Character Appreciation Post #7: Burgundy Cluttermuck

characterappreciationfriday Full Name: Burgundy Cluttermuck aka “Burg”

Book: HELLHOLE

Author: Gina Damico

Background:  Burgundy Cluttermuck is a devil. Not the devil, mind you, but devil, nonetheless. He has come to our world from the demon world in order to enjoy himself. Think of it as an extended Earthly vacation. Hell gets pretty boring after a while, especially when there’s plenty of work to be done.

In Max’s basement, Burg can just kick back and have fun. Which means eating as much junk food as possible, setting things on fire, getting Max drunk, and watching copious amounts of reality TV. I really think that Burgundy Cluttermuck makes a great antagonist. Plus, he’s hilarious. His jokes are always funny, his pop culture references are unexpectedly goofy, and his sense of style is just plain weird.

Burg says things like, “Oh my stars and garters!” and calls people “homeslice.” He’s gross, he’s loud, he’s obsessed with Call of Duty, and also addicted to junk food, but only if it’s stolen. Burg is actually quite a complicated character as well. He has a lot of surprising depth and even goes through some character development.

Qualities: Hates cats. Wears velour tracksuits. Is very tricky. Will swindle you out of your last bag of Doritos. Is incredibly fond of Hot Pockets and cheap beer. Has a way with words. Also has a way with fiery devil-magic.

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Character Appreciation Posts are a blog meme thought up by Batool at Batool’s Book Feels. I loved the idea so much, that I just had to join in.  I’ll try to do a weekly CAP on Fridays from here on out, so if you like the idea go ahead and join in and post about your favorite book characters!

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Satanic YA Week Day 2: HELLHOLE by Gina Damico

Satanic YA Week

HELLHOLE comes out today! Do you have your copy yet? Bought a hardcover at your local bookstore or perhaps online? Have you put it on hold at your public library?! Come on, people, grab your fluorescent orange snacks and get this book!


This book is hysterical. Let’s talk about what “hysterical” means.

hys·ter·i·cal – hi-ster-ik(e)l/ – adjective
1. deriving from or affected by uncontrolled extreme emotion.
synonyms: overwrought, overemotional, out of control, frenzied, frantic, wild, feverish, crazed


Yes, all of that very much describes this book. Max Kilgore inadvertently makes a contract with a Devil, and it gets him into a lot of trouble. There is a lot of emotion, very frenzied people, crazed adventures and feverish debates. Things get out of control quite often, and the writing itself is quite overwrought, in a very entertaining way.

The Devil: Burgundy Cluttermuck is a hilarious antagonist. His jokes are always funny, his pop culture references are unexpectedly goofy, and his sense of style is just plain weird. Burg says things like, “Oh my stars and garters!” and calls people “homeslice.” He’s gross, he’s loud, he’s obsessed with Call of Duty, and also addicted to junk food, but only if it’s stolen. Burg is actually quite a complicated character as well. He has a lot of surprising depth and even goes through some character development.

The Protagonist: Max is not a good criminal. In fact, he feels guilty as sin just for stealing a grotesque, pink, glittery, plastic cat for his sick mother’s bedside table. Max is definitely a mess. His jokes are lame and his haircut is worse. He has to try very hard to not talk about veal when around girls, especially Lore Nedry, his newest friend and ally in his quest to rid his life of a devil. Max makes a whole crap-ton of mistakes that actually cost people their lives. But you know what? I really liked him. He has a serious obsession with dinosaurs, which I can totally relate too. I am very jealous that Max is hardcore enough to keep that plastic Jurassic Park watch and wear it every single day and I am impressed with Max’s self-taught paleontology skills.

The Verdict: HELLHOLE is a great book. It’s funny, weird, and wholly original. Gina Damico delivers another of her slightly raunchy, always entertaining, and incredibly fun stories that teens looking for a humorous book will love. It’s also a great recommendation for nerdy teens – they’ll appreciate Max’s awkwardness and fall head over heels for the relationship between Max and Lore.


 My teen high school book club recently got to read advance copies of HELLHOLE, and I put together their thoughts with some toy dinosaurs and made a review video, in the style of the original HELLHOLE trailer. It was awesomesauce. And tasted like faux cheesy goodness. Check it out by clicking here! 

15 Books in 15 Days: 13 Read So Far!

15Books15DaysGiveaway

This winter I am going to be giving away 15 books and a bunch of book swag. These books are weighing down my shelves and they’ve got to go! I am also quite behind on my to-read-and-review stack, so I joined forces with the lovely Jacquelyn to read as much as possible over her winter break! 

From December 21-January 4 we are going to each read a book a day. I am super excited about this challenge because I am actually giving away 7 of the books I’m planning on reading, so I have to read them because they’re going to be sent out to some lucky winners after the challenge is over! See the pic above for the books I am giving away. You can also follow along with our reading progress, and even join in, by using the #15Books15Days on Twitter and Instagram. 

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway HERE.

Below are the 15 books I am planning to read. I work 5 out of the 15 days, so I don’t have a complete winter break in which to read, but I have some shorter books and a few graphic novels so I think I can do it! 

  1. 15Books15DaysTabula Rasa
  2. Evil Librarian
  3. Oblivion
  4. Stitching Snow
  5. To This Day
  6. Sleeper
  7. Coda
  8. Tin Solder
  9. Dragonar Academy #4
  10. No Game No Life #1
  11. Are You Alice #4
  12. In Real Life
  13. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon – Currently reading
  14. Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
  15. Animalium

Additional books:

1. Unraveled by Gennifer Albin

Character Appreciation Post #6

Full Name: Evan Carter

Book: Sex & Violence

Sex & Violence

Author: Carrie Mesrobian

Background:  Evan is a tortured guy. He got beat up really bad in the showers at his old private school, and now he’s recovering from the aftermath in a rural cabin on a lake with his distant father. Evan is a guy who likes sex, who likes girls, and constantly struggles with his own confidence and insecurity. I kind of fell in love with Evan, all parts of Evan, throughout the book. I learned about his good sides and the bad things about him, and I ended up really liking all of it.

