Blogger Bullying?

31 March 2010


( I don't really understand the picture caption above, but I do say that Anonymous was cruel!)

I'm a victim! (oh my gosh)

Recently on my writing blog, Dreamer, an anonymous person, whom I named Anonymous, has been 'bullying' me.
I called it 'criticism' but looking back now, I think it's cyber bullying, and this is important to everyone! Please don't stop reading, it's not a rant on Cyber Bullying, it's a 'victim's account.

The comments I received from Anonymous were cold, mean, crude, and had terribly bad language. I deleted the comments because of the offensive language it had, it just puts me down to read them.
Later I thought, and I being bullied? The comments were just plain mean, not constructive criticism. I was so incredibly hurt that I just felt depressed for the day, repeating the comment in my head. The first one was
"Don't waste a good notebook with your writing"
the something like,
"OH MY GOD, ****** blah blah ***** ****"
then something else that I forgot...but it hurt.

Here's what's left now:

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It was an insult, but not as bad as the ones that followed. It made me think about the teen deaths that have been occurring around. It was about teens committing suicide because of mean people, bullies and all. Right now on T.V., a girl named Meghan Meyer (Missouri) had been cyber bullied. The mom found her hanging in her closet, but she survived. She went to the hospital and died 3 days later, 3 weeks short of her 14th birthday. A mom disguised as a cute boy, Josh Evans, had bullied her even though they were in a relationship.

I thought, "I will never commit suicide, never ever" I mean, why would I die just because some mean person hurt me??

So if you see someone being cyber bullied around the blog world, like me, support to victim, because it helps a lot! Leave nice, great comments. I felt much better after my awesome followers commented, really :D Here are some nice comments I recieved:

Milli said...

That was just plain mean. I personally, love your writing

Shweta said...
Can people be really that mean? I am sure that was some jealous person who envies your talent.
Don't worry Kirthi , keep writing and stop caring about such stray comments. They are not worth the time ..

Single Winged Butterfly said...

I fully understand. That happened to me once then two people backed me up. STUPID ANONYMOUS PE0PLE! WITH THEIR STUPID THOUGHTS. People are backing you up right now. And you don't need to listen to people that have a different structure of mind. Keep on writing.

Rose Cunningham said... Awesome post! How can you improve your writing? It's already fabulous! People should be showering you with praise for your writing. See, the 10 year-old even looks up to you for guidance with blogging and writing!
I'm incredibly happy, and I have an awesome life filled with appreciative/loving parents, great friends, and lovely blogger-friends like you!

Question to all:
  1. Is there any way I can report Anonymous next time he/she comments?
  2. Is there any way I can totally block he/she from ever visiting my blogs?
  3. How do I stop he/she from commenting/contacting me?

Follower Celebration Giveaway

28 March 2010

I want to thank you awesome followers with a celebration of awesome books! This will be like a 150 Follower Celebration, and maybe a 200 Follower Celebration (if I reach 200!)
You followers and commenters are one of the reasons why I blog. Reading your amazing comments, your nice, supportive comments, really make my day! I appreciate how great you guys are, always positive!
The comments I receive on my other blog, Dreamer, make me glow and smile, and so do comments on this blog!Hugs and kisses to you all!

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Celebration Giveaway Time!


I'm giving away:
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Surprise Swag :D

If I reach 200 followers, I'll be adding another book! Please fill out THIS FORM to enter!

My tentative ending date will be April 14, 2010!

Note 2/29/20- This is open to U.S./Canadian residents only! Sorry, I'm tight on money right now :(

Sentence Review: Wherever Nina Lies

27 March 2010


Title: Wherever Nina Lies
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Stars: 4
Summary from Goodreads

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.

One Sentence Review
: Good and well written; mysterious and page-turning. There was a strange, odd ending, not particularly my favorite, but good for a first novel.

Creations!

25 March 2010


So I have these new book blogging ideas that I just recently came up with, a meme and an..idea.

So my News Around The Blogosphere posts has been really popular, so I decided to make it a meme. It doesn't have to be weekly, and you can post anytime you feel like it! It would be awesome if you could credit me for it!

Also, I've noticed that I don't review books I don't like, unless it's an ARC review, but I also want people to know how I feel about a book. So I've come up with a solution!


