So it is finally time to share with you all Brodie’s interview!
Tell us a little something about yourself!
I always fail at ‘describe yourself’ type of questions! But okay, I’ll try. My name is Brodie (I have girl parts, not boy parts), I’m 21 years old (reverse those numbers and you have my brain’s real age) and I live in the most awesome country in the world. Don’t stare blankly, you know it’s Australia!! I’m a peace-loving, tree-hugging vegan. I am crazy in love with the Harry potter series and often refer to the characters in real life as if they’re real. Because they obviously are. My current tv obsessions are The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and Once Upon A Time. If you’re watch them too, I love you, let’s get married! I love staring for hours at the night sky and reading about Greek mythology. And really, I have no idea what else to say. My minions refer to me as Evil Overlord, so I guess I could do a whole villain bio, but the most successful of super villains keep their secrets close to heart.
How long have you had your blog?
I started it on December 30th 2010. So just over a year! :)
Do you enjoy running your blog?
Of course not. It’s my own personal Hell and every hour I endure on it puts a new crack in my soul *weeps* I KID. I KID. I’M A TERRIBLE LIAR. It’s been the most incredible ride! I love waking up in the morning to discover new comments or see that I have a new follower. I love being able to gush about the books I read. It’s the greatest feeling to know you’ve encouraged another person to try out a book they may have otherwise passed by!
When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
NOT AT ALL! I think one of my ‘new year blogger goals’ when I first started was to reach 100 followers by the end of the year and it blows my mind that I managed to surpass that by a great deal. I spent over a year stalking and commenting on other blogs, but whenever people told me I should make my own, I just didn’t think I’d do a good job at maintaining it and actually writing halfway decent reviews. But I am SO glad I took the chance (thanks to the amazing Precious at Fragments of Life for encouraging me!) because the amazing friendships I’ve made are priceless. Every reader, blogger, author and publicist I’ve met have been such a joy to chat to. No words can express my love for you all!!
Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
I tried for ages to find the perfect name for my blog, but nothing fit until I thought of the Eleusinian Mysteries, a festival that was held annually by the ancient Greeks in honour of Demeter and Persephone. The central part of the ceremonies are still a mystery today, because none of the initiates ever spoke about what happened. But we do know it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience for the initiates, s like reading for us. We go through a life time of emotions and experiences within just a few hundred pages – love, death, hope, tragedy, attraction, hate – and like the Eleusinian Mysteries, reading is sometimes a journey that changes us. So I figured the name was a good fit :)
As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc.
YA! YA! YA! Young Adult is really all I read these days. Once upon a time in high school, I mainly read adult books (and Harry Potter 456 times over), but after discovering my love of YA, that’s all that ever makes it onto my wishlist. So everything I post is YA related. I usually post two reviews a week – Tuesday and Friday. I regularly take part in IMM and WoW (except this month, since I’ve been co-hosting a Valentine’s event). I sometimes do a weekly recap of any news in the YA blogosphere – from blogger events, cover reveals, book deals, movie news, etc.
Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
I usually only take part in In My Mailbox and Waiting on Wednesday – both of which I love equally! I have a orgasmic love of seeing pictures from IMM posts. Those lustworthy titles stacked together or lined beside one another *froths at the mouth* Is there anything more beautiful to look at? Sigh. I love seeing which titles people get each week and also discovering new books to add to my ever growing wishlist with WoW!
What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I’ve had the opportunity to participate in blog tours for Becca Fitzpatrick, Sarah Alderson, Christi Daugherty, Bryony Pearce, J.B Thomas, Scott Tracey and Emma Mills. Which have all been so much fun to post and I would love to do more! I’m also participating in an upcoming one for Andrea Cremer <3
What is the best book you read in 2011?
AHSADKSLFJ. WHAT KIND OF A QUESTION IS THIS? *sob* There are SO many I want to name! Probably a tie between Divergent by Veronica Roth and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Both books BLEW. ME. AWAY. If you haven’t read them, please LEAVE THE HOUSE AND STEAL COPIES NOW.
