Friday, April 2, 2010

Twidays: Give Us a Bree-eak!

Apparently it's Guest Host week at Whimsical Fic-ery because we have another special guest today! Dusty Moats is joining us today to discuss an important development in the Twi-world!

Things you should know about Dusty: She is staunchly Team Trilogy, so when she says Breaking Fail, that is her way of referring to Breaking Dawn. She doesn't go easy on anyone (including Stephenie Meyer) so if you take your Twilight too seriously, be prepared. And lastly, don't let her fool you: she is a huge fan of all things Twilight. Well, except Breaking Dawn.

Moving on... I'm sure you've all heard the big news in the Twi-world this week, right? That Stephenie Meyer is not releasing Midnight Sun this summer? Instead we get this...

Book Cover found at

Y'all can have meaningful conversation about this, but I just plan to offer alternate book options for her to write INSTEAD OF FREAKIN' WRITING MIDNIGHT SUN.

"Oh Snap! The Life of A Snapple Bottle Cap" - The intriguing history of the bottle cap Edward clung to after eating lunch with Bella. Follow this tiny piece of metal from it's humble beginnings as recycled aluminum cans until the fateful day, in 3055, when the sun goes supernova and melts the earth.

Photobucket See. I would rather read about Edward's bottle cap (only if it fully describes in detail how Bella dies/melts along with the earth). Or, I would rather read Midnight Sun. Or, I dunno, how about Jasper and the Vampire Wars? Even Maria's story. How about Carlisle's back-story. IN FULL. Or Alice. Sweet, sweet Alice's back-story.

But you know what? We all KNEW the Bree book was coming. Smeyer even told us about this f*ckery way back when. Yep. She surely did. We just didn't want to acknowledge the possibility of this Bree f*ckery coming to fruition. SMeyer wouldn't do this to us, would she? But yes, she did. Every time. Every time we have high hopes from SMeyer, she pees on us. Pees. On. Our. Faces.

Look at Breaking Fail as a reference for the whole peeing thing.

But, tell us how you really feel Dusty. *grins*

Okay, okay, so she's not publishing Midnight Sun. But, this does reinforce Stephenie's whole, "I only write when I think it's not for publishing" stance. (sidebra: stance? Is that a stance?) If she thought we actually didn't cry ourselves to sleep over the loss of want to read Midnight Sun, then maybe she would write it. You see where I'm going here? REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY. Let's try it:

Midnight Sun? Pfffft. I would way rather read Buttcrack Santa's backstory than anything else about Edward. I mean, really.

What? It's worth a try.

*rolling my eyes* That is such a bull-crap excuse, though. "Oh no! People want to read what I write! I'll stop writing entirely and wait for them to forget me!"

Now, back to Bree, am I going to read her story? Of course. Am I going to BUY it? Of course not. For all of my bitching, I like SMeyer. I like her books and her writing. I've decided to look at this as her exploring her ability to write something darker than Twilight. I'm assuming there will be lots of dark, bad vampire psyche to delve into. And since she completely copped out and made VampBella PERFECT IN EVERY WAY, we'll actually get to see what a newborn vampire's bloodlust is like.

Of course, if she writes a book about Riley next instead of Midnight Sun I'm completely flouncing her and going back to rereading True Blood. *glares in SMeyer's direction*

Oh, I'll definitely be buying it. I do think it's very cool that she is offering it up for free, but you all know I like the feel of a book in my hands. And, honestly, I'm intrigued by Bree's story and am actually looking forward to reading it.

*ahem* Rain, you're doing that overly optimistic cheerleader thing again. Cut it out.


Photobucket*gags on Bella's Vampire perfection and any reasonable sacrifices she should have had in the cop out known as Breaking Fail*

You know who I want a back-story on? The two Romanian vamps. Those guys were a hoot.

I'm going to read to Bree's story too. Maybe, like Meadow said, SMeyer will give us a glimpse (a PG-13 rated glimpse but beggars can't be picky) into the life of a REAL newborn vamp. Maybe this is her attempt to make up for that missing part in Breaking Fail? Maybe? One can have hope right? I mean, I was really wanting Bella to eat Jessica or Mike Newton or something. I was rooting for Bella to just NOM NOM NOM away on Jessica.

*laughing hysterically at the idea of Bella attacking Jessica* Oh, that's a good idea! I'd love to hear about the Romanians. They seem like REAL Vampires. Or Jane. I freakin' LOVE Jane.

Honestly, there are fanfics that I want to update more than I want to read this story. But I've decided to view it as a step in the right direction. *deep cleansing breath* Remember, SMeyer is still growing as an author. As long as no one tells her they WANT her to write. *snicker*

Right. Like Midnight Sun. We definitely do not want to read that. *whispers* Seriously, this is going to work.

*snort* Okay. Sure. So, Steph, how about writing me one of these?
"The Short and Fractured Life of the Television that Edward Destroyed During 'The Vote'"
"The Short and Ripped Life of Jacob's 25th Pair of Shorts"
"The Short and Smelly Life of the Popcorn Tub that Mike Newton Puked into"

'Cause, you know, that would be better than Midnight Sun.

