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Interview with ‘A’ from Pretty Little Liars!

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 is going to be an AMAZING year and I know it. 2011 was a tough year for me but I thank God that I made it and here I am typing this in 2012! I just finished my first novel of 2012 and it’s none other than The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater– highly recommended. 🙂

One of my favorite TV shows is Pretty Little Liars and I have something for all of the PPL fans! A must be in a good mood this holiday season – she has shared some secrets with us via text message this week! Let’s see what she has to say!

Q: Are you working with anyone?
A: Does the devil count?

Q: Who do you now view as the weak link and why?
A: I’m more interested in the strongest liar.

Q: Do you go to Rosewood High?
A: I have.

Q: Will we ever hear your voice?
A: You already have.

Q: You seem to break up all the couples – which of the girls’ boyfriends are you most interested in?
A: Toby. Wait… what do you mean by interested? 😉

Q: What have you been up to since we last saw the PLLs?
A: Target practice.

Q: Will we learn your identity this season?
A: Yes.

Q: What’s your New Year’s resolution?
A: More cardio.

Q: Do you want the girls to find out who you are eventually?
A: Only one of them.

Q: Why do you hate the girls so much?
A: There’s a thin line between love and hate.

Q: Who do you think is the prettiest little liar?
A: Me.

Q: Favorite trick you’ve played on the girls ever?
A: Emily’s massage.

Q: We know you spend a lot of time hiding in the liars’ closets, spying. Which one has the most impressive shoe collection?
A: Hard to choose – Hanna or Aria.

Q: How do you dress for breaking and entering, yet still look fashionable?
A: Black never goes out of style.

Q: Will anyone else in Rosewood (aside from the Little Liars) receive messages from you this season?
A: Oh yes, the circle widens.

Q: Are you a familiar face in Rosewood?
A: Yes.

Q: How far will you go this season to achieve your aim?
A: Over the edge.

Q: What clues will we be learning about you?
A: You’ll learn more about my relationship with Alison.

Q: What do you have up your sleeve for Maya and Emily?
A: I always liked Paige better.

Q: Which Liar suffers the most at your hands this season?
A: I’m sharing the love.

Q: Where should we look for you in a scene this year?
A: I’m always in the background.

We are going to learn A’s identity this season? Are you excited?! 🙂 Don’t forget to tune-in to ABC Family’s Winter Premiere of Pretty Little Liars on Monday, Jan. 2 at 8/7c!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater book trailer

Hi everyone. If you are a big Shiver fan like me, you’re probably dying inside ever since Linger. But not to fret, the wait is almost over! July 12th will come before you know it. Pre-order your copy from Fountain bookstore and it’ll be signed and DOODLED. Believe me, paying that amount for a doodled book is nothing. I paid $200 for three doodled books before (one of them being Shiver)!

In the mean time, here is the Forever trailer to quench your thirst.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater excerpt

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! Maggie Stiefvater has a treat for all Shiver fans. Why of course it’s an excerpt of Forever! But don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’s a cliff hanger! 😉 Enjoy!

Best Books of 2010

2009 was a good year for YA but 2010 was even better! I read many fantastic novels this year and it took me a long time to come up with this list (because there were too many good books!).

Best Book of 2010:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
No doubt Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the winner. It has action, a swoon-worthy and a not exactly smooth sailing romance, and it has excellent writing and a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Definitely my fave of 2010.
Runnerup: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Although it was published in 2009, it was reprinted in 2010. 🙂 Jellicoe Road is one of my favorite books of all time.

Best Romance:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The writing is one of the best, very readable and filled with vivid imagery. The book was one that took me completely by surprise, it an incredible book with plenty of action and romance. The romance angle was a typical love triangle and yet there’s something entirely unique about it. Loved it!
Runnerup: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie Stiefvater has the ability to write swoon-worthy romances and tearful novels although I still preferred Shiver to Linger.

Best Dystopian:
Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien
Birthmarked is one dystopian that I hardly come across on blogs. But I have this to say: it is my next favorite dystopian after the Hunger Games trilogy so you can guess how awesome it is. 😉 Definitely one of the highlights this year. Read this, I cannot stress enough.
Runnerup: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. This one had me on the edge of my seat!

Best Fantasy:
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
This is hands down my favorite fantasy of the year. An epic adventure with the characters falling in love along the way. This book has the best of both worlds.
Runnerup: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. I’m not sure if you’d consider this fantasy but one thing is for sure: Maori mythologies are not common in YA! This book has a great cast of characters and a jaw-dropping ending. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up the next time you are at the bookstore.

Best Contemporary:
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Runner up: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. It was a close call between this and Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. But it doesn’t really matter because both books are books you absolutely have to read because I love them so much. Both novels are empowering and you should definitely check them out!

Best Laugh-Out-Loud:
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell. Absolutely hilarious and entertaining! I adored this one. I never knew books on super heroes and super villains could be so much fun. More books like this please!
Runner up: The Ghost And The Goth by Stacey Kade was simply delightful. I couldn’t put it down, and it kept me laughing throughout.

Best Forbidden Romance:
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. Very well written. Shade is truly an amazing YA debut from Jeri Smith-Ready and I am looking forward to more books by her. I love Smith-Ready’s take on paranormal. Bring on the ghosts!
Runner up: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. I was very impressed with Creagh’s writing and I loved how a big portion of Nevermore took place in school. Hardly any YA books seem centered around school these days.

Alright so that’s my massive Best Books of 2010 list. I did one last year but I included images in this year’s post. I hope you all enjoyed it and leave your thoughts below. 😀 Happy 2011!

Merry Christmas!

Hi my lovely readers, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Have a great one! 🙂

I would like to share with you some wonderful artwork done by Novel Novice‘s mom. They are absolutely brilliant!

Harry Potter

Wow look at that! There’s even a wand there!

Hunger Games

Erm does anyone know which is Peeta?

Anna & the French Kiss

I haven’t read this book but I am dying to! I have heard many wonderful things about it. If you read it, let me know what you thought of it.

Weren’t they amazing? Head over to Novel Novice for more drawings. 🙂

Mockingjay: the verdict

Be warned that this post contains LOTS AND LOTS OF SPOILERS. This is a long overdue post but I think by now all Hunger Games fans would have read Mockingjay.

Click to read more after the jump.


Cornelia Funke’s RECKLESS web launch live tonight!

Cornelia Funke fans, listen up! YOU are invited to watch Cornelia Funke’s ‘Get Reckless’ Launch live on tonight, Tuesday September 14th at 6.30pm GMT. You can join in this very special event, simply by logging on to www.recklessthebook.com on at 6:30 PM this evening and click on the green button.

Cornelia Funke – the beloved and bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider and the Ink trilogy – goes behind the mirror for a once in a lifetime theatrical storytelling event. Join Cornelia and special guests, including British film producer Lionel Wigram, Reckless co-creator, executive producer of the Harry Potter movies and producer/co-writer of the Sherlock Holmes film. Together they will pull back the curtain on the creative process and give fans an intimate look at how the world of Reckless came into being. With exclusive live readings, specially composed music and secret revelations!

If you are a Cornelia Funke fan and would like to be part of this very special event, do log in and watch it all unfold before your very eyes!