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Waiting on Wednesday
March 16, 2016 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #106

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….

flamecaster

The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

 

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

To be Released on April 5th by HarperCollins.

 

I’m not sure if we’ve already featured Flamecaster as a WOW, but I don’t care. I am SO EXCITED for this book. I have heard, though, that you need to have read all of the Seven Realms books before you read this. So, of course, I already have a copy of this but am unable to start it until I convince myself to read the last Seven Realms book, because I don’t want to be spoiled. It’s SO HARD, though, because I know the last Seven Realms book is probably going to make me cry…..It’s also been a long time since I’ve read books 1, 2, & 3…… I’m so excited for this one, though! I’m probably going to start book 4 this month if I get some extra free time! (laughs hysterically at that thought!)

 

Make sure you go read EVERYTHING by Cinda Williams Chima! Seriously…..she never disappoints!

Waiting on Wednesday
August 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #92

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.

Remember Me

In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

 

Remember Me by Romily Bernard

Published by HarperTeen

TBR 9/23/14

Author Interviews
April 12, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Interview with Kelley Armstrong

4fdd6f816b124ee595f6fb07a25a134eAs you all should know very well by now, I have a sick obsession with Kelley Armstrong. I just want to kidnap this lady and have her write Women of the Otherworld stories for me nonstop. Creepy? Sure. But I love her. She is, by far, my favorite author in the entire world, and I want each and every one of you to know about her, her books, her TV show, her everything. If you haven’t read her stuff before, do so. If you don’t plan to…don’t even bother talking to me. I’m SO excited to be hosting her new YA fantasy, Sea of Shadows, as our book of the month this April. Seas of Shadows was AMAZING. I didn’t even know that she could write high fantasy….but oh my goodness. I loved it!

 

7581Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of the NYT-bestselling “Women of the Otherworld” paranormal suspense series and “Darkest Powers” young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate. The darker the better.

Cats or Dogs?

Can’t pick. I have both and love both for their individual traits.

Favorite television show?

Justified.

Hardcopies or Ecopies?

Hardcopies. I have an e-reader for travel, but it doesn’t quite feel like reading.

Favorite series of all time?

Harry Potter.

Celebrity Crush?

None. Weird, I know, but I don’t ever think that way about celebs. I appreciate them for their acting or their singing etc. The last crush of that sort I had was when I was 10. Shaun Cassidy. Don’t ask.

Drink of choice?

Mochas!

Can you tell us about your book, Sea of Shadows, in 15 words or less?

Twin girls guard the Forest of the Dead, where convicts are exiled. Things go wrong.

This is your first time doing high fantasy. How much more difficult was it than the rest of your works?

I’ve read high fantasy since I was a teen, so this is the book I’ve always wanted to write. The fun part was the research—it’s based on medieval Japan. The tough part was toning down my very contemporary voice. I had to accept that it would still sound somewhat contemporary while making every effort to adjust my voice.

How long did it take you to write Sea of Shadows?

The first draft took about six months. Then I spent over a year editing it (while working on other projects.) The first in a new series always requires the most work.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The thunder hawk fight. There are two sections to it. The first was great action-packed adventure. The second started with a “hiding in the cave” scene that had some of my favorite character work and interplay.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

As I mentioned, the thunder hawk scene has two sections. They think they’ve escaped it…and they haven’t. Between those sections the two characters were walking and talking and there was some interplay there that I really liked. However, it was too much time between those action scenes, which felt jarring. So most of it got cut.

What is one of your favorite quotes from SOS?

That’s tough when it’s been half a year since I last read it. I always tell myself I need to make a note of quotes when I’m doing my proofs. I mentioned the thunder hawk scene above, so I’ll give a line from it. Not a great one, but it’ll do. “It was a shame to waste such a face and physique on such a surly—and, yes, exceedingly difficult—boy.”

The ending…oh my goodness! That ending! Is there anything you can tell us about the next book?!

