A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Sunday, August 15, 2010

(Day 15) Guest Post: Julie Kagawa


Today we've got Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron Fey series answering a few of the topic questions for all of us.  Thanks for stopping by Julie!

What qualities are heroines required to possess in order to be deemed a strong female lead?
Julie:  It differs from book to book, but I think bravery, stubbornness, compassion, and not being afraid to speak up, either for herself or others.

Are heroines required to be kick ass or independent in order to be considered a strong lead?
Julie:  I don't think literal ass-kicking is required (though it certainly doesn't hurt).  A little independence is good, provided the heroine doesn't constantly slip into: "I don't need any of you males to protect me," mode and does something stupid because of it.

Why is it okay for the male in the story to sleep with multiple partners, but the heroine has to be virginal?
Julie:  It's a cultural thing. We see a girl who sleeps around as slutty and loose, but that doesn't seem to be the same with the guy. Its certainly not fair, but I think we also like to see the guy who's never been tied down suddenly fall in love with the heroine and give up his wild ways for her.

Are tattooed, leather clad heroines overused now in books?
Julie:  It certainly seems that every vampire-slaying, demon-fighting, bad-guy kicking, motorcycle-riding heroine is dressed in leather and has a Celtic tattoo across the small of her back.  I'm not saying its overused, but I'd love to see a mousy little social worker in pumps and glasses take down a vampire someday.

Do you feel that there are a lot of redheads in paranormal books? If so, why is this particular hair color more popular than the rest?
Julie: Red hair is definitely popular.  One, its not very common. Two, we tend to think of redheads as tough, smart-mouthed, and fiery.  (When have you ever read about a shy, demure redhead?)  Also, Redheads are mostly spared the dreaded "blond syndrome," where a gorgeous blond is either an airhead or a total bitch.  Yes, there are a lot of blond heroines in books (my own heroine is blond); I'm just saying there are a lot of stereotypes we should think about breaking once in awhile.


  1. Such a good interview. I like the question about red hair.

  2. Great interview!
    BUT, Willow was a shy red-head on Buffy (at least for the first few seasons....)

  3. Interesting to combine some of the past topics for the guest posts into one and with some good answers. I can definitely agree with some of the comments made here.