Blogger Interview: Cathy from The Crazy Bookworm

The Crazy Bookworm
Cathy over at The Crazy Bookworm is an honorable supporter of the book, Dear Bully. She has been kind enough to share her story on her experience with bullying here. She also interviewed me over on her blog, you can click here to read it.

Here is my interview with her:

How would you define a bully?

I would define a bully as weak. A person that has their own insecurities but feels the need to outcast others to make themselves feel better.

How old were you when the bully started?

I was in grade 1. Maybe 7 years old.

What did their bullying consist of?

A lot of taunting and "Hey, look at her!" moments. At the elementary school I went to, the school doors didn't open until 9:15 so once 9:00 rolled around all the students line up to wait for school. Once I would make it in line, a group of 4 specific boys would turn around and start taunting me for the clothes I was wearing or for being chubby. They would laugh and point their fingers at me while cracking jokes.

What were some people or things that got you through it?

My friends and my dog. My dog had an incredible knack for cheering me up. Although I never really told anyone what was going on because I was to embarrassed, my dog knew everything. He was who I talked to, who I vented to. My friends got me through it because I knew they were there. The bullies could say whatever they wanted. I knew I had a group of people that loved me no matter what clothes I wore or how I looked.

When did the bullying finally end? How did it feel when you noticed you weren't bullied anymore?

It stopped at the end of junior high although it wasn't as intense during that time. I just had to deal with comments here and there which I did my best to ignore. When I entered high school and had the same boys that teased me trying to talk to me and be friends I asked myself why. I was confused with their change of attitude and was curious of what made them stop. But most of all I was relieved!

What is the most effective way to deal with a bully?

Ask them why? What is going on in their life that makes them take it out onto someone else. It is perfectly fine to stand up for yourself(without physical or verbal attacks). If that doesn't work then ignore them the best you can. They will give up eventually. Also, don't be afraid to reach out, let someone be aware of the situation.

What does being bullied teach the people who have experienced it?

I think for most people it teaches us to admire and appreciate the love we have around us from family and friends. It teaches us to take those unfortunate situations and apply them to make us the best people we can be. To strive and work hard for our dreams so we can show those bullies that we won at their game.

Do you see yourself as a "victim"? Why?

When I look back on it now...No I don't think of myself as a victim. I think of myself as a target. Another person's verbal punching bag. The bully's "go to" person when he needed to blow off some steam.

What do you think someone should do if they are being bullied?

Talk to someone: Parents, teachers, friends, pets, counsellors, even a stranger(kids help phone) Don't let someone who barely knows you convince you that your aren't worth anything.

What will Dear Bully bring for those who have been bullied or were a bully themselves?

Hope and relief. It will let bullied kids and teens know that they are not or were not alone. And that they can overcome this phase of their life, even though that may seem hard to believe at that time. For bully themselves it will show them that nothing good for them comes from their bullying actions. What they are doing is completely unnecessary and potentially very harmful to others. And that in the long run they only hurt themselves.

What would you say to the people who have bullied you if you had the chance?

Why? What about me made you say "She looks weak. I'll pick on her". How could you sleep at night knowing the hurt you were causing another person. What was going on in your life that made you act out that way? Do you know how many times you made me cry and question myself.


But I'd also say thank you, because if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be the person I am now. It was your voice I heard when I was working hard, it was the names you called me that repeated over and over in my head when I needed that extra push. Thank you for being my motivation. Because of you, I walk with my head held high.

Is there anything you want to say to who are being bullied?

Please don't let this person or persons make you question your self worth. Don't let what they are doing make you bitter at yourself, other people or the world. These are not people that you have to deal with forever. Know that once you get through it, there will be better people waiting for you. This will make you strong and you will be happy. Take those harsh words and let them be your motivation to succeed. I promise you with all my heart that it does get better!
 
Thank you so much, Cathy, for sharing your story with us! Please visit Cathy's blog and follow her on Twitter.
 
Cathy wants you to share your stories, thoughts, or experiences on bullying, send them to her here. (You can stay anonymous.)
 
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Join the Night Owl Society!

If you haven't heard about it already, NOS is a community dedicated to enjoying books with book clubs/discussions. NOS was created by Brandi over at Life After Twilight.

Recently, NOS was a Ning community, but with rising pricing of Ning, Brandi decided to move the community over on Facebook.

You can check out NOS here and "like" it!

I am an ambassador of the community along with several others. We'd love to make this a place for all of you to discuss the our #1 addiction: books! So, please go over and visit. :)

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Wanted Wednesday: Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender


I found this book a few weeks ago when I saw that Zendaya from Shake It Up starred in the sequel's book trailer.
When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.

Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore? Source
After reading numerous reviews and reading about the book, I'm craving to read this book. I rarely come upon books where thriller is the main theme. I am hesitant to read it because it involves a doll and after watching Chucky, Dead Silence, Tales from the Hood, etc., I don't know if I'm brave enough to deal with another doll. However, it seems to be well-written and have a unique plot. Plus, there are hints of romance in it! I also checked out the second book and saw it looks pretty intriguing as well.

More Info:

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Winner: Constance Sharper Kindle E-Book Giveaway

The winner for the Kindle edition of Airborne by Constance Sharper is:

Momo from Books Over Boys

The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or else a new winner will be drawn.

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Interview: Cassandra Clare "Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices"

I recently got to sit down and ask Cassandra questions about her writing, the Mortal Instruments series, and the Infernal Devices series.

How do you make writing an enjoyable career?

Balloons? :) Well, I try to stay away from things that cause stress, and focus on the storytelling. If I didn't love storytelling, I wouldn't have chosen this profession! I try to limit doing too much travel and promotion, tend to avoid reading reviews, and spend as much time as possible on the parts of the job I enjoy — telling the story, workshopping and critique with my critique partners, and talking to readers.

What has been the roughest/best parts of being an author?

The toughest was learning how to manage my time without a set work schedule. The best is always interacting personally with readers.

What types of books do you think you want to write about in the future?

I love mystery. I'd love to write a mystery. I also love epic middle-grade fantasy of the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson variety and I'd love to do one of those. Jane Austen is my favorite writer and I'd like to do an updated Pride and Prejudice. And I'd like to continue telling stories in the Shadowhunter world.

Has your culture or any life experiences help you write your books?

I think traveling a great deal while growing up has helped me with the settings of the books, which travel from New York to Paris to London to Prague to Venice — not to mention the made-up country of Idris.

How did you intially come up with Shadowhunters?

The idea for the Mortal Instruments came to me one afternoon in the East Village. I was with a good friend of mine, who was taking me to see the tattoo shop where she used to work. She showed me the tattoos she had designed, based on old runes. I became fascinated with the idea of rune tattoos and the fact that warriors in all sorts of different cultures used to tattoo their bodies before they went into battle because they believed it would protect them. The idea of a race of demon-fighting warriors in the modern world whose magic was basic on tattooes developed from there.

With City of Fallen Angels out and the last two books in the series releasing in the future, will we meet any knew characters, creatures, or places?

In City of Lost Souls we do travel all over the world. While we meet a few new characters, most of our mains have been introduced. There are some surprises in store in terms of characters that have been imagined or mentioned but not met yet...

Why did you pick New York for your setting of the MI series?

I had just moved to New York and I was enchanted with the city, with its history and its enormous presence. I have always believed cities have a shadow self, made up of their history and forgotten places, the things that are buried and forgotten, the locations where important things took place. New York has all of that in spades.

For someone who has not read the series, what makes this series unique?

Well, it contains steampunk elements but isn't steampunk — it contains a sort of hidden steampunk world as opposed to being alternate history which I think is more usual. Also it connects characters with the characters in The Mortal Instruments, but not in a spoiling way — the book series can be read in either order.

What is the relationship between Jem and Will like?

A lot of fun? Will is one of those characters who teeters on the borderline of pathology — he's charming sometimes but he's a also a liar and can be cruel and pushes people away. The only person he treats differently is Jem. He loves Jem and that love keeps him human. It's also interesting I think when we find out why it is that Jem is the only person he treats that way.

With Clockwork Prince coming out expectedly on December 6th, how will the series be continued?

Well, we dig more into the characters and learn a lot about them. Hopefully everyone's motivations and secrets come out into the open and we gain a further understanding of the characters. Also there are some kick-ass battles with giant robots!

You find Cassandra at her:
Website l Blog l Goodreads l Twitter

Thanks again to Cassandra for taking time out for an interview!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Adrian Phoenix Giveaway Winners

The winners for the Adrian Phoenix prizes are as follows:

First prize (signed Black Dust Mambo and Black Heart Loa): Addie Dean

Second prize (signed copy of any of Adrian's titles): Elizabeth Ramirez

Third prize (hoodoo book thong): Julie S.

Every winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be drawn for their prize. Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a Kindle E-Book of Airborne by Constance Sharper, enter here!

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Pottermore is REVEALED!

Below is a video from J.K. Rowling discussing what Pottermore will be about.



What are your thoughts?

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Alisha
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Requested Review: Raphael (Vampires in America #1) by D.B. Reynolds

Synopsis: Malibu, California-home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires.

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.

Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both. Source

Review
Plot: The book centers around the investigation of a female vampire gone missing. Cyn is called in for the job and I'm glad she was. Instantly, you see the attraction between Cyn and Raphael. Cyn is hesitant when she notices the attraction because she doesn't know if she is truly attracted to him or if he is causing her to be. I was curious too since that is one of his strengths. However, as I read through the book, I saw that Raphael was falling for her...and hard. At first, I questioned how a vampire lord who could have anyone would pick Cyn. Cyn is very beautiful, smart, and powerful, but wouldn't he want someone who was equally his rank and a vampire? But, I did see that he was intrigued by Cyn and was attracted to her. Along with the constant lust and passion, there is the finding of Alexandra, who is missing. The climax was fast-paced and it did finish pretty quickly, but was very logical.

Characters: Cyn-I have seen her character before. The strong heroine who has snappy comments and isn't ready for a relationship. I can say that I do love those types of characters because it's a different take on the classic heroine. They don't intend to fall in love, but once they do, they can't see how they lived without it. She is a very great character that I want to see more of.
Raphael-Very sexy and smooth. He always knows what to say and how to say it. I loved when he came into each scene and when we got the chance to see his history. He's misunderstood and shows little emotion. I loved the scene where he was thinking about Cyn after she was injured. He was so sensitive and gentle, it was hard to think he was a vampire lord.

Cover: I am glad that they gave a snippet of what Raphael looked like. I'm not sure if the girl on the cover is supposed to be Cyn. If it is, I was thinking her hair would be longer, but it is just a model.

Overall Rating: I give this book three nail polishes. I loved this book and am craving for more. There are some situations I could have predicted, but give this book a try. If you are a huge Adrian Phoenix fan, this is a book you need to read!
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Interview: Constance Sharper "Airborne Saga" *Giveaway*

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Constance Sharper is the author of the Airborne Saga. She graciously sat down to answer some of our questions for her over her books and writing:

For those who don't know, what is the Airborne Saga about?

Airborne is an urban fantasy with a new take on a classic genre. In Airborne, I’ve taken harpies from legend and given them a totally new paranormal twist. Let’s just say they don’t resemble the half-bird creatures from your history books. The synopsis is basically this:

The story follows a seventeen year old high-schooler named Avery Zane. She is normal is pretty much all regards with school troubles and boy troubles. Then a harpie shows up on her door step bringing some startling news. She has inadvertently made herself the target for every nasty harpie in the world. The only one that offers to help her is Mason. Mason is cute, tall, and irritating as hell. Best of all, they’re stuck together until they can find a way to save her life. And so the trouble really begins…

Do you and Avery relate in any way?

As it would turn out, very much so. I do hear a lot of my voice in Avery’s, but I don’t think this is exclusive to me. In the book, Avery isn’t the crazy snarky and undefeatable heroine. She’s not sappy or overly scared all of the time. Avery is just normal. She is the girl that can essentially relate to anyone. And everyone can relate to her when she’s thrown into an impossible situation.

Is there anything that inspires your writing?

Honestly, I have no idea where the majority of my ideas come from. Though if I had to say, when I’m searching for ideas, I like to look at photos and artwork… You just have to look a photo and wonder what the model is thinking, who she is, where she is…

It just begins to shake up ideas. Mythology and old wives tales are other good resources.

Do you have any rough ideas about future books you would like to write?

Not only do I have rough ideas, I have names and outlines! I think of ideas so much faster than I can write books, I’m fairly sure I’m backlogged with getting ideas onto paper for the next two years. I have to keep the future projects hush hush but I can tell you that I’ll finish out the Airborne Saga, start a new series with witches and black magic, and do a one-shot novel for the profits to go to charity. And not necessarily in that order.

What's your favorite part of a book to write?

The beginning, definitely. The beginning is the part will you get to throw in twists and unravel new problems. It’s the creative part. The rest of the book is usually logic based and focuses on tying up these loose ends.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

I didn’t do this very much in Airborne because I wanted the characters to be everyday. I wanted them to be typical, regular people with regular names.

How did you end up knowing you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t actually remember an epiphany moment where I decided to go this way. But I do remember loving to write and always wanting to make it into a job.
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If you weren't writing, is there anything you can see yourself doing?

I have my college degrees tucked away, so one day I’ll probably have to use them and get a nine to five job. One day. Not today.

What is the most easiest and difficult part of getting published?

The hardest part is probably getting used to “no”. The publishing houses are overwhelmed by applicants of many excellent writers. That leaves you competing at high odds and many times, it’s difficult for agents to look at you long enough to even appreciate what you’re trying to sell. Many times they won’t.

