Friday, February 27, 2015

Fangirl Friday: The Dress, Beta-Reading, and ARCs

Fangirl Friday


The Dress, Beta-Reading, and ARCs


Recently, there's the animosity between two sides of people. 
Because of a simple dress. 
I ended up searching the why... (To help figure it out myself.) 
It has to do with light. 
I saw gold and white at first. Then, I saw black and blue. What about you?

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Well! I might be a beta-reader, guys! I found someone who needed a beta-reader off of Goodreads. (I forgot who. And where. One of my groups.)
So I sent out an email to help. Yay! I might not get it. It all depends, guys. I hope I do. I want to help out writers however I can!

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I have officially received two ARCs. Both ebook format. One called 'Dare to Dream'. The other called 'None of the Above'.
Which I am so happy about! ARCs are the reason I started book blogging. I wanted one. So bad. And it's been a long time. But I have one now! Huzzah! Hooray! 
Wren's awesome! (Wait...what?)
Haha. I also hope to get an ARC of Susan Ee's 'End of Days'. She's such a nice author! Very kind. I have some tattoos from her. I might use them in a giveaway. Maybe one year anniversary!?!? 

'Dearest' by Alethea Kontis Grand Finale

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We're launching the BOOK TOUR for
Dearest
By Alethea Kontis

Did you miss any of the magical posts and reviews for this tour?
Go check them out now! You can also grab the 20th Chapter of Dearest, 
not previously released, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lilac Reviews - Tips for Writing a Series
The Arilland Easter Egg Page: I?ve always been a big fan of DVD extras, so I created a page on my website where I list handy links to essays, videos, stories, articles and the like that are some how connected to the series. You can find it here: http://aletheakontis.com/about/arilland
Wishful Endings - The Wild Swans Rant
"The Wild Swans", along with "The Little Mermaid" and "The Little Match Girl" has always been one of my favorite stories by Hans Christian Andersen. (It's also, notably, one of the only HCA stories in which the main characters DON'T DIE.)

Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids - Learn some fun facts about Alethea!

The Book Lovers' Lounge - Review
I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves their fairy tales and romance books.

Wings trip [Alethea's] fiction trigger @ USA Today's Happy Ever After

Buried Under Books - Review
I love Friday?I think she?s my favorite of the sisters so far mainly because she?s so sweet and kind?and Tristan is also very likeable but it?s the seven brothers as a group who make this tale so much fun.

Mommabears Book Blog - Holy "L" Trinity
But when it came to fantasy films, we had what we lovingly referred to as "The Holy L Trinity": Legend, Labyrinth, and Ladyhawke. It was rare that we watched one without immediately watching the other two. It didn't matter which order, just as long as they all got seen.

Rabid Reads - Review
Highly recommended. If you love fairy tales, you will love this series. Even if you are among the majority who only know Disney?s version of events, you will love this series. Don?t be scared off by the mutual affection Kontis and I have for Grimm, b/c while, YES, the details stay true to their European roots, the Woodcutter sisters always live happily ever after. 

Gidget Girls Reading - Spotlight
Wonderful addition to the Woodcutter Sisters series! Dearest is sure to capture the reader and keep them wanting more.

7 Minutes with... Alethea Kontis @ J.T. Ellison

Zerina Blossom - Review
Dearest was a sweet romance and a fantastic mix of some of my favorite fairytales. ?The Seven Swans? and ?The Goose Girl? were but two of them. I loved the way the stories were once again intermingled in new and intriguing ways. Friday?s love story was one worth reading again.

Geo Librarian - Review
When it comes to fairy tale retellings it can be challenging to present the story in a new enough way to win over readers since the basic story is known beforehand.  But Kontis does a nice job here of adding enough new elements to make the story feel fresh and new.  And while the plot is thoroughly entertaining, it is the characters that really make the story worth reading.

Welcome to Book City - Interview

What is your favorite fairy tale?

My favorite fairy tale has always been ?The Goose Girl.? It's the reason Conrad is one of the main characters in Dearest! Conrad was the clever boy who reported to the king that there was something fishy about the girl he tended the geese with...like the fact that she knew how to call the wind. . . . My second-favorite fairy tales are ?Snow White and Rose Red? and ?The Twelve Dancing Princesses.?

