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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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inkpop Fundamentals: May 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 17, 2011

The end is near for Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘Blue Bloods’ April 26, 2011 marked the five-year anniversary since the release of Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods, a book that spawned five sequels (Lost in Time – the sixth book in the series – will hit bookstores on October 4, 2011), with over 3 million copies in print worldwide; but come fall of 2012, as per an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide, the series will come to an end with the release of the seventh and final book – still untitled. “I am incredibly excited as the ‘Blue Bloods’ story reaches its dramatic conclusion in the long-awaited finale,’ said de la Cruz. ‘I started writing the ‘Blue Bloods’ series seven years ago, and it’s been an amazing ride with my fabulous readers and my fantastic publisher, who have stood behind the books from the very beginning.” Melissa de la Cruz / Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Does casting change your opinion of ‘The Hunger Games’? Given the fact that Suzanne Collins’ bestselling, and wildly popular The Hunger Games initially made its debut in bookstores on September 14, 2008, many had read the series in its entirety before word that the trilogy would even be adapted into a feature film franchise; but now that it has, and casting has begun, Entertainment Weekly poses the question…“Will you re-read ‘The Hunger Games’ after casting is complete? Or does the casting have no effect on how you envision(ed) the characters?” Read the complete article here. Entertainment Weekly.

The next big trend in YA? Mermaids! In recent years we’ve seen vampires, aliens, and even a little Greek mythology dominate the YA bestseller’s lists; but according to USA Today, a new trend is on the horizon…mermaids. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has already stated that mermaids are a part of her upcoming writing projects; titles such as Tera Lynn Childs’ Fins Are Forever, Sarah Porter’s Lost Voices, and Tara Altebrando’s Dreamland Social Club are popping up left and right; and August 12, 2011 marks the date of the first ever MerCon – a convention devoted to mermaids. “Publishers and readers are looking for the next big thing in the paranormal genre,’ says Mandy Hubbard, whose young-adult novel Ripple, about a seemingly normal teen who must hide that she’s a mermaid…is out July 21. ‘We’ve already done vampires and werewolves and angels. Mermaids feel a little more fresh and interesting.” USA Today.

Over to you…are you a fan of the Blue Bloods series? What are your thoughts on seeing the series come to a conclusion – happy, sad…? What do you think of The Hunger Games casting – has the choice of actors made you see the book/series in a new light? Will you be re-reading The Hunger Games once casting is complete – why or why not? What do you think of mermaids being the next big trend in YA? Would you ever try your hand at writing a novel about mermaids – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: _kris10

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 9, 2011

“I’m Kristen. I’m a Fort Worthian by birth, Atlantan by childhood, but Houston is home. I’m about finished with college, and I will be so happy when school is finally over. I’m an only child with a huge family. I’ve been to 26 states, and for the first time in my life, I left North America last summer when I went to London for a month with a study abroad class.

“I was always a much bigger reader than writer. I read my first book on my own when I was three, always scored high in reading assessments, and was never without a book. That all changed when I came to college and found I just did not have the free time to read outside of class. I picked up creative writing for an elective, and by the end of that semester, I had switched majors from public relations to creative writing. What’s funny is that I’m planning on going into PR when I graduate.

“I have three dogs and three cats: Cal, our 14 year old cat, Duke, our 13 year old mutt (a foundling), Rockie, our soon-to-be nine year old Miniature Schnauzer (another foundling), Nait and Phog, the soon-to-be seven year old twin cats, and Piccadilly, my one year old American Pit Bull Terrier who lives with me at school (also a foundling).

“In my spare time, when I’m not writing or stressing over school, I’m either playing something on the PS3, spending time with my friends, or at the on-campus gym. Nothing fancy, nothing inspiring. I’m just your typical mid-20’s gal.”

For anyone who has read Kristen’s (aka _kris10) ultra-popular inkpop project, Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients, however, it is obvious that “typical mid-20’s gal” is putting it lightly; she’s more of a writing powerhouse, having crafted an intricate debut that clocks in at a whopping 100,000+ words – and it’s still incomplete!

Your project Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients is currently ranked as # 24. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind?

