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Monday, August 29, 2011

THE HUNGER GAMES VMA Sneak Peek!

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

School just started, and I won't be able to post much. I know you've probably seen this, but just in case you didn't, or if you just want to see it again, here is the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games!




What do you think? I think that the movie could either be spectacular or blase, but I hope that it's the former. I also hope that they stay true to the book and all of the acting is top-notch. Although I don't know if I see Katniss in Jennifer Laurence yet, Jennifer is a terrific actress!

Until the next post,
MaidenMyth

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday:

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!



"Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted by the fabulous book blog Breaking the Spine.

This week, Lit Castle in the Clouds is waiting on...


Fins Are Forever (Fins #2) by Tera Lynn Childs (sequel to 2010's Forgive My Fins)

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

Tera Lynn Childs’s sequel to Forgive My Fins offers another tail-flicking romance with plenty of fun, sun, and underwater adventure.


I adored the charming first novel in this series, Forgive My Fins, and am eagerly anticipating Fins Are Forever, which I just ordered from Target!

On Friday, I am beginning a new meme, so stay tuned!

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Reads! In the Mood For...Mondays #2

Hello Subjects of the Lit Castle!

Welcome to the second In the Mood For...Mondays, my new meme! You are definitely free to use it on your own blog, as long as you give credit to Maiden Myth and link back to the Lit Castle!

Today, Lit Castle in the Clouds is in the mood for...

Summer reads!



Although we're deep into summer and, where I live, stores are already beginning to display Christmas decorations (???) it is still summer nonetheless. So, whether you're going to the beach, have gone to the beach already, or are dreaming of going to the beach (as I am), these books are light, fun, and addictive, with true heart underneath.


Dramarama by E. Lockhart (YA)

"Two theater-mad, self-invented

fabulositon Ohio teenagers.

One boy, one girl.

One gay, one straight.

One black, one white.

And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.

It's a season of hormones,

gold lame,

hissy fits,

jazz hands,

song and dance,

true love,

and unitards

that will determine their future

--and test their friendship."




I LOVE this book. It is one of my favorites, and I have read this book more times than any other book in my collection. It is hilarious, touching, inspiring, all wrapped up in a bittersweet ending that I didn't expect. E. Lockhart is an incredible author, and I suggest that you check out all of her books, because any one of them would make a perfect summer read.


Bird by Angela Johnson (YA)

"Bird, a thirteen-year-old girl with a mission, has run away in pursuit of her stepfather. She's sure she'll be able to convince him to return home—to fill the hole he left in their family. And while she hides near his sister's farmhouse, she becomes entwined in the lives of three people who also have holes to fill: Ethan, whose heart troubles have kept him too sheltered from kids his own age; Jay, whose brother has died unexpectedly; and Mrs. Pritchard, whose house has been too empty since her husband was moved to a nursing home.
Through the unique voices of the three kids, an eloquent, affecting story unfolds—the story of how one individual's warmth and kindness can heal so many hurts. Bird will leave you thoroughly uplifted."


From the first page, I was completely immersed in Angela Johnson's prose. It is both spare and poetic, and her descriptions are so vivid that I truly feel as though I am with the characters in the experience. The plot is poignant, but keeps a lighthearted spirit throughout the novel.

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald (MG)

"Meet the Sisters Club: twelve-year-old Alex, aspiring actress and born drama queen; eight-year-old Joey, homework lover and pioneer wannabe; and smack in the middle, ten-year-old Stevie, the glue that holds them together — through dinner disasters, disputes over stolen lucky sweaters, and Alex’s going gaga over her leading man. Playfully weaving Stevie’s narration with Alex’s scripts, Joey’s notebook entries, and hilarious elements such as "How to Swear in Shakespeare" and "Dear Sock Monkey" letters, this hugely engaging novel showcases Megan McDonald’s ear for dialogue, comic timing, and insight into the ever-changing dynamics of sisterhood."

I read this book a few years ago, but it is still fresh in my mind as a wonderful book. Megan McDonald has long been one of my favorite authors, and the characters are life-like and laugh-out-loud hysterical. I loved the wackiness of the entire family, especially the part with the mother, who usually prepares mashed potatoes from a box for dinner, getting a cooking show.

I hope that you'll enjoy these books as much as I did, and I hope that you all are having a fantastic summer.

Until the next post,
Maiden Myth.

