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Saying ‘So Long’ to the Twilight Saga…

After seeing Breaking Dawn part two on Monday night, I started to look back on the entire series. I was torn between feeling sad that it was over and feeling relieved.

THE BOOKS

When I first picked up the books, I was in the middle of my college years. My roommate Alison recommended them to me having just read them herself so I picked up the first two books and then the third (I think the 4th wasn’t out yet… Maybe it was.. Anyway – not that important!) and pretty much read them back to back to back (to back?) over that summer and the beginning of the school year. I was hooked! I remember going into Borders to go pick them up (which is now obsolete as well. Sigh) and I found Twilight on one of the endcaps but had to go searching for New Moon… I finally found it in the – dun dun dun – TEEN section! *gasp* I was 20 or 21 at the time – definitely too old to look like a teen – so pretending I was a teenager was out. I made a quick dash in and out of the section, too embarrassed to be seen buying a book for teenagers! That was then, of course. Now I really don’t care because obviously young adult books are our bread and butter (and they’re amazing) and I’m proud to promote YA!

I fell in love with Twilight, felt Bella’s pain in New Moon (although I thought she was losing her noodle), swooned for Jacob in Eclipse (yep, I like him better than Edward), and went from outraged to confused to curious in Breaking Dawn. Alison and I got our other roommate Leslie to start reading them (the 4th roommate was too cool for teen vampires. Psh) and Leslie was hooked in no time! We had a blast talking with her as she caught up with the books and we patiently (anxiously) awaited the movie!

THE MOVIES

We went to go see the midnight showing of Twilight when it came out into theaters at the dinky little campus theater when we were seniors in college. In retrospect, not the best idea purely for the fact that it was ridiculously crowded, and apparently from what ensued, it was mostly annoying teenage girls. It really wasn’t too bad, but people were constantly taking pictures of the screen and everyone screamed when Edward came on the screen for the first time. It was just a bit silly! The first Twilight movie was incredibly cheese-tastic but we all came home at 3 in the morning and stayed up until 4 replaying the movie and gushing about how much fun it was!

CASTING

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say how incredibly let down I was with almost everyone that was cast in these movies! Actually, once we got past the first movie, all of the new characters seemed to be okay, but I had huge problems with the main characters: Bella and the Cullens.
When I first heard Kristen Stewart was Bella I was like, “No no no no no!” Kristen Stewart is for characters with attitude, characters who are indifferent, or characters who have something in their eye. The Bella I pictured was petite, cute, and shy. Kristen Stewart was just all kinds of awkward and it seemed like she really stumbled her way through Twilight. Besides the fact that Robert Pattinson felt awkward in the movies too, it was especially noticeable when the two were doing scenes together. One of the things I was really upset about with Twilight was how the movie totally cut out all of the Q&A between Bella and Edward that really let the readers of the books see their relationship develop. Without that in the movie, I felt like their relationship turned from minor insta-love in the books to major insta-love in the movies.
I will say though that things finally started to feel natural in Breaking Dawn part two. I don’t know if it was because Bella was a vampire now and so she couldn’t be nervous and twitchy and awkward or if things just magically somehow worked themselves out. I still didn’t quite feel the chemistry between the two, but it was a hell of a lot better!
The Cullens: Casting for the Cullens was kind of a mixed bag for me. Prime example: I love Nikki Reed and she’s gorgeous, but she never should have been cast as an all-American blonde girl. Don’t know where they came up with that/ I’ve always been weirded out by several bad dye jobs and wigs (Carlisle? Jasper?). Sigh. Oh well!

THE END

Okay, I really didn’t mean to complain the whole time, I swear! These thoughts have just been on my mind for years so now they came spilling out.
SO. Breaking Dawn part two. Right? It took me a while to go see it (okay, so it was only a week and a half) so I heard there were plenty of spoilers and I was so confused why there were any spoilers at all! If you haven’t seen it yet, no worries, I won’t reveal ANYTHING because it will be so much better if you go see it! Trust me. I found out about one small thing (which would have been better if I didn’t know but there were still other surprises) and I was so confused how no one was upset with this big battle scene in the end. I figured maybe they’d made their peace with the change. Don’t worry, my friends. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I thought it was fantastic and it made the movie so much better (because let’s face it – the rest of it is a little too cheesy at times)!
I absolutely loved how they recapped the cast at the very end of the movie. I thought it was a nice song and I loved the screen caps from the actual books!

