Monday, July 27, 2015

Proof of Forever Deleted Scene + Giveaway

I don’t know if you guys saw my review but I loved Proof of Forever.  When I was asked to share a deleted scene, I jumped at the chance.  And lucky for you guys, not only do I have a deleted scene, I also have an epic giveaway!
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Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.

 

As she knocks on the door of the boys’ cabin, all Zoe can think about is setting Blake straight. She’s going to force him to take back the rumors about their hook-up if she has to. She’s been up all night feeling terrible about her fight with Tali and about her lie. Even though Tali was a total bitch to her, and no matter what she said about Zoe’s honesty, it’s still important for Zoe to tell the truth now. And frankly, she’s worried that there’s no way she’ll win the tournament today if she keeps feeling this distracted and awful.

Luckily it occurred to her that if Tali won’t listen to her, maybe she’ll believe Blake himself. Blake needs to tell the truth. It’s the only way.

When there’s no response to her second knock, Zoe pushes the door open. At first she can only make out a giant lumpy form, moving, writhing, moaning. It takes her a second to realize what she’s seeing: Blake. With another girl. The girl’s legs are wrapped around his body. She’s wearing cut-off shorts, her shirt is rolled up to reveal her bra, and her dark hair is tied in a messy braid winding its way over the edge of the bed.

Zoe knows that braid.

“Hadley?” Zoe blurts out, at the same time Hadley sits up with a squeal, bumping her head on the top bunk and knocking Blake off of her.

“What the hell?” Blake shouts. Then he registers that it’s Zoe. “What do you want? Another chance? Cause I’m a little busy here right now.”

“Ew,” Zoe says. “Hadley, you can do so much better than this creep.”

“Screw off, Zoe,” Hadley says with an eye roll. “Since when do you care who I hook up with?”

“What I care about is when people spread rumors about me that aren’t true,” Zoe states, directing her answer at Blake.

Hadley looks between the two of them and, clearly sensing unfinished business, stands up with a huff and leaves the cabin, despite Blake halfheartedly muttering for her not to go.

Zoe puts her hands on her hips. “You have to set the record straight about us. Publicly. Too many people’s feelings are getting hurt, over something that didn’t even happen.”

“Has anyone ever told you that you look hot when you’re mad?”

“Has anyone ever told you that you’re a lying douche-bag?”

He slowly buttons his shirt, ignoring her remark. Then he looks back up at her. “Ya know, I can see why my sister likes you.”

Zoe sputters. “Excuse me, what?”

Blake rolls his eyes, standing up with one arm on the upper bunk bed, leaning on it casually and looking remarkably like an L.L Bean catalog model. “She hasn’t stopped talking about you for the last three days,” he says, and then hesitates. “Oh, no. Don’t tell me you bat for the other team.”

“The other team?” Zoe knows she’s just parroting him like an idiot but it’s taking her brain forever to catch up with the conversation. Ellis has been talking about her? Ellis likes her? Likes her, likes her?

Suddenly, Zoe can only see red. Can only see Ellis’s pesky grin. She’s got to set her straight.

“Look, I think your friend Tali is a great girl,” Blake says, as though Zoe’s look of complete horror is about that. “I’m just not interested in being tied down. We’re too young for that.”

But his words are a blur. “Thanks for your insight, Blake, but some of us have more important things to worry about than whose panties we’re getting into on any given day.”

He shrugs, smug. “Suit yourself. But I’m just saying, you’re probably missing out, with an attitude like that.”

She could swear he finishes with a wink but maybe she imagined it in her rush to get the hell out of there. She heaves a deep breath after stepping outside of the stinky boys’ cabin, her vision swimming. When it refocuses, she knows what she has to do.

She has to fight.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Etsy Obsessions #7 | Shaileyann Designs + Giveaway

I don’t know about you guys but when I have my own place, I plan on decorating the walls and everything else with bookish prints and accessories.  Shaileyann Designs definitely has a few things I’d put on display.

