Thursday, December 27, 2012

Character Interview: Jase from the Timber Wolves series

So, you might know I am a big fangirl for Tammy Blackwell's Timber Wolves series. My reviews of
DESTINY BINDS was one of the first ones I wrote on this blog way back when (and by the way, the editing and cover art issues I mentioned are a thing of the past now). And then I freaked out some more for TIME MENDS. (It is so sad I didn't know about gifs at this point in my bloggy career because I would've done so many for these reviews. So very, very many.)
When Tammy put out a call for bloggers to do character interviews, I signed right up.

Here's my interview with Jase Donovan, who turns out to be kind of an awesome guy even though at the end of the first book you will probably not think so ;) Trying not to be spoilerfic here!

Me:  Clowns: horrifying, obviously. But why? What makes them so freaky?

Jase: Dude, have you not watched It?

Me: Did you ever have any suspicion that Scout was a Shifter, or had an supernatural abilities at all? Liam got a sense that she wasn't entirely "normal" the first time he met her, and he could tell she was Dominant right away.

Jase: Of course I knew. What kind of moron do you take me for?

*the sound of Talley talking in the background*

Okay, okay. Fine. I didn’t have a clue. But it should be pointed out that Liam is the Alpha, so his sense of smell is way more advanced than the normal Shifter. And she’s my sister. I’ve known her my whole life, so to me she’s always smelled like Scout. How was I supposed to know that Scout smell was also female Shifter smell?

Me:And since brothers love to talk about stuff like this, what is Scout's most embarrassing moment?

Jase: She would probably say the time she lost her bathing suit top after diving into the lake, but the only people around that day were family. No, I think the time she tucked the back of her skirt into her underwear at church and made it through the rest of the service before Mrs. Jessup noticed and took pity on her was much more embarrassing.

Me: Now yours!!

Jase: Me? I’ve never done anything embarrassing.

*more Talley sounds from the background*

Good grief. Fine.

There was this one time at a party. This chick was whining about how much her feet hurt and how if guys had to wear high heels they would be outlawed. I took offense and said if guys wore high heels we wouldn’t complain about them all the time like girls do. The argument continued until I found myself stuffing my feet into her shoes and walking around in them. The problem was, I was so focused on our conversation, I hadn’t realized that even though we were alone in the dining room, everyone outside could see us through the sliding glass doors. I had girls giving me pointers on how to walk correctly in stilettos and guys complimenting my shapely legs for months.

  Talley is such a fabulous girl, but you obviously know that! Can you remember the moment when you realized you had feelings for her?

Jase: I’ve always had feelings for Talley. Good feelings, even. But if you’re wondering when those feelings started to include the urge to push her against a wall and have my wicked way with her, then the answer is prom. I’ve always known that Talley was pretty, but in that dress... Damn. I saw her and my mind immediately went to the gutter. And then it went somewhere even worse when I saw her with that loser.


You know, she and I kind of have this agreement to never talk about that night, so I’ll just stop now.

Me:  How did your friends from high school react to y'all getting together? Even though you were already out of school, Timber is a small town and I know you still see people from your class at Wal-Mart and that kind of thing. And I bet they had opinions about your relationship. I'm from a little Southern town, too, so I know how this works :)

Jase: People are idiots. When we were still in Timber and just faking at being together, it was like the redneck paparazzi. The moment we showed up somewhere together people would whip out their phones. Covert and not-so-covert pictures were taken. Texts were sent. Calls were made. A few concerned citizens tried to tell Talley I was just using her, and a group of my so-called friends had an intervention where they explained I was driving my rep straight into the ground. We don’t really talk to any of those people anymore.

Me: Are there any other kinds of Shifters besides wolves and coyotes living in the US? Or anywhere overseas, for that matter?

Jase: Not that I know of.

Me: And since this is a standard-issue question for people your age: do you have plans for the future? College? Career?

Jase: I’m not really much of a planner. Talley and Scout, however, have the entire rest of my life mapped out with interactive graphs. I’m sure they would be thrilled to tell you all about it, but I don’t really have time to get into right now because I have to go to the public relations class my Alpha and Vice Alpha made me sign up for.

