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In My Mailbox (26)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week.

Titles that are linked go to goodreads.

Received: (Thank you JP from YA Urban)
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Leviathan (Audio) by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth (Audio) by Scott Westerfeld

This week's birthday shout-outs!
Happy Birthday to....

Halloween - Oct. 31

*forgot to mention*

Friday - Nov. 4

Be sure to leave a me a link with your comment so I can check out what's in your mailbox. And if you have an upcoming birthday, please feel free to leave that in the comments so I can mention you in next week's shout-outs.

What are you dressing up as?

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Friday, October 28, 2011
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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Series: The Body Finder #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Signed-Paperback
Source: Wordstock

Buy It: Powell's

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

The Body Finder was creepy and twisted. I would only dare read this in the warm protection of my bed.

Violet's ability to find dead bodies isn't anything new in her family. Her Mom and Dad are always there and supporting her through everything. It's also not a surprise that Violet inherited this ability because her grandmother had the same talent. When Violet starts finding bodies of dead young girls, she knows that there is a killer on the loose. Since the echo of the dead cling to the killer, Violet's the only one who can find him.

Whenever the POV switches to "the killer's", I start to get very paranoid. Even though they were creepy, I found that I enjoyed the switch of POVs a lot. I get the chance to understand how everything is happening through this disturbed man's head.

When Violet goes on these crazy trips to track down the killer she'd bring a long her best friend, Jay.

Jay & Violet. *sigh*

They have been inseparable ever since childhood. But when junior year somes around, Violet starts seeing Jay for someone other than her best friend. They’re just so darn adorable. I just love how protective they are of each other which makes things even cuter.

There were no complicated relationship issue like love triangles and such. Of course they went through the stage of not knowing if the other feels the same way and meeting other people. But they always knew they'd end up with each other. They're just.... I'm not even sure how to describe them.

The Body Finder is simply dark and sexy.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Moon Coin by Richard Due

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Moon Coin by Richard Due
Illustrated by Carolyn Arcabscio

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For Lily and Jasper Winter, the Moon Realm began with a single secret bedtime tale. As the children grew older, Uncle Ebb enthralled them with thrilling tales of the Dragondain riding horse-sized, catlike Rinn; mysterious tales of peerin-wielding lunamancers manipulating the magic that lies just beneath the surface of reality; exciting tales of flying dragons, swimming merfolk, stomping giants, and troublesome faeries. But as the magic of their childhood faded, so too did the tales. Eventually, they were just . . . good stories.

Or were they?

Now, nine years after it all began, Uncle Ebb is missing.

Lily and Jasper search for clues, but their uncle's mansion is full of distractions. A Tesla generator thrums in the basement. Prismatic electrimals flit around walls resembling underwater reefs. Then a most unexpected friend comes to their aid, leading them to a hidden room where they find a mysterious coin—the moon coin. Before the night is out, Lily is transported to the real Moon Realm. But the moons are in trouble. The Rinn of Barreth are under siege, and the lunamancers of Dain are beset by the very dragons they once loved. Most horrifying of all, the moon Darwyth has fallen to a villain named Wrengfoul, whose creeping evil now threatens to overshadow all the Realm.

Are Lily and Jasper too late to save the Moon Realm, or will they have enough time to write an ending of their own?

From Sketch to Chapter Art, an Illustrator at Work

For me, getting to work with Carolyn Arcabascio was a dream come true. On The Moon Coin, we worked from a master list of scene options, with Carolyn picking out scenes she liked and making sketches. For the prologue, Carolyn drafted three options. All three were great, but two in particular were spectacular. I first went with option 3 (one of my scene suggestions). I think we spent more time on this sketch and subsequent color drawing than on any other piece. But it never seemed right. At the eleventh hour, I asked Carolyn how hard she’d hit me if I suggested scrapping the thing and instead going with the pinky promise scene you see below (one of her scene suggestions). Carolyn responded: "There would be no hitting involved!" and told me it wouldn't be a problem. You sure can't ask for better than that.

From the Prologue: Bedtime Tales.

Richard: Did you make all these sketches in the same location, Carolyn?

Carolyn: Yes, I do all of my work at a drafting table that's situated in a little nook of my apartment in Acton, Massachusetts. There's a bookshelf to my right and a wall of "inspiration" to my left, where I hang prints of other artists' and illustrators' work. On either side of my drafting table are drawers of supplies, and stacks of sketchbooks and old paintings. The drafting table faces a window overlooking a quiet street and the woods beyond it.

