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inkpop Down for Maintenance

Posted by inkpopbecki on June 13, 2011

At 3 p.m. EST inkpop will officially be going down. We will be moving to the new site on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Check back on Thursday. By 3 p.m. EST on Thursday June 16th, the new inkpop should be live and functional. We hope all are ready for the change.

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Blogger Book Review: Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 12, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! A lazy Sunday is never complete without a good book in hand; thus, today we bring you a review of Evernight – the concluding book in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray – from Precious of Fragments of Life.

Stop by Fragments of Life to read more reviews from Precious; at this very moment, savor the romance and suspense of Afterlife!

“In the fourth book, the starcrossed lovers Bianca and Lucas encounter another reason that set them apart from each other. After his transformation, Lucas awoke as a bloodthirsty vampire – craving more blood than the usual newborns. He hated himself for feeling what his enemies feel. Without her body, Bianca could only help him minimally. She faced her own struggles with being as wraith. When she was in Evernight Academy, wraiths have attacked her but now that she was one of them, she struggles to understand their intentions. With the help of Maxie, Bianca goes to Christopher in the world of lost things to search for answers and explanations.

“As always, I loved the pace and the unpredictability of Gray’s last installment. I have grown to like Bianca’s narrative. It was familiar and soothing despite the obstacles and problems that she and Lucas encountered. They seek the protection and guidance for Lucas in Evernight Academy, the territory of Mrs. Bethany – the headmistress who wants nothing more than revenge against the wraiths for the havoc they wrecked.

“I love that the characters have grown. They have learned to conquer their fears and to deal with the challenges of life or afterlife in some cases. The twists and turns made everything better. I was constantly surprised with the turn of events. I got to know the other side of some of the characters that I normally would not pay attention to.

“This was a great end to the ‘Evernight’ series. Gray sustained the drama, suspense and action. She never failed in delivering the best to her readers. ‘Afterlife’ is the shocking, heart pounding, tragic and romantic conclusion to Lucas and Bianca’s struggle with their love and lives.”

Thanks to Precious of Fragments of Life for stopping by to discuss Afterlife with us.

Over to you…have you read Afterlife? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 11, 2011

Rise and shine, inkpoppers! Today we bring you a review of author Tara Hudson’s hauntingly beautiful debut Hereafter from Tina of Fantastic Book Review.

Stop by Fantastic Book Review to read more of Tina’s reviews. For now, prepare to be swept up in Hereafter!

“Breathtaking and eerie in its telling, ‘Hereafter’ sheds beauty on the entangled existence of life and death. The story is unique and enthralling; I was immersed into its pages completely. A world beyond the living, the Hereafter dug its claws into me and never let up.

“From the first thoughts of Amelia’s nightmarish retellings, I was immediately captivated. Her voice is eerie but mesmerizing at the same time, I felt compelled to follow along as she told her story. ‘Hereafter’ ended up being a ghostly page turner. There was not one thing in this book that I did not like. It felt effortless as I read the pages while lively images sprouted into my head. Hudson’s writing flowed beautifully and captured the light and dark elements of the Hereafter.

“With a cast of unforgettable characters, I can only imagine what’s in store for Amelia and Joshua next. With all the secrets surrounding High Bridge Road, nothing is as it seems. This paranormal debut will ensnare you into its world with its eerie beauty.”

Thank you to Tina of Fantastic Book Review for chatting with us about Hereafter.

Over to you…have you read Hereafter? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 5, 2011

Happy, Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! Today we bring you a fascinating peek at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder via a review of Heidi Ayarbe’s Compulsion straight from Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages.

To read more reviews from Sherry, stop by Flipping Pages for All aGes; for now, settle in with Compulsion.

“I’ll start off this review by telling you all that this has got to be one of the most unique books I have ever read. Reading about a topic that you have no familiarity with is quite a different experience but possibly more enjoyable than books that repeat the same ideas over and over again. I don’t suffer with OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and I don’t know anyone that does. I have also never read anything about it, so I have nothing really to compare this to. I imagine that what the author has written is pretty close to how this disorder actually is for some people.

