ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
I don't know if you've had a chance to read some YA sci-fi recently, but there's some good stuff out there. I've absolutely fallen in love with The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The first book is These Broken Stars and the second one is This Shattered World. A third one is coming out at the end of this year.

A quick and dirty description of TBS: Lilac and Tarver are the only two survivors of a luxury spaceship crash, and they have to rely on each other to survive. But they may not be entirely alone on the seemingly abandoned planet.

And TSW: Jubilee is a soldier. Flynn leads the rebellion. They shouldn't even be speaking, but circumstances throw them together when full-on war breaks out on the planet of Avon.

Both were amazing and stunning reads. The world is rich and fully developed, linking the two stories together. All four main characters are awesome. I found myself pulling and aching for them. Their voices are all distinct and I never once forgot who I was reading.

All in all, I adore this series and look forward to the third one.
ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
I know I'm behind everybody else, but there's not a comic book store near me, and I'm a newbie to the format. Anyway, I did get Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1 for Christmas and devoured it in one sitting.

Loved, loved, loved this graphic novel. Kamala reacts to getting superpowers pretty much the same way we all would. Panic, excitement, and finally, learning to kick ass. Which she does beautifully. Kamala was such a real character, and watching her grow from issue to issue was a real treat.

If I can get my library to order it, I will shove this graphic novel into the hands of every girl and boy I see. They'll all love it!
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Since no one suggested a topic for today, I have a new squeeworthy book for you!

The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting

Titles in Series:
The Body Finder
Desires of the Dead
The Last Echo
Dead Silence

Violet has a secret. She can find dead bodies, no matter how well the killers tried to hide them. And one killer in particular isn't happy about it.

Despite the light paranormal premise, this YA series is mostly a mystery series. Violet is an awesome main character, and her best friend (whom she's in love with) is there for her all the way. This series is squeeworthy because of how the mystery unfolds and how realistic the characters are. Each chapter in the first book ramps up the tension slowly until you hit the most exciting part.

Definitely check them out from the library!
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
I don't know about you, but I came across some really good books this year. Some of these weren't published in 2013, but I read them this year. So it counts.

1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This book captured what it's like to be a socially awkward fangirl in a whole new setting. Being much older than the protagonist, I did want to shake her at times. But then I would remember how awkward I was at 18. Plus, it never once looks down on fanfiction or being a fangirl. And then there's Levi. Who doesn't love patient, sweet Levi?

2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
You had me at cyborg Cinderella. Meyer has a way of taking the familiar parts of the fairytale and transforming them into an interesting and new sci-fi story. I felt for Cinder, especially by the end, and I must pick up the second book now.

3) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Criminal Minds meets The Mentalist for the teen set. This was an awesome mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Plus, no sci-fi, no magic, nothing supernatural at all. Just a good, old fashioned mystery.

4) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This book has been around for a little while, but I didn't pick it up until this year. Mystery, intrigue, romance, all in a historical setting. I was completely engaged from page one.

5) The Rules by Stacey Kade
A half-alien hiding from the people who created her. The whole premise was fantastic, and both protagonists were interesting. How Kade keeps the voices different, I'll never know, but it's pretty amazing. Can't wait for the sequel!

What five books did you like the best?
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
It's been a while since I've done a book post so let's bring this feature back. I never talk about books enough.

Today, instead of a book or series, I'm squeeing about an author - Libba Bray. If you read this post, then you know I got to meet her at YALLFest a couple of weeks ago. She was amazing!

So, let's talk about this woman's books. Now, there is one I haven't read yet called GOING BOVINE. If you have, please squee about it in the comments. (It's on my very long to-read list.)

Now, let's squee about the ones I have read:

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy )

Beauty Queens )

The Diviners )

Now, go read these books and tell me what you thought.
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
Good morning! I'm wearing both my librarian and writer hats today. I have another book to squee about, and some writing updates to impart.

Let's start with the Squeeworthy Book. I've been thinking of ways to change up the format of this feature to make it more interesting so I'm going to try some new things in the coming weeks. Something's bound to stick, right?

Anyway, this week's Squeeworthy Book is another series, Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs.


Plot: Grace, Gretchen, and Greer each grew up in different households. When the three come together, they learn they are identical triplets and have the power to send mythological monsters back to their own realm. They are also the Key Generation, three young women prophesied to open the door between our world and the world of the monsters. It's Charmed meets Greek mythology.

