Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Bookish Blogoversary: Kersten Hamilton, author of Tyger Tyger & Giveaway

Welcome to Day 5 of my Blogoversary Bash!

Kersten Hamilton is the author of Tyger Tyger:

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.

Kersten's Faves:

Reading Like a Writer

I know this is supposed to be about my favorite books…but there are too many to choose from! I can’t read a book or watch a movie without studying how the writer builds characters, advances plot, and pulls readers or viewers along with pacing. I would like to point your readers toward one TV series and two delicious books that I have just finished, so they are very fresh in my mind.

For a cast of excellent characters:

Downton Abbey. It is rare for me to suggest that people watch television, but Oscar–award winning writer Julian Fellowes has done such a good job creating complex, appealing characters in his historical series I can’t help myself. I recommend it. I practically gush over it. Masterpiece Theater aired a cut–down version, but to see the original I would suggest getting the DVD or downloading the show from iTunes.

For illuminating plot:

In Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, Blake Snyder writes, “(each scene) must have something happening that causes the emotional tone to change drastically either from + to – or from – to +.” Exactly. That is true of novels as well, and I have never seen it expressed better. That emotional electricity flowing through the scenes keeps your plot alive. This book is fun not just for writers but for anyone who enjoys movies. It invites you inside to see how they work.

For an example of powerful pacing:

Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid. I love Riordan’s pacing. He will be roaring along in a scene and toss in a jaw–droppingly brilliant bit of description. A single sentence that causes a character to jump, three dimensional and alive, from the page, and he does it without slowing anything down. Amazing.

Thank you for inviting me to do a guest post, Casey! I would love to hear your readers’ recommendations for characters, plots and books with excellent pacing.

I hadn't heard of Downton Abbey, but it looks like my kind of show! It has Maggie Smith in it (McGonagall from Harry Potter)! I'm also loving all the Rick Riordan love this week =) The Red Pyramid is another one of his that I need to make time to read!

Thanks so much for sharing, Kersten!

Tyger Tyger Giveaway

Thanks so much to Kersten for donating a copy of Tyger Tyger for giveaway!

The Rules:
  • One lucky winner will receive a copy of Tyger Tyger courtesy of Kersten Hamilton
  • Open anywhere The Book Depository ships (please check the eligible countries HERE)
  • Ends 3/8/11 at 12:00 pm EST

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post (with your email address) responding to Kersten's question:
"I would love to hear your readers’ recommendations for characters, plots and books with excellent pacing."

Extra Entries:
  • +1 Follow Kersten Hamilton on Twitter: @KerstenHamilton (provide your username)
  • +1 Add Tyger Tyger to your to-read shelf on Goodreads (link to your profile)
  • +1 Follower (new or old -- leave your follower name)
  • +1 Share this contest (direct link in comments)

Good luck!

Remember, comments on this post will also enter you in the Blogoversary Giveaway #2! Come back tomorrow to see Kelly Keaton's favorite reads!


Rie Conley said...

Delirium has great pacing, and on the adult side anything Jeaniene Frost has written.


Ricki said...

One of my favorite books with unique characters and plot is Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.
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Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thanks for the great list! I want to get to Rick Riordan's series. Both of them actually. :)

OOOOOhhhhh I WANT this book! I loved reading it and want to have it on the shelf so I can Show it off and tease my friends with it. :) I know they would love it if they just saw it. :)

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Thank you!!!!!


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh, a recommendation. :) Sorry I was all excited.

Um, well I'm reading City of Bones at the current moment, and I really am enjoying the pacing and the characters in this book. It's really done nicely to keep the pages turning.

But I really enjoyed Hunger Games as the pacing was fast forward with the characters. And an interesting take on the world created.

Thank you!!!!

Reading mind said...

Hello there!
My list of books has different genres in it, I wasn't sure which one you would like:

1) the crimson petal and the white (faber).
Set in Victorian England, it is a lovely, compelling story of love and struggle.

2) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.
Also set in Victorian England, a bit of shadohunter and steampunk for a great book.

3) Anything written by Terry Pratchett, for lots of action and humor. (fantasy)

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Enbrethiliel said...


Pacing, aye? Hmmmm . . .

I'd recommend Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman. It's about a boy who has to escape a diabolical amusement park. It has to be fast-paced and action-packed because he has one night to survive seven rides, but at the same time, it gives him (and the reader) the necessary "downtime" for reflection. Shusterman is pretty great with descriptions, too, but he's at his most lyrical in Downsiders (my favourite novel by him).

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Jadey! said...

For pacing, plot and characters: Anything by Robin McKinley, except possibly Spindles End and especially The Blue Sword. She is an amazing author that I love. Also, a local author for me, though little know, Zoe Marriott, her books are works of art in themselves.

Though my all time favourite character is Katniss from The Hunger Games

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Jessy said...

One of the books that I just ate up was Graceling. Kristen Cashore has such an imagination. This book has it all.

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Mary Ellen said...
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Mary Ellen said...

