Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Three Dark Crowns




Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date:

Synopsis:
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


Kendare's Favorite Fall Thing
What’s more badass than three sisters with cool magical powers fighting for the throne? I’ll tell you what: Kendare’s fall favorite thing. You may be thinking, it’s just a necklace. Doesn’t really seem badass…Well this is actually the most badass necklace ever because not only does it match the cover of the book (more bookstagrams!), but it is also handmade by an inner city high school student. And the profits from all of the products sold go toward funding that students college education. Pretty badass, am I right? Feel free to check out more of their stuff: The Shine Project.

About the Author 
Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com or on Twitter @KendareBlake.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Wendy Darling Vol. 2


Wendy Darling Vol. 2 Seas
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: Sparkpress
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Synopsis:
From the author of Queen of Hearts comes the much anticipated sequel to Wendy Darling.
Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream - and the betrayals have just begun.

Will Wendy find shelter with Peter's greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game, one that could forever alter not only her family's future, but also the soul of Neverland itself?

Colleen's Fall Favorite Thing
Colleen, like the rest of us, LOVES a good fall read. Let’s be real, there is nothing like sitting in front of the fire place with a glass of hot apple cider reading and an amazing YA book. To help you overcome the inevitable book hangover that you will get after reading Wendy Darling: Vol. 2: Seas, we are giving one lucky winner who posts and tweets about the book during the above time frame a gift card to Barnes & Noble! And as an added bonus, we are throwing in a Wendy Darling inspired Seaglass Yankee Candle. Not only does it match the cover of the book (meaning it is it going to look fly in all of your bookstagrams), but it also goes along perfectly with the seas theme!
About the Author
Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom Series, the Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016), and the Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Oakes can be found swimming, traveling or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel. Visit her on Twitter @ColleenBlooms.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross Blog Tour


Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Synopsis:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

Guest Post: Julie Top 5 Bookish Boyfriends! 
(in no particular order)

1. Mik from YOU WERE HERE by Cori McCarthy: Mik doesn’t say much, in fact his story in this book is often told through beautiful illustrations. But I quickly became aware of how hot a silent hero can be.

2. Matt from THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally: Matt is a breath of fresh air. He’s honest, loyal, strong but at the same time, vulnerable.

3. Lucas from EASY by TAMMARA WEBBER: Lucas has everything a great book boyfriend needs--act of heroism, mystery, and love that makes the object of his affection stronger and able to stand on her/his own even more than before they met.


4. Jace from MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Anyone with a family as big and chaotic as Jace’s who can still devote so much time and attention to his girlfriend is top notch in my book.

5. Roger from AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson: If I were forced into a cross-country roadtrip, Roger would just the right travel companion to make a boring activity fun and exciting.

 About the Author
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

Giveaway
· $50 Amazon Gift Card + a paperback copy of Whatever Life Throws at You (INT)

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper Giveaway!


Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Goodreads 

Synopsis:
He’s the infamous killer no man has ever been able to find.
Now it’s a girl’s turn.
Groomed to be the perfect highborn Victorian young lady, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has a decidedly different plan for herself. After the loss of her beloved mother, she is determined to understand the nature of death and its workings. Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey secretly apprentices in forensics. She soon gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper, but to her horror, the search for clues brings her far closer to her sheltered world than she ever thought possible.


Did you know James Patterson has launched his own imprint!? 

I didn't either! So you can imagine how excited I was when I got an email about Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first title in the new imprint. To celebrate this new imprint I'm giving away a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To


I used to never listen to audiobooks. I thought they were so boring and I would much rather listen to music if I'm in the car. I'm the type of person that drives quickly. listens to fast music, and sings aloud at full volume. It also helps that I love driving. 

Last year though I started commuting. My 40 mile drive became 2 hours in traffic and I couldn't listen to music that long. I actually ran out of songs and ended up hating all my playlists. So I got in to audiobooks. These are the top 10 audiobooks I listened to on my dreadful commute which I (thankfully) no longer have to do anymore!


1 The Accident Season by Moira-Fowley Doyle (Colby Minifie)
Irish Narrator, yes please!

2 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Elizabeth Evans, Tristan Morris)
SEVEN NARRATORS! Yeah. It's sort of confusing in the beginning but it gets good. And now I know how I've been mispronouncing words in my head throughout all of Leigh's Grisha series.

3 Outpost by Ann Aguire (Emily Bauer)
I didn't like the first book in the series too much but I LOVED this audiobook it was suspenseful and terrifying


4 Confessions of a Murder Suspect by Jame Patterson (Emma Galvin)
They switched narrators for the third book and I was really bummed I loved Emma as a narrator her voices are spot on.)

5 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Kate Rudd)
Pretty sure this audiobook won some awards. Pretty sure it was deserved.

