Book of the Month
August 27, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Guest Post from Bridget Hodder:

Book of the MonthbridgetI’m a dreamer and a do-gooder. When I realized (around age 9) that my efforts to make this world a better place were falling pretty flat, I decided to make up entirely different, better worlds of my own, and ask readers to join me there.

“WHY RATS?”

I didn’t add a “rat” dimension to the story simply to tweak the original, or for sheer enjoyment of their unexpected situations and witty dialogue.

The rats allow us to explore what it really means to be human. Is humanity a birthright, or a way of being? At some point, if “humans” behave monstrously enough, do they forfeit their humanity?

My all-time favorite Middle Grade books had some pretty deep philosophy at the core, while entertaining me so much I hardly noticed the depth until I thought about it afterwards. Then I would go back and read those books again, to put it all together. That’s what I wanted to do in THE RAT PRINCE. It flowed naturally from my beliefs about respect, love, courage and the worth of striving even when there seems to be no chance of success.

We all fight the same existential battles, and the books that stay with us are the ones offering insight or hope, reminding us we’re all in this together.

THANKS, NICHOLE!!!


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The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!

Buy the Rat Prince Today!

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rat-prince-bridget-hodder/1122087547?ean=9780374302139

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rat-Prince-Bridget-Hodder/dp/0374302138

You guys, this book sounds SUPER CUTE! I love that this is an MG Cinderella retelling. I LOVE the cover. I just love it all!

Book Reviews
August 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Step Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Stepbrother DearestYou’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

My Review:

I have such mixed feelings about this book. It chalks up to the fact that I really like the first half of the book, but I just didn’t really care for the second half of the book. It had soooooo much potential that the author just didn’t reach. I’m just left with this feeling of utter disappointment from a lack of what could have and what should have been.

The first half of the book is focused on when Elec and Greta were 17 and 18 years old. Both were immature, Elec was very angry at the world, and Greta was head over heel smitten with Elec’s bad boy personality. I really enjoyed that the author accurately captured the essence of their youth and appropriately included the drama that goes with the age. I thought that section was a really good build up of what was supposed to come and left the reader curious for more.

What left me super disappointed was that I was most looking forward to part 2 of the book, the part where they were a little bit older, more mature, and less in that boy/girl phase and more focused on a man/woman phase of their life. Unfortunately, the second half of this book felt very rushed, unplanned, and thrown together in several spots of the second half of the book.

There is a possibility that this book would have appealed to me more if I hadn’t hated Greta with an ungodly passion. I couldn’t STAND her. It made sense at the beginning. She was late 17/early 18, was totally smitten with Elec, and just didn’t have any realistic expectations of life. And that’s okay. She definitely wasn’t my favorite character during the first half of the book, but I got over it because her personality matched her age. That being said, there was absolutely no character development during the 7 year gap between the first half and the second half of the book. If possible, Greta was even more immature, beyond whiny, and had no shred of self respect or dignity. She would cry at the drop of a pin, she constantly embarrassed herself in front of Elec, and she, quite frankly, had a big mouth. Not to mention (and no offense is meant to anyone with this name, ) but what the heck was up with her name? I don’t want to read about a main character named Greta. That is so old school, it’s not even funny. Let’s get real here. I didn’t want to read about GRETA getting her freak on.

Speaking of, I thought that there could have been wayyyyy more sexy scenes in the book. All of them seemed very rushed and kind of forced. Also, where were those cute moments between Greta and Elec? I would have maybe preferred more of an actual relationship between Greta and Elec during the first half of the book so that we could have seen some more deep and meaningful moments between them during the second half of the book. Since they were never really IN a relationship, those scenes didn’t really exist. It was just really disappointing, because I could have loved this book so much. It had so much potential and the author just didn’t meet my standards. OH! And another thing. SOOOO much effort went in to talking about all of Elec’s tattoos (wink, wink) and piercings. If so much effort was put into those descriptions, then the author really needed to own those sexy scenes. I felt like I was basically teased for no reason.

Another thing that really bothered me was that the author took up approximately 10% of the book by showing Elec’s viewpoint for several past scenes in the book. I skimmed through several of those scenes, because they were almost word for word exactly the same in several areas. Like…..did she run out of things to write about? Did she get confused? Because that was super annoying and really made me skim all the rest of the way to the end. Super disappointed in that decision by the author.