_kris10: Well, Hannah’s been up since December 2009, and in that time, I’ve teetered between 25 and 55 (I believe 25 was the highest rank it’s gotten). I haven’t swapped or made promos for it in a while, considering school, so I haven’t thought much to the rank. I believe some of my friends on inkpop want the Top 5 for Hannah more than I do, haha. An editorial review would be nice, but right now, I really want peer reviews, considering most of the people on inkpop would be my target audience.

Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients is very unique in that the main character has the option of choosing whether she wants to play the role of heroine, or simply turn a blind eye on the world. Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things that has made Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients such a popular project on inkpop?

_kris10: I think so. Going by the comments I’ve received, Hannah has been perceived as original due to her characterization being so different from other heroines in YA. She knows she has to do what’s right, but at the same time, her insecurities make her feel that there are others out there more qualified as her to be the heroine. She’s not cocky, she’s not the strongest nor the smartest, she’s just Hannah.

In your profile you mention that you have a new novel entitled Fallouts coming to inkpop in June of 2011. Can you tell us anything about this new book (genre, what it’s about, etc.)?

_kris10: Fallouts is about a group of teenage superheroes set in 1984. It’s a bit of sci-fi dramedy with action-adventure and a little romance sprinkled in. It has nine main characters, and the narrative flows through different characters’ points of view in third-limited. The team consists of Whitmire Adler and his twin sister, Lachlan, both of which have telepathy (Whitmire also has telekinesis), Casey Stone, who can manipulate fire, Isabel Blakeley, who can phase through solids and become invisible, Travis Deleon, who is super strong and has superhuman reflexes and healing, Nick Goodloe, who has super speed, Ronnie Salinas, who can make ice and withstand subzero temperatures, Abigail Gauthier, who can shoot beams from her eyes, and Victoria Lai, who can absorb memories, powers, and energy through touch.

The background history of the story is that in 1945, some nuclear weapons tests cause more fallout than expected and affect people born the following year. Those born with new, strange abilities are labeled “Fallout Babies,” and as time goes on, they have to deal with prejudice and hate against them. In 1984, a vigilante group called the Fallouts try to keep the peace between Fallout Babies and Unaffecteds, people born “normal,” especially when the hate could start a war.

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for Hannah Boudreaux and the Council of Ancients?

_kris10: When I was in the sixth grade, my mother gave me this book that would eventually become a big part of my life and influence me to want to write my own urban fantasy book. It was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I knew I could never write another Harry Potter, and I kind of shelved the idea of writing a book when I was in high school. By the summer of 2008, while at home for the summer, an idea was beginning to form in my head. I had a heroine in mind, who was a mix of two characters I had written for a writing workshop the semester before, but I didn’t have an enemy or story just yet.

I started jotting down the characters, and a story came to mind, but that first draft didn’t go anywhere. One afternoon, I was watching 30 Days of Night for the umpteenth time on Starz, and I loved the idea of a normal, everyday girl fighting a war against vampires. This was not too long before the Twilight craze took off, so I thought I was good in terms of an “original” idea, haha. Granted, I was not planning to write a romance, and I wasn’t going to have my heroine fall in love with a centuries old vampire who appeared young.

I continued to write Hannah’s story, the first draft getting finished on September 5, 2008. I had outlined three books, but on September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, affecting Houston. Since the series is set in Houston between 2004 and 2007 in the first three books, I decided to add a fourth book and expand the timeline to 2008. Hurricane Ike would serve as the catalyst for the end, but when I realized a bit of a timeline fail, I ended up adding a fifth book, making the series a quintet now.

From June 2008 to the fall of 2010, Hannah has been through five major drafts. I took about a year off from revisions after I finished the first draft, and in that time, I had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. When I started the second draft of Hannah, I decided she, too, would have those disorders. I did this for two reasons: 1. Awareness, as it’s common for girls to be diagnosed later in life with either one, as both disorders manifest different in girls than boys, and 2. As a kid, I never had a book character I could relate to as none were like me, so I hope that if a girl who has been diagnosed with either (or has either but not been diagnosed), she could relate to Hannah.

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

_kris10: I’m one of those writers who loves all of her characters, good and bad, main and secondary, but if I had to just pick one from Hannah, I’d have to say Hannah herself. After developing a character for three years and writing their background history and making their family tree, one kind of grows attached.

What made you fall in love with writing?