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Looking For Alaska Typography Quote Poster

Okay I’m not one of John Green’s biggest fans but I discovered Looking for Alaska when I was in high school and I fell in love with that book.  I think this print is the perfect representation of my love for this book.

Who wouldn’t want a Harry Potter decal on their laptop?  I’ve been looking for one of these for quite some time and I adore this one.

However, as much as I adore that first one, I also love this one.  I don’t know which I’d choose!

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These prints are some of my favorites from the shop and so when Shailey offered a giveaway, I had to choose these.  While you won’t win all 4 of these, the winner will receive the house of their choice.  Let me just say, I’m going to be extremely jealous of whoever wins.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer of Jinn Blog Tour: Lori Goldstein Guest Post + Giveaway

Summer of Jinn Blog Tour: Lori Goldstein Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Summer of Jinn Blog Tour.  I don’t know about you guys, but I love learning more about the processes authors go through when writing their books.  Lori Goldstein, author of Becoming Jinn, was nice enough to write a guest post about revising and her personal struggle with her stubbornness.  🙂

Overcoming the Stubborn Gene: A Revision Lesson

“So, I’ve been thinking about the ending of Becoming Jinn,” my stellar agent says one day on a phone call prior to submission.

*panic*

The ending of Becoming Jinn is a bit controversial. Readers would either love it or hate it. I loved it. And I wanted to keep it as much as I feared I wouldn’t be able to.

This particular call with my stellar agent came after a two-month revision of the manuscript in preparation for submission. Now, mind you, stellar agent’s suggestions had involved some intense reworking—moving things from the third act to the first, from the second to the third, changing a character’s role from a friend to a brother, beefing up scenes and magic rules. It was a lot of work. It was also 100 percent necessary. Her suggestions were spot on and helped me to create a strong manuscript I loved more than the original. But her initial feedback never touched the ending. I thought I was safe. The ending I Ioved, the ending some people told me I should change, was going to stay.

*happy dance*

Until, one day, on the cusp of submission, she calls with one final thought: to change the location of the ending scene.

My initial reaction was, “I’m not changing the ending, no how, no way!” My next was, “No more revisions! I’m done!” And here you are getting a glimpse into the Lori who has three-quarters Italian blood, meaning she can be a tad stubborn.

Which is why it’s a very good thing she has critique partners willing to call her on it. My good friend and CP listened to my whining and then, tactfully, said, “I hear you, but what can it hurt to try? You don’t have to use it.”

She was right. My agent said this was up to me. It was my call. So what could it hurt to try? The setting my agent had suggested didn’t feel right, but her questioning the location set my brain a’ storming and the one I came up with felt and still feels—two years later—like the perfect one. It completes the arc of the book and the character.

And this is why writing a book is very far from a solo endeavor. We need people around us who will not only spark our creativity, but help us overcome our own DNA.

Lori Goldstein Author 5My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. It will be released on April 21, 2015, by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s. The sequel will follow in Spring 2016. I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog atwww.lorigoldsteinbooks.com or my Tumblr at http://lorigoldsteinbooks.tumblr.com. Like my author page on Facebook for fun book-related photos, tidbits, and happenings as well as news on Becoming Jinn.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams | Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams | Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams | Review + GiveawayRuthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 14th 2015
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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4 Stars

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup trick, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

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Ruthless is a survival story done right.  It’s just the right amount of creepy, thrilling, and pulse pounding.  From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat, praying that Ruth would find a way out of her situation.  There wasn’t a second that went by where I wasn’t terrified of what was going to come next.

Ruth Carver is not a perfect heroine, not by a long shot.  She’s a little full of herself, a little rude, and she is pretty much just obsessed with things that benefit her.  She was willing to trample people to get where she needed to be and while I didn’t necessarily approve of those methods, I obviously still didn’t think she deserved anything this guy had in store for her.  I think this in this case, it doesn’t matter about the heroine’s past, as long as she will have a future.  It’s not like anyone is going to root for her to die.

