Mundie Moms

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mundie Moms LIVE Twitter Chat with Gretchen McNeil- TONIGHT

Tonight I'm excited to do something I rarely do, I'm hosting a LIVE author chat on TWITTER! Normally I host live chats here on the blog, but a few weeks I hosted a very successful chat on Twitter for Tor Teen, and really enjoyed it, as well as hosted one a month or so ago with Cassie. I'm really looking forward about tonight's chat as it's with TEN author Gretchen McNeil! I know, I'm all giddy. THANK YOU to everyone who's been promoting tonight's chat. 

The chat starts at 3 pm PST and will end at 4 pm PST. Be sure to follow #GretchenLive to join! 

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding TEN. I'll be featuring it shortly here on the blog, and tomorrow The Story Siren will be debuting the book trailer for TEN! Here's a little bit about the book:

To Be Released on: September 18th, 2012

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine? -quoted from Goodreads


Congratulations to my recent round of giveaway winners! The following people have won:

Skylark winner is: #74- Andrea B

Pushing the Limits winner is: #483- Robyn M

Survive winners are:

1) #226- Carl S
2) #23- Danielle C
3) #189- Linda

Anastasia Forever prize pack winner: #357- Kayla B

1) #28- Christas
2) #67- Joy

My Life Undecided winner:

3) #404- Holly

Onyx giveaway (Lux series) winner: #1275- Megan

CONGRATULATIONS to all my WINNERS! Each winner has been notified via email and has 48 hrs to reply or a new winner will be chosen. THANK YOU to everyone who entered! Please be sure to check out more of giveaways currently going on, in the right hand side bar of the blog. 

Flashback Friday - Paper Towns by John Green

Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Source: Purchased

Rating: 5 stars - I loved it!

Synopsis: Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge— he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues— and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

I finally listened to my friends Heather W. Petty and Stacie (from Whimsical-Ficery) who have over the years tempted, prodded and begged suggested that I read any and all of John Green’s books. Heather, in particular, challenged me with a warning that John writes the kind of fictional boys I love. I, of course, did the least sensible thing ever and nodded and ignored their suggestions.

Then in the Summer of My Contemporary Reads (yes, I’m still on that kick), I picked up Paper Towns and didn’t put it down except to go pick up the kids from school and refill my iced tea glass. Oh Quentin, darn it, Heather was right. I adored him, immediately. I related to his do-the-right-thing-always (and his resulting anxiety) personality. And I will admit that his infatuation with Margo had me worried. Margo – starter of all-night revenge sprees, expert runaway, next-door-neighbor. The mom in me disliked her. The reader in me loved her. John builds such a delicious, believable tension between Margo and Q that yes, I fell in complete love with the two of them.

John’s writing flowed so beautifully as he pulled at the back story string that linked Q and Margo and threaded it expertly into the mystery of clues Margo left behind (yes, I obviously loved the theme of paper towns and the use of "strings" to explain relationships). Then there’s the small matter of the ending. No spoilers, trust me. But, I did tweet and text and tell everyone I knew that they should read the book because the ending was “whoa”. The ending suited the story so perfectly and it was filled with “whoa”. Not an elegant critique on my part and yet, that’s the only word I was left with after turning the last page. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.

If you haven’t picked up a John Green book, do so. It’s everything you’ve heard it would be – funny, sweet and filled with “whoa” moments. I’m almost done with An Abundance of Katherines which should tell you that yes, yes, yes Heather and Stacie you were right…I adore John’s stories.