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Hello! I'm Emily. I am a YA Book Blogger at Falling For YA, Third Year Law Student at the University of South Dakota, and lover of all things bookish. 

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins Book Blitz


Stir Me Up
Release Date: 10/01/13
Harlequin Teen
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….
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            “Let’s put the the mud back out in the yard where it belongs.”
“Not this stuff. It’s too expensive.”
“Expensive?” He takes the jar of Fango beauty mud from me, opens it, sniffs it—and I push it onto his nose. “Ach.”
“Oops,” I say with a grin.
“All right, that’s it.” He takes some mud and tries to smear it on me, but I intercept his hand and make a grab for the jar.
            “Let go,” I cry, laughing and struggling for it.
            “Not a chance.”
            I get some anyway. “Hah!”
            “No, don’t come near me with that,” he says, and I paste him. “Ach!”
            “Ooh, the big fierce warrior’s upset.” He comes in for the kill. “Wait!”
            “No. No mercy.” He tries to smear me—and I wind up smearing him instead.
            “Hah!” I cry. “No mercy for you! Nice nose.”
            His muddy hand touches my stomach.
            “Hey, faces only.”
            “That’s not in the rule book.”
            My eyes close as his hands smear mud across my stomach.
            “There,” he says. “Now your innie’s a little mud pit.” His hand trails across my middle. I squirm slightly, and his eyes meet mine. They’re darker now, heavier. “Where next?” 
About the Author
Sabrina Elkins, author of Stir Me Up, has also worked as a journalist, movie copywriter and prep cook. She graduated from USC and currently lives with her husband and three children in the greater Los Angeles area.
Sabrina loves hearing from her readers, and encourages you to visit her at

www.sabrinaelkins.com, on Twitter @sabrina_elkins, Facebook at elkins.sabrina, and Goodreads.
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Waiting On Wednesday: Sleep No More

Waiting on Wednesday: Sleep No More


Sleep No More

Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: April 29th, 2014



Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy meets the blockbuster Inception in this dark page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike.
Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…
Aprilynne Pike's bestselling Wings series was called "remarkable" by Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight Saga. And her most recent novel, Life After Theft, was cheered as a "whirlwind adventure" by School Library Journal. Now Aprilynne returns with this exhilarating departure from her previous novels. Sleep No More is a psychological thrill ride that is sure to keep readers' hearts racing until the very end.
My Thoughts: I like the sound of this novel, it seems a little darker then Aprilynne's other novels and I like the whole psychological thriller element!

Crash Into You Blog Tour


Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publicaiton Date: November 26, 2013

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

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Crash Into You Review
I loved Pushing the Limits it is one of the few contemporary books on my favorite shelf and I was eagerly awaiting Crash Into You because it combines a lot of my favorite things; cars, racing, and swoony boys with problems. Let me tell you this book did not disappoint!

I have a small confession I still haven’t read Dare You To, the book is on my shelf it just keeps getting pushed to the backburner. I don’t think having not read Dare You To took away from Crash Into You though. Each of the books in this series can be read as stand alones.

At the beginning of Crash Into You Isaiah is still hurting over how Beth treated him in Dare You To. He is living with Noah and barely getting by, to make rent Isaiah decides to race for a rather shady character. It is at the race that Isaiah meets Rachel.

Rachel is a rich girl who, from the outside, has a perfect life. Gorgeous car, perfect family, it’s a wonderful lie. Rachel suffers from panic attacks, has 5 very protective brothers, and is the replacement for a daughter who died of cancer. I honestly thought Rachel was worse off then Isaiah and that is saying something!

Rachel + Isaiah = Perfection. Their relationship shouldn’t work, they are from two very different worlds but their shared passion for cars and racing binds them together and I felt like despite their opposite upbringings the two felt natural.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Abby in this review. As perfect as Isaiah and Rachel were it was Abby that became a scene stealer. That girl has some serious sh*t going on and I respected that she didn’t make any apologies about her job or her quirkiness. I really want Abby to get her own book although solving her problems is definitely going to challenge McGarry!

Now to the cars. I love cars, like take pictures when I see something I like, swoon when I hear the engine shift at high RPM’s, read car tuning magazines, kind of love. My tastes usually are more imported (I’ve got it pretty bad for BMW’s and Mitsubishi’s, although the occasional Audi does make an appearance in my dreams) but this novel focuses on American made, drag racing machines. It was the descriptions of cars and the feeling you get when waiting your turn for a race that I enjoyed the most about this book.

