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Monday, January 28, 2019

FLASHBACK (Keeper of the Lost Cities 7) by Shannon Messenger

FLASHBACK
Keeper of the Lost Cities #7
by Shannon Messenger
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 848 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (November 6, 2018)

In this unforgettable seventh book, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.
Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

Hello all I am currently writing this from beyond the grave because let me tell you this book has actually KILLED ME.


A warning to all future readers of Keeper of the Lost Cities:

•You will become emotionally attached to ALMOST (glares pointedly and very aggressively at boy wonder, mr. perfect himself) all of the beloved characters.

•This may seem like your run of the mill, ‘I love these guys sm!!’ But I must warn you, it is not. It is a full blown obsession that makes you go back and sticky note your books and make a murder board to back up theories (hahaha idk what you’re talking about I don’t do that.... *hides piles of sticky notes books and cork board full of hardly legible notes under a blanket*)

• if you’re not emotionally unstable when you start the series, you will be by the end (this isn’t mascara running down my face, it’s a new trend)

•Keefe is the best thing that will ever happen to you ever in your life and the sooner you accept this the worse your emotions will be.

• Shannon Messenger will bring out emotions in you you didn’t think you had, and you’ll scream because you thought this was just a middle grade book series when it’s SO MUCH MORE


Scared yet? Well you should be.


Basically after page one I started crying and never stopped throughout the 800+ pages (which is HUGE btw, I think it’s the biggest book I’ve ever read). It’s a good thing I was home alone because let me tell you I was not in the mood for company to tell me it’s just fiction. DON'T YOU THINK I DON'T KNOW THAT AND TELL MYSELF THAT EVERYDAY? IT DOESN'T HELP THE PHYSICAL PAIN THAT FOLLOWS YOU EVERYWHERE AFTER YOU FINISHED READING IT. Even when it’s funny I’m laughing through the tears streaming down my face.


If you read it and are curious as to why so sad, you’re either:

1. Heartless

2. Soulless

3. Don’t really understand the characters and how certain decisions made in this book will/do affect other characters even if they put on a brave face and pretend everything’s fine IT ISN'T


Andria asked me if I liked the book and I was like I DON'T EVEN KNOW I'M TOO EMOTIONALLY SHATTERED. The plot: amazing, the writing: beautiful, other unmentionable things: heart wrenching. Will I read the next book? I’ll be first in line at Target.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog

by Andye

Let's face it, we pretend that we do this all for the love of reading and writing, but the truth is, we want people to read what we're spending our time and energy on. But what gets people to take the plunge? I don't know about you, but here are 8 reasons that I'll come visit your blog.


1. You've come to my blog and have left comments on my posts. I'm a little slow on this one because I tend to be on the oblivious side, but even I start to notice when the same person has been visiting and engaging with me. I'll be reading comments when all of a sudden I think Hey! This awesome person has been coming around a lot! I should probably check out what they're all about! And then I do!


2. You reviewed a book I'm really interested in. This is kind of an obvious one, but worth noting. 

3. You review a book I've never heard of. When you're a book blogger, it can get pretty repetitive visiting blogs that all have the same posts, the same books, the same memes, etc. So, when I see a review with a cool looking cover and I've never heard of it, it really piques my interest.

4. We're friends. Again, I'm not as good at this as I should be, but usually at some point in time I realize that if I'm friends with people, it's kind of crappy if I don't ever check out what they basically spend half their lives on.



5. You hook me with your Twitterspeak. There is no one who does this better than Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. She says things like this . . .


. . . and I have to know! What, Jamie? WHAT IS THE BEST MEDICINE? WHAT DID YOU LOOK AT IN YOUR OWN LIFE? I'm nosy, and I think you know it, Jamie. You're using my nosiness against me! *ehem, sorry. Anyway.

6. You post something conversational. As much as I like reviews and interviews and such, my favorite posts are the ones that are more personal. Well, they don't even have to be super personal, just something different. If it's about books, that's even better.

7. You post something I need. Especially when I was a new blogger, trying to figure this whole thing out, if you had a post on how to improve your blog, or html (Thanks Parajunkee), or how to deal with publishers etc., you would have my love forever.



8. You write the words "8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog" or some other number with some other list. Not sure what it is about lists, but I just have to click it.

How about you? What hooks you and forces you to *click*?

(Don't miss my opposing, "8 Reasons I WON'T Visit Your Blog".)


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Most Valuable Thing to do When You Start Writing

by Christine Lynn Herman

When I first started writing, it was something I did entirely on my own. I was a teenager who spent countless hours immersed in the fictional worlds I’d created, falling for characters that only existed in my head. It was incredibly fun.

It was also incredibly lonely.

When I tried to talk to my friends about my writing, they were happy I liked doing it, but they didn’t really understand it. I could talk for hours about my ideas, my characters, the plot points I was wrangling with or that fun banter scene I’d just written. But it felt like I had no one who would listen--like there would always be a part of me that nobody else understood.

I wrote many terrible first drafts of YA books. I spent countless hours working on my craft and doing industry research, reading every author or agent’s blog I could find. And one day, in 2015, I realized it wasn’t enough. I needed to show my work to other people if I ever wanted to be ready to send it to agents.

