I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep. So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.
Fantasy or Dystopia?
Dystopia. HUNGER GAMES is my go-to. I can read it again and again.
Cake! Especially if it comes in Ball jars. Have you guys seen that? It’s the world’s most perfect invention: cupcakes in jars. You eat what you want and put the rest in your purse for later. Also? Now your purse is heavy enough to be a weapon. It’s a multipurpose treat.
Oh, man. I have to pick one? Probably, people who drive too slow in the fast lane
Dan Stevens. He’s very pretty to look at.
Italian sausage and pepperoni pizza from Pies On Pizza.
Dogs, horses, and cats. And chinchillas…and hedgehogs. I’m quite fascinated by pot-bellied pigs too.
I have OCD—not the kind that’s compelled to organize your spice rack or sees germs running up and down people Matrix-style. I check locks, scrub baseboards, and pace circles. There are some benefits I guess. I get plenty of steps in when I hike across the house to touch the side door locks for the fifth time. In that way, it’s great exercise and prevents me from cheating with my pedometer by beating it against the tabletop until I get my 7000 steps for the day. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the only thing I hate more than Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is not hitting my pedometer goal for the day. You would think, being OCD, cheating would bother me. You would think wrong. You’d also think I could stay on task. Where were we?
Disneyworld although I really want to go back to Disneyland because I didn’t get to ride the Indiana Jones ride and I’m still bummed about it.
Dangit! I haven’t seen either of these so how about…Dexter!
Hi Nichole! Thanks so much for having me on YA Reads!
Teenage hacker trying to get out of the game gets blackmailed into finding a classmate’s rapist….okay that’s a lot more than five. Do I get extra points for overachieving?
Technically, my inspiration was equal parts desperation (I had an agent who was interested in me, but I needed a new manuscript to give her) and raw ambition (I stumbled across Josin McQuein’s amazing pitch for PREMEDITATED over at QueryShark and decided I wanted to do thrillers too).
It took about ten months to write FIND ME and then Sarah Davies (remember that literary agent I was trying to impress in the above paragraph?) had revisions that took another four months.
I think my favorite scene is the very first one—where the cop is circling the house, trying to get in and Wick’s inside, scared to death. That was my very first brush with writing suspense and my critique partners were all like, “Where did that come from? You better finish it.” I do really love that last fight scene though. Creeps me out to think about being in Wick’s shoes.
It’s a trilogy! I actually wrote FIND ME as a standalone, but HarperTeen asked for more and I thought, “Why not?” The sequel, REMEMBER ME, is out September 2014. I’m very lucky they believed enough in Wick and me to make such a commitment.
Yay!! And yes, I totally freaked myself out. I wrote a fair amount of FIND ME while home alone at night. Inevitably, one of my dogs would wake up, go to the closet, and growl. Every. Freaking. Time. Then I would reach for my baseball bat and realize I wasn’t Wick and I didn’t have a baseball bat and, if that was a murderer in my closet, I was toast.
REMEMBER ME’s next for me. It picks up a few months after FIND ME and deals with the fallout from the first novel. RM really gave me the opportunity to explore Wick’s darker side—the side she fights against in FM.
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers. I worship Summers. I think she is beyond amazing.
Love this one. Let’s see…HER DARK CURIOSITY is on pre-order, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is next to my bed as is an ARC of THE DREAM THIEVES (which Brad at Book YA Review was generous enough to send me). Then there’s THE LOST GIRL, IN THE AFTER, BRILLIANCE, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, GONE GIRL (because I want to read it again), and four different Dennis LeHane novels. And that’s just the bedside table. We won’t talk about the books in my car’s trunk, waiting to be smuggled into the house under the guise of “What new books? I’ve had these.”
Nothing else to add other than how much I appreciate all the bloggers who have hosted FIND ME for the tour. Writers are nothing without bloggers and I’m so lucky to have you guys in my corner. Thanks again!
“Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found…dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick.
Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
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Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read.
Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:
Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her.
Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?
by Jamie Blair
Is kidnapping ever justified?
In Leap Of Faith, the main character, Faith, kidnaps her newborn sister, Addy, in order to give her a better life. Faith’s mother is a drug addict. Faith has grown up in a neglectful and mentally abusive home, often with no food to eat. In her mind, there is no way she can let this baby grow up the same way she has.
I was approached by a woman who had a very similar situation in her family, so the question I never expected to be asked and never even considered when writing Leap Of Faith was asked: Is it ever okay to kidnap a child from an abusive or neglectful parent?
Approaching the topic from a fictional standpoint as I had, I felt that Faith was justified in her actions, but it was illegal, so I can’t in good conscious say it’s a measure that should be taken in a real-life situation. On the other hand, a child should never be left with an abusive or neglectful caregiver. There are steps to take, authorities to involve—it might take a while and be frustrating to wait for a resolution, but kidnapping can’t actually be an option, can it?
Is there ever a time when it’s justified? When a child you love is in danger? What are your thoughts?
Also below is the Leap of Faith Playlist!
1st giveaway: one (1) swag pack (signed postcard and Leap of Faith guitar pick). Open to US addresses only.
It feels like just yesterday that I planned this whole event, when it was actually about 3 months ago that I started the initial process of it. Today, I am so excited to host J.J. Howard, author of That Time I Joined the Circus. Read below to find out more about J.J. Howard and a special Top Ten post from her!
J.J. Howard is wearing headphones right now, most likely. She grew up in York, Pennsylvania, obsessed with music, movies, television, and pop culture. You can call her if you ever need to phone a friend for trivia on any of the above topics, but don’t ask about sports, because she is hopeless at those (along with math).
J.J. graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Tiffin University with an MH in Humanities. She has been some of her students’ favorite English teacher for a quite a few years (she even has a mug somewhere to prove it). THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS is her first young adult novel.
J.J. would love to hear from her readers and is always ready to trade playlists. Visit at jjhowardbooks.com.
Top Ten Characters Who Need to Catch a Break
Conflict is the heart of the story. But for some characters—especially those who appear in long-running series—it can start to feel like enough is enough. These poor folks have been betrayed, possessed, and given birth to vampire babies. At least some of them have already achieved happily-ever-after (yes, Bella, we know you’ll be pretty forever. You can go away now). But some of them are still mired in a plot mess, looking for a way out.
This poor guy keeps carrying a torch for Clary long, long after Jace shows up and majorly salts his game. And then he gets turned into a vampire. And then he gets turned into a special vampire that everyone’s out to get. And all the while he’s frozen at age sixteen. I feel bad for the guy.
This poor guy got catfished in heart-crushing way. And his life was already on the crap side.
This girl needs a break. It’s too bad she and Rogue from the X-men live in different universes, because they could totally form a support group.
Leaving the world of YA for a second, if you have watched this the brilliant-but-cancelled series, you know what I mean. Nothing goes right for Mal, who’s just trying to make a living as a petty crook. If you haven’t seen it, go stream it on Netflix. And then witness the heartbreak that is the follow-up movie, Serenity.
Winners retire for life. That’s the rule. Oh, wait a second….psych!
If you’ve never read this little gem by Peter Dickinson, it’s worth a read. But beware: poor Eva is in a terrible accident at the beginning of the book. It’s not a spoiler for me to tell you (because it’s on the dust jacket of the book) that she wakes up to find her brain has been transplanted into the body of a chimp. As you might expect, things go downhill from there.
She got stalked, crushed her best friend’s heart, was attacked by a crazy vampire, stalked by the crazy vamp’s gf, and then died giving birth to a half-vampire baby. But, at least she got her man in the end.
This poor schmuck. Carries a torch for Bella for three thousand pages, and then winds up in love with a toddler. Couldn’t he just have fallen for Leah? Geez, Meyer. Cut the kid a break.
