Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Maureen Johnson

Not bad time getting this up since the last one, haha ~ Yay /onaroll.

  1. Maureen Johnson
    I think I’ve told the story of how I first got into her books. It was way back in the day… at least like 5 years ago or something. I was at the Toronto Public Library at Bayview Village. There’s this creepy guy there who ALWAYS asks you what your name is, your address, phone number, etc. ’cause he seems to think everyone plans on stealing my card or something. ANYWAYS. He kept staring at me when I was looking at some of the books that were left on a table so I escaped to the YA section. There I found 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I decided to pick it up and when through the annoying process of checking it out through Mr. McCreepy. MOVING ON. I loved the book. As a 7th or 8th grader, this book was the craziest adventure, and I loved the envelope idea that took Ginny all across Europe. Years later, the sequel to it came out: The Last Little Blue Envelope. Somehow, I liked this book even more. I especially liked Oliver ’cause hot damn, he sounded like a pretty awesome guy by the end of the book.

    My favourite thing about Maureen Johnson, though, is that she’s really connected to her fans. She’s also a little quirky, but that makes her even more awesome. Through Twitter, I found that she has a large virtual presence and that’s pretty darn cool. She does Q&A stuff with her fans, and writes about the oddest things that happen to her or the people she knows. This made her seem more real to me, as a reader and as a fan. Honestly, she’s one of my favourite Tweeters~

    I have yet to read her new series, Shades of London, but I heard it’s awesome! I also enjoyed her book Girl At Sea, Devilish, and Suite Scarlet (though I still have yet to read the sequel…)

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Upcoming: The Bane Chronicles

Does the name Bane ring a bell? No, but Pavlov does! (I’m sorry… I’ve been studying psych for an eternity…)

But I’m sure the magnificent Magnus Bane does sound familiar. The amazingly sexy, High Warlock of Brooklyn, is getting his own mini series. Yup, you heard right. Starting February 2013, each month until the City of Bones movie, a short story will be released online in an e-book format, and these short stories will later be compiled into The Bane Chronicles to be released as a hard copy book in 2014! There will be a total of 10 short stories~

This project will be done by Cassandra Clare (of course (author of The Mortal Instruments Series, and The Infernal Devices Trilogy)), Sarah Rees Brennan (author of The Demon’s Lexicon Series), and Maureen Johnson (author of the Shades of London series, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes). Each story will be created between either Clare and Brennan, Clare and Johnson, or by Clare alone (because who speaks Magnus better than Magnus? The author who created him in the first place, of course!).

Brennan hinted as to what to expect from The Bane Chronicles :

Have you ever wondered about Magnus’s past loves and lies? Magnus and Alec’s first date? How Magnus and Camille got together? What happened in Peru? Starting in February 2013, in the run-up to City of Handsome Magnus: the Movie (Also Starring Some Other People Who Are Pretty Good-Looking) we will put out a Magnus Short Story every month.

PERU! FIRST DATE! CAMILLE! Yeah, I’m pretty darn excited ! It’s going to be 7 months of MAGNUS~

And just ’cause I need a picture…

 

 

Magnus Banes (Godfrey Gao) and Chairman Meow (Cat).

If you have no clue as to why I just posted this sexy Asian guy and named him Magnus, you may want to check out two things:

1. The Mortal Instruments Movie Cast

2. The First Trailer for the Movie (which may or may not pop up when you click on the web link above… if not, the header says TRAILER… click on that and get ready for one badass trailer)

So just to reiterate: 10 short stories about Magnus Bane will be released starting in February 2013 until August 2013 ! I am seriously excited ~!! MAGNUS!

And just ’cause I can, I present you one of my favourite Magnus quotes~

He shimmered with layers of glitter. His gaze rested for a moment on Alec’s face with amusement and a hint of something else before moving on to Jace, prone on the ground.
“Is he dead?” he inquired. “He looks dead.”
“No,” snapped Maryse. “He’s not dead.”
“Have you checked? I could kick him if you want.” Magnus moved toward Jace.
City of Ashes

Hehe… CAN’T WAIT !

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Author: Maureen Johnson

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack-and the last little blue envelope inside-she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.
Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure-one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

And the sequel to this awesometastic duo of books. Yes, awesometastic. I made it up, and it’s an awesometastic word.

Anyways, haha, I loved this book too.