Angela's Library - Q&A
Dearest is based in part on ?The Wild Swans? by Hans Christian Andersen and ?The Goose Girl? by the Brothers Grimm. How are both of these tales referenced in Dearest?
I reread ?The Wild Swans? again before I started writing Dearest ? it?s amazing how much detail that story goes into. Elisa has 11 brothers who are cursed into swans by a wicked sorceress stepmother who quickly turns the king?s heart against his children. She also tries to curse Elisa, but her heart is so pure that the sorceress is forced to make Elisa physically ugly to serve her purpose...

Kelly P's Blog - A Weave of Words Fairy Tale Rant Intro
The book, out of print now (but still fairly easy to acquire), is about a lazy prince and a weaver's daughter. In order to win her heart, the prince learns to read and write and weave. In return, the weaver's daughter learns to ride a horse and fight with a sword.

Mel's Shelves - Review
This book has plenty for everyone--humor, romance, secrets, danger, adventure and magic. I think I would enjoy it even more the second time through since there are references I most likely missed. There's more to come in this series so I'm sure I'll read through all of them again in the future. If you enjoy adventurous fairytale mash-ups, you'll want to start reading this series now!

Jan Edwards - Q&A
What are you up to next?
This year I will be publishing Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome(another illustrated collaboration with Janet K. Lee), Trixter (a Woodcutter novella), and a trilogy of short contemporary romance novels set in a small beach town in central Florida. I?m very excited about all of them!

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Review
I loved the way different fairy tales were twisted and mashed up. . . . It really was a lot of fun to see where the story would go. I need to go back and read the first two!

A Backwards Story - I Dedicate This Post To You (Review HERE)
One of my favorite parts of a book is the dedication. Before the interwebs, a dedication?because there wasn't always an acknowledgements section or author's note, especially in fiction?was the closest a reader came to knowing the author as a person.

Wishful Endings - Review
I loved all the nods to various folklore and fairy tales. The author is definitely a master at blending different tales while making them completely original and her own. . . . I would highly recommend Dearest as well as this entire series.

Library of a Book Witch - Review
I loved that this focused on the Fairy Tale of the seven swans and not only that but also another story that I am familiar with. . . . The story is so fast moving I flew through the book (like a swan, get it, ha!) but it was just so engaging. So many wonderful things come together to keep the plot moving. So many wonderful characters.

The Quotable - Fairy Tales Incorporated
I?m often asked which fairy tales I?m putting into the next installment of the Woodcutter Sisters series, or how many I?ve already included, or which ones are my favorites, or which ones inspire me the most. Rarely do I get the question of HOW I incorporate all these fairy tales into the bouillabaisse that is the Once Upon a Time of Arilland ? which is probably a good thing, because it?s not a short answer...


Biggest Literary Crushes post on Teen Reads

The Written Adventure - Interview
2) What gave you the idea for this book?
I always start each one of the Woodcutter Sisters books with a ?base note? fairy tale (like a base note in perfume). The base note for Dearest was ?The Wild Swans? (aka ?The Six Swans?). But I can't think of fine-feathered fairy tales without thinking of my personal favorite, ?The Goose Girl?...so I had to add that too. From there, the rest just sort of fell into place.

My Life Loves and Passion - Review
To start with I LOVED this cover. It was just so beautiful. . . . I just loved how this story started. It was so magical. I really loved just everything about this book!

Colorimetry - Swan Lake Fairy Tale Rant & Review
When I began writing Dearest, I knew I wanted to incorporate "The Goose Girl" and "The Wild Swans" and "The Six Swans" and every other fairy tale that involves a gaggle of men who are cursed into birds. . . . This was my favorite book in the series so far and not just because I rec'd an early review copy that Alethea signed and doodled, although... I 5-star love that, too.  Mostly 5 stars because this story makes me want to know and remember ALL the stories, which is crazy and not even possible because they haven't all been written, yet!

I Am A Reader - The Casting of the Swans
As many writers?and children in Deep-Doodoo Trouble?know, the best stories are often an amalgamation of more than one thing. One idea comes to mind that sparks a myriad of other ideas?some you might have had a very long time ago, and some you might have imagined only yesterday. . . . The seven Swan Brothers of Dearest were a story born of three such singular ideas.

The Library of the Seen - Interview
What are some of your favorite fairy tale retellings?
Beauty and Deerskin, both by Robin McKinley (she's the fairy tale retelling queen!) Also, A Curse Dark As Gold, a Rumplestiltskin retelling by Elizabeth C. Bunce. And the movie Ever After...which in many ways inspired Enchanted (because I loved the film so much and still wanted to do my own Cinderella.)

