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Blogger Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 8, 2011

Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! Today we bring you a review of Josephine Angelini’s debut novel Starcrossed straight from Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages!

“This is the second book with a Greek mythology twist that I have read in the past week. I was worried that reading two books with a similar concept that close together might have me comparing too much. I was glad that that wasn’t the case. While both books (‘Starcrossed’ & ‘The Goddess Test’) have themes of Greek mythology, the books are completely their own and I didn’t find myself comparing them to each other at all (phew!).

“At some point after I finish a book, I usually look on Goodreads to see where I rate a book compared to where others rate the book, to see the different opinions. I was surprised to see the ratings for this book range from 2 to 5 stars. For me, I’m with the 5 star crowd. While the book might have started out a tad bit slow, once it gets into it, there’s no turning back. I also saw some people saying there are too many comparisons to ‘Twilight’, and I honestly have to say I don’t see it. I mean, I can see things that are the same but it’s not like I’m reading and thinking, oh hey this is too similar to that book. It’s doesn’t read as it’s copying elements, it reads like it was ‘written well enough to be it’s own story’. Or maybe I just realize that all books will have similarites to some extent no matter what, if you look hard enough, you will find some.

“There are many details I will leave out, because a lot of them play into the bigger picture, and it’s no fun going into a book knowing how everything will turn out.

“Helen is an only child that lives with her father, her mother having left them long ago. She stays under the radar for the most part due to painful cramps that she gets when being the center of attention. A new family has just moved onto the island and talks of them spread through the halls of the high school quickly. The first one Helen has contact with is Lucas Delos, and the instant their eyes lock she heads straight towards him and attacks to kill. She doens’t know what is wrong with her, but the idea of her going crazy becomes more realistic everytime she is near one of the Delos’ and she sees the image of three women crying tears of blood. It isn’t until one night after a mystery person attacks Helen, that an encounter with Lucas will change everything she knows about herself and her future.

“I was enchanted by the relationship between Lucas and Helen, as well as the relationships between her and the other characters, such as her best friend Claire and the other Delos family members. A lot of the questions I was asking throughout the novel got answered as I went along, and some were left in the open. I CANNOT wait to continue this story in ‘Dreamless’ (Starcrossed #2). I have to know what happens and what direction Josephine will take the story. Oooo I’m giddy just thinking about it!
‘Starcrossed’ is the perfect blend of romance and action, that will have you hoping a family like that of the Delos’ move to a town near you. Fresh, exciting, and unputdownable, you will race to finish it and then wish you took your time since book two won’t be out for a while… =P

“Also, as far as the Greek mythology is concerned, I don’t have a degree in it. I certainly couldn’t tell you much about it. I enjoyed how it was written in this book. I can’t say how accurate it is or isn’t, but I probably won’t be wasting my time to research it. When it comes to fiction books, I really don’t mind if things are changed around or different, as long as I enjoy them when I read them, and I definitely did in ‘Starcrossed’.

“So, this may be one of those books that you either dislike or really love, I personally loved it. HarperCollins and Harperteen have some awesome books coming out this year, and this is just one more to add to the list!”

Thank you to Sherry of Flipping Pages for All Ages for stopping by to discuss Starcrossed with us.

Over to you…have you read Starcrossed? 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: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 7, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Less than two weeks ago we welcomed author Megan McCafferty for an inkpop Live Chat regarding her debut YA dystopian satirical novel Bumped, and today we bring you a review of that very book from April of the blog Good Books and Good Wine.

About literature, April says “When it comes to books, I have many loves. I am poly-amorous. Among my all time favorites are ‘The Once And Future King’ by TH White, ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norman Juster, ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley, ‘A People’s History of the United States’ by Howard Zinn, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by LM Montgomery, ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss, and the list goes on.” Visit April at Good Books and Good Wine for more reviews; for now, settle down with Bumped.

