Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guest Post : They Might Not Like Your Books-Leah Cypess

Here today with a guest post is amazing author, Leah Cypess! Thank you so much to Leah for letting me be a part of her Nightspell blog tour!

I Like You, I’m Just Not That Into Your Book

One of the most amazing things about being published – and one I wasn’t really thinking about, when I was seeking to get published – was that suddenly, I was part of a community of authors. Both of my debut author groups, the Tenners and the Classof2K10, have been amazing in terms of support, and through The Enchanted Inkpot I’ve made a whole bunch of like-minded fantasy-loving friends.

But here’s the thing: all those authors? Have written books. Kind of by definition. In my first flush of excitement, I determined to read all the books written by the members of authors I was becoming friends with online.

And here’s the problem: How many of you have liked every single one of the last 60 or so books you’ve read?

Obviously, this can lead to some awkwardness. What if I like an author personally – have chatted with him or her about marketing, commiserated over bad reviews, cheered over the book’s successes… and then I read the book itself, the reason the two of us even know each other. And I don’t like it.

It’s not even a what if. It’s inevitable.

Also inevitable, of course, is that some of my writer-friends will not like my book. Some won’t even be interested in reading it. Some will read it and hate it.

The fact that not everyone is going to like your book is something every author has to get used to. But it’s on a different level when it’s your peers, your support group, who dislike your book – and maybe secretly think those bad reviews you’re complaining about are dead-on.

So what do I do about it? Well, to be honest, mostly I try to avoid it. This is one of the reasons I don’t write reviews, and in fact try not to talk about books online in any sort of systematic way. I know some writers argue that criticism and negative reviews are necessary, and I don’t disagree. But I don’t think it’s necessary that they come from me. Every writer has to develop a thick skin when it comes to reviews, but some of us are more successful at it than others. And even the thickest skin can be punctured by a friend.

It’s a bit stilted and artificial to refrain from talking about books online when books are so much of what I love and what I do. But I also think it’s wise. As a writer reading reviews, you come to understand something about your own book: that not everybody likes it, and the people who dislike it don’t cancel out the ones who do. And hopefully, you learn to understand that about other peoples’ books too, including the ones you dislike. Other people do love that book you threw against the wall, and it’s not because they’re unintelligent or have no taste or don’t appreciate good literature. If anything, it is easier to understand this when you know the author personally, so you’re well aware that he/she isn’t lacking in taste or unappreciative of good literature. You’re not part of that book’s audience. That’s fine.

The situation is alleviated by the fact that, since writers usually write to their own tastes, these feelings are often mutual. There’s nothing quite like finding out that a writer whose books you greatly admire admires your books as well. Similarly, if I don’t find a writer’s book to my tastes, it is incredibly likely that writer isn’t really into my books either. I have some close writer friends with whom I suspect this is true. It doesn’t have to stop us from sharing and supporting each other in all aspects of our writing careers. Maybe it wouldn’t be the greatest idea for us to be critique partners. But with a little tact, there’s no reason we can’t just be friends.

Again, I would like to thank Leah Cypess for her amazing guest post. NIGHTSPELL is out now!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Children of the Lost Moon by Gabrielle Blue

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

"Savannah, werewolves may not be quite as fast as we are, but they are much faster than humans. They will rip you apart before you even have a chance to react. They also have one defining trait that we do not- if they do not kill you, you will become infected."

He grabbed me by the upper arms and stared down at me, face grim, indigo eyes frightening.

"You would become a werewolf. And then I would have to kill you."

Let me start by saying, I started this book and could not put it down! I finished it in a few hours!

Savannah, the main character is portrayed as a very strong individual. I think she is amazing! She fences, which is something I have never seen in a YA book before. She has confidence and that is something that girls need to see in books!

Luke is unlike any male character I have ever read before. He's passionate and so caring.
I could feel his love for Savannah pouring off the pages. It was great.
Luke is also very family oriented, whereas Savannah lacks that family structure.

The book is action packed. With most books, it takes a while to get to the action, and a lot of the time it kinda fizzles throughout the book. That is not the case with Children of the Lost Moon. With this book, the action was there all the way until the very end. Which I found that I really enjoyed.

I loved getting to know the characters as well. I felt like I knew Savannah and Luke quite well by the end of the book. Their relationship was so sweet. And at times they had little tiffs like any normal teenage couple does. It was refreshing to read something so real.

Reading about shape shifters was completely new to me. And I have to say, I loved it! It was super entertaining and quite interesting.

All in all, this book was amazing! I did not want it to end AT ALL!

I hope you will all read this book! And a big thank you to Gabrielle Blue for letting me review their incredible book!

You can purchase the book here.
And you can follow Gabrielle Blue on Twitter here.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: Review

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (April 6, 2006)
  • Language: English

Book Description

Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or … Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all–so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So … happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together. *Taken from

When I started this book, I didn't know what to expect. I had never read a Sarah Dessen book before. But let me tell you, I am a true Dessen fan now!

This book was a dashing read from beginning to end.

