Book of the Week-City of Bones-Special TMI Read-A-Thon Edition!

This week’s Book of the Week, view and the next few, will be a bit different. I am currently hosting a TMI Read-a-Thon, re-reading all the books of the Mortal Instruments series in anticipation of the release of City of Heavenly Fire. You can join in by clicking this link.

But instead of just reviewing the book, I will talk about why I love each book so much, what I felt when I read it, my memories from reading the book the first time.

I hope that you can all join in! For now, enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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GoodReads / Barnes and Noble / Amazon / Book Depository

Genre:

Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Part of a Series?:

The first in the Mortal Instruments Series

Age Recommendation:

13+

Plot Summary:

From GoodReads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing?not even a smear of blood?to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My City of Bones Experience: 

The first time I read this book was nearly four years ago, in the summer of 2010. The book had already been out for three years and I was jumping late on this bandwagon, but before it completely blew up. That’s not really important though. I was in Borders (oh R.I.P. Borders) looking for something new to read. I was desperate at this point. My boyfriend and I had just broken up and if you’ve never experienced someone whom you love very much, breaking up with you, when you least expect it, it hurts. Badly. And I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. The only thing I’ve ever been good it, the only thing that has ever been able to fix me and make me feel better is reading.

So I was at Borders. I think City of Bones was one of those “employee recommends” that they put on the shelves sometime. I picked it up, read the back cover, and thought, hmm, maybe. It sounded fairly interesting and the fact that the main guy character’s name was Jace kind of had me sold. I love that name, and now love it even more.

I went home that night, and proceeded to read it so fast that I’m surprised the pages didn’t blur in front of my eyes. I immediately went back the next day to buy City of Ashes…and then went back the day after to buy City of Glass, and so on. I was hooked, line and sinker. It was magical.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. City of Bones. It was absolutely breath taking to me. It pulled me into this unbelievable, dark, sexy, incredible world and I never wanted to leave. I’ve always wanted to be a wizard and go to Hogwarts. I’ve always wanted to be a Jedi Knight with a badass lightsaber. As soon as I read City of Bones, I added one more to that wishlist: I wanted to be a Shadowhunter, and badly. I had already had…two tattoos by that point and knew that I wanted to continue to cover my body with them. The tattooed Marks of the Nephilim, the way they fought, it all sounded way too amazing for me to handle. Their world sound mysterious and dark and seriously sexy. I was addicted to it. I wanted to know about this Valentine and his plans for the Shadowhunters. I loved the idea of vampires, werewolves, faeries and warlocks. It all was so amazing to me.

I also loved Clary. I know the whole, small  normal girl turned special girl thing is kind of overplayed but I love it. I love the idea that an ordinary girl can be thrown into an incredible situation and became extraordinary. I love how you can make them small but they loom large. I love that. As a small person with lots of fears and issues with bravery, and feeling like she gets lost in the shuffle of life, I love those kinds of stories. Clary was a character that I instantly bonded with. I loved that she read, was fiercely loyal to her friends, and I was jealous of her beautiful red hair, and her ability to pull people in.

Then there was the Lightwood duo, who remain my favorite characters (besides the obvious). I loved the toughness and femininity of Isabelle Lightwood. I loved that she could be physically strong but also emotionally strong as well. I think we forget that strength can be more than just wielding a weapon. Isabelle can wield an angel blade or her fierce whip all while wearing a dress and heels. I think its beautiful that she can be strong and pretty, a fighter and feminine. I liked Alec because he seemed to be me, the kid that isn’t quite comfortable enough in his own skin, incredibly loyal to his friends and family and scared of the change around him. As soon as I figured out he was gay, I knew that I was going to watch his story closely. He meant so much to me.

And then there was Jace. I must mention, I really was so incredibly lonely when I read the book. When you realize that his name is Jonathan, which is my boyfriend’s name (ex at the time), I was dying. It was painful but so addicting. And everything about Jace made me want to grab onto him and pull him out of the pages. He was so sexy, that blond hair, and golden eyes thing going on. He was a fighter, brave and reckless and stupid but so impressive. He had sarcasm a mile, and a bite to scare away most people, but could be vulnerable and emotional. I fell massively in love with a fictional character and he remains my number one crush.