“The other day as I sat in the dentist chair while getting my teeth prodded with a sharp metal rod, a commercial for ‘Teen Mom 2’ came on the tv. I go to a fancy dentist, with HD TVs in all of the examining rooms. It’s awesome. Anyways, while watching that commercial, I thought oh hey it would be a great time to write my review of ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCafferty. You know, what with the similar themes and all.

“‘Bumped’ is the story of twin teenage girls not from ‘Sweet Valley High’. One of these twins is totes down for sexytimes, but only if the price is right. AND NO, she is not a hooker. You see, the society featured in Bumped prominently has teenage girls pregging for profit and getting bumping contracts. After a certain age, one becomes infertile, so that youthful uterus is super valuable because old people can’t have kids. Anyways, you make a lot of bank pregging for profit if you have good genes.

“The twins, Melody and Harmony were separated at birth. Melody was adopted by a well-to-do family, and raised in a very secular fashion. Melody has been given every advantage and has taken lessons and participated in activities to raise her earning potential when she pregs for profit. Harmony, on the other hand, got adopted by the Church and went to this compound called Goodside, where all of the Church people live.

“I found Melody to be a bit bratty. I mean, I get why she’s that way — because she wants mad profits from bumping. She is under a lot of pressure, plus her adoptive parents have a stake in her bumping profits. So, when Harmony shows up on her doorstep, Melody isn’t exactly excited. Yet, Melody isn’t always heinous. In fact, she shows her true colors and reveals herself as a caring, genuine person beneath the slang and urge to bump.

“Harmony, unlike other reviewers, was my favorite perspective to read. She’s definitely churchy and devout. Yet, she also questions her religion. I can relate to that. I used to get dragged to church two days a week AND get shipped off to church camp every summer. Yep, I used to be God fearing girl, but then I changed. And, I think the questioning of faith that Harmony goes through is definitely something that I can relate to.

“The satire in ‘Bumped’ is brilliant. Heck, I might as well just come out and say Megan McCafferty is brilliant. This is an incredibly smart book with astute observations of our society. I mean, sure we aren’t exactly at the same point as ‘Bumped’. Yet, we’ve made teenage pregnancy such a spectacle, from Bristol to ‘Teen Mom’, then we’ve got the budget fight over uterus control and planned parenthood. It makes sense that this novel, in MY interpretation takes on those fertility issues and our hypersexualized culture. I mean, I wonder if we ever will get to the point where people pregg for profit, it doesn’t seem so far off the mark to me.

“I won’t mention the boys, because that wasn’t the point of ‘Bumped’ for me. I will just end on the note, that if you are interested in satire, if you are down for new slang and a reformed churchy, you will enjoy ‘Bumped’. I hope.”

Thank you to April of Good Books and Good Wine for chatting with us about Bumped.

Over to you…have you read Bumped? 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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inkpop Fundamentals: May 5, 2011

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

Elizabeth Banks is ‘The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket! The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket is an invaluable character in the trilogy, serving as an over-the-top, chirpy, intense individual with pink hair looking to boost morale in the District 12 tributes – Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. And now, after much waiting, we finally know what actress will be claiming the role of Ms. Trinket in The Hunger Games big screen adaptation…Elizabeth Banks, who stars on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock! “Banks joins previously announced co-stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), along with Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi as District 11 tributes, Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid as District 1 contenders, and Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott for District 3.” MTV.

The star of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ has been cast! Despite the fact that the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host is pretty bare bones at the moment since Director Susanna White left the project, one aspect of production is moving full speed ahead…casting the main character Melanie Stryder/Wanda. Deadline has reported that Saoirse Ronan – star of The Lovely Bones and Hanna – has signed on to play the dual role of Melanie Stryder/Wanda in the film. “ For a quick brush up on how Saoirse’s role(s) will work, the human she will be playing is Melanie Stryder. But Melanie is possessed by Wanda, the alien whose perspective the story is told from, which means Saoirse will be playing two characters in one. Think ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ but, well, cooler.” Hollywood Crush.

