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Angelfire Book Review

Title:Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0062002327
464 pp.

ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

I was comic book nerd when I was growing up. I read DC Comics (sorry, Marvel) and my favorite was Wonder Woman. She was one of the few strong female role models when I was growing up, which was before Buffy Summers slayed her first vamp.

I bring this up for my review of Angelfire because Charles Moulton created Wonder Woman. Charles Moulton was the pen name of William Moulton Marston and I doubt he's related to Courtney, but I think he would have appreciated that another Moulton created Ellie, the heroine of Angelfire.

Courtney Allison Moulton does a lot to keep the girl power tradition alive with Angelfire. Ellie is the girl-hero in the book, and yes, she does owe at least a passing nod to Buffy. Ellie has good friends and typical high school problems when she finds out that she's the Prelia…

Some of My Favorite Tweets

Twitter has sort of taken over my life. Oh, my neglected farm. And the jewels that go unblitzed. Instead of playing Facebook games, I find myself spending that time on Twitter (and my husband would say more and more time on Twitter.)

Twitter, at its essence, is a way to communicate news and information quickly and widely. Whether that news is about Charlie Sheen's latest meltdown or an actual meltdown in Japan depends on who you follow.

I tend to follow writers and agents and people I like. And they have fantastic things to say about writing and publishing and things I like. I avoided the "Favorites" button on Twitter for a long time because I didn't know exactly what purpose it served. But after awhile, I realized that it let me save a tweet that linked to a great article or great quote that I'd want to refer back to and wouldn't get swallowed up in the feed.

For those of you who haven't joined the Twitter bandwagon yet and wonder what all the hoopla is al…

Across the Universe Book Review plus Contest Alert

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
ISBN-13: 9781595143976
398pp.

Reading copy from local library

Finally catching up with my January selection for the Debut Author Challenge, which is Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

This book has gotten a lot of well-deserved buzz, including being chosen as one of Amazon's Best Books of January 2011 and a starred review from Kirkus.

And I'm going to add my fangirl squee to all the rest of the rave reviews.

Before I explain why I loved, loved, loved this book, here's what the book is about. Amy's parents are essential for a colonization mission to a new planet. Amy is not. But she chooses to leave her friends, her boyfriend, her life on Earth to be with them. Even though that means she'll be frozen for 300 years while the spaceship travels to the new world. Except there's one problem. Amy gets unfrozen 50 years too early. Was it a mistake? Or is someone trying to ki…

Debut Author Challenge - February Update

Is it really March already? Seriously? I mean, February is a short month, but come on.

But all the sad, leftover Valentine stuff at Michael's is 75% off and the St. Patrick's Day stuff is up, so I guess that means it's time for another Debut Author Challenge update. I started the year behind, and I'm still in catch up mode. But what I did achieve in February:
Read and reviewedLost Voices by Sarah PorterAlmost done reading Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Review up shortly.Halfway through Angelfire by Courtney Allison MoultonHave my April read, Bumped by Megan McCafferty, on NetGalley and read to goMy March read is Entwined by Heather Dixon and currently not available on NetGalley or on pre-order at my library, so it'll be a bookstore run for me. March has a full complement of 31 days, so I'm hoping to be all caught up by the end of the month. But I need to remember that these are books I want to read. I don't want them to become like a homework assignment I…