But then the world is changing and the internet’s impact on the book market is really here. E-books and social networking will change the future of the industry. Due to this, you have more control in your success and you don’t have to rely solely on other people. If you can write and gain yourself some attention, it’s easier than ever to get into traditional houses and show off what you can actually do.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write because you like to write, not because you want to make money. Keep your options open on getting your story out there and study the different ways to do it. Get used to climbing uphill for your art and occasionally even taking some serious abuse. Be open to advice, know you can always improve, but more importantly be honest to yourself. Everyone will give you opinions about how you should “fix” your story. But if you don’t like the suggestions then don’t take them. You’ll be much happier if you feel like you succeeded and failed on your own rather than failing because you took bad advice.

You can find Constance Sharper over at:
Her Blog
Goodreads

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(Entries will be closed on June 27th.)

Thank you again to Constance Sharper for coming to BNR. We are so glad to have you and hope to interview you in the future!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Week 3: Adrian Phoenix *International Giveaway*

This week is dedicated to one of my favorite authors, Adrian Phoenix. She is the author of the Maker's Song and the Hoodoo series. For this week's prize, we are giving out three prizes. First: signed copies of Black Dust Mambo and Black Heart Loa (to be released June 28th); Second: a signed copy of any of Adrian's titles; Third: a hoodoo book thong. (picture below) We will draw three winners and each will receive the prizes in order. You can enter the giveaway here. The giveaway ends on June 25th, midnight (EST).

Now, I will turn it over to Adrian and our guests:

As always, it’s a pleasure being back on Black Nailed Reviews. Since the second book in my Hoodoo series, Black Heart Loa, will be released June 28th, I thought I’d tell y’all a little about hoodoo and the series, then let the two main troublemakers, Kallie Rivière and her best friend, Belladonna Brown, take over to chat about whatever catches their fancy.

First, a little bit about hoodoo and Voodoo. The main difference is that Voodoo is a religion, with priestesses (mambos), priests (houngans) and devoted practitioners who participate in ceremonies to summon the loa (natural spirits and those of the dead), while hoodoo is a system of folk magic following the same belief system as Voodoo, including the same gods/loas/saints.

With hoodoo, there are no priests or priestesses or ceremonies, just root doctors and root workers (also known as conjurers) working out of their homes and/or botanicas. Laying tricks and foot magic, breaking/making hexes, creating natural medicines and cures for illnesses of all kinds—heart, body, and soul.

The first book in the series is Black Dust Mambo and it introduces fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice, Kallie Rivière. She finds mystery, dark juju, murder, and sexy nomads while attending an annual magic carnival in New Orleans. And a wet boxers contest. (Belladonna is one happy judge and Kallie gets to wield a bucket of warm water.)

The second book, Black Heart Loa, picks up where Black Dust Mambo leaves off. While searching for her missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie discovers that magic has suddenly become as random as rolling a handful of dice. And the wards woven to protect the Gulf coast and New Orleans from hurricanes are unraveling just as the deadliest storm in a century is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all that Kallie loves, she searches for the cause of the magic randomness, only to learn an unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Valin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger and find a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.

Now, I’ll hand things over to Kallie and Belladonna. Have fun, girls, and try to be nice.
Belladonna: Girl, please. We’re always nice, right, Shug?

Kallie: *shrugs* Sure, if by ‘always nice’ you mean ‘never.’

Belladonna: If by ‘never’ you mean ‘Kallie.’

Kallie: *grins* That about sums it up.

Belladonna: Mmm-hmmm. Well, before we jump into our favorite tricks—

Kallie: And by tricks, we mean spells. Not street corner hooking.

Belladonna: True dat. But you’d be surprised by the number of men who are disappointed to learn that little fact. Remember that one guy, Shug? The pudgy one who came to your aunt’s botanica with a whole laundry list of tricks he wanted to buy?

Kallie: *snorts* The XXX-rated list. Yup, I remember. What trick did he end up with?

Belladonna: A very educational one, if I recall. A poppet with a pin stuck in a sensitive, southerly location.

Kallie: *laughs* He paid pretty damned well to get that pin removed and the poppet unmade. I don’t think he’ll ever ask a woman to lay a trick on him again.

Belladonna: That he won’t, Shug. That he won’t.

Kallie: The tricks I most like to fix are love potions and poppets. Nothing better than seeing two—

Belladonna: Or more—you need to be open-minded, Shug. Not everyone falls into twos.

Kallie: *rolls eyes* Please. Whatever, Little Miss Worldly. As I was saying, nothing better than seeing two—slants an annoyed look at Belladonna—or more people fall in love. Or make that love stronger.

Belladonna: Mm-hmm. But you’re not like a lot of other rootworkers. You believe strongly in never doing something against a person’s will—including love. I know a ton of rootworkers and mambos who feel that if it’s a love trick, it’s all good.

