Thursday, May 2, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #147

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

How To Become a Featured Blog?

We pick our featured blogs randomly each week from the blogs who participated the week before.

Please be sure to feature your e-mail address clearly on your blog. Either on the main blog, on a Contact page, or on an About Me page. If I can't find your email easily, I will choose a different blog to feature.

Our Feature - Boarding with Books

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging this past December, so I'm still quite a newbie:)

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part of book blogging is the ability to rant with people who actually GET IT, you know? I loved writing my review of Clockwork Princess, for example, and then getting an email from another blogger who was all emotional like me and we were able to freak out together!

3. What type of books do you mainly blog about?

Basically YA everything- fantasy, paranormal, historical fiction, sci-fi... and I do MG too.

4. What is your favorite book(s)?

I HATE THIS QUESTION. I guess Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Infernal Devices and The Hunger Games. And What Happened to Alaska. And..... alright I'll stop.

5. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Well, this is a kind of small, unimportant thing but I got tweeted by a bunch of authors like Cassandra Clare, Sara Zarr, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, and Scott Westerfeld (who even read and retweeted my review of Leviathan!). Living overseas, I never get the chance to meet my favorite authors so becoming a blogger and getting to talk to them on Twitter is really awesome.

Q: Give us a sneak! What are you reading? Tell us about a fun or fail scene in your current read.

I'm reading Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins. It's the second book in her Sweet Evil series. I like it so far. I read the first book on audio and the audio version did not work. The issues I had with the first book have been solved by reading it in print.

Here's a quote I like. It's not substantive to the plot necessarily, but a way to describe a character that I've never heard before: "'You are looking well, Anna' [Kopano] said. He didn't often use contractions, but the end sounds of some words were clipped off and smoothed together in a languid, slippery sort of way, like verbal cursive."

Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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  1. That's an interesting turn of phrase to be sure :) I look forward to seeing how the whole book is once you've finished.

    Old follower stopping by :) Here's my FF post for this week.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Cool! Haven't read that series but it's on my TBR list. :D
    <a href=">My FF</a>

  3. I enjoyed Sweet Evil and if school wasn't in finals mode right now I would be reading Sweet Peril. Thank you for that tiny teaser and if you have time come check out MY FF

    Happy Friday from Reese's @Reese's Reviews: MA2F

  4. I liked Sweet Evil, and i really can't wait to get a copy of Sweet Peril! Thanks for stopping by!

    Alyana @ Read, Breathe, Read

  5. I heard so many good things about the book. I have it set to read in the summer :)

    Old Follower via Twitter

    My FF

  6. I don't think I have heard of this book.. or maybe I need to see the book cover to recognize it!!

    Angela's Anxious Life

  7. I am new to this post and am very excited to see it. I have really been looking for followers and this helps me so much! I will check the list above and follow as many of you as I can :) I can't wait for us to follow each other and become better friends!


  8. Just stopping by... I've not read either of those books. I will say that I love audiobooks (since I have a LONG commute).

    Old follower! ❤

    T. R. Graves, Author

  9. I just borrowed a copy of Sweet Evil from the library. Now I need to find time to read it.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  10. Thanks for the sneak peak! This series has been on my TBR for a while. I need to start reading it soon. Old Follower stopping by :-)

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  11. I haven't heard of Sweet Peril, but I'll look it up and add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the sneak peak!

    Old Follower! :)

    My FF @ The Creative Forum
    Happy Reading! :)

  12. I can't wait to read sweet peril! thanks for the sneak peak. :) Jodie @ Aussie Bookworm

  13. I've heard some good things about Sweet Peril and hopefully you'll end up really liking it.

    Jess @ Literary, etc (old follower)

  14. Hi Alison. I would love to participate but I have one major problem! I NEVER show my email address on my sites. To do so is to invite spam from all directions :( I only use contact forms, all of which will reach me very quickly - just as quickly as using my email address, in fact.