18 - Special post on Dear Teen Me - Letter to her teen BFF

Printcess & Living a Goddess Life - Review
You recall my earlier review of the first two in the series, Enchanted and Hero. Well, I actually liked this one the best. Kontis appears to be improving in style and scope with each book, which makes for a nice change!

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Interview
2 Do you read/comment on reviews of your books?
I do! I don?t have a lot of time to do so anymore?and I often hear that reviewers are sometime freaked out when the author pops by unannounced?but I do have Google Alerts and Twitter searches saved with my name. (It?s nice to be the only Alethea Kontis on the planet!) I appreciate every reader who takes the time to write a review. I used to be a book reviewer, both in print and online?I know how much extra energy it takes to put those thoughts into useful words.

100 Pages A Day - Review
Tristan is the serious brother that Friday falls for- and is mostly instant love since they only see each other at night, but the romance was painted as genuine and this is a fairy tale. For any lover of fairy tales and re-tellings this would be a good series to pick up.

mrsjennyreads - Review
An enchanting delight of a story, this is true fantasy fun. Kontis, I believe, may be wielding magic of her own.

Books and Ashes - Review
I really enjoyed this story though because it was everything I wanted to know and more about what was happening in Arilland while Saturday was adventuring as a pirate (which was my favorite part about Hero) and this book gave me that and more by the time I finished it. I can?t wait to see which sister is next in the series!

Addicted Readers - Seamstress Extraordinaire
In the Woodcutter series, I had to coin the phrase "Seamstress Extraordinaire," because the publisher did not like that I called Yarlitza Mitella a Master Seamstress. They asked if I could change it to Mistress...but a Master at a craft is not a Mistress, no matter what their sex. There are female Jedi Masters, for heaven's sake. All the D&D Guild Masters--men or women--were Masters.

Miss Little Book Addict YA House of Books - Review
"World building and humor in DEAREST was nicely done. Alethea also gets major points for taking such well know fairy tales and making them her own..."

Katy's Krazy Books - Review
So I thought that the plot was really good.  Friday is an awesome chick that I just wish I could be.  I mean who doesn?t want to be able to save a couple of hot twins from turning into swans each day.  Not to mention, the girl gets to do the saving in this story, NOT the guy.

The Daily Prophecy - Fairy Tale Rant on Tristan & Isolde
I have found that, during the process of writing a novel, I am drawn to certain entertainments in my off time. While writing Enchanted, I watched a lot of Jane Austen movies. While writing Hero, I was very drawn to the Summer Olympics...especially the women's swimming competitions. While writing Dearest, I re-watched most of Stargate: Atlantis...and all of Merlin.

Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
Where do you get your information or ideas?
I get information from everywhere--people, when I can find them, books, when I have them close at hand, and the internet, when I need something simple to move the story forward, like the anatomy and habits of a swan.

Min Reads and Reviews - Review
I absolutely loved this book.  The story is told beautifully and quite magically, as well.  I have not read the previous books in the series, but I am putting them high on my TBR list.  I loved absolutely Friday, and I enjoyed getting to know some of her sisters.

Pieces of Whimsy - The Goose Girl
I first read "The Goose Girl" when I was eight years old, from the giant book of fairy tales my Memere bought me (no doubt in the hopes that it might keep me busy for a while). No matter how old I've become and what adventures I've undertaken, "The Goose Girl" has been my favorite fairy tale since that day.

Wonderous Reviews - Review
The journey that Dearest takes readers on is more than I can put into words without spoiling at least one discovery. I will say that this book is perfect for those that enjoy a story that will inspire and enchant! There is beautiful love, heart pounding action, fantasy and flying, magic and sorcery, destiny and fate, kindness and curses, and a little something for everyone!

The Scribbling Sprite - Interview
6. Any plans for future books you can share with us?
In the next six months, I will be publishing Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (another illustrated collaboration with Janet K. Lee), Trixter (a Woodcutter novella), and a trilogy of short contemporary romance novels set in a small beach town in central Florida. I'm very excited about all of them!

A Backwards Story - The Missing Last Chapter of Dearest
Alethea talks about Dearest being short one chapter and that you can now read the final chapter.

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)Dearest
(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

?A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.? ?Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday?s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he?s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday?s unique magic somehow break the spell?

The Other Woodcutter Sisters Books
 Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Links for Enchanted
Links for Hero

Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She?s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children?s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you?ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven

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The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.

