Sunday, July 31, 2011

Books for Sale/Trade

I Am Moving!

Do you know what that means? 

It means that I have enough boxes of books to carry downstairs, load into a truck, drive across the country, unload from the truck and unpack without all of these. 

I hope they will find good homes with all of you!

You can trade me books for amazon gift cards, this keeps everything legal without offending anyone, or adding to books I will have to move. The prices are the "trade prices" for Amazon giftcredit. I am not making any profit, I'm simply trading in an unconventional way. 

My prices are as listed, but we can negotiate over a large order.

Brand New Hardbacks 4.50 each + Shipping

Hardbacks from Brand New-Good Condition 3.00 each + shipping

Brand New Paperbacks 3.50 each + shipping

Paperbacks from Like New-Good condition 2.00 each + shipping

ARCs from Brand New-Very Good condition 3.50 each + shipping

E-mail me @ 

Alibi for an Actress by Gillian B. Farrell

Aurelia by Ann Osterlund

Being Elizabeth by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Best and Hardest Thing by Pat Brissom

Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm

Between by Cyndi Tefft (signed)

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Clean by Amy Reed

Dancing Through Fire by Kathryn Lasky

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton

The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin x2

Die-Cast by Neville Steed

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia

Drift House: The First Voyage by Dale Peck

Emilie's Voice by Susanne Dunlap

Famous by Todd Strasser

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Forged In the Fire by Ann Turnbull

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman (signed)

Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart

In the Woods by Tana French

Irreplaceable by Stephen Lovely

Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Haplin

Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best by Maria Padian

Lionboy by Zizou Corder

Love, Meg by C. Leigh Purtill

The Marriage Game by Fern Michaels

Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte (signed)

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper

Please Don't Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor x2

The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson

Portal by Imogen Rose

Pure by Terra Elan McVoy

The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry

Revolve 2: The Complete New Testament

The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson

Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler x2

Sea by Heidi Kling

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

The Slightest Provocation by Pam Rosenthal

Sometimes it Happens by Lauren Barnholdt x2

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Sandell

Sorta Like A Rockstar by Matthew Quick

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Unnameables by Ellen Booream

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden

William and Katherine Booth Biography

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Young Joan by Barbara Dana

Friday, July 29, 2011

Interview with Author Cindy Pon

Today the tremendously talented Cindy Pon is here to tell us all a little bit more about Chinese names and how writing her two novels were so different, but equally rewarding.

GC: I loved reading your Chinese Fantasy/Adventure, set in a land of
elusive gods and mysterious evils, what first inspired you to write Ai
Lings story? What do you think influenced the plot and your writing?

CP: I wrote Silver Phoenix because fantasy was always my first genre love
and I had just
begun to study Chinese brush painting. I decided to meld these two
loves and interests
and write a Chinese inspired fantasy. It was the first novel I wrote
so I had no idea what
I was doing. I tend to be a pretty intuitive writer, even into my third novel.

GC: Did you always plan to base the story in a fantasy world that was
influenced by Chinese culture, or did the Kingdom of Xia evolve as you

CP: Yes, it was always my intention to have Silver Phoenix be inspired by
the Chinese culture!
I knew very little at the beginning other than that, and that it would
be a heroine's journey,
and it would be about unrequited love.

GC: I pride myself on being a 'Name-Know-I-All,' but I know less than
nothing about Chinese names, their structure, if meaning is important,
ect. Think you can enlighten me?

CP: I'm no expert myself. But the surname or family name comes first. And
the name is usually composed of one or
two characters. Ai Ling's full name would be Wen Ai Ling and Chen Yong
is Li Chen Yong. Usually, names do
carry meaning, or you can be named after someone like a relative with
an exact character in your name or one
that sounds the same.

