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Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Contests, Reading | 2 comments

Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT! I’m extremely excited to share the cover for Wonderland with you! Wonderland is a retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story, with a scifi twist, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the original tale. This book is the first in the Intergalactic Fairy Tales series by Robert McKay. It will be available on August 20th, but you can win your copy early by entering the giveaway in this post! Also in this post is a link to get a free sample of Wonderland so you can whet your appetite while you wait to win the giveaway. So, without further ado, here is the cover.   Drum roll….   … … … … … … … … … …     WONDERLAND (Intergalactic Fairy Tales) Teenage Alice didn’t mean to end up on Wonderland, but the living spaceship she commandeered had other plans, and he was very late. Abandoned on an unfamiliar planet, Alice’s first day as a space pirate has fallen into madness. Caterpillars? Mad hatters? A Jabberwock? A queen known for chopping off heads? Alice must face all Wonderland can throw at her if she’s to take back possession of The White Rabbit and leave Wonderland in one piece. Publish Date: August 20, 2015   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Thanks so much for checking out the cover. I hope you enjoy your chapter sampler. Oh, and good luck winning the giveaway!    ...

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Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

So, I review this book on my blog this morning, but I wanted to share the goodness with you here because hello, there’s a book giveaway where YOU can win a copy!! Two, I really loved this and wanted to share it with you. Check it out! First off, I have just read your new favorite book. Have you heard of Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly? I’ve actually never read anything from Tina Connolly before but I can assure you that now, I’ll be reading pretty much everything that shoots from this woman’s fingers. Let me give you the details… About the Book SERIOUSLY WICKED by Tina Connolly The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too? Pub. Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Tor Teen Buy This Book Now Before You’re Turned Into a Toad:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads Review   First off, if you’re looking for a fun, quirky read, look no further! Seriously Wicked is seriously freaking fantastic! I was absolutely in love with this book from page one. I think what I love about this book the most is this book is the author, Tina Connolly’s world building. She managed to make this fantastic setting, full of magic, teen angst, mischief, and love and it’s so completely believable. I think it’s rare that an author can build a magical setting like this and have it be completely believable. Miss Connolly did it flawlessly. It’s not easy to write dragons and pixies and werewolves and have your readers be like, “Yeah, okay, I believe it.” And I did. I believed it and I loved it. I think part of the reason that Tina’s world building is so amazing is that she creatively has come up with these tiny little details that make the story so believable. For example, witches use Witchipedia to look things up. Not Wikipedia. It had me giggling. But it’ s things like this that only make you love the story and the world even more.   I could go on FOR DAYS about Tina’s writing voice. It. Is. Amazing. On the first page alone, I was giggling about dragons and magic and witches. I was completely in love with and cared about the main character Cam, right from the beginning. I like Cam because she’s fun, she’s smart and she’s not a whiney, someone-come-save-me kinda girl. Even the secondary characters are fantastic. I absolutely adored Jenah! And can we all applaud that Tina managed to write a teen that actually had a parental figure that the MC likes and can take advice from? LOL. I think Seriously Wicked is a super unique read because I feel like there aren’t that many witch stories out there right now that mix contemporary magic and setting...

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Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

I admit, I was shocked and excited when I heard about Losing It: A Collection of VCards. In my opinion, it seems like sex in YA literature is still taboo and in my personal opinion, it shouldn’t be. I think that YA has the capability to be smart, interesting, deep, serious, funny, and everything in between. To act like sex, or drugs, or disorders, or smiles, or mischief, or FILL IN THE BLANK doesn’t happen in teens is severely underestimating today’s youth. Which is why I was so thrilled to hear that someone was brave enough to put together Losing It: A Collection of VCards. Here is a little more about it.   22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love. In this YA/NA crossover collection, all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way! Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.  Stories include excerpts and extended material—ALL NEW CONTENT—featuring the following YA novels & authors: The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer The Runes Series by Ednah Walters The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott Forged Series by A.O. Peart The Arotas Series by Amy Miles Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish   Losing It: A Collection of VCards is available now! Amazon US Amazon UK Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo      Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards If you follow me on Goodreads, (if you don’t, add me and let’s be Goodreads friends!) you’ve probably already seen my review but here it is. I absolutely love this anthology collection. A lot of people seem to have problems with sex in YA but I don’t get it. Sex happens. And we only make it more taboo by not talking about it to teens. This book is full of sweet first times, steamy scenes, and true blue love. What I love even more about it, is that the characters are from larger works by each other. I really connected with a few of these characters (and some I already loved like Helen Boswell’s). I’m able now, to head over to those books and read more about those characters. I think this book makes a fantastic companion to these authors books for readers who want a more sensitive, personal insight. I thought this anthology was done perfectly, respectfully, and edited fantastically. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read, if you’re looking for some Valentine’s day fun, or if you have a curious teen. Enjoy! I know I did.       Have you read Losing It: A Collection of VCards? Do you have an opinion about sex in YA? Let me know in the comments...

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Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reading, Waiting on Wednesday, Young Adult | 0 comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting reads. Just last year I read a book that I fell absolutely in love with called Forget Me by K.A. Harrington. After I read it I had a complete book hangover because 1) It was phenomenal and 2) There really wasn’t another book out like it. So imagine my glee when I came across a fantastic list of young adult books out in 2015. It was there that I discovered Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel.   In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.   Add this to your Goodreads About Anne Heltzel Anne Heltzel was born in Warren, Ohio. A Notre Dame graduate, she moved to NYC in 2006 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. In New York, she found lots of like-minded, creative types. It was home. It was a natural transition, then, to her first job in book publishing and later to a division of Penguin Group, where she was a fiction editor until September, 2012 (with a short sabbatical in 2009). Anne lived in India from September 2009-December 2010. She hopes to return as soon and as often as possible. In Bombay she acquired her dog, Mochi, who came back with her to Brooklyn. His name means “cobbler” in Hindi, but it also refers to a gelatinous type of Japanese rice cake, generally filled with ice cream. Anne now lives and writes in Paris. Okay, I’ve never read anything from Anne Heltzel but this sounds F-ING AMAZING. Like, the moment I discovered this book I grabbed my laptop and locked myself in my room so that I could blog about it. No joke. What do you think? Will you be reading it? Does anyone want to help me break into Houghton Mifflin Harcourt so that we can read this before June 2015?...