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This book did wonders for me. It was a life perserver when I was drowning in my own emotions and self-pity. It was so beautifully written that I remembered again why I loved to read, and why I loved to discover new books. It was huge in my decision to create a blog and share my love for all things books and fandoms. It was the first fandom tattoo that I got on my body, after Harry Potter and Star Wars, both of which had been in my life since I was a child. It was the first book I had read, really, since Harry Potter, that had grabbed me, made me love it and hasn’t let go since. I’m enjoying going back and reading through them, again and again. This is not the first re-read of the book and I’m sure it will not be the last!

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Share in the comments! What do you love about City of Bones? What are some things that you maybe didn’t like? Have you re-read it recently? What are some of the reasons you love it! Can’t wait to hear from you!

The Fake Geek Girl Thing Needs to Go Away!

I was browsing around Facebook yesterday, pills like I tend to do. While doing this, I stumbled upon an article on the geek girl site, The Mary Sue. You can read the full article here.

Basically it featured a full rant from Greg Rucka, who is a novelist and comic book writer and more. After spotting a very offensive shirt at a booth at this past weekend’s WonderCon, Greg felt the need to rant about the shirt.

The shirt in question? Here it is:

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God this shirt makes me want to throw up.

So how do you think I reacted to this?

By recording a vlog, of course!

I do warn you, I try to keep my vlogs as tame as possible. In this one, a few choice words slip out and I get a little angry. But I’m passionate about this and so I hope you can watch and share your thoughts in the comments!

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WonderCon 2014 Vlog Recap!

So if you don’t follow me on Twitter, information pills Facebook or Instagram, cure you may not have seen all of the awesome pictures that I posted over this past weekend, cure because I was attending WonderCon 2014 in Anaheim, CA!

For those who don’t know, WonderCon is basically a small version of the very well known San Diego Comic Con! WonderCon is actually put together by the same organization that puts Comic Con together. I LOVE WonderCon because its smaller, and Anaheim is SO close to me, and I always have an absolute blast.

This year was NO different :)

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I went and picked up my badge early on Thursday in order to enjoy the awesomeness all weekend without having to wait in line to get my badge. I met amazing people like Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl and James Dashner, the cast of the CW show, The 100, and SO much more.

But I’ll stop writing now so that you can enjoy my vlog post all about it! I managed to squeeze all 3 days of the convention into ONE 15 minutes vlog! That’s not bad for me HAHA!

Don’t forget you can also check out all the pictures from the weekend on Facebook here.

ALSO! I got my hands on lots of swag, which will be part of my blog birthday giveaway next month in May so watch out for that!

Until then, enjoy!

Can’t wait until next year!

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Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite City of Bones Moments!

Welcome to the first official post of the What A Nerd Girl Says Mortal Instruments Read-a-Thon! Yay!

I felt kind of like Kermit the Frog writing that. I hope you felt that when you read it. I want that sort of enthusiasm to permeate off the webpage you’re reading.

For those of you who don’t know, buy information pills I’m re-reading the five books of the Mortal Instruments series (for the millionth time) in order to prepare myself for the sixth and final book, sickness City of Heavenly Fire, which releases on May 27th.

I decided that the Mortal Instruments would be taking over my blog, and I am doing that as best I can. For the next five weeks, I’m all TMI. So I hope you all can sit back, relax and enjoy all things Shadowhunter.

Every Tuesday for the next five weeks, I’ll be counting down my favorite moments in each Mortal Instruments book. As this is the first week of the Read-a-Thon, that means today is my top ten favorite moments of City of Bones.

10. Church 

Jace was glaring at the cat. “I told you to bring me to Alec! Backstabing Judas.”

Church rolled onto his back, purring contentedly.” 

Its simple: everything Church does is absolute magic. This is the book where we meet him, where we learn that he’s a smart, silly, and loving cat that you can’t help but love and the moment that you realize that you start to ship Church with Chairman Meow. In all seriousness though, I have a weird addicting to this cat and I love the connection between the Infernal Devices when Church is first rescued, to him being part of the Lightwood family at the New York Institute.