Sentence Reviews!
Just write a sentence or two that sum up your thoughts on a bad/not good/not enjoyable/didn't like book!

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So what do you think? Do you like it? If you want to, or are planning to use my "creations" please link your blog below. (Lately I've been obsessed with Mr. Linky. I mean, what's not to love?)

IMM (7)

24 March 2010

I haven't done an IMM in a while (In My Mailbox by Kristi at The Story Siren)
I received 3 books for last week and this (half) week. I might get more this week!
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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi from Mrs. Magoo Reads:
Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

I read this and I LOVE it, I'll be writing a review for it :D


The Dark Divine by Bree Despain from Monster of Books

A prodigal son


A dangerous love


A deadly secret . . .
I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?” Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away. As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude an
d Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
I love this book, and I'm so glad I had the privelege to read it! Will have a review up soon :D


The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black from Lori at Pure Imagination

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. These stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and have been reprinted in many “Best of” anthologies. The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection of stories, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.




I also received an invitation to another Bat Mitvah to my friend Naomi, so excited! What did you get this week?

News around the Blogosphere (3)

23 March 2010

I don't know if "News Around The Blogosphere" is a meme or not, but if it isn't, then ta-da! Now it is :D
I haven't done one of these in a while, so here goes:

Recently, bloggers have been expressing their feelings about books, events, and the topic of blogging in general! I would really like to share some of these with you, and hopefully you can post a copy of your comments on these links on this post, I'd really love to read your thoughts!

Book Owl's Blogger Relations post, which I totally agree with and sums up my thoughts on blogging :D

Meg (Choco)'s Why YA Needs to Change post, of which I 'totally agree' with too!

Elana Johnson (author)'s Where to Spend Your Time Blogging post, which I agree with (The "Blogging Part)
Awesome Cover Art:

Other news!

Princess Bookie is having ANOTHER re-make a cover contest, but you have to pick from a choice of books. I'm not going to be participating for this one, mainly because the first one took up so much time (I'm kind of the perfectionist) but I've been seeing some awesome covers and I say GO FOR IT!! I love the creativity I'm seeing :D

Also, my friends have made their own blog, and I've been trying to shine a light on their blogs, so the light shines HERE!Visit my friend Rose Cunningham's blog "Sincerely From, Rose Cunningham" She has incredible writing talent and you should most definitly visit her blog. She and I are planning giveaways, so look out for that!

My friend Grace is a new book blogger and her blog, Into The Library reviews recent and popular books!
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If you're a new/old blogger and you want me to visit your blog then please link your blog to the Mr. Linky below. I'll visit and maybe follow, depends on how many links show up!







Have a great week!

Weekly Wrap Up (3)

21 March 2010


What an awesome week! I hope you guys are feeling well (it's Spring)!

This week on my blog it was Author Appreciation Week! Here's what happened:
Day 1: Maria V. Snyder and Laura Resau
Day 2: Beverly Cleary and Barbara Park
Day 3 and 4: Jenny Nimmo and Lemony Snicket
Day 5: J.K. Rowling
Day 6 and 7: Debut and multi-book authors!

What a week! I didn't do an IMM, but I'll tell you I received 2 books Wherever Nina Lies and Persepolis.
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Now, on Cate's blog, Sparrow Review:

On Monday, she reviewed the (Johnny Depp!) movie Alice in Wonderland! View here!
On Tuesday, she reviewed After by Amy Efaw! View here!
On Wednesday, she got some exciting news! Sparrow Review was going to be featured in a book called Read, Remember, Recommended for Teens! View here!

On Friday, Cate interviewed Nicole "Under the Lamplight" from WORD for Teens! View here!

Author Appreciation Week Day 6 and 7

None of the (debut and multi-book) authors who I contacted have replied, so I'll go on with Day 6 and 7 and then post the interviews later!
Day 6
I'd like the appreciate all the multi-book authors who continued to write more after the success of their first books. After all the fun and excitement, they sit themselves down and start the long task of writing another book. Go multi-book authors!
I hope to be a mutli-book author some day :D

Day 7
I'd like to appreciate the most important of them all, DEBUT AUTHORS! Without these awesome authors, there would be no books. Every author was once a debut author, who wrote their first published pieces. So thank you, debut authors, for being brave enough to turn in your writing, and publish it! It takes a lot of time and effort on your part, and your hard work becomes my pleasure. "

The more harder it is to write, the more enjoyable the writing will be"
Let's give it up for Debut Authors!!!

