Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dark Inside

Just finished a really good, don't read at night book. It took me forever to read, because I didn't want to read it when it was dark out. That realistic. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts is a story told in five different points of view: Mason, Aries, Michael, Clementine and Nothing. It started off semi-normal but then every went bad and people started killing each other. Kind of like a nightmarish dystopia. All the kids were trying to stay alive and at one point, they came together from four different places. Nothing was like it's name. Nothing. You have no idea who or what it is and it's point of view can be kind of disturbing sometimes.
I really enjoyed this book when I was reading it, because I really became attached to one point of view and I couldn't wait for the next chapter with them to come up. All the chapters were thrilling and a race to stay alive. After I finished it, I stayed awake for several hours just thinking about what happened and if there would be a sequel.
All in all: amazing, awesome, scary, and thrilling. Great book. Really suggest you read it!
Galley Girl

Monday, August 1, 2011

Maggie Stiefvater Interview

Just for you!

Interview with Maggie Stiefvater (author of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Lament and Ballad.)
G.Grl- What inspired you to write The Wolves of Mercy Falls?
Maggie- Mostly, because I'm a terrible person and I really enjoy watching people cry and so, when I first set out to write Shiver, I didn’t know it was going to be about wolves. All I knew was that I wanted to write a bittersweet book that would make teens cry buckets. So… yeah… I know it makes me sound like a terrible person.
G.Grl- What character in all of your books do you relate to most?
Maggie- Uh… The character I relate to most is… that’s difficult because I put a little piece of all of myself in them. Especially I stole a lot of my college self for Isabel because she seems an ice queen, and really that’s not really who she is, but what she projects. And then also Cole, the way he goes from his internal struggles to becoming more of a… social creature. So, definitely Isabel and Cole.
G.Grl- Um… how much research did you have to do for Wolves of Mercy Falls?
Maggie- Loads of research. I always think that if you’re gonna tell a lie, you have to make it as realistic as possible. So I spend loads of time with real wolves, I’ve watched so many documentaries that my little dogs learned how to howl in their sleep, and I have read a gajillion books on wolves and the worst part of the research was the brain science to make the werewolf disease realistic.
G.Grl- What advice do you have for a young writer?
Maggie- Oh, I have two. One that was given to me really early on: write the book you always wish you could find on the shelf that isn’t there. Cause then you’ll write a book that’s really meaningful to you and not like a knockoff of anything else you’re reading. It’s just like a book for you. And then the other thing is that never believe in the word no, unless you’re saying it to yourself. Because if anyone else says no, like a rejection, it always just means not yet. Until you believe it means no and then it means the end.
G.Grl- When is your next book planning to come out?
Maggie- October 18th. It’s called the Scorpio Races and um… it’s kind of about homicidal horses and kissing.
G.Grl- And what have you learned most as an author?
Maggie- Hmmm… the most as an author… that you never get better at writing books, you only get better at the book you are currently writing. I always think that ‘It’s gonna be easier this time!’ and its not. I mean, all I know is that I can see the symptoms of writers’ block or when I start to get stuck coming in the distance, but I still have to fix it the exact same way.
G.Grl- And… when was your first book published?
Maggie- My first book was publishes when I was 23, I think, that was Lament published back in 2008.
G.Grl- Alright, I’m Galley Girl and I have just interviewed Maggie