6 Tempest by Julie Cross (Matthew Brown)
My cat loved this audiobook. I was moving cross country and he wouldn't stop meowing, the instant I turned this audiobook he stopped. And when I turned if off he would cry again. So we listened to this non-stop.

7 Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian ( Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby & Rebekkah Ross)
This isn't my usual type of book but I loved the three different narrators it made the voices sound distinct.

8 This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opel (Luke Daniels)
The book was pretty decent. I don't know if I'll continue the series but I did really enjoy Luke Daniels narration!

9 Chime by Franny Billingsley (Susan Duerden)
Do you like Lainie Taylor and April Genevieve-Tucholke? You'll probably like this!

10 The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Steve West, Fiona Hardingham)
So...this is like one of my favorite books of all time. The audiobook was just as good!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Into the Abyss by Stefanie Gaither Blog Tour

Into the Abyss
Author: Stefanie Gaither
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Synopsis:
Violet has lost her memory, and her sense of self—but can she decide who she wants to be in time to save the world? Find out in this sequel to Falls the Shadow, which Kirkus Reviews called perfect “for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games.”
Violet Benson used to know who she was: a dead girl’s clone, with a dead girl’s memories. But after Huxley’s attempt to take over the government left her memories and personality wiped, all she has left is a mission: help the CCA fight back against the rest of Huxley’s deadly clones that are still at large.
But when a group of clones infiltrate CCA headquarters, Violet is blamed. Already unsure of where her loyalties should lie, Violet finds herself running away with an unlikely ally: Seth, Jaxon’s unpredictable foster brother. With Seth at her side, Violet begins to learn about a whole new side of her city’s history—and her own.
But when she learns the shocking truth about cloning, Violet will have to make a choice—and it may be one that takes her away from everyone she ever loved.

Author Interview
Who was your favorite character to write?
Violet was my favorite character to write in the first book, and I'd have to say she remained my favorite for this book too--which is great, since she was the pov character this go-around! I loved delving deeper into her thought processes and trying to put myself in her shoes; she's unique--a clone with a very complicated history--and capturing her on the page was both challenging and enlightening. Her sidekick, Seth, was fun to write too. Most of my favorite scenes involve both of them and their banter, so I guess they technically tie for "favorite character." 

If Into the Abyss had a theme song what would it be?
Ooh, I love this question. Most of my books have very extensive playlists. If I had to narrow it down, I guess I'd go with what I listened to most while writing, which was probably "Arsonist's Lullabye" and "Like Real People Do" by Hozier. And a bunch of songs by the Silversun Pickups. And "Alone Together" by Fall Out Boy. Also "Hurricane" and "Strings" by MS MR always make me think of Violet/Cate's relationship specifically. Yeah, sorry, that's like five songs...and two favorite characters above...I'm really indecisive today, apparently. ;)

How did your writing process change between Falls the Shadow and Into the Abyss?
Catelyn (the main character in Falls) and Violet (the main character in Abyss) are two very different people, so it took me a bit to get used to writing things from Violet's perspective, and to keep myself from slipping back into Cate's voice. It was especially difficult because Cate is a lot more similar to me than Violet. So, with Falls, there wasn't really much to think about--Cate's voice just sort of flowed out, and she felt like someone I'd known for a very long time. I knew what she would think and do about most scenes before I'd even written them. Violet, on the other hand, felt like someone I was gradually getting to know as Abyss progressed. She was full of surprises, and I found myself revisiting a lot of scenes, reworking her characterization to let the "real" version of her shine through as I discovered more about that "real" version in later scenes.

As for the overall process...this book was different to write simply because it had an actual contracted deadline. I actually wrote Falls in about the same amount of time as Abyss took, but I didn't have to write it that quickly. I didn't even have an agent yet when I wrote Falls, so there was no pressure, really; no one was waiting for that book or expecting it to be publishable (or close to it). So Abyss required working in a different sort of mental state, and being more aware of time management (particularly since I had a baby one month before Abyss was due, which complicated things in a beautiful, wonderful sort of way).

Can you give us any hints about a third book, or maybe something new you're working on?
No more clone books planned at the moment, but I'm currently working on a fantasy novel that features a cursed heroine who might actually be a villain. And also there's lots of dragons and blood and weird magic. High fantasy was actually my first love as a reader so I'm really, really excited about this new, weird little book.
About the author
After co-managing a coffee shop for several years while simultaneously earning my B.A. in English, I left the small business world behind to focus on my author career instead. Now, in addition to penning YA novels, I also work part-time as a copywriter for an advertising agency. I live near Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and our incredibly spoiled Shih Tzu.

