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Another FANTASTIC installment for the Iron Fey Series

By: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Awesomeness (Although some people might call this YA fantasy)
Rating: PG-13 for some kick-ass kali
Spoilers: I’m gonna try not to
Coffee Beans: 5
Cover: Pretty good. Not particularly enjoying the half naked Ethan, since nowhere in the book does he show up that way (I’ve chosen a different cover to post for this review)
Instalove Factor: zilch
My Personal Recommendation: Please sir, can I have some more?
Opening Line: My name is Ethan Chase. And I doubt I’ll live to see my eighteenth birthday.
Favorite Line: So many
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review

Publisher’s Summary

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My Review

Awesomeness, awesomeness, followed by some brilliance and more awesomeness.
The end.
For realz, though. Julie became one of my favorite authors after reading The Immortal Rules. I own the Iron Fey series now, but haven’t read them yet, and when this book came up for grabs from NetGalley, I jumped all over it (and probably mauled a couple people in the process).
Oh, keep in mind that this review is based on only the Lost Prince and not the Iron Fey series (as I haven’t read those yet). So any spoilers as to the first series are completely unintentional.
This book picks up 15 years after Megan has left to become the Iron Queen in Nevernever. Ethan has been trying for that long to forget the Fey even exist and live a normal life. Sucks to be him, because that ain’t happening. The fey know he can see them so the follow and torment him where ever he goes and as a result he’s switching schools constantly and just started another one, midterm.
Enter school newspaper editor and resident cutie, Sally, and resident Halfbreed, Todd. Of course Ethan tries to keep himself away from those two, but it’s a losing battle. The Fey know he’s there and start to harass him. Maintaining as low of a profile as he can, he discovers that outcast fey and halfbreeds are disappearing from the real world, and no one knows why.
When mysterious and deadly Fey come after him and Sally, Ethan has no choice but to escape with her to the Nevernever. And so begins his journey.
This story really is kickass. Like I said, having not read Megan’s story, I really had no idea about the world or Ethan’s history. But that didn’t matter. This book was a standalone story and everything was explained to me outright or in context ad was easy to pick up on.
As always, Julie’s plots are detailed and sound, her world real, and I’m particularly in love with her dialogue and the fact that all her MCs know how to fight (which comes in handy in her books, obvs.). It always feels like I’m there with the characters and I want to hurry up and get to the end to know what happens, but then am always so sad when it’s over.
For sure pick up a copy and read it for yourself. If you’re a fan of awesome writing, good plots, engaging characters, and the Iron Fey/Julie Kagawa, this one will be another book added to your Favorites list.

So, I promise to start writing more post-y things on here. I’ve just been so INCREDIBLY busy. Finishing up the final rounds of edits to CASTE so I can get it off, then preparing for the feis this weekend (that’s an Irish dance competition). My poor knees and feet. Oye!Anyway, time for an entertaining Freebee Friday!

–Me

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Freebee Friday!

There are a lot of funny commercials on tv right now. And since I’m in the market for a new phone, I notice those the most. Here’s the one I want. And they just happen to have one that makes me laugh. Enjoy!Happy Friday, my friends!

–Me


Drain You blog hop & giveaway is here! RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW!

This is so exciting! I have the AMAZING opportunity to be a part of the Drain You blog tour!! Yay! And guess what comes with that? All sorts of wicked cool things. :) Like my review (obvs), the book trailer, prizes (at the bottom), and finding all sorts of other cool blogs participating.  I mean, with a summary like this: 

“Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.”

How can you say no, right? So, let’s get started, shall we?