Okay, what about you all? Are you excited to read Bree's story? Are you feeling let down or just happy to get anything from Stephenie Meyer?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How To File Your Boys... Er, Books

Recently we mentioned @Katarinasmama's filing system for boys in YA Lit. We thought it would be fun for her to come and explain a little about it and see if we could help her add to the file labels, and maybe file some YA Boys with her. We asked, and she graciously agreed. Welcome Katarinasmama!


PhotobucketHave you ever read a book and thought hey, I should file that away for when I need to re-read it? Well, I kept thinking, why file alphabetically or eeek, use the Dewey Decimal System when you can create your own categories.

Work with me for a second here, and get out your DYMO Label Makers. Yes, I know all of you have them. Remember our scrapbooking/crafting days?

Now, think of CATEGORIES. I started looking at my rows (and let's face it PILES) of books and thinking about common themes. The first one that jumped out was the most obvious one Hot Boys with Swords.

I know right? That one makes perfect sense. Think Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Nick from Demon's Lexicon, Ash from The Iron King.

Hmm... We all know that I've been converted to the Boys With Swords filing system. When I was thinking about what other categories I mentally tend to fall in line under with, I noticed a trend towards Nerds Hiding Hotness. I can't help it. I'm drawn to Gamer Boys. (A la Simon in MI. Sometimes - okay, a lot of the time - I liked him more than I did Clary.)

PhotobucketAh, Simon definitely fits the Nerds Hiding Hotness label. But what a about boys like Cabel (from the Dreamcatchers Trilogy, WAKE/FADE/GONE) or Oscar (from CANDOR)? Those, I like to file under Broken Boys Who Always Do the Right Thing.

I think Broken Boys Who Always Do the Right Thing might be my favorite file folder. I want to scoop these boys up and hold them and let them cry on my shoulder. I think Peeta (from The Hunger Games) might fall into this category as well. *leans a bit more towards Team Peeta*

PhotobucketThat's just perfect. And I couldn't agree more. Broken Boys Who Always Do the Right Thing and Know How to Wield a Sword Well would be The Ultimate category. *looks around for Jace and one other but you haven't read him yet so no-spoilers*

Ooooh. Yes, yes. I love love LOVE Broken Boys Who Always Do the Right Thing. Also, Broken Boys Who Were Fated To Find Love. You know, like Daemon Sadi in Black Jewels? Some of the things he did... *shudder* BUT, it was all to lead him to his fated path.

Mmmm.... Daemon. *goes to my happy place*

PhotobucketI love that. *makes a mental note to look up Black Jewels*

So I encourage everyone to make their own categories. Try it out. Think of the classics. Now where would I file Mr. Darcy?? Hmmm.

Oh, Mr. Darcy is easy! Hot Men Who Know They're Hot!

Also, have you noticed that a lot of our labels overlap? I KNOW I've read a few Hot Boys With Swords Who Are Broken And Bad But Fated For Love and Do The Right Thing. *cough*Jamie from Outlander*cough*

Photobucket*realizes she's hungry* Wait, there's Hot Boys Who Cook! Who doesn't want to make tacos with Patch (from Hush, Hush). If Mr. Darcy cooked what would he make?? Oh, I know, he'd order it from the Cook. *sighs* Mr. Darcy and a full kitchen staff. The stuff of dreams....

Can we have a Nerdy But Hot Broken Boy Who Always Does the Right Thing and Knows How To Wield a Sword? You know my preference for a hot nerd... Hmm... I may have decided what I need to write for #yalitfrenzy. (<--click the link if you're curious what the heck I'm talking about.)

Wait! I haven't mentioned Eric the Viking yet! Fail! Boy Crush Fail!

Hmmm, wouldn't he be a MAN crush? *remembers book 4* *nods head yes*

Which file folder would Eric go in?

Fine Ass Viking Vampires. He gets his own folder. *wink*

So, what about you all? Any file folder labels you'd like to see?

Also, a big Thank You to Katarinasmama for helping us with our filing systems! *wink* You can usually find her reviewing books over at Mundie Moms. She's also our favorite book-pusher on twitter. Her recommendations are always good!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reading Rainbow: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


I hope you don't feel I'm yelling at you. I just feel very passionate about this: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is one of my new favorites.

One of the things I liked best about this book is that it had me giggling (and instantly hooked) in the Prologue. The Prologue. You know, the normally boring part of a book that makes no sense until you get to the end so you just skim through it? Not the case in Hex Hall. I was laughing out loud and just knew I would love this book.

This book is so full of snark that you'll find yourself laughing throughout. The great thing is that it is snark done well. I've read a few YA books that attempt humor, and sometimes it works once or twice, but Rachel Hawkins makes it work from start to finish. It's inventive and sarcastic, and I loved it.

In addition to being funny, Hex Hall is also a great story. Witches, vampires, shapeshifters, and evil humans who want to kill them, all within a boarding school for wayward supernaturals. It's also twisty and turnsy, which you all know I love. Any book that can make my jaw drop in surprise is a good one, and Hex Hall delivers in that respect too.

Trust me on this: GO. READ. THIS. BOOK. *grins*

Full synopsis for Hex Hall at Goodreads

Follow Rachel Hawkins on twitter - @LadyHawkins