GC: Did you feel any major differences in yourself sitting down to write
the sequel, than you did when you began Ai Ling's story in Silver

CP: Yes. Writing Fury of the Phoneix was very different than Silver
Phoenix. I had all the time in the world
with Silver Phoenix. Fury was tough as it was on deadline and I gave
my editor such a rough draft. That
was scary. But in the end, after at least three major revisions, I
think that Fury is the stronger novel. I'm
very proud of it.

GC: Do you have any peculiar writing habits?

CP: I always like to have food and drink close to hand. =) I wrote much of
Silver Phoenix at Starbucks and Fury at my local boba shop that has great
mapo tofu!

GC: What is next for you as an author?

CP: I'm working on another unsold Xia fantasy. it's in the baby baby stage
so I won't
say much more than that.

GC: Cindy, thank you so much for coming on the blog. I can't wait to see
where Silver Phoenix and Ai Ling's story will go next!

CP: Thanks so much for having me Gabrielle! I hope you all enjoy Fury even
more than Silver Phoenix. =)

Want More Cindy?

Silver Phoenix : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, April 28 '09

Fury of the Phoenix
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, March 29, '11

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Silver Phoenix

Silver Phoenix

Author: Cindy Pon

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Pages: 338

Read Time: One Sitting

Rating (1-5): 4

Tag Words: Fantasy, action, reincarnation, battle, legends, true love, great sacrifice, mystical powers, demons, good vs. evil

My Summary:

Ai Ling was never destined to be an ordinary girl, she was born the reincarnation of Silver Phoenix, the greatest warrior under the sun. Now Silver Phoenix’s greatest battle has become her own and as their fates intertwine, evil is brought before Ai Ling at every turn. Who will be victorious?

My Review:

This book is really awesome; it’s my kind of book. 

We begin with an epic fantasy world with a Chinese vibe backing Pon’s characters who are immediately interesting. Ai Ling has always stood out; she’s cursed, as most women are, by the knowledge that she is too much and not enough. She cannot make an appropriate match and feels destined to live and die alone. When her father goes missing she chooses to leave her home and bring him back. Ai Ling is gutsy, but she must become something beyond courageous. 

I can’t wait to see more of Ai Ling’s transformation in book two, as well as more of Silver Phoenix’s story, which happened two hundred years before Ai Ling was born. I still don’t feel like the two are one, yet, but I trust Pon to connect the dots. 

I was completely drawn into the action of the story and the land, even if they monsters became a bit repetitive. At some point I just felt like the characters were senseless. I wanted to say, "When things feel fishy, guys, it’s because things are fishy, not to mention, possessed by Hell-spirits." I hope that is one of the greater lessons the characters will learn in Fury of the Phoenix.

Also, there needs to be more kissing. A lot more kissing. Ai ling, Chen Yong, get it together!  

Notes on the Names: 

I may be known as the Name-Nerd around the Book Blog’o’sphere, but I know less-than-nothing about Chinese names, so I have invited Cindy Pon to answer my burning questions about all things names in her Kingdom of Xia series. 

Thoughts on the Cover:

I love the hardcover, the colors are vivid and make me instantly think of a fantasy land. The only thing that could have made this cover better is if Silver Phoenix/Ai Ling were holding some kind of weapon in her hands, like Chinese throwing stars, or a Samurai Sword. Yeah, I’m one of those girls... the more butt-kickery, the better!

I am not a fan of the new paperback. It’s too dark and the model almost looks like a modern goth, instead of an ancient warrior-being. 

Parental Book Review *spoilers*

Sexual Content: 


Ai Ling finally defeats her enemy on their wedding night with a kiss.

Ai Ling’s husband is not a “complete man” and he describes the day he became a eunuch. 

Li Rong is sharing intimate time with a beautiful woman when she moves between his legs and when next he looks she has turned into a Demon. 





Attempted rape; Good vs. Evil warfare. People being possessed by evil spirits.

Other Notables: 


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Winner has an awesome name



Wow. Okay, so over 1,000 entries later...

