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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Playing Favorites featuring Morgan Matson!

It has been said that playing favorites isn't nice, but sometimes it's impossible not to! Join me weekly at The Hiding Spot as I share a favorite author... and the author shares a few favorite things of their own.

Genre: Contemporary YA

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Review

Debut author Morgan Matson has already earned a spot as one of my top YA romance writers. After only one novel, she's demonstrated her ability to write both compelling characters and perfectly paced romance.


Novel: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour.This is Matson's first published novel, but I adored it! I'm a huge fan or road trips, music, and romance, making Matson's debut a must-read. I can't recommend Matson's novel enough, especially if you typically enjoy Sarah Dessen's novels.

Character: Amy and Roger.
I tried, I really did. Both characters had vibrant personalities, plus they're amazing together! Their chemistry kept my eyes glued to the page - I loved their back and forth banter!

Quote: "In addition to the OPEN RANGE CAUTION, there were animal signs I'd never seen before-an antelope, a cow, and cow with horns...But it worried me that, without warning, a cow with horns might be running across the interstate. And that this had happened frequently enough that they'd had to erect a sign to warn people about it."
There are so many wonderful lines from Matson's novel, so it was difficult to choose only one. Now, every time I see a sign like this, I laugh to myself! There are conversations between Amy and Roger that I might favor more than this quote, but I leave them to you to discover!


BOOK: Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith.
Adore that book. If you haven’t read it, I can’t recommend it highly enough. That and anything by P.G. Wodehouse, if you’re in the mood to laugh.

FOOD: Movie-theater popcorn.
Does this even technically count as a food? But I love it. I’ll go see movies I’m not even that interested in to get the popcorn. Lots of butter, tons of salt, inedible to most other people. YUM.

WORD: Ensorcelled.
I love this word, and the fact that I’ve got some of my friends using it is one of the things I’m proudest of. It means entranced by something or someone.

MOVIE: It Happened One Night.
It’s a classic from the 30s. I was so excited to see it get a mention in the new Sex and the City movie. It’s fantastic.

NUMBER: My favorite number is 19.
It’s my birthday, and it’s always been my favorite number. Whether it’s lucky, I’m not sure. But I’m hopeful!

For more information about Morgan and her novel
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  1. Ensorcelled is a GREAT word, though my personal favorite is visceral.

    Great post!

  2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is such a lovely book!

    And wow, I <333 I Capture the Castle & P.G. Wodehose & It happened one Night.

  3. I just won a copy of this book, so I'm SO EXCITED to read. And ensorcelled .. another word that I didn't know existed. These posts are very educational for me.

    And just putting it out there .. Morgan is GORGEOUS. Can I haz her prettiness?

  4. Hmm ensorcelled. Interesting. I'll see if I can get into the groove of using that word. xD
    A&RED is among the top of my TBR pile, and the quote is wonderful.

  5. Interesting choice for a word. I really want to read this book! I sounds so great!

  6. I love the quote about the road signs. I'm always intrigued by unusual road signs.

  7. Can't wait to read this book :)

    Love the quote, though not much cows with horns are in Florida, LOTS of alligators!

  8. The book sounds like fun! I will add it to my wishlist.

  9. This book seems really nice. And the quote is just great! hahha Well, I also LOVE the movie popcorn! They're delicious!! And my favourite number is 20! :)

  10. She loves movie theater popcorn! She loves movie theater popcorn!! Yay! Me too! Me too!!
    Ensorcelled is such a stellar word! Am gonna use it from now on!

  11. NO WAY 19 is my favorite number too!!! aw this book sounds cute.

    angela z

  12. I've been hearing about this book for over a month now. I think I'm going to finally pick it up. It'll be a good summer read.

  13. Ahhh my favorite book this year! You're so lucky you got to talk with Morgan. Her favorite word is so random: Ensorcelled. I had never even heard of it. I wonder if she included it in her book?! :)

  14. I love movie-theater popcorn too! ^^ I think it's a staple with me that we absolutely must have popcorn whenever we watch a movie. My favorite is the cheese-flavored one though. Yum! c:

  15. I have heard fantastic things about Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, it is on my wishlist.

    I agree movie popcorn is great, maybe because besides the actual taste we associate memories and feelings with it: how fun it is always to go with my friends to the cinema and what a great night we always have :-)

    I love the word enthralled and ensorcelled, they sound so elegant and mysterious :-)

  16. I pretty much agreed with you on everything! And you are super pretty! I wanted to read your book just by looking at the cover and I am trying to get my library to buy your book! Wish me good luck!


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