_kris10: As I mentioned before, I was a reader first. I read my first book by myself when I was three, and from then on, I read everything I could. I didn’t really attempt to creatively write until junior high, and it wasn’t until college when I took it seriously (seriously enough to switch majors to creative writing). I had taken Intro to Creative Writing as an elective, and the professor I had encouraged me to change majors. In a way, I’m glad I did because my writing improved a lot, but in another, so much of the work I did for other classes wasn’t worth it when I didn’t plan to make a career out of analyzing literature.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

_kris10: KA Applegate, definitely. Animorphs was one of my favorite book series as a kid, and when I read them again as an adult, they were still good. Applegate was a master of writing first person narrations of different characters and making five very distinct voices (six, including Ax). She wrote an intense story with great characters, a series I still enjoy now.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite ice cream topping? Multi-colored sprinkles.
What’s on your iPod? “Civilization” – Danny Kaye and The Andrews Sisters, “Carol Brown” – Flight of the Conchords, “Bite Hard” – Franz Ferdinand, “Can’t Stop Feeling” – Franz Ferdinand, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” – The Ink Spots, “Town Called Malice” – The Jam, “Like a Fool” – Lawrence Arabia, “Echoes” – The Rapture, “Machu Picchu” – The Strokes.
Favorite movie? I have three: Rushmore, Fargo, All About Eve.
London or Paris? L-Town all the way.
Book you could read over and over again? Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 12, 2011

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

Lauren Conrad to pen ‘L.A. Candy’ spin-off series After the wild success of reality show alumni and fashion designer Lauren Conrad’s ‘L.A. Candy’ trilogy – which debuted in 2009 with L.A. Candy, and concluded with Sugar and Spice in 2010 – readers found themselves eager to read more from the star. Now, they have the chance to. Conrad recently inked a three-book deal with HarperCollins that will serve as a spin-off of the L.A. Candy series, entitled The Fame Game. This time, however, instead of focusing on Jane Roberts, the books will follow fame-monger Madison, who Conrad describes as being an individual who “has fun with the press, she enjoys the attention, she welcomes scandal.” A release date for the series has not yet been announced. MTV.

Disney Channel shows its fangs! Though the Disney Channel has been one of the stations known for embracing the paranormal with original series such as So Weird, That’s So Raven, and The Wizards of Waverly Place; the tween station has very rarely tried vampires on for size. Until now. Disney Channel recently announced that they have picked up My Babysitter’s a Vampire, an original supernatural series which gained popularity in Canada in late 2010. Disney is set to air thirteen episodes of the thirty-minute series, in addition to a ninety-minute film. No word on when the series will debut in the States. Kidscreen.

Lily Collins to play ‘Snow White’ Actress Lily Collins has her plate full in regards to starring in film adaptations of bestsellers. Late last year she was selected to play Clary Fray in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments; now it has been announced that the actress will take on the role of Snow White in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White opposite Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. “According to Monsters and Critics, ‘the modern day retelling of Snow White finds the vengeful heroine joining forces with a gang of seven dwarves after her evil stepmother kills her father.’” The film is scheduled to hit theaters in June of 2012. GalleyCat.

Over to you…are you a fan of Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series? Are you excited to see Madison made the main character of Conrad’s new spin-off series The Fame Game? Will you be watching My Babysitter’s a Vampire when it debuts on the Disney Channel? Do you think that Lily Collins will make a convincing Snow White? Are you excited to see The Brothers Grimm: Snow White hit the big screen?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 7, 2011

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

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth confirmed as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne! After months of anxiously waiting, fans can finally rest easy, for the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have been officially confirmed. Just a few weeks ago we learned that Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen; now, Josh Hutcherson has been confirmed in the role of Katniss’ fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark, and The Last Song’s Liam Hemsworth has been confirmed in the role of Gale Hawthorne. Now that the main casting is complete, Director Gary Ross is working on getting the film laid out and shot in preparation of its March 23, 2012 release. Just Jared.

New York City’s ‘Harry Potter’ exhibit opens its doors! Though, in the past few months, we’ve heard much of the creation of various Harry Potter tours opening in London; little has been said about New York City’s very own Harry Potter exhibit…until now. Just two days ago, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Harry Potter the Exhibition opened its doors in New York City’s Discovery Times Square. Aside from the handful of interactive segments available to visitors, the exhibition displays settings, props, and costumes from the eight films. “ Featured costumes include Hermione Granger‘s yule ball gown, Cedric Diggory‘s quidditch uniform, and Professor Albus Dumbledore‘s wizard robes. We spotted three horcruxes, including Salazar Slytherin‘s locket, Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup, and Tom Riddle‘s diary (basilisk fang included). Dobby the house elf, Fawkes the phoenix, and the Hungarian Horn Tail dragon also appear.” GalleyCat.