“Jake Martin is a star soccer player that also suffers with OCD. In his mind, he is constantly using math on different sets of numbers(i.e the time) in hopes of getting a prime number. Times when primes aren’t found, find Jake getting anxious and sick. Everything in his life is related to these numbers (at least that is how he feels). His continous winning on the soccer field, and especially, his family’s safety.

“While the book was good, parts of it were definitely confusing and at times, seemed irrational, but to people with OCD, it’s not irrational at all. That’s how everyday life is for them. It’s actually quite amazing to get a glimpse into a persons life who suffers from it. That said, it was kind of distracting to constantly read about the numbers. I know that’s what the book is about, but I felt like everytime I had to stop and read about adding this and subtracting this and so on that when it got back to the story I had to think back to where I was before everything went all mathematical.

“I did enjoy how the story went into the family dynamics. We get to see the relationships with his parents (his mom is also Obsessive Compulsive) and his younger sister. There is also a really strong relationship throughout the book with Jake’s best friend Luc.

“Overall, this is something I recommend to anyone. People who have never had any experience with OCD, it will be eye-opening(it was for me), of for those of you who do, it might be interesting to escape into somebody elses OCD.”

Thank you to Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages for sharing her views on Compulsion with us.

Over to you…have you read Compulsion? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 4, 2011

Welcome to the weekend, inkpoppers! On this first Saturday of June we bring you a review of a fun piece of fiction to kick off your summer the right way – Michele Jaffe’s Kitty Kitty from Sara of the blog The Hiding Spot.

Of herself Sara says, “I’m a college student and ex-aspiring novelist. Maybe someday I’ll write something, but for now I stick to reading and spreading the word about great books!” Visit The Hiding Spot to read more reviews from Sara; for now brace yourself for Kitty Kitty!

“Michele Jaffe’s books totally rock my socks off! I don’t know how she comes up with such great plot lines and hilarious dialogue, I just hope she never stops!

“‘Kitty Kitty’ is the the continuation of Jas’ story that began in Jaffe’s first YA novel, ‘Bad Kitty’. While readers will most likely be able to follow Jas’ story if they begin with ‘Kitty Kitty’, I recommend reading ‘Bad Kitty’ first. Not only will you have a better idea of who the characters are and how they came to be in Venice, you’ll also laugh your head off.

“One of my favorite things about reading Jaffe’s YA novels is the fact that when I’m reading, I constantly feel the need to find someone to read passages aloud to! These books are so funny that I ‘must’ share them!

“There isn’t a lot of YA mystery out there – which is another reason to pick up Jaffe’s books. She is a seasoned mystery author, as she writes adult romantic mysteries as well. I’ve read her adult novels and was pleasantly surprised to see that she wrote YA as well. The YA novels are completely different than the adult novels, but just as good: Jaffe’s diverse writing talent astounds me!

“Those of you who have read ‘Bad Kitty’ will be happy to see all your favorite characters return for ‘Kitty Kitty’. Those of you who haven’t read ‘Bad Kitty’… hurry up and read it: there are some characters you need to meet!”

Thank you to Sara of The Hiding Spot for sharing her thoughts regarding Kitty Kitty with us.

Over to you…have you read Kitty Kitty? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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New inkpop: You Asked, We’re Answering

Posted by inkpopbecki on June 3, 2011

As announced last Friday, June 16th we are rolling out the brand new inkpop. Along with some new features like Badges, Critics Leader Board and the new sections, we are modifying the Project Ranking.

For those of you who do not know this is how the CURRENT inkpop (like the one you’re sitting on right now at this very moment) works. In order for a project to receive it points, a user has to pick a project and keep that project on their list for a 30 days period. That means that users who were putting projects on their list and taking them off their list really quickly were not helping the project’s score they were only helping their own trendsetter score.  Once a project was on a user’s list for 30 days, the project would receive points. The number of points a project would receive was based on a user’s trendsetter ranking. If a user’s trendsetter ranking was #5 then they might give ten points to each project that was on their pick list for over 30 days. Once a project received points after the 30 day cycle, they would keep those points forever.

