Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back" and Sariah Wilson's 10 Favorite Female Characters

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The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson 
Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school. And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

What others are saying!
“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”
~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy

“Sariah Wilson's new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in.  The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing.  I thought it was definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”
~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair

“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I've read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn't put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle's battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you'd think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”
~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing

“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn't have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It's a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”
~Andrea of Literary Time Out

Sariah’s 10 Favorite Female Characters
10.  Princess Leia – How can you not love a princess full of moxie and fire, ready to take on an entire Empire, even at great personal cost?  She’s the bad guy’s daughter (a point which is usually overlooked in favor of her brother being Vader’s son), but is a true heroine who finds not only love with a handsome rogue, but defeats a great evil.

9.  Scarlett O’Hara – My mother told me once that as I matured I would idolize Scarlett less and like Melanie more.  Well, I still think Melanie was a weak little hanger-on, and Scarlett’s the one I admire.  The one who saved her entire family by any means necessary.  I loved her gumption and her drive.  Her ability to go on even as the entire world burned down around her.  She breaks my heart as a truly tragic figure that lost the only man who would ever really love her for herself.  

8.  Hermione Granger – She’s a bit of a know-it-all, but her brains save Harry and Ron more times than we can count.  She’s loyal and tenacious and gifted.  She’s not like the others – her parents are Muggles – but she makes up for any shortcomings in a very small amount of time through hard work and dedication.  I also love that she’s one half of the couple that I consider to be the main love story of the series.  I could never figure out why people thought Hermione would end up with Harry – from very early on it was clear to me that her feelings were only for Ron.

7.  Veronica Mars.  How can you not love a girl who’s been through a horrible crisis, and decides to be true to herself?  She’s smart, clever and witty; she’s strong enough to get the job done and is an exceedingly loyal daughter and friend.  She is laugh out loud funny.  Her chemistry with bad boy Logan is just icing on the cake.

6.  Bridget Jones.  This is the Every Girl who wants so desperately to be better – to stop dating awful men, to stop smoking, to stop eating poorly and lose weight – but can never quite get it all together.  She’s constantly putting her foot in her mouth and generally mucking things up.  But somehow, by being her adorable, clumsy, fun self, she catches the eye of Mark Darcy who likes her just as she is.

5.  Angela Chase.  Here’s a character who made so many other strong female characters possible.  Angela was a real girl, with an unrequited crush, a new group of friends who made pretty poor choices, who ditched her old friends without an explanation.  She died her hair bright red and lived an authentic, relatable teen life.  

4.  Katniss Everdeen.  This girl’s a survivor, someone who would break the law and sacrifice everything for her family, who’s more interested in staying alive than she is with her two possible suitors.  I love her evolution over the series and the woman she becomes – how she does whatever necessary to fight evil in all its forms.  

3.  Aeryn Sun.  She’s the main female character in the show “Farscape,” a highly underrated and underwatched show.  She’s very Spartan; all about the fighting and keeping the emotions reined in, even while falling in love with the charming Earthling, John Crichton.  Aeryn will blast a hole in your ship and kick you in the throat and look awesome doing it.  She gets the job done, and learns to love and be loved in return.

2.  Elizabeth Bennet.  There are too many ways for me to list how I love Elizabeth Bennet.  A girl so far ahead of her times – who spoke her mind (in a polite way, of course), who always stayed true to herself, who didn’t play her society’s games, who was infinitely clever and intelligent and witty.  Who doesn’t say yes when a handsome, rich man proposes to her because the way he does it is so insulting.  Who makes Darcy chase her and prove himself worthy of her total awesomeness.

1.  Buffy Summers.  I might actually call this a tie with Elizabeth Bennet, with them both sharing the #1 spot, but Buffy wins because she was constantly saving the world (or as someone said on December 21, 2012 – that since the world did not end on that day, it was just proof that Buffy Summers was still out there somewhere).  And she saved the world while being stylish and fun and clever, and while dating a guy old enough to be her great-great-great-grandpa.  She was strong and vulnerable, streetwise but not necessarily book smart, deadly but still just a girl. 

Author Sariah Wilson
Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Ends 3/10/13

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