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July 15th, 2011

Broken News!

by Madeleine Rex

As seems to always be the case lately, I’m a little late to the party. However, I’m so excited by the many wonderful developments this week that I can’t keep myself from sharing them with you!

And I know a few of you are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner of my ARC of Kiersten White’s SupernaturallyCongratulations, Kailia Sage! I’m sure you’ll adore it. Treasure it. Treat it well.

Now… on to the other wonderful news!

1. After much anticipation and a slightly unhealthy amount of obsession over the mail (seriously – my mailman’s lucky I wasn’t stalking him), I received my ARC of Catching Jordan (December, 2011) by my friend, Miranda Kenneally. It’s such a fabulous book, which I knew all along, but my love for it has been renewed since I started a reread. Her characters are priceless, folks. Timeless, too. They’re the whole enchilada. If you have not added Catching Jordan to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, go. Now. (Also: I’m in the acknowledgements! Miranda’s a fantastic friend, and I’m so grateful for her.)

2. HARRY POTTER. Need I say more? No? Too bad; I’m going to. I’m so excited! I firmly believe this movie will be epic – it has to be, really, to be deserving of the Harry Potter title. Sadly, I am not going to the midnight showing (I’d be standing outside the theater door right now), but my family and I have tickets for Saturday afternoon. My dear great uncle is here to visit and wants to come along, and he’s 84, so midnight isn’t exactly his ideal movie-watching time. He’s worth the sacrifice.

3. I was late, per usual, to join the hubbub surrounding Tahereh Mafi’s upcoming debut, Shatter Me (November, 2011). It wasn’t until I saw the cover today (and was astonished by it) that I took a look at the synopsis. I am desperate to read it, now! The cover was just revealed, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I typically disapprove of the overused “girl with pretty dress and conservative colors” theme, but there’s something I can’t quite nail down that stands out about this cover. Maybe it’s the awesome strike-throughs or the killer tagline. Whatever that thing may be, the synopsis only emphasizes this book’s potential, and I can’t wait to read it!

4. Julie Kagawa gave a ground-breaking announcement this week! Seriously folks – she wasn’t aiming to surprise, she was aiming to send her fans into comas (not that I’m trying to insinuate that she’s evil. I’m sure she’s lovely). Not only did she announce a spin-off trilogy to her popular Iron Fey series (staring the Iron Fey protagonist’s little brother years later), but an entirely separate series as well. The new series is a post-apocalyptic vampire series entitled “Blood of Eden,” a title that I think is perfectly classy and intriguing. I’m not sure which one I’m more interested in.

5. Kiersten White, who has to be one of my favorite people, announced the title of the third book in the Paranormalcy series. I think the title, Endlessly, is elegant and perfect for the end of Evie’s journey. There’s even something about it that is more… mature than the titles of the other two books. Evie’s come a long way.

6. I won’t force you to read this because I doubt you really care, but I’m almost done with draft two of The Lemonites! I’m so thrilled to be wrapping up this draft, and I feel like the story has evolved so much. Though there’s tons more to deal with, I feel a lot more confident. I incorporated a few new aspects that I hope will enrich the entire experience that is my beloved WIP. Now let’s just cross our fingers and pray that my critique partners agree…!

I realize I just talked your ear off, and I apologize to those of you I lost. I feel the urge to spend as much time with you as I can. I’ve missed this blog. I’ve missed Twitter. Honestly, my life has become so hectic lately that I’ve doubted whether I could keep Wordbird alive, but as long as I’m still kicking, it will be, too. Thanks so much for the support you’ve given me, whether it be through comments, advice, or simple page views. It blows my mind to think that people out there want to know what I have to say. Particularly when I can’t seem to shut up.

Speaking of which, I’ll leave you be. Enjoy the big, wide world of books!

July 7th, 2011

It’s Another Bleepin’ Giveaway!

by Madeleine Rex

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a slyph! Welcome back to the world of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series! The second book, Supernaturally, is to be released on July 26th, but I thought I’d give a lucky one of you a chance to read it early!

This giveaway is open to citizens of the US and Canada only. Sorry, international readers! I promise a giveaway for you soon!