Author Francine Pascal dishes on the future of ‘Sweet Valley High’ Though author Francine Pascal gained fans worldwide during the 80s and 90s due to the 152 volumes of Sweet Valley High books featuring the misadventures of California twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, mum has been the word from the author of the hour for a number of years now – until her latest release Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later debuted on numerous bestseller’s lists, leaving Pascal hungry for more. Recently the author sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss a film version of the series (with a script penned by Diablo Cody), the possibility of a sequel – “Now that it’s so well-received, I’m kind of in a corner. If I do it, I think it would be five years later [putting the twins at 32 years old] because I don’t want it to be a series. I think this was great fun, but I’m still not sure. Though I couldn’t help myself from thinking of an opening chapter already.” – and more. Check out the entire interview here. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…now that we know who has been cast in the role of Effie, are you eager to learn who will take on the roles of Haymitch and Cinna? Who would you like to see play the two? Are you excited to see Stephenie Meyer’s The Host come to the big screen? Do you think that Saoirse Ronan will be a good fit for the role of Melanie Stryder/Wanda? Have you read Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later? Would you be interested in reading a sequel if Pascal were to write one – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 3, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 3, 2011

Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’ to hit the big screen It has been a long-time coming considering Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game – which began as a short story in 1977, morphed into a full-length standalone novel in 1985, and expanded into a series that includes more than ten books and short stories – first debuted in the literary world in 1977; but over three decades later, with a hunger to bring further fantastical franchises to the big screen, the bestselling science fiction novel is finally on its way to theaters thanks to Summit Entertainment’s acquisition of the book. “Summit, which is winding down its ‘Twilight Saga’ series, is co-financing ‘Ender’s Game’ and eyeing it as an opportunity to hatch another youth-driven series, with protagonists that are slightly younger than the kids in the upcoming ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. It’s another opportunity to discover young talent, because the protagonists in the film are just entering their teens.” Summit hopes to begin production on the film in early 2012. Deadline.

Greek mythology the new hot commodity in YA literature? Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, Meg Cabot’s Abandon…one need only take a peek at some of the new YA releases hitting bookstores in 2011 to realize that there is a definite trend forming – that of Greek Mythology. “Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.” GalleyCat.

Six can’t-miss spring sequels! With summer right around the corner, publishers are gearing up to release an abundance of books that will see YA readers through those summertime blues, and quiet days of lazing poolside…but not just any books will do – a visit from some near and dear literary pals is precisely what the doctor ordered; like the six can’t-miss spring sequels that have just hit bookstores, or are heading to them, and your personal library, in a matter of weeks! So what are these need-to-read titles? Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Blue Envelope, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, Alison Goodman’s Eona, Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Jennifer L. Holm’s The Trouble with May Amelia, and Gary D. Schmidt’s Okay For Now. Click here to read exclusive interviews with the authors regarding these sequels. Publisher’s Weekly.

Over to you…are you an Ender’s Game fan? Are you excited to see the book adapted for the big screen – why or why not? What do you think of fiction featuring Greek mythology – yay or nay? Will you be picking up a copy of Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed (the first book in a projected trilogy) when it hits bookstores on May 31, 2011? Would you ever try your hand at writing fiction featuring Greek Mythology – why or why not? Are any of the six aforementioned sequels on your must-read list? What books are you most looking forward to reading this spring/summer?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 30, 2011

Happy weekend, inkpoppers! On this final April morning we bring you a few chuckles courtesy of Eric Luper’s Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto – reviewed by Jennifer McIntosh of GoddessLibrarian.

Jennifer worked as a YA librarian for seven years, and describes herself as a “Sporadic Blogger; Book Reader; New Runner; Proud Mama.” Visit Jennifer at GoddessLibrarian for more YA book reviews; at this very moment, tuck into Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.