Overall, Crash Into You was a great addition to this series the characters, the cars, the romance was all well done and I recommend picking this one up even if you haven’t read any of the other novels in the series.
Author Bio
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebookand Goodreads.

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Blogiversary Part 2!



My actual Blogiversary was 2 days ago but I figured since the blog is 2 years old I need to have 2 giveaways! In celebration of Thanksgiving and my Thankfulness of this blog and everyone who has helped to make it a success I am giving away an epic swag pack! 
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There are signed bookmarks, chapter samplers, Twilight and Mortal Instruments movie posters, Etiquette and Espionage buttons and so much more buried in this pile of swag!

*Because I have to ship this prize and International shipping is crazy this will be aUS Only Giveaway! (International followers can still enter my Official Blogiversary Giveaway!)

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2 Year Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary!
Today I have been actively blogging for two years! I started this blog in May of 2011 but didn't begin taking it seriously until November 2011.
When I first started the blog I thought I would post a couple reviews, share my thoughts, and then like most other hobbies I would give up on it after a couple months and move on to the next thing. But after 2 years, I am still here. I honestly think I am more surprised then anyone else about this!
Through blogging I have discovered so many new books, met, interviewed, and fangirled over amazing authors, learned how the publishing industry actually works, and have gotten to know some other really great bloggers! The generosity and support of the blogging community is amazing and I am happy to be a part of it!

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To Celebrate I am giving away your choice of any book that I have reviewed on this blog over the last two years! To give you an idea here is the list of novels! There are over 150 reviews! (This giveaway is International so if the book depository ships to your country you can enter).

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In Which I Reconsider Book Ratings

In Which I Reconsider Book Ratings

I don't often change my mind. I am the type of person who struggles over decisions but once I have made a choice I a fully committed. The problem I have found while blogging is that I have to make decision quickly on what to rate books. I have to figure out a rating and get my review up usually within 24 or 48 hours so I don't have the luxury of time for the full effect of a story to sink in. At the time I issue ratings I don't know if I will be thinking about the book months later or if it was a read once and then forget deal. 

That is why, after much consideration, I have decided to change some ratings. There are certain books that I rated lower or higher then I should have and now I want to make some official changes and give reasons as to why they are being changed.
Moving up to 5 Star Status
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I finished it. Even when I rated it 4 stars and gave a reason the reason seemed shaky. Plus, Kavinsky alone demands 5 stars. I want a book all about Kavinsky, I love that motherfucking thief.

Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke 
I am a sucker for a Gothic novel, and my original justification for 4 stars was that the ending wasn't creepy enough? If I'm being real with myself the creepy children hunting the devil in a cemetery was awesome enough to warrant 5 stars. And while I do wish River had been the bad guy I wanted him to be this isn't an episode of Dexter. It's hard to love a murdering psychopath and I'm glad he wasn't one.

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
I didn't even write a review for this because I wasn't sure what to stay. But after reading it 8 months ago I still remember exactly what went down and secondary characters names so I think it's time to get real this wasn't a 4 star book it was a 5.

Moving up from 3 to 4 Stars
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I know the exact reason I gave this book 3 stars. Length. This book was too long but now with some distance I can objectively say this book is better then 3 stars so I'm bumping it up to 4.

Moving down from 3 to 2 Stars

Dance of Shadow by Yelena Black
The only reason I can come up with as to why I gave this book 3 stars in the first place is that I was on the blog tour. With some distance and the blog tour in the past this book is moving down because all I can remember is how much I disliked it.

In Summary
Although I only reconsidered 5 books I am glad to have done so, it's freeing being able to change ratings rather then being stuck in a rigid number structure. Now I am curious:

  • Are there books you have rated and then gone back and changed? 
  • Are ratings on blogs/goodreads/amazon helpful? 
  • Would you be for or against getting rid of the rating system on this blog altogether?

 Let me know in the comments!

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t love, Poison Princess. I liked Jack, the post apocalyptic feel, and the idea of this epic Tarot Arcana war. I enjoyed getting to know all of the cards but it wasn’t until I read Endless Knight that I loved this series. Endless Knight takes the plot established in Poison Princess and everything just gets better! There is more action, more killing, more kissing, and better character development.

