Monday, February 8, 2016

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Blog Tour

The Winner's Kiss
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
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My favorite literary kiss
There are so many great kisses throughout literary history but my absolute favorite kiss is a more recent one. It is when Jem kisses Tessa for the first time in Clockwork Prince.

I never thought my ship would sail and so when Jem pulled Tessa toward him and finally made a move I thought my heart would burst. I had never been a Will/Tessa person. Even though it was (sort of) justified I didn't like the way Will treated people. I definitely thought that Jem deserved some happiness with Tessa. 

Why is it your favorite?
This is my favorite kiss because I never thought it would happen! I thought Jem was just going to be relegated to side character status and that nothing would happen for him. Jem deserved so much more and I was so happy for him and Tessa.  

Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?
I am in the middle of reading The Winner's Kiss right now and all I want is a happy ending for Arin and Kestrel! They have both been through so much that they're owed a little piece of happily ever after. It'll be a bonus if that happily ever after includes kisses =P
About the Author
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - February Link Up

Welcome to the February Review Link Up for the 2016 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 February 29th
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email, or tweet me @FallingForYA
February Link Up

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh Blog Tour + Giveaway


Burning Midnight
Author: Will McIntosh
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press

For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.
Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.
When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

Guest Post- Dream Cast

My Dream Movie Cast for Burning Midnight

About a year ago we came this close (I’m holding my thumb and forefinger so close together you couldn’t jam a feather between them) to landing a film option deal for Burning Midnight with a Studio That Shall Not be Named, and I’m hopeful something will still happen. In the meantime, I can dream.

In the book, all four of the main characters are seventeen. Actors often play younger, but I figure I need actors who are no older than twenty-seven to make the cast believable as a group of teens. So here it is--my dream cast for the big-budget SF adventure film, Burning Midnight.

Hunter is a badass Latina woman. She’s all but homeless, and survives by hunting spheres in New York City. She’s searched in the sewers, in the rafters of abandoned factories, so she’s athletic. She wears jeans and sweatshirts, wouldn't be caught dead wearing lipstick. 

Bianca A. Santos. Known for her work in the TV show The Fosters, as well as films Ouija and The Duff, Ms. Santos is twenty-six. She was born in California, but speaks fluent Spanish, which is a huge plus because there’s a scene in the film where Hunter speaking fluent Spanish is crucial. I also think she has exactly the right look! I can picture her as a tough, sarcastic city dweller. 

David “Sully” Sullivan is your average suburban Irish-American guy, pleasant-looking but not drop-dead gorgeous. While writing Burning Midnight I pictured Jim from The Office, but John Krasinski is thirty-six years old, too old for the part. Instead, I’m going with:
Josh Hutcherson. AKA Peeta from The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson is twenty-four, and has that earnest, likeable, average-guy face.

Dom is a tough-looking Italian-American guy with kind eyes. He’s a body builder, so the actor would definitely have to be muscular. Dom is based on a high school buddy of mine, so it’s hard for me to look at actors and see Dom.

Never mind. I see him.

Keahu Kahuanui. I’m breaking my own rule, because Mr. Kahuanui is thirty, but he has the face and the body to be Dom. He plays Danny on the TV show Teen Wolf, and I’m guessing he speaks fluent German and some Mandarin, so I’m guessing he wouldn’t have much trouble with a New York Italian-American accent.

Mandy is a tall, gay Korean-American woman. She’s the only straight-A student in the gang, and she’s on the volleyball team. Finding a tall female Asian actor who looks like an athlete turned out to be a challenge. I’m going to go with:

Jenna Ushkowitz. She’s a Korean-born actor best know as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. She’s five foot four, so we’re going to have to do some rewrites because that’s not very tall, but I think she looks very much like I pictured Mandy.

