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Waiting on Wednesday
May 28, 2014 posted by Emma

Waiting on Wednesday #81

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


The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)


An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Published by Greenwillow Books

To be released on June 10, 2014

Author Interviews
January 16, 2014 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Sophie Jordan


I am so excited to be featuring Uninvited by Sophie Jordan as our January Book of the Month. I LOVED this book! Seriously…it’s just amazing from start to finish. Uninvited is like nothing that Sophie has ever written before….and I cannot WAIT for all of you to read. With that being said, I am thrilled to be hosting Sophie Jordan today! Check out her interview below!


89439Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.


Winter or Summer?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Cats or Dogs?
Celebrity Crush?
Chris Hemsworth
Current Favorite Movie?
Current? The Bourne Legacy
I’ve got tons of oldies: Love Actually, 28 Days Later, Shawshank Redemption
Current Favorite Song?
Say Something
Favorite Celebrity Couple?
Any and all that are still together.
Favorite TV Show?
So many!! Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Teen Wolf
Vampires or Werewolves?
Werewolves – nod to Teen Wolf here!
Harry or Ron?
Mac or PC?
I work on both – ha!
Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Hardcopies or Ebooks?
Can you tell us about your latest book, UNINVITED, in 15 words or less?
Near-future, scarily realistic, empathetic protagonist, sexy boy, heavy themes.
Uninvited is pretty different from your Firelight series. It’s more focused in a sci fi/dystopia type of world. Was it more or less difficult to stray away from the paranormal genre?
It’s been a nice change, but I always love me some paranormal shifters in my books (and shows). 😉 I miss that a little, but had a great time doing something different. And UNINVITED is very different.
Uninvited is part of a 2 book series. You don’t see a lot of those around. Why not 3 books?
Three books is a huge investment … for the writer and for the reader. As a reader, I often make it to book two in a series, but not book three. This is actually a sentiment I’m hearing from a lot of readers these days. It was just really liberating to write a duology … and more natural to view my overall story as taking place in two parts. I don’t think Davy’s story could have been told in three books … but two books felt just right in my gut.
Do you have a name or release date for the second book in the series?
I do have a title, but I don’t have the green light to announce it yet. It should release a year after UNINVITED, so give or take a week. Either late Jan or early Feb.
When I was reading Uninvited, I found myself wondering about the people without HTS who committed crimes. Were they treated as severely as people with HTS? Did those occurrences even happen?
There are people who commit crimes w/o HTS, but as they’re out of the scope of the Wainwright Agency (the agency that polices HTS carriers), they’re not really “target-able”. Nothing can be done until after the fact. The HTS carriers are targeted because they can be identified and monitored.
My favorite part of Uninvited was Sean. Sighhhh. He was just the essence of perfection. Are we going to see a  lot more scenes between him and Davy in the next book?
Hmmm … Sean is there and you will see a lot of Davy. You don’t really want spoilers, do you? 😉
And what about Davy’s ex-boyfriend and old friends? Are they going to reappear in the second book?
Yes … and no. You will have some closure on those characters…I can tell you that much. The book is going to go in some surprising directions. Brace yourself.
Did any music inspire you while writing Uninvited?
I use a general playlist most of the time when I write. It’s always growing/changing.
If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters in Uninvited, who would you choose?
I don’t usually have specific actors in mind when I write … although I have thought that Sean could be a young Chris Hemsworth…
What else are you working on? Do you have another YA series planned for after the Uninvited series?
I’m working on my third book in my new adult series right now … but I am also cooking up a new YA idea.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Hm. Probably A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
 I’ve got an ARC of Christina Lee’s Before You Break up next.
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.

Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza
Book Reviews
March 14, 2013 posted by Nichole

Mila 2.0 – Debra Driza

10222362Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.


I have been dying for Mila 2.0 for months now. I love dystopia/sci fi types of books..not to mention that the cover of Mila 2.0 is so freakin cool! The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Mila. She lives in the middle of nowhere on a ranch with her mom. Her dad just died in a horrible fire, and she is now the new girl at school. But soon there is an accident that reveals that Mila is not exactly human.

Now Mila and her mom are on the run from the government, who actually created Mila. At the same time, Mila is having a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that she is an android, especially when she feels so human. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that force Mila to accept the fact that is she an android, but still having to embrace the humanity in her as well.


There are four parts to Mila 2.0. The first part starts off a little bit slowly. That’s where most of the foundation is laid. That’s where we learn about Mila’s fake life…and then we slowly start to learn that Mila is different. But it’s during the second, third and fourth parts that Mila 2.0 is a jaw dropper.