Evie in Poison Princess felt very sporadic to me. There were flashbacks and Evie was trying to adjust after the Flash. Her character didn’t feel very solid to me. In Endless Knight we get to really know Evie post-flash and I liked seeing her grow and change as the character of Death is introduced. Evie really communed with who she was in a past life while becoming her own person in this life.

Jack also grew up in this story. Before he was completely centered on protecting Evie but after what he witnessed at the Alchemists house at the end of Poison Princess Jackson realizes Evie doesn’t really need protecting and he becomes more like a partner to Evie then a protector in his story, although he still has that very alpha male mentality.

By far my favorite addition to the story was the Endless Knight, Death. He is at once bad guy and good guy. His character really straddles the gray, morally ambiguous, area and I liked him all the more for it. He is dark, wicked, and I couldn’t help feeling sorry and lonely for the guy. I actually can’t wait to see more of him in the next book and dare I say it, I might be Team Death? Yes, I might be, but Jack could still surprise me.

Overall, I loved this story and it was even better then Poison Princess. It was packed with epic battles between zombies, cannibals and other Arcana. There was some serious romantic tension and to top it all off there was the classic Kresley Cole dark comedic undercurrent. I am now eager to get my hands on the third book in this series and I’m expecting more great things.
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New Blog Design Giveaway

If you've been around the blog the last few days you might notice it has undergone some drastic changes! The amazing Avery over at Avery's Designs re-did the entire design. The blog switched from a three column design to two, the header got a re-vamp, and there's gorgeous flowers everywhere! I'm very happy with it. If you would like to check out more of Avery's designs her button is below.

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If you would like to add my new blog button to your roll here it is!

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What better way to celebrate the new layout then with a giveaway!? 

The winner of the giveaway will get a book of their choice!

I am shipping it from Amazon so if you can receive Amazon books or Amazon CG's then you are eligible to enter. Follow the link below to enter! Giveaway goes until 10/31/13



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The Dollhouse Asylum Blog Tour



The Dollhouse Asylum
Author: Mary Gray
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: October 22, 2013

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die.


What were your three favorite things about writing The Dollhouse Asylum?
1) The premise. I tried to shelve earlier drafts, but I couldn't get the premise out of my head. This girl was trapped, and I had to get her out. I had to share her story, her inner battle about the man she loves and hates.

2) The literary couples. In truth, at first, all I knew was there were seven men and seven women living across from one another on the street. This became quite a hefty cast! So then I thought, "How can I make them easier to remember, easier to keep track of?" And the literary couples hit, and I began to research them. They then became key for the tone of the story--how brooding and dark it is.

3) In revisions, my editor wanted me to write some flashbacks about why Cheyenne loved Teo so much. Writing these scenes were so heartbreaking, yet so rewarding because they expressed her torture through loving him. I especially loved writing the scene where she dropped her books in the rain, and Teo saved her from having to hand them over to the school secretary for being late.

What was your least favorite thing?
The setting (at first). I'm the type of person who barely knows where she's in a room half the time. I was so intimidated about implementing it better in my story, but my editor helped me understand that I needed to ground the reader, and when I realized the homes needed to match the couples, and I forced myself to focus on this element, it became fun. I drew blueprints for the rooms, and even used the interior of my own house to identify where things in a room needed to be.

What does your writing space look like or consist of?

My office is a work in progress. Eventually, I'd like to have a shelf in the corner between the two couches, and maybe a desk, but I do like putting my feet up on the ottoman and sitting on a couch while I write. I also often write at Starbucks and even in bed. Mostly, I write where I can hide from the other chaos stemming from my little ones in my house. When they're all in school, though, (my youngest is two) I plan on making this my official office. More stuff will go on the walls. :)

If The Dollhouse Asylum had a theme song what would it be?
It's actually the song in my trailer (which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7l_Fm486gM). The song's called SPIDERS AND NEEDLES from the band, Descention. My sister sang and composed the song, and I played the piano. My husband actually played the bass for the band for the while, and my brother played guitar. But this song fits my book because of its slow, brooding start, then powerful rage. It has this understated heartbroken quality to it, and then it just gets angry. It's both beautiful in her reminiscence of the guy she loves, then her helpless desire to do something violent.