Farewell, Twilight. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I’ve enjoyed it all the same! I will say that between Harry Potter and Twilight gaining rapid popularity and then the entire series being turned into a film franchise, it’s obvious that Young Adult fiction is on the rise as well as even more books being turned into movies. In fact, I saw the trailers for City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures (which I now need to read!), Oz the Great and Powerful, The Hobbit, and Les Miserables – Not all YA, but still. In some ways, I want to be like, “Come on! Be original!” But at the same time, I do love seeing the influence of literature as well as seeing my favorite books on the big screen. Anyway, that’s an entirely different discussion

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) – Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) – Richelle MeadTitle: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
Publishing Info: May 18, 2010 by Penguin
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 17, 2012
Related Posts: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2), Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3), Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4), Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1), The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2), The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3), Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6), Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1), The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)

    Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...
    After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.
    She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.

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Okay, friends. Turn back now if you want to avoid any spoilers because the deeper I get into this series, the more virtually impossible it becomes for me not to say anything spoiler-y! Mostly for the books that have come before this one, but I need to talk about other things that happened in SPIRIT BOUND too!

Okay, so first off, I definitely enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed BLOOD PROMISE, but still not as much as the first three books of the series. I think in BLOOD PROMISE, I had my second book syndrome except two books late. Usually in trilogies, I have second book syndrome and I just get so disappointed because too many things change all at once and I get lost in the story. I think that was what happened with BLOOD PROMISE. We were far away in Siberia, away from too many of our favorite characters and introduced to too many new ones. Now that Rose is back from Russia and reunited with her old classmates, I totally got on board again.

What I just realized (since I’m writing the review after literally just finishing the book) is wait a second! What happened to Victor? I just realized in all the commotion from the finale of this book that we lose Victor and Robert in the plot. Hm. Anyway, we did gain Dimitri back and in a whole new way! Wow, the interactions between Rose and Dimitri in SPIRIT BOUND were entirely different from BLOOD PROMISE. I went from being afraid for the both of them to being hopeful to being heartbroken all over again. It’s just a roller coaster ride – Granted, I did lose a lot of momentum in their relationship and the love I had for this relationship since the first couple of books, but I still have a lot of hope for them yet. I can’t wait to see how this evolves in the last book.

Yet another surprise ending from Mead! I’m always amazed each time the plot twists that she throws into our characters paths. I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up!

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Dimitri: Ahhh, Dimitri! What a roller coaster you have gone on as far as characters go – probably the most changes I’ve seen from a character in a series. I can’t wait to see what his fate (or Mead’s crazy ideas) hold for him in the last book! And everything that happens in this book is perfectly logical and totally appropriate for the way his character would act.
Lissa: I’m loving the development with Lissa’s character. We’re slowly but surely seeing some awesome progress in her character, both emotionally and physically as well as magically. I love how Mead has had her character evolve so slowly throughout the books. I feel like it’s been really believable and much more enjoyable that way.
Adrian: Frankly I feel bad for Adrian! I know he likes Rose but poor guy, you just know Rose and Dimitri are supposed to be together. Even seeing her and Adrian together just seemed so wrong. I guess that’s great writing on Mead’s part — I was definitely following the story line that was clearly laid out to us.

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I enjoyed SPIRIT BOUND! Still not my favorite but UGH these books. They just keep me going and going. I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book!

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Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) – Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) – Richelle MeadTitle: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
Publishing Info: August 25, 2009 by Penguin
Source: Library
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 14, 2012
Related Posts: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2), Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3), Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5), Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1), The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2), The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3), Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6), Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1), The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)

    The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

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I was slightly disappointed in the beginning, I must say. I felt like it was pretty slow to start. Yes, there was a lot of necessary set up, but after the way book three ended I was DYING to know what happened to Dimitri. Weren’t we all!? So we know that Rose is wandering about in Russia, but I was just like, “Come on, already! I’m dying here!”

