Book Reviews
August 1, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 (The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel #1) by P. Craig Russell (Adapter), Neil Gaiman

the graveyard bookIt Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completelynormal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

 

My Review:

First of all, I have to start out this review by mentioning that I read this book in a single setting. It maybe took me three hours to read the whole thing start to finish. That’s partly because it’s a graphic novel and there’s not a whole lot of text, but it was also, obviously, a really good book.

I really enjoyed all of the pictures in this book. Usually I have a tough time getting into graphic novels, but I was captivated from the very first page. I really felt a connection with the main character and enjoyed witnessing his life in the graveyard progress from infancy to age ten. The pictures were so amazing and they captured every single detail from the text. It was really amazing!

My one big complaint with this book is that it’s very hard to read. The text was awful on my eyes. Sometimes it slanted at weird angles and I often had to go back and reread pages because I read it wrong the first time. It was made even worse by the fact that sometimes the characters showed misspelled  words in their bubbles to indicate their lack of education or that they were from a different time period. It was really difficult and annoying for me to have to squint to read the text. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t walk away from the book with a killer headache. So if you are a person who has a tough time reading weird or small print, then I don’t think this is the book for you.

Another thing I found slightly confusing was how we started out with Bod being like 2 and then he was 10 by the end of the book. I expected all of the stories to be more linked together and follow a time line. It was sort of confusing to me how some stories really didn’t relate to others and jumped around a big. That’s not to say they didn’t work together, though! It was just like a progression of Bod’s childhood throughout the years. I would have liked to see more of Jack, though, and not just a few snippets here and there. However, I think that’s going to be a bigger plotline in the second book.

Overall, I thought that the writing and the images were superb. This is a book that I would  recommend for younger readers, especially for younger boys (or girls) who tend to dislike reading. I think that the images will really draw them into the story.

Pages: 192

Publication Date: July 29th, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rating: : ★★★½☆

Book of the Month
July 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Kate Karyus Quinn with Super Awesome GIFs!

Book of the Month

don't you forget about meWelcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except…
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

About the Author:

kate

Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. Another Little Piece is her first novel.

1. I am not a morning person.

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2. Sometimes I have trouble being serious when I’m supposed to be.

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3. I have a little sugar problem. As in, I like it way too much and sometimes go overboard.

Do You Want Sugar In Your Oatmeal?. Yes mom. Yes I do... Dumbo, Robin Hood, Tarzan, Merlin, Bambi.

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4. I drink an insane amount of tea.

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5. In college my friends and I became obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That show (and all of Joss Whedon’s work) has been a huge influence of mine.

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6. Seriously, a huge Joss Whedon fan.

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7. No, really. I’m a little obsessive about the whole Joss Whedon thing.

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8. I sleep with a nightlight, cause I’m afraid of the dark.

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9. In fact, despite writing books that are sort of dark and scary, I am a huge chicken.

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10. And finally, I know GIF is supposed to be pronounced like the peanut butter, JIF.

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But I REFUSE to say it that way. I’m a hard G all the way.

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Because that way GIFs are G-g–g-g-great!

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But really, I’m not looking for a fight here. No matter how you pronounce it, I think we can all agree that everything is better with GIF’s! So come on!

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Let’s dance!

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Let’s celebrate!

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And all just get along!

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LOL. I loved setting up this post. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

Waiting on Wednesday
July 30, 2014 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #89

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

get even

Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors – Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree – at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don’t move in the same social circles; at worst, they’re overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Wei – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls’ volleyball team, she’s been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she’s been voted “most eligible bachelorette” two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don’t want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don’t Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM “events”, the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don’t know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they’ve hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.

 

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Published by Balzer & Bray

To be released on 9/16/2014

Top Ten Tuesday
July 29, 2014 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From. These might not be in the correct order since I’m not actually going to count how many books of each author I own, but it’s going to be pretty accurate.