The NEW inkpop (i.e. the one that will launch on June 16th) will have a similar point system with a few tweaks.

Now when a user with a Trendsetter score of 5 puts a project on their list, that project receives the points  that day. BUT if that user takes the project off their list, the project loses those points that day.
As stated above, users apply more points to a project based on their Trendsetter score. So a user with a Trendsetter score between 1-100 give a project  may give ten points when a project is on their list. That is how the current site (the one you’re on right now) works and how the new site (the one launching on June 16th) will work.

Uses earn Trendsetter ranks  by having projects on your list. If you can imagine a pyramid, the first person who adds a project to their list receives a point towards their trendsetter ranking for each person below them who adds a project to their list. This occurs in 30 day cycles. The 30 cycle begins when a project is first uploaded. The moment a project is uploaded it has 30 days to give out (for example) 1000 trendsetter points. The first person to add a project at the beginning of those 30 days has the potential to earn all 1000 points. At the end of 30 days, all users who added a project in that period stop earning points and the 30 day cycle begins again. Which means the first person to add the project to their list at the beginning of the new 30 day cycle has the potential to earn 1000 points. When a user takes a project off their list they stop receiving points.

This is the system currently working on inkpop right now and the system that will carry over to the new inkpop.

The only different is we have split trendsetters into 3 categories. Now that we have three pick list—Fiction, Short Writing and Poetry—we have 3 Trendsetter Leaderboards and scores. So when the new site launches, some users may have lower Trendsetter scores in Fiction because some of the projects on their pick list are now listed as Poetry or Short Writing. But those users will have new Trendsetter scores in Short Writing or Poetry.

So in essence your Trendsetter score in Poetry could be #1, but your Trendsetter score in Fiction could be #101 if you do not have a lot of popular projects on your Fiction Pick List.

Got questions? Ask them here or join our inkpop forum discussion on inkpop changes.

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Blogger Book Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 29, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Just a few weeks ago many of you chatted with author Aprilynne Pike during our inpop Live Chat; and now we bring you a review of the New York Times Bestselling author’s latest book Illusions straight from Mel of the blog He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him?.

Read more book reviews from Mel by visiting He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him? For now, prepare yourself to be entranced by Illusions.

“The third book in the ‘Wings’ series, ‘Illusions’ starts of with Laurel back at high school in the human world and surprise, surprise, Tamani shows up as a foreign exchange student! Spells made me Team Tamani, so I was so curious how this was was going to play out. Although I enjoyed this book, I have to admit that partway I was getting tired of the David/Tam love triangle…both boys pining over Laurel but her being ignorant to David’s jealousy issues. With what was happening, it is fair to say that David had reasons to feel this way so Laurel annoyed me. I can justify Tamani’s undying love as part of his nature but come on David! A majority of this book deals with Laurels conflict over David/Tamani.

“Ms. Pike rounds out this storyline with the possibility of danger from the other foreign exchange student, Yuki, the mysterious Klea and disappearing Trolls. Not much is finalized here but hints at what is to come next. The ending is a major cliffhanger and I think we will get back to more action next year in what is supposed to be the last book in the series. Seeing the fae world in ‘Spells’ captivated me, I am crossing my fingers we get to see more of that too!”

Thank you to Mel of He Followed Me Home…Can I Keep Him? for discussing Aprilynne Pike’s Illusions with us.

Over to you…have you read Illusions? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 28, 2011

Happy Saturday, inkpoppers! Today we have a strange treat for you…a review of Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner’s Emily the Strange: The Lost Days written by Mevurah of the blog The Heart of Dreams.

Of her blog Mevurah says, “The Heart of Dreams is a blog that focuses on my love for reading and books. Which is the meaning behind the name of this blog. Reading so many stories when I was a little girl, inspired me to want to be come a writer. Books and stories are the heart of that dream of mine.” Read more review from Mevurah at The Heart of Dreams. For now, tuck into the strange world of Emily the Strange: The Lost Days.

