Beautiful Creatures

Since Hunger Games (technically Mockingjay because I was late on the Hunger Games bandwagon), I have been reading quite a bit of Young Adult literature.  I like to refer to Young Adult novels as my guilty pleasure but that is really doing a disservice to the genre because there are some phenomenal writers out there in the Young Adult section of the bookstore!  For the past two months I have been reading the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I am currently reading Beautiful Chaos (#3).

Beautiful Chaos

I am reading the series in tandem with two of my friends so we adjust our pace for each other and give each other flexibility to read other books in between the Beautiful Creatures books.  Last post I complained about the trend of e-reader-only novellas in Young Adult series.  While waiting to start Chaos, I became impatient and bought Dream Dark (#2.5) for my iPhone (I do not possess an e-reader as previously discussed).  As predicted, Dream Dark featuring everyone’s favorite Linkubus was awesome.  However, this little slice of Gatlin was not enough to quench my BC thirst!  When it was time to start Chaos, I purchased it from my local bookstore – Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA.  I flipped to the end of my paperback and what did I find printed there??  Dream Dark…  If only I had exercised some patience …. Alas!

Moving right along!  One of the great things about living in Atlanta is the number of people that have a tour date in the city, be it musicians, authors, etc.  Via Kami Garcia’s blog on GoodReads.com I found out about a Beautiful Creatures Movie Preview Party in north Atlanta!  Both authors and two of the actors in the upcoming movie would be present for book and poster signings!  Zoey Deutch (Emily Asher) and Thomas Mann (Link) were present with Garcia and Stohl.  AND – the first 200 fans would receive a movie ticket for an advance screening of the film on Feb 7th!!  (Beautiful Creatures officially hits movie theaters on Valentine’s Day)

My friend Tracey and I ventured up past the perimeter into the unsteady world of suburbia… scary!  We got to Barnes and Noble a little before six, the event was to start at 6:30.  B&N had a side of their store decorated with BC posters, a television with the movie trailer playing and a stage set up for the guests of honor.  We hopped in line which wasn’t too terribly long and we were near the stage due to the accordion nature of the line – perfect.  B&N was very very organized!  Once everyone came to the stage, guests were taken up for the signing and a picture!  Let me just say that Tracey and I had a pretty killer pic!

Beautiful Creatures Party

We even got to chat briefly with everyone!  Zoey Deutch was previously on the cancelled TV show – Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Tracey and I were thrilled to meet her!  Love live Buffy!!  Everyone was so sweet!  I can’t wait to finish Chaos, start Redemption, and see Beautiful Creatures the movie!

Welcome to 2013!

Happy New Years!  One of my New Years Resolutions is to blog more than once a month, shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish…

Onto the topic of conversation!

The most recent trend in young adult literature is to publish short stories in between the novels of a series.  These short stories are only available in electronic format as e-books.  They are cheap – ranging from free to $2.99.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not own an e-reader, nor do I desire one.  There is something magical about reading a physical book – the feel of the pages, the smell of the binding, even the faded water spots from Bear shaking his wet paw on the pages while I read in the bath.  I love bookmarks, dog-eared pages, and book jackets (though they simultaneously drive me up the wall).  So the fact that some of my favorite series have companion short stories only available for e-readers breaks my heart.

Fast forward – I have reluctantly caved to this sadistic trend, perpetuating the vicious cycle.  After all, if no one bought the e-reader only short stories, maybe authors would no longer publish them.  However, that way of thinking is pure fantasy given the market of e-readers so I have accepted reality and paid for these evil little stories.  But how you may ask can I accomplish this if I have no e-reader?  I have been begrudgingly reading the stories on my iPhone – not the easiest thing in the world for my poor brown eyes but totally worth it for a slice of literary life from some of my favorite authors.

Feelings about e-readers aside, these stories also pose another problem.  I get really into the stories and then BAM they’re over!  Such a tease!  These stories also come out in between novels of series so they give you a taste of whats to come in the next book but then remind you that you still wait a few months for the book to actually be released.

So here they are in all their glory, the stories that have captivated and irritated me:

Free Four Annabel Hana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – A Beautiful Creatures Story (#2.5) between Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos. Hana by Lauren Oliver – A Delirium Story (#1.5) between Delirium and Pandemonium.  Annabel by Lauren Oliver – A Delirium Story (#0.5), a prequel.  Free Four by Veronica Roth – A Divergent Story (#1.1), in tandem with Divergent.  In a few short months, Raven by Lauren Oliver – A Delirium Story (#2.5) between Pandemonium and Requiem will join the ranks.

So there you have it, my love/hate relationship with e-reader only short stories.  I do encourage all to read these delightful YA series – they make me happy, regardless of the e-reader drama.