Friday, March 25, 2011

OED Now Includes OMG [News] [You're the Expert]

Well, my online friends, we've done it.  We got OMG into the OED (Oxford English Dictionary).  But online IMmers and wireless texters weren't the ones who invented OMG.  In fact, according to the OED, "the first confirmed use of OMG was in a 1917 letter by a British admiral."  Other abbreviations added include LOL, IMHO, and BFF.  I'm personally bummed that BRB didn't make it, since that's totally part of my vernacular.

BRB - abbr.  "be right back."  I mean, how hard is that?

We feel validated 'cause they finally added the word "heart" as a verb. ♥  And in case you're wondering, other great entries that made it were muffin-top, wag, la-la land (which can either mean Los Angeles or being out of touch with reality OR simultaneously both), and fabless.

What do you think about these new additions?  Are any of these part of your everyday speech?  Are you glad to see OMG in the dictionary?  Thoughts, please.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Announcing: The Lying Game by Sara Shepard Read Along [Read Along]

Well, ABC Family is doing it again... they're making another Sara Shepard book into a TV series!  The Lying Game debuts this August.  August 15th to be exact.  Here's the book description:
I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.
So who's with me in reading the book before the series premiere?

How a Read Along works:

We all get a copy of the book.  Then, we all read the same pages on the same days.  Then we get together during the day to answer some questions and discuss what happened.  We make guesses as to what's going to happen and get to know each other a little while we do.

Important Dates:

  • Enter your details into the form below to sign-up by June 18th.
  • We'll read the book starting June 19th - June 25th, splitting the pages equally over those days.
  • Make sure you order your copy so that you've got it before hand!  
  • Discussion posts go up at midnight each night, so drop-in at any point during that day and add in your two cents!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Standing Up For What You Believe In [News]

Guys, I'm big on standing up for what you believe in.  Huge on it, actually.  Let your actions back your words.  Which is why when I read the reason that Jessica Verday backed out of the Wicked Pretty Things Anthology, I backflipped for joy (okay, not literally, but definitely mentally) at her honesty, and her backbone, and her willingness to do what she thought was right. I'm not going to tell you her reasons, she can do that, but sufficeth to say she didn't betray her personal beliefs, she stood up for them, and not in declaration only, but in action.  And that, my bookish friends, whether you believe like she does or not about the issue that is dear to her, is something to be commended.  Plus, she didn't betray her characters.  Which totally rocks in and of itself.

Congratulations, Jessica, I respected you before for your talent, your generosity, and your kitchy personality, but now I respect you for being someone who balks at something she sees as wrong and taking action to back the balk.  Thanks for being an awesome human being and not succumbing to the Reel Big Fish siren call.

In case you're wondering, Jessica is the author of The Hollow, The Haunted, and the forthcoming 3rd in her trilogy, The Hidden.  And you can read our inspection of The Hollow if you're so inclined.  Oh, and she sells perfumes (which are to die for awesome) to go along with her books because Abbey (her main character) has aspirations of opening a perfumerie.  <---and apparently I made up that word, or just can't spell it right, or something

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday To Us! [Giveaway]

It's true.  We're now two.  That means we're walking and learning how to talk.

Last year, we kinda went a little crazy.  Maybe a little too crazy.  It was hard to keep up with the crazy.  But that's what new parents do, right?  They go crazy when their babies turn one?

So instead of going completely nuts this year, we're just gonna make it simple.  We're not jaded.  Just exhausted from the first birthday party... still.

Yes.  Simple.

Happy Birthday, I Heart Monster!  We heart you!

Here are a few of our favorite posts:
Why Are Vampires Damned?
YA Characters You'd Forbid Your Daughter To Date
Our Exclusive with Lucy Hale
Our Adventures With Allison Dare
Shopping With Beatrice Shakespeare Smith
Arizona Authors
Top 5 Reasons I'm Team Damon

May you post another 905 posts over the next couple of years!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Missed Sarwat Chadda & Rachel Hawkins? Catch Them Here [Gone Viral}

I know, I know.  Life got in the way, right?  Did you miss Sarwat & Rachel when they stopped in your town?  Did they just. Not. Come?  It's cool, I've got ya covered.  Recorded with permission is their presentations from Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona.

Turn your computer speakers all the way up.  Unfortunately, the sound is soft, and I've spent a week and a half trying to figure out how to boost it up for you.  Sit back, and enjoy.  And I'm working on editing the video from the interview I had the pleasure of giving to these two, so stay tuned for that hopefully next week!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

YAllapalooza 2011 [*Winners*]

The signed copy of The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher goes to... Lisa!