“I think there is only one word that could sum up this book: Strange. The first time that I heard of ‘Emily The Strange’ was during my sophomore year of High School. I noticed a couple of people at my school with stickers of Emily on their notebooks and binders. I thought she was a cool character. I then learned she was the logo of a clothing brand of the same name. Last year I found out that there were books about Emily! Of course I added them to my to-read list, hoping to stumble upon them some time in the near future.

“So imagine how surprised I got when I saw two ‘Emily The Strange books’ at the library! I was happy and excited to get a chance to read about the mysterious Emily! After reading this book, I must admit that it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It wasn’t a bad book but I thought it could have been a bit different. First off, I wasn’t expecting the diary format! Reading about Emily via first person was in fact a trip! My goodness, if there ever was a strange and interesting character, Emily is definitely one of them!

“In ‘The Lost Days’, the story begins with Emily trying to stay calm. She has just found herself sitting on a bench, with a few personal possessions next to her. To make things interesting, she can’t remember a single thing. Nothing! The only clues that she has to her identity is a journal that has a few pages ripped out. And so begins a weird and bizarre tale told by a 13 year old goth.

“The town where Emily stays as she tries to remember who she is was such a crazy place. The illustrations really brought the town and the various citizens of the place come to life. The black ink and blood red tone in the drawings against the glossy white pages were definitely eye popping. I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re in the mood for taking a bizarre getaway, Emily would definitely make the ultimate tour guide!”

Thank you to Mevurah of The Heart of Dreams for sharing her thoughts on Emily the Strange: The Lost Days with us.

Over to you…have you read Emily the Strange: The Lost Days? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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It’s Finally Happening: The New inkpop

Posted by inkpopbecki on May 27, 2011

So the day you thought would never come (I know we didn’t either) is finally approaching. The new inkpop will be revealed on June 16th.

Before you get up in squee (or start screaming at us about what did wrong) we thought we’d give you some warnings about what you will find when the new inkpop turns over. The first thing that you should be aware of is that inkpop will be down June 13-15 to get the new site up. We’re sorry. We know this is upsetting, but it is necessary to get the new site launched. After that, these are some of the things you can expect.

Project Ranks

When the new site turns over you may find your project rank is a little different than your old project rank. We apologize in advance for this. From our test station, this rescoring has mostly impacted projects positively, but for some, you may see you rank drop as much as five spots. Again we’re sorry in advance.

You’re probably wondering why this occurs. Well the short answer is the new leader boards. We have now broken all writing up into new sections Fiction, Short Writing and Poetry. This means that there are now going to be more chances to receive a HarperCollins review. Our editors will be reviewing the top five projects in all categories. While this sounds exciting, what you should know is this change has also impacted trendsetters. We have split the trendsetter leaderboard into three sections as well. So now trendsetters who may have been contributing more points to your project because their trendsetter score was #5 on the old site, may be contributing less points to your project because they are now #16 as a fiction trendsetter. Sound confusing? Please refer back to our old post about the trendsetting leader board.

Project Upload: Easier but Not Immediate

So one of the biggest complaints we’ve heard is about the uploading process. With our current uploader you have to cut up your projects. Regardless if you’re uploading or writing in the text box, you receive a lot of errors. Well, goodness, we fixed that. Our developers have worked hard to create an easier uploading experience for you. The bad news is, it takes a little while to render. After going through the steps to upload your work, you’ll see a little spinning bicycle that tells you where your project is in respects to the rendering process. You probably won’t see your project in the preview field, but don’t worry just hit publish. Even when it’s published, it may still be working on rendering your project. DON’T FREAK OUT! Get a cup of coffee. It could take up to ten minutes for your project to render, BUT if you do not receive a 404 Error message (which happens immediately) be assured that it IS uploading.