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The Healing Power of Queer YA by Chelsea Pitcher (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Writing, Young Adult | 1 comment

The Healing Power of Queer YA by Chelsea Pitcher (Plus a Giveaway!)

Today’s post begins with two statements: 1. You want to read this book. 2. You should enter this giveaway pronto.   Alright – I’ll give you a third. If you haven’t read Chelsea Pitcher, you are truly missing out. You may recall we reviewed her debut novel THE S-WORD last year. If you’re not much of a contemporary fan, today will rock your socks off.   The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher   Series: Faerie Revolutions #1 Release date: November 8th 2014 Publisher: Flux Purchase: Amazon    Synopsis via Goodreads: A Kingdom at War . . .   Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”   A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .   To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love. Muse KJ’s Thoughts Ever read a book and know, just know, you can’t write a review to properly praise it? This is one of those books. The tale is told in both the voices of Elora, a young Faerie princess, and Taylor, a mere mortal boy. The two meet by chance. Is he the sacrifice she’s been asked to find? Is she what can finally pull him from his guilt and grief? The voice is authentic, honest, and elegant. I couldn’t help but do what I would have deemed impossible previously – comparing her gift of words to Margaret Atwood’s. It takes great talent to be able to weave more than just plot into a well crafted story, but this something Chelsea Pitcher pulls off as smoothly as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Perhaps even more so, when you realize this isn’t done is the easier format of a dystopia, but instead an urban fantasy. This is a story with the ability to truly affect you, in addition to it being an entertaining and enjoyable read. Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people. I know I’ll be back later to write a more thorough review, because (at least for me) this is one of those rare gems that you can think about for ages and still come up with new ideas. This is easily one of my favorite books of 2014 – and will be one of my most gifted books this holiday season. The Healing Power of Queer YA When I was sixteen, I fell in love with a girl. Four and a half years later, it ended. And for some time after, I didn’t even want to look at a book about two girls falling in love, let alone read one. It wasn’t that I was swearing off girls forever (how would one even do such a thing? And why?) I was just heartbroken, and I didn’t want to return to where I’d been. Not yet. Then time went by. First weeks, then months, then years. And during this time, I still read books. I read lots of books! I just didn’t read books about two girls in love. I didn’t even read books about two boys in love. I didn’t want to read about the hardships surrounding coming out, the searching for a sense of identity,...

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The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing (And A Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Reading, Writing | 4 comments

The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing (And A Giveaway)

The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing I’ve heard critics complain that authors of Young Adult and New Adult books drone on and on about what each and every character is wearing. These critics cut down our books as mindless dribble that wastes words on telling readers that the character has on a blue shirt. I disagree with those know-it-all haters who make these claims. In the world of YA and NA, fashion choices can be important in the story. Admittedly, there are times that the mention of what the character has on offers nothing but a few extra words. However, many times the mention of the character’s ripped jeans and Metallica T-shirt is a way to convey the personality and likes of the character. Still other times, clothing plays a key role in the story. Think of The Selection. Even the covers of that series are about what the main character wears. In Cloven, I have one particular dress that becomes an important player in the story. It’s a dress that Anya is forced to wear to meet Lucifer. Here’s a snippet of the scene:   Within minutes, Iona has my hair pulled up and the pink ribbon tied to my head like a headband. “We’d best get you dressed, Miss.” She finds a strapless bra and a pair of lacy underwear in a drawer. As I slip them on, she unties the dress bag. Yards of puffy, pink tulle leach from the white bag. When she pulls out the dress, the ruffles slide out like a man-eating flower searching for a meal. “I’m not wearing that thing.” When I go into the bathroom to get my clothes, Micah stands up from the tub. The sight of him naked and dripping with water knocks the wind out of me. I look away and snatch my dirty clothes off the floor. When I return to the bedroom, Iona is wringing her hands. “You can take that thing back to Dahlia.” “Oh, no, please. She’ll have me beaten if you’re not dressed when she’s ready to leave.” I throw my dirty pants and cammy on the bed. “I’m wearing my own clothes.” “No. I beg you.” Iona’s face loses its color. “Please put on the pretty dress. It belonged to the mistress in the Kingdom of Heaven. She’s being quite generous to allow you to wear it.” The desperate look on Iona’s face tugs at my heart. I don’t want to get her in trouble. I’m sure Dahlia will have her beaten if I don’t put on the dress. I glare at the giant pink monstrosity spilled on the floor. It’s the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen. “How do I get that thing on?” She unbuttons the back and opens the dress for me to step into it. When she lifts it up my body and buttons it, I can feel the hideous thing eating away at my self-esteem. Micah walks in the room, dressed in the white button down shirt and black pants. His face expresses my sentiments. “That dress is …” He looks down to button his shirt. “I don’t have the words to describe it.” His reaction is the cherry on top of the ugly gown. I’m mortified. Micah makes his way to me and takes my hand. “I’ve seen the elders dress this way. They always receive the highest compliments.” I step away from him, hold out my arms and spin around, causing the ruffles to fluff out even more. “Okay,” I say, stumbling to stay on two feet. “I want to hear an honest compliment.”...

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