 

1. Kelley Armstrong – I don’t own all of her books, but it’s safe to say that I eventually will. I think I own at least 4 of her YA books and 5-7 of the books from the Women of the Otherworld series. I also own the first Nadia Stafford book

2. Cassandra Clare – I own all of the TMI books. I still haven’t read the last one, but I do own it!

3. Kim Harrison - These are really my moms books, but we do own almost every single book in the Hollows series.

4.Patricia Briggs - I’m pretty sure that I own every single Mercy Thompson book, so far. I think that’s like 8 or so?

5. Chloe Neill - And, of course, we own all of the Chicagoland Vampire books!

6. Laurell K. Hamilton - I haven’t read all of her books, because I got burnt out on the series, but I own about 10 or so of the books in the Anita Blake series.

7. Karen Change - It’s really sad that I don’t overly care for the Cassie Palmer series anymore, but I own all of the series except for the last book (which I didn’t like.) I also own her Dorina Basarab series. I’m pretty sure I own that whole series, but I’m not positive. I know that I at least have the last one.

8. Stephanie Meyer - Of course, I own the Twilight series.

9. J.K. Rowling - I’d probably get rid of every single book in my house before I parted with the Harry Potter series.

10. Richelle Mead/Rachel Caine - I’m grouping these authors together because I just cheated and went in my room and seen that I owned their books. I own all of the VA series by RM. I used to own the first two or three books in her other series, but I sold them. And, of course, I also own the Morganville Vamps series by RC. I don’t own all of them, though, and I haven’t read all of the books that I do own. I also own some of her adult books.

Blog Tour
July 25, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh

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Love EdyAbout the Book
 

Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh

Genre: YA Romance

Published: June 24th, 2014

Publisher: Razor’s Edge

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Edy-Shewanda-Pugh/dp/0692027149

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-edy-shewanda-pugh/1119566606?ean=2940045939201

When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can’t. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he’s denied the girl he wants most. 
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet … how could they not?

 

About the Author:

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Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she’s been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader’s Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival’s Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering. Her first young adult romance, Love Edy, is scheduled for release on June 24th, 2014.

Website: http://www.shewandapugh.com

Twitter: @ShewandaP

Links:

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/loveedynook
 
Twitter: @ShewandaP
Read below for an excerpt from Love Edy

Friday night. The sky hung heavy, seamless, with heaven’s stars blotted out by overbearing skyscrapers. Shrieks and a cacophony of cheers rang out, hysteria supreme in a microscopic stadium rocking on the edge of Boston’s South End. Thin and buckling bleachers rattled with the stomps of impending mania, shrill whistles and hefty shouts: those were the true sounds of redemption. Fourteen years and not a single touchdown against Madison High; fourteen years, but no more.

It had come at the hands of a freshman running back who couldn’t stop moving, a last-minute, fidgeting substitution. To others, his appearance must have seemed a concession, but Edy Phelps knew better. Edy Phelps knew him better.

He was hunger and discipline, jittery and ravenous, so rattled that nerves kept him shifting and stretching and pacing along the sidelines. Obsession fueled him, and kept him keen on an opportunity unwilling to come. Except that night, chance came to Hassan Pradhan. His chance. Finally.

It happened in a breath. A snap of the ball. A fake pass and Hassan thundered downfield at a speed only fear could sustain. His moment. His only moment. Take it. Take it. Run. Fly.

He could hear her thoughts—no, feel her thoughts. Edy was sure of it. They’d always had a connection. And it was in that way she aided him. Fists pressed to her lips, teeth slammed together, screaming with her soul. Soar. I know you can do it.

Just as the clock whittled to nothing, Hassan vaulted into the end zone.

A collective roar swallowed Edy and the crowd leapt as one. A win. Few would recall the last.

On her left, Hassan’s parents cheered: mother in a starched linen suit and pumps too prim for a game, father in a white button-up, belly pressing the fabric, sleeves rolled to the elbow. His mother, Rani, was without the brilliant red bindi she couldn’t do without, giving her forehead that naked look. On Edy’s opposite end were her parents, their absolute best friends, in the long-sleeved alumni tees reserved for football season, mother free of the skirt suits that dictated her days. Edy abandoned them all for the sidelines, for Hassan. She weaved round patches of shrieking upperclassmen, hopped over rows of empty benches, apologized to the fat man whose cocoa she sloshed, and ignored the slice of a sudden, early winter wind.