Finally it start to get REALLY good. We finally get to know what happened to Dimitri, where he went, what his life has become now that he’s a Strigoi. And agh, it’s just so hard to review this book without saying anything about when Rose and Dimitri finally encounter each other since that would be like spoiler after spoiler. I guess the best thing I can say is that even as that part of the story was progressing, I still really didn’t know how it was going to end up. All the while I kept hoping for redemption for Dimitri, but we know there’s not way to “turn a Strigoi back”. So how could it end any other way except Rose killing him? It was quite the interesting situation to say the least!

In true Mead fashion, there were a few nice twists at the end!! Nothing quite as shocking as previous books, but still left me with a lot of questions that I NEED answered. Needless to say, I’m definitely going to pick up book 5 soon!!

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Avery: I always got a bad vibe from Avery, but it looks like there was a lot more to her character than we really know.
Abe: I was with Rose on this one — I figured Abe for a vampire gangster-type person. But he was a tough one to figure out. He seemed vile and threatening, but then again never really acted to live up to those expectations. For those who haven’t read the book, I won’t give it away, but we do find out there’s more to Abe than anyone lets on (or maybe just knows since our characters are in the dark too).
Dimitri: Oh, Dimitri. It was heartbreaking to read about him as a Strigoi. His and Rose’s relationship is one of my favorites so I had no idea how the series could continue on with him as the undead. I guess we do get some answers to this, but even still, it was so weird to read!

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The Deja Vu Review [10]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s TopicOne of the longest books you’ve read

The Passage (The Passage #1)The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: WOW, finally finished with this book! I don’t usually read books this long. Anyway, I’d probably give it about 3.5 stars, really. I felt it didn’t need to be quite so long, but I was mostly upset with the separation of two whole stories. Of course, they did merge together, but the second half felt like completely starting over. BUT for a real opinion– It was a very interesting story. It was just mostly exhausting!
Comments: When I originally read this book, I was SO UPSET how it was broken up. I think it really turned my opinon of the book a little sour. Nevertheless, once I was finished, I found myself really wanting to read more. I’ll probably pick up The Twelve sometime when I have a LOT of time on my hands 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: According to Goodreads, this is the second longest book I’ve read. Ever. And it’s definitely one of my favorites. Ever. If I had to choose between all the HP books, it’s either this of the Half-Blood Prince (but I think HBP takes it).

 

Link up with The Deja Vu Review! What do you think of this week’s topic? What’s the longest book you’ve read?

A Fortnight of Fright: Halloween Reads!

Welcome to A Fortnight of Fright! Two weeks of Halloween any way you can possibly see it, hosted by me (The Book Addict’s Guide) and my wonderful co-host, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places!

In this edition of A Fortnight of Fright, we’re talking about all of our favorite Halloween reads! To keep it spooky in October, I read Ten by Gretchen McNeil, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Here’s a great list of some more Halloween Reads from your fellow bloggers!

GHOST STORIES/SPIRITS
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Reviews: Lost in a Great BookReading is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Reviews: Tales of WhimsyAppraising Pages
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Reviews: YA CrushGone Pecan

WITCHES AND MAGIC
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Reviews: Book A WorldBittersweet Enchantment
The Harry Potter series
Reviews: The Cheap Reader reviews HP1, HP2, HP3

VAMPIRES
The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Reviews: Tripping Over Books
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Revies: Ink and Page
Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz
Reviews: The Dancing Nerd Writes Again
The Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris

ZOMBIES
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Reviews: Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf
Feed by Mira Grant
Reviews: Book Goonie
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

If none of those do it for you, Quinn from Quinn’s Book Nook has some great suggestions to whet your whistle!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good ghost story.  And what better time to read a ghost story than Halloween?  One of my favorite writers of ghost stories is Mary Downing Hahn.  Hahn had written numerous children’s/middle-grade ghost stories, and each one is just as awesome as the next.  Well, I have only read four of her books, but I have loved them all.  There are all kinds of ghosts in Mary Downing Hahn’s novels, mischievous ghosts, confused ghost children, and, of course, evil ghosts.  Hahn’s books aren’t too scary, but there is a definite creep factor.  I’m going to talk about the four ghost stories I’ve read by Mary Downing Hahn.