Let me just say, this is not one for the faint of heart or a young reader.  Carolyn Lee Adams does not pull any punches.  I was terrified for Ruth’s life and sanity, every page of the book.  The guy who abducts her is seriously creepy.  The bulk of the story is told from Ruth’s point of view but there are flashbacks in his point of view and he is extremely messed up in the head.  I was sickened and terrified.  I don’t mind that from a book but if you do, this is not the one for you.

The story itself isn’t so much all about Ruth being abducted but also about how she escapes and spends her time in the wilderness.  She is on her own, no supplies, and no help in sight.  Like I said, this is a survival story above all else.  It’s not just about surviving the ordeal with her abduction but surviving her escape as well.  There isn’t a second that goes by where you don’t fear for Ruth’s life.  Even if she isn’t killed by a crazy madman, the elements could get her just as easily.

Overall, Ruthless is truly one story that stands out in the YA market.  I have never read anything like it and it definitely made me eager to see what Carolyn Lee Adams is going to do next.

What others are saying about Ruthless:

Confessions of a Bookaholic’s review: “For her debut young adult novel, Carolyn Lee Adams really knocks it out of the park with Ruthless.”

The YA Kitten’s review: “Watching Ruth outsmart Jerry again and again is a great deal of fun and the book flies by as long as you have the time to read it in one or two sittings.”

The Forest of Words and Pages’ review: “A brutal fight-for-your-life story that is sure to keep you up late at night to discover its character’s fates,Ruthless is a brilliant, twisted tale that shocks and thrills chapter after chapter.”

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George | Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George | Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George | Review + GiveawaySilver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Series: Silver in the Blood #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on July 7th 2015
Genres: Historical Fantasy
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
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A New York Times bestselling author brings dark secrets to life in a lush new YA perfect for fans of Libba Bray or Cassandra Clare.

Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

picadillyblueI don’t know about you guys but, to me, historical fiction just doesn’t seem to get enough love.  Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.  Historical fantasy makes it even better!  Jessica Day George does a fantastic job with the first book in this new series!

I have never read anything by Jessica Day George so it definitely took a little getting used to when it comes to her voice and style.  The characters are 17 years old but their voices and attitudes seemed a but younger than that.  They were not immature exactly but they seemed to overreact to some things that went on.  And while the beginning of the book did drag a little bit, I had no trouble getting into the story.  I personally liked the attitudes of the girls and really came to like them both quickly.

I’ve never been a huge fan of shapeshifter stories (don’t ask why, I don’t know) but there was something about this one that appealed to me more than the others that I’ve read.  Possibly the setting and the characters but I’ll come back to that later.  The two girls find out that their family are shapeshifters and they are coming into their powers.  The girls each turn into different things and each things comes with different powers and history.  The backstory surrounding their family was definitely interesting.

The romance was something I was expecting from the start.  There is an incident involving Dacia and Lord Johnny that is brought up early and Lord Johnny comes back into play later in the book.  It turns out he is not exactly who everyone thinks he is.  Then there are Lou and Theo.  Their relationship is more my style.  They don’t like each other at first but their feelings start to change throughout the story.  All four characters bring something new to the table and they work well together, with different attitudes and styles of handling things.

Overall, Silver in the Blood starts off Jessica Day George’s new series with a few flaws but not enough to stop me from recommending it.  Don’t let the slow beginning stop you from giving this one a full chance!

What others are saying about Silver in the Blood:

The Social Potato’s review: “It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s very creative and fun but it is also a little slow and needed a little work in the character department.”

Nick’s Book Blog’s review: “While the book may have a bit of a slow start, I recommend sticking with it because the relationship between Lou and Dacia more than makes up for it.”

The White Unicorn’s review: “If you like sweeping adventures, blood soaked evenings and strong female friendships, this is the book for you.”

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Blog Most Likely To Choose A Reread Over a New Book + Giveaway

In celebration of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s upcoming book, The Boy Most Likely To, Penguin asked bloggers to have a little fun and be part of this awesome campaign.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about the prompt and decided that I’m definitely the blog most likely to choose a reread over my crazy TBR pile of new books.