From Chapter Two: A Coin of the Realm.

Richard: Do you use models when you're sketching?

Carolyn: I use a combination of models and photo references. If I need to work out the nuances of a character's posture and really understand the perspective of it, I'll ask whatever friend or family member is handy to pose for a sketch. Often, I'll get into the position myself or mimic the facial expression I want to portray in order to get the feel of it. And sometimes, if there's a character being portrayed multiple times across scenes, I'll make a rough model of their head out of clay so I'll have it to refer to.

From Chapter Four: To Barreth.

Richard: When drawing fantastical creatures, do you use bits and pieces of real animals for inspiration, or have you actually seen a wirtle and you're just not telling us? ;)

Carolyn: No wirtles native to Massachusetts, fortunately! When figuring out the look of fantastical creatures, I use photo references of different animals to understand the way the anatomy might work, and then combine features as I see fit and as the story calls for. To understand the wirtle's legs and paws, for example, I referred to a series of photographs of show dogs leaping over hurdles. The severely arched, scruffy back was influenced by photos of hyenas on the prowl. The bone-structure of the face ended up being something of a cross between a cow and a warthog, and I wanted the snout to be bare—kind of gross and raw-looking. Add it all up and, voila! We have a wirtle.

The Moon Coin, by Richard Due, is available at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore for $2.99.
Copyright © 2011 by Richard Due. All rights reserved. 
Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink™ 
The Moon Realm™


Guest Post: All That Matters by Youseph Tanha

Monday, October 24, 2011
All That Matters by Youseph Tanha
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Ethan Wright is just like any other high school kid that is one day lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. Throughout the course of high school the young couple learn to cope with incredibly difficult odds to discover all that matters.

Why are some people book people and others not?

This is a question I have been asking myself for the last few months. There are so many people out in the world who just don’t read and I think it’s because they just don’t get it. They have never experienced a book in a way
that makes the rest of us enjoy them so much. Which is sad because they are missing out on such a great opportunity to better them selves and have an advantages in life that would otherwise elude them.

I used to be one of these people. These non-readers. I like to think I had a pretty good excuse for not reading though. You see, I am Dyslexic. My whole life I have struggled with reading because to me the letters and numbers on the page always look like they are jumping and twisting around. It can make reading a book a painfully long and agonizing process.

So, I can hear you asking; If you have such a hard time reading how are you able to write your own books? Well my friends, the answer to that is two parts. Games and technology.

You see, because I struggled so much with reading early on in life I never really got bitten by the reading bug. I never saw the value in reading because it took me so long to finish a book compared to everyone else. It would literally take me months to finish a book like ‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ by Wilson Rawls.

I was eventually diagnosed with Dyslexia and given corrective glasses to help. But by than I was so far behind in my reading skills that it was almost like learning to read all over again.

Fast forward to my mid twenties. A small group of my friends and I where sitting around playing ‘Dead or Alive’ on the Xbox when one guy says. “We should play ‘Dungeons & Dragons’”. “Yeah” said another of my friends.

I had never played anything like Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) in my life, but that did not detour my friends. They where all to happy to teach me. That weekend we all gathered at my place to play our first game of D&D together.

For those of you who have never played a role playing game like D&D before I can tell you that it is a story driven game that uses paper, pencils, and some polyhedral dice. But the game is much more than that. It is so mind unleashing amazing. That first game had my imagination running on over drive the whole time and I was sad when it came to an end. I remember spending that night on the Internet reading as much as I could about the game. I also found myself reading about elves, trolls, dragons, and knights. I was reading. I was reading for knowledge and for entertainment. I was finally bitten by the reading bug.

Having a computer during this time was a huge help for me. Being able to increase the size of text on a web page to a size that was clear and easy for me to see. A size that kept the words and numbers from jumping around on the screen. This helped my reading skills out so

Later on with the advent of the Kindle and being able to adjust the text size also helped. I now read books all the time. Any chance I get you can catch me reading. I even read to my wife at night before bed.

I am still not a fast reader. Not as fast as I would like to be. Not as fast my friends. But I am reading. Its enjoyable for me now. It has opened a whole new world of imagination and knowledge to me. I have have been bitten by the reading bug.

In My Mailbox (25)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week.

No vlog this week! I was going to film it but I ended up not having the time. This week you'll just have to settle for pictures.

And as promised posts will be rolling in through-out the week.

