Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...

Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul. (summary from Goodreads)

Step into a world of magic, demons and souls of handsome lords stuck inside paintings! An interesting read, Darker Still offers something a little different, even though it wasn't everything I'd hoped it would be.

Natalie Stewart witnessed her mother's death at just 4 years of age and hasn't spoken a word since. Now 17 and graduated from school, her father, a curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arranges for her to have an apprenticeship. Natalie's first acquisition? The supposedly haunted portrait of Lord Denbury, who apparently drowned himself at only 18. Natalie is more than just drawn to the is trying to communicate with her. With the help of spiritualist and new owner of the portrait, Mrs. Northe, Natalie is determined to solve the mystery of Jonathan Whitby and save his soul. In doing so she will come face to face with both the devil and true love.

Darker Still begins with a report from an NYPD officer relating that the following diary is evidence of the unsolved missing persons case of one Natalie Stewart. As such, the book is pretty much entirely told through the diary entries of our main character. Other than a quick eye raise at the report and a joking grumble over the 'spoiler', I must say I was intrigued. I had been immediately drawn to Darker Still's cover and summary, and my initial thought regarding how Hieber had chosen to tell the story was much the same. It lost some of that appeal by the end, however. I liked the insight the entries gave to Natalie herself, especially in regards to her being mute, but such diary entries simply weren't able to sustain the tension and suspense that I think Heiber may have wanted. She did try, through Natalie's seemingly taking the diary everywhere with her and writing in it every chance she could, to give it more of a sense of immediacy. However I just couldn't help but be skeptical of some of the times Natalie wrote her entries - like when she's held captive in a dark carriage, for instance! So at times the story felt weighted down and a little slow.

Don't take any of the above as a reflection of Natalie as a character however, because I really, truly like Natalie, and Darker Still may have worked a lot less well if she wasn't who she is or the one providing the story point of view. Natalie is a strong character, mostly sure of herself and grateful for the life she has. I knew I'd like her from the moment she alluded to some of the mischief and pranks she got up to in school! I was surprised at the lack of bitterness and anger she felt regarding her situation. Sure, sometimes she felt out of place due to her being mute, but mostly she accepted it and proved herself despite it. Such moments and feelings though can be attributed to any teenager trying to find their place in the world, so the book was more compelling to me because Natalie never did really lose herself in major self-pity. I simply couldn't help but be charmed by Natalie overall!

Darker Still is a mix of supernatural, religious, and romance themes. The latter, between Natalie and Denbury, was a little too easy and 'insta', but their interactions were cute and funny, as well as somewhat awkward as a product of their time. So, for the most part, I could get over any issues I had with the lack of development. I do look forward to learning more about each of them - especially as a couple. What kept me reading though was the supernatural elements surrounding Denbury and the demon. The links to so many religious and spiritual mythology was interesting, and the hunt for answers kept the pace moving towards the end. Hieber has only just cracked the surface of the dark going ons of an unnamed 'society' and the intrigue of that alone is enough to have me wanting to read the next book in the series.

Overall, Darker Still wasn't everything I thought it might be at first and at times it plodded along at a pace that I had to push through, but some of it's themes were engaging and just different enough to still make is an enjoyable read.


Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published date: 8 November 2011
Pages: 320

Many thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley.

Challenge: 2011 Debut YA Author Challenge;

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox! (23)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Only one title this week, but it's my first publisher review request and I'll be taking part in my first blog tour for it! Yay!


Hushed by Kelley York - with many thanks to Entangled Publishing!

What bookish things did you get this week?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

ARC Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life. (summary from Goodreads)

Anna Dressed in Blood is a thrilling and creeptastically awesome read that will raise your hair and have you turning on all of the lights!