Qualities: A player? A lover. A slut? A boyfriend. A man? A typical guy. Crazy? Tortured. Evan is funny, he is brave, and he is terrified. He makes bad decisions, and good ones. He’s messed up, and he has messed up friends, and messed up issues. And he knows it. Evan knows what’s wrong with his life, and he knows what he needs to fix. And he knows that it’s really, really hard. He’s a real guy. Take it or leave it. 

Quotes:

“God I feel like a fucking asshole sometimes. All the time, really.”



Character Appreciation Posts are a blog meme thought up by Batool at Batool’s Book Feels. I loved the idea so much, that I just had to join in.  I’ll try to do a weekly CAP on Fridays from here on out, so if you like the idea go ahead and join in and post about your favorite book characters!

Top 14 Characters of 2014

I’m participating in a Top 14 of 2014 series, hosted by the bloggers you see above, to highlight my favorite characters from 2014 books. I’ve written about most of these characters already this year, so click the links to see why I love them so much! 

1. Zuzana Novakova from Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

2. Robby Brees from Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

3. Aaron Warner from Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

4. Bodee from Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

5. Rafaelle from The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

6. Cress from Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

7. Cade Hernandez from 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

8. Coffee from Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

9. Cadence from Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta

10. Juliet Moreau from Her Dark Curiosity & A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

11. Hudson from Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

12. Gale Hawthorne from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

13. Balthazaar from Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

14. Logan from Deliverance (Defiance #3) by CJ Redwine

Monday Memories: Marsh Cat by Peter Parnall

Marsh Cat
Published in 1991, just 4 years after I was born, MARSH CAT is a classic. It’s about a cat. I was obsessed with cats as a kid. I discovered this book in my small-town library when I was a kid, and at the time it was a challenge to get through. I remember reading through the intense and gritty descriptions of the swampy woods, slowly making my way across the waters along with the big black tom cat. It was very detailed writing, very slow and deliberate pacing, and I wasn’t used to that as a very young reader. But I loved it. I was inside that Cat’s head, seeing from his eyes, going through everything he was going through. It made a huge impact on me. I checked it out a couple of times that year, reading through it at least twice.
And then many years later, as a young adult, I remembered it. I remembered the Marsh Cat, his depth of personality and painful struggles and haunting adventures. But I couldn’t remember the title, exactly. And of course I knew nothing about the author. I didn’t remember what it looked like. I just knew that it was a book about a big black Cat that lived in the woods, and I wanted to read it again. I went back to that small-town library, hoping to find it again. I didn’t. I asked the librarian for help. And she found it, and I read it again. It didn’t feel quite the same, but it didn’t matter, because I had reconnected with that strong black cat. He was my friend. I had missed him.
 
About 5 years later, as an adult, I thought about the Cat again. I was hundreds of miles away from that small-town library I originally found the book in. And of course, again I could remember almost nothing about the book. So I asked a librarian for help, and she interlibrary-loaned it to me. I read it again. And again, it didn’t feel the same as those previous readings. I don’t even think I finished that last read-through, but it didn’t matter. I had rediscovered the Cat, that brave and strong friend who made his own path through life and faced all his fears. I miss him, still.

 Summary & Review:

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6– A compelling tale of a huge black cat, the sole surviving kitten of its one-eyed, feral mother. Cat’s birth in the Maine woods, his learning to hunt and survive, and his interaction with the area’s wildlife is told in read-aloud writing with an artist’s and naturalist’s eye and ear. Parnall tells a story of grim adventure softened by tender caring, vividly set against backgrounds of a forest and a marsh created by beaver dams. Cat is nudged by hunger and a wandering barn cat to a wary try on a farm where his mother once sheltered–and where a girl’s attempt to tame him saves his life. But the call of Crow, not Rooster, foretells Cat’s rejection of the warmly portrayed barn inhabitants and his return to the wilds. The jacket’s silhouetted feline, black except for its amber eye, is a knockout. –Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

mondaymemoriesMonday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.

Sadly, today is the last Monday Memories post, as the meme is being abandoned for a variety of reasons. It was fun and nostalgic while it lasted! For a look back at all of my Monday Memories posts go here.

Character Appreciation Post #5

Full Name: Teeth 

Book: Teeth

Teeth

AuthorHannah Moskowitz

Background:  Teeth was born in an unfortunate situation. I can’t tell you more. He’ll have to tell you his story himself. Teeth lives at the edge of human society on an Atlantic island. When Rudy moves there with his family he discovers the strange creature that is Teeth, and instead of running away or being afraid or disgusted, Rudy is drawn to the other boy. They become friends, and it changes both of their lives forever. 

Qualities: Teeth is a fishboy – part fish, part boy. He is emotional. He is funny. He is adorable and ugly and dangerous and innocent all at the same time. 

Quotes:

“I could totally be a . . . whatever.” (Teeth)
“Sailor?” (Rudy)
“On a boat?” (Teeth)
“Yep.” (Rudy)
“Yeah.” He’ll sigh all wistfully. “I could be a sailor. But I’m too busy being a fish.” (Teeth)

“Pathetic, huh?” He learned that word from me.

“Yeah. It’s like the opposite of a fish, right?”

 

Character Appreciation Posts are a blog meme thought up by Batool at Batool’s Book Feels. I loved the idea so much, that I just had to join in.  I’ll try to do a weekly CAP on Fridays from here on out, so if you like the idea go ahead and join in and post about your favorite book characters!