Saturday, December 29, 2012
Our library has a neat new thing called 7 Day Check Out. No renewals, no holds. The most popular books are placed there and it's sort of every woman for herself. I like that in a library now and then. What's fun about it to me is that it's a quick way to see what's popular in YA and MG in my area. If I see something with multiple copies, I make sure to grab it and read it. The last series I read this way was the Fallen series, by Lauren Kate: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Fallen In Love (short stories), and Rapture. I was sick as a dog and in bed for three days, so I did a LOT of reading all at once. I really enjoyed the characters. The writing was in the Twilight category, although she did have some really neat turns of phrases that caught my eye. I think it's tough to pull off fallen angels, but she did it, and she had a great story arc that comes to fruition at the end. There are times when I got impatient and felt the plot dragged in the second book (again, much like the Twilight series), but it was enjoyable read. I won't go out and buy it (sorry!), but I can see why it's popular. And the covers are GORGEOUS. If you liked House of Night, Twilight, or any other goth-urban-fantasy set of novels :), then this will be right up your alley.
The results came in for #PitchWars and while I didn't win, I was honored to be an alternate for the fabulous Brenda Drake! Check out her blog to see the winners and follow the links to learn more about wonderful mentors. I'm proud that I had the guts to enter and I'm thankful that my friend Carol goaded me into it. :) Everyone needs a writing buddy!