Tuesday, August 4, 2015

5 Fairytale Retellings I've Loved and 5 I Can't Wait to Read


5 Fairytale Retellings I Loved
1 Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
2 Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
3 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4 The Madmans Daughter by Megan Shepherd
5 Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

5 Fairytale Retellings I Can't Wait to Read
1 Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
2 Of Beauty and Beast by Stacy Jane
3 The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeton

4 The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
5 A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Monday, August 3, 2015

Destroying Angel Book Blitz + Giveaway


Destroying Angel
Release Date: 07/09/15
187 pages

Synopsis:
Gates McFarland’s mother has just been proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.
After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she continues her inquiries.
Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart, sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers. She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny, the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’ survival.


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The book release party is Tuesday, July 28 in New Orleans. Everyone is welcome to attend! The Facebook invitation is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391976724334930/


Author Interview
Q: In your book, Gates’ mother dies and donates her body to science, and Gates goes on a quest to find it. Why did you write about organ donation?

A: It’s a topic that kept finding its way into my life. My friend Zane died unexpectedly and became an organ donor. Then, my friend Lauren, who had cystic fibrosis, died waiting for a lung transplant. And last, my former boyfriend Jonah, who had muscular dystrophy, died waiting for a heart transplant. So organ donation is something I was thinking a lot about while writing DESTROYING ANGEL.
Q: Were you good at English in school?
A: Yes, I was a relentless reader, so I absorbed a lot of information about grammar and spelling that way. I was very good at diagramming sentences. When I was in fifth grade, I went a year without watching TV, just to prove I could, and read some books that remain favorites today: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Gone with the Wind are among them.

Q: What does your writing process look like?

A: Well, I am a full-time journalist, so I write at work, during my lunch breaks and random down time. It just looks like me tapping at a Word document. Some days are busy, so I don’t get much time to write fiction. On those days, I try to write something, even if it’s just a sentence. Any day that I write, I consider a success, even if I only write for a couple minutes.

Q: You’re also a blogger at www.nowlistenmissy.com. Is it hard to write books and maintain a blog?
A: No. They’re very different types of writing, and I enjoy doing both. I find that the more I write, the more I can write, if that makes sense. It’s similar to how, if you start running, you’re able to run longer and longer the more you do it. Anything that motivates me to write is a good thing. Plus, I’ve made wonderful connections through blogging.
Q: What is the most useful thing you’ve found for marketing books?
A: Definitely writing guest posts for blogs and articles for online publications. Most let you link to your blog, and it’s a way to get your name out to a wide audience who might not otherwise have heard of you.

Q: Your protagonist gets in trouble with the police. Have you ever been arrested? 
A: Yes, when I was 21 I spent a weekend in jail on felony possession charges. I went to court-ordered rehab, completed a year on probation, did community service, paid a lot of fines, and haven’t had any trouble with the law since. You could say I’ve been rehabilitated.

About the Author
Hi all! I'm a book fiend turned professional wordsmith who tells stories both fictional and factual. My debut novel, DESTROYING ANGEL, was published this year by Torquere Press. I freelance for publications including xoJane.com, HelloGiggles.com, BRIDES and Country Living, and I have served as a local editor for Zagat and Fodor guides.


I work as a full-time journalist at Gambit Weekly, THE BEST source for news in New Orleans (I'm biased, obviously). 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Netglley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - August Review Link-Up


Welcome to the August Review Link Up for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until August 31st
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email Emisbookblog@aol.com, or tweet me @FallingForYA
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Onslow Boys by CJ Duggan Cover Reveal & Giveaway



Onslow Boys Boxed Set
Series: Summer #1.5, 2.5, 3.5
Author: C.J. Duggan
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Cover Design: Keary Taylor at Indie Designs
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Synopsis:

For the first time in one collection 

The ONSLOW BOYS Boxed Set 

This SUMMER fall in love with an ONSLOW BOY 

INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE FOREVER SUMMER TEASER CHAPTERS 

STAN

Stan Remington is the go-to man; what he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.