Three runner-up winners who will receive signed bookmarks from authors at the YAllapalooza event were:
Carol, Jenna, and Mayara.

Congrats everyone!

Packages should be on their way this week! (they're already packed and ready to go)

For those of you who didn't win, don't miss out on our other giveaways going on now:

Win Keren David's When I Was Joe & Almost True
Win Abby McDonald's Sophomore Switch

(and look for another awesome one coming this week)

Alex Flinn on Fairy Tales and Cloaked [Gone Viral]

I enjoyed this video, so I thought you might too.  It's Alex Flinn answering some questions about her books and writings, and even getting a little soapboxy about children not being introduced to fairy tales unless they've been made into movies.    Hope you like!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald [Book Inspection] [Giveaway]

Plot Sketch:  Natasha needs to escape the fall out from "The Hot Tub Incident," and Emily needs to experience America and get away after breaking up with jerkwad Sebastian, so these two enter a college exchange program.  Tasha gets sent to Emily's PoliSci curriculum in Oxfrod and Emily to Tasha's Film studies at UCSB.  The plot follows a path of self-discovery for both of the girls, with half of the book remarking on the differences in culture between California and Britain, and of course there are cute boys, and the self-discovery takes place in a feminist context, but does not force feminism by any means.

Verdict:  Here's the deal.  I already read and reviewed Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots.  Abby wrote Sophomore Switch first.  You can tell.  The writing in BBaaSPoHB is superior to that in SS.  The fault I find with Sophomore Switch is that I felt like all of the characters filled archetypal roles and were not true characters.  Convenience seemed to dictate plot rather than character development, and that felt fake and very predictable.  BUT, I liked the tone of the book, which I'll add is not a feminist tone, but rather one of girl power, which you guys know I'm totally pro-.  (If you want to discuss feminism vs. girl power, just ask in the comments)  I loved that the girls were put into contexts where they were allowed to grow and discover things outside of their paradigm and that they were open-minded enough in the end to let their experiences have a true effect in their lives.  Would I recommend this book to an older teen?  Absolutely.  To an adult?  Maybe not.  I think that adults will look at this and see the unreality in the characters and their decisions more than the message those decisions portray because we have a more realistic view on the world and have *usually* had vastly more experience and know who we are already.  I think that this book could benefit teens who are struggling to find out who they are, with a couple of parental advisories: Emily decides that she's just going to become a lip whore to loosen up her uptightness with boys, and both me and my book group thought that form of self-discovery was both dangerous and impractical and didn't think that it should be encouraged in a positive light.  We felt it was forced with Emily and completely out of character for her, which was sort of the point of the book, but was also *insert your synonym for unrealistic here*.  Also, these are sophomores in college, not high school, so the hot tub incident does involve nudity, but is not explicitly written.

Location: London and Santa Barbara
Favorite Character: This was tough.  I didn't really like either of the main characters.  But I did like Will.  UNTIL he pulled a 180.  So, I think my favorite character was Ryan.  He seemed to be the most consistent of the bunch.
Would Change: The first half of the book needed more plot/action and less dissection of the differences between America and the UK.
Favorite Line:  "Totes."  Thanks Abby, I started talking like Tasha for like a week straight. :op
Good for Monster? This is YA chick lit I'm afraid.  Not gonna be a good fit for my Monster, or yours more than likely.
People Who Will Like This: Britney Spears, Bella Swan, people who own a pair of pink leopard pajamas,  college advisors
People Who Won't Like This: Elmer Fudd, the uber-outdoorsy girl, ultra-feminists, most boys
Chapters:  They're not numbered, and I ALWAYS count wrong. The length was good.  And the narrator switched chapter to chapter from Tasha to Emily, so that was an interesting and probably difficult thing.  I liked the sections where the two characters interacted, a lot.
Author's Website:
Acquire It:   Amazon    Book Depository    Changing Hands

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Candlewick
Publish Date: March 10, 2009
ISBN-10: 0763639362

The It's Not What You Read It's Where You Read It Challenge: (no. it's not too late to join.)
Twist Your House / Place of Commerce / Move / Nature / You Don't Call Home / Probably Shouldn't / In Pairs
I finished the Place of Commerce category while reading Sophomore Switch because I read it for 2½ hours at the Vampires.  Yeah, I call the Blood Draw Lab a bunch of vampires 'cause they suck out your blood.  But thanks to an incredibly, outrageously long wait, I finished up a category.  Though I'm sure it could do double duty, I can only count it as one.  So.  I'm done with three categories.  How are you coming along?

