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Blog Tour: Overbite by Meg Cabot

Meena Harper has bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Meena has a special gift, but only now does anyone appreciate it. Her ability to predict how everyone she meets will die has impressed the Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—and they’ve hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. Sure, Meena’s ex-boyfriend was Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames, and now she’s sworn off vampires for good—even though she firmly believes that just because they’ve lost their souls, it doesn’t mean they can’t love.

Convincing her new partner, über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf, that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat arises, endangering not only the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. As she unravels the truth, Meena will find her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined before nearly impossible to resist.

I fell in love with the protagonist for this work long ago in the first novel in the series: Insatiable. As I have previously gushed about her: “Meena Harper is absolutely one of Meg Cabot’s best characters to date. She’s not your conventional anything and yet she winds up being a fantastic heroine who readers will not only pull for and but also find irresistible.” Since I adored the first book in the series so very much I was naturally very excited to get to read Overbite and not only did I read it once in 2011…I read it again just for this tour.

Overbite for sure does not disappoint. It’s such as unique, quirky take on the underworld of the paranormal. Cabot really takes paranormal creatures and makes them her own and I love that about her writing. She can write about just about anything from realistic teen fiction to paranormal creatures in adult situations and her writing style is still so inventive and comedic that at times it almost seems to be a little bit of parody. No matter how you classify it, I would recommend the “Meena Harper” books for anyone looking for that fun read to just sit back and enjoy…..and sometimes we all need that. Something to make you laugh, something to take you away from the every day and into the fantastical and sometimes hilarious world of Meg Cabot. It’s a good place to be in. It was definitely an escape for me to tag along with Meena once again and watch as she held the fate of Manhattan in her relatively normal hands.

Another plus is that while I completely recommend you read Insatiable, you could read Overbite as a stand alone book as well. It has the power to stand on its own which shows how well Cabot has written her back story and characters independent of the first book in the series. Either way you choose to experience the book…Enjoy!

Want to check in with Meg? You can visit her Facebook, Blog, Twitter and Website for more information on this book or any of her other fabulous titles. In the past Stiletto Storytime has also been lucky enough to have the wonderful Meg Cabot as a guest writer and you can read about some of her favorite childhood reads and her early experiences with librarians here. Having Meg on the site has definitely been a highlight of my blog and reading her work continues to be a great experience in and of itself again and again. Overbite has been no exception.

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Review Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nhteQqUzS9M/THHEBAtywmI/AAAAAAAAAYE/iD0GRlULW88/s1600/Zombies+Vs.+Unicorns.png In 2007 an intense debate heated up on the blogs of young adult authors Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. The main topic of consideration was centered on a simple question, a choice between two supernatural creatures and their merits in connection with the writing of fiction.  Who makes for a better story: zombies or unicorns? What had begun as a friendly little blog chat and voting poll soon turned to all out social media war and the troops began to rally. The time has come for the ultimate literary showdown; the time has come for Zombies vs. Unicorns.

Zombies vs. Unicorns is an anthology of short stories from some of the most popular young adult authors of today showing their support for either “Team Zombie” or “Team Uniciorn”. Black and Larbalestier edit the anthology itself with hilarious commentary throughout the entire book and short introductions by both before each short story is presented.  Every story provides its own unique twist on the creature the author has chosen as their subject and each story is completely strange and unexpected in its own delightful way. While some writers stay true to their form others take on different settings or time periods, giving readers a glimpse into their writing in new territory.

Readers will find themselves saving chocolate milk loving baby unicorns in Manhattan with author Naomi Novak, fighting the mudo off and living on a solitary island after “The Return” with Carrie Ryan or maybe even hanging out with Meg Cabot to watch one teenager get a pretty amazing birthday present with a horn (No not that kind of horn.). No matter the time, no matter the place, you can be sure a zombie or unicorn will make an entrance.

While each story is different in every way, a few of the stories are quite mature and should be viewed by parents possibly before turning the book over to younger teens.  Since the authors in the book are popular young adult authors one might think the book would be appropriate for reader’s of those author’s same books but that may not be the case with every story and each teen should be judged by their own level of maturity for certain subject material in the anthology.

