blo Teens Read and Write: Superstar Spotlight - Here's Orchid! (Giveaway Points Post)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Superstar Spotlight - Here's Orchid! (Giveaway Points Post)

We're so excited to have our first guest blogger. We've followed Orchid's blog for a long time and love The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia. The look is gorgeous (just look at her amazing button!) and the reviews are always fresh and original. The best thing we've found about her blog is that she finds fantastic books that we've never even heard of! She's a Book-Finding ninja!

Please welcome, Orchid!

Author: Nancy Farmer

Title: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

Number of Pages: 311

Publication Date: 1994

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

Synopsis: Tendai, his little sister and their younger brother escape from their splendid home to explore their dangerous city. Tendai is motivated by wanting to earn a scouting badge, and he desperately wants to prove himself, as their overprotective father has always placed tight restrictions on what the siblings can and can't do.”

I’m really bad at formalities, but I’d like to thank Alyssa, Jake, and Gregory for having me over to do a guest post!

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is another great book that I had read a few years ago. The title and bits of the story have been stuck in my head, so I decided to see if my library had it, which they did, so I went ahead and checked it out.

One of things about this book that stuck out in my mind the most would have to be how Nancy Farmer overlaid the new and futuristic with the old and traditional, as you can see from the cover.

Ear, Eye, and Arm, who all have special abilities, run a detective agency. Their names give you a clue as too what their abilities are, like, Ear who has really big and sensitive ears that can hear the slightest sound; Eye who can see a rain drop in a cloud; and the Arm who is extremely tall and gangly and can sense things by touching them.

But the main story follows Tendai and his siblings and the adventures and trials that they encounter on their first trip out of their home alone.

My favorite part of the book would have to be how against the odds they manage to find a way out of the danger that they wind up in.

My other favorite part of the book would have to be how the General tried to run his family like they were in his army by holding inspections before breakfast.

My least favorite part of the book would have to be how everything in Tendai’s home is run by a robot; the dogs are robots, the help are robots, there were even machine guns and they needed security cards to get in and out of their home. If you ask me it was bit overkill, but the father was a general who was the main force behind cleaning up the streets and ridding the land of some of the worst gangs, and he was slightly paranoid.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is definitely a book worth checking out.

Thanks for having me,

Orchid was also kind enough to answer a few questions! Here goes!

1. Orchid, now that’s an interesting name. Is it your real name or screen name? How did you get it?

Actually, Orchid is just my screen name. I was shooting for a name that nobody else would have, so I chose two flowery names that sounded good together. It’s girlier then anything else in my life, but I like the way Orchid Forsythia sounds.

2. What's your blog all about?

My blog The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia is mainly about the books that I read, along with the occasional music or movie trailer and the even rarer movie review. I also like to review obscure and neglected titles.

3. What inspired you to start blogging? Did you see a specific blog? Read a certain book?

I was inspired to start blogging mainly because I wanted to share my view on the books that I read. Plus it’s a great way to find new authors and books to check out and I love reading about different peoples views on the same book.

4. What’s your favorite genre and any specific books?

OMZ! That is a toughie. If I had to pick a favorite genre, I would be torn between Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and Supernatural books. Some of my favorite books would have to be Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow, The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson, In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, and the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey. I could seriously go on forever on books that I like.

5. What’s your take on V-logging?

Personally, I’m not much into vlogging, but I will occasionally watch a vlog or two.

6. What’s your dream job?

Currently I don’t have a dream job, but I would like to do something that involves a lot of traveling.

7. If you could give any advice to a potential blogger, what would it be?

The best advice for bloggers would be to persevere, even if it doesn’t seem like anyone is reading at first. Because you’re not going to gain instant notoriety, the best way to get readers is to follow and comment a lot on other blogs.

8. Do you have a certain ritual before you start a review?

Yes, I have found that I cannot get into writing a review if I’m not listening to my ipod, although it has to be either country or classic rock or classical (because that’s the only music I like). Like right now I’m listening to A Thousand Times a Day by Patty Loveless.

9. How would you react to a zombie apocalypse? What’s your plan? Do you have one? If not, you should seriously consider creating one. (This is a Jake Question.)

I would calmly secure somewhere that could be easily defended and make sure that I’d have enough supplies to last for quite awhile. Yes, I have a plan and it’s to out last the zombie horde.

10. Any question we didn’t ask that you’d like to answer?

What am I reading right now?

Gallows Hill- Lois Duncan

Thanks for having me Alyssa, Jake, and Gregory. It has been a pleasure, nay, a privilege guesting on your blog. J

Be sure to visit Orchid at her wonderful blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia. We know you'll love it as much as we do! (Orchid is lovely but now we're dying to know her real name. Aren't you? Starts with "J"...)

**Giveaway ALERT! A comment on this post (within 7 days of post date) gets you 5 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. And if you'd like to get an additional 5 points, become a follower on Orchid's blog and mention that you did so in your comment here. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to enter! Good luck!