Spin-off secrets revealed by ‘Vampire Academy’ author Richelle Mead Despite the fact that YA author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines – the spin-off of her bestselling Vampire Academy series, which concluded last year with Last Sacrifice – isn’t slated to hit bookstores until August 23, 2011; the author recently sat down to discuss the new series, divulging a few secrets for what readers can expect – including whom the books will revolve around – “I’m very pleased to report that Sydney the Alchemist will be our lead and narrator, supported by Jill, Adrian, and Eddie.”. Mead also goes on to discuss her additional writing projects, and provides tips to aspiring young writers. Check out the complete interview here. MediaBistro.

Over to you…what do you think of the casting of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale? Are you excited to see The Hunger Games hit theaters? Do you have plans to visit Harry Potter the Exhibit? If you could see one thing from a Harry Potter film up close and personal, what would it be and why? Are you a Richelle Mead fan? Will you be reading Bloodlines when it is released in August?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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February 2011 Top Picks

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 1, 2011

Happy, Happy March 1st, inkpoppers! As we close out one month, prepared to welcome in a new one, we bid adieu to five fabulous projects – selected by YOU; which are now well on their way to the HarperCollins Editorial Board for review.

So what five (5) projects were voted most popular for February 2011? Find out below!

inkpop February 2011 Top Picks:

In[fame]us by Jesse di Angelo (Book – General Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Humor)

Marna by stephprater (Book – Paranormal, Romance, Humor)

Cover Me Again by mandarr17 (Book – General Fiction)

Roses By The Lake by ariwriter (Book – General Fiction, Romance, Horror)

Stake My Heart by Jennii (Book – Horror, Paranormal, Romance)

Congratulations to the February 2011 Top Pick authors! Once the Editorial Board has had the chance to review your project, you will receive a critique and feedback from a HarperCollins Editor.

In the meantime…five slots now stand empty. Does your project have what it takes to be a March 2011 Top Pick?

Speaking of Top Picks…what was your favorite February 2011 Top Pick? Did Andi of In[fame]us leave you starry-eyed? Were you unable to escape Marna until the very last word was read? Did the memorable characters and topics covered in Cover Me Again leave you overwhelmed with tears and grief? Were you swept up in Roses By The Lake? Were you unable to tear yourself away from Aria’s story after sinking your teeth into Stake My Heart?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 17, 2011

The 411 on ‘I Am Number Four’ With the official theater release date for I Am Number Four being tomorrow – Friday, February 18, 2011; MTV has taken it upon themselves to prepare a little crash course in the book turned movie. Covering everything from need-to-know characters and plot, to info on the stars and scenes from the book that must make it to the big screen version – it’s a 411 overload that diehard fans will love, and newcomers will thank for bringing them up to speed on all things Pittacus Lore and I Am Number Four. Check it out here. MTV.

‘True Blood’s’ Sookie Stackhouse takes on the gaming world! Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse character has won over the world with her telepathic powers, and penchant for spending time with handsome vampires. But while Sookie has already earned praise in books (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), a TV series adaptation (True Blood), and comic books; the small-town Louisiana waitress is entering new territory via Dying for Daylight – a downloadable video game for your PC! Read an interview with author Charlaine Harris here regarding how a video game adaptation of a beloved book character works! Entertainment Weekly.

Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host to invade the box office! Despite the fact that movie rights for Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling The Host were sold nearly two years ago – in September of 2009 – little has been released about the possible big screen adaptation…until now. According to Variety, Susanna White has signed on to direct the film, with Andrew Niccol penning the script. Though characters have yet to be cast, with a director on board it seems as if the project is raring to go! “…‘The Host’ takes place on a post-alien-invasion Earth, in which extra-terrestrials takeover and inhabit human bodies. When Wanderer (also known as Wanda) takes over Melanie’s body, she realizes the human isn’t quite ready to give up her headspace. And, yes, there’s a love triangle.” Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…will you be seeing I Am Number Four when it hits theaters tomorrow? Are you counting down the days until the sequel – The Power of Six hits bookstores? What do you think of creating a video game from a book series? If you could see any literary characters morphed into a video game, who would they be and why? Are you excited to see The Host make it to the big screen? If you could select the cast for The Host, who would you include and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Blogger Book Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 13, 2011

Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! Today we bring you a review of Meg Cabot’s masterful novel Insatiable from Angie L., the blog-mistress of Bibliophile Support Group.