Being a debut author, what’s your favorite debut novel released this year?
I fell hard for INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson. It's the perfect amount of creepy, and is so unpredictable. In my opinion, she nails the male voice. I loved it!
About The Author
Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That’s why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she’s not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. The Dollhouse Asylum is her first novel.
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The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Brokenhearted - Amelia Kahaney
3/5 Stars

The Brokenhearted
Author: Amelia Kahaney
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

I have seen a slew of negative reviews for The Brokenhearted and for the first time in a while I am happily in the minority because I liked this novel. 
Anthem is a prima ballerina; she is the dutiful daughter her rich, absentee parents always wanted. Anthem’s life changes completely when she meets Gavin at a party on the South Side. She is caught up in a whirlwind romance that culminates in Gavin being kidnapped, Anthem dying, and then her waking up with a new bionic heart. 
I liked Anthem, at times she was a bit whiney but given her upbringing as the richest girl in town I’m surprised she wasn’t constantly crying and falling all over herself. We all know YA heroines that do this even if they don’t come from a privileged upbringing. Actually when you look at Anthem’s surroundings I’m surprised she is as well adjusted as she comes off in the novel. 
The romance between Anthem and Gavin was totally instant love, if their love was a food it would be minute rice, done in a minute and it tastes terrible the next day. I didn’t hate it though because from the outset you know that is how the relationship is going to be. Anthem has to fall for Gavin quick so that we can get to the heart (pun completely intended) of the story. It was actually the relationship Anthem develops with another character, Ford, that I really enjoyed. It’s not necessarily romantic but Ford becomes something like a mentor to Anthem as she tries to figure out what exactly her new heart can do. 
I will admit that there were some problems I had with the story. There wasn’t much world building, or really any to be honest. We are tossed in to this crumbling city with a huge dichotomy between rich and poor and not really given any reason for the collapse. I was able to get over this lack of world building by just assuming the city is Gotham. My other problem was that the whole bionic heart thing was never adequately explained. I expected some fancy pseudo-scientific explanation instead it’s like here’s a new heart. I also overcame this by making up my own scientific explanation. In my head the scientist was able to synthesize the heart with a hummingbird’s because aliens taught her how. Hey, that’s how it works on Ancient Aliens on History Channel why can’t it work here to? 
Overall, even though I had some problems with the story it was a quick, enjoyable read, just don’t over think the story too much. It was predictable, but I kind of enjoyed it for that reason. The ending leaves a lot of different plot lines open and I’m looking forward to seeing if Kahaney continues because there was definitely a lot of potential here. 
An Advanced Readers copy of this novel was provided by HarperTeen via Edelweiss for review purposes.
Source: http://www.fallingforya.com/2013/10/the-brokenhearted-by-amelia-kahaney.html

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

I loved Unspoken beyond all reason. My review is nothing but gushing sentences and stress. The cliffhanger at the end was a doozey and I don’t know how I managed to wait over a year to read Untold, but I did, and now I’m tasked with scooping up my feels and sorting them in to a coherent review. 

Untold begins soon after Unspoken ended and Kami and Jared are not speaking, barely tolerating one another and both of them are absolutely miserable. They, along with the rest of the crew, must band together to stop Ash’s father from taking over Sorry-in-the-Vale and reinstituting blood sacrifices. The group spends a lot of time making plans, having planning meetings, training for said plan etc. and that is the reason I was unable to give this book 5 stars. The plot itself is not this books strong suit. There is so much waiting around for a final battle that when the battle does happen I felt rather unimpressed.

What this book does well, and what Sarah does well, is characters. I adore Kami who has taken her fledging journalism career in her own hands and is passing out a school paper that the entire town is reading. I love that she is strong, spunky, and despite not having any magical power she is the one actively trying to save the town, it is Kami that the others are following and looking to for direction. Even if Kami is a jumbled mess over Jared.
Jared disappointed me a little in this book. I won’t lie I’ve never been firmly in Jared’s corner. The brooding bad boy act is a little old, and while I do want him and Kami to be together his actions make it hard for me to like him. Jared and Kami kept having these ‘two ships passing in the night’ moments and after a while I wanted to shake them both. Say what you mean, and mean what you say!

Luckily, Rusty played a much bigger role in this novel and that almost entirely made up for my frustration with Kami and Jared. When I met Sarah at the RT Convention this year she asked me what team I was on and instantly and unabashedly I said “Team Rusty of course!” The guy is a total scene stealer and I liked that he is a little more serious (though still witty and awesome) in this novel. I hope to see even more of him in the next novel.

