Friday, May 31, 2013

Around The World: Luna @ Luna's Little Library

Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the blog I have Luna from Luna's Little Library!
Interview:

Where are you from?
You’re get two countries with me ;) I was born in Germany but moved to England when I was 13 and have been living here ever since. My dad was German & my mum English, so I grew up bilingual which gives me and even bigger selection of books to read.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
Best: I live in the North of England and am a 10 minute walk from the beach, on a nice day you can see for miles. On a broader scale I’d say I love that pretty much wherever you go, cities or countryside, you are surrounded by history. Plus no one thinks my tea drinking is weird.

Worst: The economy, I know that's a pretty common answer at the moment. I’m fortunate in that I have a job but we’ve been through two ‘restructures’ in two years and there is another one due at the end of this year. It’s a lot of stress as these always end in redundancies.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
Most of the people I know locally don’t understand my love of reading and finding other YA readers isn’t easy. Thankfully there is a Children’s Bookshop just down the road which is run by some awesome people and as of the middle of last year we now have a crossover book club.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I’ve been to a few events this year but the majority take place in London which is 300 miles and an expensive train ticket away. If I had the funds I’d go to more (because they’ve all been brilliant) but because of the distance I need to stay overnight. But I do have a lovely friend who lets me stay with her which helps a lot.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
They’ve all been really lovely and are really great at sending out paper proofs. I’ve ended up on a lot of mailing lists since the beginning of this year and not a month goes by without something landing on my doorstep. I love it.

Do you have any favourite books set in theUK or written by UK authors? 
Ok grab a cuppa this will take a while. The UKYA market is really awesome right now…

If you’re after contemporary I’d definitely recommend Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja.

Love emotional rollercoasters, any book by Cat Clarke or The Look by Sophia Bennett.

If paranormal romance is your thing, try The Winter Trilogy by Ruth Warburton.

For geeky-fun I recommend Geekhood by Andy Robb or Geek Girl by Holly Smale.

Zoë Marriott writes Fantasy, both Shadows on the Moon and Frostfire are beautiful, breath-taking, amazing and all those other adjectives.

Sorry not done yet: Ghost stories - Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Horror - Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough.

Dystopian - Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, which is stunning btw.

A book that I can’t really categorise is The Savages by Matt Whyman – just trust me when I say it needs to be read and finally Rockoholic by C J Skuse.

It would be remiss of me not to mention The Märchenmond Series by Wolfgang & Heike Hohlbein for Germany. I love those books and recently found out they’ve finally been translated into English. The first book is called Magic Moon. 

Emily: Oh my goody goodness by TBR pile just got a lot bigger! These are some great recommendations =)

A Few Of My Favourite Things Section:

Favourite Book (overall): Sunshine by Robin McKinley (This has been my answer for nearly 10 years it’s going to take a lot to overrule. My whole review system is based on the best books getting Sunshine Stars.)

Favourite Book Recent Release: The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

Emily: You totally changed my spelling of 'favorite', I'll let you slide just this once =P

Author: Hmm, this is harder… I think I’ll pick Zoë Marriott.

Social Media: Twitter I guess, it’s the one I use the most.
International Food: Italian, there is never such a thing as too much pasta. 

Emily: Luna thanks so much for stopping by Around The World! It has been really fun having you! 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Night School by CJ Daugherty

2/5 Stars
Night School
Author: CJ Daugherty
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
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Review:
I was really excited for this novel because I like boarding school stories, or I thought I liked boarding school stories…after DNF-ing The Last Academy by Anne Applegate and then trudging through Night School I think I am going to take a long break from boarding school novels.

Allie, the main character, began the story with such promise. I liked that she had problems and was getting in trouble before being shipped off to Cimmeria Academy. She was taking the fact that her brother disappeared really hard. The problem was as soon as she got to Cimmeria she forgot all her problems and randomly decided to excel at school and care about everything she hasn’t been caring about for the last year. It was like I was introduced to two characters and the first one I liked but the second one I didn’t care about. It was upsetting that Daugherty began the story with an interesting main character and then morphed her in to Mary-Sue.

There was the requisite love triangle in this story. The “sexy” French student, Sylvain, was Allie’s first romantic interest but I kept forgetting things about him. We were constantly reminded that he was hot but I was never told anything that made him feel French to me which bothered me. I’m tried for being told things about a character and then having them never followed up on. The second love interest Allie had was Carter, the lone-wolf, boy from the wrong side of the academy type. He kept telling her Sylvain was dangerous but never gave a reason for his opinion and was generally vague and uninteresting. I never cared who Allie would choose.

