Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Blog Tour: Q&A with Famine aka Sebastian from Riders by Veronica Rossi

Blog Tour: Q&A with Famine aka Sebastian from Riders by Veronica Rossi

I was lucky enough to borrow an ARC of Riders a few months ago and I’ve been dying to tell you guys about it ever since.  When I was asked to participate in the blog tour, I jumped at the chance.  I’m so excited to have an Q&A with Famine aka Sebastian.

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A few questions for Sebastian, aka Famine, of RIDERS

What’s your favorite thing about being a horseman in RIDERS?

All of it. Daryn, the guys, the horses, the travel. It’s awesome. All of it.

What’s your least favorite thing?

I don’t even know. The thought that someday it might end?

What’s one thing that’s surprised you about being Famine?

The gear, for sure. I have the coolest clothes. They’re sick. Really high-quality.

Give us a little insight into your tastes. What was the last song you listened to? Last thing that made you laugh?

The last song I listened to was actually one I played and sang myself. I did a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Shirtsleeves. Love that song. I do a pretty good acoustic version of it. And what made me laugh was Gideon trying to sing the lyrics. He’s so bad. So tone-deaf. It killed me. If llamas could sing, that’s what it sounded like. I cried, it was so funny. He really gave it his all, though. You have to admire that.

 

VERONICA ROSSI is a New York Times bestselling author of fiction for young adults. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people.

 

Make sure to check out my review of Riders which will be up a little later this week.  And you don’t want to miss the other Q&A’s so check out Eater of Books and Good Choice Reading for those!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Blog Tour: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens | Q&A

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Courtney C. Stevens’ sophomore novel, The Lies About Truth, hosted by The Irish Banana Review.  I just recently reviewed it and you should probably check out my review sometime.

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Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.

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Q&A with Courtney C. Stevens

What inspired you to write The Lies About Truth?

It was the merging of two things: a memory from the past and a feeling from the present.

When I was in high school, I had a group of friends from a few counties over. When I met them, they had just been through an unspeakably hard time. In 1993, seven boys died in a car accident that happened between school and work. Their car struck another car and injured the driver. My friend was dating the driver. Her father drove the other car in the accident.

I never forgot the terrible position she was in: to grieve the boy she loved and to be grateful that her father lived. Two side-by-side emotions at war.

That incident was the spark for this book about a group of friends who have a car accident with each other. However, the character of Sadie Kingston and her internal struggle came from me. While I’ve never been through the windshield of a Yaris, I have felt like the scars in my life (the things I perceive to be shameful) are the things that everyone sees first.

What has been your experience going from a debut author to your second book? Did your writing style change in any way after getting published?

It took thirty years to write my first book and three months to type it out.

It took two years to write my second book, and two years to type it again and again until I got it right.

I’m not sure which was faster.

Sophomore books are different for most authors. There’s an expectation and a readership that didn’t exist while writing a debut. But on the whole, I believe in writing for myself first. A book has to belong in my heart and soul before it can ever belong to a reader. It took a grace period to remind myself of that fact when I wrote The Lies About Truth. I don’t think my writing style changed, but I hope I am constantly improving my craft.

One stretch for me in The Lies About Truth was to have more main characters on the stage at the same time. Faking Normal has one on one conversation, where The Lies About Truth often has four people in conversation, or four main characters. That was a learning curve.

What is the book you would write if you had free rein to write about absolutely anything and know it would be published?

I plan to write magical realism after I finish my current contract. I have a heart for strange things, and I hope I get to share it at some point.

About the Author

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Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. She is also the author of Faking Normal, which Kirkus Reviews called “a story that resonates” and Publishers Weekly called a “rich debut,” as well as the e-novellaThe Blue-Haired Boy.

 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Blog Tour: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega | Review + Interview

Blog Tour: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega | Review + Interview

Blog Tour: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega | Review + InterviewSurvive the Night by Danielle Vega
Published by Penguin on July 7th 2015
Genres: Horror
Pages: 272
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4 Stars

We're all gonna die down here. . . .  Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse...   ...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.   Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.   They’re being hunted.   Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”From the Hardcover edition.

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The whole book takes place over one night and I can’t tell you how much I love stories like that.  Casey and her friends set out for a night of adventure and instead they get a night of terror.  The Survive the Night rave takes place once a year in the abandoned subway tunnels beneath New York City.  There have always been rumors that people are killed in the subway but nobody really takes those rumors seriously.  That all changes when Casey stumbles upon the body of her friend Julie, gruesomely murdered by someone or something hidden in the subway tunnels.  And, of course, instead of being able to leave the same way they entered the subway, their way is blocked and they must set off through the tunnels to find a way out before it’s too late.