9. When Clary Discovers Her Powers

“When she was done, it was as exact as she could make it. Driven by some instinct she didn’t quite understand, she reached for the cup and set it down on top of the paper. Then, very carefully, she began to sketch the runes beside it.” 

As soon as I learned what a Shadowhunter was, and that Alec, Jace and Isabelle were Shadowhunters, I wanted to be one. And I wanted Clary to be one. When I learned that Clary was a Shadowhunter, I was squealing with excitement. I was like, she’s going to get Marks and learn to use a stele and a seraph blade and its going to be absolutely awesome. I was so into that, and I knew it was only going to make her journey in the books that much better. When Clary is drawing and discovers her ability to make the image on the page become real, I was dying of happiness. I was blown away when she pulled that coffee cup out of the pages. Not only was she a Shadowhunter, but she was special and how completely cliche that is, I don’t even care because it was beautiful.

 8. When Simon and Jace First Meet

“Yeah, well, you clearly also couldn’t be bothered to call me and tell me you were shacking up with some dyed-blond wanna-be goth you probably met at Pandemonium. After I spent the past three days wondering if you were dead.”

“I was not shacking up,” Clary said, glad of the darkness as the blood rushed to her face.

“And my hair is naturally blond,” said Jace. “Just for the record.”

This is such an awesome moment, especially now that I’ve read the rest of the series. The moment when Simon and Jace meet each other officially for the first time is beautiful because they’re both so different and so hostile toward the other, that you can’t help but hope that they become best friends. They continue to have an uneasy friendship as time goes on but the moment they meet is so great. Its kind of when you think, this book series could be all about a love triangle and oh god, these boys are just going to fight the entire series. And that does happen to a point but it all comes down to the fact that they’re so different and they see each other as competition instead of allies and its just too funny to watch. They are both so obviously trying to be cool and awesome in front of Clary at this moment and they both fail at it.

7. Discover Luke is a Werewolf 

“He looked at her, not saying anything, and she remembered suddenly the wolf in the alley, all black except for that one gray streak down its side, and she remembered the disc hitting it, and she realized it. 

‘You’re a werewolf.'”

Everything about Luke suddenly made so much more sense when we discover that he is a werewolf and he tells the story of his growing up, becoming Valentine’s parabatai, and becoming a werewolf and living his life as a mundane as Jocelyn’s best friend. I was so angry at Luke and the way he treated Clary but he came and saved her life from Hodge (ew) and made me absolutely happy. I love that everyone has their foot in this world somehow. We have the vampires (more on that in City of Ashes) and a warlock in Magnus and a werewolf in Luke. I loved that it just seemed so natural for him to be so and that it fit the history that we had learned from Hodge of the Circle and all that. I love also that it gave Clary the equal opportunity to try and get Jace back from Valentine.

6. When Magnus and Alec First Meet 

“What welcome?” Magnus asked. “I’d say is was a pleasure to meet you, but it wasn’t. Not that you aren’t all fairly charming, and as for you-” He dropped a glittery wink at Alec, who looked astounded. “Call me?”

I ship Malec so hard and not just because I actually like them together, but because I love all the boundaries that Cassandra Clare pushes in their relationship. Besides the obvious boundary being pushed with Malec being a gay couple, I think its because it pushes both characters. Alec is gay but can’t admit it, and Magnus is in love with Alec, a Shadowhunter, something that he doesn’t really want to do. And I love the moment that they meet. Alec thinks he’s so good at hiding how he feels and that no one in the world knows he’s gay but Magnus notices so fast, and is immediately attracted to him. I love that it completely throws Alec off his game, and that it intrigues him. Its a beautiful moment.

5. When Jace Turns Against his Father 

“Turning in astonishment, she saw Jace by the door, his arm still raised, and realized he must have flung the dagger with enough force to knock the black sword out of his father’s hand.” 

Finding out that Valentine Morgenstern is both Clary and Jace’s father was a huge thing that I had never seen coming when reading the book for the first time. I think I legitimately felt sick to my stomach. No, no way. There was no way that Clace was a pair of brother and sister. They were meant to be! Clary was going to break down the hard walls of Jace’s personality and make him fall madly in love with her and they were going to live happily ever after…and then suddenly they were brother and sister, and Jace is ready to do whatever his father needs him to do, and I felt like Jace was all lost. The moment that he stops his father, and disobeys him for the first time in his entire life, gave me hope that Jace was exactly the kind of character that I had hoped he was, and that I wasn’t stupid for fictionally falling in love with him.