Rereading is something I do quite often.  I love revisiting some of my favorite characters and there are certain books that I will never get tired of reading.  For instance, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series right now and it’s got to be the 7th or 8th time I’ve read these books.  I catch  new things with every reread.  Ella Enchanted is also right at the top of my reread list.  I’ve had to replace my copy of that book at least twice because it got so worn out.  I’ve also got plans to reread The Raven Cycle books next month so if anyone wants to join in my reread, let me know!

Speaking of rereading, I’m actually going to be rereading My Life Next Door, checking out What I Thought Was True for the first time, and devouring my copy of The Boy Most Likely To as soon as I get my hands on a copy.  Let me know if anyone wants to do a readalong with me for My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Percy Pack Intro + Giveaway

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I’m so excited to announce that, as part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Katie’s Book Blog will be participating in a super fun blog event for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.  As a part of the Percy Pack, I’ll be hosting fun news, giveaways, and other posts centered around the Percy Jackson series over the next six months!

To start off the celebration, the first book in the series is on sale for the week!  For this week only, The Lightning Thief is $.99 for all ebook platforms.  The ebook also includes a sneak peak of Rick Riordan’s newest book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer.  If you don’t have an ereader or would just prefer a physical copy of the book, Barnes and Noble has a special 10th anniversary collectors edition.

The Lightning Thief: 10th Anniversary Edition (B&N Exclusive Collector's Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)

If you’ve never checked out this series, now is the perfect time!  And for all the long-time fans, you can also check out a sneak peak of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer over at ReadRiordan.com!  While you are there, you can also download a special activity kit to help celebrate the 10th anniversary!

As promised, I’ve also got a giveaway for you guys.  One lucky US winner will receive the complete Percy Jackson and the Olympians box set, thanks to Disney Hyperion.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form to be entered!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blog Tour: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Review + Favorite Quotes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Review + Favorite Quotes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Review + Favorite Quotes + GiveawayThe Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Published by Harper Teen on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
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4 Stars

A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

picadillyblueThe Night We Said Yes is the perfect summer read.  I was in the mood for a fun contemporary novel and that’s exactly what I got.  Once you pick this one up, you will not be able to put it down!

The Night We Said Yes is told in alternating chapters.  Both are from Ella’s point of view but one is the night she met Matt and the other is present day, 6 months after he left her and broke her heart.  Now he’s back in town and he seems to want to pick up where they left off.  The similarities and differences between the two nights are what make this book so perfect.  Ella and Matt are so naive and open to anything when they meet.  A year later, things are very different but recreating the night they first met brings back old feelings.  It also helps them come to terms with who they have become and who they want to be going forward.  One night changes everything for them, both for good and bad.

Ella was adorable.  She was nerdy and fun and kinda shy and she just reminded me a lot of myself.  Her progression throughout the course of the book was intense.  Her personality remained the same but she quickly started to take control of her life and decide who and what she wanted in it.  Matt was adorable but he made some stupid choices.  I had a hard time liking him after finding out what he did to Ella and why but he grew on me.  As I learned more and more about his past, I found myself feeling bad for him and wanting Ella to forgive him.  He was definitely a flawed character but I liked how he tried to redeem himself.

The secondary characters are what really did it for me though. The friendship between Ella and Meg was so perfect.  They fought but they always came back to each other because that is what true friends do.  The relationship between Ella and Jake was great too.  Sure he was her friend as well as her best friend’s on-again, off-again boyfriend but he was also kinda like a big brother to Ella.  He looked out for her and he stood up for her, even when it was his own friend he had to stand up to.  Barker and Gaby were cute too but they didn’t have as big a role as Meg and Jake.  Also, while Meg and Jake’s relationship may have been a bit toxic, I was definitely rooting for them.

Overall, The Night We Said Yes is perfect for fans of contemporary novels.  It’s a quick read that left me with a smile on my face.  I can’t wait to see what’s next from Lauren Gibaldi.

What others are saying about The Night We Said Yes:

YA Midnight Reads’ review: “Overall I found myself distant and uncaring about the characters and relationships in the novel.”