To be completely honest, the characters weren’t the greatest but I didn’t care that much about that.  Casey was the only one that I really ended up liking.  She made some serious mistakes but she was trying to change things.  She was easily led astray by people that she thought were her friends.  Shana was bad news.  She drugged Casey, she encouraged her bad habits, and she betrayed her every chance she got.  I wanted her to get what was coming to her.  Casey did not deserve how her supposed friend treated her.  As for Aya and Julie, they cracked me up but they weren’t anything too special.  Sam and Woody were the same way.  Sam seemed like a sweetheart but he had some secrets and he hurt Casey too.  He was just so judgmental.  I didn’t like that about him.

The creep factor was definitely up there with this one, at least for me.  I admit to being easily scared but books don’t usually have that capability.  That was not the case with Survive the Night.  There was a lot of gore but that wasn’t the only scare thing.  I never knew what was going to happen from page to page.  I didn’t have a clue who or what was coming for Casey and her friends.  I was jumpy and biting my nails from start to finish.

Overall, Survive the Night was everything I hoped it would be.  Danielle Vega’s sophomore novel is one that I will surely be recommending to all horror fans and anyone looking to give the genre a try.

What others are saying about Survive the Night:

Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “This pink covered book reads like a horrific thrill ride.”

Escape Through the Pages’ review: “I will definitely be checking out Danielle Vega’s other book The Merciless and recommend Survive the Night to anyone looking for a little creepy in their life.”

Interview with Danielle Vega

Describe Survive the Night in 140 characters or less!

When an illegal rave turns deadly, 5 teens must fight their way through the abandoned NYC subways while someone hunts them from the shadows.

Have you always been a horror fan? Do you prefer horror books or movies? What’s your favorite?

I have been a horror fan since I was a very tiny child. My mom never shielded me from scary movies and books, in fact she used to read me Stephen King to help me get to sleep. I can’t choose between books and movies—they’re too different and wonderful in their own special ways. Favorite horror novel is HOUSE OF LEAVES, favorite movie is SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? What’s your inspiration?

Yup, I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer. There really isn’t one person or career that I look to for inspiration, but I love hearing about other writers’ journeys. Recently, I found Amy Poehler’s honesty about the writing process in YES PLEASE very refreshing, and Stephen King’s ON WRITING is a classic for a reason. Writing is such a hard, weird, crazy job and I love hearing about how people end up doing it for a living. The stories are always good.

Do you have any must haves while you’re writing?

Coffee! I’ve also recently become addicted to Muji pens, and had a minor panic attack this morning when I thought I forgot it.

Can you share anything about what you’re currently working on?

I have a novel called BURNING coming out in April 2016 under the name Danielle Rollins—it’s been called Orange is the New Black meets Carrie. But the book I’m writing now is a secret! Be prepared for boys and bunnies and blood.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass | Review + Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass | Review + Interview + GiveawayLove & Other Theories by Alexis Bass
Published by Harper Teen on December 31, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
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3 Stars

Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel . . . and the romantic comedy.

Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak--they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.

With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss.

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Love & Other Theories is not your typical fluffy contemporary romance.  In fact, there is nothing typical about Love & Other Theories.  While it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be, I did find myself hooked from the start and smiling when I finished it.

Aubrey and her best friends are the mean girls of the school.  They hook up with all the hottest guys, they shun girls that go against them, and they tend to get up to no good behind each others backs.  They are not girls that are easy to like and that was by far my biggest issue with Love & Other Theories.  Aubrey was a smart girl but she was really stupid when it came to her friends and boys.  As for her friends, they weren’t all the worst but Shelby was a bitch.  I didn’t understand why everyone was so under her spell.  She was so full of herself and what she did to Aubrey was so hurtful.  I was also not so impressed with Nathan.  At first I was completely in love with him, especially with Aubrey.  They were so cute together.  Then I met Trip.  Trip was a guy who got what he wanted and expected that to always be true.  However, he was also a really sweet guy who clearly cared a lot for Aubrey and would do anything for her.  By the end of the book, my heart was his and I couldn’t remember who Nathan was.  Oops.

There was a lot of terrible communication between Aubrey, her friends, and all the boys in their lives.  So much stuff could have been cleared up if they had just talked about things.  Aubrey was pretty afraid to speak out but she wasn’t the only one.  There were so many secrets surrounding all of her friendships and other relationships, including with her family.  When Aubrey finally started speaking her mind I wanted to jump for joy.  However, it took a lot of heartache for her to reach that point and I felt terrible for all of it, especially since it could have so easily been avoided.

The story itself was not all that action packed but it was entertaining.  I love books that are set right around college time.  There was a lot of focusing on getting into college, what life was going to be like in college, and learning to say goodbye to friends from high school.  While Aubrey and her friends had a weird relationship, they really did see each other as life long friends.  Leaving them behind was a hard thing for Aubrey to even contemplate.  Also, while the whole partying thing was a little overdone, it made things interesting.  Aubrey and her friends had this crazy high school experience that was similar to that of my high school.  Not necessarily me (I was a nerd) but I totally understood it because my friends partied it up like them.  The drugs and alcohol might get to some people but I found it pretty realistic.