4. When Simon Saves Everyone’s Life

“He was holding Alec’s bow, she realized, and the quiver was strapped across his back. He drew an arrow from it, fitted it to the string, and lifted the bow expertly, as if he’d done the same thing a hundred times before.”

I think this is the moment that the reader, even myself, realizes that there is so much more to Simon than just being a mundane. I wanted Clary with Jace from the moment she met him (see later), and I was annoyed with Simon for so long. I thought he was holding her back, to be honest, until this moment. When he comes in with the bow and arrow and shoots out the skylight and saves them from the Greater Demon, I think I gained a lot more respect for him. He’s not gifted with the blood of the angel and he isn’t a Shadowhunter, but he’s incredibly smart and incredibly brave and willing, especially when it comes to the loyalty he has to Clary. I think that’s when I vowed to give Simon a better chance than I had before. Now that we’ve reached five, nearly six books, Simon is one of my favorites and I’m happy to remember the moment that he really proved himself to me.

3. When Clary Slaps Jace 

“There must have been something in her voice, because he turned to look at her. Her hand cracked across his face, a slap that rocked him back on his heels. He put a hand to his cheek, more in surprise than pain. “What the hell was that for?”

The other ten percent,” she said, and they rode the rest of the way down to the street in silence.” 

Why do I like the moment that Clary slaps Jace? Because she’s not completely in awe of who he is. I feel like there are so many YA novels out there where the girl meets the guy and he’s so special and different that she is literally in awe of him. It doesn’t feel like love or friendship or companionship to me, it feels like worship and that sort of thing does NOT lead to an actual good, healthy relationship. Just my opinion. Seeing the way Clary obviously is attracted to Jace but isn’t willing to let him push her around was always fantastic and why I loved the both of them. Jace is so cocky and he was willing to take Clary’s life in his hands at a hunch that she was a Shadowhunter and not a normal mundane and he was really lucky that he was right. Clary recognizes this and slaps him for basically being an assuming asshole. I totally cheered at that moment, and knew that Clary was the kind of girl that I could really love as a character.

2. The First Scene in Pandemonium 

“What’s this?” he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there.

“It’s a girl,” Jace said,recovering his composure. “Surely you’ve seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.” 

Sometimes it takes more than just the first chapter for me to fall in love with a book. I have to give it at least page 50 until I’m like, okay, this book has me hooked, let’s keep this going. With City of Bones, though, that was so different. I was in a rough place when I read the book, so there is that, but I was hooked from the moment that Clary stepped through the closet at Pandemonium and witnessed the showdown between Jace, Isabelle and Alec and the demon. I was massively in love with Jace from the moment they said his name, mostly because I love that name, and have for quite a many years but also because I just knew he was going to be “IT” in the books, if you know what I mean. I knew immediately that I wanted to find out the rest.

1. The Greenhouse Scene 

“There is a hollow in the pit of his stomach, a nervous edginess. He wants to pull her back to himself, to pour into her everything he is feeling: his admiration, his new-born knowledge, his devotion, his need. “I’ve never been more awake.”

I mean, duh. I think I would have a cold, cold heart if I didn’t absolutely love this scene. I LOVE this scene. Its beautiful in so many ways. I love that Jace takes the time to do something for Clary’s birthday, which is so out of character for him, because he doesn’t DO those kinds of things for people, especially those he has just met. I love that he opens himself up to her in ways that he never really has before, and I just love it all. Its the calm before the storm that is Simon or Valentine or Hodge or the Mortal Cup. Just for that moment, they’re together and they’re experiencing those fragile steps into first love and it makes me so happy every time I read it. The first time that I read Jace’s POV (which is where the quote comes from), I loved it even more. For that one moment, you think everything is going to be okay between them, right before the news that they are brother and sister, or that there’s the complication of Simon, all of that. I think that’s why I love this scene so much. Its what I had been waiting for, and it gave me hope for the rest of the series because I knew how they felt for each other. 