OH!  And I have an extra copy of the hardcover.  Fill out this form to enter to win it.  Open worldwide.  Ends 4.24.11, 11:59PM Arizona time.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Read Evernight by Claudia Gray Online [Freebies]

Harper Teen always seems to have a fun selection of titles that are available to read online for free.  In honor of the Claudia Gray signing at Changing Hands tonight at 7pm (that sadly conflicts with my IRL book club meeting so I can't go!) I thought I'd link you guys over to Evernight and drop a plug for it.  Yes, it's vampire.  No, it's not typical vampire mythology.  But at least there's no Sparkley McSparkleson going on.  Read Evernight's Book Inspection if you're so inclined.  Just click the cover above to take you to the online site to read Evernight for free in its entirety online, which I'm sure is for a limited time.

Do You Mark-up Your Books? Write in the Margins? [You're The Expert]

I was reading this New York Times article today, and started asking myself why I stopped writing in the margains of my books?  Just because I'm not in school anymore, and I don't have to reference my books for a report (oh wait, I sorta do, kinda... only it's called a book inspection), and I don't have to write long essays arguing why I thought the author wrote that particular sentence in that particular manner, doesn't mean that I can't write my thoughts in my books.  Or does it?

I share a lot of my books with my friends.  If I write in the margins, write my feelings, my thoughts, my epiphanies, would I still be willing to lend that book out?  Would I still be willing to share those things right alongside the original text?

The blank pages of my current read (Exile by
Anne Osterlund), and a demonstration of
the way I currently mark things to remember.
Part of me thinks I could with certain people, and that it might even lead us to more deep conversations (and don't smirk and say that deep conversations cannot be had because we're adults discussing YA lit) and could benefit both parties in an intellectual context.  Then another part of me thinks I'm cheating me and any posterity I may have out of thoughts and feelings that whatever particular book brought forth in me.  How much of a treasure would you consider a marked-up copy of Pride & Prejudice from your grandmother?

The author of the NYT article, Sam Anderson, starts off by sharing an anecdote about how he found an unreadable  book on how to read a book, but took one golden nugget from it, "The author argued that you didn’t truly own a book (spiritually, intellectually) until you had marked it up."

It made me sad.  It made me feel like all of the books I've read and own are not truly mine, because I wanted to keep them clean and nice.  So, I'm going to experiment with the next book I read, and I'm going to write in the margins.  We'll see if it gets lent and if it does if it leads to anything curious, and I'll let you know how that goes.

But for now, I want to know your thoughts.  After all, you're the expert on you and whether or not you mark-up your books, whether or not  you would feel comfortable lending them if you did, and the reasoning behind it.  Make your point, share your perspective, we're eager to hear it!

For those of you not familiar with You're The Expert here at I Heart Monster, it's a type of post where we share some information with you, then ask you what you think about that information.  We encourage you to leave your opinion or answers in the comments section, and even write your own post as an answer if you are so inclined.  See, we're all different, and we all have different experiences, and that's part of what makes the blogosphere such a fun place - we're all experts about what we think and how we feel and our particular view on the world.  This is just a forum for you to share those with the rest of us.  If you do write a post, we'd love it if you share the link with us.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lenore Vol.2 #2 He Loved With A Love That Was More Than Love. [Graphic Novel]

Plot Sketch: In this issue, Lenore and Mr. Gosh face off, finally, once and for all. Lenore tells Gosh how she REALLY feels... until she finds out Gosh's parents died and he inherited all kinds of awesome.

Verdict: As always, those with similarly morbid senses of humor to mine will gobble Lenore right up. This is not a series for everyone. My favorite parts of this installment were of course the hair hobo, the cupcake castle, and the back cover is made of awesome. And I want to pull out the middle page and frame it and put it on my wall. But I'm not sure that Monster will let me do that.

Who Will Like Lenore? If you're a cute little homemaker who bakes cookies and shuttles your kids off to school all the while singing children's songs you might like the break. Then again you might think it's wildly inappropriate. All I can say is check out Roman Dirge's website and determine for yourself whether or not you think she's funny.

Buy it:  Amazon  Titan

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Have You Ever Read in a Read-A-Thon? [Read-A-Thon] [You're The Expert]

So, gang.

Reader sign-ups for Dewey's Read-A-Thon are up and live.

The gist?  You plan to devote your day - your 24-hour period - to do as much reading as you can.  You can make friends and gain buddies and win prizes and put your creative hat on during a 24-hour period of awesome where you knock out a good portion of your to-read pile.  Did I mention it's fun?  Well, at least it is for me.