Writing My Own Fairy Tale’s review: “I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it to fans of YA contemporary romances.”

Book Nerd Addict’s review: “Her writing style is effortless and enjoyable and would recommend this book to anyone that loves friendships and summer reads.”

Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve spent my life on the road, trying to find home, when really, you were always home to me.”

“It was my favorite part of the night – when the evening’s events were still unknown and unpredictable. It was the sense of possibility that I loved, the idea that anything could happen next.”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs | Spotlight Tour + Giveaway

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs | Spotlight Tour + Giveaway

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs | Spotlight Tour + GiveawayPowerless by Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
on June 2, 2015
Pages: 308

Kenna is tired of being "normal."

The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating when you're constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna's smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it's hard not to feel inferior.

So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She's not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.

But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to be powerful and powerless...

 

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“You never answered my question. What are you doing down here so late?”

Those bright blue eyes sear into me as he takes a step back. “I have to go.”

His sudden evasiveness makes me suspicious, so when he starts to move past me, I sidestep into his path. “Excuse me,” I say, “but this is a secure level. Are you even authorized to be down here?”

“My dad,” he says, scowling at me. “He’s a security guard.”

A security guard? The facility might be so big that I can’t keep track of everyone who works in every lab, but I know all the guards by name. Especially the night guards, since I’m usually the last one here.

Travis and Luther are on duty tonight. Travis and his wife just had their first baby, a girl named Tia. Luther is old enough to be my great-grandfather and he never married.

I take half a step back as my suspicions turn to concern. “Who’s your dad?” I demand.

This guy definitely has the look of a villain.

What if he really is one?

He glances nervously over his shoulder. “He’s—”

I shake my head and start to walk away before he can finish the lie.

He reaches for me, but I shrug him off. My heart is beating way too fast. This could go way bad, way quick.

“Please, just listen.” He waits until I’m looking him in the eye before he continues. “You know me,” he says, his voice taking on this weird, hypnotic tone. “We’ve met before.”

His eyes start to burn brighter and brighter. Oh crap. He must be a villain, and one with a psy power. The vilest kind. Fear and anger collide inside me as I wonder what to do about him trying to mess with my head. How to play this? I can’t exactly tell him I’m—

Suddenly, the floor beneath my feet shudders violently, knocking me off balance. I lurch forward into Dark-and-Scowly’s arms. He catches me, grabs my upper arms, just as a concussion wave of air and sound hits us.

That sounded—and felt—like a bomb went off in the lab. If we weren’t a hundred feet underground and shielded by every protection science and superheroes can create, I’d think the supervillain Quake had struck. But that’s impossible.

Then again, impossible doesn’t always apply in the superhero world. After all, impossible didn’t keep Dark-and-Scowly from being where he doesn’t belong.

Suddenly, every alarm in the facility blares. I freak. The lab! All that research—Mom’s and mine—is priceless. The superhero blood samples alone are more valuable than anything else in the building.

Panic overrides judgment and I push away, but his grip only tightens. The jerk. A little super strength would be really useful right now.

“You can’t go in there.”

“Who are you?” I demand, struggling to get out of his grasp. If he really is a villain, I don’t want him near me or this lab. Not with what villains are capable of. “What have you done?”

He doesn’t answer. More pissed than ever, I fake left and pull right. He follows my fake-out, and as his hair swings with the momentum, I see the mark I’d been looking for earlier. Not under his right ear like the superheroes. Under his left.

Shit.

“You’re a villain.”

About the authors:

One fateful summer, Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs embarked on a nine hour (each way!) road trip to Santa Fe that ended with a flaming samurai, an enduring friendship, and the kernel of an idea that would eventually become Powerless. On their own, they have written YA tales about mermaids (Forgive My Fins, Tempest Rising), mythology (Doomed, Oh. My Gods., Sweet Venom), smooching (International Kissing Club), and fae princes (When Magic Sleeps). Between them, they have three boys (all Tracy), three dogs (mostly TLC), and almost fifty published books. Find TLC and the #TeamHillain headquarters at teralynnchilds.com. Check out Tracy and the #TeamVero lair at tracydeebs.com. Hang out with all the heroes, villains, ordinaries, and none-of-the-aboves at heroagenda.com.