Received: (Thanks to JP from YA Urban)
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

Laini Taylor Signing
Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor 

NetGalley: (Thanks to Random House Publishing)
Dearly, Departed by Lisa Hebels
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowly

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Dear Bully by Various Authors
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Looking For Alaska by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan


Birthday Shout-Out:

Happy Belated Birthday to....

October 18:


Be sure to leave a link with your comment so I can go check out what's in your mailbox!
And if your birthday is coming up leave me a comment so I can mention you in next week's video!

Informal Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaWebsite | Blog | Twitter | Facebook 

Series: The Iron Fey #4
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Buy It: Powell's

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I just loved this book a bunch! The Iron Knight isn't my favorite book of the series, but it's definitely up there in my favorites. I've been putting off writing this review for a LONG time now. I just couldn't think of anything good enough to say about this book.

But I did go to a Scott Westerfeld panel and heard about how we can also express how we feel through pictures. So I went into writing this review in a different way.

When I flipped to the front of the page I saw the name, Robin Goodfellow:

I then read that Puck and Ash are working together:

And when Ash gets all determined to do anything, and I really do mean ANYTHING, to be with Meghan again:

When Puck, Ash, and Grimalkin start their journey into finding Ash a soul:

When someone tries to interrupts me while I'm reading about how much Ash loves Meghan:

When I finish the book and realize that this is the end of series:

But when someone asks me why it's so awesome all I can sort out was:


Seriously, go get this book.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

In My Mailbox (24) - Vlog

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week.

Titles that are linked go to goodreads.

School is just killing me right now and I feel like I need a 48 hour day. I'm trying to stay consistant with my In My Mailboxes just to show that I'm still here.

Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning
(Thanks to Taryn Browning)

The Death Cure by James Dashner - Sample Chapters
(Thanks to Sash & Em)

Fever - Signed Jacket Cover
(Thanks to Lauren DeStefano)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Wordstock: (Event Recap)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
And a bunch of fun swag :)

Simon & Schuster - Galley Grab:
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting


New at the end of IMM vlog, BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS!
Be sure to drop them a comment on their blog or Twitter! 

Happy Belated Birthday to....

October 1:
Linda (Mission to Read and Twitter)

Yesterday - October 15:
Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner and Twitter)

Happy Birthday to...

Monday - October 17:
Adrien [Drew's younger brother (Twitter)]

Wednesday - October 19:
HD (Reading Writing Breathing and Twitter)

Thursday - October 20:
Sash (Sash & Em and Twitter)
Vania (VLC Productions and Twitter)

Saturday - October 22:
Eliza (The Book Tramp - Twitter)

And for those of you who follow the SHADE Boys on Twitter:


Be sure to leave a link with your comment so I can go check out what's in your mailbox!
And if your birthday is coming up leave me a comment so I can mention you in next week's video!

Wordstock 2011 Recap

Saturday, October 15, 2011
This was my first time attending Wordstock, which happens to be the biggest book festival in the Northwest! Here are some of the photos I took during the event.
People came from all over the country!
One of my favorite panels!

From left to right: Isaac Marion,
Suzanne Young, and Maggie Stiefvater.

Prediction of the next big trend: 
Isaac - Witches
Suzanne - Horror
Maggie - I think she said something like Krakons or killer horses

Mrs.Haselden & Mrs.Blair are the two ladies who got me reading!

From left to right: Candace (Candace's Book blog),
ME,  & Vania (VLC Productions)!!!
Moira Young and I!

From left to right: Sara (Novel Novice),
Kimberly Derting, and Suzanne Young.

Kimberly Derting & I!
Jonathan Auxier telling us about his book
through a yo-yo demonstration. 
Lauren Oliver reading from Liesl & Po.
Scott Westerfeld showing us manga pictures of the Uglie series.


Giveaway: Raven by Nuayma Jeggels

Raven by Nuayma Jeggels
Blog | Twitter | Facebook

A girl, a coma, a Plague, and an empty grave.

When Shardaie wakes up, she doesn’t know who she is, why she can’t understand emotions, why she has been unconscious for nearly nine of her thirteen years, or why the dead just won’t stay dead. The only clue to her past is a locket, but the Plague, which finally stretches its unnatural hand to her village, forces her to leave and to learn to protect herself. But everything has a cost: the protection against the undead reveals a secret that Shardaie and her classmates just don’t want to accept, and at the end, Shardaie realises that some secrets shouldn’t be revealed. Secrets have the power to destroy, and the power to change her view on humanity for ever.