“Seth Baumgartner is taking his lunch break at Applebees with his long-time girlfriend when she drops a bomb–she’s breaking up with him because she’s just too ‘comfortable’ with him. While reeling from that devastating blow he sees his father walk into the restaurant–with another woman! The cherry on top of his craptacular cone comes when he returns to work late and loses his job. The fourth one of the year. Seth is just not having a good day. Seth responds by creating a podcast–the Love Manifesto–questioning why people fall in love in the first place and if it ever stands a chance.

“This *could* be a really sad book with a whiny protagonist. Instead, it’s a funny, well-written, engaging story that will appeal to both boys and girls. There are tons of local Capital District references. Eric Luper mentions street names and community names, and refers to the time the mudslide happened on Delaware Ave (I remember that!!). It was a treat being able to recognize so many of the locations Seth frequented. Seth is a funny guy with a good cast of supporting characters. Even though Seth makes mistakes along the way, his journey is entertaining and enlightening and readers want him to succeed.

“The book is about ‘love’ but there are many other issues as well: friendship, family, identity. The cover is awesome and allows boys to pick it up without feeling self-conscious. There’s so much written about the lack of good books for boys and the ‘boy reading problem.’ If only there were more books like this one! Cool cover, funny protagonist, sports (golf), music, technology, and yet the main character is in touch with his feelings. Put this one on your Christmas list for that hard to buy for boy in your life.”

Thank you to Jennifer McIntosh of GoddessLibrarian for chatting with us about Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.

Over to you…have you read Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto? 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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inkpop Fundamentals: April 28, 2011

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

Candace Bushnell talks teenage Carrie Bradshaw Two days ago Candace Bushnell’s Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel – a follow-up to 2010’s ultra-popular The Carrie Diaries – hit bookstores, and now the author of the hour is dishing on the fabulous foursome who made her famous (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte), the differences between writing for the adult and YA world, and, most importantly, where she stands on adding more books about the teenage Carrie Bradshaw to the series – “I’d like to! I do have another two-book deal with HarperCollins for more young adult books, and I really loved the way ‘Summer and the City’ turned out. It’s gotten some — knock on wood — great reviews. It just seems like so much more can happen to them! When you’re in your late teens and 20’s, you haven’t answered any of the questions to your life. You’re still trying to find the answers of who you are and where you fit in. I haven’t decided yet whether the YA novels I’m signed on for will be ‘Carrie Diaries’ books.” Read more from the interview here. Entertainment Weekly.

Stephenie Meyer divulges ‘Twilight’ secrets; discusses her future in writing In a recent meet-and-greet with ten lucky Twi-hards, bestselling author Stephenie Meyer was approached with a slew of questions regarding the completion and possible publication of Twilight novel Midnight Sun“I’m hoping to do it someday because I know that’s what people want. No matter what book I put out from here to eternity they’ll want ‘Midnight Sun’, but I’m just not writing about vampires right now”; what she’s working on next – “It’s a fantasy that takes place in another world where people are using bows and arrows and swords. There’s a little bit of magic, but it’s a very limited form of magic. The characters are human, and some have the ability to use magic and some don’t. It’s pretty dark. People die. The main character is a 17-year-old girl, and she’s kind of cool”; and a variety of other questions about various projects currently on her plate – including the sequel to The Host. Read the entire interview with Stephenie here. USA Today.

Official trailer for Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘Witches of East End’ released! Though Melissa de la Cruz – author of the bestselling Blue Bloods and Au-Pairs YA series – won’t release her latest endeavor Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family) until the summer solstice – June 21, 2011; Friday, April 22, 2011 marked the release of something almost as good…the Official Trailer for the book – the first in a projected series that tells the story of “A coven of witches living on Long Island have the power to raise the dead, see the future, and concoct potions that can cure heartache.” Watch the exclusive trailer here. EW.