One day I’ll stop being lazy and write a more interesting bio, but for now, you’re stuck with this.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova Blog Tour + Giveaway


Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Synopsis:

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...


Excerpt
1
Follow our voices, sister.
Tell us the secret of your death.
—-Resurrection Canto,
Book of Cantos
The second time I saw my dead aunt Rosaria, she was dancing.
Earlier that day, my mom had warned me, pressing a long, red fingernail on the tip of my nose, “Alejandra, don’t go downstairs when the Circle arrives.”
But I was seven and asked too many questions. Every Sunday, cars piled up in our driveway, down the street, and around the corner of our old, narrow house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mom’s Circle usually brought cellophane--wrapped dishes and jars of dirt and tubs of brackish water that made the Hudson River look clean. This time, they carried something more.
When my sisters started snoring, I threw off my covers and crept down the stairs. The floorboards were uneven and creaky, but I was good at not being seen. Fuzzy, yellow streetlight shone through our attic window and followed me down every flight until I reached the basement.
A soft hum made its way through the thin walls. I remember thinking I should listen to my mom’s warning and go back upstairs. But our house had been restless all week, and Lula, Rose, and I were shoved into the attic, out of the way while the grown--ups prepared the funeral. I wanted out. I wanted to see.
The night was moonless and cold one week after the Witch’s New Year, when Aunt Rosaria died of a sickness that made her skin yellow like hundred--year--old paper and her nails turn black as coal. We tried to make her beautiful again. My sisters and I spent all day weaving good luck charms from peonies, corn husks, and string—-one loop over, under, two loops over, under. Not even the morticians, the Magos de Muerte, could fix her once--lovely face.
Aunt Rosaria was dead. I was there when we mourned her. I was there when we buried her. Then, I watched my father and two others shoulder a dirty cloth bundle into the house, and I knew I couldn’t stay in bed, no matter what my mother said.
So I opened the basement door.
Red light bathed the steep stairs. I leaned my head toward the light, toward the beating sound of drums and sharp plucks of fat, nylon guitar strings.
A soft mew followed by whiskers against my arm made my heart jump to the back of my rib cage. I bit my tongue to stop the scream. It was just my cat, Miluna. She stared at me with her white, glowing eyes and hissed a warning, as if telling me to turn back. But Aunt Rosaria was my godmother, my family, my friend. And I wanted to see her again.
“Sh!” I brushed the cat’s head back.
Miluna nudged my leg, then ran away as the singing started.
I took my first step down, into the warm, red light. Raspy voices called out to our gods, the Deos, asking for blessings beyond the veil of our worlds. Their melody pulled me step by step until I was crouched at the bottom of the landing.
They were dancing.
Brujas and brujos were dressed in mourning white, their faces painted in the aspects of the dead, white clay and black coal to trace the bones. They danced in two circles—-the outer ring going clockwise, the inner counterclockwise—hands clasped tight, voices vibrating to the pulsing drums.
And in the middle was Aunt Rosaria.
Her body jerked upward. Her black hair pooled in the air like she was suspended in water. There was still dirt on her skin. The white skirt we buried her in billowed around her slender legs. Black smoke slithered out of her open mouth. It weaved in and out of the circle—-one loop over, under, two loops over, under. It tugged Aunt Rosaria higher and higher, matching the rhythm of the canto.
Then, the black smoke perked up and changed its target. It could smell me. I tried to backpedal, but the tiles were slick, and I slid toward the circle. My head smacked the tiles. Pain splintered my skull, and a broken scream lodged in my throat.
The music stopped. Heavy, tired breaths filled the silence of the pulsing red dark. The enchantment was broken. Aunt Rosaria’s reanimated corpse turned to me. Her body purged black smoke, lowering her back to the ground. Her ankles cracked where the bone was brittle, but still she took a step. Her dead eyes gaped at me. Her wrinkled mouth growled my name: Alejandra.
She took another step. Her ankle turned and broke at the joint, sending her flying forward. She landed on top of me. The rot of her skin filled my nose, and grave dirt fell into my eyes.
Tongues clucked against crooked teeth. The voices of the circle hissed, “What’s the girl doing out of bed?”
There was the scent of extinguished candles and melting wax. Decay and perfume oil smothered me until they pulled the body away.
My mother jerked me up by the ear, pulling me up two flights of stairs until I was back in my bed, the scream stuck in my throat like a stone.
Never,” she said. “You hear me, Alejandra? Never break a Circle.”
I lay still. So still that after a while, she brushed my hair, thinking I had fallen asleep.
I wasn’t. How could I ever sleep again? Blood and rot and smoke and whispers filled my head.
“One day you’ll learn,” she whispered.
Then she went back down the street--lit stairs, down into the warm red light and to Aunt Rosaria’s body. My mother clapped her hands, drums beat, strings plucked, and she said, “Again.”