I almost forgot to mention Angela, Holly, and Ash so to quickly recap. Angela was great. I like her nearly as much as her brother. I’ve never really liked Holly so I didn’t like her in this book either. I could rant on about why I dislike her but honestly I don’t have a very good reason, she is just a character I don’t like. I found myself wondering why Kami is friends with her in the first place and I drew a blank. Then Ash, he reminds me of Amelia Pond in Doctor Who, he is the boy who waited; the one who’s done everything right and just wants to be noticed and loved. I feel so sorry for/sympathetic toward Ash I want him to have a happy ending because the guy is trying so damn hard and no one ever seems to notice or give him credit for that. 

Overall, Untold was a novel I enjoyed. I didn’t like it as much as Unspoken. I felt the plot was a bit repetitive with all the planning and preparations but I was so happy to see the characters again that it was worth the wait. I am now going to suffer through another year of waiting just to read more about these characters and Sorry-in-the-Vale and Rusty, but mostly Rusty. 

NaNo Warm Up

Kat Zhang and Savannah Foley had the brilliant idea in October to host a NaNoWriMo Warm up!

If you do not know what NaNoWriMo is it is National Novel Writing Monthand it happens every year in November, participants commit to writing 50,000 words in one month. I have wanted to participate in NaNo but November is just a terrible month for me. I have finals starting at the end of the month, flash cards to make, and just have no time to commit to writing a novel. That is why when I stumbled across NaNo Warm Up on Twitter I was so excited!

During NaNo Warm Up writers agree to write 25,000 words in October,which is only 800 words a day. I am excited to finally be able to write with a community and to expand on a novel I started writing months ago but that I keep pushing to the back burner in favor of school and other commitments.

I decided to share that I was participating in NaNo Warm Up for two reasons.First, I thought maybe you would like to participate, the more the merrier, and 800 words a day is totally realistic to fit in to any schedule! And second, I want to make myself accountable. I don't want to push this writing project to the back of my to do list again. My thought is that if I tell everyone I am participating I really will write every day.

So what am I writing? I am writing a very gritty, young adult (possibly new adult) novel with copious drug use, childhood friendship and death. I already have around 19,000 words written and can't wait to add more! I am also in the market for a critique partner(s), I've never had one before but I'm at that point where I would like to hear other peoples thoughts and really sharpen my writing.

If you are interested in signing up for NaNo Warm Up you can do so here and if you do make sure to tweet me @FallingForYA!

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Good advice, all.
Good advice, all.

Love this. Great Inspiration for NaNo Warm Up this month!

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So, in my real life, I'm a trial lawyer. I prosecute people who rape children and commit murder, and engage that sort of anti-social criminal behavior. Because of that, I'm pretty familiar (actually, extremely familiar) with the rules of evidence.


This post is for the purpose of talking about the rule against hearsay. I don't want to get all boring and legalish and stuff, but basically, the rule of hearsay provides that stuff that is said outside of court (i.e., to a witness who wants to repeat it in court) is sufficiently unreliable that it won't be allowed in court in front of the finder of fact (i.e., jury) unless it fits into an exception that gives it something that we call indicia of reliability. For our purposes, I'm just going to talk about regular old hearsay.


So, hearsay is what happens when some disgruntled author calls someone a troll on an outside website without having any actual evidence to back up that statement. And then, asking other people who haven't seen the evidence and who really don't know anything about what has actually transpired, to rely on their opinion that the person is a troll. Or a bully. Or whatever. That's relying on hearsay to make decisions about someone. It's certainly permissible (after all, life is not a courtroom, and the rules of evidence don't apply in the universe).




It's unreliable. Think of a game of telephone for a moment. That's what this is. It's one big, long game of telephone, but unlike in the big, long game of telephone, the person who is passing the secret message on to the next person is not a disinterested party. They have an interest in twisting the words and in obscuring the facts.


So, think about that game of telephone - there is no chance that the secret will be delivered accurately if you whisper it through a chain of ten people even if all ten people are doing their best to communicate the message accurately. Now, imagine if person number 5 in the message chain has an interest in disrupting the communication between the originator of the message and the ultimate recipient of the message. 


That's this.


I'm not going to go into all of the ways that the fleeing Goodreaders have been unfairly maligned because that's silly and it's just me defending myself, and others, against a witch hunt. And I will not dignify those charges with a response because they are spurious.