Overall, Love & Other Theories definitely won’t be topping my favorites list but I’m glad I gave it a chance.  I found myself flipping pages as fast as I could and by the end of the book I was really attached to the characters.  That’s the mark of a good book, to me.

What others are saying about Love & Other Theories:

Once Upon a Twilight’s review: “You will go from absolutely loving it to worrying about where it’s going to take you next; to making you completely fall in love with it.”

Fic Fare’s review: “With that said, I do think the story told here was interesting and if you are looking for a book that isn’t a soft, fluffy romance, you might enjoy this one.”

The Quirky Reader’s review:  “I think fans of Katie Cotugno will immensely appreciate this gem, but if you’re  just into contemporary YA in general, then you are required to check this one out.”

Interview

Describe Love & Other Theories in 140 characters or less.

A system developed by four best friends designed to avoid heartbreak falls apart the last few months of the high school.

Do you have a favorite character from Love & Other Theories? If so, why? (I know this is like asking a mom to pick a favorite child but I had to do it!)

It is hard! Of course, I love them all—even when I don’t like them, I love them. I…um…I guess the main character, Aubrey, because I wrote a whole book around her last few months in high school. 🙂

I created a minor character just to make my cousin laugh when she read the book; so in that regard, Leila Court is another favorite.

Did you consciously decide to write for a YA audience?  If so, what made you decide to write YA?

I decided to write YA because I love that time in life, when nothing is permanent, there’s so much possibility, so much changes so quickly, and there are no notes to pull from because you’re experiencing everything for the first time.

Do you have any must haves while you are writing?

I actually don’t have must-haves for writing (though having coffee on hand is great!). I’ve trained myself to write anywhere, with anything (or nothing). I make a huge dent in my word count goals typing on my phone while waiting in line (usually for coffee, haha).

Do you have any big plans for your release day?

My release day is New Year’s Eve and I’ll be back in my hometown for the holidays, so I’ll be celebrating both the book’s release and the New Year with some of my oldest friends.

What is next for you?  More YA books?

Yup, more YA books! My next standalone contemporary YA novel, WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US (HarperTeen) will be out next year.

Short answer:

Bad Boys or Good Boys?

Good Boys

Happily ever after or happily never after? 

Happily never after

Series or standalone?

Standalone

Love triangles or soulmates? 

Neither

Write at night or write during the day? 

At night

Write in silence or write with music?

With music

Print, audio or eBooks?

All of the above

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Christina Channelle | Giveaway

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Christina Channelle, YA and NA author, was kind enough to offer up an interview and bookmark giveaway as part of my birthday bash.  Check out the interview and enter the giveaway at the end!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog for an interview!

First off, tell us a little about your books!

Christina ChannelleThanks for having me! The first book I’ve ever written is Dahlia, a YA fantasy book about vampires and fallen angels. It’s the first book in the Blood Crave Series that also includes Fallen Tears, Rowan, and just recently released Sage. I started the idea of Dahlia when I was fifteen, which was years ago, and decided to complete it when I started my journey of self-publishing.

The next series that I’m currently working on includes Those Four Letter Words and Jaded Little Lies. It’s a NA contemporary series involving tons of relationship issues and a lot of curse words. I’m having a blast working on it!

Reap is a YA paranormal novella with mature themes. It’s mysterious and starts off as contemporary but it’s paranormal for a reason. A girl wakes up in an apartment with three pairs of eyes staring down at her. She has no idea who they are and she can’t remember anything. Plus she’s mute. The main character, Mia, has to deal with her new surroundings with strangers while trying to figure out her past.

Dealing With It is my flash story. It has two stories that you can literally read in minutes, whether taking a bus ride or waiting for a doctor’s visit. The stories are about girls simply dealing with difficult situations that they have been presented with. The first story is about the different stages of grief, each chapter a stage in how the main character deals with it, hence the title.

You write a lot of paranormal books. What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?

I do, don’t I? In the past I would have said vampire. By past, I mean like the 10th grade. Now I’m probably into zombies. You can blame Walking Dead for that. I can’t wait until it starts up again!

What is your favorite part of being a writer?

Although I write for myself, I love letting people in on something that I created, especially when they enjoy my words. I guess it’s the act of creating that I love so much. Creating characters, creating worlds, creating family, creating conflict, creating love.

Yup. Simply creating.

Do you find it more difficult to start a series or to finish a series? Do you know when you start a book that it’s going to be a series?

I find it easier to start a series for sure. Sometimes because I just don’t want it to end. I don’t usually have the intent to write a series when I start a book. For example, Those Four Letter Words was strictly meant to be a novella. But the story and its characters have a mind of their own so I have to do what they tell me.

What’s your current project? Can you tell us anything about it?

My current project is the first full-length book in the Four Letters series. It’s titled Jaded Little Lies and follows Those Four Letter Words, my mature YA novella (which is currently free at the moment)! I’m really excited about this series because I adore every single one of these characters. I don’t want to say too much about Jaded Little Lies but it continues Jade’s story from the novella. Lots of things happen in Those Four Letter Words and let’s just say, that doesn’t end. If you like lots of drama and don’t shy away from swear words, the Four Letters series might be your cup of tea.