(Spoiler: At one point Sylvain tries to date rape kiss/date rape Allie when she’s had too much to drink but Allie only breaks up with him and never reports anything. Later on she decides to be friends with him again. I decided Sylvain wasn’t a good love interest at that point but Allie apparently hasn’t).

I could have forgiven a Mary-Sue main character and even a terrible love triangle had this novel had an interesting plot. Unfortunately, the plot is boring. By 66% in to the story I didn’t really know what was going on and there were tons of questions but no answers, at first all the questions created tension but then it just made the story unnecessarily long. You should not have to keep your readers in the dark to make them continue reading.

Overall, I did not enjoy Night School and the more I think about it critically the more I disliked the story. I have no plans to pick up the sequel even though almost no questions were answered by the end of Night School. I just don’t care about Allie, her family, or Cimmeria.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion


Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Expected Publication: Nov 5, 2013
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Synopsis:
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts: I have loved this entire series so far and if possible Prodigy was even better then Legend. The series has action, adventure, political intrigue, and just the right amount of romance. I can't wait to see how Lu finishes everything and what is going to happen to June and Day! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top 10 Books I wish More People Had Read

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish!

Top 10 Books I wish more people had read!

With the exception of The Demon's Lexicon each of these books has less then 5,000 ratings on Goodreads and I just never seem to chat with other bloggers who have read and enjoyed these YA titles!


1 The Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan
This is the book series that cemented by love for Sarah's writing and it's not like I can point to 1 thing in the series I loved. I just literally loved everything! It's got Demon's (and one special demon in particular), magic, drama, and an awesome brother relationship akin to that of Sam/Dean Winchester. There's nothing not to love about this series.


This book really surprised me! It is just so painfully cute and I know I had a goofy smile the entire time I was reading this. I also regularly use "MTB" in my daily vocab now.

Tiger Lily turned the entire story I thought I knew about Peter Pan on it's head and related it back to historical events. This book gave me some serious feels and made me think-more people need to read it!


The Assassin's Curse/The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Pirates, Assassin's, curses, mists, tons of great fight sequences, and a manticore. Just saying this duology has everything and I just finished The Pirate's Wish which comes out June 4th and LOVED it! More people need to read this book. Actually more people need to read Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry books in general!

I read this for a blog tour and didn't expect to like it as much as I did! It is my favorite self-published novel I have ever read and I am super excited for the sequel which should be coming soon =)

If you need a summer read bust out your kindles/nooks and download this novel right now! It is the perfect beach read no joke. I loved the romance and summer-y feel this book has. Also bonus it's set in Australia so it's extra exotic & summery. Some people have called this novel NA but I am firm in the belief that is YA. 

7 The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
My sister actually loaned me this book and was like "It's super cute". She was right and I have seen other reviewers describe Ibbotson's novels as 'Charming' and I have to agree. I got so many feels reading this book it's set during WWII. Ruth and her family are Jewish and are trying to escape Vienna but can't and Ruth ends up married to one of her father's professor friends. It's emotional but I got my HEA in the end so it was all worth it. 

I'm hard core in love with this cover and it matches the story inside this stand alone novel so well! The story is a crazy concept and I liked all the twists and turns the story takes. Honestly, more people need to read this!

This is my first Lisa Bergren novel and I really enjoyed it. While reading it made me feel like I was traveling around Europe right along with the Grand Tour! I can't wait to read the sequel which is sitting on my Nook right now.

Tired of YA novels using the same 3 or 4 supernatural plot devices? Read Auracle! It was original, fun, and the only novel I've ever read the dealt with astral projection.  

Honorable Mention: 
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters-I'm going to forgive everyone for having not read this novel yet. It was released a little over a month ago so maybe people are still scrambling to get their copies. I actually love this novel so much I gave a copy to my Mom for Mother's Day! A 2013 must read!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Awaken Blog Tour


Awaken
Author: Jamie Guerard
Publication Date: March 2013
Synopsis:
Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.
Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything


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Author Interview:

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No I didn’t. I always loved writing, but growing up I never thought I would become a writer. When Awaken’s concept came to me one day in 2008, that’s when I knew writing was my destiny.