Over to you…have you read Summer and the City yet? Are you keeping your fingers crossed that Bushnell continues writing about the young yet beyond fabulous Carrie Bradshaw? Are you excited to read Meyer’s next book? What do you think of The Witches of East End trailer? Will you be picking up a copy when it hits bookstores on June 21, 2011?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 26, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 26, 2011

Primrose Everdeen has been cast! Despite pleas from billions to cast fan favorite Elle Fanning (Dakota’s younger sister) in the role of Primrose Everdeen for the upcoming Hunger Games film adaptation, Lionsgate has announced that the actress selected for the coveted role is none other than newcomer, and New Mexico native, Willow Shields. ‘It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met,’ director Gary Ross said in a statement about the casting. ‘Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her.’ Entertainment Weekly.

Alexandra Bracken’s not-yet-published ‘Black Is the Color’ on its way to theaters Alexandra Bracken’s YA dystopian novel Black Is the Color may not be scheduled to hit bookstores until the summer of 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Twentieth Century Fox for scooping up movie rights to the piece. Bracken landed on the radar of readers with last year’s debut Brightly Woven, which told the tale of a rogue wizard; but Black Is the Color goes in a completely different direction. “The story centers around telekinetic teen Ruby, who after being placed in a government-run rehab camp, teams up with a group of similarly gifted kids to escape, eluding those who want to take advantage of their powers.” Black Is the Color is said to be the first title in a three-book series. Hollywood Crush.

‘Glee’ cast member scores writing project! Though he’s won critical acclaim for his acting and vocal chops in the role of Kurt Hummel on TV’s Glee, there’s more to Chris Colfer than meets the eye…like a love for writing. The Glee star has just inked a deal with the Disney Channel to write a pilot entitled The Little Leftover Witch, based upon the Florence Laughlin children’s book of the same title published in 1971. The story “tells the tale of a witch who is taken in by a new family after her broom breaks and she drops out of the sky.” Hollywood Reporter.

Over to you…are you happy to see a newcomer, as opposed to a well-known Hollywood starlet, cast in the role of Primrose Everdeen? Who would you have liked to see play the role of Prim and why? Have you read Brightly Woven? Do you plan on picking up a copy of Black Is the Color when it hits bookstores and/or will you be seeing the film when it arrives in theaters? Are you a Chris Colfer fan? Are you excited to see his writing projects come to life?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 24, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! On this last April Sunday we have a treat that will take you back in time…a review of Anna Godbersen’s (who stopped by for an inkpop Live Chat back in January 2011) Bright Young Things from Taschima of BloodyBookaholic.

Taschima says, “Reading a book is like falling in love, you start by getting to know the person, you laugh, you cry, and you get bloody mad at times. It’s all part of the journey. In the best case scenario you will find the one for you and live happily ever after, or you could be left behind with good memories. In the worst case scenario you had just wasted your time and learned nothing from it.” Visit BloodyBookaholic to read more of Taschima’s reviews; at this moment, get swept up into the world of Bright Young Things.

“This book is about three girls who live in 1929, In New York City. Letty is the small girl with the big city dreams (with the pipes to back them up- she sings), Cordelia is an orphan who is looking for the place where she belongs, and Astrid is the “rich” girl with issues. They all go on this kind of adventure called life that changes them and their circumstances forever. In some ways it’s like ‘The Luxe’ series, the girls have very different personalities, every single one has their unique problems, and it’s written in a past time. And like ‘The Luxe’ series you shouldn’t let this puppy go away without reading it darling. It’s to die for!

“One of the attributes of this novel is the writing. Anna Godbersen has the rare ability to transfer you to whatever time she wishes! Her writing is exquisite, and though she likes to describe a little too much I think it’s necessary in order to get you in the mood of the soaring 20s. She specifically likes to describe fashion tidbits, and I’m glad because now I know what I’m going to be wearing for Halloween this year… *wink*

“Another part of this book is that you never know what is going to happen in the future. Anna Godbersen isn’t afraid to give you a twist. You might expect something to happen, but then she pulls the rug from under you. It’s very realistic really, even a minuscule detail in life can change your future forever. Her books are like faerie tales gone wrong, but in a good way. At first everything is perfect, but by the middle/end of it you will be like ‘Why did this happen?!’ I love it.