I just finished reading a copy of Tyger Tyger, that I borrowed from the library, yesterday. It's now on my list of favorite books. I can't wait for the sequel! I'd love to own a copy to loan out to friends and family.
It's hard to narrow recommendations down to a few, my list started with 12 and those are just my favorite books and series. But here are few:
For Characters, The Tom Wasp books written by Amy Myers. Tom Wasp is a chimmney sweep in London, and his apprentice, are two of my most loved characters. They're brought to life so vividly and they are so loveable and unforgettable.
For Pacing, I have to agree that Rick Riordan's books are excellent. I would add The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey and Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series. Once they start, they never seem to stop, they are very hard to put down.
For plot I choose Ascendant and Rampant by Diana Peterfreund, Fire and Gracling by Kristin Cashore and I have to add The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
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Thanks for the chance to win.

Vivien said...

I could not put down Under the Dome by Stephen King. Yes I know it's 1000 pages, but the pacing is so phenomenal you don't even realize it. I'll also say Fire by Kristen Cashore is done really well. I also just read Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran and fell in love with the french revolution.

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TheGirlOnFire said...

I am currently reading the Paris Wife. I can't get over how well the author captured 1920s in the voice of the main character. I am yet to finish but so far seems to have great characters.
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Sasha Switz said...

I would recommend anything by Cassandra Clare. She always has great characters and plots, and her pacing is just right. She has two series out at the moment, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. They are both amazing!

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BLHmistress said...

I would recommend if you read this type of book The Stand by Stephen King.

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Ria said...

I would absolutely recommend the entire Darkest Powers trilogy, by Kelley Armstrong. Believable characters, good pacing, and entertaining from beginning to end.


Lindsay said...

Okay I've got a few to recommend :) If you like YA, you should definitely go for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. That book is just fantastic. Then there's Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which was written amazingly. There's Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, which are both amazing dystopian books. And if you're into great vampire stories, then shoot for Vampire Academy. This series gets better and better as it goes along :)
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Midnyte Reader said...

I've been wanting to read Tyger Tyger for a long time. This was a great post about writing, thank you so much for the recommendations.

I love the Hunger Games trilogy for characters, plot and pacing. I just read White Cat by Holly Black and loved it too. It had all 3 of those elements.

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Elizabeth said...

Kimberly Derting she is the best YA author in my opinion.
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Kulsuma said...

I think Hunger Games had amazing pacing, as did Harry Potter.

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Lexie said...

I would definitely recommend The Hunger Games for all of its elements.
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MadamMarsee said...

I really enjoyed The Fallen series (Fallen, Leviathan, Aerie, & Reckoning)
Very well paced and so descriptive!

Amy said...

I recommend all of Pamela Clare and Richelle Mead's books. They all have good pacing and excellent characterization.

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LittleMsBookish said...

I would definitely recommend the Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot as well as the Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Both series are funny and romantic at the same time. :D

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Jennifer said...

For giveaway #2

I've never heard of the Red Pyramid. Thanks for introducing me to something new.

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Meredith said...

I liked Clockwork Angel for characters and pacing.

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Aylee said...

A book with excellent characters: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I absolutely adored the characters from this book. Especially Ethan and Amma. So well developed.

A book with an excellent plot: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. What a chilling concept but it makes for such a thrilling plot.

A book with excellent pacing: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Non stop action. Could not put them down!

A book with All Three: Well, the Harry Potter Series obviously :)

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Crystal ♥ said...

Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series is my favorite, it has everything.

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Kanchb said...
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Kanchb said...

Sharon Shinn, Catherine Asaro and Steve Miller and Sharon Lee are all three authors with superb plots, amazing characters and fabulous story-telling abilities.


krazzyme said...

The hunger games has EVERYTHING!
1)god awesome pacing
2)PEETA!!!!!!(he's a character if you didnt know)
3) a gripping plot

she's smart and has a heart of gold.Harry would be lying in his grave if she wasn't with him.


Rhiannon said...

I saw the first piece of Downton Abbey and loved it, but then I flew home and don't have cable! Kersten, thank you for reminding me to download it! And I loved the Red Pyramid, I agree Rick is an uber talented author, though Kersten has one hell of the books on the shelf right now. Loved Tyger Tyger!
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IdentitySeeker said...

Hi:) Thanks for the great giveaway. I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Tyger Tyger for a while now and I really, really hope to win.

An example of excellent characterisation would be in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series- an excellent cast of characters there.

An example of good pacing would be Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Both books appeared to be similar on many aspects, not least of which is the fact that both are centred around heroines and set in the future (although the former is utopian and the latter is dystopian). I just felt that they were similar on pacing and that the pacing was excellent.

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Brooke said...

I already own Tyger, Tyger, but I still wanted to comment. My recommendation is Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter because I loved its characters, plot, AND pacing. It was great!

Thanks for sharing!

Bookadicea said...

One novel I knew that have unique characters and plot is The Hunger Games of Suzanne Collins.

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*Jam* said...

I really need to start reading Rick Riordan! People only say good things about his books. And The Red Pyramid seems like an excellent one to begin with!


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