He’d done it.

All those nights, all those talks, round and round about the possibility of getting in a game, the two of them in bedroom shadows, careful to keep their voices low. Some nights he thought a chance would never come; others, he insisted it had to. Either way, he always said that if it did, when it did, he would do something worth remembering. And he had.

At the sidelines, Edy’s gaze swept a team clustered so thick, so honeyed together with the sweetness of victory, that she worried she might never find her neighbor, her best friend.

Ice cut the air, and the glare of stadium lights had her like an ant under a magnifying glass in the noonday sun. She remembered the way the Dyson twins would burn insects and snicker, and she thought no, she’d be hot if she were a tortured ant, not cold. The fog of her breath seconded her motion.

She spotted him.

Edy had come to hug someone already occupied, someone surrounded by sweeping blonde curls, dark curtains of perfect hair, nestled by an endless supply of short skirts. Hassan draped an easy arm around a cheerleader with shimmering flaxen locks, mouth curling into a grin when a brunette of with pouty lips cried foul and claimed him as her own. Soft tans and the curves of certain womanhood donned them both. Edy looked from them to her own angular body and knew what she would find: all edges and sharpness, slender, muscles sculpted from a life of dance. The baggy jeans, football jersey, and sloppy poof of a ponytail she wore didn’t give her much to run with either. That hair used to be the brunt of Hassan’s endless jokes. Big enough to tip you back,” he’d say, before tugging it in absentminded affection. She fingered that hair with the same sort of absent- -mindedness, before looking up to see a blonde plant rosy lips on Hassan’s cheek.

Edy didn’t care about the movies, the books, the popular culture that insisted football player and cheerleader, jock and pretty girl, were a natural sort of fit. It wasn’t. They weren’t. It absolutely couldn’t be.

A girl like that couldn’t understand what made him him. So what if he was . . .  obscenely gorgeous, with sun-licked bronze skin, silken black locks, and eyes an ever-glimmering, gold-flecked green. He had a quiet sort of beauty, made for old Greek sculptures and timeless works of art. Not that he was quiet. He was explosive, with good looks and athleticism. But beyond that were pleasures and disappointments, what he loved and could not bear. Imprinted on Edy’s mind were the crinkles at the corner of Hassan’s eyes when he smiled, the clench of his jaw when irritation set in, the rich and sonorous laugh that had slipped octaves lower in recent years. A girl like that blonde could be nothing to him—could know nothing of him. She knew a moment and a touchdown. That was it.

Edy’s hands made fists.

The blonde moved in to kiss his cheek again, just as a teammate shouted his name. Hassan jerked back, only to be caught at the corner of his mouth by her lips.

A whoop rang out from the guys.

Heat flushed Edy’s veins and her fingernails dug, digging, digging, until tears blurred her vision.

He was her best friend, family really, if you considered the way they were brought up. So, she really had no reason to—

The blonde threw her arms around Hassan. The team swarmed and the two disappeared from sight.

They were kissing, weren’t they?

Edy closed her eyes, forcing back the hottest tears and the bitterest taste of sudden envy.

She loved him. Dear God, she loved her best friend.

It fell down on her at once, uncompromising truth and the weight of reality like a cloak too heavy to bear.

The boy that had grown by her side, promised to another in a tradition as old as marriage itself, another girl of his ethnicity, religion, beliefs: that’s the boy she loved. A single line existed between Edy’s family and his, between the Pradhans and Phelps, who otherwise acted as one.

But Edy loved him.

And, of course, there was no recourse for that.

 

The Giveaway:

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Waiting on Wednesday
July 23, 2014 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #88

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

the iron trial

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will — is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It’s a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

 

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Published by  Doubleday Children’s Books

To be Released on September 9th, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday
July 22, 2014 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Todays topic is Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island.