Favorite Character: Grace, definitely. She is the sister who grows the most throughout the trilogy. She's smart and she learns to kick butt.

Why is it squeeworthy? This whole series is so much fun. You have three sisters learning who they are and about their magical powers. And they're fighting monsters along the way. Did I mention that it reminds me of Charmed? Each girl has an individual power in addition to the powers all three share. It's magic, it's mayhem, and it's wonderful.

Okay, and now for my #writemotivation update.

I haven't accomplished anything this past week, but to be fair, I had a houseguest.

1) Plot out MWM

I wrote down some more notes about my witches and my trolls, but a coherent plot still eludes me. I'll continue to dig.

2) Write query for WS

I have less than 100 pages to go on this draft, and I'm worried it won't reach 80,000 words. If I can get it as close as possible, I can write the query.

3) Send out first round of queries

See above.

4) Write first chapter of MWM

Still need to plot and outline before I begin.

How are your writing projects coming? Got any squeeworthy books to recommend?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Putting on my book nerd hat today. Let's talk about the ones I've been excited about lately.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Plot: Amy wants to fight alongside the Purple Gentian, a well-known spy who worked with the Scarlet Pimpernel in Napoleon France. She sets off to France to find him and gets tangled up with the dashing Lord Richard Selwick.

Why is it squeeworthy? It has a dash of romance, a dash or intrigue, and a dash of historical fiction, along with a frame story featuring the love-hate romance trope. In other words, the book should've had "written for Amy" tattooed across the cover. I swept into the story and was never bored for a moment. It was awesome!

Texas Gothic and Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Plots: TG follows reluctant witch Amy (I sense a name theme) while she deals with a ghost on her aunt's ranch. SAD tells the story of Amy's cousin Daisy, a psychic who is kidnapped by a mob boss who wants her powers.

Why are they squeeworthy? First of all, both Amy and Daisy are redheads. That's enough to make me extremely happy. Secondly, each book moves at a fast pace, and the stories never slow down. Finally, I love the world. The magic is subtle and weaves into the contemporary world seamlessly.
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
My friend [personal profile] seimaisin introduced me to Mercedes Lackey a few years back. She said I would love her books. The first one I picked up was The Fairy Godmother, and she was right. I absolutely loved it. I've been taking my time reading through Lackey's backlog ever since.

Books in the Series:
The Fairy Godmother
One Good Knight
Fortune's Fool
The Snow Queen
The Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Werewolf

In the Five Hundred Kingdoms, you don't have much choice in which way your life goes. The Tradition rules all, and if your life resembles a fairytale, then that's the direction it will go. That is, unless, you can outsmart The Tradition. Each book focuses on different stories and different couples. The stories often go in directions you don't expect.

Why is it Squeeworthy?
Lackey has a way of taking a familiar story and then turning it on its head. Also, these books are lighthearted and pretty funny with female characters who are smart enough to outwit the weight of The Tradition. Definitely a fun summer read.
ravenela: (Ewan dance)
As a librarian, I read a lot of books. Some are interesting, others I never finish, and then there are the Squeeworthy Books. These are the books and book series that I fawn over. I can't get enough of them. I'm right there at the book store or on my ereader or the first in line at the library to get my hands on the newest ones.

So that's what this (hopefully) weekly post is all about - me geeking out over my favorite books. They're not reviews, just a lot of fawning. And no, no one is paying me to do this.

Please tell me about the book that make you squee in the comments. I'm always on the lookout for new ones to read.

Today's Squeeworthy Book is actually a series - The Esther Diamond series by Laura Resnick.

Books in the Series:
Disappearing Nightly
Unsympathetic Magic
The Misfortune Cookie
(November 5, 2013)

Esther Diamond is a working actress in New York City. She isn't famous or anything, but she's doing okay. While understudying in an off-Broadway show called Sorcerer, the lead actress magically disappears. Soon after, she meets Max, a slowly-aging wizard whose mission is to protect the city from Evil. She also meets a sexy detective named Connor Lopez. Esther is pulled into a world of magic and stands up to fight against Evil. But Evil keeps showing up to all of her other jobs, too.

Why is it Squeeworthy?
This is one of the most hilarious series I've ever read. I'm talking laugh out loud moments. Esther and Mex's friendship is one of the best things ever, and her off and on relationship with Connor is fun to read. However, the best part is Esther chooses to go into these dangerous situations with no magical powers or artifacts of her own. I think that makes her a very strong protagonist.

