle and Hania (read their posts here and here)! And I can't forget my blog twin, Orchid, co-hostess of blogoversary awesomeness. I wasn't feeling well yesterday, so she tallied all the entries and drew both winners on her own last night. Thank you, Orchid! You rock!

This has been a lovely blogoversary. I can't wait for next year's! ^_^

Eclectically yours,





P.S.
The answers to the cover guess will be announced later.