Monday, November 28, 2011

Forbidden by Megan Curd

Forbidden is the story of a fallen angel, Levi and the girl he falls in love with, Hannah. He is her guard and while protecting her, he can't help falling in love, which is forbidden. He then must face the consequences of his choices and fight to keep his girl alive.

It is a great read. The whole idea of forbidden love is so enticing. Levi is easy to relate to and the relationship he has with his best friend, Ethan, is awesome. I loved the characters in this book. They were engaging and fun.

Megan Curd wrote with a sense of humor and good pace. She had me chuckling, biting on my lip and she even gave me a great dose of the warm fuzzies. Sleeping cuddled up to an angel, surrounded by his wings - who would not LOVE that!!

I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading her other work... Bridger.

You can find Megan on Goodreads -

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Favourites

Okay - it's that time of the week again :)

So - last week was all about the reading... this week is all about the watching.

What's your favourite YA movie?

I know, I know - another impossible question. How do you narrow it down to just one? So I'll make it easier on you. What was the last YA movie you watched and loved.

Now I haven't seen the latest Twilight yet (hey - I have two kids and I've been sick - gimme a break!), so my answer is...

Easy A.

Funny movie, EXCELLENT script, great acting, awesome characters and some good life lessons. Definitely worth a watch.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gemma's Teen Time Travel Guide

My name is Gemma Louise Hart and yes, I can travel through time. Freaky, I know.

Man, I can't believe I just told you that! My parents would kill me. I'm not supposed to tell anybody what I can do. It all goes back this ancient oath.

You see the first of my kind, the chosen seven... the electus. They appeared on the earth in like 100BC and were adopted by Quintus and Lucia. When the kids hit puberty, that's the first time it happened. It's like the body suddenly clicks into traveling mode or something. According to legend, Lucia died and when the kids found her they disintegrated to gold dust.

That's how it happens... we disintegrate. I know, gold dust sounds pretty cool and everything, but it's no picnic. It really hurts. You feel like your body is being torn apart and then stitched back together one particle at a time. We always recover quickly, but I can't help resenting the pain just a little.

So back to my story... the electus disappeared then reappeared moments later. Quintus went rushing into the woods where Lucia had been hurt and there she was, sitting like a stunned mullet, having just witnessed her seven children appear naked out of nowhere, fight off the wolf pack that was about to attack her and then evaporate into gold dust again.

Everything changed after that. The whole village was sworn to secrecy... and the electus finally understood what they were put on this earth to do. You see, we... time spirits, travel to save others. We rewrite history for them. I don't really have a say in the matter, my father decides, but I guess it's kinda cool. I like that we can help people. I just... I mean I don't want to sound ungrateful or anything, my gifts are pretty amazing - I just never asked for them.

Dad makes us train everyday. We have to run fast, fight hard and never quit unless he says so. I guess that makes me pretty healthy, not to mention the fact my mother won't let me eat anything but fruit, meat and vegetables. I've only tasted chocolate once. It was so divine, but majorly outweighed by the guilt trip that followed.

And don't even get me started on the whole naked thing. I'd love to ask whoever designed us, "Would it have really been that hard to include clothing in the travel gig?" It's SO embarrassing! I always run to the bathroom when I feel the travel coming on, that way I can't get caught. I do always worry that I'm not going to make it one of these days and someone will see me. I often wonder what would happen if someone ever did. Would they freak out? They'd see me naked. That would freak ME out.

So, what else do you need to know? Oh yeah, when we're "across the line" time is different. One hour over there is only a minute in the real world. I don't know why it's set up that way, probably so normal humans don't wonder where we've gone to. A five-hour trip is just like a toilet stop in the real world, nothing suspicious about that.

So that's a brief guide to my life. I stick to myself mostly, because I never know when I'm going to be ripped from this time and space. It gets lonely sometimes, but I'd rather deal with that than risk telling people the truth. At least this loneliness is self-imposed.


I have a guest post on Laura's Magic Day blog today. To see the rest of this article - go check it out :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Which first? The book or the movie?

It's an age-old argument, isn't it? What should you do first - read the book or see the movie?

Personally, I prefer to see the movie first. I love having an image in my head of what the characters look like. I find I still really enjoy the book. If anything, I get more out of it, because there are normally extra scenes that weren't in the movie.

If I read the book first, I'm often disappointed, because the movie hasn't captured the characters the way I would have or they have skipped out scenes I would have left in.

Twilight is a weird exception for me. I saw the movie first and liked it. Then I read the book and loved it. I then went back to the movies and saw it again. The movie was so much better after reading the book.

What do you prefer to do?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday Favourites

Time to start up a regular slot, which you will find every Friday.

Today I am going to start with a simple, yet incredibly hard one....

What's your favourite YA book?

If you're anything like me, that is an impossible question to answer. There are WAY too many to choose from. So I'll make it a little easier... if you have too many, just pick the first YA book that pops into your head.


Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

Monday, November 14, 2011


I know I already have an author blog, Melissa Pearl, but I wanted to start up a blog that celebrates YA fiction - movies and books.

I wanted a blog that ran opinion polls and talked about favourite books and movies. Also a place for new authors to get some exposure. That's why I've decided to start this one. Yes, there are plenty out there already, but it's fun to do new things.

So, if you love YA storytelling, I'd love for you to join me.

What can you expect to find?
- Book reviews
- Movie reviews
- Posts about your thoughts and opinions
- Discussions about my books
- Interviews and guest blogs from authors and reviewers
- Random thoughts I might have about pretty much anything :)

I can't promise I'll blog every day, but I'll try and keep things going on a regular basis.

I will always try and respond to any of your comments, so please leave some and we can get a discussion going.

Yay for new ventures!
Catch you real soon :)