My Review:

Rating: Strong PG-13. Open door sex scenes, but no really details given
Coffee Beans: 4/5
Favorite Lines: So I loved Libby, but in a vintage way. Like a childhood blanket, or my dad’s mac and cheese. A deep love, but not one you tap into on a daily basis. (Ebook, pg 25)

Okay, no big deal, I’d just call Stiles…at his underground lair, where he most likely had Libby chained to a radiator and she was loving it. Stella gave me the number, which contained not even one six, let alone the three in a row I’d expected. (Ebook, pg 76)

…I drew on so much eyeliner I looked like a sobbing drunk raccoon on a tequila bender… (Ebook pg 134)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

I admit, when I read the first chapter, I wasn’t that impressed. The voice was a little off and the writing didn’t grab me. But I kept reading and figured out that this was pretty much awesomeness. It instantly reminded me of The Lost Boys, but now. It also reminded me of the 90’s (which I loved) and made me want to move back to SoCal and remember the good times I had while growing up.
There were multiple things that impressed me with this book:
  • The dialogue. Snappy, witty, snarky, and funny, Bloom’s dialogue is just downright good. I was there, it was real, and it carried the story much more than just narrative alone
  • The MC’s voice. Quinn has a dark sense of humor and is so quick with everything, and her attitude of “whatever” is the icing on the cake. There were so many funny lines that were added that perfect certain something, which made the entire reading experience that much better
  • The MC. Quinn, for me, is very real. She cares deeply about those who mean something to her. She doesn’t know what she wants when it comes to boys. She’s shallow and selfish at times, but she has drive. And I didn’t find that off-putting at any point. Mainly because she gets called on it (several times) and she knows it’s the truth. But we’ve all been there. Admit it.
  • The relationships. There are several different, unique relationships Quinn is a part of, and they all come to life so realistically. Her absentee parents but their very functional relationship. Her coworker and complicated relationship-er, Morgan. Her casual best friend, Libby. The snobby girl from school, Naomi. James, the hot brother Quinn never knew existed. The equally hot other brother and instant best friend when crush disappears, Whit. And the evil twins, Stiles and Sanders. They all work brilliantly.
  • The package. I’m assuming this is going to be a series. Depending on how well this one goes. I thought it was a tight, well-written story encapsulated into one book. The ending was finite but there are definitely LOTS of questions that still need answering.

There was one thing that didn’t sit well with me, though.

  • Instalove. I’m not a fan of this. It’s unbelievable and really jars me out of a story. Yeah, we get Quinn thinks James is hot and she’s majorly crushing on him and they have to get together for the sake of plot progression. But getting as close and invested as they did—and in only a week—is a little hard for me to swallow. (update: after reading it for a second time in prep for this tour, I want to amend this statement. The second time around, I got a better sense of who Quinn was and the intensity of her life. And while there still was Instalove present, it wasn’t nearly as obvious as before. That is all. Thank you.)
  • The MC sleeps. A lot. Which isn’t bad, I guess. But she’s always tired and sleeping. *Shrugs shoulders* Just thought I’d mention that.

If you’re a fan of the 90’s (and if you aren’t, you should be), if you liked The Lost Boys (and if you didn’t, shame on you. Watch it again and change your mind), and if you enjoy dark humor, pick up the book. You’ll probably be pretty entertained.
Pick it up and decide for yourself. :)
And yes, this is another vampire book. I love them so much <3

And Publisher’s Weekly (<–link) loved it, too!:  “Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.” Want to buy this book and devour it like I did? Check it. BN & Amazon

Because book trailers are all sorts of awesome:

Plus, Bloom’s really kinda some sort of AWESOME:

“Bloom’s first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA WeeklyAND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.

M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee’ing, and ladies book clubbing.” 

And now, what we all really want. FREE STUFF!

Okay, wanna know what you could win? Here it is!

  • 5 copies of Drain You signed by Bloom
  • $50 credit at Wasteland (Quinn’s favorite store. And it IS pretty awesome if I do say so myself)
  • Pages from Quinn’s notebook (pics below)
  • 10 Drain You bookmarks handmade by no other than Quinn herself (probably while she was hanging out at the video store with Morgan)
  • 10 90’s mixtapes curated and created by Quinn (Guys. For real. This is my favorite prize above all. Do you know how COMPLETELY AWESOME the music was in the 90s???? It was, like, epicly awesome!)