Kallie: Me too. But that ain’t always the case. Say a man believes himself in love with a woman, but she doesn’t know he exists or she’s involved with or married to someone else and he goes and gets a love trick and makes her fall in love with him. She leaves everything behind for him, mad in love. But it’s an illusion. She was forced. Had no say. Was bespelled into loving him. I don’t do tricks like that.

Belladonna: Same here, Shug.

Kallie: But when it comes to self defense or if someone is asking for trouble—then I can skip over the ‘against their will’ bit and view it as consequences.

Belladonna: Like with that idiot who couldn’t accept that you’d dumped his ass and was stalking you and making threats.

Kallie: A shrivel-package trick took care of that.

Belladonna *laughs* Damned straight. But there wasn’t all that much to shrivel to begin with. *Gives Kallie a sly glance* Unlike that fine nomad of yours. Never saw a man who wore wet boxers better.

Kallie: *snorts* Layne isn’t mine . . . not exactly . . . not yet. And it’d take one powerful shrivel-package trick to do much to him. Not that I want to! Do anything bad, I mean.

Belladonna: What about the naughty kind of bad?

Kallie: Tais toi, you. Or I’ll be fixing you with a cat’s-got-her-tongue trick.

Belladonna: *laughs* Oh, girl. You wish.

Here’s a link for the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo. And you can visit my website for a sneak peek at Black Heart Loa.

I’m also the author of The Maker’s Song series: A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, and Etched in Bone. The fifth book, On Midnight Wings, will be out in February.

You can read the first chapter to A Rush of Wings here.

Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast. You can also find me at:

Website, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, MySpace, Goodreads

Dante's Club Hell Forum

Dante's Club Hell Yahoo Group

Pocket After Dark
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Top 5 Fathers In Literature

Since it is Father's Day and we are celebrating our own fathers, grandfathers, stepdads, etc., we should celebrate those dads in literature! These fathers are great in their own ways, whether they make you laugh, inspire you, have great mustasches, or are just bad mother-shut your mouth! (The order is in no particular order.)

Charlie Swan (Twilight Saga) - Bella's Dad
With an amazing mustache, Charlie is always there for his daughter and supports her, even when he's scared to death.

Atticus (To Kill A Mockingbird) - Jem and Scout's Dad
A true father and respectable man that shows his children what true equality and love consists of.

Abe Mazur (Vampire Academy series) - Rose's Dad
Has his fair share of scams and wrong-doings, but is there for his daughter in her time of need and shows her unconditional love.

Carlisle Cullen (Twilight Saga) - Edward, Jasper, Alice, Emmett, and Rosalie's Dad
He may just be an adoptive father for appearances sake, but Carlisle shows his "children" love and the right ways to live.

Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter series) - Ron, Ginny, Fred, George, and Percy's Dad
He works hard and still comes home for dinner along with helping his son's best friend escape death.

Happy Father's Day!
Alisha
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*Winner* Harry Potter and Twilight Giveaway

The winner for the Harry Potter and Twilight giveaway is:

Ron Oliver

Next week is dedicated to Adrian Phoenix, so get ready for a week of romance and passion!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Movie Review: The Green Lantern (2011)

Synopsis: A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Source

Plot: The story follows Hal Jordan, a pilot who works with a life-long friend, Carol Ferris. The story begins showing the Green Lantern that passes the ring to Hal, Abin Sur, an intergalactic humanoid who crash lands into Earth after being attacked by the main antagonist, Parallax. Parallax uses the emotion of Fear to drive his powers, which goes against the Green Lantern Corps' energy/emotion of Will. Parallax had escaped his prison after being locked in the Lost Sector after trying to tap the powers of Fear within Oa, the planet of the Green Lantern Corps.
After Hal receives the ring, he is taken to Oa to learn training exercises. He meets Tomar-Re, a fish-like humanoid, and Kilowog, a large brute. They teach him many things, which he refers to later on as the story progresses. Hal then meets Sinestro, whose mentor and friend was Abin Sur. After Sinestro meets Hal, calling him a disgrace and that a Human was unfit to be a Green Lantern, Hal then "quits" the Green Lantern Corps, returning to Earth. Yet, we earlier see a scientist named Hector Hammond. He was called upon to inspect the found body of Abin Sur. Unknowingly, Hector attracts the powers of Fear from Parallax's influence upon Abin Sur's body, thus changing him forever.