Whether the reader is more pro-zombie or pro-unicorn oriented in the end really doesn’t matter. The anthology has proven the point that both make great subjects for fiction especially in the form of short stories as in Zombies vs. Unicorns.  Throw in some detailed background and mythology on the stars of the book and you also become a more educated scholar on the subject of both the un-dead and the unicorn. A hilarious, absurdly quirky book that takes readers somewhere no reader has gone before with terrific young adult writers as their guides.

Team Unicorn

Holly Black
Meg Cabot, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan,
Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund

Team Zombie

Justine Larbalestier

Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Dawn Johnson,
Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld

In the end well I have to say I am….how can I not be?

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Zombies…one word…yuck!

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Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

http://www2.2space.net/images/upl_newsImage/1276826433.jpg“Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’re going to believe her. No one ever does.)  But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.  And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.  Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future…If she even has one.

Meena Harper is absolutely one of Meg Cabot’s best characters to date. She’s not your conventional anything and yet she winds up being a fantastic heroine who readers will not only pull for and but also find irresistible. Of late I have had a busy reviewing schedule which in some ways had put me in a funk…I needed something fun, something witty, something with spunk to make me laugh…and of course Cabot did it! With her fantastical plot twists, hilarious pop culture references, purse obsessed antics and of course one heck of delicious Prince of Darkness who could resist this book? It’s a wonderful read to get lost in and to have fun with…vampires have taken over but Cabot shows they can still take and make a joke. However Insatiable is not just another beach read, there is enough classical literature built in to make readers of Dracula giggle at certain allusions and references. ( Yes, we lovers of classical literature do giggle but only on occasion and never in public). Fans of 24 and fashionistas will also feel “in”…as always Cabot has a little bit for everyone. All around Insatiable was home run for me…the perfect book at the perfect time!

Reading Insatiable also reminded me of one of my favorite lines from Interview with a Vampire:

“Vampires who pretend to be humans pretending to be vampires…..How avant-garde.”.

Indeed. Ms. Cabot…Bravo!


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Review: Runaway

Emerson Watts is pretty much your average teen girl. She goes to an alternative high school in New York City where she gets somewhat decent grades and is popular among her peers. In the love department Em is nursing a major crush and/or possible relationship and like many teenage relationships go she is often not sure which is the case. Except there is one thing, that makes her quite exceptional, she happens to have had her brain transplanted into the most popular supermodel in the world Nikki Howard. Em now finds herself drop dead gorgeous and stalked by one of the top corporations on the planet to which she seems to be permanently connected.  Oh and the real Nikki Howard wants her body back by the way.

In Runaway the third book in the popular Airhead series, Meg Cabot has pumped up the volume as Stark Enterprises has become even more evil than anyone once believed possible.  Not content with ruling the world through commercial means, Stark enterprises has more sinister plans that go far beyond the stalking of Em and trying to murder Nikki for her attempted blackmail.  Now they seem to be targeting anyone who buys their new product line of cheap laptops. The only question is why?

While trying to keep the real Nikki happy and her family in hiding, Em must find a way to stop Stark while still keeping those she loves safe from the company’s founder the nefarious Robert Stark. Also there is her pretend relationship with Robert’s somewhat repulsive son Brandon to keep up for appearance sake. Meanwhile the real object of her dreams is none other than her darkly handsome once best friend Christopher. Once her closest confidant he now spends his time either rescuing or rejecting her. But can even Christopher help her this time?

What’s a girl to do when she needs to save the world, catch the boy of her dreams and model a million dollar bra in the Stark Angels New Year’s Eve Fashion Show all at the same time? Cabot’s Runaway answers all the burning questions readers may have about the Airhead series and includes a plot twist you’ll never guess. The end is in sight; the only question is will Em or Nikki still be alive to see it?

A great book full of hilarious pop culture references for laugh out loud reading. Runaway and the entire Airhead series is perfect for the reluctant young adult reader or anyone in search of a fun read, Meg Cabot once again has hit on her hands. I really enjoyed the Airhead series and cannot wait to see what Meg has in store for us next…although I have heard her next series is a little dark…what fun!

Three Reasons Meg Cabot is Awesome (Read the Book to Understand)

1.) She knows who Candy Finnegan is ( loved that reference)

2.) Whenever anyone asks about the eleven year age difference between my husband and I, I can now say “Edward Cullen was like, a hundred years older than Bella.” – Thanks Meg that one will come in handy!