Overall, I thought that this was a GOOD book with poor execution and decision making skills. Definitely not the worst book I’ve ever read, and I did really love the first half of the book, but it failed to meet the standards that I had laid out for it. This could have been one of the best NA books ever and now I’m just left not wanting to read anything else from this author. I guess we’ll see….

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Waiting on Wednesday
August 24, 2016 posted by Pavan

Waiting on Wednesday #127 + The Song Rising Prelude

Hi Everyone!

I have been lucky enough to become a Bone Season Advocate! And through this I am happy to say I get to include a special Prelude to The Song Rising with my WOW today!

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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.

This week the novel I am anxiously awaiting for is….

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The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

I am so freaking excited for this book! I have loved both The Bone Season and The Mime Order and cannot wait to read more from this world! Also after reading the Prelude (below) I can already tell The Song Rising is going to be fantastic! I would 100% recommend this series to everyone.

The Song Rising

To Be Released: March 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28260402-the-song-rising

 

And now here is the Prelude:

THE SONG RISING Prelude

 

What do you think?

Author Interviews
August 23, 2016 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Joshua David Bellin

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Scavenger of Souls (Survival Colony 9 #2) by Joshua David Bellin

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Published on August 23rd, 2016

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27206580-scavenger-of-souls

Querry Genn must face the truth about the past and fight to save humanity and the future in this stunning sequel to Survival Colony 9, which New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “a terrific novel.”

Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans even as they destroy them. But now the colony is dangerously low in numbers and supplies. Querry’s mother is in command, and is definitely taking them somewhere—but where? Some secret from her past seems to be driving her relentlessly forward.

When they do finally reach their destination, Querry is amazed to discover a whole compound of humans—organized, with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists are not welcomed. Everything about them is questioned, especially by Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as Querry is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and the others, the more he realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. There are gruesome secrets haunting this place and its people. And it’s up to Querry to unearth the past and try to save the future in this gripping conclusion to the Survival Colony novels.


 

Hi, Joshua! Welcome to YaReads!

Hi Nichole! Thanks for having me!

Can you tell us about your newest book, Scavenger of Souls, in 40 words or less?

Scavenger of Souls completes the story of Querry Genn, a fifteen-year-old boy living in a future world destroyed by war, as he fights to save his colony, discover his past, and defeat the creatures called Skaldi, monsters that consume and mimic human hosts.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Any scene that included the character Mercy, a feisty 18-year-old girl who matches wits with Querry, was a joy to write! Mercy was one of those characters who seemed like she was writing herself–she was such a natural, I felt I couldn’t make a false move when I was constructing her action and dialogue!

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

At one point, I had a lengthy scene where Querry visits a city infested by Skaldi. It was really cool in itself, but it detracted from the forward movement of the plot. That happens to me sometimes: I get an idea that seems so visually arresting I want it in the story, but I don’t always think about whether it serves the story I want it in. Thank goodness for my editor!

Does Scavenger of Souls take place directly after Survival Colony 9 or is there a time gap?

There’s about a one-week time gap between the end of Survival Colony 9, where the remains of Querry’s colony set off into the desert, and the beginning of Scavenger of Souls. Just enough time for the colony to get lost and run into more trouble!

Scavenger of Souls is the last book in the Survival Colony 9 series, correct? Do you have anything else planned or are you currently working on anything else that you can tell us about?

Scavenger of Souls is the final book in the series in the sense that it concludes Querry’s story. I’ve flirted with the idea of a prequel, set long before Querry’s birth and telling the story of the wars and the rise of the survival colonies, but we’ll have to wait and see about that. In the meantime, I’ve just completed a stand-alone YA science fiction novel titled Freefall, a deep space action/romance set to release in 2017.

If you had to give Scavenger of Souls a theme song, what song would you choose?

Probably “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil. Great apocalyptic song. And I’m an 80s guy!

What has been your most memorable experience with the Survival Colony 9 series? This could be while writing the book, promoting, interacting with fans, etc.

I have absolutely loved going on school visits. Sometimes they’ve been small and face-to-face, like the time I met with a class of about 25 and one girl gave me a picture she drew for me. Other times, I’ve addressed large assemblies (the largest being a multi-school event where there were about 1000 students in the audience!). But whatever the form, the chance to talk to young people about my book, to hear their questions, and to learn about their own writing has made me so happy I chose to write YA!