Cast:
Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds): One of my favorite male actors! I was so happy he got to be the iconic Green Lantern for the movie! I thought that he wouldn't really be fit for it because I have seen him in more comedy movies rather than serious movies (Movies: Waiting & The Proposal), yet he did a fantastic job. He really shaped what the Green Lantern was about. He alone took on Fear and shaped his own future.
Carol Ferris (Blake Lively): Blake Lively isn't someone I thought of immediately. Playing in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1 & 2) and Accepted, Blake Lively did personify Ryan Reynolds' character's fear and finding himself. She was the real pusher, and in the end, she helped save the world too.
Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard): I remembered him in the Orphan! Not only that but he also played in The Skeleton Key (hated that movie's ending..). Peter Sarsgaard played a great sub-antagonist to Ryan Reynolds, and he personified the acceptance of Fear, all the while ambition and jealousy drove him to do what he did.
Sinestro (Mark Strong): Oh man.. I love Mark Strong. When I figured out that Sinestro played him, I squeed like a little fangirl. He played in Robin Hood (2010), Sherlock Holmes (As Lord Blackwood), and Babylon A.D. Mark Strong did well in his role (even if he only appeared in small portions *sad face*) which is the role of desperation and somewhat bigotry as a fellow Green Lantern to Ryan Reynolds. Desperation because he turns to use Fear against Fear, which would eventually consume the Green Lanterns, and bigotry because of his assumption that Humans were a primitive race compared to any others within the galactic system. As a somewhat small antagonist to Ryan's character as well as an ally, it's easy to see what Fear will drive people to do, as seen by Sinestro.

Poster: I liked the movie poster a lot. Personally, I'd hang one up in my room (teehee!). It shows another part of being a Green Lantern: Unity.

Overall: This movie was fan-freaking-tastic! Seriously folks, go and see it. It was great. I may not be a huge Sci-Fi fanatic, but I loved this movie a lot. The graphics were great, and the story was easy to follow, even if you don't know anything about the Green Lantern. I think this move was simply awesome. I give it 4/4 polishes! Check out the trailer above!


Inked with Brilliance and Love,
Sara
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Little Birdie: Win a Kindle and Book Blogger's Cookbook

Over at Dearest Dreams, they are holding an amazing giveaway.

The grand prize is a Kindle plus five copies of the 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook!

How to enter? Leave a comment on this post and gain more entries with Twitter, Facebook, or blogging.

Winners will be drawn on July 21st!

P.S. For every person who purchases the Book Blogger's Cookbook, they will receive a free receipe booklet using this code: BONUSR over in the comments section of http://www.bookbloggerscookbook.com/

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme held by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books.

This week's question is:

“How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”

My answer: I'm going off of my Goodreads since I put every TBR book in there since I always forget titles. At this point, I have about 70 books I am planning on reading. If that's shocking to you, it's shocking to me too! I am a huge book reader, but if you told me two years ago I would be having that big of a list, I'd laugh! But, now it seems like a small list and I have even more books that I'm waiting for and books that sometimes pop up.



Follow Friday is a weekly meme held by Parajunkee. This week is the 50th week of this feature and a lovely giveaway is happening over at her blog.

This week's question is:

Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?


My Answer: I love romance, whether it is in YA, Adult, or Paranormal form. I'm a hopeless romantic and can't read a book with no romance in it. I have many favorites of this genre and could list almost every book I've read with romance in it and say it is a favorite. But, I have to go with my favorite book, Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber. It's so intense and emotional and realistic, I can read it over and over and still cry and smile at the same scenes. Plus, Ben and Christy's relationship is so deep and complicated, it's a new twist on the age-old romance.


Tell me your answers and don't forget the giveaway over at Parajunkee!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Promotional Snow White Poster

Over at Twitter, I found this lovely promo poster of the upcoming Snow White movie with Lily Collins:

This looks really interesting! Does the "Untitled Project" mean it doesn't have a name yet or is it the actual title?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Second Official Harry Potter Trailer


Did anyone else get shivers? It's so weird to see that the series is ending. *tear*

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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First Fan Made Trailer

This is my first fan made trailer and I did it over Breaking Dawn. Hope you guys enjoy it and there's more to come!



Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Harry Potter and Twilight Giveaway *US Only*

Want to win some HP or Twlight swag? Here's how:

For this giveaway, we have decided to give three possible prizes:
  • One large Harry Potter item (Gryffindor scarf)
  • One large Twilight item (The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide)
  • Two small Harry Potter and Twilight items (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Poster and Eclipse Movie Poster)
You can choose one of these prizes if you are the chosen winner. You can enter the giveaway until Saturday at midnight (EST) and Sunday I will post the winner and email them.