In other contest news, we made it to 650 followers (thank you!) which means we should be adding 2 new winners and 2 new books. However, since you have all been so supportive and Alyssa's writing blog, Demonic Attractions, now has 200 followers, we're going to add 4 more winners and 4 more books! That means we're up to 18 winners! We'll announce the books on Monday but we can confirm that The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is now included!


Bleuette said...

Great Interview!:) And good luck with your blog Orchid, I just became a follower!:)

Blodeuedd said...

Nice interview, and great review. Sounds like a pretty interesting book that one.
Fun new feature .D

Ellz said...

Great interview. I love the idea for her name, it is original. I am an old follower of her blog. It was fun to learn more about her.

Patricia said...

Very unique blog! I'm following :)
Nice interview and review. It sounds like a unique book.

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Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great book, but the cover is kinda freaky.

Oh, and I follow Orchid's blog :D

Jemi Fraser said...

I love this cover for The Ear, The Eye & the Arm :) Nice review!

Jill Buck said...

What a great cover picture!

buckfamily at ptd dot net

Kathy Martin said...

Great interview! I was especially impressed by the wide variety of books that Orchid reads. McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy is also one of my favorites.

Stacey Brucale said...

I love her name. It sounds so pretty! And I love how she reads books that aren't well known. It's nice to be made aware of so many books that I wouldn't have found otherwise.

Tynga said...

Always nice to meet new bloggers, and I love to know how people choose their screen name ^^

Anya said...

Great interview! And the cover is awesome!:)
Wow congrats on getting so many follower. And 18 winners!! Amazing!:)

aprilnichole said...

The book orchid reviewed sounds interesting. I like the cover. Great interview too.

The Scarf Princess said...

I love discovering new blogs! Because of this great interview my addiction just keeps getting bigger.

ninefly said...

that's a rather creepy cover, thanks for the review and interview =)

and congrats on 650 and 200 followers!

emily said...

I love discovering new blogs. Gret interview:]

Shy said...

I've been reading Orchid's blog for quite sometime now and you guys are right, she did pointed out some fantastic books I hardly ever heard of before.

I am now a follower at her site!

Btw, thanks fellas - 18 winners sounds BRILLIANT!

Ryan said...

Thank you for the review and the interview

Unknown said...

I'm soooo glad she featured this book! It's great to see some lesser promoted books get a feature.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Great interview! I love Orchid's blog! :)

Sarah said...

I'd not come across Orchid's blog before but she now has a new follower :o) Thanks for the recommendation!

iffath said...

Fab interview! Orchid, I love your blog and have just followed it, keep up the good work :)

YA Book Queen said...

Awesome interview! Orchid sounds so nice...*rushing off to her blog*

Zombie Girrrl said...

Orchid is definitely a book finding ninja! I read a book like ten years ago, forgot the title, author, and main plot points, but she found it for me! All I gave her to go on was, "There was a mine, and it was cold, and the girl had some 'power', and there was a baby tree in the end," and she was like, "Oh, that's Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan." X_O

Kelly said...

Great interview!It is always nice to meet new bloggers! :)

Chioma said...

Great Interview. I think I am going to start listening to my ipod too when I write reviews. I've been following Orchord for a while and always thought that was her real name lol!!!

Curling up by the Fire said...

Great interview! I haven't taken a look at your blog yet, but I'm heading there after I post this. I just wanted to say that I read Nancy Farmer's book a couple of years ago, and my son just pulled that one off my shelf and is currently reading it. I'd forgotten all about it.

Good luck with your blog, I'm a new blogger too.

Curling up by the Fire said...

I'm commenting twice, as I just became a follower of your blog.

throuthehaze said...

Great interview! That book at the top of the post has a very interesting cover :)


Anonymous said...

Great interview and guest post. I love Orchid's blog and it looks amazing!

Justine said...

I love your blog, Orchid, as well as your blog name! :) Great interview!

I just became a follower of Orchid's.

Hot Off the Shelves said...

Very good interview! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I read that book, and I loved it too! I remember reading it in middle school. Ohh, and that was a great interview. Congrats!

I am now a follower of Orchid's blog.

Mariah said...

Great Interview! I have never heard of the book at the top but you guys intrigued me! Thanks!

Sherry said...

Great review and interview! It's always exciting to meet bloggers!

Congrats on 650 followers!! :)

Jessica B said...

Cool, I love Orchid's blog!

Congrats on 650 followers! Can't wait to see the rest of the books.

donnas said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing! I am now a follower of your blog and I love the background.

Ren @ All By Myshelf said...

Great interview! I've been a follower of Orchid's blog since she started it. ^_^

Ladytink_534 said...

I've never heard of this book or this blogger before and both look neat! Great interview questions :)

+5 now an Orchid follower

Jessica Love said...

Great interview!

CeeCee said...