Now, for the winning part. Simply fill out the raffle copter below. That’s all. Easy-peasy life is breezy. (I had to do a link rather than a widget because I’m still trying to figure WordPress out and I’m not html savvy…yet…Hopfully I can get someone WAY smarter than I am to help me out very soon…)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s all I have for you today, but seriously, pick up the book and read it. I loved it and think you will, too. Also, make sure to enter and win all the prizes you can. And check out all the other blogs this hop will be making an appearance on. Peace my friends!

The next stop on the tour (copied from Mundie Moms blog):

October 18th
October 19th
October 20th
October 21st
October 22nd
October 23rd
 
October 24th
October 25th
October 26th
 
October 27th
October 28th
 
October 29th
 
October 30th
 
October 31st

A British version of Jumper that’s not original enough

Shift
By: Kim Curran
Genre: YA sci-fi suspense
Rating: DNF so I can’t rate it accurately
Spoilers: No
Coffee Beans: DNF so I can’t rate it accurately
Cover: okay
Instalove Factor: *Groan* It was there
My Personal Recommendation: I have none
Opening Line:
Favorite Line: Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review
 
Publisher’s Summary

When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.
 
My Review

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t finish this book. I didn’t even get really that far into it (1/3 of the way). I’m not sure why, but the book didn’t really grab me. The was interesting (although far from original) so I was eager to see how the author made it their own and what their twist would be.

I know this review is a copout, and for that I sincerely apologize, but there just wasn’t enough there to pull me through to the end. Sorry guys. But my signature sign off is no truer than it is today:

Read it and decide for yourself its value.


Definitely NOT another Harry Potter

A book-related Freebee Friday!

This awesome review was written by my good friend, and reading buddy, Tiff. :) 

The Casual Vacancy
By: J.K. Rowling
My Rating- 1.5 stars
Spoilers- A few vague ones

Publisher Summary-

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

My review-

I had high hopes for this book. I love books set in a small town atmosphere. The plot seemed interesting enough and let’s face it, I loved Harry Potter so this was a must read for me because I wanted to see what type of book JKR was going to write post HP. I see so many individuals writing reviews comparing Casual Vacancy to the Harry Potter series, that’s annoying. The author made it clear this is no way associated to HP series. So, the book is destined to fail for you if readers are expecting wizards and magic. It’s a book for adults.

It’s a slow starter. There are a lot of characters. I lost count but I think the book shifts perspective between 16 people. At about 40% I’d say it started to really capture my interest. The story isn’t that exciting, it’s more of a big soap opera. Stop now if you don’t want spoilers.

Here’s why I didn’t like the book. The book portrays the worst in people. Out of all the characters I only could muster liking two or three of them, barely. And the character I had such high hopes for to redeem herself and better her life ends up dying in a tragic, horrible way. In this story there was just the worst in people brought out and it seemed that there was no humanity. We have to believe there’s good in some people right?!

There’s sex, drugs, profanity, murder, rape, pedophilia, and bullying. None of which offend me but it’s a bit much to cram in a small town! The characters are at each other’s throats and the whole town is a bunch of extremist gossips & bullies. The main issue stemmed from the majority of the town council wanting to cut off funding and close a rehab clinic that’s directly linked to several of the characters. The lack of sympathy for others was appalling. There are a few good people and outcomes as a result of the big climax, I’ll give it that.

I can take depressing books, in fact some of the best books are downtrodden because they expose us to things outside our comfort zone and different cultures. But this one was too much. I felt there were too many tragedies crammed into the vast amount of characters in the small town.

So in short it was the lack of humanity, sympathy, goodness in people and the tragic death of a character I’d hope would redeem herself that ruined the book for me.

But, read it for yourself, perhaps you’ll disagree with me. The reviews out there are very much mixed.


A steamy sequel to Firelight

Moonglow
By: Kristen Callihan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: R
Spoilers: Nope
Coffee Beans: 3
Cover: Pretty cool
Instalove Factor: None
My Personal Recommendation: Worth the read
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review
 

Publisher’s Summary

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . . 