And there they are. As soon as a producer, director, screenwriter, and major studio jump on board, we’re ready to film. This was more challenging than I thought it would be--I leave this task with new respect for casting directors.
About the Author
Will McIntosh’s debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov’s, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His third novel, Love Minus Eighty (based on “Bridesicle”) was published by Orbit books in June, 2013, and was named best Science Fiction novel of the year by the American Library Association. His upcoming novel, Defenders has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct, at the College of William and Mary. Will is represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcIntoshSF

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top 10 Books I've Recently Added to my TBR List

These are the last 10-ish books I've added to my to be read list on goodreads! I like that there is a good mixture of books soon to be released and already out. I'm hoping to get my hands on all of these books sometime in 2016!

1 Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy
2 Places Know One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
3 Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

4 A World Without You by Beth Revis
5 Klickitat by Peter Roth
6 The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
7 Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
8 Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson

9 The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
10 With Malice by Eileen Cook

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

The Uninvited
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 11, 2015

In the Shadow of Blackbirds earned Cat Winters a place on my must read authors list. I love the way she can transport a reader back in time and really make her characters feel real.

The Uninvited takes place during World War I and the Spanish Influenza, the same as In the Shadow of Blackbirds, but in a different part of the country. Through this novel we got to see how the Spanish influenza increased tensions between Germans who had immigrated to the United States before, and during, the war and Midwesterners.

Ivy was a great main character who we got to see come out of her shell. She grew up seeing spirits of those recently deceased and has lived a largely indoor life. After her brother is killed in the war her father and brother kill a German man in town and Ivy knows she has to get out of the house. She leaves and becomes a boarder with a young war widow.

I don’t want to give anything away regarding the romance in this book but, suffice to say, it was more than satisfying. I really wanted everything to work out for Ivy and her beau but the times, flu, and war were all conspiring against them. It was that realistic struggle that I really enjoyed reading about.

I truly did enjoy this novel my only qualm is that this is the third book by Cat Winters set in the same time frame. I understand she may be under contract to write in this particular time period but I would really like to see something different from her. Cat is a brilliant storyteller and I want to see her try her hand at a different time period.

Overall, this was a really fabulous book. The setting and romance were beautifully told and this novel kept me up late reading. The ending was a tremendous surprise that I was glad I didn’t see coming!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

So, before you read this list try not to judge! I really meant to get to these books but for one reason or another I just haven't. If you read and loved any of these books definitely tell me in the comments so I can move them up my TBR list!

1 Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
2 Simon vs. the Homo-Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli
3 Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

4 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
5 The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

6 The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
7 Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
8 The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

9 Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
10 The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Stacking the Shelves 155

The Important Stuff
Netgalley & Edelweiss
My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Night Speed by Chris Howard

Friday, January 8, 2016

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

This book was everything I wanted it to be. I am not one for Westerns, they’ve never really been my thing. I just can’t get behind the idea of a gun slinging cowboy, hell bent on revenge, riding off on his horse. Luckily, Vengeance Road read like a western light and the gun slinger was a badass girl so this was definitely a novel I could root for!

Vengeance Road begins with Kate’s father being murdered by a lawless band (the Rose Riders) and her house being burnt to the ground. This forces her to ride out for Vengeance and also puts her on the trail to a lost gold mine. These dual storylines made the novel fly by and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! The pacing of this novel is just fantastic and if you’re in a bit of a reading slump this will definitely help you get out of it.

I adored Kate. She wasn’t friendly, or loveable, but she was always engaging. I often don’t think revenge is a strong enough motivation for a character. Revenge can only fuel a person for so long, but while that was Kate’s initial motive it wasn’t her motive for the entire story. I liked watching her grow throughout this novel.

I also really liked Jesse and his brother. They really lightened the story. A novel all about Kate would have been very dark, and rather dull. These brothers made Kate come out of her shell and added a great dimension to this novel.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and if helped me get out of a reading slump! If you’re weary of Westerns this is the perfect novel to dip your toe in and test the waters.