What about in 2012?
Oh my god. REALLY?! *pulls at hair* I refuse to answer with just one. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Storm by Brigid Kemmerer. I love love love these!!
Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
Erm… a few off the top of my head. If by the 100 or so page mark I’m really annoyed by a book, constantly rolling my eyes or else just not FEELING it, then I stop. I don’t want reading to be a chore. I read for enjoyment (and yes, sometimes my idea of ‘enjoyment’ translates to a book stabbing me in the heart repeatedly). I stopped reading Halo by Alexandra Adonetto within the first 1/4 because her writing and characters drove me nuts. Also Clockwork Angel… I’m just not destined to be a Cassie Clare fan! I read the first three TMI books and… I can see the appeal to everyone else, but I just couldn’t love them. Same goes for CA. I admit I was kind of liking that at first, but then it got to the point where I was reading for the purpose of finishing… and not in the “rush through because I’m so invested” kind of way. But I’m clearly in the minority, because the fanbase is huge! And I am actually intrigued to see what they do with the movies.
What is your favourite book genre?
YA!! Anthing within YA. Dystopian, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, thriller, you name it. But I suppose my favourite would be dystopian.
Quick Fire Round
ebook or hardcopy? Hardcopy!
ya or adult? YA!
vampires or werewolves? Ooooh. I’ll have to go werewolves. I love reading when they’re in wolf form and the dynamic and affections between the pack <3
chocolate or vanilla? I LOVE the smell of vanilla. I could get high off the scent and the taste is also delightful. But I’m a chocolate girl through an though :)
harry potter or twilight? You seriously need to ask?! Accio, Faye’s brain! HARRY POTTER!
four or peeta? BUT… UH… GAH… THUH…. I absolutely adore Peeta, but FOUR. You just want to pull him apart layer by layer to discover everything about him. He’s deep and his heart is in the right place and he’s sexy and fascinating and a little intimidating and I want one, please?
series or single? Series! I am greedy and want more more more.
blogger or wordpress? Blogger. I tried wordpress once, but I’m more at ease with blogger.
And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
My blog loves your blog and wants to make babies. But that’s probably too personal and steps right into weird territory, so I’ll just say – thanks so much for having me here today!! <3
If you’re not already following Brodie, why not?? Go Follow her NOW!! Eleusinian Mysteries!!
I have once more made it through another week without buying any books! I know, I know, aren’t you proud of me? I’m actually fairly amazed by this accomplishment! It’s been about a month, if not more, since I last bought a book! I’m proud of myself at any rate! This week I got lent three books from a friend, won two books and got six books for review! :D
My best friend purchased these a while ago and showed me them on twitter and I instantly wanted to read them! We kind of grew our friendship around Sherlock so it was awesome to see her buying the books! When I said I would love to read them after her, she was happy to oblige! So, when she finished them this week, she put them in an envelope and sent them on their way to me, and look, there they are! Cannot wait to dive into them!
Woo! I won Burn Mark from Bloomsbury’s Hooked On Books Facebook page so that was pretty awesome! I can not wait to dig into it because it sounds amazing!
I won Immortal City from Brodie at Eleusinian Mysteries! For participating in her book boyfriend quiz last month :D I also cannot wait to start reading this one! I have heard many a great things!
Vampeire: The Debutante by Andrea White
The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepare
Lost Heritage by Adrian Bishop
Lillia’s Diary by Ian McFayden
Dark Passage by Griffin Hayes
My Fairytale Life by Heather M. White
The first four books are from the Book Guild publishing house which is an independent publishers and they’re really friendly! I’m really looking forward to reading all of these, especially Witches of the Glass Castle!
Dark Passage was recieved from the author himself and I absolutely adored his other book, Malice and am looking forward to finding out that he continues to write brilliant stories! The synopsis of this one just sounds so good!!
My Fairytale Life was again recieved from the author and is another one that I’m really looking forward to reading!!
that’s what I got this week,
what did you get? (:
It’s Friday! And that means Friday’s Film Favourite! For those who don’t know, this is where I list all of the films that have come out this week and let you all know which one I am most looking forward to viewing! Feel free to let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing this week! (even if it’s not out here in the UK!)