3.) Meg completely surprised me with her plot twist and that rarely happens for me since I read so much! Love it when does though!

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Guest Post: The Fabulous Meg Cabot

Today’s guest author post is written by none other than the always fabulous Meg Cabot. I have to say I have a lot of interaction with authors and some can be quite unapproachable but not Meg. She is so sweet, personable and quite hilarious! I am so thankful and honored that she was able to write a post for Stiletto Storytime while out promoting her latest success Runaway which is book three in the Airhead series. My review will be up soon but trust me it does not disappoint! I know how busy Meg is and feel very lucky she was able to write a post for us. Meg’s story is wonderful and I thank her for telling it, it means a lot to me as a children’s librarian and I know it will mean a lot to my readers as well.   The more I authors I meet, the more individuals I learn have been touched by librarians in their journey to who they have become and the contributions they have made to our literary world. At time of drastic library budget cuts, Meg is another important voice speaking out for libraries and librarians and the good they do! Plus the woman has great taste in shoes….check out her Hero in Heels donation. Again behind every smart woman…we keep finding a great pair of stilettos!

‘Remember just like stilettos, reading is always in style.”

“I know as someone who’s published a zillion books I probably seem like a person who has been reading since birth. But I came to reading kind of late by today’s standards, judging by all those Your Baby Can Read ads I see on TV!

At seven I had a lisp and was convinced everyone else was saying the letter S wrong. The way I pronounced it sounded just right, all nithe and thoft.

No one was in a rush back then to teach kids to read by a certain age, or get them into certain schools because if they didn’t their lives would be ruined by age 6. I liked to look at the pictures in books and make up my own stories to go with them. I liked this way of doing things just fine and didn’t see why things had to change.  My mom tried to get me to read on my own, but it was like the “S” thing.  I just didn’t like it.

Then things changed drastically:  My dad was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: teach in a French university (his subject: quantitative business analysis).

Maybe today parents might worry about what effect plunking their kids down in the local French village school might have on their kids, but back then, zut alors!

Everyone at my new school was very kind to me because I was American and they all wanted to be my friend.  Children have an enormous capacity for learning languages, and I learned to speak French (with a lisp) quickly.

I wasn’t too concerned about learning to read it, however, and frankly, no one else seemed all that bothered about it, either.  My parents weren’t able to bring any of our books with us from America because there wasn’t room what with all the other necessities, such as powdered milk (don’t even ask).

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Instead, they bought us French books when we got there.  My favorites were about Martine, a beautiful French girl who starred as the petite rat de l’opera, fait du camping, rode in horse competitions, and put on elaborate plays in the attic of her mansion with her bonnes amies (or at least that’s what I was able to figure out from the pictures).

I loved these books so much that if my mom came home from the grocery store without a Martine book, I cried.  When it was time to go back to America, I insisted on taking my Martine books (which I still have) with me.

When I started second grade back in America, I found that I was woefully behind my American peers.  They were studying number lines.  There were no number lines at my French village school (though you did get a free bottle of wine if you won the ring toss at the school fair).

That, coupled with the lisp and the discovery that I was more or less illiterate in the second grade landed me in special ed.

In my special ed class, we were taken to the library and told to check out books from a certain rack.  I couldn’t find any books about Martine (Martine is nowhere to be found in America.  I’ve never given up looking), so I promptly gave up.

The school librarian, Mrs. Perry (honestly, I can’t remember her name, but this is the name of the current librarian at Highland Park Elementary, which is where I went to school . . . although it was called Child’s School back then . . . so I’m going to call her Mrs. Perry, because Mrs. Perry looks nice on the website http://www.highland.mccsc.edu/media_center/aboutme.html ) noticed my disinterest and asked what I was looking for.

I described Martine. Mrs. Perry said she’d never heard of Martine and asked if there might be any other kind of book I’d like to read.  I shrugged.  Not really.

Mrs. Perry asked what I liked.  I mentioned that I liked animals.  Mrs. Perry led me to the non-fiction shelf.  We looked through it together, but I saw nothing with the spark and vigor of Martine.