The wild and annoying doctor’s daughter spends her summer family holidays at Remington’s Caravan Park, and normally she’s not Stan’s problem. But then she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but also responsible for Bel.

Just the two of them. Under the one roof. For one long, long weekend.


MAX

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?

RINGER

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast.

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Author Bio

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Our Lady of the Ice


Our Lady of the Ice
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
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Synopsis:
Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:
Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.
Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.
Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.
Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.
But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…
My Thoughts: This book totally wouldn't be my usual thing but I adore Cassndra Rose Clarke's writing. The Mad Scientists Daughter and The Assassin's Curse duology are some of my favorite books and I can't wait to read Rose's latest novel!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Discussion: Reading Slumps and Blogging Breaks


I have been blogging here at Falling For YA for the last four years. Rain or shine, finals or not, I have stuck to a regular updating schedule. But this last week my computer was running unbearably slow, work was busy, and I just didn't feel like posting. I took an unheard of week off!

Every summer, I don't know why, but I end up in a reading slump. This year is no exception, I've been in a reading slump since May. I only have two reviews to write in my queue (which usually has 5-7 reviews in it) and I'm finding it hard to get motivated to talk about my favorite books when I haven't stumbled across a 5 star read since the end of February.

This summer my slump has been so bad I've debated taking a blogging break. I'm worried about breaks though. Many of my favorite bloggers have taken a brief hiatus and never returned. The bookish community has lost a ton of great bloggers after these little breaks. While, I'm not worried that I'll become one of these lost-to-hiatus bloggers, I am worried about being out of the loop and getting out of the habit of blogging.

Blogging has become such a big part of my life over the last four years that I can't imagine what I would even do with my extra time during an extended break. I'd probably get painfully bored and start blogging again right away.

So, this isn't one of those blogging hiatus announcements. I just bought a new computer yesterday so I'm more excited than ever to start blogging regularly again. It's more a post because I want to know your opinions!
Tell me your thoughts

  • What do you think of blogs that take breaks?
  • How do you get out of a reading slump? 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 145


Week in Review
Review: Angefall by Susan Ee
The Escape by Hannah Jayne Blog Tour + Giveaway
Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Netgalley & Edelweiss
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
Every Word by Ellie Marney
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scweier
A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
Map To The Stars by Jen Malone

Friday, July 17, 2015

Crimson Bound by Roasmund Hodge

Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
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Review:
I started this book because I was going through a a book slump and I always seem to enjoy Little Red Riding Hood retellings. Almost immediately after beginning Crimson Bound I realized that this novel was a lot more than a retelling. Any relationship it had to Little Red Riding Hood was vague at best. Luckily, I still really enjoyed the story and Crimson Bound helped me get out of my reading slump!

Crimson Bound has a plot that is hard to sum up. It begins when Rachelle is apprenticed to a Woodwitch and starts training to protect her village from the Forestborn/Woodspawn. When Rachelle is turned in to a Bloodbound, someone destined to become a Forestborn, she begins to serve the realm and is forced to guard the King’s son, Armand, who has become a kind of saint. A saint Rachelle does not believe in.

Crimson Bound does a beautiful job blending mythology with an intricately woven story line. This novel has a lot of layers and I enjoyed how the story slowly revealed the nuances of the world that Hodge created.

Rachelle was my favorite character in this novel. I liked that she had a past littered with decisions made in a moral grey area. Rachelle was a well rounded character and it also didn’t hurt that she was a totally badass fighter.

My only issue with this novel was the romance. It was a love triangle that really had no place in the plot. I felt like everything in Crimson Bound was well thought out but for some reason the romance felt sloppy and unnecessary. I think I would have enjoyed this novel more had the romance been done away with.

