Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reporting from the New Moon Hot Topic Tour

So the Hot Topic Tour stopped in Houston and while I can tell you it was fun and really crowded nothing can explain it like videos and pictures. I tried not to go crazy but being so close to Nov. 20th it's very hard to contain my excitement. My day started out very normal I checked twitter, gmail,, and maybe a few sites for new pics that popped up overnight. I know but like I said we are almost at Nov 20th! Then I ask my boss if I can leave at noon to get to the Galleria early so I can get a good view of Alex Meraz and Koala Bear (Kiowa Gordon) and he just laughed and said yes! YAY did I mention I have the best boss ever! So I get to the mall and see there isn't a line so I get some food because the event starts at 7:30 I think I should eat but not drink to much before I get in line for 7 1/2 hours. I hang out in the mail until about 2 and then I learn that the event is at a different location! Well I hurry over and luckily there are only 7 people there. They are super sweet and we become line-besties. I did come prepared with line entertainment such as New Moon the book, Podcast loaded with the New Moon soundtrack, Twilight Newborn Podcast, and Twilight the movie, also a camera, and phone with access to twitter. So the 7 1/2 hours just flew by with the exception of never being able to feel my bottom half again. Seriously for a second I thought I was to old to sit on the floor. Yes I said floor! Ok so having a fan girl moment is fun but way better if you can talk your peeps into joining you. Luckily I made sitting on the floor for 7 hours sound like so much fun that Mercedes and Lydia came to join me. YAY! I was a little shocked by some of the people around me. Seriously some hadn't read the book. Others thought Taybait would be at the event when we all know he was in Paris. One teenybopper said she was ready to jump on stage and RAPE Alex. Then her friend said oh he's married and she went on to say "Who cares!" Seriously where are the parents!?! Yeah that statement means I'm old. Anyways the guys came out like 20 min early and were really great. They answered questions that the fans thought up. So all in all it was good.

So check out the pics and videos:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ballad: The Gathering of Faerie Review

Ballad: The Gathering of Faerie Ballad: The Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finished Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater last night. Before I get into the review I want to talk a little about fairy books and the author. I read different fairy books in the past but only really loved Holly Black’s version. I feel like most of the fairy books I had read were sad and didn’t believe in happy endings. I was hesitant to pick up another fairy book. I first discovered Maggie’s books when I came across Shiver at Borders. I sat and read the first few pages and I was hooked. Shiver is about wolves and is so beautifully written that I needed to read the rest of her books. At first I had a hard time finding the books at Borders and I had to keep asking them to stock them. When I read Lament I found the same wonderful writing as Shiver. I love how Maggie’s books really drop you in the story. She has an attention to detail that uses all your senses when you read her books. She describes what her characters feel, see, smell, taste, and all the sounds around them.

Ballad is the follow up to Lament but the story is told from James’ point of view. Deirdre the main character in Lament still plays a very important role but she is no longer the main character. I kept shooting tweets at the author trying to find out what happens but she wouldn’t tell. LOL At points I found the story to be sad but overall it was a really great book. We do see some of the old characters from Lament but we also meet a lot of new characters. One is Nuala a muse who wants to make a trade with James. Like all fairies there is a price to pay for her inspiration. James having dealt with fairies in the past has a better chance at not making a deal with her, but will he?

I really loved the quotes at the beginning of each Nuala's chapters. There are still many questions so I hope there will be a third book. I loved this book and Maggie is now one of my favorite authors.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dear John Movie Trailer

Update: The Movie Poster!

As many of you know I am madly in love with Nicholas Spark's books. I think Nicholas is an amazing writer and love when a great book is turned into a movie. Now if that isn't great enough Channing Tatum is playing the main part in Dear John. Dear John isn't scheduled to be released until Feb 5, 2010 but check out the clip below:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Linger - cover art

Maggie Stiefvater just released the cover art and first paragraph of Linger, the follow up to Shiver. For those of you who have not read Shiver stop everything and get it today. Its a love story between a girl and a wolf. I have posted the cover and the first paragraph below. Also check out my review of Shiver Also the film rights to Shiver have been picked up by Unique Features who are associated with Warner Brothers. Unique Features also the company who picked up the Mortal Instruments movie rights.

This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.
Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn’t cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.
But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it’s only me who’s not firmly in my own skin.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Reading List for 2009

  1. Girl Stays in the Picture (Hardcover) by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Evermore (The Immortals, #1) by Alyson Noel
  3. Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2) by Alyson Noel
  4. Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel
  5. Devil's Kiss (Hardcover) by Sarwat Chadda
  6. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  8. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  9. Thirst by Christopher Pyke (just started)

Read during November
1. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Re-read part of Twilight

Slow month blame New Moon!

Read during October:
1. Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz 5 stars I loved!!!!
2. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow - 3 Stars
3. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. Tempted (House of Night #6) by P. C. Cast
5. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater

Read during September:
1. Dreaming Anastasia – Joy Preble
2. The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2) by L.J. Smith
3. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
4. Shiver by by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
7. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink - not finished

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lament is a beautiful story.  I love that Deirdre is an ordinary girl.  Dee is dealing with an over protective and controlling mother when she comes across a boy who truly sees her.  Luke seems to know her better than most and wants nothing more than to love her.   Deirdre goes from wallflower to a strong character that even the Fairy Queen wants eliminated.  I have not been the biggest fan of fairy books but this one is truly one of the best.  Lament gives you love, loss, betrayal, and suspense.  I can’t wait to read the follow up Ballad.

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