Friday, May 26, 2017

We Were Liars Deluxe Blog Tour + Giveaway



WE WERE LIARS 
The Deluxe Edition
Author: E. Lockhart
Pub. Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 272
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Goodreads

Synopsis
The New York Times bestseller We Were Liars is now available as a not-to-be-missed hardcover deluxe edition! Whether you know how it ends (shh . . . don t tell!) or have let too many seasons go by without discovering the truth about the Liars for yourself, you will want to get your hands on the exclusive new content in this deluxe edition.
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends the Liars whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. In addition to the bestselling novel, the collectors edition includes:
.Never-before-shared letters from Gat to Cadence
.A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the author s creative process
.The author s hand-drawn map of Beechwood Island and the Sinclair family tree
.Unique ideas for book discussions Sinclair family style
.An excerpt from E. Lockhart s upcoming novel Genuine Fraud a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review
I’ve been going through an East Coast prepster, Vineyard Vines, old money, monogram phase. Don’t ask me why since I am definitely from the West Coast, have no money, and the closest thing to something Vineyard Vines I own is a Kiel James Patrick bracelet. When I read the synopsis of We Were Liars though I knew it was the perfect read to match this phase and dove right in.

We Were Liars is told in flashbacks and in the present. Summer fifteen (as the narrator calls it) something happened to Cady. Now, in summer seventeen, Cady is trying to piece together her repressed memories and find out what happened that fateful summer.

Cady has been going to her family’s private island every summer since birth. She spends the Summer with her two cousins Mirren and Johhny and a boy named Gat. These four are the Liars. And I liked every single one of them. Lockhart does a fabulous job of using prose to her advantage when describing these characters. Even a ton of time wasn’t spent detailing what a character looks like I felt like I knew them.

“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee.”

The prose and choppy writing style were my favorite part of this book. I liked that it was different and felt fresh as I was reading. If the writing was my favorite part then the twisty plot was my least favorite. One of my biggest pet peeves is when authors keep readers in the dark for too long. There is a fine line between creating tension and just being annoying. We Were Liars traipsed in to annoying territory. Everything was a set up for the big twist at the end. I would have preferred if this story was written chronologically rather then in flashbacks and present. The characters were interesting, likable, and there was enough tension that if it was just written straight through I, probably, would have enjoyed it more.

Overall, I enjoyed We Were Liars. It was an emotional story of family, friends, and lies. I even caught myself tearing up at the end. I have a feeling there will be a huge split on this book. Either you like it or you don’t. For me, there were things I loved and other things I didn’t like. But I’m glad I read this story.


About the Author
I am the author of We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliver quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. How to Be Bad was co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.

Disreputable History was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. We Were Liars is a New York Times bestseller. It won the Goodreads Choice Award and was Amazon's #1 YA novel of 2014. 

I have a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University. My field was 19th-century British novel. In 2013 I chaired the committee on Young People's Literature for the National Book Awards. I currently teach creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.

Giveaway 
3 winners will receive deluxe edition copies of WE WERE LIARS, US Only.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Everything Everything Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

On May 19, risk everything…for love. #EverythingEverything 

I partnered with Warner Bros. to share this giveaway!

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together...even if it means losing everything.

“Everything, Everything” stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (“Sun Belt Express”) and Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls”).



Giveaway

One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters on May 19
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
  • Everything, Everything tank top & backpack

Open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing and samples courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

  


Monday, May 8, 2017

Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis Guest Post + Giveaway

Stealing Candy
Author: Stewart Lewis
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis
Candy hates boarding school. As a junior, graduation is still eons away, and making films is the only way to survive the boredom. Until she is kidnapped.

Candy panics. Along Came a Spider, Ransom, Taken, Cellular… Candy knows how these movies end. The only reason anyone would abduct her is to get a payout from her rock star father. Except Candy and her father are estranged. There’s no way he’s going to pay.

But with every hour that passes, Candy’s fear slowly recedes. Being on the road is freeing, not to mention great material for a new documentary. And the more time she spends with her handsome captor Levon, the more she learns the whole scheme is not just about ransom. It’s about revenge. What began as a kidnapping is spiraling into a crazy road trip adventure as Candy and Levon find a lot of wrong ways to do the right thing.


Guest Post: 10 Songs to Listen to While Reading Stealing Candy
1) “Loudspeaker” by MUNA. Candy is an empowered character. This could be her theme song.


2) “Cavalier” by JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW. This song builds slowly, like Candy’s story. And it has to do with a “first love” which for her is Levon. 

3) “Torpedo” by JILLETTE JOHNSON. Candy is not messing around. She will fight this war.

4) “American Teen” by KHALID. Candy’s American Dream is not what she thought it would be. But there is time. Maybe it will come true. 


5) “No Secrets” by MISSY HIGGINS. For the first time in her life, Candy feels like she can trust someone. The secrets come out. 

6) “Luck Now” by BIG SCARY. I can just see the blurred trees out the window. I see this is as a song Candy would put in one of her films.

7) “Switching Off” by ELBOW. This is Levon’s favorite band. Also just a perfect song for an open road. 

8) “Passenger Seat” by DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. This song speaks volumes, and echoes the book perfectly. Just listen. 

9) “Let Go” by FROU FROU. This song feels like the creative force behind everything I write. It never gets old. 

10) “Go Do” by JONSI. In my version of the movie, this would be the closing credit song. If I had to say something to Candy in the end, it would be, “You can do anything.”

About the Author
Stewart Lewis is a singer-songwriter and radio journalist who lives in D.C. and western Massachusetts and frequents New York City. Stewart has had two YAs published by Delacorte (You Have Seven Messages in 2011 and The Secret Ingredient in 2013). Visit stewartlewis.com.
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