Our little “Casting Call” feature has allowed us to get to know five other YA lovers and chat with them about everything from what books they’re reading to the importance of watching “Friday Night Lights.” Kiki is, hands down, our most take-charge member. She’s smart and focused and can whip up a spreadsheet like it’s an Olympic sport. Without Kiki and Brittany, we’d get nothing done on our dreamcasting meme and devolve into a mutual admiration society. Kiki reads a lot more than just YA, but she loves a good, swoony romance, fascinating heroines and crush-worthy fairies (you’ll see).
Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Kristina or Kiki as almost everyone that has met me calls me. I know it’s Maggie on the blog, but when we were starting up the blog we weren’t 100% sure if we wanted to use our real names or if we would keep it up so I picked it to go with our Southern heritage (Maggie = Magnolia) and now I’m even confusing myself when I write emails.
Age: 30 (EEP! It was not a good birthday this year, 30 hurt. A LOT.)
What you do: I work in a warehouse, so try to control the jealousy, LOL. When I’m away from work, I procrastinate about reading and writing reviews and fill up a lot of the time I should be reading watching “Big Bang Theory” reruns while dreaming about one day writing a book of my own.
How long have you been reading YA: I’ve been reading YA since the first book I can remember buying when I was about 12-13, “How I Broke Up with Ernie“ by R.L. Stine. I did branch off for awhile and read quite a bit of women’s fiction/romantic suspense before coming back to read YA almost exclusively.
Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: Well, I’m going to say Cassandra Clare and Veronica Roth for YA. I do have several romantic suspense type authors that I read everything they write, but since this is for YA junkies I’m guessing y’all wouldn’t be too keen on them.
Favorite fictional boyfriends: Well I’d start with Michael Moscovitz [“The Princess Diaries”]. I mean can you get any better than that? Then there’s Peeta [“The Hunger Games”]. Oh Peeta, how adorable are you??
Favorite kick-ass heroine: This is a tough one. It’s hard to find the tough as nails girls that aren’t putting on a front. I’m going to have to say Tris from “Divergent.” (Full disclosure: I haven’t read “Insurgent” yet so that opinion could change.)
What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? The last book would be “The Sky is Everywhere,” because I reread it for our Casting Call, and I still got the same warm fuzzy feeling I had when I read it the first time but it was still a reread. The last new book I’d say “The Iron King“. I cried for that one, boy did I cry. It was soooo good!
Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: “Harry Potter.” It scares me to think that I almost gave up on reading these. I had actually “given” the books to my mom and told her to turn them in at a local used bookstore because I would never read them. Thank God I changed my mind and took them back. I also have “The Princess Diaries” series, “If I Stay”, “The Sky is Everywhere”, “The Iron King”. . .
If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be? I would go with “The Iron King” (heck I’d want the whole Iron Fey series) by Julie Kagawa. This woman made me love fairies.
What’s at the top of your TBR pile? HA! Like most bloggers I’m having an issue staying away from the library but at the same time can’t make myself read the books I’ve checked out & have been renewing like crazy. Right now I’d say “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling,”Promised” by Caragh O’Brien, and “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
Which literary YA couple’s love story do you think is the most swoon-worthy? Ack! How do you choose just one?? I’d have to go with Lennie/Joe from “The Sky is Everywhere” or Michael/Mia from “The Princess Diaries”.