Song Quest Update
The first review of Song Quest from the tour has been posted. Thank you to Sammee @ I Want To Read That for her wonderful review. You can read it in full here. But I'm going to share with you my favourite line:
'I found myself holding my breath in parts - either anxious to know what was going to happen or shocked by the turn of events. I found it completely unpredictable and loved that!' © Sammee, I Want To Read That, 2010Entries are starting to come in for the book cover contest which is wonderful and very exciting. I think Katherine will be delighted. There is still plenty of time to enter so please get your creative design hats on. More info here.
Yesterday it crossed my mind that perhaps I should make a book trailer for Song Quest. What do you think? Any advice on where to start with a book trailer?
If you're a UK peep and would like to hop on the end of the tour, just pop me an email at thebookette @ googlemail.com.
I wish to say a huge congratulations to Luisa Plaja who is the most wonderful person and is hugely supportive of all UK book bloggers. As well as running the teen fiction site Chicklish, she is also a UK author and her third teen novel Swapped by a Kiss was released this week. So please go and buy it because Luisa is the best!
Yesterday, I asked four of my Year 5 girls (aged 9-10) what was their absolute must-have ingredient in any book. Three of them said something magical and one said that they liked to have horror. When I tried to get them to decide whether they prefered fantasy books to be set in a fantasy world or for the main character to live in our world and then discover a magical world, they couldn't decide. They did however keep referring back to The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison. Do you know why I have this book in the library? It is because Lauren @ I Was A Teenage Book Geek and Jenny @ Wondrous Reads both wrote great reviews of it and said it was perfect for tweens. This made me think about how being a blogger is making me a better librarian and I think that is super cool.
I also asked the girls what was the perfect book ending for them. What a surprise! They couldn't really tell me. They did say they liked the dream ending. i.e. happily ever after. They gave the example of Jinx by Meg Cabot as fitting that mould. They hated cliffhangers although they would tolerate that in series books. It turns out they like epilogues. The favourite being from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. These girls are all very keen readers and are reading beyond the expected reading age. They are also very picky when it comes to choosing books but getting them to define what they like is practically impossible.
So now I ask you. What are your must-have book ingredients? How do your favourite books end?
My one must-have is a convincing narrative voice that hooks you from the beginning.
My favourite ending is a happy ever after. (I suspect this is because I am a hopeless romantic).
I have been getting a few awards recently but I haven't been keeping track. I apologise for my terrible disorganisation. So if you gave me an award thank you very much. I love that you love this blog.
One award I did keep track of is Who Loves You, Baby? which was awarded to me by Caroline @ Portrait of a Woman.
Caroline, you gave the sweetest reason for awarding me this and so I want to say a BIG THANKS! I have had a few low moments this week and your post really cheered me up.
So as this one appears to have no rules I am going to use it as a way to pass on a few personal messages of thanks to some fabulous people.
To Christina @ Confessions of a Book Addict, thank you for being my book twin, my Twitter friend, my Goodreads friend and my sounding board.
To Chloe @ The Book Bug for sharing my obsession with Percy Jackson and always having the best sense of humour.
To Sarah @ Sarah Reviews and Rhiana @ Rhiana Reads - Thanks for supporting me in my campaign to get Song Quest back on the shelves and obsessing about Perfect Chemistry with me.
To Shweta @ Book Journal, thanks for being my Twitter friend and making me smile all the time.
To Carla @ The Crooked Shelf, thank you for speaking out about the issues that matter and just being yourself. You rock!
To Lauren @ I Was A Teenage Book Geek, thank you for being such a great blogger buddy. I love every review you write and every comment you leave. You think about everything you write and I totally admire that!
To Jenny @ Wondrous Reads, for always sharing her blogging and book knowledge and being a simply brilliant person.
To Sammee @ I Want To Read That, thanks for being such a super blog friend and going all out to support the Song Quest mission. Big hug!
I am so excited to get to meet some of you on the 15th!
To all my favourite people who I have not mentioned. I still love you and your blogs!
House of Night News
So you all know that the House of Night series is one of my guilty reading pleasures. Burned, the seventh book, was released this week. I'll have to pick it up on my next trip to Waterstones. Anyway, here is a link to the first chapter and the book trailer. I'm hoping that I get to see even more of Stark in this one.
Firsly, thank you for stopping by and leaving comments. I really appreciate them. I took a step back from commenting for April to get through some of my review books. But it is May now and about time that I stopped by your blogs.
So I ask the new people who have been commenting and reading my reviews to please leave a link to your blog in the comments today and I will stop by over the weekend and see what you've been reading.
Happy Weekend one and all!
Becky, The Bookette