Thursday, September 22, 2011

The "Fallen" Bandwagon

As I was walking the YA isles of my local library, and appreciating the sight of my own book gracing its shelves, I came across the much publicized and beautifully covered Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate.

I picked it up and read the blurb. “Mm…sounds like a YA, looks like a YA…let’s give it a try,” I thought after I made sure my own book was slightly tilted for a better view. *wink*

I’ve had little time lately to read too many other books, though I am constantly reading, but my To Be Read and Reviewed pile is quite long. However I did want to put this issue to rest. I can’t help wonder what makes a book so popular. I had not read any other reviews, all I knew was that it is a bestseller and the cover is beautiful.

So what did I think? Blah…not boo, just blah.
It was a page turner, I have to say that much. Corny at times, but the author did do a great job at making you turn pages. If you rate books that way, then I would have to give it a four. But the ending was less than satisfactory…much much less.

The ending is meant to leave you wondering and so curious that you’d want to buy the next book, but frankly I don’t much care. I think I’ll just get more of the same: Build-up without resolution. Their pent-up passion and love seemed to come out of nowhere. She spent too much time making Daniel be “not interested” and little time showing us his own struggles to keep away from her. Frankly when he finally came clean and showed her how much he loved her, it was corny and anti-climatic.

But who am I to judge! The book has sold millions of copies! So obviously I’m alone here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Litte Bit Off The Subject Here...

MISC-MISC-12 SEP Pictures, Images and PhotosThis post has nothing to do with my usual quips about writing, but it has to do with another subject very near and dear to me:  Beef. 
I grew up in meat loving Argentina, where beef is served with every meal and is cheaper thank chicken.  So needless to say, I love a good stake.  This love however, may need to be curved for the next year or so, due to the unparalleled drought that the great State of Texas and Oklahoma have been experiencing. 
Here's an article, that you might want to check out about the impact that this drought may have on meat prices and availability. 

It appears that due to the drought, lost of cattle has been slain because it was hard to keep them fed.  This will cause a temporary drop in prices.  But Ranchers are saying that they will nave no beef for 2012.  If big beef producers from Texas and Oklahoma run out, we will still have the ranchers from other states, but this will increase the price of beef considerably. 
If beef goes up, so will other meats like chicken and turkey and pork.  Why?  Simply because the demand will go up.

So if you like beef, or any meat for that matter, I will be so bold as to suggest you buy some and stick it in your freezer. 

You can thank me in 2012!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Harry Potter Claims Another Fan

Like a wise mother, I've been keeping Harry Potter for the right time for my now 11 yrs. old son.
The criteria I used had less to do with reading level as with eagerness.  I wanted him to want to read it, I mean, really, really want to.
I wanted his curiosity to be so peeked that letting him read the books would be like a rite of passage for him. 
I started six months ago by attacking from where he would feel it most: Legos.  We went to and I showed him one of the biggest stets, the Lego Harry Potter Castle.  We told him that he could earn this castle if he did a whole school year worth of math in half a year.  Once he got it, he wanted to know what all those rooms and secret passages were.
He watched me take my nieces and nephews to the last movie, and he was so jealous that he didn't get to go--the big rule in my house being--read first then watch. 
Last week, I unleashed my son and let him check out the first book from the library.  It was a thing of beauty to watch a child with ADHD sitting...and reading...all day long!  He brought the book to the dinner table, he read in the car.  He stayed up late, skipped on whatever we happened to be watching on T.V!  Now he's done with the first book and begging me to take him back to the library for the second.
I have to admit, that part of me is a little sad, because I know that he will breeze through these books and then they will be over.... 
He will experience that lonely, disoriented feeling of, "what now?" 
He's read the Percy Jackson series, and really enjoyed those.  But I need more!  I need to keep that momentum going and I need new series to fill that void, and quickly! 
Please Help!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chatting with Megan Frank

Today I'm visiting
where she has interview me and is doing a giveaway! 
While you're there, check out her fabulous work!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wickflicker~ By Teric Darken

Please come by The Chicks In Lit blog and read about a fascinating new release called Wickflicker. 
This story is on my TBR and has gotten great reviews. 
Meet Author Teric Darken while you're at it, and find out how he came up with that name and what this great story is about!