Then Mrs. Perry, through some twist of fate—or maybe somehow she just knew, because she was a librarian, and librarians somehow KNOW—opened a book on the life cycle of the kangaroo.  It had a ton of pictures, including a gestation chart that showed, in graphic detail, how the fetal roo is forced to struggle from its mother’s vagina up into the pouch, a treacherous and long journey that if it does not make, it will NOT SURVIVE.

I was both horrified and excited.  What WAS this book?  It certainly wasn’t about Martine and her bonnes amies. But it might even be better.

I seized the life cycle of the kangaroo, checked it out, and proceeded to read every fascinating and lurid detail.  It turned out if it was something interesting enough, I enjoyed reading very much.

I must have read that book five million times.   To this day I remember everything about the life cycle of the kangaroo.

Finally one day Mrs. Perry, noticing how many times I’d renewed the book, gently asked, “Do you think you’re ready for something else now?”

I was not, in fact.  But then Mrs. Perry offered a different book, one that had very few pictures, no gestational roos, and no ballerinas.

It did, however, have a horse.  Black Beauty.

“I think you’ll like it,” she said.  “Even better than the life cycle of the kangaroo.”

She was right.  I loved Black Beauty so much that I demanded that my mother buy Black Beauty so that I wouldn’t have to check it out of the library anymore, but could have it in my home to read whenever I wanted, like Martine.

“What elthe?” I asked Mrs. Perry.

Lassie.  Lad a Dog.  Old Yeller.  The Yearling. Gradually we moved out of animals and into stories about girls, like the All of a Kind Family, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Lloyd Alexander books (starring Princess Eilonwy).

Though I barely noticed, I’d learned to read, discovered what a number line was (although I have never once been called upon to utilize this information in real life), and dropped the lisp (the last straw was when they’d waved a Snickers in my face and told me I could not have it unless I pronounced the letter S properly.  That was it.  I was done.  I conformed).

I was moved out of special ed.

I was 9 when my parents dropped the next bomb: Like Allie in my Allie Finkle books, we were moving across town.  To a creaky old house, probably haunted, in a different school district.  I never saw Mrs. Perry again.  I even forgot her name.  But I owe her everything.

Just last month I received this email from an old elementary school classmate:

I remember you speaking about how a school librarian helped you growing up.  The school board just passed a budget cut eliminating all elementary and middle school librarians from the MCCSC school district.  We are all heart broken about this decision, and are already coming together as a community to try to figure out how stop this.   One way we felt would be to hold a city wide elementary read-a-thon.  I thought you would be the perfect spokesperson to help us with this endeavor. Could you say a few words about how librarians supported you?

This was what I wrote back:

My love of reading was born in Monroe County Public School libraries.  It was a school librarian who took the time to listen to and get to know me, then guide me to the perfect books for my age and interests…books that got me hooked on reading, and eventually inspired me to start writing books of my own.

Without a Monroe County elementary school librarians, it’s safe to say there’d be no Princess Diaries, or any books by Meg Cabot at all.

So save a librarian…and help make a reader for life (or even produce a future author)!” -Meg Cabot

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Summer Reading for Girls

Summer is upon us and it’s time again for Summer Reading! Make sure you sign up at your local library! No matter the age of your children most libraries will have an appropriate program from birth to teens. Book stores often also have Summer Reading Programs such as Barnes and Noble where kids can earn a free book just by reading. If you have girls in the 8-12 age range below are two great choices for their summer reading lists! Plus they are both part of great series so if your girls like them…there are more to enjoy!

As usual I cannot say enough about The Mother Daughter Book Club series. The latest Much Ado About Anne features the girls reading the classic Anne of Green Gables. I first read this book last fall and I have to admit I have read it again since then after re-reading Anne of Green Gables. The series is such a great way for kids to read classics with a modern fiction companion. Also with four great main characters-there is a character for every girl to identify with in some way! Keep a watch out for future volumes as well…I hear Heather Vogel Frederick has some great plans for the series! Below is a description for Much Ado About Anne:

“Drama is required reading in this spirited sequel to The Mother-Daughter Book Club, as the mothers have a big surprise in store for Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan:  They’ve invited snooty Becca Chadwick and her mother to join the book club!  But there are bigger problems when Jess finds out that her family may have to give up Half Moon Farm.  In a seventh grade year filled with Anne of Green Gables, skating parties, a mother-daughter camping trip, and a high-stakes fashion show, the girls realize that it’s only through working together — Becca included — that they can save Half Moon Farm.”