I really liked the characters. Finch and Violet were interesting, three-dimensional characters. They had personality and past. 
Violet was similar to me in one aspect. Writing. But that's where the similarities end. I don't know how I could cope if I lost a sister as close to me as Violet and Eleanor were. (But I don't have siblings...) She went through a lot of trauma.  I can't imagine the pain. And she couldn't cope. Not without experiencing life with Finch. I liked that, though. She experienced life all over again. Or...she experienced life...in general. We saw her change. She broke out of the shell that was left after Eleanor's death. She became Violet. A smiling Violet. A creative Violet. 
Finch. Wow. I liked his character. A lot. He was interesting. He had a past. And a great personality. He kept reinventing himself. Which is what I would love to do. Become someone new every few days. And he was very gungho. He kept seizing the day. (Carpe diem!) He was interesting. He kept living every day like it was his last. But I don't feel like he had bipolar disorder. Unless the Asleep is a metaphor for depression... Hm. Interesting. I'm not sure about that, though. I'm also wondering what the Asleep is. A medical condition? Or depression? I'm not sure. I also am wondering why he wanted to kill himself. I can't figure it out. He didn't seem that suicidal. But you can't always tell. Which is the hard part. 

The wandering was pretty cool. I liked that a lot. I like traveling. So I enjoyed when they traveled and left something behind. (I should do that... That is actually a really good idea. You enjoy the area and give something in return.) It's a trade of sorts. 
They bonded over these areas. And while I didn't enjoy the romance, their friendship was great. The places they visited...they had meaning. The Blue Hole had meaning to Finch. (And that would be unveiled later.) Swimming to the bottom...and finding the portal to another world? Amazing. (Anyways...are these holes real? Did the TV guy really disappear? Was he even real?) 
And the wanderings Violet had left? The five other ones? The paintball? The movie screen? They were fascinating. A last imprint. A shout into the void, saying 'I was here!' That was definitely amazing. 

The romance was...eh. I didn't particularly feel for the romance. I don't really like the two as a couple. They were great characters on their own, though.
And we got both sides, so I expected Mr. Finch to show why he even started talking to Ms. Violet. I'm not sure why he did that. I assume it's part of the mystery. I didn't see why Violet even gave Finch a chance. Since she had broken it off with amazing Ryan Cross, I would assume that there had to be something to explain what made her talk to him. And I don't think being called out in the middle of class really counts. There was no reason for her to even acknowledge his presence.
I didn't see too much history or reason. But I'll admit they had chemistry, though. They did go along well. And Violet did end up coming out of her shell for Finch. (Which is definitely a good thing.) And Finch had a great Awake with Violet. (Still wondering about the Asleep thing...) They did have this connection that most people don't have. A connection that you can't deny. 
Why did Finch kiss her? Why did he like her? I do feel like this book is where Violet is the narrator and not Finch. Which is bad because Finch is more interesting than Violet, and his reasons for doing things are less clear. 

The ending was okay. I didn't particularly love it. It doesn't seem satisfying. We are left without questions. (Except the Asleep one...and the why for the suicide.) But I felt like the ending didn't suit the story. It started out as a dark story but migrated to being more lighthearted. I liked that. It shows that the world isn't always death and destruction but also happiness and good times and perfect days. 
But the finality of death? And the ending of a young person? I didn't like that. I don't like suicide in general. I don't. I felt like the ending didn't suit the story. The story was lighthearted. Happy, even. But the ending? Not so much.
I do like the wanderings Violet did alone. That have the book a good closing. Closure, really. And I think she really needed closure. 

Weather:
Sunny with a few clouds
4/5

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming March 2015 Books

Top Ten Tuesday:

Today...
Upcoming March 2015 Books


Since it looks like the great month of February is coming to a close...
I decided to do a top ten for the upcoming month March!
Sadly...I don't have a top ten for March... Heh heh...



So I'll do my top ones. (Sadly, the last one is a sequel. And I haven't gotten to the first book yet.)

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'The Ghost of You' by Amanda Burckhard Blitz


The Ghost of You
Release Date: 02/24/ 15
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Summary from Goodreads:
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well- connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.</ i></ div>

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Over the past year, I developed a system. It took some trial and error, but eventually I got it 

down to a science. I knew exactly how many to take and at what time to maintain the constant 

calm the pills gave me without any side effects. I took a pill right before school at eight, a pill 

after lunch at one, one after practice around six, and one before bed. I never take them too close 

to practice, not wanting to get groggy or slow. Someone would notice that. 

