Wednesday, January 28, 2009


In today's SLJ email, there's a teen review of DEAD GIRL DANCING:

I don't know how long that will stay posted so I'll share it here:
The plot of this book is very original. You don't often read books about people switching into someone else’s body for a living! Dead Girl Dancing is a more modern day version of Freaky Friday, with a spin on it.
The cover did tempt me a bit to pick up the book, but it was more the fact that it was a book from the Dead Girl series that made me it up than the cover. While the cover did reflect the contents of the book, I think they could have come up with something more original that reflected Sharayah's character.
The best part of the book is how Amber, as a character, stays true to herself and the plot line, and stays true to herself during any situation. I also liked how she always somehow refers to a book she read during any possible situation to herself.
The book was good, but I was hoping for Amber to stay herself and how she's getting used to her daily life again. I also wanted to know how she feels now towards both Sharayah and Leah after she was their ‘Temp Lifer’. – Sabrina K., age 14


What's nice is that the things Sabrina says she wants to know moer about are answered in the final DEAD GIRL book, DEAD GIRL IN LOVE. So she should enjoy that one, too, when it comes out in the Fall.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why I won't read the 2nd book in this trilogy....

I posted this on my LJ but throught I'd share it here, too:

I just finished reading the first book in a YA novel that won a big award. I won't name this book because of "spoilers". The reason I'm writing this is because the things listed below have happened in other books, too. I liked many things about this book.

The opening line was great, I sympathized with the main character, I loved his two companions and I was intrigued at the other-world setting and mystery. The writing was powerful with great pacing and original language. I wanted to love this book--and I did up until the second half which took a different turn.

Disclaimer: The following is only my opinion, and I'm soft-hearted in my reading taste. Obviously many people loved this book enough to give it an award. The reasons I will NOT read the next book in this trilogy are:

1. The loyal pet died. Do not kill pets. When I remember the book, I will mostly remember the dead pet.

2. Too many terrible things happened without moments of humor, success, joy or fun. Which is NO fun.

3. It grew increasingly violent, frequent beatings and bloody battles.I'd rather see solid plotting than books filled with a series of horrific events -- as if shocking and horrifying readers will built a plot.

4. The hero turned violent, killing someone innocent which made me lose respect for the hero.

5. The bad guys constantly prevailed and beat the hero. I want the hero to win, at least a few times.

6. Everyone who was kind to the hero was killed. Too grim. Not balanced with good moments.

7. And my biggest complaint -- the book DID not end.It stopped at a terrible situation, abruptly, and teased that it would be continued in book 2. A good trilogy will have at least one major plot for each book, creating reader satisfaction in each book while carrying a plot arc of a bigger story throughout the trilogy. It's like cheating to stop abruplty and write: "End of Book One."

I will not be reading Book Two.

Now an EXCELLENT example of a fantastic first book in a trilogy is HUNGER GAMES. Even though it had bloody violence, the scenes were balanced by humor, wonderful secondary characters and a main character with intelligence, skill and compassion. Even when the heroine was forced to kill, she remained sympathetic. She also prevailed enough through the story, keeping the action balanced. And when the book was over, this book was satisfying with the main plots finished, offering sadness but hope, too, and leaving it open for the next challenge in book #2.

I will be reading Book Two of HUNGER GAMES trilogy (Sept. 09). I can't wait!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A "Purr-fect" DEAD GIRL review

A wonderful book review site on Blogger has given my book, DEAD GIRL WALKING, 5 "purrs" -- check it out here:

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I'm happy to announce that my agent Jennifer with ABLA has negotiated a 2-book deal with Flux for a 6th THE SEER tenatively titled MAGICIAN'S MUSE and a spin-off book called THE FINDER, featuring my favorite psychic goth, Thorn.

I'm currently writing #6 and hope to finish it before summer. Then it will be published over a year later -- in 2010.

Stay tuned to my blog and also my more active blog for the latest news!