Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Welcome to the Wild Awake Rap Battle!

If you're not sure what's about to happen, let me explain...

Hilary T. Smith wrote an amazing book called Wild Awake. Hilary and I disagree on which character in the book is best. I think the main character, Kiri, is. She thinks the NOT main character, Skunk, is (yeah...Skunk, I know). 

So, I challenged her to a rap battle. Although it won't be much of a challenge for me. 

I've asked some of Hilary's friends to be near her with access to a phone in case of an emergency. I don't want to ruin Wild Awake's book birthday by sending Hilary to the ER with a case of TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS ringing in her ears.

If you haven't read Wild Awake, you should. It's my favorite contemporary YA novel of all time.

Ok, here's the deal: I'll start the rap battle at the end of this post. In the comments section, Hilary will try to respond. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED to join in! Hilary has some signed copies of Wild Awake to give away to whoever she thinks lays down the best rhymes. I'll be looking for the same thing, except my prize is a Chipotle Ecard. If you win either of these, we'll let you know in the comments section of the blog under your comment. If you win, @ us on Twitter and we'll get you your prize.

It's time...

*Takes shirt off (ignoring screams of terror) revealing fake "gangsta" tattoos drawn with sharpies. 

*Loosens belt *Pants sag, revealing Luna Lovegood boxers.

*Scratches butt

*Turns hat backwards, then can't remember if that's cool, so turns hat back to the front, then gets frustrated and turns hat backwards again.


Hilary and Skunk, going to the shed,
to try an get a helmet on Skunk's BIG FAT HEAD.
She tries and she tries, but his head is to thick,
too bad he can't say the same about his tiny little...brain.
(get yo mind out the gutta, succas!)

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Wild Awake Rap Battle

May 28th at 7:00 p.m. (Central)


The victim? Hilary T. Smith

On May 28th at 7:00 (central) I'll be starting off the battle with some dope lyricals in a blog post. Hilary will respond (if she shows) in the comments section of the post. You are encouraged to join in the rap battle. Hilary will have some signed hardcover copies of Wild Awake to give away, but you'll have to impress her with yo skillz!! I, on the other hand, will be giving away a Chipotle E-card! That's right, bitch nachos. 

If you haven't read Wild Awake that's ok! Just flow freestyle, yo. We'll be taking sides with the characters in the book and all you have to do is join in! If you didn't get your hands on a copy yet and are worried you won't know what to rap about...it's cool. Just roll wit it. 

If you wanna see how it works, check this rap battle I had with Trish Doller.

*This is %100 my idea. No one asked me to do this and I'm not being compensated for nuthin' y'all! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

FanManing Over Veronica Rossi

Where do I even start?

Veronica Rossi is simply perfection.

It's like she has an unlimited supply of Felix Felicis.

Her books are like Chipotle burritos: well proportioned, magical, and addictive. No matter how much you have, you always want more.

If you haven't read Under the Never Sky and/or Through the Ever Night, then we can't be friends. Also, what's wrong with you? Are you dead? Petrified? Too busy waiting for the return of the Dark Lord?

Have you never seen Veronica Rossi?

Now, I'm not saying you should run out and buy a book because the author is *clears throat* nice looking, but in this case, go for it! (Don't judge me, I'm FanManing).

I finally read Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I loved it. I freaking loved it. It took me a long time to finish it, but what the hell am I supposed to do when there's a picture of a Brazilian Goddess in the back? Not stare for ten minutes? Please...

What's that? The book? Oh, right.

Through the Ever Night is awesome. It's everything I want in a story. The world is original, and there's nothing better than that. You know what I mean? When I read a story and there is mention of a dragon, I picture a dragon. It doesn't matter how badly the author wants me to picture how different his/her dragon is...I just picture a dragon. I've seen dragons on movies and book covers enough to have formed my own idea of what a dragon looks like. Call me lazy, but it is what it is. With Veronica Rossi's books I get to picture things I've never pictured before and go places I've never imagined, and that's why I like reading.

Through the Ever Night has some of the best characters ever. Not only are the two main characters, Aria and Perry, great, but the hundreds (maybe thousands or millions) of supporting characters are just as awesome!

When multiple characters have their own separate motivations and conflicts it makes for a complex, rich, interlaced story.

Let me give you an example...

I took my 8-year-old son to Chipotle the other day.

"Dad, can I get my own burrito?"

I hesitated. He's one of the smallest, skinniest kids in his grade. He's not much bigger than the burrito he's asking me to buy.

"O...k, are you sure you don't want to just share?"

"No. I want my own."

I watched in horror as he filled his burrito with nothing more than rice, beans, and cheese. Would it be tasty? Yes. Was he missing out? Yes. Was I going to have to pay full price? Yes.

I looked down at him like Barty Crouch looked down at Barty Crouch Jr., and I said, "You're no son of mine!"

His burrito was like a book with too few likeable characters. Good, but it could be so much better.

Veronica Rossi's books are like overfilled burritos that rip the tortilla and have to be wrapped in a second tortilla so they don't explode on you (which would be perfectly fine and has happened to me many times).

I think my favorite character is Kirra. What a sneaky, snakey, seducer...and yet, I found myself liking her! I should have been thinking, "No Perry! Run! She's tricking you! She's evil!" But, no. I was like, "Perry, you jerk. Can't you see she likes you? Who cares that she's only seducing you to hurt you?! You can't leave her on the beach like that!"

I'm such a loser.

If you haven't read Veronica Rossi's books. Read them. They're everything YA should be.

I give Through the Ever Night 5 out of 5 Brazilian Goddesses holding overstuffed burritos.

Dear Veronica Rossi's husband, 

Please don't beat me up.