Janet S. Fox
(released May 2010)
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The seventh book in the House of Night Series...
"Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left… "
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Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?
What if you were one of those children?
Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 64/70
Age Appropriate? PG (as the series progresses and the characters mature, each of these gets more intense. By book 4, I would give it a PG-13 rating.)
Cussing: Mild. (Gets worse as series progresses but nothing too bad)
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Adult alcohol consumption and drunkenness.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Graphic violence, blood and gore, monster killing, monster and magical attacks, etc.
This is a story of truly epic proportions. It is so huge, so adventurous, so exhilarating! I enjoyed every second of it. While middle school heroes usually annoy me, Percy is an intelligent, believable, likable boy with a voice that is compatible for older readers as well as middle grade. It didn't bother me at all. The beginning of the first book is slightly slow-going, I admit, but once you get past it, believe me, it's worth it. This series is one heck of a ride.
I hate to compare anything to Harry Potter, but Percy Jackson gave me much of the same excitement and adrenaline. The similarity stops there, but it is enough to make me anxious to read the next one and the next one and the next one...! Like the Harry Potter books, the Percy Jackson series is simply well written. With a brilliant plot, a fascinating array of characters, groundbreaking worldmaking, and unmatched adventurism, it is clear that Rick Riordan has an endless respect for his craft and the Greek myths, and he marries the two flawlessly.
For the record, seeing the new Percy Jackson movie is not an acceptable substitute to reading the book. The two are almost hilariously different. The plot was dramatically changed. I don't know what those guys in Hollywood were thinking when they wrote that script, but it did not pay tribute to the book. Trust my judgment. The movie was good, but the book was infinitely better. No matter who you are, you need to read Percy Jackson. Seriously.
(best suited to young adult readers)
Captivate by Carrie Jones (ARC)
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey (ARC)
And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman (ARC)
Mr. Monster by Dan Wells (paperback)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (paperback)
Twenty Boy Summer bookmarks
Reading Rocks bookmarks
The Hollow postcard
Secret Society tattoos, letter, red lip stain, and field notes book
“I’m quite sure in the not-too-distant future, I will bring out another book.”
There’s a song to be sung and a war to be won and something else that rhymes. Yes, it is true that among my gifts, phenomenal, dare I say, near-divine words of inspiration and love exist in superfluous supply. I am a writer at heart, and thus I’m sort of a lyricist as well. So, people frequently ask me about my muse. So I’m sort of obligated to talk about her. Let’s see…she is a spicy seniorita. She occasionally wears her hair down, when she’s not being standoffish, and she really likes V-necks. She comes packaged with…Okay, let’s be real. I honestly don’t know what to say when somebody asks me about my muse. Unlike Dante, I don’t really have my Beatrice, someone I’m willing to brave nine circles of hellfire for. But as far as muses go, I’d have to unapologetically admit that she’s usually music. However, my mistress is movies.
There’s nothing quite like a good song, one that drags you through the gutter of heartbreak or spiritual emptiness, and then rises you up from the ashes. I mean, essentially, we’re kind of sadistic beings if you take the time to examine us. We like to feel things like pain and love and even regret. We pay (cause who downloads?) to have singers muse about their misery or that missing chunk in their heart, while they consistently search for “love” in all the wrong places. We essentially become their invaluable audience, paying to keep their screw ups current so as to create fuel for their next heartbreak lullaby. (nod to my bro, Emilio. www.myspace.com/hurricanemusicgroup)
But I love music. Like, probably too much.
I think I fell in love because of my older brother. He bought me a CD for my birthday years back. It was the album “Some Kind of Zombie” by some obscure rock band you’ve probably never heard of. That album formed a desperate curiosity I fed from then on, so I bought the band’s follow up. The memory of me unrolling my wad of singles at the counter of Wal-Mart to purchase a band I believed in has left a mark upon my mind. A wedding took place that night. A wedding at Wal-Mart, between the young, future writer/philosophizer ( Zoolander, anyone?) and musicalicity.
So after I took my beautiful bride home to the stereo, it was pretty much love at first several hundred listens. Yeah, it was a grower. Fast forward a few years and it really starts to click. I realized that there was more music out in the world than just this one band. Today, my library has an obscene amount of music ranging from rock to hard rock to much harder rock to the quiet stuff to the occasional rap jam to…okay, you get it. Needless to say, there is much to peruse.
Listening to the right song at the right moment can change a person’s life or even inspire a novel. As a writer, lyrics matter so much to me. In fact, they are paramount. A song may have the best rhythm and rock moments and whatever, but if she can’t talk to me, give me something other than lousy first date flatter, I’m likely to avoid the bigger commitment. She needs to mean something to me—this muse they call music. A good song is an honest and true song. One that can mean different things to different people or exactly the same thing to two totally different people. One that can change a sunset to a sunrise or fill an empty heart.
There has been a bunch of rambling and a ton of seemingly nonsensical information here, but at the core, all of this is actually true. C’mon. Would I mislead you? I mean, I only make crap up for a living. But seriously, it’s kinda true. So, find your muse, and even contemplate a mistress, because in this story they are allowed to mingle. Oh, and kids, no matter what they tell you…don’t get caught up in the lullaby of bad music. She may seem lovely and inviting, but she’ll just take half your heart…and most likely half your stuff in the divorce.
A prodigal son
A dangerous love
A deadly secret . . .
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
Interview with Bree Despain:
How did your experience working with underprivileged kids doing theater influence your writing?
The biggest influence it has on my writing was that it made me realize that I wanted to be an author. I was law school bound when decided to take a semester off to write and direct plays with a summer program for at-risk kids. I loved working with the kids so much, and loved writing plays for them to perform. I went back to school after this experience with a renewed respect for the young adult audience and a passion for writing.
How do you come up with the names for the characters and places in your stories?
The names of my characters just kind of come to me as I’m writing and thinking about what name would best fit characters. For the Divine family, I wanted names that would sound like something a pastor would name his kids—it wasn’t until I was deeper into writing the novel that I realized just how important Grace’s name was the theme of the book.
The name of their town, Rose Crest, came from two different things. The first is that the fictional town in my book is very (very, very) loosely based on Rosemont, Minnesota. The second thing it came from was a sign I passed almost daily while writing the book. Every time I took my son to and from preschool, I would pass a sign for a new housing development called Rose Crest. I guess the name just kind of stuck in my head.
A fun little tidbit is that in the sequel to TDD (THE LOST SAINT) I enlisted my blog readers to help me name a new character. So be on the lookout for Nathan Talbot.
Do you have a certain place/ time/ atmosphere that are perfect for your writing?
I love to write in bed. Preferably, with a small bowl of dark chocolate chips nearby. I find the earliest in the day I can get started, the better. But I often have to wait until my kids are occupied later in the day.
You mention a car accident in your bio. How did this affect you as a writer?
It mostly made me realize that I wanted my family and my writing to be the biggest priorities in my life. I knew that I wanted to be an author ever since I worked with those kids in that summer program, but after a couple of years real life kicked in and I was working full time and raising a new baby with my husband—and had no energy left for writing. After the car accident, I was bedridden for several months so my hubby brought me home an old refurbished laptop and encouraged me to start writing again. And once I was recovered, I made the decision not to go back to work and became a full-time mom and a part-time writer.
If you could travel to any place and any time, where would you go and why?
Victorian Era Egypt during the golden age of archeological discovery, so I could participate in a dig. . . and get to go to fancy balls and wear huge awesome dresses.
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