My favorite is definitely All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story.  In this story, siblings Travis and Corey visit their grandmother, staying at said grandmother’s Vermont Inn.  There Travis and Corey meet see ghost children who love to pay pranks on the Inns guests.  But there is a more frightening spirit living at the Inn, that even the ghost children are afraid of.  

Another fantastic novel is Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story.   Ali vacations in Maine with her Aunt Dulcie and her four-year-old cousin Emma.  Once they arrive, Ali and Emma soon meet another girl called Sissy. But Sissy is a bad influence on Emma, and keeps telling the girls a story about a girl (Teresa) who drowned in the lake years ago.  Teresa’s body was never found.  Ali makes many discoveries on the vacation, including secrets of her mother’s past.

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story tells the story of siblings Molly and Michael, and their whiny stepsister, Heather.  When their new, blended family moves into a new house, that was once a church, and comes with its very own graveyard does not leave Molly and Michael very happy.  But when Heather meets a ghost named, Helen, Molly starts worrying about Heather’s (and her own) safety.  Besides the evil spirit in All the Lovely Bad Ones, Helen is the ghost that freaked me out the most.

Lastly, The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story tells the story of Diana and her brother Georgie, who cannot leave the old Willis place.  What is unique about this story is that Diana and Georgie (who tell the story) are the ghosts.  Diana befriends the new caretaker’s daughter, Lissa, and with her help, Diana hopes they can release themselves from what binds them to the old Willis Place.

Thanks so much, Quinn!! Those look like some scary but great reads, and perfect to put us in the Halloween mood!

So tell us, what are some of your favorite books to put you in the Halloween spirit? 

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) – Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) – Richelle MeadTitle: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
Publishing Info: November 13, 2008 by Penguin
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 14, 2012
Related Posts: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2), Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4), Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5), Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1), The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2), The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3), Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6), Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1), The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)

    It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.
As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

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Wow, it’s almost really hard to talk about this book without being spoiler-y. I really like how Richelle Mead sets things up so well in the book. We get lots of little hints of foreshadowing in the beginning when Rose and Lissa visit the fortune teller. Lots of little things pop up throughout the book and I was like, “Oh yeah! Oh wait… oh no!!!”

LOVE the development between Rose and Dimitri in this book. We finally get to see them taking baby steps toward actually being together (yay!) which is something that they’ve been denying themselves (and us. Come on, already!) so that tension is finally starting to break.

Just like FROSTBITE, Mead leaves us with a HUGE surprise. I literally gasped and slapped my hand over my mouth. I really honestly have NO idea where the next book will take us and I’m so tempted just to keep reading straight on to find out! And who’s the blonde? That’s a really pretty spoiler-y question, but you wouldn’t know what I was talking about until you got to that point in the book anyway!

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Rose: Well, she’s typical Rose still. Hot-headed, feisty – But I do like that we get to see a more serious side of her. She’s finally starting to understand the real seriousness of her being Lissa’s guardian and she really wants to prove to herself and to the staff that she can do it. She’s starting to think more rationally and maturely instead of like a rash teenager and I love it.
Dimitri: Dimitri, I love you. One of my favorite love interests in any book I’ve read! We get to stir up a little more passion in this book instead of pushing everything down and it’s like, FINALLY. And as always, I love that protector role.
Eddie: I really liked seeing more of Eddie in this book. He had a major part in the end of Frostbite, but I still didn’t feel like he had a major role. He’s a great character and we really start to make a connection with him here.

QUOTES

P131: “Victor had figured it out by watching us and gathering data. I guess when you’re a scheming villain, you get good at that stuff.”

P178:  Rose: Why do you read these? Dimitri: Some people read books for fun.

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While SHADOW KISS wasn’t my favorite of the series so far, it was definitely still a lot of fun! These books are just addicting.

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Red Dawn Blog Tour: Guest Post from Author J.J. Bonds!

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Today on the blog, I’m very excited to host author J.J. Bonds as part of the official Red Dawn blog tour! For those of you who don’t know, here is a little info about the Crossroads Academy series:

Crossroads (Crossroads Academy #1) – Available now!