I did not reach my goal of 1,000 followers, (880, which is phenomenal!) but after reading, re-reading, and watching the loving comments come pouring in yesterday, not to mention the bagooberbillion tweets of congrats during yesterday's First Blog'O'Versary Party, I know I have gained something far more valuable than a number, something you just can't count. 

I am more than fulfilled by that, I'm over flowing.


However, I did have some devout tweeters backing me up on this contest and they've each won their choice of five books from the original list

First place gets first choice, second receives second and guess what, third will be given third choice.

So after hours spent today tallying soul diminishing numbers...

Without further ado...

Spades High is in Third place!

Jay is our Second place winner!



Is my 1,000 Mod Podge Books First Place Winner! You have a fabulous name, by the way.

All three of you, e-mail me with your top five, but remember the ranking rule, you may have to reselect, unless you're Aurora, of course. 


Honorable mention goes to these people who were so close:


Zareen AKA Taco


Artsy Amy


Miss Lauren

Tiffany Drew

And to everyone who participated and made this event such a rousing success! I am so blessed to have you all as readers, and most importantly, as supporters! 


Remember to always read my Policy's Page to learn more about contests and the books here at The Mod Podge Bookshelf.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Mod Podge Bookshelf is One!

This has been a truly remarkable year.

A year ago today I went for it and posted my first review on a blog I had titled spur of the moment. Until the time came to actually name the site, I was planning to call it P.O.V. (Point of Voice). I have no namers remorse, The Mod Podge Bookshelf named itself quite aptly, the name reflects my bookshelves, my

 varied taste in literature, art, music and language. Mod Podge also describes my past year, thrown together in a series of moments that finally allowed me a place to belong, and a safe haven to call my own.

You see a year ago things were difficult, in fact things are still difficult, but I have found a constant amid the tempest, I've found a community and a home.

A year ago I started making friends who were just like me. I want to take a minute and list all of them, individually thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. It is the best and sincerest way I know how to do this. You have each given me a moment, or a series of them, that will mean more than you will ever know:

Andye, Amy, Abigaile, Kit & Austin from Reading Teen. Thank you for raising me up. 

James from Book Chic. Thank you for recognizing me from around the blogosphere only five months into this venture and for adding all those exclamation points after my name when you saw I was coming to New York. 

Enna Isilee from Squeaky Books. For being my tech/html/computers genius and never hesitating to include me in her list of allies. 

To Mundie Moms, who when they began following this blog in it's early stages made me choke back a sob of pure joy.

To Kristi, The Story Siren, who encouraged me the first time I had a bad blogging experience, and thought about shutting the site down. Thank you also, for adding my blog to your blog roll ten days after I went live.

To Shannon from Books Devoured, for sitting next to me at a book event when I had no one. To Michelle Ball, of Hooked To Books, who sat on my other side.

To Cindy and Kendra from Books Complete Me, not only did your blog help inspire MPB, you've each inspired me, to begin again, and to keep starting new chapters. 

To Yara, from Once Upon a Twilight, who uttered the immortal words that made my first BEA unforgettable, "What the bus?!"

To Jamie, who is a Perpetual Page-Turner and Broke and Bookish, for shouting excitedly, "Oh, my gosh! Gabrielle Carolina! Mod Podge Books!" at BEA and for being so kind as I gawked that anyone would recognize me at all.

To Chelsea Swiggett who patted the floor next to her in an unspoken, "Sit by me," while we waited in line for Leigh Fallon at BEA. That meant so much to me at the end of a solitary and exhausting day. 

To Kathy, from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, for hosting all those giveaways that brought me many a faithful reader.

To Jeffrey from Novel Thoughts for being such a true gentleman. 

To Cindy from Princess Bookie, Angel from Reading Angel, Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly, Sab from YA Bliss, Amber from Page Turners, Miranda from Just Read (Books), Brittany from Reading Nook, Icey from Icey Books, thank you for being a friend. 

To Hira of Enamoured Soul and Mary of Anxirium, whose consistent, and persistent, tweeting about how lovely I am made me believe it again.

