Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Funny Blog Posts For Writers

1. Hello Hello! by agent, Janet Reid. If you've been writing for a while, you're probably familiar with many "trying to get an agent" faux pas. This blog post is a funny example of what NOT to do when trying to contact an agent.

2. Vlogs by author of The Siren, Keira Cass. This chica's quirky humor cracks me up. I think she's HILARIOUS. Maybe you will, too.

3. Picture Books and Easy Readers by Author Shelly Moore Thomas. Okay, this isn't a blog post, but it's a vlog discussion from Write On Con. AND you'll learn a few things about writing for these age groups in a silly and FUN way.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Summer Book Reviews Part II: Mockingjay and More

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(the last book in the HG trilogy)

From Amazon:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

I'm glad I didn't devour Mockingjay. I read it in the span of two weeks. The read was a roller coaster ride of on the edge of your seat emotion. That was enough for me to be ready for the HG to end. I was wanting the characters to find peace in a sunset of hope. Cheesy, but true.

When the book ended, tears were streaming down my cheeks. To me that's the best kind of book -- the rare ones that make my tears unexpectedly spilleth over. I wasn't sure Mockingjay could hold up to the first two books. But, it did. These books will stay with me for a looooong time. Suzanne Collins is brilliant.

Interested in knowing more about the author and how she got the idea for the HG series? Check out this Borders Book Club interview with Suzanne Collins.

Happy reading!