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I hope you enjoyed Stop 1 on the What A Nerd Girl Says Read-a-Thon, and that you’ll be with me the rest of the way! You can check out the rest of the “tour” schedule by clicking this link!

And don’t forget to share your own favorite scenes from City of Bones in the comments!

What A Nerd Girl Says’ Mortal Instruments Read-A-Thon!

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I really did try to come up with a better name for this. Obviously I failed miserably. This is why I don’t name things, viagra buy guys. I let other people do that work for me!

Moving on…

In just over a month, the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire, will be hitting bookstores. War will be waged, battles will be fought, tears will definitely be shed.

You can read my City of Heavenly Fire synopsis reaction here.

And in order to celebrate and prepare for this ending, What A Nerd Girl Says is going Shadowhunter.

I’ll be re-reading the Mortal Instruments books until the release, and profiling each one a week until the release. I would encourage you to join in whatever you way you can: on your blog, on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, whatever way you’d like!

I’ll be tweeting, instagraming and tumblring as much as possible and will be using the hashtag: #anerdgirlsaysTMIreadathon, so please join in! I’d love to hear from you as we make our way back through the TMI series and prepare for the heartbreak that is sure to be City of Heavenly Fire.

Here is the schedule that I’ll be doing for my TMI Read-A-Thon

City of Bones – Week of April 21st

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Tuesday 4/22: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Bones Moments

Thursday 4/24: Book of the Week: City of Bones

Friday 4/25: City of Bones: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 4/26: Fictional Crush of the Week: Jace Wayland (Re-Post)

City of Ashes – Week of April 28th

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Tuesday 4/29: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Ashes Moments

Thursday 5/1: Book of the Week: City of Ashes

Friday 5/2: City of Ashes: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/3: Fictional Crush of the Week: Isabelle Lightwood (Re-Post)

City of Glass – Week of May 5th

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Tuesday 5/6: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Glass Moments

Thursday 5/8: Book of the Week: City of Glass

Friday 5/9: City of Glass: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/10: Fictional Crush of the Week: Alec Lightwood (Re-Post)

City of Fallen Angels – Week of May 12th 

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Tuesday 5/13: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Fallen Angels Moments

Thursday 5/15: Book of the Week: City of Fallen Angels

Friday 5/16: City of Fallen Angels: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/17: Fictional Crush of the Week: Simon Lewis

City of Lost Souls – Week of May 19th

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Tuesday 5/20: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Lost Souls Moments

Thursday 5/22: Book of the Week: City of Lost Souls

Friday 5/23: City of Lost Souls: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/24: Fictional Crush of the Week: Magnus Bane

City of Heavenly Fire – Week of May 26th 

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Tuesday 5/27: Happy Book Birthday to Cassandra Clare!

Wednesday 5/29: Vlog Reaction to City of Heavenly Fire (Spoilers!)

Thursday 5/30: Book of the Week: City of Heavenly Fire (No Spoilers!)

Friday 5/31: City of Heavenly Fire: Favorite Quotes/Moments

Saturday 6/1: Fictional Crush of the Week: Clary Fray

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I hope that you can all join me! I know that not everyone can read as quickly as me, though, so I made these posts sort of easy so that if you’ve read the books before, you can participate!

Happy Reading everyone, and don’t forget to follow here on the Blog, the Tumblr, the Twitter, the Facebook and the Instagram to be a part of the Read-A-Thon!

Author Spotlight and Interview: Bethany Hagen

Today I’m spotlighting an author that I’m VERY excited to be spotlighting. Bethany Hagen is a debut author, for sale whose novel, visit this  Landry Park, information pills  is hitting bookshelves all over the place and is definitely getting talked about. I saw the book on shelves at Barnes and Noble and Mysterious Galaxy and I kept noticing it. It’s dark cover, and interesting title kept jumping out at me. And guys, I have a book buying problem. So it ended up in a pile of books that I bought on one trip and I went home to read it.

And I loved it. While I’ve been mostly avoiding dystopian and the like because of my own hard work at writing my sci-fi novel right now, this book was beautiful and the characters incredibly compelling and I was definitely one satisfied reader at the end of the novel.

I knew I had to get Bethany on What A Nerd Girl Says. So I did! She’s incredibly sweet and answered a few questions for me, so let’s take the time now to get to know her!

