Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blog Hop: Stuck in a Good Book Hop




We are proud to be participating in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and I Am A Reader Not A Writer.  I'm so glad you've stopped by! I hope you'll spend a little time checking out our sweet blog right after you sign up to win...








If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series





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Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


One winner will win their choice of an e-copy of UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley or an e-copy of MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr.


These two books recently made me neglect everything around my house until I finished them.  Pretty sure that's the pure definition of being stuck in a book.  Doing dishes is way overrated anyway.


To enter this giveaway fill out the Rafflecopter form after the break.  Open internationally.  Be sure to visit the other participants. There are some really great stops!


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr



Welcome to our stop on the MADE FOR YOU blog tour! I'm super excited to be share my review with you today because I l-o-v-e-d this book so much!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by the superstar duo behind Rockstar Book Tours.



     090/8/2014- Katie's Book BlogScavenger Hunt
     09/09/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview
     09/10/2014- Fire and IceScavenger Hunt
     09/11/2014- Reading with ABCReview
     09/12/2014- BookHounds YAScavenger Hunt

     09/15/2014- Ticket to AnywhereReview
     09/16/2014- FiktshunScavenger Hunt
     09/17/2014- Seeing Night ReviewsReview
     09/18/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsScavenger Hunt
     09/19/2014- Fictitious DeliciousReview
       




THE BOOK


MADE FOR YOU
by Melissa Marr
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Mystery
Pages: 368

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her? 

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.







THE REVIEW


I'm starting this review with a confession that might make you question my authenticity as a YA reader. Guys. This is the first Melissa Marr book I've read. I KNOW. I'm lame, okay? But, listen. It will most certainly NOT be my last.

Marr's writing is flawless. I picked this book up hoping that I could get a few chapters in before I fell asleep and ended up reading for two hours before I made myself put it down.  I was completely submersed (and creeped the eff out!) in Eva's world.  There have been so many references to this story as being southern gothic and I you'll feel that.  It wasn't as strong as, say, Beautiful Creatures, but it's there and it's importance in how the characters behave was an important part of the story.  This northern girl loves to see the juxtaposition in ways of life.

Some of you already know my reputation for being a scaredy cat when it comes to things that go bump in the night. The creepy factor is pretty big in MADE FOR YOU. Our villain, the aptly named Judge, believes that God is directing him to do sacrifice (ie--murder) a whole lot of people in the name of love for one Eva Tilling.  Eva is crush worthy, don't get me wrong. But WHOA CRAZY TOWN. Ack-bay off with the Urder-may.  There's something about people who claim their wrongdoing is okay because God told them it was okay that makes me even more afraid of them. How are you going to stop that?  

Like all good mysteries (I'm totally digging this new-to-me genre!) there is a cast of secondary characters that will leave you questioning their every move.  What I loved about this story in particular is that the big reveal of who the crazy town murderer with the direct line to God happens about 2/3 of the way in.  I could get rid of the "whodunnit" question that took up half my brain space and, instead, bite my nails down to nubs while I watched the rest of the story unfold. It's a very exciting run to the end that will have you tearing through the pages to see if the THINGS you think will happen actually do happen. 

For what it's worth, I did NOT guess the killer correctly.  Let me know if you do.  



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.

Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011. Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.

With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.

Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.

Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.


Find Melissa:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




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THE GIVEAWAY

1 winner will receive a full set of the 5 Wicked Lovely series and the Wicked Lovely companion book (all paperback) as well as a hardcover copy of Made For You. US Only

1 winner will receive a paperback of Graveminder & of Arrivals, as well as a hardcover copy of Made For You. US Only.


1 winner will receive a hardcover of Made For You.US ONLY.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour: THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER by Beth Cato



Hello & welcome to THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER blog tour. I'm so thrilled to be on the tour! We're honored to be hosting Beth Cato for a fun Q&A today.  So, pull up a chair, a cup of coffee & watch me work my magic in getting the all the secrets from Beth! ( <-- That's a lie.) Oh! Be sure to enter to the giveaway, too!



THE BOOK



Release date: September 16, 2014

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 368


Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.









THE INTERVIEW

Fictitious Delicious: If you could switch lives for a day with someone else, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Beth Cato: Wow, that's an intense question. I think I'd like to slip into the life of someone in the vicinity of Frederick Douglass, the great late 19th century abolitionist and orator. I would love to hear him speak and get a deeper understanding of that turbulent period of American history.

WOW! I feel so...immature to admit that my first thought was Kate Hudson so I could give Matt Bellamy a guilt-free kiss good night. :)


*****

FD: I know about your love of baking, Beth.  Tell me. What baked good would best go with reading CLOCKWORK DAGGER?

BC: I'd say maple pecan scones. Plus, they'd go perfectly with tea, which is so very steampunk.


WANT.  I want ALL the maple pecan scones.  Oh, and also this apple cake.