Overall, Crimson Bound was a beautifully written story filled with lush mythology. I only wish that there were more books set in this same world!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Escape by Hannah Jayne Blog Tour + Giveaway



The Escape
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Soucebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Synopsis:
When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective's daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can't shake the feeling that something's off. When Adam's body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life.
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Author Interview
Emily: Hey Hannah, welcome back! I had you on my blog for the Truly, Madly, Deadly Blog Tour and I'm excited to interview you this time about The Escape.

Thanks, thrilled to be back!

How did writing The Escape differ from writing Truly, Madly, Deadly?
The Escape took a different kind of brainpower. I wanted to get everything right and in no way misrepresent mental illness as just someone being “crazy,” so I interviewed psychologists, psychiatrists and several pediatric doctors. I also roamed around in the woods and got “lost” for about six hours just to figure out what really goes through your head that deep in the forest for that long. And I wanted to see how the sky, temperature and terrain change and really, how lost you can get by going off a main hiking trail (answer: really darn lost; I didn’t see a single other person the whole six hours). Also, no cell service! Luckily, I was “rescued” by a crazy-happy Search & Rescue pup named Teke—he was training too so it was a win-win for both of us.

If The Escape that a theme song what would it be?
Good question! While I’m trying to get my boyfriend’s band to write a real Death to Sea Monkeys (the band shows up in a lot of my books!) song, I think The Escape’s theme song would be an old one from a band called Harvey Danger. The song is “Flagpole Sitta.”


Who was your favorite character to write in The Escape?
I really liked to write Avery. She was spunky but still had a really deep, emotional side.

What was the last book you read and loved?
Oh my gosh! I’m poly-literate: I have to read multiple books at once! I read Patty Blount’s SOME GIRLS and wanted to climb into it and live. Also April Henry’s THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE. April and I shared a room a couple months ago on a trip to LA; I had to sleep with one eye open.

Do you have another novel in the works? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
Actually, I JUST finished it! 

TWISTED will be out next July and it follows seventeen year old Bex Andrews. She’s just moved to Kill Devil Hills, NC in an effort to escape who she was: Beth Anne Reimer, the daughter of Raleigh’s most notorious serial killer, The Wife Collector. She’s created a new life with new friends and even a new family—or at least it seems that way until one of Bex’s friends turns up dead with the same chilling signature her father used to use: removing the left ring finger of his victim. As clues—and bodies—pile up, Bex has to face the fact that The Wife Collector is back, and she’s the one who brought him home.

Emily: Yay!! I can not wait to read Twisted!

About The Author
Hannah Jayne is possibly the only person living in Silicon Valley who has never worked in high tech. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessively watching HGTV or shopping at Target…also obsessively. Find out more about Hannah’s urban fantasy, young adult thrillers, and latest obsessions at hannah-jayne.com. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
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Review:
I can say without a doubt that Angelfall is my biggest surprise read of the year. I truly didn’t expect to like this book. The synopsis made me think it was going to be the same post-apocalyptic angel story that I’ve read before. Color me surprised when Angelfall drew me in from the first page and never let me go!

Angelfall is set in post-apocalyptic world where Angels have come to earth and are the new ruling class. Penryn lives with her not-all-there mother and her wheelchair bound sister. When Penryn’s sister is kidnapped she reluctantly partners with Raffe, an enemy angel, to get her back.

I really enjoyed Penryn’s strength and her willingness to do anything for her sister. She was a heroine you couldn’t help rooting for. The odds were always stacked against her but she never let that get her down. The adversities she faced with Raffe, and her crazy mother, only made her more determined to get her sister back.

Initially I assumed Raffe was going to be the standard “hot” love interest. He was a fallen angel that was going to make Penryn swoon. While Raffe was a little of that he was also so much more! Raffe had a complicated back story and his willingness to help Penryn made him all the more likable. I truly can’t wait to see what happens to him in the next novel, World After.

Overall, Angelfall is my biggest surprise of the year. The novel is so unpresuming on the outside but the inside it is an action packed story that will keep you up late flipping pages! I’m already eager to start World After.