The great part about it is that you don't have to make it all 24-hours... it's a goal, not a requirement.  You can pop in and out, listen to audiobooks as you chauffeur whomever it is you chauffeur, and get your nose stuck in a book all over your house and heck even your neighborhood for that matter!  It's a great way to relax and have fun and do it while hundreds of people around the world are doing it at that very moment.

So, obviously, I'm pro-Read-A-Thon.  Are you?  Tell us a little about your Read-A-Thon experiences, will you?  Never tried it think you might?  We wanna know.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Devil's Kiss Paperback and I Gained A Minion [Saturday Steals]

So.  I have a little story for you.

I get the privilege of interviewing Rachel Hawkins and Sarwat Chadda tomorrow at Changing Hands.  So exciting.

Only problem is, I had never read Sarwat's work (that's changed now, but keep reading).  Their publicist sent me a package, but it hasn't arrived yet.

So I freaked out, "What am I going to do?  Blabber on about nothing?  Ask stupid questions?" *shrill eep* *deep breath*

I called around to Borders and find one that had Devil's Kiss in stock. It's also the only one staying in business near me, so I sent a minion, armed with a 40% off coupon and my Borders Rewards Card to retrieve it for me, it being free and all with my hard-earned Borders Bucks.

I tweeted something to that effect.  Sarwat picked up the tweet, kinda begged to be my minion too.  And now, I scored a free copy of Devil's Kiss and a minion.

Not bad for a Friday night's work.

New Posthumous Shel Silverstein Collection To Be Published [News]

HarperCollins is publishing a posthumous collection of Silverstein's work called Every Thing On It.

It will have over 130 never-before-seen poems selected from his archives by his family.

I'm excited!  You guys?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Local Bookish Events in March - Arizona [Local]

Chances are, you don't live in Arizona.  Why should you read this post full of YA-relevant events within 100 miles of my home in Mesa, Arizona?  It'll link you to the author's homepage/tour page and you can see if they're coming near you.  Plus, you can weigh in on what I should report back to you on!

Sunday 3.6.11Sarwat Chadda & Rachel Hawkins2pmChanging Hands Bookstore • Sarwat Chadda visits to present his new teen novel Dark Goddess, the follow-up to Devil's Kiss . Billi is still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay. But she's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolves called the Polenitsky—a race of fierce warrior-women supposedly wiped out in Eastern Europe centuries ago. Joining Chadda is fellow YA author Rachel Hawkins, who presents her novel Demonglass. Sophie Mercer thought that she was a witch—that was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for deliquent witches, shape-shifters, and fairies. But that was before she discovered her family secret and that her crush, Archer Cross, is an agent of a group bent on eliminating her kind.

Monday 3.7.11: Sarwat Chadda & Rachel Hawkins • 7pm • Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge •

Tuesday 3.8.11: Claudia Gray • 7pm • Changing Hands Bookstore • New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray presents Afterlife, the fourth book in her Evernight series. Bianca and Lucas have always believed that they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling. Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help: Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him, but her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

Saturday & Sunday 3.12-13.11: Tucson Festival of Books • All Day • University of Arizona •  This two-day festival encompasses everything bookish in Arizona.  There are panels, signings, exhibitors, food, entertainment, and all kinds of great opportunities from workshops for aspiring authors to hands-on activities for adults and children.  It's a great family event, and one not-to-be-missed by all!  If you can make it, take your whole family because it's a lot of fun.  Oh, and don't forget your sunscreen! I totally got burned last year.  (more to come in a new post next week about YAish stuff at the festival)

Thursday 3.17.11: Writing Panel: Choose Your YA Genre • 7pm Changing Hands Bookstore  So you want to write for young readers? Which genre should you choose? A panel of notable YA authors will help you decide, and also explore how to market and publish first-rate YA literature. Panelists include authors Tom Leveen (Party), Janni Lee Simner (Thief Eyes), Jon S. Lewis (Invasion) and Kofi O. Okyere (Cabo Corso). Joining them is author and ASU professor James Blasingame (Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing with the Traits: Middle School).

Saturday 3.19.11: Spring Fling Faerie Frolic Day • 10a-7p • 2675 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert I don't know if any authors will be there, but I'm working on finding out for you guys!

Thursday 3.31.11: Carrie Ryan • 7pm Changing Hands Bookstore • New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan presents The Dark and Hollow Places, the third book in her award-winning YA zombie apocalypse series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Annah's world stopped the morning Elias left. Somehow, with him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she mets Catcher, and everything feels alive again. But dark, terrifying secrets link Catcher to a past Annah has longed to forget, and a future too deadly to consider.

