Random Thoughts: What if chapter titles were poems?

Strange things happen when I stay up late. I get "ideas." Some times those ideas are brilliant, some times they teeter on the edge of insanity. It's a crap shoot really, because you don't know which will occur.

So as I was reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I noticed the titles of the chapters. Some of them were really unusual. So I thought to myself, "These are rather poetic." That thought turned into, what if they were a poem?

So I wrote them all out and added a few connecting words so it would flow a little more smoothly. If I had more time, I'm sure I could rearrange and make something really amazing, but I'm lazy and out of coffee. So, with the titles in their respective orders, here is what I came up with:

Impossible to scare.
An unveiling of sorts:
a cranny, poison kitchen.
The Angel of Extinction;
with Black handprints
The Devil’s doorways
are hither-and-thither girl.
be something else entirely!
The graverobber
or a deadly bird of the soul.
The other door is a world apart
but battle not with monsters!
Not who, but WHAT--
True story!
Hope makes its own magic
like a piece of empty candy;
with infinite patience
Flying is easy but never peace.

A soft wrongness of
Not prey, but power
and attitude of prayer.
Starlight to the sun?
You are right.
Both place and person.
What’s a day,
but the tongue of angels
To do else than kill?
A dream-lost?
Blood will out, Almost like magic:
Ache and salt and allness.
Whole again.
Sudden Evanescence
of pure Teeth
and sugared, The serpentine Madness.
Love is an element
Meant for children of regret…
Please excuse the weird formatting. Blogger does not always cooperate.

Cover Reveal (and Title reveal) for Infinite (Incarnate #3) by Jodi Meadows

WOWZA! Another stunner. Love, love, love it!


The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.


Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.


The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

Ok, so go pre-order your copy now!


Review: Gorgeous (Paul Rudnick)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 327
Publisher: April 30th 2013 by Scholastic Press
ISBN:  9780545464260
Genre: romance, fantasy
Source: eARC from Netgalley

GorgeousInner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

Have you ever had a love-hate relationship with a book that left you so confused you really didn't know what you think about it? Well, that is me with Gorgeous.

On the one hand I hated this book with a passion. I almost stopped reading it because it irked me on so many levels. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what I did not like, so I'll just list them.

1. The language used by the supporting character/best friend. I get her personality. I could actually picture her better than the main characters, but her use of certain phrases did not sit well with me.

2. The plot was straight forward and obvious. I saw every twist and turn for miles. I might as well be a cyborg because I was cruising on auto-pilot the whole time while reading. I know this isn't necessarily a bad thing because sometimes we want a "beach read" but I was really expecting something more. When you add my mild boredom to my other issues, it put me over the edge.

3. This book's sense of schizophrenia. It didn't know what genre it really wanted to be in. Was it a fairytale like book, a contemporary romance, or something else all together? Wish I knew! I'm still trying to figure that out.

4. The main character. Simply put, she was boring. The author spent a lot of time describing the other characters and bringing them to life, but Becky never managed to feel real.

I know it seems like I am bashing Gorgeous into the ground, but it had a redeeming value. I understand the message the author was trying to get across. Yes, it was reached in a very frustrating way, but the intentions were good. Inner beauty is more important than outward beauty, and Becky eventually learns that. Unfortunately though, having a strong final 20 pages does not make up for the other problems.

I can say, though, that the characters were very witty. I found myself laughing and giving a wry smile because I could hear the sarcasm. The dialogue was certainly well written and believable.

Twitter Chat tonight with Marissa Meyer and Christopher Healy!

Today is a very special day!
Why? That's an easy question to answer.

Tonight at 9 pm EST you can participate in a Twitter Chat with Marissa Meyer and Christopher Healy.

The topic: fractured fairy tales

Hastag: #talesretold

Did I mention there will be giveaways? Yeah, things just got (more) awesome. You might want to Tweet this to your friends. They will be glad that you did.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone read-along: Week 1

First off, let me start by saying how excited I am that you decided to participate in this VBC (Virtual Book Club) read-along. It makes me giddy with anticipation. The March VBC read-along was a success, and I know this one will not disappoint.

So, without further ado, lets begin this amazing journey together.

Your homework this week is to read the first 80 pages (through chapter 12). Now, if you're like me, you will be sucked away instantly into the story and probably read waaaaaaaaaaay past page 80. That's ok. BUT, you have to promise not to spoil it for those that might not have read ahead. (I am going to practice my own preaching, because I am the worst about dropping hints.)

As you read this week, think about this question:

Consider the wishes Karou earns from Brimstone as a result of her errand work. Why does Brimstone chastise her for spending them on frivolous items?

For week 2, we will be reading to chapter 24 (page 160) in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

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