Since it’s around Halloween time I thought I’d include some fun Halloween themed questions!

Vampires or werewolves?

I’ll go with vampires because I’ve written about them and not werewolves. But I prefer a particular kind of vampire, not the Abercrombie & Fitch kind. I want a gory, bloodthirsty SOB.

Candy corn or caramel apples?

Can I say neither? Hmm, I don’t actually think I’ve ever had candy corn. Don’t laugh but I’m just a picky person when it comes to food and I haven’t had a lot of things before. In regards to caramel apples, I like caramel and I like apples but I can’t do them together. What can I say? I’m strange.

Scary movies or haunted houses?

Scary movies! I love scary movies. I’d take that over a comedy any day of the week. Haunted houses don’t really scare me and to be honest, neither do scary movies. But I usually find them amusing.

Trick or treating or handing out candy?

Handing out candy for sure. The last time I went trick or treating I was twelve. During that Halloween, a lady handing out candy refused to give any to me (or my friends) because I was “too old”. I didn’t realize twelve was too old. It’s not my fault I’m tall. Since then I quit trick or treating.

Spending the night in with a book or out causing mischief and mayhem?

Definitely spending the night in with a book. I’m an introvert—I’m not going to lie. So the idea of spending the night in by myself sounds heavenly. Plus I love reading so that’s a bonus. And with the amount of things that happen in books, it’s not like I’m missing out on anything 🙂

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios | Review + Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios | Review + Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios | Review + Interview + GiveawayExquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by Harper Teen on October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
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4 Stars

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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Heather Demetrios’ sophomore novel has been receiving mixed reviews all across the board. It was hard for me to set expectations going in because the bloggers I usually agree with, were all over the place. That being the case, I went into Exquisite Captive with the expectations that I would enjoy the novel strictly because I enjoyed Heather Demetrios’ debut novel, Something Real, and because I’ve been enjoying fantasy novels lately. My expectations were definitely met.

The uniqueness of Exquisite Captive greatly appealed to me. I’ve only read one book about jinni’s in the past and it was nothing like Exquisite Captive. I truly have nothing I could compare this to that might tell you guys what to expect. That’s far from being a bad thing though. Just know, you are not getting your standard fantasy novel when you go into this one. I loved the Jinni history and caste system and look forward to an expansion of that in the following books in the series.

While I didn’t love the love interests, the relationships definitely intrigued me. Nalia’s relationship with Malek definitely reminded me a bit of the Juliette-Warner thing going on. He’s not a good guy and I don’t see him ever being redeemed but I think he will appeal to some readers for that whole Warner-like aspect. Raif, on the other hand, was more my kind of guy. I didn’t trust him at first but he grew on me.

The aspect of this book that’s probably going to be hardest for some people to get by is how slow the first half is. It’s the first in a new fantasy series so you have to expect world-building and you can’t expect that to be rushed. Just know that it is worth it if you make it past that first part.

Overall, Heather Demetrios has impressed me once again. I highly suggest you do what I did and go into this one kind of blind and just judge for yourself.

What others are saying about Exquisite Captive:

Novel Novice’s review: “Dark and seductive, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios will have you rethinking wishes — and every genie story you’ve ever heard, whether it’s that lovable blue guy in Aladdin or Barbara Eden in “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Mostly YA Book Obsessed’s review: “I was fascinated by the beautiful world that Demetrios’ created!”

Escapism’s review: “There was so much potential but it never rose to it.”

New 2 Author Photo Macmillan 2015About the author:

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review “an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history” (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). Find out more about Heather and her other books at www.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com

Interview!

First off, thanks so much for doing this interview. I adored Something Real and I can’t wait to read Exquisite Captive!

Yay! It makes me so happy that readers who liked my contemporary YA are also excited about checking out a story about a jinni enslaved in Hollywood.

Describe Exquisite Captive in 140 characters or less!

Enslaved jinni / empress-in-hiding seeks infuriatingly attractive enemy to free her from dangerous master. Must know how to steal bottles.

How was it different for you, going from a contemporary novel to a fantasy novel? Was the writing process any different?

I work on them at the same time, so although the novels themselves are very different for readers, it’s all part of the daily landscape to me. The essentials are the same: creating a world the reader will want to spend time in and characters that will find a place in their heart. The writing process is pretty much the same, although with my fantasy there are a lot more outside elements I use: physical storyboarding, writing to music, using scent in my office to bring the world to life…things like that.

What made you decide to write about jinni? It’s definitely not something that’s done a lot!

The idea came from a prompt in a writing class, but I stuck with it because nobody else was exploring these fascinating mythological creatures. The more research I did, the more I began to see the enormous potential for giving the jinn the treatment they deserve in the West. This isn’t Disney’s Aladdin or I Dream of Jeannie. I really tried to delve into the dark side of Arabic lore here.

Do you have any must-haves while writing?

