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August 11th, 2010

The Little Rex and YA

by Madeleine Rex

It’s a shell of a time!! One, two, three, four TURTLES…

I pushed my little brother for answers concerning books. He’s not an avid reader, but he’s found some books he’s really enjoyed, such as The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, City of Bones/Ashes/Glass, etc. His Language Arts teacher (who will also be teaching him this coming year) requires that the kids read five books to get an A (and then they had to give little “book chats” – a review, of sorts) per quarter. So… he’s read a lot more in the past year. And many of the were books ones that I love, too. And, I have to say it: Gasp! They have girl main characters! (Those who haven’t, please read my post on boys and YA: The Mutants Want to Read, Too.) Anyway, I decided to ask him about his experiences with book reading/choosing.

Things that made him want to read a book:

Adventure – Something we all like a bit of in books, and something that’s understandably a plus for guy readers.

Looks funny but not stupid – So, the message? Boys aren’t dunces or shallow. Cleverness can go a long way.

The book is under 300 pages – Obviously, this isn’t a deal-breaker. All of The Mortal Instruments books are over three hundred pages. Still, less is more, for him.

Things that made him put a book back:

Lots of pink or other “pretty colors” – If you want the book cover to appeal to guys at large, don’t put sparkles and pink cupcakes on it.

It’s about “five girls and their emotional journey through high school” – I’ll admit, I proposed this topic to him solely to see what he would say. Which was, unsurprisingly, no.

A few other things he said were welcome were a fast pace and a boy main character. Not necessarily a POV character, but my brother appreciates when a boy character is somehow crucial to the plot.

So, really, I wouldn’t hand my brother Secrets of My Hollywood Life, but I knew that he’d like The Hunger Games. He really, really enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series. He also liked Death Run. Boys have a wide range of interests and tolerance, well, at least wider than I think many of us assume. Honestly, a boy who really, really wants to read will pick up something that’s at Borders RIGHT NOW. A boy who isn’t inclined to reading will need a little bit of a push, some incentive. That’s where action, adventure, and all my brother’s other criteria come in.

So, I’ll leave you with this to weed through. What’s you’re opinion? What do we do to encourage the “disinclined to read boys” to pick up a book? Don’t you think it’s cute that my brother answered these questions even though he didn’t really want to?

July 19th, 2010

Dear Evie

by Madeleine Rex

Kiersten White is giving away one more copy of Paranormalcy! As anyone close to me knows, this is one book that I’ve been fighting for. This is pretty much my last chance, so though I know there are going to be a lot of entries, I’m going to take a whack at it.

The problem? This giveaway entry calls for creativity. (I know – what was she thinking?) We had to, in some creative way, show/tell her that we’re really excited for the book. My entry isn’t something I’m particularly proud of, but it’s all I’ve got. My creative well is kind of parched at the moment. And, uh, don’t judge my writing abilities from this entry….

Anyway, here it is: My letter to Evie (the main character), in which I use paranormal creatures to prove my points and show her what a great friend I would be.

Dear Evie:

I’ve been contemplating the direction which I should take in order to convince you that I, truly, am the most worthy person of receiving a Paranormalcy ARC. The Universe seems to be conniving against me and our inevitable future friendship (I didn’t need a crystal ball to foresee it; my bedroom walls are pink). My spirit has been low, but that could be due to the Dementors.

As I thought over how to approach you, my main priority was to give you something to relate to. My solution? Bullet points. And those paranormal pests you’re always busy containing. I’m less familiar with them than you, due to my boring, average life. I feel the absence of these paranormal creatures painfully every day. I’m asking for your sympathy. Next time you take down a vampire with a net and your taser, keep in mind that those fangs are really pink sprinkles on your life cupcake.

It’s time they lent me a hand/claw.

  • Werewolves. They’re hot and not sticky. Two very, very good things. I have faith that Paranormalcy will have these admirable qualities as well. (And don’t worry if the book is sticky. If Kiersten’s kids spill maple syrup over the title page, I’m cool with that.)
  • Faeries. Though pretty and delicate, they’ve got bite. I’m expecting the same from the book, and I could use some Paranormalcy venom in my system. I’m having withdrawals.
  • Angels. You are one.
  • Genies have the ability to make wishes come true. And even if I met one and had a single wish, I’d ask for an ARC before my brain had time to speak to my mouth and tell me to request endless wishes. Our future friendship is just that important to me.
  • Gnomes. Need I say more? Should I be attacked by them in my back yard, I would still give them my foot to satisfy them before surrendering the book.
  • Mermaids. You know how much you love Lish? Now we can be a group of three! Except I can’t stay in the water that long because my skin will prune and I’m a really terrible swimmer.
  • Banshees. If you have nightmares about these ghosts who have had too many facelifts, call me. I’ll hum The Sixth Sense theme until you fall asleep.
  • Lastly, the abhorred TMNT. Word to the wise: Don’t get under their shells. They have anger management issues out the wazoo. However, if you do lose your temper and make a comment about them not belonging anywhere in the Animal, Human, or Paranormal Kingdoms (that ticks them off like shell), and end up chained to a pipe in the sewers, I will scour the city to save you and have my uncle Splinter keep them solely on lettuce for a few weeks.

As you can see, I am quite worthy and in desperate need of Paranormalcy. Also, if you could find a lime green taser next time you go to the The Wraith’s Department Store, I’d be thrilled. Sequins appreciated.

-Madeleine Rex

And there you go! I know it’s not the best, but it’s my last shot! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, look here. If you want to learn more about the book, look here. If you want to hear Kiersten read an excerpt, look here. If you want to read Kiersten’s absolutely fabulous blog, look here.

P.S. I am aware that TMNT aren’t paranormal creatures. I just couldn’t resist.