Saturday, September 27, 2014

*Cover Release* A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Okay so now I am TOTALLY freaking out because I have been so dang behind I didn't realize the cover for A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd was already out! Gah!

So just a little back story but I LOVE The Madman's Daughter, that gave me chills. When I got to Her Dark Curiosity my face had a spaz attack and like kept twitching for 2 whole minutes. I'm pretty sure this book is going to be the death of me. So this is how the series goes really...

The Madman's Daughter: Doctor Moreau (The Island of Doctor Moreau)
Her Dark Curiosity: Jekyll and Hyde (Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde)
A Cold Legacy: Frankenstein (well...Frankenstein)

So if you like creepy novels that make you bite your nails down to nubs, make your bladder need to clear out faster (yeah gross) and will make your arm hair stick up like a freaked out cat, then this is for you. So here is the AMAZING cover!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Infinite Sea Release Day (LATE)

Well I'm seriously late, about a week late but now that you all have had a chance to run out and buy a copy of the sequel (The Infinite Sea) to Rick Yancey's alien, post-apocalyptic novel The 5 Wave, it would be a good time to ask how ya'll are liking it. I haven't read it yet so NO spoilers! But when I do get my hands on a copy I'll make sure I leave a review on here and on Goodreads. So everybody enjoy your copy and HAPPY RELEASE DAY RICK YANCEY!!!

And all I have to say is Evan better be alive. He better.

Margo Roth Spiegelman (Paper Towns Movie) Has Been Cast!

So here is some great news to start off a wave of awesome things to come! Margo Roth Spiegelman, as in from John Green's book now turned movie adaption of Paper Towns, has been casted!

Margo will be played by non-other than the beautiful model Cara Delevingne! I kind of hate to say it but really the only thing it seems Cara and Margo have in common are the crazy last names that take many tries to spell. Though John does love the choice it seems many are opposed.

 What do you think?

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff
  Cara Delevingne- Margo Roth Spiegelman                Nat Wolff- Quentin Jacobsen            

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

*NEW* YALLFest Information Released (TICKETS ON SALE NOW)

So if you hadn't heard previous rumors, than guess what! YALLFest will be 2 days this year! So I have all the information here, you can also find a copy at Some events are free, some you have to reserve and others cost $7.


Tickets for the Opening Keynote, Closing Keynote, and the YA Smackdown are on sale now!
*Tickets are nonrefundable and available only online. All ticketed events sold out last year, don’t delay!
Friday, Nov. 7, 3 - 5 pm. Upper King Street.
Penguin March
YALLFest 2014 kicks off a day early with the Penguin March, a ‘lit-crawl’ book signing with seven top authors. Get books and a map at Blue Bicycle Books, then go meet your favorite authors at various venues on Historic Upper King Street. Tentative line-up: James Dashner, Gayle Forman, Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver, Kiera Cass and Scott Westerfeld.
FreePresented by Penguin
Friday, Nov 7, 4 pm. Charleston County Public Library, Teen Lounge, 60 Calhoun St.
YALLFest Red Carpet Preview
A select group of authors will walk the carpet on their way to this special preview panel. Authors TBA.
Free. Space is limited, reservations required, call the library at 843.805.6903. Presented by BiblioBoard           
Sat. Nov. 8, 10 am. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Opening Keynote Conversation
James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Sarah Zarr (Story of a Girl)  
$7. Tickets herePresented by Random House    
Sat. Nov. 8, 4 pm. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Closing Keynote Conversation
Sarah Dessen (Along For the Ride) and Ally Condie (Matched)  
$7. Tickets herePresented by Penguin     
Sat. Nov. 8, 6 pm. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
YA Smackdown Featuring Tiger Beat
Hosted by authors Adam Gidwitz and Gayle Forman, this all-star jam brings dozens of our featured authors on stage at once. Come root for your favorites as they compete in storytelling and improv games, and otherwise embarrass themselves, all for the chance to win the coveted Golden Pie trophy. Wrapping things up will be a mind-melting, roof-blowing performance by all-author band Tiger Beat!
$7. Tickets herePresented by Epic Reads
Sat. Nov. 8, 10 am to 5 pm. Upper King Street.
The rest of YALLFest!
*18 panels and talks in the American Theater, 446 King St. and Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
*Booksignings with all 60 authors in venues near Blue Bicycle Books.
*Literary Bazaar of Exhibitors in the Big Tent by Blue Bicycle Books

Free! Exact schedule of panels, signings and locations to be announced Nov. 1
Blue Bicycle Books/YALLFest Offices:
420 King St., Charleston, SC, 29403. 843.722.2666

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

*BOOK REVIEW* Paper Towns by John Green

{Author: John Green} 
{Pages: 305 pages}
{Publisher: Speak}
{I Own 2 Copies}

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.