Something to drink—coffee or sparkling water, usually. A heating pad—sitting all day really wrecks you. My Macbook Air and an aesthetically inspiring environment, which is usually my office or one of the coffeehouses in Brooklyn.

Do you have any plans for your release day?

My release day is going to be totally baller because it’s the first day of the Epic Reads tour! I’ll be in Princeton, NJ on my pub day day—I can’t wait! My launch party is the day before at Books of Wonder in Manhattan and we’re going to have a sitar player and henna artist there. I want readers to have a little taste of my jinn world.

Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now? I know there are more books in the Dark Caravan Cycle but anything else?

My next contemporary YA comes out in Feb. 2015. It’s called I’ll Meet You There and it’s a love story about a young Marine who just lost his leg in Afghanistan and a girl he works with at a quirky roadside motel. It’s my heart in paper and ink. I can’t wait for it to come out!

Short answer:
Bad Boys or Good Boys? I prefer bad boys next door. ☺

Happily ever after or happily never after? I’m a hopeless romantic of the Stephanie Perkins school.

Series or standalone? Series for fantasy, standalone for everything else. With fantasy, you need more time to really see this whole world the author is creating and you want to have enough time to spend with the large cast of characters. But I can’t reiterate enough that every book in a series needs to stand alone in terms of being a satisfying read with its own plot and character arcs. No filler!

Love triangles or soulmates? Some people might be worried that Exquisite Captive has a love triangle – it doesn’t. Three people does no always a love triangle make. I get pretty tired of the love triangle, but when it’s done well, I can’t resist its pull. Triangle or no, I prefer seeing soulmates who figure out they’re meant to be by novel’s end, but don’t know they’re meant to be at novel’s beginning.

Write at night or write during the day? I feel very lucky that I get to write full time. Because of that, I try to get most of my work done before my PIC (partner in crime) gets home from work. But it’s art – you can’t really confine it to one part of the day.

Write in silence or write with music? It depends on the book. I write the Dark Caravan Cycle to sitar and Middle Eastern music because that’s just what feels right and keeps me in the world. I usually write in silence, but have a playlist that inspires me for when I’m taking breaks.

Print, audio or eBooks? Print. Ain’t nothin’ like the real deal.

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October 2nd:
Ex Libris REVIEW
Bookish REVIEW + DREAM CAST

October 3rd:
Fiktshun REVIEW + THIS OR THAT
Imagine a World REVIEW

October 4th:
Two Chicks On Books GUEST POST
Books a la Mode REVIEW

October 5th:
Fire and Ice REVIEW + MUSIC PLAYLIST
Me, My Shelf and I SPOTLIGHT

October 6th:
Novel Novice REVIEW
Addicted Readers REVIEW

October 7th:
Such A Novel Idea REVIEW + 10 RANDOM THINGS
Katie’s Book Blog REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Forever Young Adult – CHRACTHER INTERVIEW

October 8th:
I Heart YA Fiction REVIEW
Wholly Books REVIEW + WHAT’S ON HEATHER’S DESK

October 9th:
Once Upon A Twilight REVIEW
Crossroad Reviews REVIEW

October 10th:
Mundie Moms REVIEW + EXCERPT
Curling Up With A Good Book REVIEW

October 11th:
Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW + A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HEATHER
Book Lovers Life REVIEW

October 12th:
A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW + TENS LIST
CBY Book Club – EXCERPT

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blog Tour: Atlantia by Ally Condie | Q & A + Giveaway #TeamBelow

If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not know that Ally Condie has a new book coming out this month.  Atlantia hits shelves on October 28.  To celebrate the release, Penguin has put together a fabulous blog tour and campaign.  There are two teams, #TeamBelow (I’m on this team!), and #TeamAbove.

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Throughout the month you can follow along the blog tour (I’ll post the schedule below) as well as check out the hashtags #TeamBelow and #TeamAbove on Instagram and Twitter.  There will be interviews, reviews, giveaways, and lots of fun stuff going on.  PenguinTeen will also be helping us promote all the special content we’ll be featuring throughout the month.  This is going to be one awesome (friendly!) competition between #TeamBelow and #TeamAbove.

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Atlantia by Ally Condie
To Be Released on: October 28th, 2014
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Q & A

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! 

Thank you for having me, and for being part of the Atlantia blog tour! It’s so much fun to get to visit your blog.

Your new book, Atlantia, features an Above world and Below world. Would you want to live Above or Below?

I would definitely want to live Above. I do love the ocean, but I wouldn’t want to live UNDER it. I’m also kind of claustrophobic. I’ve taken the Chunnel (the underwater train from England to France) before and I think is about the longest I can stand being underwater. I also like being able to walk for miles and miles and not reach the end of my world.

Who is the character most like you in Atlantia?

I think the character most like me in the story is probably Bay. I would do just about anything to protect those I love. But I don’t think I’m as unselfish as she is. I’m also a bit like Rio, because I know the feeling of being trapped and also the wonderful feeling of breaking free.

