all the crooked saints So this news is a couple days old but I’ve been vacation but LOOK AT THE COVER FOR MAGGIE STIEVFATER’S NEW BOOK!  I would read anything that Maggie writes so I’m very looking forward to October for this one comes out.  It’s sounds like it’s going to be a very Maggie type book.

The book, titled All the Crooked Saints, takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night

Squee!  With the end of the The Raven Cycle last year, I need some more Maggie in my life and if you are like me then you do too.  It’s only a standalone which I appreciate.  I really don’t need another series in my life and we know that Maggie is working on a new Ronan Trilogy so I can live with only one book. In the meantime,  here’s a little interview with her from Entertainment Weekly to tie us over until October..

I got to meet Rainbow Rowell 

In a perfect set of coincidences, I am visiting my parents in Cedar Rapids, IA. Rainbow Rowell is speaking in Cedar Rapids, IA. Oh and the library’s ebook of Attachments became available. So, I read the first three chapters before heading out.  To start, I wasn’t sure if she would read or give a talk or answer questions.  Rowell did mostly questions and answers and she started by answering a question that she gets a lot: how did you become a novelist.

I knew immediately that I was going to like her because she had on a dress with trees on it (I found out at the signing it was from eShakti) and a large cat face necklace. Normally, I am loath to be the kind of person who judges people by what they’re wearing but plus-size women who have cultivated a sense of style (especially ones that are my age or older and remember a time when all plus-size clothing was hideous) are always cool even if I don’t like them.

Rainbow Rowell chatting with the room

So, Rowell started out by telling us about her life before her books were published as a journalist who for awhile had a gig covering Western Iowa for an Omaha paper. It was great to hear her tales of the hijinx that we get up to in the middle of the nation. (We had a Pork Queen who was a vegetarian.  If that’s not funny to you, you’re either not from here or you’re not from here and you guessed wrong as to what a Pork Queen is.)

Then she took questions from the audience. She gave advice to young authors. She talked about her favorite fandoms (Sherlock). She talked her X- men-Mary Sue-self-insert fan fic she wrote as a teen.  I laughed so much I was so excited to continue reading Attachments.

After Rowell’s talk she signed books. There was a long line and it was great that she signed so many books. I don’t usually fangirl (especially not over an author whose books I’ve not finished) but I stood in that really long line to tell her how much I enjoyed her talk, get my book signed and to get my picture taken.
Yup, I’m that kind of nerd.

Rainbow Rowell and Kate being a total Fangirl.

Series You Should Check Out: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Next Week Kate and I will be going to New Orleans for the first time ever!  To say we are excited would be an understatement.  To celebrate our upcoming trip we are going to share some of our favorite books that place in The Big Easy.  I’ll go first with the series, Chronicles of Nick.  It currently has five books Infinity, Invincible, Infamous, Inferno and Illustion, with the sixth book, Instinct coming out on March 31. Featured imageFeatured image

The Chronicles of Nick is actually a spin-off series from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series.  I haven’t read them yet but there are many characters cross over between the two series.  Nick Gautier (that’s Go-Shay, it’s the Cajun pronunciation and don’t forget it)is a streetwise kid from New Orleans.  He’s the only child of Cherise Gautier, who had Nick when she was 14, the age Nick is now.  Nick thinks he knows what’s what.  He’s starting high school as a scholarship kid at a fancy private school.  He is constantly bullied for his lack of finances and his forced wearing of ugly Hawaiian shirts but Nick makes do.  Then everything changes when one day, he’s hanging out with his friends and well they try to kill him.  He is saved by a mysterious warrior, Kyrian and is dragged into the world of the Dark-Hunters.  Nick’s world will never be the same.

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Nick is one of my favorite male YA characters.  He’s so sarcastic that who could give Percy Jackson a run for his money.  He always has a comeback and really it’s hard to get him to shut up.  It’s really surprising that he doesn’t get slapped more often.  With the meeting of Kyrian, who is a Dark-Hunter, a warrior fights a race that fights the dark forces.  He soon finds the world is filled with demons, werewolves, vampires and worse and by worse, Nick himself.  You see, Nick is the son of the Malachai.  The most powerful demon that can singularly take down the world.  There is only supposed to be one Malachai at once but his father has done all he can to stay away, even get arrested and jailed.  Throughout the series, Nick is fighting his destiny to become the Malachai and destroy the world.  The dark forces that created his kind will do anything to turn him and his friends will do anything to keep him, him.

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In first five books, Nick has had to battle of Zombies of his classmates, vampires,and demons.  He’s been kidnapped and taking to the demon realm.  He’s also been taking to an alternate universe where he isn’t constantly trying to run for his life.  With the help of his friends Caleb, Koda, Ash, Bubba and Mark he has battled the worst and kept his sarcastic sense of humor in tact. Now that he has accepted who he is he has to fight even harder to fight his own destiny.  It hasn’t been easy since many of his friends have once been his enemy. For instance, Koda his girlfriend was originally sent to kill him and honestly may still if he turns towards the destruction of the world.  Caleb is a demon that was tasked to protecting, Nick and sorta hated him for it.  So yeah, it’s been rough.  Despite all the darkness, Kenyon keeps things rather light and fun.  I laugh so hard when I read them and I can’t wait for the next one.

New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for the series.  NOLA, is known for it’s ghosts and haunting, voodoo queens that it’s no stretch of the imagination that there might be a bar run by werewolves or witches run classes in the french quarters.  Or that it’s a doorway to other realms and there is a goblin market.  I’m pretty excited to see where Nick hangs out. Have beignets at Cafe du Monde and walk around St. Louis Cemetery. I’m really excited to go to New Orleans and looking forward to what Nick and company do next.

that time I corrected a friend of a friend on social media

This is a thing of beauty. Not only because I love The Vampire Diaries and read them cover to cover as soon as I discovered them in seventh grade. But, also because Dylan O’Brien is my favorite maze-runnin’ werewolf’s bestie.


But, here’s the thing: I keep seeing this where people have commented, “Anne Rice had me from page one!
I love Anne Rice! These books are the best!” The implication being that Anne Rice wrote TVD. Great! Super! Good for you! I’m glad you love Anne Rice! She wrote Interview with a Vampire! L.J. Smith wrote The Vampire Diaries.

I know there are a lot of vampires around, but please let us endeavor to get the classics right.

Happy Halloween!