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . . 

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

My Review

Oops.

So, I’ve had this book since about June, I think. Read it and then completely spaced writing the review. So, here I go.

Moonglow is the second book in the Darkest London series, after Firelight. I loved the first in the series sooo much that I hopped on NetGalley to request this one. I wanted to know what happened to the sister.

I think the thing I especially liked about this book was the relationship between Daisy and Ian. They hate each other and are forced to work together to solve a crime and keep her alive, but they don’t like it. One bit.

Okay, maybe they like it a little.

Okay,  a lot.

But that’s the fun. We know they like each other, but refuse to let the other one know it. As body counts rise, Daisy realizes she has to trust and rely on Ian to keep her safe, and Ian has to let down his guard and be brave enough to love again and strong enough to make the hardest decision he’s ever had to make.

Moonglow is a good, fast read with an interesting plot and fun characters. Pick it up and fall in love with Daisy and Ian.

Happy Reading!


Interview with the BRILLIANT Marissa Meyer

Book Addicts – So you’re my first author interview so this is good—you’re nice and friendly

Marissa Meyer – *Laughs*

BA – Great smile so I’m not that nervous

MM – I’m going to give really tough answers, like one word answers

BA – So I did my homework and did a lot of research on other interviews you’ve done so I’m trying to to ask a lot of repeat questions so they may be “unique”.

MM – Okay, because repeat questions, I can roll those off

BA – I know! You probably have canned responses—here you go, copy, paste.

MMWhere did I get the idea? Oh, boy

BA – One interesting thing I read about you is that you is that you murder house plants

MM – Oh, gosh

BA – So do I!

MM – Is that really on the internet?

BA – Yes, it is.

MMLaughs

BA – I saw that, and I was like, a kindred spirit. I cannot keep a house plant alive

MM – It’s terrible, it’s like I always read the tags and they say, Hey, they’re really easy to take care of, and I’m like, No. Like Lucky Bamboo, supposedly you can’t kill it. Oh, watch me.

BA – Your book is, in my opinion, a huge success. Did you ever think that it was going to get this big? And really quickly, too.

MMReally quickly. Um…yes and no. There would be times, because obviously I’m in love with the book, and I’m in love with the series, so there would be day’s I’d be like, Yes! I have something really great going on here, and if I could just get a chance then it could get huge. And then there were days when I’d be writing and I’d be, This is terrible! And No one’s going to like this, and I’m crazy. So it would go back and forth. Everyone always dreams about being, you know, a success and being able to quite their day job and be a fulltime writer, and the idea that it could happen – especially so quickly – no, I didn’t expect it.

BA – Still pinching yourself?

MM – A little bit

BA – So was it any reflection—your querying process – was that any reflection of the success you’re having now?

MM – Yeah, my querying process went really fast. I queried about a dozen or so agents and had offers from three

BA – That’s awesome

MM – That took about two months and then I ended up signing with the first agent that I queried, so, she was my dream agent. I was so excited that she wanted me. And then she and I worked on the submission package for about two weeks and she went out with it on a Friday, and we had our first offer on Monday.

BA – Wow! So you queried with a pretty polished manuscript—like they want.

MM – Yeah, it was very polished, and I also, at that point, had a draft written of book two and three and then book four outlined. And we were able to go to them with the first fifty pages of book two and then really detailed synopses of what was going to happen in the rest of the series.

BA – It’s awesome timing, because right now fairy tales are so big—TV, books, Movies—talk about perfect timing. And the thing I really like about your book, is that you can tell that it is Cinderella, but it’s so…more creative and broad—

MM – Thank you!

BA – You’re welcome. It’s very awesome. And your characters are amazing. There’s not one character that is just a surface character or one-dimensional—to me, anyway, they all seem so 3D. They’re real people. Even Pearl, even though she doesn’t have that big of a role, when she is in there, she really is larger than life. And they’re all like that.

MM – Thank you.

BA – You’re welcome. So, do you do that intentionally, or is that subconscious that you do that? Is it important for you to have big characters like that?