I didn’t have to turn around to know Derek had a scowl on his face. I sat on the bench next to 

him. He crossed his arms over his chest, a frown creasing his brow into a wrinkly mess. “This 

isn’t healthy.” 

“Neither is talking to your dead sibling, but you don’t have a problem with that.” 

The wrinkles in his face deepened. I walked to the shed. He was leaning against the wall of the 

shed when I opened it and pulled out a rake. “It’s not the same and you know it.” 

“We’ve had this argument a dozen times. What’s the point? You know what’ll happen if I try to 

stop taking them. Just drop it.” The pills brought him to me and they kept him there. If I stopped 

taking them, he disappeared. That wasn’t happening. “What’s the big deal anyway? I have 

perfect attendance at school, perfect grades, and I’m better than ever at softball. It’s not like I’m 

some freaking junky or something. They aren’t hurting me. They’re helping.” 

When I walked back onto the field, he was waiting for me. The metal rake made a harsh 

scratching sound against the small stones in the dirt as I removed all signs of grooves and cleat 

marks from the field. 

The hard set of his jaw told me he wanted to continue the argument, but he changed the topic 

instead. “You made some great plays today.” 

“Thanks.” I paused in my work, something nagging at my brain. It had been bothering me all 

day. “I’m afraid to tell Dad about the photo class.” 

“Then don’t tell him.” 

“He’s going to find out eventually. It’ll be worse if it’s not from me.” I knew there was nothing 

I could do about taking it, but that wouldn’t stop Dad from being angry. He’d see it as a waste of 

time. 

“True.” 

I continued working away at the field. When I had removed every divot, I dragged the rake back 

into the shed and locked it up. “I still can’t believe I have class with Zane.” I pulled off my cleats 

and stashed them in my bag, slipping on my sandals. We walked to my car and I made sure to 

chain up the gate of the four-field complex. 

“Maybe if you gave photography a chance, you’d enjoy it. Even with Zane.” 

I threw my bag in the trunk and slumped into the driver’s seat. He already sat situated next to 

me. “Maybe. We’ll see.” 

The drive home was silent. I didn’t feel like talking at the moment. I just wanted him around. He 

always seemed to sense when I was in that kind of mood. 

My stomach growled so I stopped and got a sandwich from the local sub shop. He stayed in the 

car. 

When we got home, I pulled my car into the empty garage. He stared at the deserted driveway. 

His voice grew sad. “I wish Mom spent more time at home instead of spending every hour she’s 

not working at the shelter. Then maybe Dad wouldn’t spent most nights at the office. And you 

wouldn’t take those pills.” 

Mom was the queen of volunteering. She helped at the local Women’s shelter, the soup kitchen, 

suicide hotline, and even the animal shelter. She knew how to help everybody but her own 

daughter. She used to organize some charity events when I was younger, but since Derek died, 

Mom had turned volunteering into an obsession. She was always planning some sort of charity 

auction or walk or something. Dad worked ninety hours a week. 

In the weeks following Derek’s death, I kept telling myself they needed time. That they lost their 

son, that they were hurting as much as I was and eventually things would get better. Only weeks 

turned into months and months into a year. Now whenever I wonder if they’re okay, if they’ll 

ever be the same as before, the empathy is quickly masked by anger and resentment. Derek was 

gone, but I was here and they abandoned me. I was practically invisible. To them, I might as well 

have been dead too. “Even if she was home more, Dad would still be a workaholic, and I would 

still take them. Because you’d still be gone.” 


He didn’t respond.


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Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.</ span>

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Introducing: Fangirl Fridays and Top Ten Tuesdays and...-drum roll- More Posts! (Hopefully...)

Hey, everybody!

I'm Wren. (The...you know...owner of this blog.)
In an attempt to try and ramp up my views, I will be posting more! (And not just reviews!)

I will add something I call Fangirl Fridays.
I will (essentially) tell you about the things I fangirled about during the week. And maybe some other things.

And 'stealing' from Once Upon a Twilight  (Go check them out!), I will start Top Ten Tuesdays. I'm not the best with top tens. So I'll try my best. Muwaha.

This will be something I will try to initiate. I am a very opinionated person, so I'll add in opinion pieces. (About diversity. About LGBT. It all depends.) I will post things like that. Or maybe things about the book turned movies. And the works...

I can actually be a very bubbly and fun person if I care to, guys. You just need to contact me! Or...go to my Twitter or something! I can also be very dreary and whatnot. So yeah!