So I mustered up all my bravery and posted about my book in a critique partner forum hosted by one of my favorite authors. Eventually, I got an email from a girl who I wound up having a ton in common with. She became my first writer friend and critique partner, and she introduced me to her friends, too. None of us were traditionally published or agented--but we all wanted to be.

This incredible group of women taught me more in six months than I’d learned in the five years I’d been seriously writing on my own. Their feedback, guidance, industry knowledge, and friendship were the foundation that put me on the path to publication. Before I had an editor or an agent, they taught me how to handle critique and meet deadlines. They helped me learn how to truly revise for the first time. And through Skype calls and long, intense group chats, I learned that while writing may be something we do alone, writers truly need each other--to talk through brainstorming and revisions, to commiserate, to cheer.

It’s been almost four years since I met my first critique partners, and many of us are agented, published, or debuting now. Some of us work in the publishing industry. All of us have grown immensely in the time we’ve been friends, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life. Their feedback and guidance helped me turn THE DEVOURING GRAY, my debut novel, from a scrappy first draft into a book I’m truly proud to put out into the world.

I may have started the journey towards publication alone, but I wouldn’t be a debut author without the many people who have helped me on this road. The support and love that I have found with other writers has made me so confident in a part of myself that I thought no one else would ever understand. They are brilliant plot problem-solvers and late night phone call champions; their talent and generosity is unmatched.

They have shown me that I have stories inside of me worth telling. And so when people ask me what the most valuable thing you can do is when you start writing, I only have one answer: find your community. Because my writer friends have changed my life.


Christine Lynn Herman is the author of THE DEVOURING GRAY, on sale 4/19 from Disney Hyperion.

THE DEVOURING GRAY
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (April 2, 2019)
Language: English
Amazon
After the death of her sister, Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she learns her mother isn’t: they belong to one of the revered founding families of the town. Yet the secret to controlling her family’s magic is lost, and without it, she will not survive the Gray.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny—to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

ADVANCED PRAISE:
“Fans of The Raven Boys and Stranger Things rejoice: This is your new obsession.”
Claire Legrand, New York Times best-selling author of Furyborn

“Full of witchy atmosphere; lush, detailed writing; and a trope-breaking, endearing group cast,
this book will ensnare you and leave you deliciously haunted. A stunning debut.”
—Amanda Foody, author of Ace of Shades and Daughter of the Burning City

“The only thing better than a chosen one is four chosen ones, and the only thing better than
four chosen ones is four chosen ones who don't like each other very much.”
—E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

Monday, October 29, 2018

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // How to Be a Debutante for BA Beginners


LITTLE WHITE LIES
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Debutantes
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Freeform (November 6, 2018)
Buy The Book: Amazon.com
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Really weirdly, this book reminded me of Gilmore Girls. The main character is a girl whose father isn't in the picture (even though Rory knows Christopher is her dad), and doesn't know her grandparents (but they end up being rich and in her life), and is close with her mom. But that's where the similarities end. Where Gilmore Girls branches off into humor, and relationships, Little White Lies goes into mystery and a game of 'Which of you stuck up snobs is my father?'


Before almost every chapter, there are scenes from the very end of the book. So while reading the book you're kind of like:

Which I actually enjoy, because it really makes you think, instead of just handing over the answers. Plus THERE ARE SO MANY PLOT TWISTS. Like, every time you think you've got it figured out and you're like 'there's so much of the book left like ?????' and then get a MASSIVE curve ball. 


But don't come over here looking for romance, because Sawyer Taft doesn't need a mans (though I do, so if you're hot call me ;) I'M JUST KIDDING STOP CRYING MOM). At first it kind of annoyed me because, ummm Sawyer look at all these hot mans around you ARE YOU BLIND!? But then I actually got to know her character and I was like, yeah makes sense. She has priorities, and those come first, and if the opportunitiy arises after the smoke clears then maybe. She has this set of rules pertaining to guys, and I love it, because she never compromises them. She is smart, and has learned how to take care of herself. So Sawyer, I forgive you for not being a romantic. 



This book has more WHICH IS GREAT because while questions are answered IT ISN'T RESOLVED SO YEAH PLEASE GIVE ME MORE PLEASE AND THANK YOU! Au revoir readers!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Giveaway! // Win a Spooky Reads Prize Pack from Disney Books!

Do you have a middle grade reader in your life? You need to have this book, THE MORTIFICATION OF FOVEA MUNSON by Mary Winn Heider. Disney Book Group sent me a copy to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway. Read the spooktacular description here, and enter the giveaway below!

What's your favorite Halloween read?


The Mortification of Fovea Munson
By Mary Hinn Heider
In Stores Now! Released June 5, 2018
Recommended for ages 8 -12
Published by Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads | Amazon
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor.

True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant! That is, until three disembodied heads, left to thaw in the wet lab, start talking. To her. Out loud. What seems like a nightmare, or bizarre hallucination, is not. Fovea is somebody's Igor, all right. Three somebodies, actually. And they need a favor.

With a madcap sense of humor and a lot of heart (not to mention other body parts), this is a story about finding oneself, finding one's friends, and embracing the moment.


Spooky Reads!

A prize pack so good, it’s scary!



One (1) winner receives
  • The Mortification of Fovea Munson
  • Three other Halloween reads from Disney Books.
*Giveaway open to US addresses only.
*Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.


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Good luck!