Theseus Cassio Lowood - or Cas, as he prefers to be called - has been raised in the world of ghost hunting. His father was a hunter, and now it's his fight. Cas is determined to be the best he can be; to take down the scariest and strongest ghosts he can before facing the one that terrifies him the most: the one that killed his father 10 years ago. So when Cas hears about 'Anna Dressed in Blood', murdered in her white party dress over 50 years ago and killing anyone who enters her house, he moves himself and his wiccan mother to Thunder Bay, Ontario to confront her. Cas is drawn to Anna. There's something different about her...and it's not just that she doesn't kill him. All is not as it seems and Cas is in for some deadly surprises.

Anna Dressed in Blood is most definitely one of my favourite reads of 2011! As soon as I first heard about it, I knew I'd love it, and I wasn't wrong. Blake has weaved a fantastic story full of twists and thrills that keep you so desperate to read more the pages practically turn themselves. Anna Dressed in Blood has a killer beginning, starting with a bang that continues right through to the last page. Blake certainly knows how to bring the scare! Sometimes it's plain in your face horror while at others it's a slow build creeping up on you, causing shivers to run down your spine. There were a few times I got spooked enough that goosebumps raised along my arms! Granted, it didn't help that I read it in the middle of the night with only my tiny booklight. Blake's descriptions took over my imagination so that more than once I shone my light around my room...just to make sure no ghosts - or Anna - were lurking about! What's great is that Anna Dressed in Blood isn't just about the spooks but is a full on suspensful read with a lot of action, a little romance, and hints at a history that I'm definitely looking forward to learning more of in upcoming books.

Like Cas, I too found myself drawn to Anna. Quite simply, I adored her, sweet girl next door, black veins, and murderous rage included. Her story is compelling and had me desperate to get answers. I especially enjoyed her interactions with Cas, as I loved the insights they provided, both regarding her and Cas. It is Cas who drives the story though. He's a great main character; witty, brave and vulnerable all at once. Despite what he does, he's easy to connect with, still learning as he goes and never too overconfident. I felt like I was on the journey with him, discovering as he did. His relationships with other characters also adds even more to the emotional elements of the story. The understanding between Cas and his Mum was nice to see, but it was made all the more real because of the underlying tension. Let's face it, no mother wants to see their kid endangering their life, especially hunting ghosts, even if it is a calling family calling. I also can't go past Thomas and Caroline, new friends Cas reluctantly finds himself making. Particularly Thomas, who is the embodiment of the fun, quirky, loner sidekick you can't help but love. These supporting characters added some much needed dimension to Cas's life, as well as some humour!

Just quickly, I must admit to being a tad surprised by the romance elements of Anna Dressed in Blood. Honestly, I suppose I just wasn't expecting much of it or for it to fall how it did. But this is in no way a bad thing, because I absolutely loved it. Blake certainly earns even more points for leaving me sighing a little dreamily in the midst of the moments where I was pretty much quivering in terror!

I know the comparison has been made before, but if you're a fan of the television series Supernatural, you'll love Anna Dressed in Blood. And even if you're not, read it anyway because I don't think you'd be disappointed. Blake's book is a compulsive read from page one and you won't want to put it down - unless it's to investigate any weird creaking noises...just in case. And with it's wow ending, you'll be as desperate as I am for it's sequel, Girl of it 2012 yet?!


Publisher: Tor Teen
Published date: 30 August 2011
Pages: 316

Challenge: 2011 Debut YA Author Challenge

Friday, October 28, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (13)

Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q. If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

My answer is from Harry Potter again, as usual. Snape is my favourite character, but imagining having dinner with him terrifies me! I can just see me bumbling along as I try to start a conversation and him glaring at me!! As for what I'd serve...maybe some sort of stew or soup? I really can't get past the image of him just sipping from his glass of alcoholic beverage as he looks disdainfully at me...

While not my favourite character, I think it would be really, really interesting to have dinner with Dumbledore. I'd choose him for sure! I can see us having a picnic - especially with all sorts of the weird and wonderful sweets he enjoys - as he gives me vague answers to all the questions I'd ask him. I'd love to have a real conversation with him about his past and his motivations with Harry. I reckon we could talk for hours! Sometimes I wish I could read the book Rita Skeeter wrote about him...we've only just scratched the surface with dear old Dumbledore, right?