I am stuck on book 5 of this series, primarily because I just can’t take anything else bad happening to this poor guy. When I left him he was like possessed by his half brother or something? I’m upset and confused.
Has any young adult character ever suffered so much for so long? I even cried when he wasn’t made prefect. I’m just glad J.K. gave us that epilogue. After so much heartache, no character deserved a happy ending more.
A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.
But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.
With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.
Prize #1: 2 copies of That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard; open to U.S. and Canada
Prize #2: copy of That Time I Joined the Circus; open Internationally
Contest will run from September 30th, 2013 to October 11th, 2013
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.
Holy smoking potatoes, I LOVED this book. I haven’t been able to say that in awhile, huh? I just want to shout it. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I will admit, the cover is a tiny bit confusing. I still can’t really place how it relates to the book, but that doesn’t even matter! This was….amazing. spectacular. all those stupid filler words that people use when they run out of words to talk about how great a book is. I LOVED this one!
Unbreakable is a mixture of Cassandra Clare meets Kelley Armstrong meets Rachel Caine. It’s a book that I could totally see being made into a TV show or a movie. It’s about a girl named Kennedy who just lost her mom to some freak heart failure. The next thing she knows, two random boys are breaking into her house and killing a spirit who has been sent by some demon to kill her. And the crazy part? That same spirit killed her mom. Now Kennedy is on the run with four teenagers fighting evil spirits and trying to find out where she belongs, as well as her family history. Unbreakable is full of action and suspense. I was on my toes and completely freaked out more than once. It was just, yes, amazing!
There were a couple things in this book that bothered me a little bit. 1) I didn’t love the love triangle. It’s not only that I don’t like Luk’s character, but I really just want to see more Jared and Kennedy…and I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles. 2) some sections were a little difficult to follow…but that really didn’t affect the overall book. 3) This got better in the last half, but whenever I picked the book back up it took me awhile to get back into it. Other than those 3 minor details, I loved it.
Unbreakable is super spooky and action packed. TBH, it scared the shit out of me more than once. I’m surprised I didn’t scream like a little girl. The ghost scenes were awesome and made me turn on every single light in the house. And it wasn’t just one or two of those scenes. There were a TON! It was freaking awesome!
This is one of those reviews where I don’t know what else to say except how awesome this book was. I AM SO ready for the next book! I probably have to wait like a year, huh? That sucks. I want it now. Everyone needs to go out and read this book asap. It’s great for Halloween and so unpredictable! I loved it!
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Open to US residents only. No PO boxes!
Contest will run from September 29th, 2013 to October 7th, 2013
1 winner will win a finished copy of UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia
Today, I am so excited to be hosting Magan Vernon, author of Life, Love, & Lemons. Magan has stopped by to cast some of the characters in her book. Take a look below!
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
Life, Love, & Lemons Casting
Jordan Pruitt as Bentley Evans. Bentley was a tough one to cast and I spent a lot of hours on Pinterest until I found the perfect girl. She has a cute face, the right hair, and looks like a girl that has the right amount of sweetness and sass.
Drake Bell as Kai Stone- Kai was REALLY hard since he’s half-Korean. In the end it seemed most people like my pins of Drake Bell and he had the personality to go along with goofy Kai.
Naya Rivera as Gabby- Naya plays a snarky girl on Glee, but for some reason I always pictured her as the sweet, innocent Gabby with her long eyelashes and always in a pom uniform.
Luke Benward as Jake- He kind of has the cocky smirk going for him. And that blond, spiky hair? Forget about it.
Max Schneider as Brett- He doesn’t have the full on curly hair, but has the body I imagined that Brett would have and the dimpled smile.
Jeanette McCurdy as Taylor- She may be sweet on all her Nickelodeon shows, but I think she has a dark side. The blonde hair, those eyes, yeah she could play a wicked Taylor.