I had a really hard time putting this book down, because it was so action packed. During the last quarter of part 1 the action starts, and then it. never. stops. So many twists and turns and “woah” moments are thrown at you in this book. I swear it like put my blood pressure way higher than it needed to be. My heart pounded, my palms sweated, and I was just in complete and utter awe.

Those of you who are way into books that have hot and heavy romances will be a little disappointed with Mila 2.0. There were two potential love interests that were introduced, Hunter and Lucas, but there was really no real romance or love triangle going on in the book. Hunter is only in the book for a very brief period of time, and Lucas plays a bigger role during the last half of the book,  but there was no real attraction between him and Mila. I’m expecting that the second book will be a lot more focused on the romance factor, but it just didn’t happen in this one.

What I loved about Mila 2.0 is that I never could guess anything that was going to happen. In most books, the action scene is toward the end and predictions are made way in advance, but Mila 2.0 has a million action scenes. So many things are happening in this book, and there are so many twists and turns, that I just never knew what to expect. There were even a couple things that I guessed in the beginning of the book that never even happened. I was always on my toes, and I loved it.

I did have a slight problem with the torture scenes that are introduced when Mila is brought to the government facility. Don’t worry…there’s no gore or nastiness that happens during this book, but I really didn’t know what to expect with those scenes. I really wanted to skim those pages, because I was so flippin nervous, but I forced myself to sit through them…even if my eyes were scrunched up a little bit.

I also had a problem with Mila’s obsession with Hunter, because he really wasn’t in the book for that long. I know that he played a small part in the first few chapters, but then he just wasn’t around for like over 300 pages. And Mila was just always going on about him, and I was like seriously? You met this guy for like 2 days. Big whoop. So I did have a slight problem with that. I also didn’t fall in love with Lucas. Hopefully that changes in the second book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. I’m obsessed over this book and this series, and I just want more. I’m actually pretty devastated that I read Mila 2.0 already, because now I probably have to wait like a year for the second one. My advice to readers who pick up this book is to just push throughthe first so many chapters when she doesn’t really know about herself yet. Once you get through that, things pick up pretty quickly and never stop. Go read this book. It’s out in stores already, so no excuses!

Pages: 480

Publication Date: March 12th, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: “The room was a small square of hopelessness.
A flash of red. And then:
Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.
I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.” 




Author Interviews
January 27, 2011 posted by Christina

Interview with Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the author of the fantastic new novel, Across the Universe, which is our January Book of the Month! She was nice enough to take time out for a quick Q&A.

Amy and Elder’s life on the Godspeed is incredibly fascinating – where did the idea for the story come from?

The entire story revolves around the ending. I had an idea for that twisty end, and everything else—the setting, the characters, the plot—all of it came about as a way to make that ending happen.

During the early planning stages of the story who came first – Amy or Elder?

Elder. Originally, the first chapter was told in his point of view, and his voice was the easiest for me to write at first. I had to go through rather a lot of revision and rewriting with Amy—it took me awhile to figure her out, but once I had her voice down, she actually became the easier character to write.

There’s a lot of technical info about the way the ship works as well as biology, genes, space travel seen in the book, you must’ve done a lot of research before writing the book?

I had to research mostly in terms of what we don’t have and why we don’t have it. For example, I had to research why cryogenic freezing doesn’t work now (the cell walls burst when frozen) and then invent something that would make it work (the infamous “blue goo” Amy encounters in Chapter 1). In some ways, this made things easier for me—since it’s fiction, I got to do a lot of creative inventing to make the science work, and could use my imagination rather than facts.

During the Plague the ship was cut off from communications with Earth – was that someone’s doing or a computer malfunction?

Oh dear….I’m afraid I’m not going to tell you. That is something that will be addressed in the future books, though!

Most of the reviews on other blogs and on Goodreads are 4 or 5 star ratings, are you surprised by the warm reception?

Happily so! It’s so terrifying to send creative work out into the world. Even though I’m fully aware that writing and reading is an entirely subjective thing, there’s so much of me in my work that to see someone not like it feels like a personal insult when I know logically it isn’t. The wonderful reception AtU has received so far has made me thrilled beyond belief and just confirmed my idea that I have the very best readers in the whole world.

I’m sure it’s still top secret at this stage but is there anything you can share about what we can expect from the next book?

I can only say that at least 2 things you think are true from the first book….are actually lies.

And lastly, let’s finish on a fun one….crunchy or smooth peanut butter? (Would they have that on Godspeed?)

Crunchy for me! Peanuts are a crop that would be easy (and necessary) for the residents to grow, so I imagine there’s lots of peanut butter around Godspeed—and since peanut butter is so easy to make, I’d say that they can have it either way they want, crunchy or smooth!

Thank you Beth! Check out our review of Across the Universe here and Beth’s guest blog here.