What inspired you to write a YA novel?
I think it was a few things, I fell in love with YA when I read the Twilight Saga. However, it wasn’t until I got the concept for Awaken that I knew I needed to write this novel and I knew it had to be YA.

If your novel had a theme song what would it be?
The theme song for Awaken would have to be Already Over by ‘Red’.

Are there any plans for a sequel?
Yes. I’m currently writing book 2 in the Awaken Series. There will be 3 books in all.

A Few of my favorite things
TV Show: One Tree Hill
Color: Purple
Animal: Dog
Movie: The Notebook
Holiday: Christmas


Author Bio:
Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, she never would have thought herself to become an author. In late 2008, Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and a story was born. Soon she had a full novel in her hands and a writer was developed. Awaken is Jaime's first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author. Jaime now lives in Nevada with her husband and three boys. Loving life, and living a dream.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 59

I'm sorry for the crappy pictures below, I didn't realize they were bad until I was putting them into this post and I didn't feel like taking new ones so this week on the blog I give you sub-par pictures of awesome books!

All of the books I bought at my Local Thrift Shop so I got some crazy good deals on them (I spent less then 10 bucks for all of them) and now can't wait to do some Sarah Dessen summer reading! 

Bought:
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer
A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Slammed by Colleen Hoover

For Review:
Indelible by Dawn Metcalf (Thanks so much Dawn!)

Netgalley:
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Awaken by Meg Cabot

Friday, May 24, 2013

Around The World: Kayla @ Bibliophilia Please


Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the blog I have Kayla from Bibliophilia Please!

Interview:

Where are you from?
I am from Louisiana, which is one of the southern gulf coast states of the US if you’re an international or geographically-impaired reader like myself (geographically-impaired, that is). No, I do not know nor am I related to anyone on Swamp People or Duck Dynasty, though I have the same hometown as Mrs. Kay. I grew up with many of her relatives, and yes I’ve seen Phil and Kay in person before. I always seem to have to get this out of the way when I meet someone new because of those wonderful *snorts* reality shows. 

Emily: That is so cool! I actually recently started watching Duck Dynasty after a friend raved about how addictive it is. 

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
The best thing about living in the US is that I have endless opportunities, if I am willing to work hard to reach my goal. The best thing about my corner of the US is the food and culture here in Louisiana. I’m not going to give you a history lesson, but I’ll just say Mardi Gras and gumbo are two things that make me very happy.

I can’t really decide on the worst thing because there is always positive and negative aspects about anywhere you go. I can’t even say the weather here in LA because if I don’t like it, it’ll be different next week. I guess I’ll have to go with the fact that I am unable to drive to Europe. I’d love to go, but I can’t exactly hop in my car and make a day trip of it.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there? 
I guess it would be the lack of a support system. There may be other bloggers in the area in which I live, but I have never heard of one. With my crazy schedule, I can’t exactly spend a lot of time on social media making friends with other bloggers. We also don’t have many local authors, so we generally get skipped over when authors tour. However, I did get to go to the Ashley Elston’s launch for The Rules for Disappearing in Shreveport, and it was a lot of fun. 

Emily: I was just on The Rules for Disappearing Blog Tour earlier this week and really enjoyed the novel! It sounds like it would be a fun launch to attend =)

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I have gone to a few, if I’m able to fit it into my work schedule. As I said before, there aren’t a lot here. I went to Authors After Dark in New Orleans back in August 2012 (where the picture was taken), and I’ve been to a handful of signings. Now that I don’t work on Saturdays, I’m going to try to make day trips to nearby, larger markets that host book signings. I’m going to pinch pennies and finagle babysitters so I can hopefully go to ALA in Las Vegas next summer.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
I’m still a relatively new blogger, so I don’t have many publisher contacts. I don’t request many books through their publicity department – mainly just tours and digital resources. I still get a fair number of books, so I guess the answer is yes. I guess it helps that I’m in management in a fairly large library system.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from? Since the US is so freakin’ massive, I’m going to pretend that this is a Louisiana question. I get super excited when I read a book and know all of the settings. I recently read the above-mentioned The Rules for Disappearing, and it was exciting because I went to Northwestern in Natchitoches my freshman year of college. Another favorite of mine set in Louisiana is The Worthy by Will Clarke. I love dark humor, and the book is so bad. I would be ashamed of myself if I didn’t mention The Southern Vampire Chronicles aka the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. The imaginary setting of the books are about an hour from where I live, so experiencing the series was a lot of fun.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Today it’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Favorite Book Recent Release: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (out June 4th)
Author: Stephen King
Social Media: Twitter because it keeps me from being too rambly/awkward
International Food: Chicken tikka masala or pita and tzatziki

Emily: Kayla thanks so much for stopping by today! It was awesome learning about Louisiana and your blogging experiences.