What’s the one thing you have to have when you’re writing?

Water. I guess that’s a little ironic, since this is a book with water in it! But I drink a lot of water while I am writing. I’m not sure what’s up with that. I know that’s a pretty lame answer. I guess the other thing I need most (can I have two?) is quiet. Which is kind of impossible in a house with four kids, but I bought some noise-canceling headphones and that REALLY helps.

Do you read YA when you’re not writing it? If so, what is your top recommendation?

*I read a lot of YA and I also read a lot of adult fiction. As far as recent reads go, my top YA recommendation is KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary Pearson. I thought this was a fantastic read and she does some extremely interesting/well-executed things with point-of-view. For adult fiction, I just finished Kate Atkinson’s BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM and I adored it. She’s a brilliant writer.

What’s next for you? Any more YA novels in the works?

*Yes! I am working on a YA novel right now. It’s in a completely different setting than anything I’ve done before, and it’s a book that I’ve wanted to write for years but haven’t attempted until now. I probably can’t say much more since it’s still very early stages. As far as what else is next for me—I’m looking forward to the Atlantia tour (I love meeting readers and doing school visits!) and I’ll also continue to try to keep up with my kids (they are 11, 8, 6, and 3, and they are very busy and fun).

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About the author:

Ally Condie is the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, CROSSED and REACHED, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Disney has optioned the film rights for the series.

A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar. (Source: Ally Condie’s website)

 
You can find Ally via her Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 
 
 

Want to follow along the #TeamBelow blog tour?  Check out the schedule!

September 28 – Katie (Mundie Moms) – Long Q&A
September 30 – Jen (I Read Banned Books) – Guest post
October 2 – Katie (Katie’s Book Blog) – Short Q&A
October 4 – Lea (YA Book Queen) – Review
October 6 – Taschima (Bloody Bookaholic) – Fancasting
October 8 – Jeremy (Novel Thoughts Blog) – Guest post
October 10 – Erin/ Flo (Fangirlish) – Review
October 12 – Nancy (Ravenous Reader) – Review
October 14 – Sara (Novel Novice) – Playlist
October 16 – Jess (Gone with the Words) – Short Q&A
October 18 – Rachel (Paper Cuts) – Guest post
October 20 – Georgia (Eve’s Fan Garden) – Playlist
October 22 – Gabby (Queen Ella Bee Reads) – Long Q&A
October 24 – Andrea (Reading Lark) – Review
October 26 – Tirzah (The Compulsive Reader) – Playlist

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I’ll Give You The Sun Blog Tour | Interview With Jandy Nelson + Giveaway

I’ll Give You The Sun Blog Tour | Interview With Jandy Nelson + Giveaway

I’m beyond excited to be part of the blog tour for I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I just posted my review this past Monday but I have to reiterate: this is my favorite book of 2014! I can’t rave about this book enough. Jandy Nelson is one of my favorite authors and I’m honored to have her here on the blog today!

Interview!

Jude and Noah are twins.  You aren’t a twin, are you?  If not, how did you capture that unique relationship between twins, that special bond?

Well, I’m happy you feel I captured it! No, I’m not a twin. I do have twins in my life and did research on twins for the book. But still, I really don’t feel like I can speak at all for twins in general, only for Noah and Jude with their particular personalities, who come from a particular family and a particular place and time and have their own particular roller-coaster relationship and fierce bond. I think in many ways, it was they who taught me what it must be like being a twin. I guess I just tried to listen to them.

What are some authors that inspired your writing? 

My two favorite authors of all time are Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Virginia Woolf and their novels inspire me in all ways, not just to do with writing. In the YA and MG world I’m very inspired by the work of Francesca Lia Block, Markus Zusak, An Na, Laurie Halse Anderson, Stephen Chbosky, Rainbow Rowell, Sharon Creech, Patrick Ness, Carol Lynch Williams, Gayle Forman, Margo Rabb, Nina LaCour, Gabrielle Zevin, John Green, David Levithan, among many many others. As for picture book writers, I’m gaga over William Steig. And then, there are the amazing poets like Neruda, Berryman, Wright, Carson.

What is your writing process like?

Well, for this book, the writing process was pretty crazy. I’m not sure how it happened but I ended up spending most of the 3 ½ years writing this book in a pitch black room with the curtains drawn, ear plugs in, and sound machine blasting! The only light in the room was the computer screen which became like a portal into the story. For some reason, this allowed me an intimacy with the characters I’d never felt before and enabled me to live inside the story completely. It was fantastic, totally nuts, but fantastic. Besides for that, I work best when I get to start first thing when I wake up without checking email or talking too much. I usually work from that point in AM until I can’t anymore, guzzling endless amounts of green tea all day long!

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About the author:

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings ofThe Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. Visit her online at www.jandynelson.com or find her on twitter at @jandynelson.

I’ll Give You the Sun is on shelves now! Signed / personalized copies are available from Books Inc.