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The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater For those of you who are having trouble remembering what went down in The Raven Boys Maggie has (humorously and excellently) re-capped the events here. The end of The Raven Boys left us on a bit of a cliffhanger, the ley line has awakened, Adam is a bit different, and the search for Cabeswater is on.

The Dream Thieves is Ronan’s book. In The Raven Boys I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about Ronan, he seemed distant and his chapters were my least favorite to read. That completely changed in The Dream Thieves. I looked forward to reading about Ronan and getting to know more about his past and his ability to bring things from dreams in to real life.

While I was intrigued by Ronan and excited to see the whole gang again I thought the novel started off a little slow. It took me a while to remember what exactly happened (I wish I’d found the recap earlier). It wasn’t until Kavinsky drove on to the scene that I really felt connected to the story and couldn’t put it down.

I unabashedly love Kavinsky. I love him the same way you love things that are absolutely terrible for you. He is not a good guy, he does bad things, and he doesn’t give a shit what you think about that. The scenes with Kavinsky and Ronan are my favorite scenes in any of the books I’ve read so far this year. They have this strange sort of relationship. If Ronan didn’t have Gansey I have no doubt he would have embraced Kavinsky and that would have been an amazing, terrible, brilliant alliance.

Because the story focused mostly on Ronan I felt like I didn’t see nearly enough of the other characters. I especially missed Gansey. In the first book he was by far my favorite character, and I loved the insights in to his personality. In this novel Gansey doesn’t play as pivotal a role but he is definitely the leader. Gansey is like the sun, and everything in the plot rotates around him.

This book also introduces the Grey man. He is a hitman and is looking for the greywaren for an employer. The mysterious employer is never seen but for a hitman Mr. Grey is really likable. He is educated, has morals, and I loved the budding relationship between him and Blue’s mom. I actually look forward to seeing more of him in the next book and learning about this mysterious employer. There seem to be a lot of people after this Welsh King!

While I did enjoy The Dream Thieves (thoroughly enjoyed) there were a few reasons I couldn’t give it five stars. One was that the novel started off slowly and it took me a while to become reacquainted with everything, second that I didn’t see enough of the rest of the gang (Kavinsky might have made up for this though, I do so love that guy), and third I wish that there had been more romance. While the romance in the story does take a step in the right direction it was still very much in the background.

Overall, The Dream Thieves was a fun sequel to The Raven Boys. Once I got in to the story I was completely immersed and was sad to see it end. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book, especially after that ending!
Temptation (Harlequin Teen) - Karen Ann Hopkins When I was in middle school I briefly became obsessed with Amish things. Ok, not all Amish things just quilt’s. My parents took me to this traveling Amish sale and I begged them to buy me a quilt. You could see the hand stitching and I loved the way the fabric felt under my hands, I was instantly smitten. The quilts were expensive though so I had to settle on getting a hand made bracelet. I still have that bracelet and I still really want a quilt. I think this brief Amish obsession may be why I instantly liked the premise of Temptation. A city girl moves to the country after her Mother passes away and instantly falls in love with a boy. The problem is the boy she falls for is Amish.

One of the first things I really liked about Temptation was that it is told in alternating perspectives between Rose and Noah. I think this is why I was so quick to root for them as a couple. The alternating perspective lets you see how each character thinks and there is no second guessing about how much they care about one another. I must say though, I enjoyed reading from Noah’s perspective a little more though.

I think I enjoyed Noah’s perspective more because the Amish culture was completely new to me. It was interesting to learn more about the daily activities of Noah’s family and his community. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Belonging, because I think it will focus even more on the culture and customs of Amish society.

That brings us to Rose. While Noah gave us the Amish perspective Rose was everything modern and I liked her spunky attitude and occasional gripes about how the Amish culture has skipped over feminism completely. The Amish women are treated very differently then woman are treated in English society. The once problem I did have with Rose is that while she mentions feminism quite a bit she never acts like a feminist. Rose takes on the role of a submissive women in not only her relationship with Noah but the relationship she has with her brother, Sam, and her Father as well. I wanted Rose to stand up and demand to be recognized as an equal but that point never really comes.

Overall, I enjoyed Temptation. It was fun to learn about a culture completely different that is rooted in traditional ideals and see it collide with modern society. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Rose and Noah, their chemistry is undeniable and I am looking forward to reading Belonging to see if these two can beat the odds and find a way to make their relationship work.