Fill out the form below to enter:


Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Dorian Gray (2009)

Synopsis: A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Source

Review
Plot: I had to watch this movie because it was based off of a classic novel and it starred Ben Barnes. I did love the movie; I wasn't expecting it to scare me, but it did. It was so beautifully horrifying. Dorian comes as a pure and beautiful man but ends up emotionless and destructive. Even after all the things he does, I felt pity for him. Each character points out that he has the world for his taking, but he takes it for granted and the portrait of him reflects that. The movie was fast-paced in some ways. When he fell in love the first time, I didn't really get to connect with his love, Sibyl. It went from them meeting to them wanting to get married. The plot was very solid and interesting though. I wanted to see how Dorian turned out and what his fate would be.


Actors: Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray) - Barnes is incredibly good-looking, so he automatically fit the role. He did an amazing job with going from a naive boy to a cynical man. He looked the same, but his demeanor and behavior changed which made people not want to be around. I did have pity for him, but I hated him in some situations. He wanted rise above the pressure and when he did, it was too late.
Colin Firth (Lord Henry Wotton) - Firth was amazing. He had such horrible qualities, it was hard to see that he was ever nice. I love when actors are able to make me hate their characters because that shows how good their performance was. I've always loved Colin Firth, so that gave me even more reason to watch this. He is a very essential character and I'm glad he played the part because I could not see anyone else doing a better job.

Poster: I do like the poster. It gives the feel of the movie, going from purity to destruction. Also, the colors that the poster and the movie play with are very compatible: blue, white, and black.

Overall Rating: I give this movie a three out of four. I would have given it a four out of four if it wasn't some of the fast-paced scenes. However, the performances and the scenery were beautiful and well-done. The plot was very unique and rare, it's hard to just come up with this. It isn't for the faint of heart though. It is rated R for a reason, so please only mature watchers see this movie. There are a few sexual situations. But, other than that, this movie was enjoyable and I would watch it again.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Wanted Wednesday: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Most readers know that the Hunger Games series will be made into movies with Jennifer Lawrence playing the lead role, Katniss. I have kept up with the series and movies, not only to post for BNR, but to keep up with myself. It's such a complex story for the future. I, personally, find it fascinating how some authors can create these whole worlds and new creatures where now we look at things in a whole new light.

The Hunger Games has been something I wanted to get my hands on for some time. I really want to read this series to see what the hype is about. I've read Twilight and some of Harry Potter, so I definitely got the reasons why millions of people were addicted to these series. But, I haven't gotten the chance to see why HG is as great as people say.

I feel like I am a fan myself and I haven't read any of the books. I keep up with HG blogs, read news and reviews over the books, listen to updates on the movies, and even started to indulge into fanfic trailers and posters! I really want to read this series and be even more excited for the movies.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Interview with Ellen Hopkins

Recently, we had a post about the book, Dear Bully. Over at The Crazy Bookworm, Cathy got the pleasure of interviewing Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, etc. Here is a snippet of her interview:
What motivated you to contribute to Dear Bully?

Suicides. Young people who can't see beyond being harassed today, and so choose to believe this is the only way out. We, as individuals and as a society, have a duty to step in and try to change the behaviors that lead to these tragedies.


If you had the chance to talk to your teenage self, and give her a message. What would you say?

Dear Teen Self: You have been hurt. And you will be hurt worse over the years, but always you will come away from those painful periods stronger. Only through experiencing pain will you come to understand the true meaning of joy. And joy, always, eclipses pain.
Read the rest of the interview here. Cathy has set up a place to share your stories and struggles with bullies, if you would like to share your story, click here for the form.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Top Ten Tuesday: AWW Moments in Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by The Broke and Bookish. Here is my list:

1. The ending of Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber. This is my favorite book and every part of it was so elegant and well-written, but the ending brought me to tears. It also shows a very strong issue among young adults, but does it in such a blunt and surprising way, which is what we need nowadays.

2. In Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, I loved when Rose and Dimitri confess their feelings towards one another. I was waiting for them to get back together and I was blown away by the scene. It was better than I expected.

3. I love the scene in Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber where Raven and Trevor run into Alexander during Halloween night and she runs away. That scene starts off their whole romance!

4. The kiss between Fran and Ben in Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend by Katie MacAlister. It was so intense and vivid, I could see it. Plus, I told most of my friends to read the passage because of how vivid it was!

5. Basically any intimate scene between Chloe and Derek in The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong. I love their relationship and every scene makes my heart flutter.

6. In City of Glass by Cassandra Clare when Jace Wayland says, "I am a man, and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown."

7. In Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, the way Louis speaks about Claudia after her death so long ago, it still hurts him. He still cares for her and wishes she was still alive.

8. In Unleashed by Kristopher Reisz, when Daniel and Misty are in her room and she tells him about when she played Pip in the Midsummer Night's Dream play.

9. I loved the almost kiss between Nora and Patch in Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was so intense and almost there...and then nothin'!