Connect with Kayla:
Blog 
Twitter 
Goodreads 
Google+ 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

5/5 Stars
Siege & Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
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Review:
In the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, Belle is at the library and she is describing her favorite book. She tells the Librarian, “It’s my favorite! Far Off Places, Daring Sword Fights, Magic Spells, A Prince in disguise”. It took me a few years but I finally figured out that the book Belle was describing is Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo!

Siege & Storm begins with Alina and Mal leaving Ravka and fleeing the Darkling after everything that occurred on the Shadow Fold at the end of Shadow and Bone. Alina and Mal try and make a life for themselves, but the Darkling is hunting them, and the stag’s ampliphier around Alina’s neck makes it impossible for her to truly disappear. Quickly the Darkling finds them and from that point on the action never stops! I really want to say more about the plot but at the risk of revealing spoilers I will stop there.

Alina as a character does a lot of changing and growing in this novel. At first she is reluctant to embrace her duty as the Sun Summoner. She wants to build a world with Mal but her destiny catches up with her and she realizes this is impossible. Alina must embrace the fact that she is the Sun Summoner. The problem is that each step she takes toward the Little Castle and the Grisha is a step away from her past and the girl she used to be. I think in this novel Alina comes to realize that there is no going back to the girl she was prior to meeting the Darkling, and that they will always be linked.

One of my favorite additions to this book was the character Strumhound, a privateer. I absolutely loved him and he stole every scene that he was in! He is charismatic, funny, and  I enjoyed trying to riddle out his motives. Once again Bardugo takes me completely by surprise with his character and I can’t wait to see more of him.

That brings us to Mal and the Darkling, and the romance in this novel. I will just get it out of the way and say that I love how evil the Darkling is! And he gets even more “evil” in this book. The Darkling is the bad guy but I am constantly rooting for him. I like him so much more then Mal that it isn’t even a competition! Alina’s heart lies with Mal though, and the love triangle in this book shifts in some surprising ways. After finishing Siege & Storm I honestly have no idea if Alina will end up with Mal, The Darkling, someone else, or if she will be by herself. The fact that this series continually keeps me on my toes is something I really like.

Overall, Siege and Storm left me breathless. I can not wait to read the next book and find out what happens next. I already feel like there is a Darkling sized hole in my heart!

Thanks to Rachel @ Beauty and The Bookshelf for letting me borrow her ARC copy of Siege & Storm! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: All the Truth That's in Me


All the Truth That's in Me
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Expected Publication: Sept 26, 2013

Synopsis:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he dosen’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

My Thoughts: I have really been enjoying mystery books lately and this one definitely sounds mysterious! Hopefully the text within lives up to that awesome cover. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Rules For Disappearing Blog Tour


The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Synopsis:
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.
Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.
But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.


Review

The Rules for Disappearing follows Meg as she tries to figure out what happened to land her family in the witness protection program. She has been in 6 placements since she got stuck in the program and her family is falling apart. Meg wants this to be her last placement but with her track record she isn’t hopeful.

Possibly my favorite thing about this novel was that Meg had a part time job at a Pizza Place. When I was in High School my family owned a pizza place so I really relate to characters that work at family owned pizzeria’s. It also instantly biases me to enjoying a novel more when I see a character working.

I really liked Meg she was very mature and willing to do anything to protect her family and those she cared about. My favorite thing about her was her relationship with her younger sister Mary. Meg took care of her, got her to school, and helped her come out of the shell that she had assembled because of the program. I also liked that Meg was really no-nonsense, she didn’t get roped in to school drama and she was willing to call people out. 

Another aspect of this novel I enjoyed was the relationship between Meg and Ethan. Ethan was both sweet and supportive. He didn’t press too hard when Meg was unwilling to give him information about her past, and when everything did come out he was there for her and willing to do anything to help. He was the model of how a good boyfriend should act. 

