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Friday, April 29, 2011
Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee


If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

In no particular order and all being great books...
It was hard choosing just three out of the eight books, but I ended up choosing the first three, the story of Anne growing up and falling in love.

Two classics, two heavier readings for when I want to be occupied for a long while.

Dystopian guide (and a great trilogy!)

My way of cheating: seven in one!!

BOOK NUMBER TEN
As for the last book, I would like YOUR suggestion. The last is always the hardest to decide, much much harder than the first books, as this is it. This is the last one. 
I would like to hear your opinions. 

(Will return the favor and comment on your posts if I haven't done so already!)



Book Blogger Hope is hosted by Crazy for Books
Book Blogger Hop
"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"

This is a very, very demanding question. I am looking forward to so many books, how can I choose just one? In the end, I'm going to have to go with Wolfsbane because Nightshade left us hanging with Calla finding herself in the lair of the Searchers. We don't know what is going to happen with her, and we don't know if Ren will suffer for letting Calla and Shay escape. 


Wolfsbane
by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade Book 2: Betrayal, loss, pain, fear. How many trials can love endure and still survive?

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended–Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer–one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack–and the man–she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Isn't that such an exciting pitch? We can tell already that Calla will be seeing action while undergoing the trials of love at the same time.

What are your thoughts on Wolfsbane? What is your most anticipated read?
(Will follow and comment in return if I haven't done so already!)
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Review - Crossing State Lines: An American Renga


4 Stars: A Great Read
Hardcover: 80 Pages
Publication: March 29, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A collaborative poem about America, from fifty-four of our best poets.

Crossing State Lines: An American Renga is a poetic relay race across the continent: fifty-four poets responding to ideas of America—and to each other. This is a collaborative journey of impressions—from the election and inauguration of President Obama, through foreclosures, job losses, chords of country music, and bombs in Baghdad, to a poet-soldier’s rifle-sight in Afghanistan.

The renga itself, in the ancient tradition of Japanese linked verse, provides the form of this historic conversation among the poets, as they meditate, within ten lines, on a moment in America. Crossing State Lines begins with Robert Pinsky’s recounting of a line of poetry by Lincoln as fall deepens and “maples / kindle in the East,” and ends some five hundred lines later, with Robert Hass’s “greeny April” on the Pacific coast.

I really enjoyed reading the poems. Told in the ancient tradition of Japanese linked verse, the poems bring out the feeling of collaboration, uniting the states in this renga. The idea of crossing state lines is further developed through the lack of individual titles for the poems. I hadn't read the works of many of these poets, and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to read their works. They are all talented. I know that I'll be sharing my book with friends and family!

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I received a copy of this book through Goodreads.
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Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Thursday, April 28, 2011

3 Stars: A Good Read
Series: Carrier #1
Paperback: 352 Pages
Publication: Octoer 4, 2011 by Harper Teen

A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

The story follows Megan following her move to Kinsale, Ireland for her father's new job at a marina. Leigh introduces the characters in a wonderful manner from Megan showing her father how to work the 'wonders of technology' to bumping into Caitlin and catching the deliciously hot Adam staring at her on the first day of school. (Okay, Adam staring comes second, but I'm listing it last to place more emphasis on hot Adam.) Leigh has a light-hearted writing style, and you can see her humor mix in with Megan's thoughts as she adjusts to Irish lingo and Irish life in general.

From the first chapters, I fell in love with Kinsale. Leigh does a fabulous job of describing the place while building the tension surrounding Megan's instant chemistry with Adam and the development of the mystery surrounding the DeRís family. Her attraction to Adam is all too understandable because of his looks, but Leigh has another explanation for it, one that I'm going to have to leave out so as not to spoil the surprise.

Adam may appear to be aloof and unapproachable at first, but the reader will find in him a passionate, charming young man with a level head that will cease to listen to reason should harm threaten to come to those he loves. His sister Áine has a wonderful sense of humor. I'm certain that I had a silly smile on my face during her appearances. And as for the rest of the family, I'm going to leave it with there's a lot more beneath the surface than one would initially think, and I grew to love each member of the family.

Leigh has created another kind of paranormal. It's one that we may have seen in another form, to be fair, but she's incorporated a mythology and ancient orders into it. Her use of imagery isn't especially ornate or embellished, but her words are mesmerizing and filled with a simple beauty.

While her powers excite Megan at first, presenting her the opportunity of growing closer to Adam, they threaten to tear her away from him at the same time. Love is never easy, especially when your partner comes from the same breed as you in The Carrier of the Mark. The battle for love and the protection of order in the world will be a long and heartbreaking journey for Megan and her friends.

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Interview with Leigh Fallon & Hikari's review of Carrier of the Mark
  

I won an ARC in a competition at the author's site.
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Author Interview - Leigh Fallon

Leigh Fallon, whose debut novel The Carrier of the Mark will be published this Fall by HarperTeen, is joining us today with interview.