MM – It’s very important. And I find that some characters come very easily. Cinder hasn’t changed that much from the first draft, I always had a really clear idea of who she was. But then other characters, I’ll be writing the first draft, and maybe not really focusing on this, it’s not really a essential part of the plot and I just kind of stick them in there, and later in revisions I have to stop and think, Who is this person really? What do they want out of life? What is their motivation in this chapter? And really make sure that’s coming through.

BA – It does come through really, really well. I’m excited to see the other books knowing that they’re going to be that much and more. So book two, Scarlet, does it pick up where this one left off? I know if focuses on a different character, but is it in a difference province? Is it a different story? Do we still learn more about Cinder?

MM – It will continue Cinder’s story. Scarlet takes on two kind of parallel plots. So on one side, you will be seeing Cinder as she tries to escape the Queen and tries to learn more about her past, and then you’ll also meet Scarlet, and she lives in France on a little farm that’s owned by her grandmother. And at the start of the book, her grandmother has disappeared, and nobody knows what’s happened to her. And so she is trying to find out what’s happened to her grandmother and the only person who has any information is a street fighter who goes by Wolf. So, that’s kind of my Little Red Riding Hood story.

BAVery cool. So the cover of Scarlet has the red cape and the cover of Cinder has the red shoe, so is red—cheesy question—is red a theme color for all the covers then?

MM – I assume so, that was kind of my design team at MacMillan does all that, but I think that’s the plan. Which I love. I can’t wait to see them all when they’re all done.

BA – It’s great because they’re all subdued and then there’s this pop. So do you have much say in the cover designs?

MM – Not really. The usually send me kind of an early draft, for me to look at, and I loved all of the covers so I haven’t had much criticism.

BA – I’ve been trying to see if there’s any buzz about a movie for this and haven’t been able to find anything. Do you know anything, or can you say anything?

MM – I can say that we’re in negotiations.

BA – *Gasp* That’s exciting! And I’m glad, because this will make a great movie, in my opinion.

MM – Thank you!

BA – It’s one of those things where your characters are so detailed and your setting is just amazing, that you can see everything playing out.

MM – I would love to see this made into a movie. I have all my fingers crossed and the studio that we’re talking to seems very enthusiastic about it and it seems like they really do want to go forward and make it. A lot of times when a book gets optioned for film rights, that doesn’t really mean very much. Maybe 1% of those will go on to be made into movies. So I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, but like I said, they seem really enthusiastic about it.

BA – Is there any timeframe of when you’ll know one way or the other?

MM – Hopefully we’ll be able to make the announcement that the rights have sold soon-ish. But, if it were to go forward, probably not for another year or two before we could say, “Yes! It’s being made into a movie.”

BA – But that’s exciting that it has interest out there. Congratulations. Things are going really well, so that’s awesome. After the Lunar Chronicles—there’s going to be four—do you have other ideas for other books you want to get out there?

MM – Yeah, we actually just recently pitched two new ideas to the publisher. And they liked them both.

BA – Awesome, so we’ll be getting a lot more great books from you. That’s exciting.

MM – They’re both YA but not Sci-fi. One of them is kind of a fantasy, and the other—I don’t know what to call it—urban fantasy maybe, or horror.

BA – Interesting. So what do you love most about writing for YA?

MM – The fans! The readers are just so great and, I haven’t written for adult, but I’ve talked to adult writers, and you can tell there’s a difference between the interactions that you have. Teenagers just get so excited—

BA – So passionate about everything.

MM – So passionate. And if they love a book, they just want to tell everyone they know, they want to force it onto people, “You have to read this!” and I feel that you kind of get a camaraderie with the readers.

BA – Almost like an instant family, friendship.

MM – Yeah!

BA – What does your writing process look like? Are you a pantser or an outliner?