Another great series for girls is Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot. I think this series is great especially for those younger girls who are just now moving into longer chapter books. Allie is a great character that most girls will love! She’s funny, girly and very fashion forward! Also she deals with a lot of common problems facing kids such as bullying, making new friends and moving to a new place. There are three great titles so far in the series. I just finished The New Girl and am looking forward to reading Best Friends and Drama Queens next. Also check out the Scholastic site for the series which has some great games, contests and more! Below is a description for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl:

“Allie Finkle is the new girl at Pine Heights Elementary, and she’s very excited. She already knows she likes her new fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hunter, and she’s already friends with classmates Erica, Caroline, and Sophie. There is only one fly in the ointment of Allie’s perfect new life: one of the girls in Allie’s new class, Rosemary, doesn’t like her. In fact, Rosemary says she’s going to beat Allie up after school.  Everybody around Allie tells her their rules for dealing with bullies. But which are the right ones to follow?”

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A Sizzling Summer of Reading

I was looking today at my list of YA and Adult books that are coming out this summer and I am super excited. Because they are fun and flirty this summer! If you haven’t got these jotted down…make a note and get on the request list early at your local library! I know when I am on the beach this summer some of these will be in my bag!
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May 1: Airhead by Meg Cabot
(P.S. Head to Meg Cabot’s site for a chance at a free Advanced Reader’s Copy. I got one and can’t wait to read it and she sends you a real nice email with it!)
May 6: The Host by Stephenie Meyer (her first adult novel)
May 8: Gossip Girl: The Carlyles Series #1 by Cecily Von Ziegesar
May 27: Pretty Little Liars: Unbelievable by Sarah Shepard
June 3: Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Ann Godbersen
Aug 2: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Aug 26: Identical by Ellen Hopkins
That should keep us all busy this summer!

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New Children’s Fiction

I have been trying to catch up on some of the new juvenile fiction for 2008. I have just finished Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone and Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot. I have to say I liked them both. Both had wonderfully precocious female protagonists who you could not help but love. What can I say I am a sucker for a girly book and the covers of both seemed to pull me in as they sat on the shelf.

Deep Down Popular is about a tomboyish young girl named Jesse Lou Ferguson. She is nursing a crush on the most popular boy in sixth grade Conrad Parker. He is a boy that walks, talks and sleeps in the world of popularity until one day he comes to school with a leg brace. Suddenly things change and Jesse Lou finds herself more and more thrown together with Conrad as they try to figure out some mysterious happenings in their small town in rural Virginia.

The book is cute and very nicely written in a very poetic style. The young Jesse Lou is a fledgling poet herself. The relationship between Jesse Lou and Conrad remains mainly a school grade crush so the work would be good for lots of ages if they can handle the length and longer poetical musings. I have to say that the cover is misleading though. The cover to me seemed very girlie..with the argyle socks and pink tennis shoes but the main character is anything but. Although we do see her in a dress at some point, Jesse Lou likes to chop off all her hair on her own and never seems to care how she looks or dresses. What friends she has are mostly boys and you would not think the color pink would appear in her wardrobe. Her older sister Melinda is the self-appointed princess of the family but I never got the feeling that Jesse Lou wanted to be girly. Some girls may be looking for a girly read and be disappointed but the book is great and I would recommend it.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot is everything you would expect from the author. Cute, funny and even a bit sarcastic it brings the world of Allie Finkle to life for this first work Moving Day. The title is the first in a series and I think will be a hit. Little girls will love it especially the one with a girly side. I know lots of little girls I will be recommending this one too. It would also be great for children anticipating a move in the future or newly moved. It shows a great lesson about not expecting something to be horrible before giving it a chance. I look forward to the next book in the series! Scholastic has also put together a really great Allie Finkle Site for the book with fun games and a rules contest. You can also visit Meg Cabot’s Site to enter to win a copy of the book.

The next book in the series is Allie Finkle: The New Girl which will be out in August!

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