I’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but hopefully I’ll be doing it religously again soon! And as always, feel free to join me :D
21 Jump Street (Release Date: 16/03/2012)
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Genre: Action, Comedy
Main Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatem and Ice Cube
Trailer: Click Here
Initial Thoughts: Umm… yeah, I love Channing, hate Jonah… it looks… okay but not great. Certainly not something I’m totally excited to go and see straight away!
Contraband (Release Date: 16/03/2012)
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale Trailer: Click Here
Initial Thoughts: This looks generic. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all? It could just be the trailer but it certainly tells you what happens in the plot bit by bit. Do I need to watch the movie? Who knows!
The Devil Inside (Release Date: 16/03/2012)
Director: William Brent Bell
Main Cast: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth
Trailer: Click Here
Initial Thoughts: This looks AWFUL. And yes, all with capitals because it honestly just looks that bad. I saw the trailer in the cinema a while back and have hated it ever since. Definitely won’t be seeing this!
Director: Cameron Crowe
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Main Cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church
Trailer: Click Here
Initial Thoughts: The trailer looks cheesy, a true blockbuster type movie but I have to admit it looks okay, not something that I would never want to see, at any rate!
So, I didn’t particularly find one film this week that really called to me but out of all of the ones above, I definitely think that We Bought a Zoo is one that I’d be more willing to go and see. I’d be happy seeing Contraband too but this one won in the end because I’m not in an action-y mood as of this very moment.
Sarah Bibi Setar won a book from the Iron Fey series.
She chose The Iron Knight
Denise Zaky won one of Megan Curd’s e-books.
She chose Forbidden
Kim Reid won a book of her choice from The Book Depository
She chose The Hunger Games
So go ahead and congratulate them if you wish to! I will be sending their books to them very shortly! :D
And if you didn’t win, feel free to pop over to my current giveaway to win Amethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown; here
Or keep an eye out for some other upcoming giveaways that I have planned for the future! :D
Thanks again guys, you truly are awesome!
Mavis Gary (Theron) is a semi-alcoholic fiction writer of a “popular” book series for young adults. She lives with the most adorable puppy, in a high-rise apartment in Minneapolis. Mavis is beautiful, and she seems to be perfectly content with living on her own—that is, until she hears about her, now married, ex-lover from high school recently became a father.
At that moment, Mavis seemed to realize that drunken one night stands were not enough for her anymore, and that she needed something more in her life, and also to find the missing piece that would make it complete. After crawling out from underneath the arm of her latest drunken misadventure, she silently packed her bags, her dog, and an old cassette from Buddy Slade (Wilson)–the new father, and her ex-lover—and drove to her rural hometown.
You get a sense that deep down inside, she knows that the relationship between her and Buddy is no longer there, yet the desire to return to him—where she was happiest—remained. When she finally arrives to the town under the false premise that she’s there to complete a real estate transaction, her first order of business is to go to a bar for a few drinks. She runs into Matt (Oswalt) who shared the locker next to hers in high school, and although she couldn’t remember who he was, she still shared a few drinks with him.
As the night progresses, she reveals to him her true intentions for coming into town—to win back her high school sweetheart. Despite Matt’s insistence in leaving a happily married man and a new father as he is, she remains intent on ruining his life—saving it, in her mind.
You can’t say she didn’t try. Mavis did everything she could to win him back, and the things she does aren’t exactly admirable in character. Her visit to the town was unwelcoming—even her parents weren’t too excited to see her back home—as everyone remembered how much they hated her in high school. Her problem was that she could never quite grow up. She still wanted to get drunk, wear Hello Kitty shirts, sweatpants, and her ex-boyfriend’s old team jacket.