It picks up a few days after that ending. Moria is, not surprisingly, growing frustrated with what she perceives as a slow response on 17236366the part of the emperor and decides to take action herself, which launches them into their next adventure.

Do you think that you would survive in the world you created in SOS?

I think I could. It’s not a dystopian society. The medieval aspects would definitely take some getting used to, but it would be interesting. I’m not sure I’d care to live there, but I’d visit.

Are we going to see some steamy scenes between Moria and Gavril or Ashyn and Ronan in the next book?

One of the problems with my YA is that I throw my characters into so much action and adventure that there’s really not a lot of time for steamy make-out scenes. They’re too busy trying to stay alive! There are a couple of those in Empire of Night. There’s more steamy stuff in the third book, where I go beyond where I have previously in YA. That’s all I’ll say 

Who was your favorite character to write about in SOS?

Moria. My favourites are rarely the narrators, because I’m writing from their point of view. But with this book, it’s dual POV and third-person, so I was able to step back a little and see and develop the narrators from more angles. I love Ashyn, but Moria wins in this contest, which may be part of the reason Ashyn feels overshadowed by her sister. Poor kid. I think, though, that I relate to Ashyn a little better, which means the connection there is too close to say I also like her better.

Are you currently working on anything else?

Tons! I’m writing the third in this trilogy now. I just finished the third in the Cainsville series and the third in the Blackwell Pages trilogy. I still have a few Otherworld projects on the go, due out late this year (an anthology, a graphic novella and a prose novella.) I’m also part of a Canadian-based project with seven authors writing from a shared premise, which gave me the chance to write a YA set in Quebec in the sixties—a real departure from my usual work.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Good question! I’ve been in editing hell, as happens every winter—I have three books on similar production schedules. So I haven’t read anything other than my own work in a while. A pre-crunch favourite of mine was Robin Wasserman’s The Waking Dark. Great Stephen-King-style horror in a YA, and as you might guess from Sea of Shadows, I’m a horror buff.

Is there anything else you’d like to say before you go?

Just thank-you for the interview. I hope readers will give Sea of Shadows a shot. HarperCollins will post a massive sneak peek—as they always do—so readers can check that out free.

 

I would just like to say that I am super proud of myself for not hounding KA about The Women of the Otherworld series or the Bitten TV show. It took all my self restraint. Go me!

 

Book of the Month
January 27, 2014 posted by Nichole

Uninvited (Uninvited #1) – Sophie Jordan

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13645645The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

 

I’m writing this review in October, and it’s absolutely KILLING me that it’s going to be exactly three months until you all can read this review. It’s taking all my self control not to just post it now, but I shall refrain myself. Uninvited was way better than I expected it to be. It was fast paced, heart pounding, and emotional. Not only that, but it was wayyyyy cool! I was hooked from the very first chapter, and I soared through it within just a couple of days.

The best way to describe this book is by part one and part two. Part one of Uninvited was 5 stars. The writing was just so gorgeous. It also had this gritty, down to earth feel to it that really resonated with me. Not only that, but ok…..the first part of this book is really emotional. I would find myself trying not to bawl my eyes out during several parts of it. The characters were so intense, so real, that everything that happened to them really struck a chord inside of me. I only wish that every book could be as amazing as the first part of Uninvited.

The second part of Uninvited was still really good, but it was also a lot different than part one. I actually found myself thinking quite a few times that they didn’t really seem to be two parts of the same book. It was definitely an unpredictable second half, but I was left wanting a little more from it. I really wanted to see more of that edginess that I felt in the first part of the book.

The characters in Uninvited were spot on. And..omg…Sean?! Hoooooooooly cow! Was that boy hot or what?! I can definitely say that I have a new book crush. I wish that there would have been a few more scene between him and Davy. I liked that the book wasn’t insta-lovey and didn’t include any love triangles, but I did want to see a little more heat. When it came down to the supporting characters, I was really impressed at how all of them had their own individual makeup. Everyone was unique, which really added to the book itself. I’m really excited to watch all those characters grow in the next book.