Ginny is trying to get her university applications together when some guy from London contacts her saying that he found her back pack, and the last envelope. Determined to finish her quest, she leaves America once more to spend her winter break in London, ready to complete her quest. Unfortunately, there’s a catch, and his name is Oliver. Hard as steel, with little to no emotions, Ginny finds herself in a conundrum as Oliver ventures on this adventure with her. On the other side of the page though, there’s Keith who’s fighting for Ginny… or is he? However, whether Keith or Oliver is going, Ginny is determined to finish what she started.

Again, another great book by Maureen Johnson! I loved this book, mainly because of the conflict that happens between Ginny as Keith, her new friend Ellis, and Oliver accompany her on her quest. It’s interesting to see Ginny bond with Ellis, who is the first (sane) girl who Gin talks to in England. Also, it’s interesting to see her break apart Oliver and Keith’s fight as we all grow ever curious as to who she’s going to end up with, and if they’re enough to make her stay for good in England, or even in Europe.

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.91/5

Quotes:
“It’s always easier to say good-bye when you know it’s just a prelude to hello.”
-Narrator

“Who runs a combination cat shelter and hostel?” Keith asked. “With the cat shelter being the primary function? Only people who want to kill you with an axe and then put you in the garden and build a shed on you, that’s who.”
-Keith

“You want to play?” Ellis yelled. “All right, then! I played a lot of video games as a kid, bitches!”
“There!” Oliver yelled. “That way! Toward Boulevard Périphérique. There! There!”
The car swerved abruptly to the right. Ginny heard Keith swear for a solid ten seconds.”
-Ellis and Oliver

Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn’t know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

I don’t remember much about this book, to be honest, haha. I read it like 5 years ago or something. All I know, is that I loved it. The six books by Maureen that I’ve read, I’ve really loved. Girl at Sea, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and, its sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, were all about traveling, seeing the world, while Devilish and her short story in a collaboration book, were about the supernatural or the creepy. I love the way she writes, though according to my sister, who’s currently reading this book, there’s a lot of spelling and grammatical errors, which I’ve never noticed… However, even with those, the traveling and the adventure of the books make them that much more interesting. I definitely recommend it !

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Cover: 2/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.68/5

Quotes:
“Rule #1: You may bring only what fits in your backpack. Don’t try to fake it with a purse or a carry-on.

Rule #2: You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.

Rule #3: You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, travelers’ checks, etc. I’ll take care of all that.

Rule #4: No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can’t call home or communicate with people in the U.S. by Internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.

That’s all you need to know for now. “
-Letter 1 (Aunt Peg)

“I’m Keith,” he said, “and you’re . . . clearly mad, but what’s your name?”
-Keith

Ginny always thought that the only way of getting clothes clean was by drowning them in scalding water and then whipping them around in a violent centrifugal motion that caused the entire washing machine to vibrate and the floor to shake. You beat them clean. You made them suffer. This machine used about half a cup of water and was about as violent as a toaster, plus it stopped every few minutes, as if it were exhausted from the effort of turning itself.
-Narrator

Review: Girl At Sea

Title: Girl At Sea
Author: Maureen Johnson

Another one of my favourites. Girl At Sea is one of many books by Maureen Johnson, a very talented author. I’m sorry that yes, all of my reviews have been for female authors, but there are just so many good ones, and I’m kind of biased…

So Girl At Seas is about Clio who lives with her mother in Philly. Her father had left them years ago. He was a spontaneous man. Clio had just secured a job at an art store with her long time crush Ollie. When she gets back, however, she finds out she’ll be spending the rest of the summer with her dad in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. When she gets there, she meets Julia, her father’s new assistant, and girlfriend, Elsa, Julia’s beautiful Swedish daughter, and Aidan, Julia’s very good looking and intellectual assistant. Joining them is her dad’s old friend Martin. As they set out on their trip, all three, Aidan, Elsa, and Clio, are left out of what they are really doing on this ship. Time goes by, romance blossoms, and secrets are revealed to all.

Girl at Sea is a book of adventure, romance, and humor. I love her books, because there’s always something that’s going to jump out at you from around the corner. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is another very good book by her. Also, in Girl at Sea, I loved the way she was able to make Aiden, a very smart, good looking guy, smart, funny and arrogant all at once. That, I find, is very difficult. Her books are realistic as well. The way the characters are set make them seem real. There’s no cookie-cutter ‘let’s please everyone and make the characters perfect’ kind of thing going on. Instead, each character has a story.

A Little Quote from the book:
“Listen, haircut…”
“Did you just call me haircut?” he asked.
“Yes. You know there’s no reason we can’t go online. It’s crazy.”
“Why’d you call me haircut?” he asked, touching his hair. “Is it because I have a great haircut?”
“You figure it out,” she answered.
-Clio and Aiden, Girl At Sea