Who would you choose to have dinner with?


There's only a couple of days left in my 100 Follower Giveaway! So hurry and enter now! You must be a follower of my blog, and it is open internationally!! 3 winners! Ends 30 October.

Good luck!

The Hunger Games Movie News: Character Posters

Today exclusive The Hunger Games character posters were revealed throughout all different websites! Have you seen them? I think they look awesome and as usual, they've built my excitement even more! Come on March!!

KATNISSvia Yahoo!

via MTV

via Moviefone


via MSN

via EW

via IGN

via Fandango

I love that Katniss stands out as she's looking in the opposite direction. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (25)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week my waiting on pick is...

Dead to You by Lisa McMann!

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable... (summary from Goodreads)

A bit of a creepy sounding one this week, as Halloween is so close...

Lisa McMann's Dead to You is due to be released 7 February 2012.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (21)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

"She looks up at him, caught in the haunting greenish-grey of his eyes again, and she does not turn away.
The stand gazing at each other in silence for moments that seem to stretch for hours." p. 221 (Kindle edition)

I'm savouring this book, oh yes I am!

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox! (22)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

I'm excited for this week's titles, as I've been desperately waiting to read them!


In the Thrill of the Night by Candice Hern (Kindle)


Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (12)

Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q.What superhero is your alter-ego?

Awesome question! I love superheroes...especially the movies. My brother read comics growing up, as did some of my friends, so most of my knowledge comes second hand...but they're always so cool and interesting!

Well, the first that came to mind is Oracle. Aka Barbara Gordon, who was Batgirl and then became Oracle after she was shot by Joker and paralysed. This year she's back to being Batgirl after a miracle cure, which I personally find disappointing. I suppose I'm just jealous! Oracle appeals to me as she's in a wheelchair and still kicks ass. She has a base (a clocktower!) from which she's the ears and the eyes for many superheroes, hacking and what not to provide information and strategy. She also leads an all female superhero group! Add to all of this her relationship with Dick Grayson, once Robin, now Nightwing...woohoo!

And for a little extra fun, there's also Rainbow Brite! I loved her growing up! What's not to love, right? Twink and Starlite are so cute! Plus, who wouldn't want to put colour in the world?!

Who's your superhero alter ego?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fun Stuff: How Harry Potter Should Have Ended

A few weeks ago, for a Follow Me Friday post, I had to answer what book or series I'd change the ending of if given the chance. One of my answers was Harry Potter, namely to save Severus Snape.

Now, my brother has had me watching YouTube clips called How It Should Have Ended. Basically, they're animated shorts that take various movies and show us how it should have ended. They've done a lot, including Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Captain America, Thor, The Dark Knight, etc, etc.

The other day I saw this - How Harry Potter Should Have Ended. I think it's hilarious, which is mostly the point, and not entiely feasible, but it's worth the laughs.

It's at least given me part of the ending I wanted!

If you enjoy this, definitely check out their other videos. I especially like their superhero versions, like Superman, The Dark Knight, Thor, Iron Man, & Captain America. Not all of them make much sense to in I don't see much of a difference to the ending...but my brother tells me I'm simply overthinking it, as usual! Mostly I just love the parts where Superman, Batman, & co. chat in the diner! Worth a watch for that alone I think.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (24)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week my pick is...

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie!

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one. (summary from Goodreads)

Oh, yes, definitely a tearjerker...and I do adore those! This sounds like one that will surely pack a whollop and stay with me long after I finish it!

Sarah Wylie's All These Lives is expected to be published 5 June 2012.

Are you waiting on anything exciting this week?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I Bought Because of The Cover and/or Title

1. Hourglass by Myra McEntire - I saw this cover and immediately added it to my TBR list, before I even read it's summary. I still love this cover.

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - Ditto. Absolutely adore this cover!

3. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder - Likewise, but for the title this time. I could never forget it.

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - That cover! It's her eyes, I just can't help but stare.