Nuayma is kindly giving away 3 eBook copies of her book Raven (The Violet Jewels Series #1) which is an epic fantasy with zombies. She has also provided a little snippet of the main character Shardaie.

200 Follower Giveaway!

Friday, October 7, 2011
Vy's Blog just reached 200 followers! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's been following and keeping my blog alive.

As a little thank you to everyone ONE WINNER will win their choice of ONE OF THE BOOKS below:

*If you have not read the first book in the series you can choose to win the first book instead.* (example: The Iron King instead of The Iron Knight)

-The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
-Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
-Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
-Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
-The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


Guest Post: Deborah DeMoss Smith (Light Fixtures)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Light Fixtures by Deborah DeMoss Smith
Website | Blog | Facebook

Release Date: June 27, 2011

During the summer of 1963, everything is moving fast for 14-year-old Aurora, who’s spending the days with her grandparents in the northwest Louisiana countryside where her friend Chrissie and the cute Johnny Lee live. Her fast thoughts and actions can cause those around her to shake their heads in bafflement, especially when her spirits nosedive. But it’s no puzzle for the mystical Mr. Hematite and his tiny assistant, Mr. Dragonfly. Together, they guide her in understanding her bipolar moods and show her that as Light Fixtures, everyone has the potential to shine with balance and brilliance.

A coming-of-awareness novel set in the South in 1963, Light Fixtures focuses on 14-year-old (“I’m almost 15!”) Aurora who, with the help of two mystical friends, discovers her fast talk and actions are more than what they seem.

There are many nonfiction books on bipolar disorder, but rarely is the mood disorder addressed in fiction, especially YA fiction, though the number of teens with bipolar is expanding. And, as an author, that intrigued me.

Of course the challenge – and the fun – was writing a story that focused on a teen experiencing the onset of manic depression (as bipolar was called then) and yet not have the novel be dour. Enter Aurora’s budding friendship with two unique friends: the robed, wise Mr. Hematite who lived in the woods, and his helper Mr. Dragonfly. Through them, she learns about herself and that, as a Light Fixture, she has the ability to shine with balance.

I chose the title Light Fixtures—devices used to create illumination—as a metaphor for who Aurora, and all of us, are: beings who, no matter what our limitations, have the power to emit our true light.

The setting of Light Fixtures also demanded a strong component. The story plays out in the northwest Louisiana countryside in the early 60’s, where the culture of Aurora’s grandparents (whom she stays with), rich with its Deep South dialect and emphasis on manners, is distinctive.

Although I’ve written many TV documentaries and the nonfiction book Reflections of the Heart: What Our Animal Companions Tell Us published by Wiley, this is my first YA novel…though not my last. As Aurora goes through high school and beyond, I’ll follow her journey with her everyday teen experiences, with her special guidance and the blossoming bipolar moods.


In My Mailbox (23) - Vlog

Saturday, October 1, 2011
In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week.

Titles that are linked go to goodreads.

Last week I took a break because it was my birthday. So this week is two weeks worth of books! I also have a cold so I might sound funny :)

Received: (Thank you Bailey from IB Book Blogging)
The Shattering by Karen Healy
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Review: (Thank you Brian Rowe)
Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe
Happy Birthday To Me Again by Brian Rowe

NetGalley: (Thank you Macmillian and Egmont USA)
Tempest by Julie Cross
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Review)
Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

Cinda Williams Chima signing: (Event Recap)
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (Review)
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Smart Chicks Kick-It Tour: (Event Recap)
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Matched by Ally Condie
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Only signed by Margaret)

Feel free to leave a link with your comment so
I can go check out what's in your mailbox!
Vy's Blog now has a facebook page!

Cinda Williams Chima - Tour Stop: Portland, OR

My review of The Gray Wolf Throne
On September 24, I was at Powell's attending Cinda Williams Chima's book signing! I am a HUGE FAN of Cinda's books. I've read all of The Heir series and her most recent serie The Seven Realms. Her tour was to promote The Gray Wolf Throne which was recently released on August 30.

Cinda was so fun and was very interactive with the crowd. Instead of standing at the podium she walked around and got to know the audience. She also shared that there will be another book in the Heir series and that there will be another book after The Gray Wolf Throne.

I also sat next to Candace from Candace's Book Blog! We talked a bunch about books and upcoming releases. It was really nice to meet Candace who's super sweet. Candace also made a post about the event.

Cinda & I! Thank you Candace for taking this :)

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