To Amy, who is both the Backseat Reader, and the Backseat Writer, I am blessed to have found you, and to be able to share with you all that I do. 

To Alex Ristea, of the Alex Ristea Daily, who took me dancing in Spain this summer while I was slaving away at my American desk. And for being such a pretentious twit about books and YA in general. I'll make a believer of you yet! 

To Janet Fox, for writing something that matters, and for sharing her love with me. Everyone deserves an e-mail from this woman on their worst days, I am so lucky to have received so many.

To Holly Schindler, who wrote me my first hand written authors letter telling me how much she valued the work I did to promote her amazing books. It was I who should have been thanking you, I'm glad I get the chance right now. 

To Wendy Delsol who signed my book, "To Gabrielle, a friend."

To Stephanie Dray for trusting me with her unfrosted cupcake, for that I gave you mine, and you added sprinkles. 

To Christy English who after a three tweet long pitch decided my manuscript would go to the top of her TBR list. You gave me the boost of confidence it took to gut the whole thing. You also gave me my first deadline.

To Deb Caletti, for an interview so candid, so poignant and so trusting that you made me feel I had accomplished my goal, to be the kind of blogger you hand over your life story to, because she knows what to do with it. Also for confirming my best, and worst, suspicions about love. 

To Beth Revis, who swaps tunes with me, and who told her mom I was coming to her signing, and to look for me. 

To Sarah Bennett Wealer, who called me an Ingenue, and has encouraged me both as a singer and as a writer.

To Amy Brecount White, I've been discovering cyber flowers in the most unexpected places because of you.

To Michelle Hodkin, who has agreed to be best friends.

To Jandy Nelson, Lauren Oliver, Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, Tara Kelly, Julie Kagawa, Kim Culbertson, Cindy Pon, Suzanne YoungMelina Marchetta, Lisa Bergen, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Collins, Cynthia Voight, Sarah Dessen, and all of those above, who have made me want to tell my own stories, who make me want to create, who have made me a better writer just by bleeding on the pages of their own work. 

To the publishing companies who trusted me to meet deadlines, HarperTeen, Scholastic Books, Random House Children's, Simon and Shuster, Penguin Books, EgmontUSA, Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Flux Books, Harlequin Teen, Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt, Disney Hyperion, Little Brown Books & SourcebooksFire. To all the amazing publicists who work one hundred times harder than I do, I don't know how you all do it! You have paid me in the richest way possible for the "work" I do, in words that take me far away, and bring me home again. 

To my mum and dad, two of my first followers, who haven't stopped staring in wonder as I explain more and more about the fantastical new world I'm living in. 

And lastly, to my readers. I am humbled that you listen to me ramble, I'm pleased when you comment and say I'm pretty, or funny, or wise, or entertaining, and I am truly blessed to have you. 

To all of you who have taken me 365 days in, here's to the next 365. Cheers

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Body Finder

The Body Finder

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 329

Read Time: Two Sittings

Tag Words: Paranormal ability, supernatural ability, morbidity, fascination with the dead, serial killer, police work, true love, best friends, Homecoming

My Summary:

Violet Ambrose can sense the bodies of the murdered, and the imprint of their killers.

Even after death the dead still call out to Violet for closure, or vengeance, or maybe a little bit of both.

When girls start going missing in her home town Violet knows she has to find him, the serial killer, but what she didn’t count on was him looking for her, as well.

My Review:

Sometimes when you’re in a reading slump do you ever pick up a book you know you’re going to love so that you can kind of fall in love with reading again?
That is what I did with Derting’s debut novel, The Body Finder, the first chapter of which I read a long time ago.

It’s no secret I’m not one for the paranormal, but when I saw the awesome reviews roll in I knew I had to check this book out! I was not disappointed and could not stop thinking about the unique writing of Derting on behalf of one Violet Ambrose, curly-haired girl extroidinare!