  15. It sounds interesting, I haven't heard of this book before.
    Old follower :)
    Here's my F&FF: Maria's Bookshelf

  16. Hope you enjoy your reads! Old follower :) FF

  17. Interesting. I haven't read it yet.

    I'm an old follower. Here's my FF:

  18. I still need to read the first book of this series. One day maybe I can finish all the books on my TBR list ( lol) :D

    Here is My FF

    Old Follower

  19. Great tease! I still need to start this series.

  20. Great feature. Nice answer.


  21. I keep meaning to read Sweet Evil!
    I'm an old follower :)
    My FF

  22. AAAAh!!! I really enjoyed reading Sweet Evil, and I can't wait to read Sweet Peril.

    teepee @ Little Librocubicularist

  23. Haven't read that series. I'll check it out.
    My Blog

  24. So glad that you're enjoying the printed version. I haven't read it yet but it's on my TBR. Thanks for stopping by this week!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  25. I just got Sweet Peril in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to finish my current read so I can dive into this one. Old follower.

    Happy Friday!

  26. I haven't really read the first book! But I'm seeing a lot of great reviews about the second book! Hope you enjoy it till the end. Thanks for following. Followed you back!

  27. I haven't heard of this one yet, but sounds like a good summer read! :) Thanks for stopping by my FF, old follow via email. :)

  28. I still haven't read the first book but it's been on my TBR for a while now. I'll remember to stay away from the audio version o.O You're right, the quote you shared is really different! Makes me curious to see if there are similarly unique quotables in this series heheh :) Thanks for sharing, for stopping by and for hosting again ♥

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  29. I am so behind =/ I haven't read that series yet.

    Thanks for stopping by =)
    Old follower

    Amie @Magic of Words

  30. I still want to read this series!! Thanks for sharing

    Old Follower :)
    My FF
    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy

  31. I haven't read that series yet, but I like the quote. Verbal cursive isn't something I've ever thought of to describe dialogue before.

    Thanks for stopping by :)
    Old follower

  32. I haven't read the series, but that's a good quote :)

    Old follower :)

    Here's My FF

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  33. New follower via Email.
    I just bought Sweet Evil, so I don't want to read the post in case it spoiled anything for me.

    My FF:

  34. I'm excited to read the trilogy! I just bought Sweet Evil when it was on sale for the Kindle the other day - squee!!

    Old follower by email :)
    My FF

  35. I enjoyed Sweet Peril but it was a little too relationship oriented in this book. Kinda wanted to see something else happen regarding the Dukes.

    Hopping through!

    Nyx @ Unraveling Words

  36. I bought Sweet Evil last week, so I'm excited to start the series!

    Thanks for stopping by my FF!

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

  37. Passing through to say hi!I'm a new follower who found you by FF blog hop and hope I can see you back at my blog or blogs =)

  38. Old follower. Just stopping by to say hi.

  39. I really need to read this series, I've heard such good things. I think it will be on my to do list for next year. Thanks for stopping by my F&FF, I'm an old follower.

    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  40. I'm so waiting to start the Sweet Evil books. I've only heard great things about it and Kaidan really intrigues me. I can;t wait to meet him. I', glad you're enjoying Sweet Peril.

    It's always a pleasure to have the host stop by!

    Thanks for stopping by my Feature & Follow Friday earlier.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  41. Great teaser, I hadn't heard of this series before. Have a great weekend!

  42. I want to read sweet evil! It's on my kindle waiting for me!

  43. That series is on my TBR. Need to get to it!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF.

  44. Here is my blog I have been searching for more book bloggers are weekend, and have a good list on my blog now. I always follow book bloggers

  45. I bought Sweet Evil as $2 e-book. I'm excited to start reading it! I'm glad you liked it enough to read the sequel.

    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

  46. Hey Alison! Sorry for this being so late. I hope you had a great weekend. :)

  47. Just now making my rounds! I'm already an email sub.

    Thanks for following me!

    Tt@ Never Ending Stories

  48. I just started blogging this past week and am looking for ways to expand my audience. This meme was featured on a Goodreads post and I just had to be a part of it! I'm on a following frenzy :D

  49. Oh, and my blog is if you care to take a look! :D

  50. Hi! I'm pretty new to blogging, but I love books, and I keep seeing your Friday Follow thing. I decided to publish spine poetry on my blog, before I really followed all the links on Aussie Bookworm's site. I don't know how to follow people who aren't on wordpress. Here is my site if you want to stop by:
    I'll try to put in the right links if I can sort it all out.


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