When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.
Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried.
Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.

Find Crossroads at Goodreads!
Crossroads is also available for purchase on Amazon!

Red Dawn (Crossroads Academy #2) – Available now!

Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.
Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.
When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?

Find Red Dawn at Goodreads!
Red Dawn is now out and available for purchase on Amazon!

In addition to promoting Red Dawn, I also have J.J. Bonds stopping by with a guest post which is a character interview with Shaye Walker. Thanks, J.J.!

Hi Brittany! Thanks for having me at The Book Addict’s guide today!  It’s day twelve of the Red Dawn blog tour and we’re still going strong. That means there are still lots of great posts to be read and giveaways to be had! And everyone likes giveaways, right?

20 Questions with Shaye Walker

Hi Everyone! *waves excitedly * I’m Shaye and I’m super excited to be here! We haven’t met yet, but we will. I’m a friend of Katia’s. Okay, you got me. I’m her only friend, but don’t let that fool you! She’s a total creampuff, despite what you may have heard.  You just have to, you know, get past the gruff exterior. Seriously. She’s the sugar to my spice. Or maybe it’s the other way around? After all, people say I’m the nice one. I don’t know. *shrugs* Whatever it is, it just works!

Anyway, enough about Katia. You want to know more about me, right? 😉

1. Favorite place to shop?
Goodwill. It’s awesomesauce! You can find the BEST stuff there. Plus, it drives everyone else at Crossroads crazy. Those vamps have no real sense of style.

2. Guilty pleasure?
Reality TV. The trashier, the better! I swear I’m addicted! Humans are HILARIOUS!

3. Favorite blood type?
AB positive. *flashes fangs* It’s practically a delicacy.

4. Favorite band?
The Ramones.

5. Is that your natural hair color?
I wish! Some days it’s black, some days it’s pink. Depends entirely on my mood!

6. Have you ever broken any rules at Crossroads?
Wouldn’t you like to know! Come on… *rolls eyes* Everyone breaks the rules at Crossroads! It’s practically a requirement.

7. Favorite subject?
Does bailing Katia out when she gets busted for sleeping in class count? If so, then it’s Anatomy for sure.

8. Sneakers or heels?
I’m five foot nothing, do you really need to ask?

9. How you maintain such a positive attitude in light of your illness?
I’ve got to have faith, faith, faith…. Oh, come on! You know that song! Alright, seriously? Every day is a gift and I tend to make the most of each and every one. I refuse to live with regret or fear.

10. Favorite movie?
Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Please tell me you’ve seen it! That movie is a classic!

11. You’re kind of obsessed with the eighties, huh?
Shhyeahhh! And all things punk rock!

12. Sunshine or snow?
Look, I know they say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but, uh, you do know I’m a vamp, right? Allergic to the sun and all? So I guess it’s snow by default.

13. Favorite holiday?
Oh, Halloween for sure! I love getting all dressed up and glittery! I’ve got something really fun planned for this year if I can just talk Katia into it!

14. Do you have any siblings?
Nope. I’m an only vamp. I’ve always wanted a sister though. How fun would it be to bunk together and stay up all night gossiping and doing girly stuff?

15. Do you think Katia and Nik are ever going to get over this whole love/hate thing they’ve got going on?
Too soon to say, but I’m kind of team Nik. That vamp is divine. I swear I’d gobble him up myself if my boyfriend wouldn’t spaz out.

16. Oh? You have a boyfriend? Anyone we know?
Doubtful. The vamps at Crossroads don’t really notice the help. Not supposed to date them either, but what the heck. You only live once.

17. Speaking of boyfriends, what’s the deal with Nik and Blaine?
I think it’s pretty obvious; Blaine has a ginormous crush on Nik. Too bad Nik’s got his eye one someone else. I actually feel kind of bad. He may be a tool, but even he has feelings. Or so I’m told.

18. Cats or dogs?
Is there really a difference? They both taste like chicken. Kidding! Sort of. Actually, dogs are pretty cool, except for all of the drooling.

19. Do you think Katia and Jade will be able to keep their distance this year?
Let’s hope not! What? It’s been a while since Katia put Jade in her place.