A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

Have you always known that you would be a writer, or did you have another childhood dream? What got you writing?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a vet, or an international show jumper.  I think at one stage I even wanted to be air stewardess (imagine? Oh I’d make an awful stewardess).  I ended up being Treasury Analyst (yeah, never saw that one coming).  Being a writer never crossed my mind until the day I started writing The Carrier of the Mark two years ago.  I was about three or four chapters into it when I suddenly realized I love this! From there I became obsessed, and I haven’t looked back since.

Would say that working in corporate finance has influenced your writing?
Seriously?  Banks… accounting… money, if ever there were a lineup of inspiration killers, that would be it.

Do you like to outline before writing? Mind sharing how you go about the writing process?
I don’t really outline actually.  My first draft is a bulky tale that starts with a couple of ideas that I trash out.  I always know how a book will end, and I ‘see’ the main scenes long before I get to them.  I write out of sequence quite a bit too.  I’m always eager to get to the juicy bits, it inspires me to go back and write a lead up befitting to the exciting scenes.

How did you come up with the idea behind The Carrier of the Mark?
I was sitting in my jeep outside of my daughters’ ballet school.  My twin babies were in the car bawling their eyes out with boredom.  I was looking for a way to escape it all for a few moments when something my dad said popped into my head. ‘everyone has a book in them’.  So taking these pearls of wisdom, I picked up some scraps of paper and started jotting down notes about a story that was stirring in my head.  Each of the characters became very clear almost immediately and the magical element was at the forefront.   The inspiration for it? Well probably the town of Kinsale, the old buildings, the eclectic mix of people, the beautiful views.  But the story went from inspiration to the makings of a book in less than 30mins on the backs of receipts and napkins.

Which character was your favorite to write about? Who was the hardest?
My favorite character, ooo that’s a difficult one.  I love them all so dearly, Caitlin was fun, she’s the most relatable character to me I guess.  But if I had to give an absolute favorite… maybe Áine.  I love her attitude and her smart ass comments.  I love the way so sees the light side of things.   The hardest character to write was actually Jennifer.  I had her as a much bitchier character in the first draft of the book, my editor didn’t really like her, so instead of getting rid of her character, I made her friendlier, so I had to do a bit of a mind shift for writing her.

What is the hardest part about working with an editor? Your favorite?
The hardest part about working with an editor is reading your first ever editor’s letter, absorbing all the ideas, revision requests, and edits.  It’s a bit overwhelming at first.  But once I’d learned to trust my editor that disappeared, and I devoured the editor’s letter several times.  I ended up loving the editing process, as it’s getting into the nitty gritty of the creative process again. So the hardest bit soon became my favorite bit.

What 2011 releases are you looking forward to?
  • Die for me by Amy Plum
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

What do you look for in a good story?
  • Absorbing characters
  • Excellent, believable dialogue
  • And skin tingling romance

What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I always have crazy dreams, I used have this recurring one that I was in an elevator but instead of it going up and down it would whizz around the place going left to right as well as up and down, and breathtaking speeds.  I’d wake up petrified and with motion sickness… now that’s weird.

Paranormal creature you’d be?
Witch

Literary Hero?
Jilly Cooper the author of Adult books, Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man who made husband Jealous, Score, Appasionata, and Wicked.  I loved every one of her books and have read them so many times they’ve fallen apart.  Her Epic bad boy, Rupert Campbell Black, and his best bud and sidekick, Billy Lloyd Fox, entertained me all the way through the 90’s.

Favorite cartoon character?
Can I say a program? I loved the Gummi Bears best cartoon ever, with the smurfs coming in a close second.

Favorite vacation spot?
Sicily, Italy

Hidden talent?
I’m a trained soprano singer. I won loads of competitions when I was kid, but I’m too shy to sing much these days, unless I’m poking fun at myself.

I hope that you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Remember, The Carrier of the Mark is coming out this Fall and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon. Don't forget to check it out!

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Leigh was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork she discovered a love of writing. She writes mainly for the young adult market. Her current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted her to abandon her ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury, and she has been writing ever since. She has another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects she's working on. She and her family now share their time between Ireland and the US.

Related Posts: my review of The Carrier of the Mark


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Hey!

For those of you who have followed me at Kris Writes, I've been blogging there for a while now. As I've been reading more, my writing blog is becoming swamped with reading-related context, and I've decided to start a book blog to keep the two separate!



EDIT 5/13: Hikari has joined Imaginary Reads!
We're two obsessed readers from opposite ends of the globe. We'll be blogging about YA books, and there'll be reviews, giveaways, and all that jazz.

Prepare yourself... for nonstop book galore, courtesy of yours truly. Because we love books with a passion, we'll go on for hours and hours about them without stopping.