10. Lastly, Beastly by Alex Flinn makes me smile when Kyle makes the garden for Linda.

That's my top 10, what's your's?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Week 2: Harry Potter and Twilight *US Only*

For this week, we are doing the worldwide bestsellers Harry Pottr and Twilight! Since both are ending pretty soon *tears*, what better to get the ball rolling than by doing a scavenger hunt?

For this giveaway, we have decided to give you guys three possible prizes:

One large Harry Potter item (Gryffindor scarf)
One large Twilight item (The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide)
Two small Harry Potter and Twilight items (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Poster and Eclipse Movie Poster)

All you have to do is send pictures of these four items:
Broom
Red apple
Black-rimmed glasses
Eclipse gum

The Scavenger Hunt will end this coming Sunday at midnight (EST) and we will reveal one winner. Email your pictures to us at blacknailedreviews [at] gmail [dot] com.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Week 1: *WRAP UP* Giveaway Winners Announced

Hey, everyone! I don't have any pictures for this first week's findings, but I'm hoping this next week will be better. Week 2 will be dedicated to Harry Potter and Twilight, more on that tomorrow!

But, here are the winners of this week's giveaway:

Kailia Sage over at Reading the Best of the Best

LadyVampire

Lexus over at Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads

Michelle over at The True Book Addict

Danielle Gorman over at Ramblings from this Chick

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Alisha
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Hunger Games Fan Made Trailer Round-Up

Since I still have not been able to get my hands on the Hunger Games, I've been looking at trailers to get a jest of what the series is about. Plus, I love watching great fan made trailers! So, here are the ones I found and liked so far:












If I missed one you might like, put a link in the comments and I'll post it up for everyone!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Week 1: Alyson Noel Giveaway *5 Winners*

Want to win a book of the Immortals series? Fill out the form below and we will draw 5 winners to each win a copy! The giveaway will last until Sunday at midnight (EST).



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Alisha
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My Fan Made Posters

I was completely bored today, so here are my fan made posters for Breaking Dawn, City of Bones, and Vampire Academy!


Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Dear Bully (Author's Speak Out On Bullying)

Seventy authors speak out on their personal struggles through bullying.

Authors featured are:
Carrie Jones
Megan Kelley Hall
Ellen Hopkins

Lauren Oliver
Carrie Ryan
Lisa McMann
Alyson Noel...and more!

You can pre-order the book over at Amazon. (A portion of the proceeds go towards Stomp Out Bullying.) Find out the origin of the book at the YA Authors Against Bullying Facebook page.

I have to say that this brings tears to my eyes. I was bullied as a kid and even a few of my teen years, I was bullied. Whether it was about my accent, my lisp, my race, my culture, anything, one after the other someone would find something to tease me about. I remember it got bad one day when I was in the seventh grade and there was this one girl who would not stop. My dad sat me down and said something I would never forget, he said, "Alisha, not everyone will like you, but there will always be people who love you." After he said that, I gained enough strength to hold back the tears and not let names get to me, no matter how crude they were.

However, I know that there are still people out there who are struggling to find their way and we need to help them and show them we love them!

Cathy at The Crazy Bookworm is doing something amazing and giving bloggers and everyone else the chance to share their stories. You can submit a story here. You can remain anonymous or put your name. I'm going to participate and I hope you guys do too. This is a campaign very close to my heart and I hope this spreads so everyone can hear.

Please tweet, Facebook, blog, or however you want about this campaign and book!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

Jen over at Crazy for Books holds a weekly meme to let book bloggers get to know one another!

This week's question is:

Who is the ONE author that you are DYING to meet?

My answer: I know I can only choose one, but if I could meet Ellen Schreiber or Richelle Mead...I'd scream. Hopefully, not in their faces, but scream either way. I love them so much and am a HUGE fan of their books, so any chance I get, I'd take it!

Parajunkee holds a meme every Friday where you can follow other lovely blogs.

This week's question:

The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?

My Answer: Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy! She's amazing: she gets to guard the queen, she has an exciting life (Exhibit A: Vampire Academy series), and DIMITRI! Plus, if he really does look like Ben Barnes...then sign me up!

I would also choose Raven Madison (Vampire Kisses), Clary Fray (Mortal Instruments), Chloe Sanders (Darkest Powers), Heather Wallace (Maker's Song), Nora Grey (Hush, Hush), and Luce Price (Fallen).


Tell me you answers!

P.S. Tomorrow I will be giving away five copies of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. All you have to do is take pictures of red tulips, red punch, and any color flip flops! Five people can win, so send me your pictures by tomorrow midnight (EST). (Email: blacknailedreviews [at] gmail [dot] com)

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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HQ Breaking Dawn Stills



Here are amazing BD stills that I'm hoping we see more of!

(click to enlarge)

 

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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