Almost True by Keren David (@kerensd) [Book Inspection] [Giveaway]

Plot Sketch:  Almost True follows the story of Joe, er... Ty, er... Jake, um. We'll stick with dude's given name, Ty.  Ty witnessed a horrific murder and is now in WitSec, well, the British equivalent thereof because this series is all kinds of British.  This installment follows more running/hiding/coping for this unfortunate 14-year-old, enlightening us as to circumstances that we were left wondering about at the end of When I Was Joe.  You get to meet Ty's father and his father's family, and get to really understand Ty a lot better than you did when he was Joe.  *sharp sigh* How do I describe this plot without saying the words, "when he was Joe?" *grin* Plus, there's an adorable dog named Meg who shows up at just the right times, dosing her friend Ty with a bit of reality and even possibly? saving his life.  There're even ghosts.  Sort of.

Verdict:  After the ending to When I Was Joe, I was super anxious to pick this one up.  That twisty bit at the end of the first book left me eager for more.  This book, even thought it has more British slang than the first one, is easier to understand.  I don't know if I'm catching on to the jargon or what, but I didn't have nearly the issues wrapping my brain around things this time as I did the first.  It's witty, gripping, and well-written.  It's emotionally engaging and a rare instance where I loved the first novel, but loved the second even more.  The characters are much stronger in Almost True and I felt like they were people I could call up on the phone and either verbally abuse (Nicki) or pour out my thanks to (Patrick) for their roles in Ty's life.  I had a hard time putting this one down, and the series as published so far comes highly recommended from me.  Also note that there is less profanity and less heavy material in this installment than was in the first.  Significantly less, though the material is just as serious and just as psychologically traumatizing for a teenaged protag.  Bravo, Keren! 

Location: London, yeah, a lot of it is in London.
Favorite Character: Besides the obvious adoration I have for Ty, I thought that Archie was a brilliantly written character and I went from hating him to adoring him to reflecting that the book would just not be the same without him.  ♥ Archie.
Would Change: the Playstation sequence.  I don't think it needed to be there, and if it did, it needed to be integrated a little better into the weight of the novel.
Favorite Line:  "So she's going to need a really good big brother." page 420, ARC  I almost cried at the character growth that happened in just one line. *sniff* *quick blinks*
Good for Monster? Contemporary lit is not where Monster dwells.  But I'd definitely recommend this series for teen boys, and adult boys across the board.  It's pretty darned good.
People Who Will Like This: my mom, Boyz II Men, Bill Gates, athletes, video game gods/goddesses
People Who Won't Like This: Lorien's Number Four, girls who don't want to look at themselves through a boy's eyes, spoiled rich kids
Chapters: 45
Acquire It:   Amazon    Book Depository    Changing Hands

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publish Date: April 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 1847801412

Twist Your House / Place of Commerce / Move / Nature / You Don't Call Home / Probably Shouldn't / In Pairs
I finished up a couple of categories with this one...  I finished the five minutes I needed inside my house somewhere new in the chair I'm borrowing from my mom.  And, I finished up the fifteen minutes I needed in the Probably Shouldn't Category by again reading it at the church youth group event I was at.  So, 2 categories down, 5 left for me!  Whooo!

Sound interesting to you?  Enter to win a copy of When I Was Joe AND Almost True by entering your info into the form below:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Winners, And Dude, Enter Already

Missing out on a signed copy 'cause you forgot to enter is like missing out on a tax refund because you forgot to file.

Or not.

Winners of the last two giveaways here at IHM:

Silver Phoenix and FURY of the Phoenix ARC: Joyce
CSN Gift Cert: Debbie

Winners have been notified.


Also, don't forget to enter to win a signed copy of Cameron Stracher's The Water Wars!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I Am Number Four - The Movie & the I Heart Monster Reaction [Movies]

  • Well-acted.
  • Exciting.
  • Engaging.
  • Still has the same plot holes the book did, but without some of the more exciting, logical parts, making the plot slightly worse than the book, but at least the special effects somewhat made up for that.
  • Henri? Seriously?  That's how you're going to pronounce that? Whatevs.

The best part?  I start singing along at the end of the movie.  Whoever chose this song, bravo.  I didn't care if everyone was looking at me (I can't sing) This song was a perfect fit for the mood, both lyrically and musically. It totally rocked the ending.

Agree/disagree?  Tell me in the comments.