This weeks list is absolutely amazing, so be sure to check it all out!
Oh, and in case you haven’t checked out our book club with the Reading Room –
Now, here are the amazing reviews for this week:
- Jamie Harrington Praises Possession
- Shelli Johannes-Wells Admires Shimmer
- Elana Johnson Counts Down to the Release of Possession With An EPIC “Tag You’re It” Contest
- Myra McEntire Hides Carrie Ryan in the Fort
- Shannon Messenger Accessorizes with White Cat/Red Glove
- Carolina Valdez Miller Wants To Find Clarity
- Lisa and Laura Roecker Brags About Bookanista’s Giving Back
- Megan Miranda Discovers Where She Went
- Jessi Kirby LOVES the Liar Society
- Shana Silver Seeks Clarity
- Sarah Frances Hardy Marvels Over Matched
- Rosemary Clement-Moore is Overwhelmed by Wither
- Corrine Jackson J’Adores Anna and the French Kiss
- Stasia Ward Kehoe Cries Over One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies
Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out – Going FanGirl over Cassandra Clare.
I first “met” Cassandra Clare at a book signing for the release of City of Glass. She was witty, super smart and amazing with the crowd. My Teen and her friends were instantly in awe – and so was I. My favorite piece of advice she gave to aspiring writers of any age…Read OUT of your comfort genre. YES, YES, YES! I think it is very true, reading out of your genre makes you aware of other literary styles, pacing, storylines, etc.
After the signing, I went home and read all of her books, loving he way she strung words together. Her world building was fab, and she writes in 3rd person – something I don’t see much of these days.
I have seen her at several book signings since then, and have watched how she interacts with her fan base on Twitter and in other ways. She is always gracious, willing to answer a million questions and approachable.
With my current WiP, I reread some of Clare’s works – especially Clockwork Angel. Not because my story is at all similar. It isn’t – not even close. But my new piece is set in a similar time period (though not in the same place) and is in third – sort of (more on that later). So rereading her books was sort of like research to me.
This past Monday, I went to her midnight release party for City of Fallen Angels. She and one of her writerly BFFs, Holly Black, were amazing. Once again, they owned the room. I took a group of adoring Teens with me who had decided to dress up like Shadowhunters, complete with runes painted on their skin. They were so excited. Through their excitement over the books, my inspiration to write was refueled. Through Cassie and Holly’s convos with the crowd, the flame of my desire to write was fanned. And yes, I spent much of the next day writing – despite not nearly enough sleep.
So, my fangirl moment for Cassie has been a long time coming.
The bottom line – Cassandra Clare KNOWS how to craft an intelligent, many-layered story. And I appreciate her for it. Check out her books for yourself. They are wonderful
Entering is simply – Just leave a comment, follow my blog in someway and you’re entered. Want additional entries (up to 5)? Just do the following:
- Tweet about the contest
- Blog about the contest
- Facebook about the contest
- “Like” my facebook author page
- Sign up for my newsletter
Easy, right? Just be sure to let me know what you did in the comments. Contest Ends on Saturday and ‘ll announce the winner on Sunday 4/10.
Oh! And be sure to stop by tomorrow. I’m going all personal and explaining why this month’s Bookanistas-Give-Back project is so important to me. Want more about our project? Check out Myra McEntire ‘s post about it.
What are you reading these days?