*****


FD: Who is your favorite member of One Direction? (This is a standard question at Fictitous Delicious where we appreciate all things 1D :)

BC: Niall Horan! His hair reminds me of anime characters.

ZOMG!  YES!  His hair IS very anime-like! I would like to give YOU all the maple pecan scones for this answer, Beth.  I firmly believe every author writing in the young adult universe should have a favorite 1D boy. *high five*


*****

FD: CLOCKWORK DAGGER is part of a duology. Do you know how Octavia's story will wrap up in CLOCKWORK CROWN? 

BC: Yes. The sequel is written and turned in to my editor. The two books are plotted to tightly fit together. All of the events take place in a span of weeks.

Looks like the rest of your answer was cut off, Beth!  Surely you meant to share with us a juicy tidbit of CLOCKWORK CROWN? No? We have to wait until next year? Ok, fine. :)


*****

FD: Secondary characters can really enhance a story. Tell us about an important secondary character in CLOCKWORK DAGGER.

BC: Leaf the gremlin is stealing people's hearts, and likely their silver jewelry and cheese, too. He looks like a naked cat with bat wings and green skin, and speaks in chirps and mews. Octavia rescues him from death and he becomes a vital character through both books.

I want Leaf! Surely he and my well-stocked cheese drawer could come to some agreement to peacefully cohabitate ? (Yes I AM more concerned about my cheese than my jewelry. I have priorities!)


*****
FD: What was the last book you read that reminded you how fun it is to be a reader?

BC: The book I'm reading right now is doing that to me--HALF A CROWN by Jo Walton. I keep finding excuses to sneak in more chapters through the day.


Hey, fans of historical fiction! You better check out that link for HALF A CROWN.  It's alternate history and looks very intriguing.  Thanks, Beth!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Cato resides in the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ. Her husband Jason, son Nicholas, and crazy cat keep her busy, but she still manages to squeeze in time for writing and other activities that help preserve her sanity. She is originally from Hanford, CA, a lovely city often pungent with cow manure.




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THE GIVEAWAY



Enter to win a copy of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER, complete with a gorgeous black-and-gold paper parasol, for your very own steampunk adventures and cosplays (seen above)!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Blast: SOME BOYS by Patty Blount




YA author, Patty Blount, is back with another novel that addresses one of today’s most pressing issues facing today's youth. SOME BOYS is a gutwrenching and edgy love story told from alternating points of view that's perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry.

I cannot wait to get started on this one! It's one of those books I'm simply destined to love. *happy sigh*


THE BOOK






Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.



"SOME BOYS belongs in every YA collection." - School Library Journal
"5 stars. Very well-deserved! This book did quite a number on me - unlike most books (contemporary or not), this one made me FEEL, and feel really strongly." - The Eater of Books


Want to get to know Patty better? Check out this exclusive interview!






THE EXCERPT



First Kiss

He tugs me closer. “How are you gonna hurt me when I’ve got your hands trapped?”

I go completely still. Ian Russell is holding my hands. Ian Russell is holding my hands. And there’s no pressure in my chest, and I haven’t warped back in time to the moment when I knew I couldn’t stop Zac from taking what he wanted from me. Jesus, a boy is touching me, and it’s kind of okay. And for maybe the first time in forty days, I laugh.

“What’s so funny?” He looks at me sideways.

“Glad you asked.” I grin. Since he’s on the floor and I’m not, all it takes is a simple shift of my weight, and a second later I’ve broken out of his hold and have him pinned.

“Impressive. Ow. Very impressive. Ow. I’ll applaud once you let me go.”

“Stop crying.”

“I will when you let me go.”

I should probably let him go.

But I don’t.

My heart’s racing from the power trip of taking Ian down, or maybe it’s just because I’m so close to him and thought this was over for me. His muscles go lax. He stops struggling, and I don’t let go. I want to freeze this moment and keep it—keep him—forever. Slowly he leans in closer and closer, and I still don’t let go. His eyes drop to my mouth, and his tongue darts out to lick his lips. I think he wants to kiss me, and damn it, I want him to—I want him to so badly I almost cry, so I don’t let go. Closer, closer, and his eyes shut, and his head tilts. And I don’t let go. His lips touch mine, and he kisses me like it matters—like I matter—and oh, my God, it’s amazing. He’s amazing, and I don’t let go. And then the steel door on the floor below us screeches open, and Ian goes tense, his eyes darting to the stairs at the far end of the hall. And it hits me.

Ian doesn’t want anyone to see him with the school slut.

So I break our No Zac agreement. “You wanna know why I didn’t fight off Zac? Because I was unconscious.”

Ian’s eyes snap to mine and then away, but it’s too late. I already saw the disgust in them.

This is when I let him go.









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THE AUTHOR



In addition to writing novels for teens, Patty Blount writes technical information for a computer company. Her first novel, Send, was inspired after a manager suggested she learn more about social networks. A short version of that same novel finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition. She is also the author of the young adult book, TMI. She lives on Long Island with her family. Visit her at pattyblount.com.