I picked this one up just in time to refresh my love of adventure stories with unique twists and I cannot wait to read the next three installments, beginning with the sequel, Desires of the Dead.

And the kissing? It was good... books always need more kissing, but this book? Well, it almost filled the quota. ; )

Notes on the Names:

Violet has gotten a major resurgence in recent years, mostly due to the lovely Miss Violet Affleck, sister of Seraphina. I had never considered the name before, because it is so popular, but now I can’t get it out of my mind! Violet, Vi-o-let, Violet... Violet! I love it!

Thoughts on the Cover:

Did you know that the massive tissue-paper flowers were designed by the same man who creates the Victoria Secret Angel wings? Cool, right?

Parental Book Review *spoilers*

A la Reading Teen, thanks Andye!

Sexual Content:






Other Notables:

-Violet can sense the "aura" of people and animals that are murdered.

-“There were just some punk kids in there…smoking.”

-Violet lies to her parents about trying to find the killer.

-Violet and her friends go to a party where there is a lot of heavy drinking and no supervision. “It’s BYOB, but I’m having my older sister buy for us, so if you just pitch in a coupla bucks I’ll take care of the booze.”

-Mention of stoners

Saturday, July 23, 2011

IMM (37) Swagalicious

In which I look really excited about the books In My Mailbox...

Thank you to:



Scholastic Books

Natalie Zaman

Lisa Tawn Bergen

Tempestuous (For the Love of Fey)


Author: Lesley Livingston

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 361

Read Time: Two Sittings

Tag Words: Faeries, Shakespeare, Wondrous Strange Series, For the Love of Fey, Irish Magick, Love story, Triumph, The Tempest, acting

My Summary:

“I don’t love Sonny Flattery.”

With those words Kelly Winslow sets Sonny free, but to what end?

Will love triumph over all, or is some magick too potent to overcome...

My Review:

I was not disappointed by this book. I’m of the mind that you can never be disappointed by your favorite series, or authors. If you are, how can they be your favorites, right?

I still wish that Livingston had done more with Kelley saying she didn’t love Sonny, it felt so pointless because Kelley admits she lied in the first third of the book! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Kelley and Sonny apart, I love Sonnelley, still, I felt like Livingston broke my heart in book two, Darklight, for no reason.

The Shakespeare correlations continue to be the genius, and brilliance, in the Wondrous Strange series. I can never get over how fabulously Livingston executes her own plot as it reflects the themes of the Bard without compromising either story.

I am sad to let this series go. It truly is one of my favorites and I cried when I closed the cover, some books just feel like good friends; this series is one of my best.

Notes on the Names:

I have nothing new too say, other than I love Livingston’s use of names. I want to know what Sonnelley would name their kids, I bet they would be awesome baby-namers.

Thoughts on the Cover:

One of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen. I really can’t get over this one, every time I look at it I get mesmerized and look up minutes later with a smile on my face. One of those I wish I could claim as my own work.

Parental Book Review *spoilers*

A la Reading Teen, thanks Andye!

Sexual Content:







Good vs. Evil warfare.

Other Notables:

Characters get drunk off of Faery wine, which has different properties than Human alcohol.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Author: Stephen Lovely 
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 352
Read Time: I got to page 210 and had to stop
Rating (1-5): 2.5
Tag Words:Heart transplant, death, moving on, romantic relationship, travel, reflection
My Summary:
The day Isabel dies Janet Corcoran gets a second chance at life. 
This is the story of the year after, and how those who loved Isabel’s heart most must let it go.
My Review:
Oh no, another bad review coming y’alls way. I’m not offended by the book, I’m not disappointed with the book and there will be no ranting, I just wanted it to be over, really, and am happy with my decision not to read the final hundred pages or so. 
First of all, the writing is tediously executed. With nearly scientific precision Lovely details the life after the death of every one's beloved Isabel. The writing was good, but it was also very empty, ironically the thing this book was missing was a heart, and most of a soul. The word I would use to describe would be dreary and depressing. No greater truth is being learned, no great good is being accomplished, the characters are defined by their selfishness.
Alex is a horrible character and unaffectedly consistent in his self-absorbed melancholia. If I were Isabel I would have leaped in front of the truck, rather than be married to him. Wow. That was mean, but well written... it stays. 
Janet and David, her husband, are two characters I am a tad regretful for not seeing to the end of things. I thought their strained, love/hate relationship was very interesting, even if I was a bit disappointed they didn’t relish in their second chance at love.
By far my favorite character is Jasper, he is also Lovely’s greatest accomplishment in Irreplaceable. His part to play and his convictions about his heroism in the lives of the main characters is unique, strange and consistent. He is the character you love to hate, or hate to love, depending on where you are sitting. I really thought Jasper’s motives, back story and action were slightly ingenious and something out of the blue in a very positive way.
I got to page 210 and stopped, meaning to come back. I gave up a month later and I can't imagine trying again. Not even for Jasper, or Janet. 
Notes on the Names: 
Alex, Isabel, Janet, David, Sam, Carlie, Bernadette, Jasper... I am shocked by how little I liked this book in light of the obvious effort Lovely put into his names. It’s an anomaly. 
Thoughts on the Cover: I am not a fan of the hardback, thought I think it says more about the book, but the paperback is just gorgeous! I always hate when I end up not liking a book with a beautiful cover because I never want to keep the book... sad face/big sigh. 
Parental Book Review *spoilers*
Sexual Content: 
This book is an Adult fiction and I was surprised by how little Sexual content there was for being of the genre. 
Other Notables: 
Isabel dies in a car crash.
The organ retrieval scene, as well as Janet’s operation are heavily described. Not for the squeamish. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ripple (ARC)

Author: Mandy Hubbard
Publisher: Razor Bill
Pages: 272
Read Time: One Day
Tag Words: Sirens, mermaids, nix, true love, paranormal romance, love triangle, death
My Summary:
On the night of her sixteenth birthday Lexi killed for the first time. She killed Steven, her best friend’s brother and her first love. 
Two years later Cole, Steven’s best friend is at her lake, the place she swims and sings her deadly song privately.
Lexi isn’t sure what she is, or why she needs to swim, but she is sure of one thing...
If Cole doesn’t leave soon, she’ll kill again.
My Review:
I love books about mermaid’s and siren’s! I really, really love books about our literary underwater allies. They are so fun!
Ripple is fun, but it also sticks to the beating-the-dead-horse paranormal-romance cliche plot structure we have all come to abhor.
I wanted more from the plot structure, but I couldn’t have asked for a better heroine! I loved Lexi and imagine that she will not be easily forgotten.
In the end bits and pieces felt a tad contrived and I am saddened that some things ended so bitterly, and other things I am really happy to have read! Either way I completely loved the journey, Ripple kept me in my seat, flipping the page, nodding along to Lexi’s internal monologues and wanting more Cole! 

I would read this one whether by the pool, or on the couch, just don't go near any lakes...
Notes on the Names: 
My least favorite part of it all. I don’t think I could have come up with a bigger cliche cast. Haven’t we all heard the names of this clique before? Oh, yes, in our own high schools.
Lexi, Cole, Steven, Kristi, Sienna, Nikki, Patrick, Erik, Danny & Brian. 
Thoughts on the Cover:
Lexi looks so weird. That being said, the details are impeccably done! The lake, the tree, the dress! Oh, my gosh, the dress described is this dress! And Cole is perfect, even down to his ‘over-dressed’ sense of fashion. 
Parental Book Review *spoilers*
Sexual Content: 
A sex scene without carnal details. Kissing with passion, because, hello, it’s a paranormal romance.
A- 1
D- 4
B- 3
H- 8
F- 1
Drownings, suffocation, lake-front battle scene, bullying, death, etc. None of which I would call particularly ‘violent’ but it is there. 
Other Notables: 
Underage drinking at parties.