About Bethany Hagen: 

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Bethany Hagen is the debut author of the dystopian novel, Landry Park. She loves to drink coffee and do karate with her husband, but she’s quick to assure us, not at the same time. According to her website, “I’ve been a model for a painter, stung by a sting-ray, stuck in a coma, and I used to dress up as a 1904 schoolmarm, but I got paid for it, so it’s not weird”. She also has a day job as a librarian, which makes this pizza delivery driver quite jealous. She’s also QUITE good at utilizing GIFs to their best ability on her blog.

You can Find her at:

Twitter / Good Reads / Website / Blog

About Her Books: 

Landry Park

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In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

To read my review of Landry Park, click this link.

Interview with Bethany

 

Nerd Girl: What was the inspiration for Landry Park? Why was it important to you to tell this story? 

Bethany: The inspiration actually came from the city I live in and grew up in, Kansas City, Missouri. Working at a local history museum, I got to see exhibits and artifacts from the Gilded Age and the Edwardian Era–gowns and operas and garden parties. I also got to see fun Cold War era gadgets and pictures, relics from an age when people are both thrilled and terrified by the potential of nuclear technology. All of this added in with Kansas City’s historic (and very much still present) problem with poverty jostling next to unimaginable wealth, the story sort of came together on its own.

Nerd Girl: In Landry Park, Madeline struggles between the doubts she has about the way her world is run and the comfort she feels in her privileged lifestyle. How was this important to Madeline as a character and where she inevitably ends up in the end of the book?

Bethany: With Landry Park, I wanted to make sure that nothing was too easy for Madeline. Changing your entire worldview is hard. Like intensely hard work. Much harder than choosing between two rakish boys with dimpled cheeks and tousled hair. And in many dystopian novels, I think it’s fairly straightforward for heroines to accept that the world they once viewed as perfect is actually run by diabolical Goldfinger-types who want to blow up the moon. I didn’t want that for Madeline. I wanted her to struggle, to make mistakes, to feel weighted with guilt and uncertainty.

Nerd Girl: your novel has a lot of themes that are familiar to a young adult: romance, responsibility, family loyalty, commitment, rebellion and more. What is something you hope your readers get out of your novel once they’ve read it? 

Bethany: I hope readers feel like it’s okay not to be perfect. I hope that Madeline shows that it’s okay to falter and fumble and still find your way through at the end.

Nerd Girl: What are some of your own favorite books to read? Were they inspiration for your own writing career?

Bethany: Jane Eyre and Lord of the Rings were my perennial favorites, along with the works of Jane Austen and Gone with the Wind. They are absolutely inspirations for me — Austen, Bronte and Mitchell have this way of playing settings and characters off one another in a manner that I can only dream of doing (…but I try anyway). And I think my life’s goal is to write something as epic as LOTR. Or at least something that requires multiple appendices.

Nerd Girl: What can you tell us about what you are working on for the future? 

Bethany: I’m currently working on editing the sequel for Landry Park (working title Landry Park II: Landry Parkier.) I’ve also been working on a YA Sci-Fi, a YA horror and a NA gothic during my free time. I would love to eventually write in every genre. (Except self-help. My self-help book would be like Step One: Drink More. Step Two: Sweatpants. Step Three: Internet until the pain goes away.)

Nerd Girl: What sort of advice/insight do you think an aspiring author should know that doesn’t get said enough?

Bethany: Step One: Drink More. Step Two: Sweatpants. Step Three: Internet until the pain goes away.

Just kidding! (mostly)

Nerd Girl: This is kind of a fun question that I ask everyone I interview: who is your fictional crush and why? 

Bethany: Oh, the usual suspects: Edward Rochester, Darcy, Aragorn. My most recent fictional crush has been Gansey from The Raven Boys. Or maybe Stephen from Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London books. I have a soft spot for cops and British accents, so Stephen really nails the center of that Venn diagram for me.

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Thank you SO much to Bethany for answering these questions and having AWESOME answers, and for being part of this What A Nerd Girl Says spotlight.

For the rest of you, make sure to click the links above to learn more about Bethany and get your butt out to a bookstore to pick up Landry Park!

Happy Reading!