About the Author
Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of the Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro or visit her at zoraidacordova.com.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour - Keep Her by Leora Krygier

Keep Her
Author: Leora Krygier
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date:
Goodreads

Synopsis:
Destiny doesn't factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.
Leora's Fall Favorite Things!
Leora’s fall favorite thing is Starbucks, and believe it or not, it’s not just because of the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Leora first came up with the idea for Keep Her while she was sitting in a Starbucks, staring absently at that little green mermaid that we all know and love. The mermaid reminded her of Starbucks, but not the coffee place, the character from the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick. So began the inspiration for Keep Her. Don’t know what I am talking about? You’ll just have to read the book to find out how they all connect…

About the Author 
Leora Krygier’s first novel, When She Sleeps (Toby Press), was a New York Public Library selection for “Best Books for the Teen Age.” She currently lives in L.A. with her husband. When she’s not writing, Leora loves to go to the beach, walk the Santa Monica Mountain trails and snap lots of photographs, just like her Keep Her protagonist Maddie!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca Blog Tour + Giveaway


Black Flowers, White Lies
Author: Yvonne Ventresca
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Goodreads

Synopsis:
Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.
When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.
Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.
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Review
Black Flowers, White Lies begins days before Ella’s mother is going to remarry. Ella’s father died before she was born, but she still feels a connection to him. He was her father after all. But Ella’s new step father is a nice enough guy, and he has a charming, attractive, son that Ella meets days before the wedding. It is because of the marriage that Ella starts learning secrets about her father, maybe he wasn’t the great veterinarian everyone thought he was? This question sends Ella down a path full of twists and curves. It turns what could have been a troupe filled story into a psychological thriller that I loved!

Ella is a character you can’t help but root for. She works at her mother’s bookstore, is trying to be a good friend, and LOVES cats! Honestly, LOVES, she wears cat themed shirts for most of the book, which made me like her even more. 

The new step-brother, Ella’s best friend, and Ella’s new love interest round out the main cast of characters. And, as more and more creepy things begin happening, you are left to question whether Ella’s father is communicating with her from beyond the grave, Ella is losing her mind, or if these characters are hiding something. 

My favorite aspect of Black Flowers, White Lies is that it starts off in one place and ends in a completely different one. What I thought was going to happen was completely wrong. It begins as a troupe-filled parent getting remarried story, morphs into a bit of a romance, and ends like a psychological thriller. I’ll be frank, the ending actually left me a bit scared. 

Overall, this was a genuinely good read. I picked this novel up on a whim from Edelweiss and it has become one of my favorites so far this year. If you like a good psychological thriller get this book right meow!


Fun Fact about Black Flowers, White Lies

Yvonne lived in Hoboken, the setting for Black Flowers, White Lies, for many years. She used to walk to the Stevens Institute of Technology to admire the New York City skyline and enjoyed writing the scene that takes place there with Gavin and Ella. They have a beautiful day in chapter 14, but the view is pretty even in the rain.


About the Author
Yvonne Ventresca’s latest young adult novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES will be published by Sky Pony Press in October 2016.

Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In PANDEMIC, a teen struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. Ventresca's other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ten Books That Should Be TV Shows


I want Netflix to make all of these shows. Netflix shows have just been the best lately!

1 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Rich boarding school boys, magical realism, car racing. I'm pretty sure this is my ideal TV show.

2 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The visuals in this would be amazing. I'd love to see Grisha fighting in action!

3 Splintered by AG Howard
Alice in Wonderland retellings are always well done. Familiar characters, new sotryline and ideas. I think this would appeal to a lot of viewers. Hopefully, it would also make us all forget about the terrible Tim Burton Alice version.

4 IIusions of Fate by Kiersten White
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I feel like I'm the only one that read it though? The world building was great and I'd love to know more about all the magic and the characters. It had a very Howl's Moving Castle vibe.

5 Rush by Eve Silver
Teens sucked into a video game and the stakes are life or deal. I'm in. 


6 The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This is a perfectly written novel that would make for an excellent TV show. It has betrayal, heartbreak, misunderstandings. I'd watch it over and over.

7 Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is another book series I'd like to watch as a TV show. I think the visuals would be amazing.

8 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Badass assassin and a fight for a throne. Yeah, I'd watch it. Especially after Game of Thrones ends. This would be a nice replacement!

9 Poison Princess by Krelsey Cole
There is so much happening in this book the end of the world, zombie-esque characters, love triangle. It'd make a great TV show.

10 Something Real by Heather Demetrios 
This would be really cool as a meta-show. Since it is about reality TV it could be shot like a reality TV show and then it could cut to the characters real life interactions.