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

I loved Eliot Schrefer’s book Rescued, which is the third in a four-part series of YA novels about great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas). Rescued is about an American teen who tries to return his pet orangutan to the wild, and it was awesome (as were the first two books in the series). But then, I’m an ape fan!

What are the top 3 books in your TBR pile?

I’m reading Erica Cameron’s Island of Exiles, a YA fantasy that comes out next year (I was lucky and got my hands on a review copy). I’m also reading Chris Howard’s The Reckoning, the third book in a YA science fiction trilogy about a future Earth without trees. Finally, I’m reading a book by the North Pole explorer Robert Peary in preparation for a YA historical novel I’m planning titled Polar.

Thanks so much for stopping by YaReads!

Thanks again, Nichole!


Joshua

I’ve been writing novels since I was eight years old (though admittedly, the first few were very, very short). I taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to writing fiction. SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is my first novel, and the sequel, SCAVENGER OF SOULS, is due out in August 2016!

I love to read (mostly YA fantasy and science fiction), watch movies (again, mostly fantasy and sci-fi), and spend time in Nature (mostly catching frogs and toads). I’m the world’s worst singer, but I play a pretty mean air guitar.

Oh, yeah, and I like monsters. Really scary monsters.

Website: http://www.joshuadavidbellin.com/

Twitter: @TheYAGuy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7393959.Joshua_David_Bellin

Top Ten Tuesday
August 23, 2016 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Series that I’ve Meant to Read but Haven’t Gotten Around To.

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Hi everyone! I have this week’s Top Ten Tuesday for you all. This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is Top Ten Series that I’ve Meant to Read but Haven’t Gotten Around To. I modified today’s topic a little bit. It was originally supposed to be the top ten books that have been on my TBR pile, before I started blogging, but haven’t gotten around to. Let’s be real, though. I’ve been blogging 6 years now. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MY TBR PILE LOOKED LIKE BACK THEN! So, I’m modifying it to feature books that I’ve really meant to get around to, but haven’t. And I’m pretty sure that I added all of these AFTER I started blogging, hence the modification. I’m super excited to start all of these, though!!! BRING ON ALL THE BOOKS!

1 Eragon – I think the reason why I haven’t read this book is because I HATED the movie. Back when the movie came out, I really wasn’t that big into reading. And the movie sucked. I’ve heard the series is really good, though!

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2 Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Okay. The reason why I haven’t started this book is because my mom started it and didn’t like it. It was really weird for me to watch her get half way through it and then set it down. I probably had such reservations because I know this book is SO POPULAR. I really do need to read it.

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3 The Raven Boys – Again, I didn’t like the Shiver series. I’m sensing a theme here. I really do want to read this series.

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4 The Grisha series – Okay, I really just haven’t had any time for this series. I’ve heard SUCH GOOD THINGS!

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5 Graceling – What’s really funny about this one is that I actually owned the book for several years without reading the book. I’ve been on a huge fantasy kick lately, though, and need to read it!

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6 The Study series – I did start this one a lonnnnnnng time ago, but I didn’t finish it. I’m actually pretty sure that I started this series either before I start blogging or right at the beginning of my blogging career. Back then, I was just getting into the groove of reading & didn’t love it as much as I do now. So, it makes sense that I just randomly stopped. I do have this one on hold at the library, though, so that I can restart it!

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7 The Young Elites series – I’m really not sure what this one is about, but I’ve seen it on several YA Fantasy lists! I need to check into it more!

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8 Snow Like Ashes – I started this one & was really enjoying it! What happened is that I had started working full time and only read like 3 books in an entire year. I need to go back and restart this one.

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9 Falling Kingdoms – Before you start in on me, I do have this one on hold at the library!!!! I KNOW I NEED TO READ IT!

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10 Red Queen – Yet another one that I have on hold at the library. Again, I’ve heard some really good things about this book!

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adult books
August 22, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three #1) by Kristen Ashley

until the sunLeah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.

My Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I really didn’t like at all but had to finish because I was grossly fascinated. I guess saying “read the book” it a vast overstatement, because I skimmed this book from almost start to finish. There was absolutely no way that I was suffering through all of those pages, but I really did have to know what happened.