Now, is it time for The Misfortune Cookie to come out yet?
ravenela: (Rosalee/Monroe)
Saw this on [personal profile] annaalamode's journal, and it looked like fun. I haven't been acting very fannish as of late, but these were a few of my favorite things.

Onward... )
ravenela: (Eponine)
In a couple of weeks, Les Miserables will open in theaters, and I'll drag my poor husband to go see it with me.

I'm so looking forward to this movie. I've loved Les Miz since I was 15, and Eponine has always been my favorite character. (Of course, now that I'm in my thirties, I want to tell Eponine to forget about Marius and find a hot student who appreciates her.)

Anyway, I know I'm going to be the uber-nerd mouthing every word to every song. And it's going to be awesome!

And, yes, I've watched this clip on repeat:

ravenela: (Redhead)
Hi, everyone! I've made some new friends thanks to [personal profile] kouredios's awesome friending meme.

Welcome, welcome! I'm ravenela, also known as Amy, and I'm dragonsinger on LJ as well (but I haven't been using my LJ lately...I seem to have migrated).

I'm a redheaded librarian who happens to be a huge booknerd and has an unhealthy TV addiction. Favorite writers are Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts, and Kelley Armstrong. Favorite TV shows are Highlander, Charmed, OUAT, Castle, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast (2012), Grimm, and the Mentalist. Thanks to the reboot, my hubby and I have been streamlining all the Star Trek canon. We're up to DS9 right now.

I'm also a writer who is trying to get published. I prattle on about my original stuff as well as my fannish stuff. All my fanfic can be found here. It hasn't been updated in a few years, but now that I've earned my master's, I might have time for both fanfic and original fic.:)

Anyway, that's me in a nutshell. It's nice to meet everyone, and I'm so happy fandom hasn't completely abandoned the journal format.:)
ravenela: (Damon - created by supernaturalhel)
[community profile] fandom_stocking is live, and my stocking can be found here.

I've also saved some stockings I think I can fill. Let the gifting begin!
ravenela: (Pink Bunny)
Morning, everyone! It's a dreary, rainy Monday here so I thought I'd share some things that are making me happy today.

Once Upon a Time is back, and the season started off with a bang. Can't wait to see how things unfold.

There's an extended look at Les Miserables. I so can't wait to see this movie. Please let the actress playing Eponine do her justice.

If you're like me, you probably have "Gangnam Style" stuck in your head. It's everywhere! Well, my favorite parody of this song is "Klingon Style". And, yes, it's sung entirely in Klingon. Woot!

So, what's making you happy today?
ravenela: (Redhead)
Ah, a lazy Sunday afternoon. Those are my favorites. The most I'm accomplishing today is laundry. How about you?

Florence and the Machine was awesome on Friday. They performed at a venue in downtown Raleigh under a very nice night. No rain for once. I was impressed.

Florence does an awful lot of skipping back and forth while she sings, and I loved it. It made you feel like she was really happy you were there. Trust me, I was really happy I was there. She sang all my favorites - "No Light, No Light," "Breath of Life," and "Cosmic Love." It was absolutely fantastic. I'd definitely go see her in concert again.

I also took myself out to the coffee shop to work on WS yesterday. It felt good to get out of the house, and I was more productive in a new environment. Must do that more often.

Finally, Hubby and I are plowing through Star Trek:TNG. We're up to season six now. I'm telling you, the show keeps getting better and better.

Okay, time to settle in for some reading. I'm in the middle of Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. It's the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood (and if you haven't read that book yet, you really need to).
ravenela: (Planet - created by angelsgracie)
Since most of my shows were on a break this summer, my husband and I decided to finally start watching Star Trek. We saw the new movie when it came out in theaters, and we both loved it, but neither one of us had ever seen the original series.

Thanks to Netflix, we've now seen all three seasons.

Some things of note:

*Uhura and Chapel are my favorite characters. Two totally badass woman in a time when there weren't many badass female characters. They held their own with the boys beautifully.

*Hubby decided that Captain Kirk is the president of the Space Gigolo Club. Their motto: Repopulate the universe with your own seed. We've been having too much fun making up rules for this club.

*Seriously, though, I like how Spock and Kirk worked together. You could see the friendship.

*I now understand things from the movie I didn't get before.

All in all, we loved it. So we're moving forward to Star Trek: TNG (I'm now a Riker/Troi and Crusher/Picard 'shipper. Who didn't see that coming?).


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