It's almost impossible to explain every little detail of my thought process while reading Paper Towns. First off, though, i feel it necessary to explain that I started this a while back. I tried reading the prologue first which was a bust, I got majorly confused and gave up. I tried again during a long scene in drama class and still managed to shove it back on my shelf. To be honest the beginning confused me. I couldn't make sense out of the dead guy; though how can you put it more clearly?  Finally, thanks to a lovely trip out of the country I found myself another copy of Paper Towns at an old book store and bought it. I only on the way home began reading it in the airport. This time I skipped the prologue, it made no real sense for me to read it and with having read all of the book, it didn't bother me that I only read it after finishing the book, so you can skip if you have an aversion to prologues and extra wordage and such.

I'll begin with what I'm trying to get into a habit of doing. That is, splitting up this review into different sections and covering the book that way. That way if you're a worrywart for if the logicality of scenes and you could really care less about the rest of the review you can just skip ahead to that section and read it. I also dislike long, ramble-y reviews; I tend to repeat myself several times if I write reviews like that, so for your convenience this is better. So furthermore let this begin! 


So Dialogue. Honestly the dialogue was how we wish we could all speak-- Witty with smart comebacks all the time. I loved reading it and laughing because some of the stuff Q said was hilarious, and it should be coming from the voice of John Green, but the reality of it is that 90% of us aren't capable to hold just the perfect conversation. It may be a little fake but the thing is, when you're writing you have to keep a strong dialogue. You can't just have your characters saying "um" or getting quiet all the time, so a little falseness can actually do good to dialogue. Though I hate when there is so much falseness that it becomes like shoving your face with caramel, cotton candy and ice cream all at the same time...then no I will not be giving it a good review. The only reason I'm not getting sick over this is because, no not because it's John Green, but because it was in the right dosage. 



I have two different covers; a UK version and the US version. Personally I love the UK cover better and my answer to anybody who asks why, is that because American Covers suck. Okay maybe just some of them but I'll let you decide on your own which one is better.


I do think though that both covers bring out exactly the most important things about Paper Towns. First, the UK version is 3D artwork of a paper town. The US version is a map with a pin stuck in it. Q is struggling to follow Margo's bread crumb trail that leads him all over a map. I can't spoil anything else. Period. Just believe me though, if you read this, you will understand what I'm talking about.



Allow me to say that I misjudged how I would get into this. I thought it would take super long to REALLY get into this book. After like chapter 2 I was knee deep in pure awesomeness! Okay, that was a little fangirlish. The pace though had been just right throughout most of the story except for the beginning and a few times in the center. Also, this is probably just me, but I felt in the end when they were counting down the hours it felt like it was taking forever. Maybe it was just my nerves at that moment but I guess all we can say is that it's John, and we all know John likes to draw the inevitable out.


Q is a very interesting character. You can clearly see the development from not many friends and bullied, to almost popular and super sleuth. Okay maybe "super sleuth" is a little far-fetched but the mystery that is Margo Roth Spiegelgman was clearly Q's main focus. First off if you have a crush on someone, it's hard not to freak out a little when they just evaporate into thin air. Now without going into Margo's character to much (because i have to keep the mystery alive), she is understandably the one character who could completely have you turning and twisting a million different directions trying to please her, and on your own accord too.
Beyond that I can't go into Margo's character.
Q though is another character with back story and an awfully complex one to boot. Q starts off only with two friends and a slight fear of being shoved around by the school bullies, but incidently because of Margo he is able to become something more. He becomes real. (You'll understand that later). As a child, both he and Margo were witness to a grotesque event and you can somewhat see how that has just a little (real little) dripped into their lives. More Margo's than Q's. Several times, Margo refers to "the strings just breaking inside", which she also refers to during the said event in the beginning of the story. Q also uses this term to try and understand Margo whilst looking for her. Okay maybe I just need to give you one more little motivational push to read this. Margo Roth Spiegelman is a plot twist.
9/10 for Quentin        100/10 for Margo
Now that this review is done, I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you read it. Like right now. I hope you also refuse to see any spoilers or read the end first because that would mean you're a peasant, a pansycake, a shuck-faced greenie, whatever you find insulting in a bookish kind of way.