There’s still time to enter our Across the Universe giveaway too, click here to enter.

Book of the Month
January 6, 2011 posted by Christina

Across the Universe – Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone–one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship–tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

Not to be confused with the song by the Beatles, Across the Universe is the debut novel by author Beth Revis. Combing elements of sci-fi, dystopia, romance and murder mystery and sticking them within the confines of the spaceship, Godspeed – 2011’s most anticipated releases start off with a bang.

The story is told alternating between the perspectives of sixteen year old Elder – who is next in line as the leader of the ship, and Amy – who till now was part of the cargo having been cryogenically frozen 250 years ago, to be woken up when the ship landed. Only thing is, she’s been woken up 50 years too soon by someone attempting to kill her….and she was only first on their list.

Amy is unlike anyone Elder has ever seen before – literally. Since the ship has been working with the same gene pool for 250 years everyone has become mono ethnic. So when Amy is violently woken up in all her red haired, fair skinned glory, Elder’s world is turned on its head.

But don’t think that the love story is a done deal. Amy is freaked out by her situation. Not only will she have to live out the rest of her days as an outcast on ship that makes a poor imitation of the Earth she knew, but she’ll also probably outlive her parents who are still frozen below.

Elder has his own set of problems, as the next in charge his mentor and current leader, Eldest has taught him very little about the ship and it’s many secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth about the ship and who is killing the frozens, he discovers just who he can trust and a lot more than he bargained for.

Usually a dystopia or sci-fi (in this case, a mix) can be a bit disorientating to read since there’s so much concept and world building that you need to grasp but Revis lets the world form completely seamlessly. The dual perspectives worked perfectly with a brilliantly plotted storyline that had so many twists and turns, weaving in the issues of free will, corruption and control, all of which made it feel haunting and disturbing in all the right places.

Our main characters are both strong and fierce, I loved that their emotions were completely real, especially Amy who does not automatically adjust to her new surroundings. She struggles with her fear, anger and confusion as well as with the four walls now containing her, which is exactly how anyone would feel. Though I found it a little creepy that she always referred to her father as Daddy, I still really liked her.

For Elder, up until now he’s felt more like a child than a future leader and really grows throughout the book, becoming what he was born to be. I loved that they weren’t in an all consuming love at first sight (well, maybe Elder was…;) ) relationship which would’ve made it feel fake. They have a lot of potential together and I really want to see what happens next.

It’s an epic dystopian sci fi that’ll make you very thankful your feet are planted firmly on Earth. It’s evocative and haunting but basically, it’s a frexing awesome book.

Pages: 398
Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Challenge: Debut Author
Rating: : ★★★★½

Teaser Quote: “And the whoosh! The flash freeze filled the tiny chamber. I was in ice. I was ice. I am ice.

But if I’m ice, how am I conscious?… I can’t be awake for three hundred and one years. I’ll never survive that.”

Author Interviews
November 22, 2010 posted by Christina

Interview with Lara Morgan

Lara Morgan is the author of the thrilling new novel, Genesis, the first book in the Rose Black Chronicles.

Set five hundred years into the future, the story follows Rosie Black as she deals with a world much different from the one we know.
The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”.

Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and will kill to get it.

Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run. But who can she trust? Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss?

From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box – before it’s too late.

**As always, beware of a few small spoilers**

Genesis has elements of both dystopia and sci fi, and does it quite well, what drew you to writing a book in those genres and where did the idea for Genesis come from?

I’ve been a fan of dystopian futures for years (I think it has to do with being a teenager in the 80s when we were all convinced the Cold War was going to end with a nuclear winter) and although I’m generally a positive person when I look at the way the world is today, I don’t hold out much hope for any kind of utopian future. Given the environmental damage we’ve inflicted, and our politicians’ short term policies for dealing with it, I can’t see any other alternative than for a fairly bleak future. That concern about our environment, the climate change debate, is really where the idea for Genesis came from. I’d been reading a lot of books about it and wanted to explore a future where we are dealing with the possible fallout from our present mistakes.

From the Melt, to Pip, to Riley, the actions of the past have made a huge impact on not only the story and the world but also for the characters personal lives – was that something you wanted to highlight to readers?

The past always informs the present and the more interesting or challenging a past, the higher the stakes are in the present. I like to write about consequence, for both characters and the worlds I create, so having had awful things happen in the past creates for more interesting characters and a more interesting world.

How much research did you do before starting Genesis?

A lot. I’ve always had an interest in space but I’m no scientist so I had to do heaps of research on that. I read a lot of books on climate change and I also had to research Mars, space exploration and try to get my head around the physics of the solar system and travel within it. I have a whole stack of books on astrophysics on my shelf now to add to my collection.

Will we get to hear more of Yuang’s back story?