The giveaway is open from July 7th (today) through July 14th. I will choose a winner with the aid of random.org and email them immediately. If they fail to reply to the email with their mailing address within 24 hours, I will email a new winner.

To enter, fill out this form. If you don’t, you can expect a visit from one of my gremlin minions sometime soon. So… enter.

P.S. Don’t worry – you can expect more celebration of Supernaturally‘s release in the next two months!

July 5th, 2011

Supernaturally by Kiersten White; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White (I don’t usually like to authors’ blogs, but I love hers, so go ahead and click.)

Published: July 26th, 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal. [From Goodreads]

Review Sent to HarperTeen*:

Paranormalcy combined all the best elements of fantasy, going beyond werewolves and vampires to the gremlins and mermaids that are sorely lacking in much of YA literature, but it was ultimately Evie’s irresistibly bubbly personality that I was caught up in. Although Supernaturally plunges Evie’s life into waters that are even darker and more difficult to navigate, her quirky observations and more than a few paranormal creatures make the second book in this distinctive series just as captivating as the first.

Review:

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kiersten White’s. She, like Evie, has an irresistible and bubbly personality. I’ve been reading her blog and tweets for about a year and am excitedly looking forward to** meeting her at the first signing for Supernaturally in August. I don’t know how much of a say she had in who received ARCs of Supernaturally, but I’m very, very grateful!

To the review!

Supernaturally begins with Evie living in a false sense of security. It only takes a few pages for the reader to realize that almost every one of Evie’s dreams of normalcy have now become her reality. It also only took a few pages before I was on the alert for something weird. Goodness knows Kiersten could only keep some creature hidden for a so long.

It was clear to me that Evie was in dire need of some action. Someone who’s been trained to use a taser to take down vampires simply does not belong in a girls’ locker room (though, arguably, no one really belongs in a girls’ locker room).

Of course, Kiersten’s style is light-hearted and totally wonderful, but I have to admit this book did have some symptoms of the dreaded sequel-itis. It was a little slow in the beginning and much of the book was spent steadily escalating toward a semi-climactic moment. I had the feeling that, though there definitely is a climax, this book’s job was to build up to some majorly dramatic moment in the third book. However, that’s understandable. I simply think that this book will be even greater when I can read the third book immediately after.

As I said in the official review, Supernaturally is darker than the first book in the series. Darkness can be fun. It is fun, but with it comes a sort of oppressive cloud. Evie has a few moments of hopelessness, and those moments lead to a lot more complaining than I would have liked. There were a few times at which she pretty much said, “I moped around for a little,” which is fine. I’ve been there, done that. However, the whining did become irritating as the book went on, and I would have preferred that Evie had just done what she had to do willingly instead of grudgingly.

The highlight (the big, thick, bright pink highlight) of the book was Jack. He was like Peter Pan on steroids. I loved him. Often, sequels will bring in that character who’s unfailingly silly and, most likely, stupid, but Jack was topnotch. He had a silly streak as wide as the Columbia river, but I always knew in the back of my mind that there was more to him and his situation, and, knowing Kiersten, I knew whatever that “more” was would be very exciting.

Ultimately, there were a few things missing, but most are unidentifiable. There was just a feel that Paranormalcy (Review) had that Supernaturally didn’t. Maybe it was that Paranormalcy is a bit more fun and lighthearted (despite, you know, all the death), while this book takes a more serious turn. I still love the world Kiersten has created and admire the ingenuity with which she approached creating her versions of paranormal creatures. Every one of them is twisted and deliciously unlike the Disney versions.

Supernaturally was most successful at increasing the tension and my excitement for the next book. It is undoubtedly going to be big, probably pink, and ideally very, very insane.

I encourage all those who loved Paranormalcy to get their hands on Supernaturally as quickly as possible. Search for giveaways and pre-order your copies. You’re going to want to be there for that majorly dramatic moment in book three as much as I do. I’m sure of it.

*Thank you for the ARC! I would have been selling limbs on the black market for a copy if you hadn’t sent one!

**Translation: Freaking out. There might have been some giddy running about the house and telling every member of my family when I found out. Maybe.