5. Matched by Ally Condie - I simply adore this cover. I added it to my TBR right away, and then when it was released purchased it for my Kindle. Then when I saw it in a bookstore I bought it because I wanted that cover on my shelf!

6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - While I also like the cover, it's the title that grabbed me. I was even more intrigued learning what it stood for!

7. Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish - This was my most recent purchase thanks to a cover. My eye just kept being drawn to it in the bookstore.

8. My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey (aka Hearts at Stake) - Both the cover and title won me over with this one. I just love the heart shaped 'wound' and the title intrigued me!

9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - The title this time. It had me imagining - rightfully - all sorts of creepy things!

10. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain - It's the colours, that the material matches her toes! I love it.

What books have you purchased (or read) because of it's cover and/or title?

Teaser Tuesday! (20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

"She's gone in a twist of black hair and red blood, pale skin and teeth. There's a moment of silence and we listen to the drip, drip, drip of her dress." p. 142 (quote from ARC)

I only have a few chapters left of Anna, and I'm loving it! The writing and the story have me holding my breath and biting my lips, it's so creepy and so good. That, and I'm mostly reading it late at night in my pitch black room with nothing but a little book light. Possibly not the best of ideas, seeing as I inevitably jump anytime the house creaks!

What teaser have you shared this week?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Unnatural by Michael Griffo

In the town of Eden in northwestern England stands the exclusive boarding school known as Archangel Academy. Ancient and imposing, it's a place filled with secrets. Just like its students. . .

For Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he's ever come to a miracle. In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone. At Archangel Academy, Michael belongs. And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran's enigmatic half-brother Ronan, Michael finds friendship deeper than he's ever known.

But Michael's only beginning to understand what makes the Academy so special. Ronan is a vampire--part of a hybrid clan who are outcasts even among other vampires. Within the Academy's confines exists a ruthless world of deadly rivalries and shifting alliances, of clandestine love and forbidden temptations. And soon Michael will confront the destiny that brought him here--and a danger more powerful than he can imagine. . . (summary from Goodreads)

Michael Griffo's Unnatural is a highly dramatic story of vampires, family bonds, betrayal, and true love, with twists and non-stop action right up to the last page.

Michael feels trapped in the small town where he lives with his mother and grandparents. An outcast both at home and school, Michael dreams of freedom...and a dark and handsome boy to whom he has an undeniable bond. When his mother commits suicide, Michael's long estranged father arranges for him to move to the UK and attend Archangel Academy, an all boys boarding school. As soon as Michael steps foot on the school grounds, he feels he's finally where he's meant to be. And when he meets Ronan, his new roommates half-brother and the boy from his dreams, Michael knows he's home. But things are not what they seem at the Double A. Students are being attacked and Michael sees things he can't explain. Added to this, his father seems determined to ignore the fact that Michael is gay and see him set up with wealthy mean-girl - and vampire - Brania, who has her own hidden agenda. Despite all of this however, Michael knows he has Ronan, who he can trust. Caught in the middle of a centuries old feud as a rare water vampire though, Ronan has his own secrets. So can Michael really trust anyone?

Unnatural has a different sort of writing style that both stands out and hinders the story. From one paragraph to the next, the story swaps between multiple character points of view. While the focus is mostly on Michael and Ronan, here and there it'll delve into the thoughts of other secondary characters. Swapping pov's isn't such a bad thing as it provides a deeper level of insight into character's motivations that may not have been as easily apparent otherwise, and I certainly appreciated that aspect. However there's no forewarning to the changing pov here - like in some books where there'll be a clearly obvious break or header, such as the characters name. Instead the swap literally occurs from one sentence to the next, and if you haven't caught on it can be somewhat confusing. After a while however, each character is easily distinguishable and while the change is never what I'd call fluid, it does stop being overly jarring. It is something a reader might have to push through at the beginning, but I think the story soon becomes engrossing enough that it can be overlooked.