Arianna Grande as Brynne- When I first saw her on Victorious I thought she was the type of girl that seemed like she would cut someone. That’s exactly how Brynne is. Though she’s gotten to a sweeter character on her new shows, I think she still has that fierce look to her.
It’s so SQUEEEE-DORABLE – Ashleyn Poston, author of Radio Hearts
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.
Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.
Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.
Today I am so excited to host Elizabeth May for the 2013 Debut Authors Bash!
Elizabeth May was born in California, where she lived during her formative years before moving to Scotland. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of St Andrews. When she isn’t writing or doing academics, she can be found with a camera in hand; her photography has been published on an array of book covers and in magazines.
She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband. THE FALCONER is her début novel. For more information, follow her on Twitter @_ElizabethMay or visit her website www.elizabethmaywrites.com
By: Elizabeth May
A lot of stories have been told about the fae. About what they are, about where they come from. It’s interesting to see how faery stories have been adopted into mainstream culture, and what aspects of the folklore have endured.
In literature, the fae are overwhelmingly forest-dwelling creatures, or spirits of nature, or are bonded to the earth; they live in hills, in faery glens – places outside human villages or cities. I suppose to the people who believed in the fae, that made cities or villages safer. It was the forests and the distant glens that were unsafe.
One of my favourite Scottish stories is about the Faery Boy of Leith (Leith being an area outside of the city of Edinburgh). It tells the tale of a boy who lived in Leith, gifted (or cursed, depending on the story) with the Sight, the ability to see faeries. He was famously known as a drummer for the fae. He would disappear into the hills surrounding Edinburgh and join the fae in their dwellings. The entrance to their world was at Calton Hill, now a prominent part of the city of Edinburgh, though back then would have been a looming hill on the outskirts.
The part of the story that struck me, as I’ve heard it recounted, is this: for centuries later it was believed that if you went to Calton Hill and laid on the ground, pressing your ear to the bare earth, you could hear the Faery Boy of Leith still drumming for his fae audience. And he will drum there for eternity.
It was that last part of the story that inspired me to make Edinburgh – which was a bustling metropolis in the Victorian era, as it is now – a place rife with faeries in my novel The Falconer. I always thought of faery stories being chalk full of juxtaposition: humans versus monsters, superstition versus enlightenment, the city/village versus the “outside”. Faeries represented the unknown, the unexpected – the horror of a child disappearing from her bed, crops suddenly dying without any reason at all, or people walking into the forest and never coming back out again.
The story of the Faery Boy of Leith made faeries a part of urban myth. They became creatures living under the city, enticing people wandering alone at night to Calton Hill. It wasn’t just the forests people had to worry about, or the glens, or the hills. The fae were right there, under the buildings and the roads. Sometimes, they were disguised as residents, too. As it turns out, the city wasn’t safe, either.
Elizabeth May is offering a copy of The Falconer, open to UK, US, Canada, and Australia.
Contest will run from September 21st, 2013 to September 28th, 2013
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.
There hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts.
Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.
THE CIRCLE’S POWER HAS LURED HER HOME…
Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witched that’s controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she’s drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that’s both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants – even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Murder Now Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Murder Then Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late?
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.
Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.
Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.
Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.
But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?
When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth? This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case–but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother–who has supernatural gifts of his own–becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick’sHush will relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history’s most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies. The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?
By Blood by Tracy E. BanghartSeries: By Blood #1Publication date: February 18th 2013Genre: YA ParanormalSynopsis:For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please. Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix. Even worse, there’s (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than drunk-kissing him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long. But when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, her vacation suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she anticipated. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom…and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners. Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is. By Blood is a novel about the ways that blood can bind us to others – or tear us apart.BOOK 2Moon Child by Tracy E. BanghartSeries: By Blood #2Publication date: August 16th 2013Genre: YA ParanormalSynopsis:Before Emma’s adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer… Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA. Then Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school. Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next? A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight…if you dare!