Angie L. has been writing book reviews for Bibliophile Support Group since 2008, and has this to say about her reading tastes…“My favorite genre tends to be YA, with an extra special love for fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and supernatural. But I also enjoy almost all genres of YA, middlegrade, and adult fiction, including action/adventure, murder mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, romance, comedy, chick-lit, and contemporary. I’m a fiction gal, through and through.” Visit Bibliophile Support Group for more book reviews from Angie; but for now, sink your teeth into Insatiable.

“‘Insatiable’ is Meg Cabot’s newest release and her first ever adult paranormal novel.

Meena Harper is an average, ordinary sort of young adult woman. She goes to work every day writing dialogue for the daytime soap opera Insatiable and comes home to her beloved, adorable dog Jack Bauer and currently unemployed brother, Jon.

And, oh yeah, she knows how you’re going to die.

She doesn’t really tell people this, though, since almost no one ever believes her. And she had to spend some dark years in high school as the ‘You’re Gonna Die Girl’. So, instead, she just suggests you don’t take such-and-such street home from work, or that you don’t climb that ladder.

But it’s a burden Meena has always lived with.

However, when she meets an incredibly handsome stranger, Lucien, in an unbelievably weird way – she’s flabbergasted to realize she has absolutely no idea how he will die. It’s almost as if he’s… already dead.

In fact, it looks like Meena will be getting some firsthand research done on her new vampire storyline…

With a bang, Meg offers us Meena’s twist and signature voice in the first, short chapter. By the second chapter I already like Meena and am both sympathetic and intrigued by her ability. Then we’ve got the introduction of Lucien, which is both appealing and creepy – calling back Meg’s earlier days with her YA paranormal series ‘The Mediator’ and ‘1-800-Where-R-U’ (both of which I adored and first introduced me to her).

So, as you can see – I was into ‘Insatiable’ pretty darn quickly. That’s one of the things I love most about Meg Cabot’s writing – she always puts you so ‘in’ the story.

Another thing I love about her books is how she stocks them full with awesome, fully-developed characters. One of which is Alaric. I don’t want to give away too much here about who he is or what I think of him – but I will just say that he is the owner of a weapon he calls ‘Senor Sticky’, which I can’t help but feel is an awesome shout-out to Buffy’s ‘Mr. Pointy’.

‘Insatiable’ is hard to put down and easy to keep reading. Meena is very root-able, and the novel offers the readers little surprises and twists from beginning to end. There’s a fun switching of viewpoints that Meg doesn’t do very often in her novels – which gives us even better insight into who all these characters are.

There’s great chemistry between the characters – as well as disturbing, question-raising pictures painted about the vampires, who can be truly cruel and vicious – which, to me, gave it a bit more of a deeper suspense.

My only detractors on ‘Insatiable’ were thus: I felt some relationships moved a little too fast (though I won’t say it wasn’t understandable), and as the novel progresses it seemed Meena became incessantly weepy (though, again, I wouldn’t say it wasn’t understandable). Also, I became quite passionate about how I wanted ‘Insatiable’ to end – and felt that if it ended a certain way I’d be upset.

Gosh, I sound so cryptic and confusing without supplying names or details – but I desperately don’t want to spoil anything for you, or color your opinion too much on any characters before you read it (which you totally should).

Thing is, this sort of passion and worry is just the kind of thing that shows how involved I was in ‘Insatiable’. And with the fun and entertaining dialogue, scary mystery, and truly laugh-out-loud lines sprinkled throughout ‘Insatiable’ – the book ended up being very well-rounded and had true substance. And don’t get me wrong, I still loved Meena. She’s strong, feisty and different from other Meg Cabot heroines. My small complaints were actually what made me feel so satisfied by the last page.

Why? Because Meg totally threw all my expectations out the window and showed me an exhilarating, cliche-free, refreshing, empowering conclusion that allowed my wishes to still be possible, while allowing the reader who disagrees with me to also still have hope for their resolution as well.