MM – I’m an outliner. In a big way. I usually, if I get an idea, I’ll spend a few months just kind of letting it sit in my head and think about what the big story idea will be, what the characters might be like; and then once I have an idea of what the story will look like, I’ll start penciling out scene ideas—almost like a puzzle. What should come first? And how do I get them from Point A to Point B. And at the end, hopefully I have an outline. Something that looks like a story and makes sense.

BA – So then, do you work better in a quiet environment, a chaotic environment?

MM – You know, either. I write a lot at home, I have a home office. But then, I love going to cafes and restaurants for the change of scenery. I used to have an hour and a half commute each way, and I would take the bus, and I had no problem writing on the bus.

BA – Pretty adaptable. So, editing, then: on paper or on screen?

MM – Screen. I have a problem wasting paper printing out this 400 page manuscript is not good for the environment. But obviously, then, we’ll get a paper copy of the manuscript for copyedits from the publisher and so that was nice to see it on paper. You inevitably catch things on paper that you’d never catch on a computer screen.

BA – So, fun questions. I saw that you have three cats. What are their names?

MM – Alexandria Josephine. We call her Cali. Blackland Rockwell the Third; Blackie. And Stormous-Enormous.

BA – I like that one.

MM – What are your cat’s names?

BA – We have Kitty—it’s not creative at all, but that was his name when we got him. We call him Handsome. Then we have Katie—or Princess, and then we have one that kind of adopted us, he’s a stray, and we named him Merlin because I was on a BBC Merlin kick at the time he came around.

MM – Nice. So his is the most creative.

BA – It’s funny because you always start out with the really boring names – Blackie is black, Cali’s a calico, Stormy’s grey—and then the complex names kind of grow out of those.

BA – Out of their personalities. Cat’s are great. So, on Facebook, I saw your photos of ComiCon. Was that a good time for you? Was that your first time there?

MM – It was my first time. It was fun, but it was rather overwhelming. There’s so much to see and so much to do, and I feel like you kind of need the initial trip to ComiCon to get your bearings. And now, when I go back. I’ll be able to plan.

BA – Did you have a favorite panel while you were there?

MM – Joss Whedon. And I missed his big Firefly panel because I had a big panel the same time as the Firefly panel

BA – That would have been awesome.

MM – But we did later get to go see Joss Whedon speaking.

BA – Two more quick questions for you. The best YA book that you’ve recently read, besides your own.

MMMonstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. I just finished it last week, and it’s a mermaid book. But it was so a-typical. It was almost like a murder mystery thriller. Very dark, beautifully written.

BA – I’ll have to try that, because I’ve tried reading some mermaid books, thinking, “Oooh! Yay!” and then they’ve fallen short. So that will be exciting.

MM – Yeah, this one excelled.

BA – If you could co-write a book with any author, alive or dead, who would it be and what would it be titled?

MM – I can start and say that I think I would be a horrible co-author. I’m like super controlling and kind of neurotic about stuff sometimes. So I think it’d have to be someone I didn’t care if I stayed friends with or not. Let’s just go with J.K. Rowling, because she’s amazing in every way. And it would be great just to be able to work with her. And obviously we’d make like, eight billion dollars.

BA – Of course! And what would the title be?

MM – *laughs* I don’t know.

BA – Okay, last question. What’s your favorite song on the radio right now?

MM – The Shins, Simple Song. I’m addicted to it.

BA – Thank you so very much, this was fun, and I appreciate it.

MM – Thank you! I appreciate it, too.

BA – It’s amazing, because I finished reading the book for a second time just moments before I walked in, and it’s amazing all the clues I’m picking up this time around. You’re a very talented writer and it’s a privilege to get to meet you and read your book.

MM – Thank you!

 

This was one of the best interviews that I’ve gotten to do. Marissa is such a fun person with a great personality and a bubbly laugh and smile. Not only is she a talented writer, but friendly and outgoing, too. Here’s a link to her website and the Goodreads page of her book.

 

 


Freebee Friday!!

I want one. It’s a Kakapo, the worlds largest parrot and it lives in New Zealand. Isn’t he cute?!?! He’s huge and looks squishy and I have the urge to squeeze him. :)