“I absolutely loved every part of this book, even though it was just a tiny bit hard to get into at first, but just a tiny bit. I loved the feel of the time; the parties and the language… It’s like every page of the book has it’s own tune, and you can’t help but sing along.”

Thank you to Taschima of BloodyBookaholic for sharing her thoughts of Bright Young Things with us.

Over to you…have you read Bright Young Things? 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: Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 23, 2011

Happy Saturday, inkpoppers! On this sunny Saturday we bring you a review of inkpop Live Chat alumni Heather Terrell’s Fallen Angel straight from Nancy of Girls in the Stacks.

Nancy, who reviews books on Girls in the Stacks alongside her friends and fellow readers Stacy and Shannan says, “As a child, reading was my outlet, my escape, my passion…and as an adult it is also now my ‘me’ time. I read…a lot. Me, me, me!” Read more reviews from Nancy at Girls in the Stacks; for now, prepare to fall for Fallen Angel.

“I enjoyed this unusual story that mixes the traditional angels-fallen-to-earth theme with a little bit of vampire lore – they’re not vampires per se, but definitely enjoy the bloodlust. Which is kind of creepy if you think about it too long.

“Ellie is not exactly your typical teen. Her parents drag her away every summer for ‘environment saving missions to impoverished countries’, and she also has these very realistic dreams about flying (which turn out to be real). I liked how the relationship between her and Michael developed, with Michael trying to show her what they really are and what they can do (fly, share blood), and Ellie stubbornly denying the truth at first.

“When bad guy Ezekiel sweeps in, the action starts to happen. Ezekiel was a pretty scary villain, and as Ellie learns more about what she actually is, she learns that he wants her for his own purposes.

“The biggest misstep for me was Ellie’s parents. I just want to yell when characters so obviously won’t share important information and believe that keeping their daughter ignorant is best – they even erased her memory. They’re supposed to be loving? Really? Overheard conversations are the only way Ellie pieces together the mystery of what she is, and what her parents are.

“This book is a very fast read, and has a cliffhanger ending because there will be a sequel (Eternity, coming summer 2011). I will definitely pick up the sequel!”

Thank you to Nancy of Girls in the Stacks for stopping by to discuss Fallen Angel with us.

Over to you…have you read Fallen Angel? 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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inkpop Fundamentals: April 21, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 21, 2011

More ‘Hunger Games’ characters cast Though it has been only a short while since we learned which actor and actress would take up the roles of District Twelve tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, respectively), Lionsgate is now on a race against time to cast the roles of the male and female tributes for Districts One through Eleven (scratch that – Districts Two through Ten) to make their desired theater release date of March 23, 2012. It has been announced that the roles of District Eleven Tributes Rue and Thresh have been cast in the form of relative newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi; and District One Tributes Marvel and Glimmer have taken shape in the form of Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin. Keep up-to-date regarding the rest of The Hunger Games Tribute casting via Facebook’s Hunger Games Tributes Casting Tab. Entertainment Weekly.

A literary feast – cakes inspired by your favorite books! In honor of National Library Week, Cake Wrecks has created a feature dedicated to decadent desserts inspired by some of the most popular children’s books in literature, including Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, and countless others. Check them all out here. Cake Wrecks.

And the nominees are… Despite the fact that voting won’t begin until August 22, 2011, the Young Adult Library Services Association has already released the titles of the 25-nominees up for consideration for the YALSA’s Top Ten of 2011 – giving readers the chance to read them all before casting their votes. Included on the nominations list are the HarperCollins offerings Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, and Lies by Michael Grant; in addition to Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay, Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Angel, and many more. Click here to view the entire nominations list. American Library Association.

Over to you…what do you think of the progress regarding The Hunger Games casting thus far? Who would you like to see cast in the roles of the male and female tributes from Districts Two through Ten? Which cake is your favorite? If you could have any book adapted into cake form, which one would it be and why? Did any of your favorite books make the YALSA’s nominations list? What are your top ten favorite titles of 2011?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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