 

1. Katniss Everdeen – I mean, come on, she has some kick ass survival skills!

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2. Celaena Sardothien – As long as she didn’t try to kill me, I think I’d go with this one as my number 2 pick. I mean, come on, she has a novella called the Assassin in the Desert. I think that she could take care of me on a deserted island.

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3. Daemon Black – First we’d have to get Kat out of the picture. I love Daemon. His hotness alone would be enough for me [;

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4. Lynn from Not a Drop to Drink – She obviously knows how to take care of herself with little to no resources. Seeing as I have no survival skills, I think that she would be a great choice!

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5. Bodee Lennox – Bodee will always have a place in my heart. He’s coming with me!

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6. Karl from the Women of the Otherworld series – We’d have to get rid of Hope….and do away with the whole Karl probably killing me thing….but oh my goodness does my heart have a place for him.

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7. Carey from If You Find Me – You see that I’m going for a lot of survival skills here!

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8. Jonah Kinlock – I think that I would have to at least have one person with magical abilities.

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9. Logan from Try by Ella Frank – I don’t care that he’s gay.  Well..he’s bi. I want him with me. End of story. Tate can stay behind, though.

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10. Mercy Thompson – I feel that Mercy is one tough woman. I think she could get us out of a lot of trouble. Plus, she turns into a coyote. How cool is that?

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Contests
July 21, 2014 posted by Nichole

Giveaway: Chaos Walking & More Than This by Patrick Ness

Hi everyone! Welcome back!

 

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men) are being re-released in paperback with a cool new design and  bonus short stories not previously available in print in the US and Canada. Also, Patrick Ness’ More Than This will be released in paperback for the first time. I’m very excited to offer a giveaway to one lucky winner in the US or Canada thanks to Candlewick Press.

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Chaos Walking is a young adult science fiction series by the U.S.-born British novelist Patrick Ness. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. -Wikipedia

 

The Giveaway:

 

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adult books
July 18, 2014 posted by Nichole

DNF Review: Maybe This Time by A.M. Arthur

Maybe This TimeAs a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.

Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern�living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.

A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.

61,000 words

M/M Romance

My Review:

I read 80% of this book about a week ago and I’m already having a hell of a time remembering all that much about it. That’s one of the reasons why I DNF’d this book. I remember the first half being pretty good. I liked the characters and the plot line. I remember being a big fan of Ezra and really confused over Donner’s name (I’m sorry – you can only do so many reindeer jokes in a book.) Other than that, though, there was nothing overly memorable about this book.

The scenes between Ezra and Donner were hot, but I also felt that they were rather rushed. I would have liked to see more of a chase going on rather than the insta love theme that dominated the book. I also would have liked to see more realism to their relationship. Whether that be through more bickering, more romantic gestures, or simple domestic stuff that occupies the day to day life, it doesn’t matter. Their relationship seemed very fake compared to a real life romance.

The book started to go off beat once Ezra and Donner decided they were in love with each other after no time at all. All of the emotions seemed exaggerated and enhanced for the readers and totally unrealistic. I also felt like there were several chunks of the author speaking rather than the characters speaking. It seemed as if the author’s own views on gay rights were sort of being forced throughout the entire book and it wasn’t leaving a lot of room for character development or personalities. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% for gay rights, but it did feel as if the author was trying to for that message through several of the characters.

Overall, there’s not much to say about this book because there’s a large chunk that I just don’t remember. If the second half would have been as good as the first half, then I probably would have given it like a 3 or 4 star. However, the second half was really bland and weird and  I just couldn’t finish that last 20% of the book.

Pages: Kindle Edition

Publication Date: July 21st, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

Rating: DNF

Author Interviews
July 17, 2014 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Kate Karyus Quinn

Book of the Month

don't you forget about meWelcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except…
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

 

 

 

About the author:

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Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. Another Little Piece is her first novel.