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Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Tour: FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang



Welcome to our stop on the FALLING INTO PLACE blog tour! I'm super excited to be share my review with you today.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by my girl Amber over at Me, My Shelf and I


       


THE BOOK


FALLING INTO PLACE
by Amy Zhang
Release date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 304


On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.






THE REVIEW


Excuse me while I write this review through the tears that are almost done falling from my puffy eyes.  Man, the last third of this book were intense. Intense enough for me to substitute out the next book I'm reading with something fluffy. You know, like, Atlas Shrugged.

Not gonna lie, it took me two tries to get into FALLING INTO PLACE.  I picked this up a few weeks ago and put it down at about page 25. The point of view was confusing the heck out of me and it simply didn't suit the mood I was in.  Boy, oh boy.  Am I ever glad I'm a firm believer in giving a book a second chance because this book is one that just can't be missed.  It's beautiful.

Reminiscent of Tease, this story gives the reader a look at bullying from the bully's perspective.  The big difference here is that you'll feel empathy for Liz, the main character in FALLING INTO PLACE.  Zhang makes sure of that by starting the story with the ending. We are first introduced to Liz while she's lying on the ground dying from a suicide attempt and realizing that there IS beauty in the world and maybe, just maybe, death isn't what she really wants. Color me intrigued. I liked Liz right away.  You'll learn that she's far, far, far from perfect as you read on, but that opening scene stuck with me for duration of the story.  I read the story hoping that my empathy was not in vain.  You will, too.

Oh, and about that point of view that confused me?  Don't worry one little bit if it confuses you, too.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride. It'll all come together by the time you hit the last page.  It's basically genius.  Zhang is going to be a big name in the YA community, folks.  Mark my words.  She's got mad skillz and is a young adult herself.  She doesn't have to research or try to remember what it was like to be a young adult.  She LIVES it.  Doesn't get more authentic than that.

Now do yourself a favor and go pick up this book today and read it this weekend.  Then, come back and tell me how much you love this book, too.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn't writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

Find Amy:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 







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Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour: GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil



Welcome to our stop on the GET EVEN blog tour! I'm super excited to be share my review with you today.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by my girl Amber over at Me, My Shelf and I


     September 3rd – I Am A Reader TENS LIST POST
     September 4th – Me, My Shelf and I REVIEW
     September 5th – Fiktshun 10 RANDOM THINGS
     September 6th - Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
     September 7th -  Swoony Boys Podcast AUTHOR INTERVIEW
     September 8th – Fictitious Delicious REVIEW
     September 9th – Ex Libris DAY IN THE LIFE OF GRETCHEN McNEIL
     September 10th – Wholly Books REVIEW
     September 11th – Fiction Fare REVIEW
     September 12th – Jean Book Nerd 10s LIST
     September 13th – Books Over Boys THIS OR THAT
     September 14th - Step Into Fiction REVIEW
     September 15th - Once Upon A Twilight REVIEW
     September 16th – Scott Reads It REVIEW + DREAM CAST
       


THE BOOK


GET EVEN
by Gretchen McNeil
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Pages: 400

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.







THE REVIEW


Sometimes when I finish a book, I make this funny giggly noise and clap my hands together at a rapid pace.  At the same time, even.  And that's exactly what happened when I finished GET EVEN this afternoon.

Guys. I didn't even know I liked a mystery novel until I picked up TEN by McNeil a few years back. This story isn't as "scary" as TEN, but holy mystery, Batman! (Excepting for that dead body in the dumpster.)  I was completely convinced I knew who was behind the DGM killings until that one thing happened. Now I have another guess, but I'm not so sure after being so sure the first time around. It's mysterious and thrilling to read mysteries and thrillers. What I'm trying to say here is carve out a good three or four hours to read this book in one sitting. You won't want to stop. One, because the story is that exciting and two, because every freaking chapter ends on a cliffhanger.  That fact alone should have prepped me for the huge cliffy ending, but nope. It didn't.  And now I want to jump inside of McNeil's brain for a bit and find out what happens next.

There's one piece of the puzzle that doesn't sit right with me: Christopher Beeman. I just can't believe this storyline. 35 years later, I still remember what my kindergarten crush looks like and this is coming from a girl that can't remember her own phone number.  Pretty sure a girl remembers what a boy she was crushing on a few years back looks like. BUT. This is book one of a trilogy so I expect this issue to resolve itself. Surely there's a reason for all of this, right? RIGHT?

LOVED the dynamic between Olivia, Bree, Margot and Kitty! Especially loved Bree.  Readers get to learn about each girls' back story as the mystery gets deeper.  Their stories tie to the main plot line in a way that will, well... make you make a funny giggly noise and clap your hands.

PS - I love John. And Ed the Head. That's okay, right?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59, as well as the new mystery/suspense series Don't Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY, all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels. She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.


Find Gretchen:  Website | Facebook | Twitter 





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