Author Appreciation Week Day 5

19 March 2010

My most favorite author in the entire world, J.K. Rowling!!! Give up it up for J.K!! (applause)
She's my idol! Her Harry Potter books have amazed me to the point where I get speechless. How is it that she remembers one tiny detail from one book, and then brings it up say...3 books later? Example:

Book 3: "KNOCK HER OFF HER BROOM" from Cedric during a Quidditch match.
Book 5: "And he told you to knock me off my broom" from Cho to Harry


How is it that she can do that? And her humor, she has that wonderful British humor that I love. She tends to portray most of it through the Weasleys, of whom I love too. J.K's memory is amazing and her writing is just as great!

I know you all appreciate J.K. too, I've seen some "Author Appreciation Week" posts on her! I'll have a poll up soon, or you can comment and tell me what you like best about J.K. Rowling!

note: this picture of J.K. Rowling reminds me of my orchestra teacher, Ms. Stevens!

Author Appreciation Week Day 3 and 4

18 March 2010

I have been busy, so I haven't been able to do Day 3 and 4! I really like to show how much I love my childhood favorites, but I promise (maybe) that the rest of the week (might) be filled with current day authors that I enjoy :D
One of my favorite authors includes Jenny Nimmo. She's an English author born in Windsor, Berkshire. She married a Welsh artist, which I think is where she comes up with all the Welsh in her books!
I first read her Charlie Bone books, which, it my annoyance, was incredibly similiar to the Harry Potter books. But, however, they were awesome, and I loved them :D
Her Snow Spider books were one of my favorites! The first book is...The Snow Spider! Here's a summary:
On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him--a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!
I love how mystical and mysterious, and absolutely European Jenny Nimmo' s writing is! She has that unique style that seems very hard to copy. Love it!
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Lemony Snicket!!
The most vague, mysterious author ever known! I mean it, look at his biography on his website! He is, by far, one of the most pessimistic authors too, and the best :D
The Series of Unfortunate Events were also a big childhood favorite. My teacher had the entire collection, and I ate through them all. It was one of the things I looked forward to every school day!
It's been a long time since I read the Unfortunate Events, but I remember loving it very very much, and so I dedicate this Thursday to Lemony Snicket. He has a cool pen name. I always like of a bright, yellow lemon snickering at me when I think of Lemony Snicket. Who doesn't like Lemony Snicket? The often used alliterations are always funny to read :D

The first book in Lemony's amazing books is: The Bad Beginning!


If you haven't read his books:
  1. Wow! really? You haven't read them? Shame on you!
  2. You really should, go out and check them out at the library, or buy the set!
  3. No, hold on, you haven't read them?
  4. You're joking.
  5. No I guess not.
  6. Okay, you're serious.
  7. Well I strongly, STRONGLY, heavily suggest you go read them!
  8. It all starts with The Bad Beginning.
  9. It's not bad actually, it's awesome!

Author Appreciation Week Day 2

17 March 2010

My internet was having problems yesterday, so I'm doing a make-up post today!
My favorite author when I was little was Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones books. She was my hero, writing funny and awesome books on Junie B., my favorite character at that time!

There was the original Junie B.
And the "new" Junie B.Junie B. is the funniest, cutest character ever, and the illustrator is just as amazing! Thank you Barbara Park, for Junie B. Jones!!

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Another favorite author when I was little included Beverly Cleary! She's an amazing author who's classical books captured me and took me into the world of "back then" :D

I was introduced to her fabulous writing with the Ramona Quimby books. Ramona was the absolute, most awesomest character ever! All the characters, all the books, were absolutly spectacular! Beverly Cleary is an amazing author whom I thank warmly for writing The Beverly Cleary books!
Biography:

own story is as lively and irresistible as any of her novels. She was born Beverly Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. Beverly learned to love books there.

Leaving Yamhill did not distress me, for home was wherever my parents lived. I looked forward to Portland, where I would have children close by to play with, school, a real teacher who would teach me to read. -- A Girl from Yamhill

When the family moved to Portland, where Beverly attended grammar school and high school, she soon found herself in the low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers. By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew.

