It's the start of a new week, and guess what I'm doing? That's right; you guessed it: HOMEWORK. What else is new in the life of a full-time college student? On the bright side, my most-amazing crit partner Sarah finished the fourth draft of my manuscript. And on the even brighter side, I've finished hers and soon her agent is going to be subbing it to editors.
We kind of feel like this:
Anyway, here is your Monday Music! This week's selection is called Tree of Life by Audiomachine.
I'm a bad blogger, and I apologize. Yesterday is a story for another time, but here I am now. =]
Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature--freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called "the Blue." They say it's paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it's a place where Nat won't be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag group of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit wait on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
Sometimes, live-action trailers are pretty cool. Sometimes, trailers with voice over are pretty cool. (For example, UNBREAKABLE) However, this is not one of those instances.
What the voice says, on the other hand, is pretty interesting. It gets me intrigued about why she wants to escape. (Call me weird, but I absolutely LOVE the cold.) Also, the clips we do get are pretty compelling. I mean, it's pretty typical with the girl looking out the window all longingly, and the flash we get of that birthmark-looking thing on her chest, but if you can look beyond that it does keep you pretty interested.
The point it takes a sour note, however, is after we get a glimpse of the guy. Is that supposed to be the cocky love interest, Ryan Wesson? Is it just me, or does it look like he's either A. planning her demise in his head, or B. planning to stalk her (like so many "love interests" in Young Adult novels do)? And I'm sorry, in those clothes, you would be FREEZING to death! Las Vegas is frigid now (which, believe me, is an epic twist), so why the cheese are those two dressed as if it's mildly brisk outside?
Lastly, the way she holds up that thing and looks through to a sunny, beachy place beyond leads me to wonder what, exactly, that thing is. Beguiling, no? And that teeny, tiny chirp of a bird we hear is kind of cute.
It's beginning to feel like autumn and I couldn't be more happy! I went to Bath and Body Works today and bought some fall-scented candles. I have one lit now, and every time I breathe in I get a whiff of it and it makes me so happy!
Pause for a happy dance.
Anywhoo. To continue, here is your Monday Music! It's called Monsters by Imagine Dragons. It keeps the same upbeat melody of the band, but it delves deeper into who this person is they are singing about. (And it makes me think of the third book in my trilogy.)
It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning...
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone, let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family--even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
The beginning of the trailer is nice. It's not too dramatic, as it's a pretty ordinary line of "Just before the start of the summer half in the spring of 1883" against a castle-like college. However, the music more than makes up for the ordinary-feeling the first line gives off.
I've only read a snippet of the book so far (as I don't have much time to read the full preview available here) but this is very fitting to the beginning. It's not all too dramatic, but it has just enough mystery to keep me interested, as does the trailer.
Although the trailer is only pictures, they give me an idea of what the book is about. And then comes the lightning bolt at the :26 second marker, and we get the punch in the gut reviews have promised. (Read reviews of it here and here.) At marker :48, I'm not quite sure if that boy is supposed to be Iolanthe or Titus, so it kind of takes me away from the story being told.
Lastly, the four blurbs are be authors I respect, and the praise they give it makes it seem like it's worth looking into, despite the typical "special one must save the day" trope of the book. It seems unique enough, in an alternate-history sort of world, so I think it's worth at least looking into.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn't know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy's room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon--a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night. Now Kennedy has to take her mother's place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon--battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way. UNBREAKABLE on Goodreads
There are times when live-action trailers really need help. However, this is not one of those times. The first line "I never believed in ghosts until one tried to kill me" immediately piques our interest (even if it is a little cliche). And the voice-over continues to give us hints of the story without making it too explicitly clear what the book is all about.
The actors are also pretty good. The girl isn't supernaturally (see what I did there?) gorgeous, and her voice is very fitting, with just the right amount of inflection to keep my interest. The bits and pieces of plot (the holy water, the crossbow, the ancient text and symbols, the two boys) give me just enough hints where I'm left with a sense of the world but leaving me wondering what more is to come.
The ghosts and kiss at the end leave me wondering who they encounter (and which twin she's kissing!). The music finale is perfect, with the lyrics ending on a perfect note: "Still you haunt me." How much more fitting can a book get?
Overall, this is a great trailer. I give it five stars!
BUT IT'S GORGEOUS! Seriously, look at this beautiful cover.
I'm with Jessica on this one: My favorite is definitely the hardcover of Born Wicked, but the paperbacks are gorgeous and I own two of them. Now I just want to get this third one and my trilogy will be complete.
So now...feast your eyes...on this...
And now go enter to win some tasty ARCs on Jessica's website!
I'll be the first to say I'm not a blogger. I'm not very good at it, and I feel like there are already a lot more blogs out there with writers who actually have things to say about the craft. But me? Nah, I'll do something else.
I'm a firm believer that music helps when writing, and there are dozens of different scenarios that call for different music. So every Monday, I'll post a different song that I use when writing.
Every Friday, I'll have trailer reviews. Why? 'Cause I love book trailers. I feel like they really benefit a book, giving hints of what's between the covers. And, often, they have pretty awesome music that accompanies it.