The ending of the film itself threw me off a bit. After the embarrassing scene at the baby naming ceremony, I believed that Mavis learned her lesson. Instead, she went on to “enjoy” a night of heavy drinking, ‘sleeping’ over at Matt’s house. Evidently, she learned nothing from the whole “Buddy rejection” experience. The film seemed as if it did not come to a complete end. It left the impression that she returned to her tried and true routine of immaturity, self-indulgence, and inevitable one night stands.
THREE POINT FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS ****
This week I have found a photo that I absolutely adore and wanted to share with you.
I just, can’t even describe how much I adore this photo. Like, it is seriously stunning. It has so many layers and I just want to print it off and stick it on my wall (and one day, I probably will but not while I rent). It’s just so… amazing… and true.
You open a book and boom it’s like you’re in another world. And then you find another and another and soon, you’ve read so many books that you’re always looking at or for something amazing, a place that only a book, or a thousand books can take you too. This is why I love reading, this is why I am so glad to have realised this again.
Together, we book lovers not only get to stand and look at the stunning world, but we are allowed to be taken there.
I have once more made it through another week without buying any books! I know, I know, aren’t you proud of me? Of course, this does have a lot to do with the fact I’m barely managing to keep myself fed, but STILL, it’s impressive xD
Instead, this week, I got two books for review, one giveaway win and two new library books! Oh yeah! :D
I have been waiting for the time to pick up The Iron Queen ever since I got an e-mail through to say that it was ready to collect! I still haven’t gotten around to reading The Iron Daughter but I’m told I’m going to want to start reading this one right away so I got it for that reason!
Today, I was in a bit of a bad mood while I was in the library so decided to cheer myself up and take out another book. I’ve heard a lot about Die for Me and I’m actually really intrgiued about it and can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
Oooh! And it’s signed! I was really happy when this one stolled onto the carpet! I won it from the glorious Lucy over at ChooseYa! She is awesome and I simply can’t wait to get stuck into this book, it sounds so good!
Both of these titles are from NetGalley. I am so excited to start reading them both as they both sound awesome! I still need to read Sophie’s other series but as long as I get to them before this one is released it should be fine! Hehe. And The Summer My Life Began I am reviewing for the book tour in May, so look out for that! I can’t wait to read it!
that’s what I got this week,
what did you get? (:
So, thanks to the wonderful Käthe over at Good Lit, Green Tea I was introduced to the Bloggiesta!
But what is it, I hear you ask?
Well, that’s easy! It’s a three-day weekend where Bloggers (even non-book bloggers!) say goodbye to everything non-blog related and spend the time focussing only on their blog!
But what is the purpose of this?
Simple! All those small tasks that you always plan to do but never get around to doing because of your schedule can be sorted out! Are your tags all over the place? Do you feel like a new layout? What about just re-organising your pages or sidebar? Well, this weekend would be the time to do it! Or even just to write out some reviews you’ve been meaning to get to! You can do anything you want!
Is there anything else going on?
Of course! Throught the three days there will be mini-challenges going on too where hosts will even teach you how to do some things that you may have been dying to know, such as basic HTML, or getting social buttons on your sidebar, etc! So not only will you be able to re-organise your blog and get your to-do list sorted, you may also learn something too!
Cool, but I’m still not convinced, can’t I just do all that alone?
Ah, but have you? The best idea of this weekend is that everyone will be doing it together. Everyone will post a to-do list and then all the bloggers participating can motivate each other and really get people doing what they need to do. Besides, you’d get to meet new bloggers and probably make some new friends in the process. So your blog will get to look fab, you’ll make friends and you’ll have fun while doing it. Why wouldn’t you want to join?
Okay, but, um, when is it?
Oh! Have I not said? Bloggiesta runs on March 30th, 31st and April 1st. Bloggers can participate on one day, both days or on all three days. It’s all up to you!
So, do you want to join yet?
Why not check out the host website where it explains it (probably better than I did!) here and then, when you’ve read all that information, you can sign up here!
You can also follow the twitter handle @bloggiesta or look out for #bloggiesta!
Look forward to seeing you all at the end of the month ready for some much-needed blog tlc (for my blog, of course)
One city of 600,000 people.
