Saturday, December 8, 2012

10 Things: Reckoning by Molly M. Hall

Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Title: Reckoning (Dark Prophecy #1)
Author: Molly M. Hall
Date Published: 10/2/12

 "They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."

Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.

As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.

10 Favorite Authors (In No Particular Order)

1. Diana Gabaldon - The absolute best at combining history and fictional storyline. No one draws me into a story as deeply as she does.

2. Jennifer Donnelly - She has an incredible gift for creating multiple storylines and drawing the reader in emotionally.

3. Cassandra Clare - A true master at world-building and creating characters you root for and believe in.

4. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - Their ability to subtly infuse the Beautiful Creatures novels with such ambiance, you feel as if you're really there, in Gatlin, South Carolina, even if you've never visited the south.

5. Charles Todd - Historical mystery/detective writing doesn't get much better. The characters are multi-layered and endlessly intriguing, while the history interweaves and connects as the series evolves.

6. - Brian Selznick - I don't know which is better - the writing or the illustrations. The fact that he does both so well, and that one can't exist without the other, is a little sickening.

7. Alan Bradley - Kudos to Mr. Bradley for creating one of the most original and lovable detectives in recent memory. His Flavia de Luce novels are a tour de force in the traditional British mystery genre. Absolutely brilliant!

8. Anna Godbersen - A writer who brings out the subtle nuances and underlying emotions and motivations of even the most heinous characters. She does this so well, you find yourself empathizing with the "bad guy".  At the same time, she crafts a cliffhanger ending that leaves you gnashing your teeth, begging for more.

9. Lauren Willig - History. Modern-day romance. Intrigue. Humor. Suspense. All skillfully interwoven in a remarkable series. What's not to like?

10. Kate Morton - I can't think of anyone who crafts such powerful novels that connects the past with the present. Outstanding character development with a mystery that builds and builds until the emotional turn of the last page.

10 Things Readers Would Be Surprised To Know About Me

1. I don’t drink coffee. It literally makes me sick.
2. I like snakes and reptiles. They're fascinating.
3. I like to visit cemeteries. It's a phenomenal lesson in history and humility.
4. I lived for several months at an elevation of 10,152 feet. It was cold.
5. I can read upside down. And that doesn't mean standing on my head.
6. I own close to 2,000 books. I stopped counting after 1,000.
7. I can move my ears without touching them. Really.
8. I've lived in Colorado most of my life, but have never gone skiing or snowboarding. A fan of snow? Not so much.
9. I play classical piano and flute. The flute's a little rusty.
10. I have two tattoos. But I'm not going to tell you where.

Molly Hall
Author Bio:
I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado and currently live just outside of Denver. I write my books on a laptop perched atop a rather creaky desk, surrounded by two crazy and loving cats. I love to travel and have visited 27 of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Ireland and England. And there are still a lot of places I want to go.
I spent entirely too many years in the gray dullness of the corporate world, imagining something more exciting as I punched numbers on a keyboard. During that time, I worked on a degree in English Literature, but never quite managed to complete it. Mostly because I was too busy reading and creating fantasy worlds in my head. It’s actually my love of reading and imagining that led me to take up writing full time. I thought I should finally give all the characters in my head a voice.
Music is a huge part of my life and plays a big role in the creation of my books. Although I listen to everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Dvorak, to Glen Miller and Bobby Darin, to Rihanna and Nox Arcana, as well as movie and video game soundtracks, there are two bands whose music is practically my lifeblood: Daughtry and Linkin Park. I will listen to or see them live anytime, anywhere.
I’m a fan of British television, Doctor Who (favorite doctor? David Tennant. Let the debate begin!), The Vampire Diaries, Japanese anim√©, Ghost Hunters, MI-5 and Eureka. And anything featuring James McAvoy. And I probably would never be able to unwind without That 70′s Show.
When I’m not reading and writing, you'll probably find me listening to music, practicing yoga, working on my very inadequate French, playing piano, enjoying a lovely glass of red wine or champagne, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

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