Griffo has created quite the cast of characters and for the most part I enjoyed getting to know them all. Sometimes a tad stereotypical, they're also each ticking time bombs and so provided some unpredictability, which was interesting. Each has their own plot within the story which really kept the action moving, though sometimes I wasn't as connected to an individual character or plot line enough and so it'd frustrate me as I wanted more of another - mostly Ronan and Michael. Michael is sensitive and while at times a little naive, I couldn't help but like him. Add Ronan to the mix, and oh boy. Their interactions were sweet - sometimes overly cutesy and cliched - as well as seriously steamy. I was hooked from the moment they first met each other in the pouring rain. One word - yum! There're a lot of obstacles these boys have to overcome to be together, and most present themselves in the form of other characters, like Brania, who is quite simply an evil bitch, and Nakano, Ronan's vampire ex. I loved to hate these two, let me tell you! Both are following the orders of Brania's father, who we don't meet, but is obviously in charge of some horrible plan yet to be revealed. There's also the matter of Ronan's family, half brother and human Ciaran, and vampire mother, Edwige, who each push and pull at Ronan in their own way. Certainly the family dynamics of this book are somewhat dysfunctional and I enjoyed the added personal touch. There's much more at the center of the story than simply Ronan and Michael getting together. I'm definitely intrigued to read how Ronan and Michael's relationship will further develop amongst what is in a lot of ways, chaos!

Unnatural also introduces a lot of history between many of the characters, much of which is really only hinted at. Which is surprising, as a heap of stuff happens in this first installment alone. I must admit to being a little shocked at how many characters died! Wow. I stated earlier that this book is highly dramatic and I meant it. There is a lot of action and violence! Sometimes I found it a little too dramatic and some of the characters and situations over the top. Where I was maybe meant to be shocked instead I'd be snort-giggling or rolling my eyes. Unfortunately Ciaran was at the end of most of these reactions, which is disappointing as I feel for him as an outcast, a human always alone on the outside of the vampire world, and as such, his family's world. Despite these moments however, the overall story is a bit of an addictive read, as I was hooked and desperate to find out how it ended. I will say though that I think it best not to go in with too high expectations.

Overall, Unnatural is a fun and fast-paced vampire story! I was drawn to it for the Ronan/Michael romance and that didn't disappoint. With so much more action obviously to come, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Unwelcome.


Publisher: Kensington Books
Published date: 1 March 2011
Pages: 352
Format: Kindle edition

Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (21)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Found 3 great titles this week!


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Vol. 1 by M.T. Anderson (only $5!)
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Did you get any great titles?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cover Reveal: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Recently Kendare Blake shared the cover for her upcoming book, Girl of Nightmares, the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood.

What do you think?

I absolutely love it! I'm currently reading Anna, and so this cover both intrigues and terrifies me! Now I can't wait to finish and see if I get an understanding of what's happening!

I have a feeling I'm not going to be happy about having to wait until sometime next year for this one...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (11)

Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q. If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?

Definitely need my thinking cap for this one! At first I thought it'd be easy, but instead I keep thinking of TV shows I'd love to Psych and The Mentalist! Then a t-shirt I own came to mind, which states - "And then Buffy staked Edward. The End." So yes, certainly I think a cross over of Buffy and Twilight would prove, um, interesting! Or Buffy and Sookie those two ladies could share some stories! But seriously now...hmmmm...

Well, I think Firefly and Across the Universe by Beth Revis would prove epic! It'd be a culture shock for both crews, that's for sure. Oh, for Eldest to have met Mal!

Or how about Chuck and the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz? Can't you just imagine John Casey working with teen spy Alex Rider?

I also wondered about what to cross Harry Potter with! I had a little laugh thinking of Sam and Dean of Supernatural discovering Hogwarts and the rest of that magical world. It'd be epic...possibly explosive. Maybe not in a good way, though.

There is a lot of potential with this question, and I bet there are a heap of great answers! What would you choose?

Hey, can you think of a book to cross with Glee?! There's a thought...