Quote for the week:
#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to link back to Katie, Kai, and Mary. Have fun.
The topic for June is Blurbs. Yeah, blurbs. Love them, or hate them. They're necessary. So, let's look at a few. These are in no particular order. I just went through my book shelves and looked at a few. As you read these, what do you think?
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
S. E. Hinton
"Since childhood, Bryan and Mark have been as close as brothers. Now things are changing. Bryon's growing up, spending a lot of time with girls, and thinking seriously about who he wats to be. Mark still just lives for the thrill of the moment. The two are growing apart--but holding on--until Bryon makes a shocking discovery about Mark. Then Bryon faces a terrible decision--one that will change both of their lives forever."
PIPER MORGAN TO THE RESCUE
"Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by adorable animals all day? And the pets are lookin g for their perfect forever homes, just like Piper and her mom.
When Piper meets Taffy, the cutest puppy she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home and convince her mom she can help take care of a dog. But it won't be easy--especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family too! Can Piper find a way to make Operation: Puppy a success?"
"The only creature who can harm an angel is another angel.
Armed with the power to control the ancient elements of Earth and Fire, sixteen-year-old Griffin is determined to complete his apprenticeship and rise to the rank of Terrae Angeli.
But first, he must overcome a brutal past if he is to survive in this world. Will the perseverance of his mentor and the love of a mortal girl give Griffin the courage he needs to face the monster still haunting him?"
"Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock. Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced,
and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression--like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again."
Katie L. Carroll
"Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain ;power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love."
THE PRINCESS OF LAS PULGAS
C. Lee McKenzie
"After her father's slow death from cancer, Carlie's mother is forced to sell their cherished oceanfront home and move the family to the other side of the tracks--to dreaded Las Pulgas. At her tough new yrban high school, Carlie is nicknamed "Princess" because of her aloof attitude. But what her classmates don't know is that Carlie isn't aloof; she's in mourning for her father and almost everything else that mattered to her." (There's more, but you see how the blurb draws the reader in to want to know more about Carlie and her problems.)
QUEST OF THE HART
Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she's thrust into a fight she must win. To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood. But the villain behind the deadly plot to gain the throne seems a step ahead. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.
We could go on and on, but I think if we look closely at these examples, we see what makes a good blurb. We want the reader to say "This sounds like my kind of book."
What do we learn about the novel from these blurbs? Comments are welcome.