Overall, I really enjoyed The Rules for Disappearing it was action packed with enough twists and turns to keep me interested and I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel!

Excerpt

            There is a steady stream of customers for almost an hour. I don’t know how she would have pulled this off by herself. A few people come in from school. They nod but don’t speak to me other than placing their order. Eventually, things settle down so I can wander around the dining room, picking up trash and refilling napkins. The door dings and I glance up.
            It’s him. Ethan. He’s concentrating on his phone, his baseball cap shielding part of his face, so he hasn’t spotted me yet. I spin and try not to run to the back room, hoping that Pearl can take his order. Great, she’s on the phone.
            Standing taller, I walk to the register. I can do this.
            “May I help you?” I hope my voice didn’t come out as stiff as I think it did.
            His eyes leave the phone and fly to my face. His mouth opens a bit, but no words come out. We both stand there for several seconds before he glances as his phone. He texts something then shoves the phone in his pocket. “Large swamp pizza, extra jalapenos.”
           It amazes me how many people order this pizza. I thought it would look better than it sounds. Not even close.
            “To go?” Hope rings in my voice.
            He smirks. “Dine In,” and he throws some money down on the counter.
            This may be my shortest employment yet
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Author Bio
Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Praefatio Blog Tour

Praefatio
Author: Georgia McBride
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?


Guest Post

What inspired you to write about Angels? The challenges and pitfalls of writing on this topic. 

I never set out to write an "angel" book. It so happens that my characters' story unfolded to me in bits and pieces. When I first heard Grace's voice in my head, she came to me as a runaway. She was very distraught. She needed me to tell her story. And so I did. Imagine my surprise when I understood what was really going on, that Grace Ann Miller believes that she is in fact an angel. Imagine your best friend or daughter or sister is missing for months, only to be found and the first thing out of her mouth is that she is an angel and became one while missing. What would you do? What would you say? Imagine that you are the parent, or police officer or mental health professional called to talk with her. What would you do? If you were Grace, would you tell the police or would you keep quiet for fear of being confined, medicated? If you knew no one would believe you, that all you had was your word to prove who you are, what would you do? As for the pitfalls of writing about angels, I don't see them that way. I do think you need to do a lot of research and fashion your characters in ways that are consistent with what most people believe about angels. Of course, since the average person has neither seen an angel, there is some license there. You can take your story to unexpected places, but I think it must be grounded in some general and common belief or understanding about what angels are. I did a lot of research reading the entire Bible to reading various books on angels, and also read parts of the Book of Enoch, Paradise Lost and other texts. I also studied bird and avian culture if you can call it that.

Author Bio
Georgia loves a good story. Whether it’s writing her own, or publishing someone else’s, story is at the heart of everything Georgia does. Founder of Month9Books, YALITCHAT.ORG and the weekly #yalitchat on Twitter, Georgia spends most of her days writing, editing, or talking about books. That is, of course, when she is not blasting really loud music or reading. Born and raised in NYC, she now lives in North Carolina with four dogs, a frog, a parrot, 2 kids, parents and a husband. PRAEFATIO is her first novel.



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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 58

Relatively small week for me-which is a good thing I finally feel like I am making a sort of dent in my TBR pile but with summer classes/internship starting next week I'm not sure how long this feeling will last! Make sure to leave links in the comments so I can visit your STS post!

Bought:
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Both of these were on sale on Amazon I got Spells for $1.80 and Anna for $3 something =) 

For Review/Netgalley:
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Truly Madly Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Something Strange and Deadly Review & Swag Giveaway

4/5 Stars
Something Strange & Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date:  July 24, 2012
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Review:
I traded for this book on YA Book Exchange and then the novel proceeded to sit on my shelf for a while. When I heard Susan Dennard was coming to Vermillion (BTW no on ever comes to Vermillion, SD so this was really exciting!) I started reading Something Strange and Deadly and was upset at myself for not reading it sooner! 

Something Strange and Deadly follows Eleanor Fitt as she deals with her families financial troubles, her brother failing to return home, spirit hunters, and the rising dead! Eleanor was a character that was easy to root for, so much was going on in her life yet she didn’t let it get her down. Quite the opposite actually she was very inquisitive and willing to do anything to help those she cares about. 