One broken girl.
One mysterious boy.
One fateful night,
Two worlds collide.
Seattle, Washington. The sprawling, industrious city set in a blanket of pine. I have never known a day that wasn’t spent inside this concrete jungle. It’s my home, and for that I love it. But it’s also the setting for the tragedy called my life, and so I loathe it.
I live alone in a cold, empty studio apartment. The tiny square room closely resembles a cell. That’s my life: solitary confinement.
Here, in this desolate place that perfectly reflects my soul, my story begins.
FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS *****
Every now and again, there is a book that really grabs my heart and keeps hold. It is, therefore, with a lot of gushing and awe that I admit that Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert was one such book. I’m almost one hundred percent certain that I haven’t read a book so in tune with me in such a long time. It was exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it and it is one book that I would happily read over and over again. This book touched me in ways that so many other books just fail to do.
One of the first things that drew me into this story was how well Alicia has actually written this book, and how well she’s grasped depression and the way people can and do feel. It is unfortunate that the reason I know this is because I have felt very similar thoughts and feelings in my life but this is also probably why I love this book so much. It was nice to know that no one is alone with thoughts and feelings like this. I also loved witnessing the journey and transformation of Olivia, which left a trajectory of hope to the readers. It just showed that it doesn’t always have to end horribly, that it can turn around, and that people are there to help and that you can feel better, if you let it happen.
I enjoyed reading about the blooming friendships in the novel and how it portrayed that it can sometimes be the people in our life that really help us the most, without us even truly realising it. I also liked that it showed that a lot of the time, new friends could be right beside us but we just may not take the time to notice. It sort of gives the message to really look around you and try to reach out to the people you see almost daily as you never know what happen. It really makes you think about how much you can affect someone’s life, and it is such a powerful and moving message. I also liked the idea that despite big arguments happening, friends can always turn back to each other and work together to rebuild their broken relationship. Everything isn’t always ruined forever.
This leads me to discuss the love relationship in this book, and boy, what a relationship! I absolutely adored them together. I loved how caring, protective and gentle Jude was and how mysterious he was around Olivia. I loved that she felt sage and happy and secure around him and how he helped her to be stronger and to start looking at the world around her. But what I loved most about it all was how realistic and natural it all felt throughout the story. I could honestly imagine a relationship forming that way, because nothing was too rushed or forced. I also loved that the relationship building was witnessed. It didn’t just ‘happen’, but it took a while, it was slow and hard to avoid the feelings, and darn it, it was just so romantic and cute and lovely. Jude is the kind of guy that everyone wants, or well, I know I do!
The plot within this book was also extremely compelling and page-turning. Written mostly in Olivia’s POV, it is clear that the story is about her and her journey and it was so great to read about everything that happened. It was, however, the few sections of Jude’s POV that really brought mystery and suspense to this book. It always left you with questions as to what was going on or what was going to happen and really managed to pull the reader in. I wanted to know what was going on and then, once I had realised it, I sat in eager anticipation as I waited for Olivia to come to the same conclusion that I had. This was such a brilliant tactic and style that I thoroughly enjoyed as it built up the tension perfectly, it was never too much, but just right. After all has been solved, however, I loved that it wasn’t all over but that there was actually so much more to happen. It was so action-packed and mysterious and compelling and I simply adored every word that was written on the page.
All in all, this book was one that I enjoyed and treasured intensely. It tugged at my heartstrings, it represented a serious topic extremely well and gave it a new perspective while also giving readers some sign of hope and happiness. It was a lovely, romantic, twist-leading, mysterious book that pulls your emotions in so many different ways that it is almost impossible not to love this book, at least, in my opinion! I would recommend this book to people who love emotional romance books that have something more, and to anyone who is, or has ever experienced depression or knows someone who has or is. It is a powerful book that I could not praise highly enough; I loved it more than words can convey.
I received the ARC of this book in return for an honest review from NetGalley.
This review is being posted as part of the Emerald City Blog Tour hosted by Cedar Fort Publishing.