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Thursday, October 20, 2011

We're chatting with Maggie Stiefvater!!

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We're so excited to be chatting with Maggie Stiefvater again! We'll be talking about her writing, her books and her newest release, The Scorpio Races. Join us tonight at 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST.

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Book Review: On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker

Released on: October 19th, 2011
Source: ARC from publisher to review
4 Stars: I Really Liked It
Purchase from: Amazon

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she's still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn't helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel's face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death -quoted from Goodreads

On The Fringe is a beautiful, heart warming love story mixed with a haunting ghost story set on revenge. This story is told from two alternating points of view from both the love interests, Claire and her older brother's best friend, Daniel. Despite feeling like their points of views at times were a little hard to connect with as they both would retell the same scene, I really liked their characters. They were both easy characters for me to connect with.

Claire made it easy to remember what it was like having your first crush. When that someone goes from being a friend you've know for a long time to all the sudden being someone you are falling for. The butterflies and the excitement she felt were real and so was the depression she went through after Daniel's surprising death. It's not that she can't let go of him, it's that she holds on to the fact that she never told him she liked him. I understood her wanting to keep that bottled up. So no one, not her big brother, her parents or even her best friend and Daniel's younger sister Addie know how she's really feeling.

I really liked the way Daniel's character develops and surprisingly the connection with him takes place after his death, since that happens early on in the story. Like Claire, he too never got to tell Claire how he really felt and I liked being able to see how the two really felt about each other, even though they don't tell each other until after the fact. I really loved watching his love for Claire grow deeper as the story continues, and he becomes her protector against a darker force that's after her to get back at Daniel. That part of the story was a great twist!

The relationship between Daniel and Claire is one of those beautifully written, realistically portrayed relationships. I love what Courtney did with them, and being able to really watch how they transition from being friends to something more. The other interesting element to this story is the setting, which is set both in the mortal world and a place called the fringe, where spirits who haven't gone on are stuck in, which is where Daniel is. It's here that danger and the unknown lie. On The Fringe is a great debut that hooked me with it's mix of a ghost story, danger, love, friendship and romance. I really liked the way the story unravels. It's a clean cut story I'd recommend to YA readers 13 yrs & older.

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Clockwork Angel Read Along Day 9: Chapter 8 Camille

It's day 9 of our Clockwork Angel Read Along! Please be sure to visit our link here for our schedule, guidelines and to fill out the form to be entered to win some fabulous prizes. Feel free to answer any number of the questions asked. You don't need to answer all of them if you don't wish to.

Today we're discussing chapter 8. We learn a lot in this chapter. Per Camille, we learn de Quincy is an ally to the Shadowhunters with a very dark secret. Honestly the more we read about him the more I despise him. There's something really off about his character. We also learn that Nate knew about the shadow hunter long before he met Mortmain. Charlotte also reveals to Tessa what happened to Sophie.

* We've now met Camille who's revealed a great deal about de Quincy and Tessa's brother Nate. Do you think Camille is someone they can trust? Now that we know Nate knew about the shadow hunter world before coming to London, what are your thoughts about him now and what would motivate him to become apart of de Quincy's world?

* I've come to realize that the Shadowhunters in CA have the same thought process of those in the TMI series, were they come across as thinking they're more superior than those who aren't of their race. They also appear to be viewed the same way, meaning not every Downworlder respects them. Do you think that is something that's passed down from generation to generation or is it just something they all naturally think?

* We learn through Charlotte that Sophie has a rare gift, known as "the sight" and she can see things that others can't. Charlotte also tells Tess about what happened to her before she found her. Do you think there's more to Will and Jem than meets the eye, that Sophie can see? She seems found of Jem, but despises Will and I can't help but wonder if she can see them for who they really are.