This book is so miscategorized on Goodreads. It has it listed as a vampire paranormal/fantasy. Let me be clear: This is a vampire paranormal, sure, but it also features a HUGE BDSM theme. It’s basically like the author created an erotica BDSM and wanted it to fall under almost an urban paranormal aspect to gain more readers. Not that I’m against the genre that she chose to go with, but it’s definitely not the type of book that I was looking to read, nor was I expecting this specific theme based off of the synopsis or the Goodreads genre listing.

I’ll be honest, I actually did like the first one or two chapters quite a bit. They were very interesting. And then something reallllllllllllly awkward happened. It came out that the main character was 40 years old. Before you get offended, let me tell you that, based off the characters personality, I thought she was around 18-20 years old. And THEN, when her true age did get revealed, it made her seem like a 60-year-old grandma. I’m not kidding, Lucien put SO MUCH emphasis into her age throughout the WHOLE book, that I was super weirded out the whole time. Realistically, I know that 40 is not old. But I had two things going on. 1) I’m only 26. I’ve never read a book with a 40 year old MC, so it was a little weird for me. 2) I was really fucking weirded out that so much emphasis was placed on her age. Seriously, by the way the author made it sound based off the descriptions, it was like she was 60 years old with wrinkles all over her body with a mentality of a 15 year old. It was like the whole book had some weird daddy/daughter issues going on with an age-play undertone that really freaked me out.

Pushing the age aside, I HATED Lucien. He was domineering, rude, took advantage of Leah constantly, and abusive. There were several scenes in this book that could have been interpreted as rape, which was not okay at all. Several trigger scenes were in this book that readers probably won’t anticipate based off of the genre listing and/or the synopsis. I was not a fan of their relationship at all. I HATED Lucien’s so called “punishments.” Let me be frank here, I’m all for the steamy romance. I don’t mind reading about dominant men or these kinds of relationships. However, this whole relationship between Leah and Lucien took me totally off guard. I wasn’t a fan.

If you think I hated Lucien, I DESPISED Leah. She would constantly talk about how she hated Lucien and the things he was doing to her. The moment he touched her, though, she turned into goo and did whatever he wanted. Seriously, there were so many scenes were she was like “I hate you. I’ll never forgive you. I don’t want anything to do with you. You’re such a horrible person.” And then two seconds later she’s basically having sex with him. For real? Really? GAG.

Another thing that was super weird was that there was this huge plot throughout the whole booI k that basically never came to anything at the end. It just sort of disappeared and nothing major happened at all. Huge let down. Like….come on.

I really struggled with how to rate this book, because I was so grossly fascinated by it. At first, I was going to give it 1 star, but then I felt really weird giving it just a 1 star because I did make it to the end. Then, I just wasn’t going to rate it and just leave my review with no rating. Since, I really did despise this book, though, I’m giving it a 2. This book just wasn’t good. There were several spots that were not edited well, the characters sucked, the genre was miscategorized and included several triggers that could be very harmful to certain readers, and the plot just kind of faded out at the end. I was super disappointed. I did not like this book. There is no way that I’m ever going to finish this series. I’m done.

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆

Book of the Month
August 20, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder Giveaway

Book of the MonthHi, everyone!

I’m super excited to be able to offer all of you the chance to enter to win our August Book of the Month, The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder. This giveaway will run until the end of August and is open to US residents only. Good luck!!!!

The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!

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Buy the Rat Prince Today!

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rat-prince-bridget-hodder/1122087547?ean=9780374302139

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rat-Prince-Bridget-Hodder/dp/0374302138

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Book Reviews
August 19, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don’t even know how to write this review. For real, I’m in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I’ve already finished this book.

Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn’t stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it’s smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn’t even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say “I miss my book so much right now.” For real, I’m a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!

If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven’t even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.

There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there’s a least one new character that you really can’t stand. Nope. I’ll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!

And Rhys. OMG. I’m 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can’t even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can’t even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya’ll.

OK. I’m stopping. All I have to say is that this book is like crack and EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW SO THEY CAN SUFFER THE SAME HEARTBREAK THAT I CURRENTLY AM EXPERIENCING AND MOURN WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 250+ stars!

