The Violet Hour: July 17, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Follow Friday & Blog Hop

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to enter my giveaway for hardcover copies of MISTWOOD and NIGHTSPELL by Leah Cypess! Fill out the form here. (Contest ends August 10, 2011.)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View. It’s an awesome way to meet new bloggers and friends!

Since I work weekends, it takes me a little longer to get back to everyone and return comments/follows, but I will! Promise! Have a great weekend! =)

Q: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?
A: 1. Laurell K. Hamilton
2.Maggie Stiefvater
3. Julie Kagawa
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy for Books, so I’ve decided to bring it back! Nice to see you all again =)

Q:What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

A: I’m not sure what genre it’s considered, but I wish I could get into Kathy Reichs’ books. I totally love the tv show Bones, which is based on her novels, but I was bored to tears when I tried to read them. I just can’t seem to connect with them!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mistwood & Nightspell GIVEAWAY

Just because I love you guys…
I'm going to giveaway my hardcover copies of Mistwood and Nightspell by Leah Cypess!
All you have to do is READ THE RULES, fill out the form and hit 'sumbit'. Easy!
Here we go!

Review – Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hardcover, 391 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN 1416989412 (ISBN13: 9781416989417)
primary language English
original title Hush, Hush
series Hush, Hush #1
Purchase from Amazon here

Goodreads “For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her…until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I was completely skeptical of this book. I actually had attempted to read it months ago, and stopped by chapter 10, and placed it in my ‘wallbanger’ pile. On the word of a dear friend who absolutely loves this book, I gave it another shot. I did my best to leave my first experience behind, and was determined to finish the book no matter how it went. I have always thought the cover for this book (and the whole series) was absolutely gorgeous. I love the whole fallen angel idea, and the covers fit it perfectly. 

The biggest turn off for me the first time around was the similarity to Twilight (meeting in biology class, forced to be partners, the boy being a rude, etc) and the male lead, Patch, being a complete jerk. I found during this last read that the Twilight similarities really did end at those points mentioned above. The story was completely it’s own, and had a great plot with some out of the blue twists, especially the ending. I loved the mystery surrounding Patch’s existence, which we get a glimpse of at the very beginning. His story had unique origins that built up the suspense all the way to the end.

Patch himself, was a different story. I still found him to be the same sarcastic, rude jerk that I did before. Sure, he sounded totally hot and even ‘smexy’, but the constant arrogant responses to Nora really just got on my nerves. There was nothing too appealing about him other than his looks, and I need more than that. I appreciated Nora’s struggle to stay away from him and her total attraction to him. It made for a great tension factor that kept the plot moving. Toward the end of the book, Fitzpatrick opened up another side to Patch that I did like, but like I said, it was at the end. The derisive attitude emanating from Patch just seemed to go on for a little too long. I would have loved to see him break through that wall sooner because once that happened, I started liking him. 

The final twist was a great example of thoughtful story planning from Becca Fitzpatrick. That alone has me wanting to read the rest of the series, which I will do soon. I will admit that I am glad I finished Hush, Hush, even though I didn’t absolutely love it. I’m curious to see just how much the ending changes the relationship between Patch and Nora. I’m sure Fitzpatrick has something very intriguing cooked up for those two!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review – Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN 1442421177 (ISBN13: 9781442421172)
primary language English
original title Wildefire
series Wildefire #1
Source Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review
Purchase from Amazon here

GoodReads "Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them.
 To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm."

Wildefire started off with an incredible force that I really wasn't ready for. Karsten Knight didn't waste any time throwing us into the intense dynamic that was the Wilde sisters, Ashline and Eve. 

Teaser Tuesday 7/19/2011

Wanna play? 

  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 
  • You don’t want to ruin the book for others!). 
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week's teaser is from The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa

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