Website: http://heroagenda.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heroagenda

Twitter: https://twitter.com/heroagenda

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Blog Tour: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella | Review + Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella | Review + Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella | Review + Interview + GiveawayFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Delacorte Press on June 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

picadillyblue Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella’s young adult debut, proves that not only can she write amazing novels for adults, her talent transfers wonderfully to young adult.  Bullying, mental illness, romance, and humor all take center stage in Finding Audrey and Sophie Kinsella balances it all perfectly.

Audrey suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder because of a bullying incident at her previous school.  She was terrified of everyone other than her family and therapist. She refused to leave the house and even the thought of leaving the house would send her on a downward spiral.  Her family was so supportive but they also knew that she needed to make some progress.  With the help of her family and one of her brother’s friends, Audrey finally started to see that maybe all people weren’t so bad.

First off, the way that Sophie Kinsella addresses bullying and mental illness may be off-putting for some people.  She does not make light of it in any way but she does intersperse humor throughout the novel to balance Audrey’s depression and social anxiety.  In no way does she try to distract from Audrey’s problems but at times it can come across that way.  For such a serious topic, Sophie Kinsella addresses it in a very unique way.

Audrey’s family is just plain bonkers and it totally worked for them.  Her mom is obsessed with the effects of video games on her brother’s mind.  Her brother, Frank, is just plain obsessed with video games.  And her dad just does what he can to get by.  The family relationship is very unconventional but it was perfect and it cracked me up.  It was nice to see a young adult novel where family, especially parents, played such a huge role.  As for Audrey and Frank’s relationship, I liked it a lot.  They were close in age but it wasn’t just that.  He was always there for her as a friend, a brother, and a protector.

Audrey’s relationship (if you can call it that) with Linus was so adorable.  They had quite an interesting beginning to their friendship and it only continued to get weirder with time.  Linus accepted Audrey even with her quirks caused by her Social Anxiety Disorder.  He was not only accepting of her, he truly wanted to help her.

Overall, Finding Audrey was a fantastic introduction into the YA world from Sophie Kinsella.  Her quirky sense of humor, fast-paced style of writing, and wonderful storytelling make for a book that I couldn’t put down!

What others are saying about Finding Audrey:

The Bibliomaniac’s review: “Highly recommended, if you’re looking for a heart-warming tale; a perfect blend of humour and hope.”

Escapades of a Bookworm’s review: “Finding Audrey is about finding yourself, accepting yourself for who you are, and progressing forward.”

Read. Breathe. Relax’s review: “Finding Audrey is deep and so very funny and ultimately relatable and lovable – highly recommended.”

A Q&A With Sophie Kinsella

Describe Finding Audrey in 140 characters or less!

This is the story of Audrey, her family, and a journey to recovery. It’s sad in places, funny, too, and romantic as only a teen story can be.

What made you decide to finally write a YA novel?

I didn’t set out to write a YA novel in fact. I just had the inspiration for the character of Audrey, her gaming-obsessed brother, and her crazy family. It was only when I started to plot the story that I realized it would be told through Audrey’s eyes, and become a YA book.

How was it different writing for a younger audience? Do you relate to Audrey in any way?

I definitely relate to Audrey, but like all my heroines, she is made up not just of bits of me but of people I know. Audrey’s observations of family life, particularly in the film scripts, remind me of my teenage years, but I’m a parent of teenagers myself now and that helped me a lot.

What about Finding Audrey do you think will appeal to your adult fans?

Audrey’s journey is touching, but it’s not just a story about her—it’s about her family and the chaotic, loving world she lives in, so I think it appeals to all generations. I hope that it provides reassurance to any young reader—or indeed parent—going through similar problems, and that they can take heart from Audrey and her story.

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One US winner will receive a copy of Finding Audrey and a super cute coffee sleeve! (You’ll get it when  you read the book)

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