Author Interviews
August 18, 2016 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Andrea Pippins

becoming meAdult coloring books are definitely becoming the new “in” thing. I can honestly tell you that I have about seven of them scattered about my living room. Why did you decide to create the adult coloring book, Becoming Me: A Work in Progress and what do you hope that fans/readers/future colorers take away from it? Yes adult coloring books continue to be a big hit among readers. The beauty of Becoming Me is that it takes the idea of a coloring book a step further. With tips, tricks, exercises, and yes a bit of coloring as well, I was looking to create a resource to encourage readers to live a creative life. Even if you’re not a visual kind of creative person (painting, drawing, etc.), Becoming Me is a great space for collecting your ideas and inspirations. It also shares techniques for generating and capturing thoughts and ideas, all of which are necessary for any creative process.

Did you create all of the illustrations in Becoming Me: A Work in Progress?

Yes I did. All of the illustrations, lettering, and words are by me.

Do you intend to create more adult coloring books in the future?

I hope to make many more books in the future, whether or not they are coloring books, I’m not sure. Doing work that challenges me is important, so hopefully I’ll continue to build on the idea of making spaces for others to be inspired to create.

Do you find that coloring helps you relieve stress or just relax in general?

Drawing and creating space for others to create is to me what coloring is for others. I love sitting down with a cup of tea, have a candle burning, and drawing for hours. That is very therapeutic for me.

Be honest, do you also have a collection of adult coloring books? Do you have a favorite one?

I don’t have a coloring book collection but I do have two coloring books that I love, Nina Chakrabarti’s My Wonderful World of Fashion is a favorite—she really took coloring and activity books to a funky level. And my friend, Sarah Walsh’s, Just Add Color: Carnival, which she gave to me as a gift is super special. We used to work together at Hallmark Cards where both dreamed about becoming full-time illustrators. And we’re both now living that dream. Her book is a great reminder of how important it is to dream and to take action towards making those dreams come true.

Thanks for stopping by YaReads!!


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ANDREA PIPPINS is the creator of the adult coloring book I Love My Hair, which was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, the Huffington Post, Bustle, and more. Her new book BECOMING ME is a simple, motivational guide to nurturing self-expression through art. She is an influencer, a designer, and an educator. Her work can be seen in magazines and on TV as well as on clothing and stationery. Andrea teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and curates her fashion, art, and design blog, Fly, a weekly resource to inspire young women to pursue their creative passions. She also produces digital and screen-printed artwork while interpreting her personal experiences as an African American woman. Andrea lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where you can often find her dancing in her living room with the samba music way up. Learn more at andreapippins.com and follow her on Twitter at @andreagpippins.

Blog Tour
August 17, 2016 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: The Poisoned Blade

POISONED BLADE

PKBC_PoisonedBlade2About the Book

Title: POISONED BLADE

Author: Kate Elliot

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Pages: 448

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

 

Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives—the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons in her embattled kingdom. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes’s only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on Jes’s traveling party puts her at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos—the prince she still loves—is fighting against their country’s enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal’s life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion…She must become a warrior.

 

court-of-fives-by-kate-elliottAbout the Book

Title: COURT OF FIVES

Author: Kate Elliot

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Pages: 448

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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On the Fives court, everyone is equal. And everyone is dangerous. Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death. In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

 

 

 

 

About Kate:

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Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and YA, including recent works Black Wolves, Court of Fives, and Cold Magic.

 

It should come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures amid dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling. With the three children out of the house, they now spoil the schnauzer.

 

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My Review:

I just finished this book, and I feel like I have so much to say but I can’t really get it all out cause it’s all a jumble inside my head. First of all, WOW! This book was really good! This is a very action packed sequel to Court of Fives. There are several holy shit moments that leave you flipping through the pages like your life depends on it. Just…wow!

I do think that the romance was a little…weird…and that there needed to be some more character development. I think that if those things had been improved, this would have been an epic story in the world of YA. I’m definitely intrigued to see where the story continues in book 3.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. A definite must read!

Pages: : ★★★★☆

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/8/2016- SFFWorld.com– Interview

8/9/2016- Sarcasm & Lemons– Review

8/10/2016- Such a Novel Idea– Guest Post

8/11/2016- The Eater of Books- Review

8/12/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

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8/15/2016- Fiction Fare– Review

8/16/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Guest Post

8/17/2016- YaReads– Review

8/18/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Interview

8/19/2016- Just Commonly– Review