You can get the final book in the series FATE SUCCUMBS right here and just brace yourself: things do NOT end how you think they will. Seriously.

And AND AND...There's a short story told from Jase's POV under the "At First Sight" tab over at Ms. Tammy's blog. So head over here to read about the first meetings of several of the Timber Wolves characters.

*Don't Forget my giveaway of REACHED by Ally Condie!! Over HERE!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Best of 2012 Giveaway!

I think you all know how I felt about REACHED by Ally Condie. If not, here's a gushy, gif-filled, fangirly review right HERE

So, if you want to win my hardcover copy, just fill out the rafflecopter! a Rafflecopter giveaway And check out the other blogs giving away their favorite reads of 2012!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012


An ARC of SCARLET by Marissa Meyer!!!!!



That is all.

Carry on.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #4: Ink by Amanda Sun

*Y'all, 12/12/12 was my birthday. I just wanted to share because I think that's cool, despite the fact that I have a brutal head cold that makes me contrary, and my sassy daughter caught it and Lord have mercy, we have butted congested heads today....
Anway! I had a draft of this post written long ago and I remembered it just now.

INK by Amanda Sun

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
(Summary from Goodreads)
Release date: June 25, 2013 
People, can we talk about how amazing this book sounds??
I KNOW!! It could be because I have a fondness for "drawings that come alive" scenarios since reading "Saavy" by Ingrid Law. (It's an MG title, and really, really good!) Maybe it's the cover art. Maybe it's the unique setting. Whatever it is: I am excited about this book! I want to know more about their world.
So what are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: The TURNING by Francine Prose

Sorry I've been AWOL lately. Thanksgiving kicked my butt, and then the stomach virus that swept through my house stomped on me and left me for dead in the bathroom floor.

But I'm back now.
And I have a confession: I've been in a reading slump.
 I can't even remember all the DNF's I've had recently. It's like nothing holds my attention, or I get annoyed with the characters, or just flat-out lose interest. I've considered doing a post of Books I Didn't Finish and why I put them down, but to tell the truth, there have been so many I don't think I could remember them all. Does anyone else ever have these spells of readerly apathy? I used to force myself to finish a book, even if I didn't like it, but now I've realized that life is short and by George, I don't have to read anything I don't want to read.

On to a review of something I actually did finish!

This is a modern YA retelling of "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, which I have never read. So I didn't know what was coming, which is good, because I hear this is a pretty faithful retelling as far as plot goes.
The book is told in letter format, as Jack writes home to his girlfriend Sophie and his Dad about his summer babysitting job on Crackstone Landing.
(I think there's something wrong with me, but I found the name "Crackstone" unintentionally funny. Like something from the Flinstones.)
Jack's babysitting Miles and Flora, two orphaned kids whose guardian has them living on this island in a family home with no TV, internet, or any connection to the outside world.
Weirdness and mystery are afoot. The kids are creepy. Jack is freaked out. It's all nicely atmospheric and I could even *almost* overlook the unrealistic narrative voice that sounded nothing like a 16 year old boy.
And then it ends. Things were just getting nicely dark and sinister when suddenly, the book was over. There were lots of questions left unanswered, lots of time spent building up a feeling of dread or suspicion toward different characters, but nothing came of it. Having never read the original, I can't say if this is how things were in the James' story. I guess the point is to wonder what exactly went on, how much Jack imagined, what really happened with the kids and the people who lived on the island before. But there were so many hints and allusions to things that had happened before Jack arrived, it really felt unsatisfactory to me to never have a resolution to the questions. The ending felt really fast, and Jack's mental unraveling played out in just a few pages. I was thinking, "Alright! Here we go...this is getting good." But sadly, the book stopped right about then.
I think the book was fairly successful for what it was: a short novel about paranoia and ghosts and a boy questioning his sanity. But I wanted more plot and more answers. However, it's a fast read with nice atmosphere and it's a change of pace from most YA books out right now. It wasn't my favorite, but it did have good points.

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