Today's blog is going to be a crazy mash-up of stuff, and it's going to be fun!
First off, the really fun part, my blog got it's second award!
TL Conway over at 'TL Conway Writes Here,' gave me this, and let me tell you that when I found out it totally made my day! Thanks Tricia! Also, it made me realize that maybe I need to investigate a subscribe button for the site.
Anyway, The Liebster Blog award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, so time to spread the love! Naturally, the rules...
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 3 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!
My first person to share the love with is S.E. Sinkhorn. You may know her as Maybegenius on the Bransford forums. Just scraping under the 200 follower mark required for this award, she is on her way to having a very popular and successful blog. Her posts are always helpful, and I recommend checking her out here.
My second is Megan Stirler. I always enjoy reading her blog. Her voice is frank and honest, and sometimes she pinpoints what ou need to hear! Her blog is here.
This next one is not actually a writing blog, but she is my critique partner. Seabrooke Leckie runs a nature blog, and never fails to have fascinating posts with beautiful pictures! Seen here.
In other news, I auditioned for the YA Rebels, who are losing some of their Vloggers and looking for more. Here is my audition video.
In this video I review Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.
Of course, it's only a four minute video, so I didn't get to review it a whole lot. Some addition thoughts on the book:
Again, love the cover art! The character which I think we can assume is Helen, dressed in a Grek style dress fits the book perfectly.
I thought the theme of repeated faces was an interesting twist. Most authors would be driven crazy by the thought of identical characters that aren't twins. (Us authors, we love our character descriptions!) But Josephine doesn't shy away from it, and it works.
For those of you freaking out that I called the book 'Adult' in the video, let me explain. I don't mean that people are ripping their cothes off and having graphic sex, it's not that kind of adult. However, one of the main conflicts in the book revolves around the fact that two of the characters desperately want to have sex, and can't. In addition to that, the sexual references in the book are far more overt than a lot of other YA books. Am I saying this is a bad thing? NO! Why? Because it was hot! But at the same time, I personally wouldn't just hand the book to a 12-14 year old. I think this is a book that should circulate in the older side of YA.
I was SO mad when they turned out to be cousins. It reminded me of City of Bones, when Jace and Clary end up brother and sister in the end. I was so furious I'm pretty sure I threw the book. I didn't want to happen to them. I was prepared for my heart to be broken again. Thankfully we find out they're not cousins, but they don't! Talk about painful.
All in all I can't wait to read the next one, hope you all go and check it out, and I'll see you soon.