You will get to hear more about Helios which will lead to a better understanding of why Yuang was the way he was, but Yuang himself, of course, is not in book two.

I was getting the feeling that Riley and Aunt Essie could be a good couple, am I wrong?

You’re not wrong, but love is complicated so let’s not pressure them into anything!

We’re left with a lot of unanswered question and unresolved issues (that I’m dying to get to the bottom of), what can we expect from the next book?

Equinox is going to go further into what/who Helios is and also offer up some new challenges for Rosie. Pip will return but there is also a new boy, Dalton, and the fight against Helios moves into the wild lands of the north, known as Gondwana Nation. Rosie will find out that not everything is as black and white as she thought and she’s going have to make a choice that will alter the course of her future.

In your acknowledgments you mentioned Isobelle Carmody (who I am also a big fan of), what was it like having her input/advice?

Isobelle’s advice was absolutely invaluable. She saw Genesis in its very early stages in 2007 and was really supportive which I very much needed at that stage. I’d been writing for adults beforehand and she gave me the best advice anyone’s who is writing for young adults can get which is; never let your adult characters take over from your teenage protagonist. Oh, and she is a totally awesome person as well, just in case you were wondering.

Any quirky writing rituals or habits? Where do you prefer to write? Cafe, at home…etc

I can’t write in noisy crowded places like cafes, I have to be at my desk or in a quiet place, but I must, must have tea. The writing day starts when I have a cup of tea sitting on my desk, a little to the left as I’m left handed. Irish breakfast, loose leaf, white, no sugar, thanks.

What’s currently in your to-read pile?

Fallen by Lauren Kate, The Poison Diaries by Wood Northumberland, Slights by Kaaron Warren and some research for a future project: Lilith the First Eve and The Book of Enoch

Thanks Lara! Genesis is available in store in Australia and New Zealand and online for international readers.

Book Reviews
November 13, 2010 posted by Christina

Genesis – Lara Morgan (Rosie Black Chronicles, Book 1)

“Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”.

Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and will kill to get it.

Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run. But who can she trust? Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss?

From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box – before it’s too late.”

Life’s not easy in Rosie Black’s world.

The Melt has devastated the earth and sunken all the coastal cities and forced society into a crippling caste system of the haves, “The Centrals” and the have-nots, “The Bankers”. As a Banker, Rosie and her dad struggle to survive after the shattering loss of Rosie’s mother to the MalX disease.
The world as Rosie Black knows it is very different from the one we know today, and the contents of a seemingly harmless little box are about to turn that world upside down.

The box contains a secret, one so incriminating that the powerful Helios corporation will stop at nothing to get back in their possession. But they’re not the only ones who want to get their hands on it. As it becomes clear that Rosie and her family’s safety is in jeopardy she finds herself on the run without knowing who exactly she’s running from or to where. As she falls into the web of the schemes and plots of others, Rosie must put her trust in Pip, a shady and much too attractive Feral (the outcasts of society) and his boss Riley, a man who keeps his cards, and true identity, close to his chest.

Rosie soon realizes that the situation is bigger than all of them as they race to Mars to put a stop to actions that could have devastating consequences.

Genesis is the very impressive first book in the Rosie Black Chronicles, Lara Morgan’s first foray into young adult fiction. Morgan’s dystopia paints a bleak picture of a society where the people are on the one hand, living in gleaming skyscrapers, making progress in medicine, technology and the colonization of Mars, yet at the same time the other half are struggling in poverty and desperation.

The story is gripping and complex as we uncover the layers of conspiracy and hidden agendas within Helios and to what extent each character has played a part in these schemes.  Genesis at times had a very Hunger Games feel, not just with a strong female like Rosie but also with the author’s no holds barred approach to certain characters.

Like all good villains the one in Genesis is not only not apparent at first, but also has motives that sound logical but are obviously misguided. Our villain is also cold and ruthless, but needed a bit more explanation into what made him so, which will hopefully be seen in the next book.

To balance out the breathless action, we see Rosie as well as Pip battle with their emotions as they come to terms with their pasts and the current circumstance they find themselves in. The relationships between characters felt very organic and believable, and not just in the romantic sense. But, behind Pip’s demeanor and endless, obnoxious flirting could there be real feelings?

Genesis is fabulous novel that takes on the dystopia/sci fi concept and does it well. We have a strong female lead in Rosie and plenty of unresolved issues (and feelings) to take us through to the next book.

Pages: 454
Publication Date: October 2010
Rating: : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote:   “Grunts know how to hit, don’t they?”
The heat in her skin seemed to spread suddenly all over and her heart rate spiked making the machine beep faster. “Get off.”
“You sure?” He glanced at the machine.
“Get. Off.”