Terrific post- great first superstar spotlight. Very nice interview.
Congrats on 650 followers- Yay! for Iron King being added.

Became a follower of Orchid's Blog-
It's really lovely.

Heather Thomas - advocate for change said...

What a unique sounding book. I really like how you add what you didn't care for!


Rebecca said...

I really like Orchid's blog. I've been curious about whether Orchid was her real name or not. Awesome stuff.

babygirlG said...

Ok, the Nancy Farmer's book cover is creeping me out!

Trollololol said...

That is one creepy looking book cover!
I loved your interview questions, and I'm looking forward to seeing who will be next on your Superstar Spotlight.

I'm now a follower of Orchid's blog. :)

Congrats on all the followers for both blogs!

elaing8 said...

Great review and interview.

I became a follower of Orchid's blog

Bookish in a Box said...

This book sounds really interesting. Is it a heavy drama or more of an action/adventure novel?

Cheryl said...

Ooh a new author to me. Thanks for this post.


Amanda Leigh said...

Great interview and the book sounds interesting.

mariska said...

Just became one of Orchid followers :) Nice Interviews !

EVA SB said...

Great interview with many words of wisdom. I'm just going to pop over and check out the blog now.

Old Little Miss Youngblood said...

Awesome review and interview! I think Orchid Forsythia is a really cool name. Congrats on the huge amount of followers!

Following Orchid's blog, too. :D

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great interview, review and info on a book I've never heard of... Sounds interesting.

Congrats on all the followers! Following Orchid's blog too :o)

Eleni said...

Great interview with Orchid! She always has unique reviews on her blog :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Great questions. Great interview. I agree on vlogging :)

Bunny B said...

Nice interview and review! I sure haven't heard of that book!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Orchid sounds like an interesting blogger! I'm headed over directly to check out her blog. Thanks for the lovely guest post =O)

Katrina said...

Cute interview and great review. I am now a follower of Orchid's blog. What a cool idea for a screen name by the way. .

Jessy said...

I always love finding new bloggers...Thanks!

Kristen said...

Her blog looks awesome! Definitely becoming a follower NOW. :)

Orchid said...

Thanks for having me. It was a ton a fun guesting here.

Iron King sounds like a really bood book. :)

Jenny N. said...

Another blogger I will check out.

Brodie said...

Great interview! Orchid is such a pretty name :) And what a wonderful blog! I've never heard of The Ear, The Eye and The Arm before but I'll definitely be checking it out now.

And WOW. Congrats on 650 followers!! I so want to read The Iron King!

Teddyree said...

Fun interview, I love Orchid's blog name and I totally agree on the blog advice, comment, comment, comment. Loved Jake's wacko zombie question too :-)

Congrats on 650 followers *woot woot*

kalea_kane said...

Wonderful interview. I love guest posts. Orchid's blog sounds awesome. I will definitely be checking it out. :)

sRy_ said...

wow! great interview :)

InfinitePlaylist said...

Hooray for The Iron King :D

Erin said...

Ooooo, The Iron King looks sooooo yummy. :]

Lucía said...

I love the blog's design! I'm following Haunted Orchid :)

Sheere said...

How can it be that I haven't heard about her blog before? That a great interview!
And congrats on the follower, it is so good the Iron King is in =)

BreiaB said...

Great interview and I love the way her blog looks. I am a follower there now as well.


Bani said...

Orchid has a nice blog. :D I like the dark blue and black, easy on the eyes. I am in awe that she managed to read 169 books in one year. That's just amazing. I'll be lucky if I finish 40 this year, heehee. I definitely wanna aim for 100 in 2011 though.

I am following Orchid too, name on there is the same. Bani.

wakeupangel at gmail dot com

Sara said...

Nice interview, I'll have to check out her blog!

Wow, 18 winners already?!

Raspberry said...

I enjoy Nancy Farmer books, but even though I actually own the Ear the Eye and the Arm, I haven't read it...yet. But I will! Eventually! It's so hard to keep up with my tbr list though...

Crystal said...

Good review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I love Orchid's blog! I have to say that I've never hear of The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, but it certainly sounds unique.

Great interview too. I love Jake's zombie question.

Jo said...

Awesome review Orchid! It's actually interesting to read a review of a Nancy Farmer book, as I haven't read any before, and I have a whole tirlogy of hers on my TBR pile. Sounds like she's a pretty good author, so I'm looking forward to reading them! Thanks!

Sharli said...

Very cool name! Definitely something nobody else has lol
I need music when writing a review too. It's like it loosens the words out of me ...I don't know lol

Good luck with your blog! I'm following you ;)

Mandy said...

Thanks for the interview (:

The Sweet Bonjour said...

Fabulous interview :D

Aleksandra said...

Great interview & now I'm follower of Orchid's blog :)

Emily said...

Great post you guys! I really like Orchid's blog - been following a while now. Love the name! But now I'm curious :)

Aik said...

Thanks for posting the interview! I'd love to read this book!

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