 

Author Interview:

Random facts:

I have four sisters and no brothers. I love to sing. Even though I live in a cold climate (Buffalo, NY area) I don’t ski or enjoy any other cold weather activities… except sitting under a pile of blankets with a book. That counts, right?

Best movie you’ve watched recently? Austenland. Pitch Perfect. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier

Favorite all time song? Just one? Umm… “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from Annie. Okay, I don’t think I actually have a favorite song, but I do enjoy the heck out of that one.

Celebrity crush? Okay, so I don’t really fall for celebrities, but rather the fictional characters that they play. So take for example Christian Bale. Now, I know you think I’m gonna say Batman, but no. He was a little humorless to be honest. So yeah, the Christian Bale character I fell for is from much further in the past – in fact if you saw this movie when it was first released it was almost certainly on VHS. And that character was Jack in Newsies. OMG when he sings “Santa Fe”… I just can’t. And a more recent character crush is Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project. I think this Buzzfeed (http://www.buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/23-reasons-you-wish-danny-castellano-were-your-boyfriend) listicle covers pretty much all the reasons and especially the dance. Yeah, the dance. So clearly, I have a thing for dudes who dance and sing. …And who are fictional. You know what? II’m okay with that.

Favorite takeout? Sushi (usually from Wegmans)

Favorite TV show? Mad Men

Top 3 authors who inspire you? Jandy Nelson (I just read an ARC of her new book, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, and OMG it was soo soo good. It seriously just wrecked me in the best possible way.), Melina Marchetta, and E. Lockhart.

Favorite book to movie adaptation? This is a cheat because I haven’t read the book, but I love THE ENGLISH PATIENT movie. I actually a copy of the book somewhere in my house and plan to get around to reading it someday, at which point I will almost certainly be like, “Auugh the book was still better!!!”

Most memorable book signing? My first one, on the release day of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, my debut novel. All my friends and family came to the party, and to have everyone there and so supportive meant so much to me.

Book related facts [=:

Can you tell us about your book, Don’t You Forget About Me in 20 words or less? In a town of secrets, Skylar stop forgetting and finally figure out what happened to her older sister.

What was your inspiration behind Don’t You Forget About Me? Pffft. Who knows. Seriously. I have no idea where this idea came from. It sort of grew from one scene and then spread outwards from there.

You write standalones instead of series. Is there a reason for that or do you intend to do a series later on? I would love to do a series someday for sure. Right now, all my ideas just seem to lend themselves to a story that’s contained in one book.

Your books have a really spooky quality to them. Do you ever freak yourself out while writing? I haven’t yet. But I think that’s because I am so inside of the character.

What was your favorite scene to write in DYFAM? The opening scene where the main character’s sister leads a bunch of her classmates to the old train bridge.

Hardest scene to edit out? The end was so difficult to get right. I rewrote that a whole bunch of times.

Do you have a favorite quote from the book? “Without another word he counts seven pills and places them in the hollow at the center of my palm. For a moment I stare down at them sadly, wondering why I’d wanted them so badly. Thinking I should throw them back in his face. They take away sorrow, they take away pain, and they leave great gaping holes in my life. “You’ll only remember the good times.” That had been Elton’s promise nearly four years ago when he’d pressed the pill into my hand. Had it all been a lie? Did the pills take the good with the bad? Or is there just not that much good left to be remembered, after all the bad bad has been whittled away?”

Are you currently working on anything else that you can tell us about? I just signed the contract for my third book with HarperTeen coming in early 2016, right now titled DOWN WITH THE SHINE. It has moonshine, wishes, a dead best friend, and a serial killer father. Sooo… I’m definitely sticking with the dark YA thing.

What is the best book you’ve read recently? Just two days ago I read THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler and that was just fantastic. I love reading contemporary YA like this book, with romance and realistic family issues and a main character with a really terrific and believable voice. I highly recommend this book.

What is currently in your TBR pile? The next book on my to-be-read list is Justina Ireland’s PROMISE OF SHADOWS. I am super excited for that one. I also have THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO on my bedside table cause I have heard SO MANY good things about that.