I really liked Daniel, Eleanor’s love interest, he was sharp and witty and I liked all of the devices he put together for the spirit hunters. Actually the spirit hunters were my favorite part of the novel. They were just the right amount of science and supernatural. 

There have only been 2 zombie novels I have actually enjoyed, The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan and The Scourge by AG Henley so I was worried when I began this novel. I can now add Something Strange and Deadly to that list. I enjoyed the way Dennard handled the zombies, they were more reanimated corpses and necromancer type dead rather then scary zombies walking the earth type dead. Their inclusion in the story seemed oddly natural and helped Eleanor’s character to develop. 

Overall, Something Strange and Deadly was a very fun read and I am not eagerly awaiting the sequel A Darkness Strange and Lovely which comes out in a couple months! 

Giveaway:
As I mentioned in my review Susan Dennard came to Vermillion for a signing and I was able to score some signed swag! Just fill out the rafflecopter to be entered! 


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Around The World: Trish @ Between The Lines

Welcome to Around The World! Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This Week on the blog I have Trish from Between The Lines!

Interview
Where are you from?
Ireland that little teddy bear shaped country next to England and at the very edge of Europe.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
Best thing is the scenery, take my word for it, it’s beautiful.  Lakes, mountains, great beaches and everywhere you look green, green fields.  And as it’s such a small country you are never too far from whatever you want to do.  Whether that’s a scenic, deserted beach to walk on, a centuries old castle to explore or a day shopping in the city, nothing is more than a short spin away. 

Worst thing is the recession we are currently going through.  Taxes are high, unemployment is high and the road back to economic prosperity looks like a painful one.  The general standard of living is comfortable but it’s just not as good as we had 5 or 6 years ago when we experienced a boom. 
Oh and the rain, that’s the price we pay for those green fields!

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
There are not too many challenges nothing that can’t be overcome anyway.  At first I didn’t know of too many other Irish book bloggers but now I have found 5 or so and we all support each other.  I do get envious when I read about events like BEA though, that is my dream to attend one of those.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
There aren’t too many book signing events or launches.  There are lots of writer’s festivals but they are aimed at writers from than reviewers so I haven’t attended any so far.  From what I hear though, they are planning to expand to include blogging and social media workshops which sounds exciting and I’m looking forward to see what develops.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
Penguin Ireland are very good to me but as I’m only a newish blogger I haven’t approached other publishers yet for physical ARC’s.  On NetGalley and Edelweiss, publishers have been very generous to me and both those sites are my happy place.  I do have to be careful not to get too click-happy though as I don’t want to end up with a zillion books all due for publication in the same month.  A pretty universal book-blogging issue from what I see!

Emily: I have that some problem on netgalley and edelweiss!

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
Tonnes!  So many that I love that I have a feature on my blog called ‘Green Giants – Irish Author Spotlight’ where I share my love.  Or as another blogger has renamed it – The Paddy  Post!  If I have to pick a few favourites Irish authors, I’d choose Tana French, Marian Keyes and Patricia Scanlan.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section: 
Favorite Book (overall): Really? Don’t make me do it!  I can’t even pick a favourite genre, let alone a favourite book!  Ok, I can’t choose one but a few favourites are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and any book by Tana French.

Favorite Book Recent Release: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Author: Tana French and JK Rowling

Social Media: Twitter, great for making connections and seeing what other bloggers are getting up to. If you want to tweet me with me, I’m @TrishHannon

International Food: Italian, yum!  Especially when eaten in Italy J

Emily: Thanks so much for stopping by Trish! I loved learning more about blogging in Ireland and now I definitely want to go for a visit!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Corner of Bitter and Sweet


The Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Author: Robin Palmer

Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jacobs never asked to be famous, but as the daughter of Janie Jacobs, one of the biggest TV stars in the world, she is. Growing up is hard enough. Having to do it in public because your mother is a famous actress? Even harder. When your mom crashes and burns after her DUI mug shot is splashed across the internet? Definitely not fun. Then your mom falls for a guy so much younger than she that it would be more appropriate for you to be dating him? That’s just a train wreck waiting to happen.
From Robin Palmer, author of Geek Charming and Wicked Jealous, this is a novel about the most complicated relationship a girl ever has: that with her mother.
My Thoughts:  I really like the sound of this book a relationship between a teenager and her mom is hard enough without your mother being famous. I am excited to see how this story resolves itself and what will happen to Annabelle along the way.