On a negative note, I wasn’t sold with the HTS (killing gene) concept. There were quite a few flaws in it that kind of bugged me. Not so much during the first part of the book, but it started to bother me during the second half of the book. I thought that there was a lot that wasn’t mentioned or explained very well. I just seen holes all over that concept. Here’s my thing. I like the killing gene concept. However, it didn’t seem to really exist. It seemed like everyone with HTS was a normal human being with the ability to kill under stress. Big deal, anyone has that ability. I wanted to see something a little more special about the HTS carriers. Maybe unique fighting skills, special powers, or a crazy bloodlust that crept up on them when they got too mad. I didn’t really understand why everyone was afraid of them, because it didn’t seem like it was very hard to control or contain them. So, that was a pretty big flaw for me, and that’s actually what bumped it down to a 4 instead of a 5.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The ending felt a little rushed, and I would have liked to see more of a clean cut finale, but I’m still really excited to read the next book. Of course, I probably have to wait like another year and a half until I can. I would recommend that everyone go out and read this book! It comes out tomorrow [=

 

Pages: 384

Publication Date: January 28th, 2014

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: ARC provided by publisher

Rating: : ★★★★☆

Book of the Month
November 15, 2013 posted by Nichole

Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Mindy McGinnis

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I am SO excited to host NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis as our Book of the Month for November. Not a Drop to Drink is such an amazing book, and I encourage all of you to read it! Read below for a special guest post from Mindy McGinnis [=

 

IMG_6603_print copyI’m a YA librarian and author, represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. My YA debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, is a survival tale set in a world with limited fresh water. It will be available from Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins, September 24, 2013.

I’m an avid blogger, posting six days a week to my personal blog, Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. I also do query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.

I also contribute to the group blogs From the Write Angle, Book Pregnant, Friday the Thirteeners, The Lucky 13s, The League of Extraordinary Writers and am a member of the Class of 2k13

 

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MINDY MCGINNIS

It’s always so hard for me to write posts sharing things about myself that no one really knows, and it’s not because I’m shy or private. It’s because I talk so much it’s pretty hard to come up with 10 things that I haven’t already told the world.
But I’ll try…
1) I have extremely fat thumb pads. I mean, obese. The rest of me is in good shape but I text with my index finger because my thumb pad covers four or five letters at once.
2) I made the trailer for NOT A DROP TO DRINK myself!
3) I think I have really pretty feet. It’s one of those odd things about myself that I really like, and nobody ever comments on. I’m like, “Come on, people!! Look at my feet!!!”
4) If I’m thinking really hard about something I chew my knuckles. This is one my less attractive qualities.
5) At one point in my life I’d had in the same pair of earrings for ten years. One fell out, and I don’t even know how long I was wearing one earring before I noticed. I took out the other one, completely forgot to put another pair back in, and now they’ve grown shut. Probably for the best.
6) Because I majored in Religion in college I used to be able to write and speak Koine Greek fairly fluently. Alas, lack of practice has 13112869made most of it slip away. I do remember how to say, “I am evil,” and “there’s a fish in the boat.”
7) I was on stage once with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Whose Line for the sound effects game when they were touring together. I was Brad’s sound effects and he thought he would trip me up by including a belch in the skit. He had no idea – I ripped one and he about fell over. To this day the fact that I made Brad Sherwood laugh is one of my greater accomplishments.
8) My hair is extremely thick and falls out like crazy. I’m a worse shedder than any pet you’ve had.
9) I try to work out three times a week, but sometimes I only hit two. I do weights and cardio. I tend to get really hyper focused when I’m lifting, so I’ve started counting my reps in a different language so that I can be using two different parts of my brain at the same time. It’s good exercise all around.
10) I play piano! I have fallen out of practice and I’ve never been any good at composing, but I was a decent sight reader at one time.
Author Interviews
November 8, 2013 posted by Nichole

Interview with Mindy McGinnis + Giveaway

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IMG_6603_print copyThis month we are hosting NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis as our Book of the Month. I LOVED this book so much, and I am so excited to have Mindy on the site! Read below for an interview with Mindy McGinnis. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

 

I’m a YA librarian and author, represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. My YA debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, is a survival tale set in a world with limited fresh water. It will be available from Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins, September 24, 2013.