*Image from weheartit.com

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blog Comeback! In the Mood For...Mondays #1

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

At long last, my blog is being revived! *throws confetti* I know that I was supposed to be making this announcement last Monday, but I was so sick that my brain could not muster any creativity whatsoever. So, today is the day I am launching my new meme, called In the Mood For...Mondays! ITMFM is a weekly feature on Lit Castle in the Clouds in which I give book recommendations for a variety of literary cravings (such as fairies, mermaids, verse books, drama, etc.) Usually I will include three or four different books to whet your appetite. Feel free to use it, just as long as you give credit to Maiden Myth and link back to Lit Castle in the Clouds!

Today, Lit Castle in the Clouds is in the mood for....

Mermaids!



I have always loved mermaids above every other mythical creature (although, when I was younger, I was obsessed with fairies!), and now I am thrilled to see that mermaids are getting the spotlight in books and movies this year! Most of the mermaid novels that I have read are sweet, fun, and totally addictive! Here are a few that I recently enjoyed, with synopses:



Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (YA)


Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid--she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems--like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher--but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type--the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.


Although it was a predictable read, the writing was wonderful! It was bubbly and whimsical, and I became easily endeared to the cast of characters.


The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (MG)

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery - about her own identity, the mysterious father she's never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident - an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.


The captivating imagery of mermaid lore in this novel is beautiful, and extra points for this novel being British! I adore the snappy wit of Liz Kessler's writing. This book is the first in a four-book series (the fifth is coming out next year!) I suggest that you check out them all. : )

Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale by Gillian Johnson (MG)

Thora's no ordinary girl. She's got scales on her legs, purple feet, and a blowhole that squirts water from the top of her head. Thora's a half-mermaid. And as mermaid law commands, Thora must spend ten years at sea and ten years on land. In a houseboat called the Loki, Thora sails the seas with her mermaid mother, Halla, and guardian, Mr. Walters. But following her tenth birthday, Thora heads to the seaside town of Grimli, where her father grew up.
In Grimli, fat-cat tycoon Frooty de Mare will stop at nothing to expand his Tooty Frooty Enterprises. With the help of new friends and her pet peacock, Thora has her work cut out thwarting Frooty's evil plans — not to mention doing a bit of exploring into her own Grimli roots.


This novel is reminiscent of Liz Kessler and Roald Dahl's work. It's a light, quick read, but I adored its charming tone.

I hope that you will check out these books and enjoy them as much as I did! That's all for today-I will also be posting on Wednesdays and Fridays, in addition to Mondays, with the occasional review and contest. I'd tell you what's in store for the next Monday meme, but I think I'll keep it a surprise. : )

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

Monday, July 4, 2011

7.11.11=Blog Comeback!

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle in the Clouds!

I am so excited to announce the grand reappearance of Lit Castle in the Clouds. As you can see in the title, I am beginning the new era of Lit Castle in the Clouds next week! I plan to create my own memes such as:

In the Mood For...Mondays

With this meme, I will provide a list of books that I recommend for whatever literary mood you're in, whether mermaids, vampires, summer reads, dramas, etc.

Favorites Fridays

This meme is dedicated to one of my favorite books that I want to feature for the week, which will include details of why I love it and why I think that you should read it! It may seem a bit similar to the other meme that I have created, but it is different in that I am sharing one book that is one of my utmost favorites.

And...once I reach fifty followers, I am going to have a contest, so please become a follower! I believe you will find the Google Friend Connect tab on the right side of this blog...and please tell your friends!

Thank you so much for your support of this blog, and I hope that there will be a luminous future for Lit Castle in the Clouds!

Until 7.11.11.,

Maiden Myth

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog Revival!

Hello Subjects of the Lit Castle,

I must apologize for neglecting this blog for so long! You see, my last year in school was extremely busy; I had twice as many classes as usual, causing me to have 14-hour school days, with homework and study time included. When I could squeeze in any time for myself, it was usually to work on my own writing. But, now that summer is well upon us, I plan to rejuvenate this blog with giveaways, book news and reviews and the like...but I would love to hear from you. What do you want to see on this blog? I would love to hear your thoughts.


Until the next post,
Maiden Myth.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Another $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Just another heads up about an Amazon Gift Card up for grabs at Book Him Danno....

http://bookhimdanno.blogspot.com/2011/05/splash-into-summer-blog-hop-giveaway.html#comments

Good luck!