As rain beat against the windows, a feeling of peace came over me as I wrote far beyond the required length of the essay. I had discovered the pleasure of writing, and to this day, whenever it rains, I feel the urge to write. Most of my books are written in winter. -- A Girl from Yamhill

In 1934, Beverly Bunn left home to attend college in California, which she imagined as the land of orange groves and movie stars, far removed from the hardships of the Depression. As a young woman "who was sure where she wanted to go but did not know if she could find the money to get there," she juggled studies of Chaucer and French grammar with the many chores that came with life in a student cooperative house. She also found time to eat a bacon and tomato sandwich with a quiet young man named Clarence Cleary.

The bells of the Campanile, and even the smell of catsup, lifted my spirits when I returned to Cal. Red roses from Clarence delivered by a florist, the wildest extravagance, lifted them even more. -- My Own Two Feet

After graduation from junior college in Ontario, California, and the University of California at Berkeley, Beverly Bunn entered the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle. There she specialized in library work with children.

Work as a librarian brought her into contact with all sorts of youngsters, from the children of the unemployed to the offspring of doctors and lawyers. But it was the children who built scooters out of apple boxes and roller skates who truly inspired her. They asked, "Where are the books about kids like us?" and the young librarian responded with her first book, about a boy named Henry who had a dog named Spareribs-later changed to Ribsy.

What was writing for children but written story-telling? So in my imagination I stood once more before the yakima's story-hour crowd as I typed the first sentence: 'Henry Huggins' was in the third grade.'

She was the Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, until she married Clarence Cleary and moved to California. The Clearys are the parents of twins, now grown.
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Don't you love classic, awesome, children's authors? They make being a child fun!

Author Appreciation Week: Maria and Laura!

15 March 2010


Author Maria V. Snyder is one of my most favorite authors because of her amazing Poison Study trilogy! I've been extremely privileged to have already interviewed her, check out out interview here!
About Poison Study:
Choose: A quick death or slow poison ...
On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose. Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however ... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she's beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime. In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent withinn her and master the demons of her past. The Commander's life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it ...

My favorite cover art! Australians, you have talent!
I love Valek, by the way, so dreammmy :D

My reviews:Poison Study
Magic Study
Fire Study

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I've also been privileged to have already had Laura Resau visit! Here's the interview I did with her!
I enjoyed her book, Red Glass, very much!

One night Sophie, her mother, and her stepfather are called to a hospital where Pablo, a six year old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Pablo was carrying the business card of Sophie's stepfather - but he doesn't recognize the boy. Crossing the border into Arizona with seven other Mexicans and a guide, Pablo and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pablo comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's aunt Dika, a refugee from the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pablo - her Principito, or Little Prince - but after a year, Sophie's parents are able to contact Pablo's extended family in Mexico, and Sophie, Dika, and Dika's new boyfriend and his son must travel with Pablo to his hometown so that he can make a heart-wrenching decision. Sophie has always been afraid of everything: car wrecks, cancer, becoming an orphan herself. But traveling with Dika, Pablo, Mr. Lorenzo, and Angel - people who have suffered losses beyond Sophie's imaginings - changes her perception of danger. Sophie feels a strong connection to Angel, but she fears losing him almost as much as she enjoys their time together. When a tragic accident forces Sophie to take a dangerous journey, she recognizes that life is beautiful even in the midst of death - and that love is worth the risk of losing.

Author Appreciation Week!

14 March 2010


This coming week is Author Appreciation Week! Shower your favorite authors with love and appreciation for writing their wonderful books! Write about who they are, what they wrote, and why other people should pick up their book(s)
I have an awesome week planned with debut author(s) and great books. I hope to receive replies from some of my favorite authors for great interviews!

Anyway, have a author appreciation week!

IMM (6) and New Winner!

12 March 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme done by Kristi at the Story Siren! This week I recieved one book!

Won: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver from The Lost EntwifeWhat if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Jennifer didn't reply in 24 hours, so the new 3rd place winner for my 100 Follower Contest is Cindy C.! Congrats :D

Rue's Lullaby

10 March 2010

I love music, it's like, my life. So I was song hunting at youtube, and found the most perfect, tear-jerking song ever that I love to death. It's from The Hunger Games and sung by someone really talented-no not me-someone I don't know....
Well, enjoy!

Note: If you love this song, get a free download here at Mockingjay.net! It works on I-pods, which is kind of cool, and it's not illegal!



Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your eyes
And when they open, the sun will rise
Here it’s safe, and here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet–
–and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.
Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away
Here it’s safe, and here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet–
– and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.
Here is the place where I love you.

Winners!


There were a total of 190 entries from the 48 people who were entered (there were 51, but their entries didn't count)

1st place and winner of Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors and signed Body Finder bookmarks is....Tabiatha with entry 164!
2nd place and winner of a signed Body Finder poster and tote bag is Ashely, with entry 129

3rd place and winner of 4 Body Finder stickers and signed bookmarks is... Jennifer W. from Books at Midnight with entry (my lucky number) 6!

I've sent out an e-mail to the winners and hopefully they'll reply within 24 hours, and if not, then I'll pick a new winner. Thanks so much for entering everyone!

Which one?

09 March 2010








SORRY I had to remove the Bitterblue covers because it was a 2011 release, I'll enter them next year!

These are the three covers I want to enter in the cover contest at Princess Bookie Visit here to enter if you haven't! Notice how I chose books whose covers haven't been released.

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare




Review: Anastasia's Secret

08 March 2010


Title: Anastasia's Secret
Author: Suzanne Dunlap
Stars: 4.5
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 333

Will I never see you again either?” I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That’s how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.
“Perhaps we will meet again,” Sasha said, softening his voice. “But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It’s your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!”

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia’s last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family’s future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?

Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap’s new novel is a haunting vision of the life—and love story—of Russia’s last princess.

My thoughts:
I was wonderfully happy to receive this in the mail (thanks Anna Dalziel, senior publicist) because it's been a while since I read a historical fiction novel.
I love historical fiction where it's told from the first person, and according to Suzanne Dunlap's Authors Note, she was afraid to write in the first person P.O.V. of a real, historical, character, and a famed one at that too, but I'm glad she did because Anastasia's Secret was an enjoyable read!
Beginning: The book started with a prologue that gave me a glimpse at what's to come in the book. The prologue really got me attached. I loved how the first chapter introduced a young Anastasia and a young Sasha, because you can see how much thier relationship grows. A great way to start a book.
Middle: An equal combination of dangerous action and suspense and romance. I tried to stop reading and almost did until, "Wait...what happens next?". I read till midnight.
My favorite part about Anastasia's Secret is the fact that the story starts from the very beginning, even before the 'real' story starts, and then it evolves through the chapters into something completely thrilling. How the characters changed was really interesting!
End: I thought that it was a good ending. The epilogue made the ending less good though (sad face) you'll have to read it to find out!

Characters: Sasha!!! (heart) Sasha is, by the way, a guy name. His real name is Alexander, but his family called him Sasha. I have a friend at school (who is a girl) and her name is Sasha and her real name is Alexandria. What a pretty name... Don't you love how rich and grand these Russian names are? Say it out loud with me:
"Alexandria"
"Alexander"
"Alexei"
"Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanova"
You can find out more about these tricky Russian names at the Cast Of Characters page at the front of the book.
Back to the Characters!
Anastasia was an easy to lie character. I had my doubts on Sasha several times, he had these mood changes; He was very mysterious and obscure. Anastasia's father, Tsar Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov was one of my favorites, a kind, loving, father who cared for his children and wife: It wasn't what I was expecting for a ruler of a giant kingdom.

Conclusion: A wonderful historical novel that balances between danger and romance. A great read!

End of my contest! Winners not announced...

So I finally decided to end my 100 follower contest, apparently the extra prizes that were supposed to be added hadn't arrived in the mail, and I've gotten tired of waiting. I'll save them for another contest :D

Anyway, I'm disappointed to know that some people lied on their forms (apparently saying that they are an old follower, but when I checked, they weren't on my original 100 list!) I told you I would know :D
Some people also DID NOT comment on my post, so they were disqualified.

And sadly, even AFTER I added (to the form) to put in your e-mail, I didn't get e-mails, so if you win, and I can't find your e-mail, you'll have to e-mail me, sorry!

So far I'm counting on entry 113, I'm assigning each person numbers for their entries so they'll be fair, I'm also using random.org.