Macy was a strong character. I could feel the hurt of losing her father pouring out of the pages.

I felt for her. She was smart, ambitious, funny, loveable, caring, and had the ability to love someone with all that she was. That is something that keeps me reading a book.

Wes was equally amazing. A tortured soul, yet he was so loving. The way he was with his brother was so incredibly sweet. (I have three brothers of my own, so it touched a sweet spot with me) And with Macy, you could just feel the connection.

Their story pulled me in more and more with the turning of every page. At points, I was breathless with the anticipation of what was to come next. I was truly amazed!

This is a book that I would read over and over again. Please, check it out!

And check out Sarah Dessen as well. She is an amazing author!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Vamplets: Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to review Vamplets.

Vamplets are baby Vampyres that appeal to children and adults alike. I was like a kid in a candy store when the box finally arrived! I couldn't wait to open the box and see them in person! I had been drooling over the website for what seemed like forever. And I must say, I was not disappointed!

If you are like me, and into everything vampire, you will love Vamplets. They are extremely soft and cuddly. And made of a very sturdy material.

There are 6 baby vampyres.

Burton Creepson Jr.

Artistic, moody, dark and tormented. A true artist. Burton finger paints with blood. Cover all furniture, walls and personal possessions. Hide all extra bottles of blood as a is his artistic medium of choice. Be warned if deprived of artistic outlet he will go into a deep depression. If deep depression occurs and you are unable to find him look in the nearest belfry tower, dark place or where bats might roost. You'll find him there! Burton Creepson Jr. is 8.5 inches tall.

Cadaverson Nightshade

He is an inventor and never utters a sound. Always too busy thinking and scheming up new ways to frighten others. Cadaverson's constantly taking apart things to create new inventions. Lock up all TVs, computers, MP3 players and anything you might value as a precaution! If aforementioned items stop functioning due to disassembly a big time-out is needed. Let him play with his spider. If his pet spider has no effect on his creative destruction of your personal property have a cage available. Lock him up immediately! Release upon hiding your remaining valuable possessions. Cadaverson Nightshade is 8-3/4 inches tall.

Count Vlad Von Gloom

He is descended from a direct line that dates back to Count Dracula. Therefore he is arrogant...he's royalty after all! He is never full when fed. Keep a full warm bottle of blood handy at all times. This is a warning! Vlad is totally fussy about his appearance. A stray drop of blood on his diaper can cause a tantrum. If a tantrum occurs quickly place him on his bed of nails. This is a favorite among his many torture device playthings. Count Vlad Von Gloom is 8 inches tall.

Evilyn Nocturna

She is slightly off and a bit mad. This is due to her visionary powers. She can see the future, has visions and waking dreams. Since she is psychic she can guess your every move. This is a warning! Full body armor is suggested at all times for she would rather take a sip from you than her bottle. She tends to sleepwalk. You must lock her securely in her coffin before each sunrise thus preventing her destruction by the sun's harmful rays. Evilyn Nocturna is 8.5 inches tall.

Lily Rose Shadowlyn

She is surprisingly well behaved for a baby Vampyre. She plays well and shares with others, not a trait normally found in Vamplets. Although Lily Rose is sweet she has a dark side. She will smile and hug you then bite you thinking nothing is wrong with that. If she appears exceptionally sweet and careful when approaching her! She can fly into fits of rage when denied her hugs and "Vampyre kisses" which can be lethal! At all times have on hand a jar of Poison Black Apple Sauce...unsweetened. This is her favorite treat and should calm her down immediately. Lily Rose Shadowlyn is 10 inches tall.

Midnight Mori

She is bossy and wants her way. A true baby Vampyre leader. Never tell her no! You will regret it. Midnight is aggressive, constantly annoyed, restless. She does not like to stay put nor sleep. Have a pretty pink stuffed pony or unicorn on hand at all times. If a state of restless aggression occurs place the aforementioned stuffed toy in front of her. She will instantly become terrified and immobile. This will keep her in her crib until she can be safely tucked into her coffin where she will rest during the day! Midnight Mori is 9.5 inches tall.

You can also buy accessories for your Vamplet. For instance, a BLOOD BOTTLE! How adorably genius is that?!

You should definitely check out the website. Which you can find here. It is very interactive and extremely fun! It is easy to navigate and a very enjoyable experience. To be quite honest, my favorite part of the website is the eerie lullaby music that plays when you are on the home page. It suits the Vamplets perfectly and it is a brilliant touch! I love it!

Vamplets are very reasonably priced. At $16.95 for the Vamplet alone and $19.95 including a coffin, I say they are very affordable.

Shipping was extremely fast. I believe it took 3 business days to reach me. Which is very nice if you are impatient like me. :)

I'll also include pictures of the Vamplets that were sent to me. I also received buttons (available on the website) and blood bottles!

Burton Creepson Jr.

Midnight Mori

All in all, I am addicted to Vamplets! I can't wait to collect them all! Please check them out!

Thank you so much to the Vamplet team for letting me do this review! Your products are amazing!