20. How many times do you think Katia will get work detail this year?
How many weeks are there in the school year?

Bonus: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less, Twitter-style.
@ShayeSuperstarWalker: Crossroads Academy’s most fashionable vamp. Loves trashy TV, Starbucks, 80’s rock, and all things glitter. Obviously.

Thanks so much J.J.!! That was a really fun interview!!


About the Author: 
J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two rambunctious dogs.

You can connect with J.J. online at any one of these links:

http://www.jjbonds.com
http://www.facebook.com/jjbondsfanpage
@jjbondsauthor
http://www.goodreads.com/jjbonds
http://www.jjbonds.com/streetteam

30 Days of Books: Day 14

Okay, so the problem I’m noticing after being about halfway in is that there are too many quesitons about favorites. Since I’m a person who has very defined favorites so I feel like too many of my answers are the same or very similar and it’s starting to get boring. As much as the next person likes Harry Potter or Stephanie Plum, I’m sure they don’t want to see 20 posts about the same books over and over again. The whole point of doing the 30 Days of Books was to get OUT of the usual comfort zones and favorites and get creative with this. I might have to start mixing these topics up a bit in my own way…

30 Days of Books: Day #14

Favorite book from your favorite author…

I’m throwing in a few of my favorites from a few of my favorites….

  • From JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (HP #6)
  • From JD Robb: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6)
  • From Lauren Oliver: Delirium (Delirium #1)
  • From Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4)
  • From Lisa Lutz: Curse of the Spellmans (Spellmans #2)
  • From Janet Evanovich: Seven Up (Stephanie Plum #7)
  • From Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)
  • From Meg Cabot: Size 12 is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1)

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30 Days of Books: Day 13

Woot it’s Wednesday! Halfway through the week already 🙂

30 Days of Books: Day #13

A book that you’ve read countless times…

This should come as no surprise…

Harry Potter! Whaaat?

But specifically #4 (HP & the Goblet of Fire), #5 (Order of the Phoenix), and # 6 (Half Blood Prince) since those are my favorites. Before I started adventuring into other books, I constantly reread Harry Potter whenever I needed something to read. And I’ve read the last book a few times too since there is SO much info that I keep forgetting it all!

And although I don’t talk about it a lot, I’ve actually read the Twilight series a few times. I actually currently have bookmarks in 2, maybe 3 of the books since I started them before the movies came out and never went back to finish. Oops. But they’ve been read more times than once.

I usually swap or sell my books as soon as I’m done reading them, but these two are probably 2 out of 5 series that I’ve actually kept on my shelves so I can keep for rereads later 🙂

30 Days of Books: Day 10 & 11

The weekend completely wore me out so I skipped yesterday’s 30 Days of Books topic and pushed it back to today. Even still, I’m having a hard time with day 10!

30 Days of Books: Day #10

Best scene ever…

You’d think this should be an easy one – The best scene from any book! But I’ve been thinking ever since I checked on this topic last night and for the life of me, I just can’t come up with one! Everything that keeps popping into my head is sad. To me, “best” means something good, something positive, something to root for. I guess it doesn’t have to be positive – Just meaningful. I could pick something as monumental as Harry killing Voldemort, everyone’s favorite Snape confesses to loving Lily scene, etc (why do all of these come from HP? I guess that’s just where my mind goes), but for some reason, nothing seems right. I don’t want to completely cop out and not answer at all. But why is this so hard for me? Sigh. I guess I really am going to skip it for now. I feel like such an awful reader 🙁

30 Days of Books: Day #11

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving…

I’d definitely have to say the Vampire Academy series! I borrowed the first book from my friend Lisa (my reading partner in crime!) and she really liked it. Considering we usually have similar tastes, I gave it a shot. Since I’ve been jumping off the vampire bandwagon recently, I was pretty skeptical.

When I first finished book 1 – Vampire Academy – I was like, “Whoa, that was way better than I expected!” So I decided to pick up a copy of book 2 – Frostbite. In case you have seen the recent review (here), I just finished Frostbite and at the end of that book, my reaction was the same “Whooaaaa” – Except I loved this one even more! Seriously extremely impressed and so wanting more. I can’t wait to read more of the series!!