I’m an avid blogger, posting six days a week to my personal blog, Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. I also do query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.

I also contribute to the group blogs From the Write Angle, Book Pregnant, Friday the Thirteeners, The Lucky 13s, The League of Extraordinary Writers and am a member of the Class of 2k13.

 

Favorite TV show? Right now, Breaking Bad. I’m going to miss it.

Celebrity Crush? I don’t really do celebrity crushes. In order to be attracted to someone I have to like their personality, and I don’t think you can really know a celebrity just by watching all their movies / interviews.

Cats or Dogs? Cats, but I do love my dog dogs too.

Summer or Winter? Fall!

Favorite Dessert? I’m a donut person.

Best compliment you’ve received for Not a Drop to Drink? My favorite one line review so far has been “This book… my heart!”

Ebook or Hardcopy? I’m tactile. I want to hold a book.

Can you tell us about your book, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, in 10 words or less? A post-apoc survival story in a world with little water.

What was your favorite scene to write? Anything with the character of Stebbs in it. He would walk into any scene and take control making the other characters react to him, which made it very easy to write.

I’m assuming that NOT A DROP TO DRINK is going to be a standalone? There are no cliffhangers in DRINK, all the plot 13112869lines are tied off. So, yes, this book begins and ends Lynn’s story.

Are you currently working on anything else? This summer I signed another two book deal with Katherine Tegen Books for 2015 and 2016 releases. They’re both fairly research heavy, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading on nefarious topics lately.

The ending of this book blew. my. mind. I think that my mouth was hanging open for like the last 3 chapters. What made you take the route you did? Most of the time when I’m writing I just write. I don’t plot, or outline. I let the story tell itself and I don’t try to control it. When the end came about I knew something bad was going to happen, but I didn’t know what. Then it happened and I thought, “Oh man… that was tough stuff.”

Were you looking for a more realistic approach? That comes into it, too. After it was written I knew it was how it should be though. I never considered changing it.

Was it difficult for you to kill of a character that you were so connected to? Not really, and that’s where the realism comes in. This is a harsh world… somebody had to go.

I could totally see Not a Drop to Drink as a movie. Have their been any nibbles? Not yet!

If you could choose any actor to star as some of the main characters, who would you choose? Nobody. I don’t actually see my characters or cast them in my the way a lot of people do. It’s just not how I operate. If you notice, I usually don’t even describe them much. I want my readers to picture them however they see them.

What is the best book that you’ve read recently? ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn and CHARM & STRANGE by Steph Kuehn are both amazing.

What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to? My crit partner’s debut! STITCHING SNOW by RC Lewis!! I’ve read it already, of course, but it’s awesome and I can’t wait to hold it!!

What is currently in your TBR pile? What isn’t? My TBR pile is currently about 40 books deep. Um… at the top right now is ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake and BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Tucholke.

 

Giveaway:

HarperTeen is offering 1 copy of Not a Drop to Drink to a U.S. resident

Giveaway will run from November 8th, 2013 to November 15th, 2013

 

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Cover of the Week #124
Cover of the Week
June 21, 2013 posted by Nichole

Cover of the Week #124

You should never judge a book by its cover.

Sure…but they never said we couldn’t admire them. Cover of the Week pays homage to the beautiful and eye catching graphics that grace the covers of our young adult titles.

This week’s cover of the week goes to Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Release Date: March, 2014

 

13645645You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.