I really appreciated how unique ‘Insatiable’ was – and when I found out that there will be a SEQUEL I was even more excited. Because I am becoming more and more convinced that I am so totally right about who Meena should end up with. Let the debate begin!

Thank you to Angie L. from Bibliophile Support Group for talking to us about Insatiable.

Over to you…have you read Insatiable? 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: December 28, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 28, 2010

Who will play the ‘City of Bones’ Jace Wayland? Twenty-year-old actor Alex Pettyfer may soon be labeled the YA book-to-movie go-to guy. Already under his belt is starring roles in the film adaptations of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (an Alex Rider novel), Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four, Alex Flinn’s Beastly, and now fans are petitioning for Pettyfer to play Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling City of Bones opposite Lily Collins (who has already signed on to play Clary Fray) – and they’re offering up some very convincing reasons to back up their proposal. Hollywood Crush.

Literary New Year’s Resolutions from some of your favorite authors Though New Year’s Resolutions often include becoming more prosperous in the forthcoming 365 days; for those attuned to the literary world, many often include wishes for new forms of creativity and the like to strike them. GalleyCat has spoken to some of 2010’s biggest authors – including nineteen-year-old author of The Duff, Kody Keplinger, to share their 2011 literary aspirations with the world. Check them out here! GalleyCat.

Christopher Pike’s ‘Thirst’ to become big screen vampire saga! In the late 80s/early nineties, while R.L. Stine was penning Fear Street and Goosebumps, author Christopher Pike (aka Kevin McFadden) was hard at work writing similar YA thrillers ; though many of Stine’s work made it to the big (and small) screen, however, Pike’s pieces never made the transition…until now. FilmNation Entertainment recently purchased the rights to Pike’s The Last Vampire series, hoping to follow in Twilight’s footsteps by transforming it into the next big vampire saga. Vampires.

Over to you…do you think that Alex Pettyfer is the best choice to play Jace Wayland – why or why not? If you could see anyone play Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, who would it be and why? What are your literary resolutions for 2011? Are you a Christopher Pike fan? Are you excited to see another vampire saga headed for the big screen – why or why not?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: November 18, 2010

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‘The Great Gatsby’ cast announced! Since its publication in April of 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has been hailed as a brilliant piece of literature that has captured the hearts of generations; thus, it should come as no surprise that the film adaptation currently being put together by Baz Luhrmann – whom directed Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet – would garner interest from countless Hollywood heavy-hitters. Though Leonardo DiCaprio was already said to be taking up the role of Jay Gatsby; only a few days ago did Carey Mulligan learn that she would be playing the prized Daisy Buchanan – beating out actresses such as Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, and Michelle Williams. The film will begin production in mid-2011. MediaBistro.

Product placement…in books? TV shows such as Days of Our Lives have begun adding product placement to their scripts to earn extra advertising dollars; and while it may have been jokingly mentioned earlier in the year – it’s possible that, to keep the book business booming, these very same types of advertising methods may soon be incorporated into your favorite pieces of literature. Said The Wall Street Journal in early 2010…“With e-reader prices dropping like a stone and major tech players jumping into the book retail business, what room is left for publishers’ profits? The surprising answer: ads. They’re coming soon to a book near you.” GalleyCat.

MTV releases teaser trailer for ‘Teen Wolf’ It may share the same name as the 1985 teen hit starring Michael J. Fox; but after MTV released the teaser trailer for its upcoming new series, critics and viewers alike have made the proclamation that the show is more Twilight than Teen Wolf. Replacing the humor of the original with drama-infused teen angst; the show centers around Scott McCall (played by Tyler Posey), a high school student who is bitten by a werewolf, and suddenly finds himself the prisoner of a gift he doesn’t want – werewolf transformation. Movieline.

Over to you…are you excited to see The Great Gatsby on the big screen? Do you think that the actor/actress selections for the film are good ones – why or why not? Who would you have loved to see take on the role of Jay and Daisy Buchanan? What do you think of product placement in books? Do you feel that product placement in books would make you more likely to purchase something or not? What are your thoughts on the new Teen Wolf? Do you think there are similarities between Teen Wolf and Twilight? Even more…will you be watching Teen Wolf when it premieres?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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