We’re working on speeding up this process, but for the moment, this is the best we can do. Please don’t hate us because we’re not perfect.

You Screamed, We Listened

Other changes from the original announcement include the following:

Short Writing Not Nonfiction: Since most of you complained that there is more short writing than nonfiction on the site, we adjusted to fit your needs. Now there is a section for Short Writing. There are Nonfiction types in the Short Writing section for all of you who still write nonfiction.

Now I realize there are going to be some problems and some complaints about this new section. Some of you may think that people will start labeling their work Short Writing to game the system and get to the Top Five faster. This is unlikely. First there are more Short Writing projects currently on the site than Fiction, so it’s going to be a lot more difficult to game that list. Second some of you maybe thinking, but my Short Writing IS Fiction. We understand. The Fiction section, in the future, will be relabeled Books, but it is harder than you might believe to change these categories, so for the moment, this is what we’re launching with.

Watch List: We previously said we would be doing away with Watch List. This is not the case. We now have Watch List again.

inkpop is Slow: So a lot of you complained that the current site is too slow and that often you will try to post a forum post or a comment and the page will time out. We’ve improved the performance of the site, so that it runs faster for you. When the new site launches, we’re going to be working on this even more. So all the promises that we made that inkpop will be fast WILL come true. This just might not be the case when the site is first up.

Questions? Concerns? Comment here or go to the inkpop forum we’ve set up to discuss these changes. Please be respectful and helpful. Just saying you hate all the new stuff and don’t want anything to change will not be helpful. Discussing the features you see (or don’t see) and making constructive suggestion will be incredibly valuable to us and we will try to keep up and respond to all of your thoughts.

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Blogger Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 22, 2011

Happy, Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! On this sunny morning we bring you a review of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder straight from Cait of Escape Through the Pages. Read more reviews from Cait at Escape Through the Pages; at this very moment, however, lose yourself in The Body Finder.

“‘The Body Finder’ is absolutely amazing, I was so happy with it.

“Violet has always been able to feel the echoes that a dead animal/person leaves behind – not only on the murdered itself, but on the killer. Those who have been violently murdered leave behind such strong echoes that it almost draws her in when she comes across them. Her gift has never really been anything but a small annoyance until she uncovers the body of a girl who has been murdered – the start of a run of serial killings in the area. Violet is determined to use her gift to help solve the killings before more girls she knows go missing and end up dead. To do this, she enlists the help of her best friend Jay – a best friend she’s been feeling more than best friend feelings for.

“‘The Body Finder’ has a great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Interspersed throughout the main story are chapters from the perspective of the killer; his sections are eerie, and gave me chills. They were written to be creepy and Kimberly Derting delivered. The reader is able to see briefly into the killer’s mind, but never really find out too much…and that’s good. The book is about Violet and her journey discovering that her gift can be used in a practicale manner – and her relationship with her best friend Jay.

“I was pleasently surprised with the romance in this book. For a moment in the beginning I was worried there was going to be yet another romance triangle in a YA book. The romance progression in ‘The Body Finder’ was great. Violet and Jay have been friends practically forever. Recently, she’s noticed that she feels more than just friendship for him but doesn’t want to say anything. As the book goes on, her friendship with Jay is tested and the reader wonders if the romance is actually a romance at all (I don’t want to spoil it either way)!

“I was impressed with Violet and Jay. Violet is comfortable in her family and her friendships, and she knows her ability can help people. She understands the need her family has to keep her protected, but Violet has the strength and will to help, and she’s going to. Jay is a great friend to Violet, and their relationship is believable – they argue, they make up, they hang out and go to school. Jay is incredibly protective of Violet and is a genuinely good guy. It’s quite refreshing, actually!

“Between good writing, plot, characters and ability to entertain, ‘The Body Finder’ is a great debut novel. I’m confident in recommending it to anyone age 12 and over (or even younger depending on the pre-teen).”

Thank you to Cait of Escape Through the Pages for chatting with us about The Body Finder.

Over to you…have you read The Body Finder? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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