Anyway, hope you had a great Monday! I didn't, I fell asleep in Language Arts, haha. Don't you love Mondays :D

Weekly Wrap-Up (2)

07 March 2010

I hope you had a wonderful week! I went to a Book Fair with my friend, Rose Cunningham and her family, and a friend of her brother, at the Cobb Fairgrounds. There were a bunch of old library books, cassettes, movies, and magazines. I, sadly, don't like sad books, so I didn't have much to look for, but then.
There it was.
A giant corner filled with ancient National Geographics. I
jumped up and squealed! A few old ladies were already there, fishing out all the good magazines, so I didn't have much to choose from.
I bent over this one lady's box (I didn't know it was hers!) and she snapped at me, "That's my box!""Oh...I'm sorry! I didn't know!" I said, embarrassed. She didn't reply. And so I continued.
In the end, I got 36 total Geographic Magazines, and for how much? $1 for an entire box full, or 10 cents per magazine. I mean, what a bargain! The oldest National Geographic was in August, 1967, and the newest was August 2007!
Rose got a bunch of other books, including "America the Beautiful" and old photography book with amazing pictures of America.
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This week on my blog: I re-reviewed The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran!
I received Anastasia's Secret and My Invented Life. My review of Anastasia's Secret will be up by tomorrow!

I also updated my Blog List (you can see it to the right, on the sidebar) I won't be updating it for a while so, so far, this is it!



This week on Cate's blog, Sparrow Review, she interviewed a blogger, Sasha from The Sweet Bonjour! Click here to read her awesome interview!
Cate also reviewed Eyes like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, check out her review here.
She wished for a copy of Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen.
Cate is currently reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa! I'm so jealous :D


The Results to my Hunger Games poll are in! Click here to view them OR here are the results in number format. I've been trying to get this graph to show up, but nothing works!

Team Peeta: 56%
Team Gale: 26%
Neither: 10%
Both: 6%

And TEAM PEETA wins!

Dreamer
On my other writing blog, Dreamer, I had the most horrible, painful, inspiring, realistic dream ever. Read my re-telling of the dream that changed me! Death: A Bad Dream

Today is also the last day to enter the Spread the Flower Love Blog Tour at Amy's blog! Hurry up and collect your flowers!



Re-Review: The Heretic Queen

05 March 2010

I first read the Heretic Queen a while ago, but I didn't fully understand it. After "King Tut Revealed" an unveiling of King Tut on Discovery.com, I immediately remembered the people mentioned (Nefertiti, Akhenaten, Amunhotep lll etc...) from The Heretic Queen, and a desire to read it again overcame me.

My thoughts:

Michelle Moran's Nefertiti was absolutely amazing and lured me into the rich world of Ancient Egypt. I learned a lot about Egypt that I hadn't known (before I read it the first time) while also enjoying the fiction part of it.
The Heretic Queen is like a sequel to Nefertiti, but it can stand alone as a novel. It would make more sense if you read Nefertiti first though. I read The Heretic Queen first and I didn't understand most of it. Then I read Nefertiti, and it all pieced together. So this is a re-read, re-review!

Beginning: The beginning wasn't an introduction, it was like you walked into the middle of a great movie in the grand halls of Ancient Egypt. It's like no other book I've ever read!

Middle: I did want to stop reading. I was pulled back in time! The main character in this was Mutnodjmet's daughter, Nefertari. Mutnodjmet was the sister of Nefertiti. It's interesting how in Nefertit, Michelle Moran wrote from Mutnodjmet's P.O.V. instead of Nefertiti's, and so it's great how she wrote from Nefertari's P.O.V.

Ending: Delightful! A wonderful, picture sunset ending~

Characters: Somehow, Michel Moran characterized every character incredibly well, including the minor characters, which is amazing!
Ramesses's character was one that I loved. His relationship with Nefertari as childhood friends and then lovers was cute and romantic. I love how he teases Nefertari and how Nefertari is like "a little sister" to him. They're strong bond is admirable. Ramesses's urge to please her with gifts and words was very sweet!
Conclusion:
"Michelle Moran breathes new life into the faded paintings on tomb walls, bringing Ramesses, Nefertari, and the whole panoply of ancient Egyptian splendor to vivid, bustling, page-turning life."
-Lauren Willig

"The Heretic Queen is a real page turner! A heady, ancient Egyptian brew of magic and mystery; history, murder, and palace intrique as well as romance. I read this enthralling novel in one sitting"
-India Enghill


So do I, India! This is a MUST READ!

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