About I’ll Give You The Sun:

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A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour, featuring guest posts, interviews, giveaways, and more!

Sept. 1 – Cuddlebuggery

Sept. 2 – Novel Sounds

Sept. 3 – Perpetual Page Turner

Sept. 4 – Forever Young Adult

Sept. 8 – The Young Folks

Sept. 9 – The Book Hookup

Sept. 10 – Grown Up Fangirl

Sept. 11 – Bewitched Bookworms

Sept. 15 – Candace’s Book Blog

Sept. 16 – Novel Novice

Sept. 17 – Alice Marvels

Sept. 18 – Icey Books

Sept. 22 – The Midnight Garden

Sept. 23 – The Starry-Eyed Revue

Sept. 24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Sept. 25 – Katie’s Book Blog

Sept. 29 –GReads!

Sept. 30 –Anna Reads

Giveaway!

PenguinTeen is giving away 5 copies of the new paperback edition of The Sky Is Everywhere!

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Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter | Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter | Interview + Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter | Interview + GiveawayThe Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3
on September 30, 2014
Pages: 464
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I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

I’m beyond excited to be part of the blog tour for The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter. This is the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles and I don’t know about you guys but I’m eager to see how Ali and Cole’s story is going to end.

Check out my interview with Gena Showalter!

  • First off, thanks so much for doing this interview. I’m a huge fan of your young adult books and I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for Queen of Zombie Hearts!

GS: Thank you so much for having me over!

  • Describe the White Rabbit Chronicles in 140 characters or less!

GS: The first time I read this, I somehow homed in on the number 40.  I came up with: ‘Nonstop action with zombies, slayers & romance’ and then ‘Monsters go boom, girl falls in love.’  Then it hit me.  I’d missed 100 characters.  So.

As the war between zombie and humans—and humans and humans—heats up, Ali Bell has to decide what’s more important.  Her love life…or her life.

  • How is writing for young adults different from writing for adults?

GS: Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s very much…here goes, just say it…the same.  I do my best to create characters with fully realized backstories, keep the action and adventure flowing, weave in secrets, reveal those secrets, and my favorite: make the pages sizzle as certain characters fall in love.

  • The White Rabbit Chronicles features a good mix of characters. Do you have a favorite? If so, who and why?

GS: Kat has always been my girl.  I adore her attitude, her witty comebacks, and the fact that she was once angry with her boyfriend for a crime he committed…in a dream.  A trait I share.  I have often blamed my family members for their dream-crimes.  (You know what you did, Mother!)

And I must say, Kat is in top form in The Queen of Zombie Hearts.  She didn’t just steal my heart, she decided to rip it out and keep it in her trophy case.

Her motto is: I’m on board the awesome train, and you can hop on or get run over.

  • When you first started writing the White Rabbit Chronicles, did you know how the trilogy was going to end or did that come to you later?

GS: Much to my dismay, no.  I wrote the first book with only a vague idea of where I was headed.  Girl realizes zombies are real, falls for boy who kills zombies, learns to kill zombies herself, romance, the end.  I had a better idea with book two—mirror images come to life, Z wars, secrets among friends, problems with the romance—and then absolutely ZERO idea with book three—uh, more zombies?  I knew I had to tie up all the threads I’d left dangling in the first two books, and had to brainstorm with my editor about how, exactly, to do that.

The end result THRILLED me.  Do I enjoy torturing my characters?  Yes.  This book is proof.  Did I smile more while writing this book than ever before?  Definitely.  And not just because of the torture.  Some of the things that come out of the mouths of my characters… I’m smiling now!

  • What advice would you give to people living in the world of the White Rabbit Chronicles? In case of a zombie apocalypse, any tips would be helpful!

GS: Stay close to a slayer.  If you can’t see the zombies, you’re toast.  But, uh…maybe don’t try to steal a slayer’s boyfriend.  You’ll be even bloodier toast.

  • Any hints about what readers can expect next from you? More YA in the future?

GS: I will be launching a brand new YA trilogy next year (2015) and I’m SO excited.  In fact, I’ve never been so excited about an idea, or a book, or a group of characters.  Ideas have been flowing continuously for about a year, and I’ve been keeping notes.  I know exactly where to start, where to go, and how to end.  Thank the good Lord!

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About Gena Showalter:
GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @GenaShowalter and visit her at genashowalter.com/young-adult/ and at HarlequinTEEN.com.

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Giveaway Info:

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, or QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS!

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, hunt down the white rabbit, and answer the daily question.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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“Look for the White Rabbit Contest”: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the white rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!

 

Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and hunt the rabbit. Will you find it?

 

Daily Question: Who is your favorite White Rabbit chronicles Character, apart from Ali and Cole 🙂 ?

 

Tour Schedule:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane | Review + Interview

Blog Tour: Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane | Review + Interview

Blog Tour: Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane | Review + InterviewEvidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 224
Format: ARC
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3 Stars

When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. Tommy was adopted, so maybe he ran away to find his birth parents. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in his own thoughts about particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pull-out off the highway, so maybe someone drove up and snatched him. Or maybe he slipped into a parallel universe. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it is possibly true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.

Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy and third-person chapters about people who find the things Tommy left behind—his red motorbike, his driving goggles, pages from his notebook—Particles explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

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Evidence of Things Not Seen might be one of the most bizarre books I’ve ever read.  It’s unlike anything else in the YA market and while it wasn’t my favorite, I truly enjoyed reading it.

The story focuses on the disappearance of Tommy Smythe.  Tommy is a strange boy with a fascination for particle physics and alternate universes.  One of the quirky things about the book is that you never actually meet Tommy.  You get to read his journal entries but that is all you have of Tommy other than what other people have to say about him.  Each chapter is told from a different point of view, some people who knew Tommy and some people who stumble upon items of his after his disappearance.  While it took some getting used to, this style was awesome and probably my favorite aspect of the book.

Each chapter is almost like a short story.  Each person has something to do with Tommy, whether they know it or not.  It’s also a way to see how everyone is connected by just one person.  All of the people were very different but they all tied together somehow.  There were times when I wondered why I was reading about a certain person but later on in the book I’d see the bigger role they played.  It was really fascinating and such a unique way to tell this story.

The mature content in Evidence of Things Not Seen really got to me.  I don’t usually have a problem with this kind of stuff but in this case, there was a lot of it and some of it seemed unnecessary.  There was rape, incest, child prostitution, abuse, and all kinds of other stuff.  I just felt like there was an over abundance of mature content and at times it made me really uncomfortable.

The ending is not perfect, it’s not tied up with a bow, but it’s perfect for the story.  It’s very open ended and it has definitely got me thinking.  Also, I won’t tell you what it is but I adore the last line.

Overall, Evidence of Things Not Seen is a promising young adult debut from Lindsey Lane.  I look forward to more unique stories from this author.

What others are saying about Evidence of Things Not Seen:

Shae Has Left The Room’s review: “I will say that it is definitely unlike most books I read.”

Bewitched Bookworms’ review: “The writing was crisp, sometimes stark, but beautiful at the same time.”

Read.Sleep.Repeat’s review: “Overall, I recommend this book to people looking to read fresh and interesting contemporaries, and books with a large feeling of community and family.”

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About the author:

Award-winning author Lindsey Lane is proud to announce her debut YA novel EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers on September 16, 2014. Her picture book SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN (Clarion, 2003) is now available as an iTunes app, which Digital Storytime describes as “heartwarming and adorable with rich illustrations and lyrical text.” In 2010, Lindsey received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Lindsey is a featured presenter at many schools where she gets kids (of all ages) excited about writing. When she is not writing, reading or being a mom, Lindsey loves sweating at Bikkram yoga, seeing movies and plays, and enjoying some of the outrageously good food at Austin restaurants with friends.

 

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Interview with Lindsey Lane!

First off, thanks for stopping by the blog.  =)

Thank you so much for hosting me. It’s an honor.

Describe Evidence of Things Not Seen in 140 characters or less!

Without hashtags? Okay, here goes:

Tommy is missing. As the community searches, their lives are affected by the loss & the only clues they find are pages from Tommy’s notebook

What made you decide to write YA?

I’m not sure I decided to write YA. I think stories come to us and we have to figure out the best way to tell them. That said, one of the things that I am most proud of about EVIDENCE is that it is tough, gritty and honest and I think that young adults sometimes want a story that doesn’t have easy answers and big bows. Sometimes they want to look behind the wizard’s curtain and see the machinations of what makes life messy and magical.

Your character, Tommy, is a genius when it comes to physics.  Do you have a physics background?  If not, how did the idea come to you?

I do not have a background in physics but I have a fascination with the ideas in physics.  So do a lot of other writers. Steven Moffatt (Dr. Who) Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass), to name two of many.

The first story I wrote about Tommy was called Particles and, in it, I hinted that Tommy might have disappeared by going into another dimension. When I expanded the story and wove it through the entire book, I had to entertain all the possibilities of how Tommy might have disappeared.  As Tommy writes in his journal:  All Possibilities exist. When I make an observation, all possibilities collapse into one. So is it our observation that limits possibility? What if there is absolutely no observer? Then anything is possible. Anything. I could be anywhere. I could be dead. I could be sleeping. I could be on Ruby going to class. I could even be in class because that’s one of the possibilities that exists as long as no one is observing me.

Do you have any must haves while writing?

A cup of strong black tea (Yorkshire Gold or Scottish Breakfast) with milk and a comfortable chair. Other than that, I love hearing my animals breathing nearby and, if the weather’s good, the windows open so I can hear the birds.

What has been your best experience being part of the YA community?

I have to say that the Kidlit/YA community has the most enthusiastic and generous people on the planet. As far as best experience, well, being on this blog tour is pretty great and when I reached out to blurbers, I was welcomed heartily into the fold. Because this is my debut, I am looking forward to many more great experiences.

What are you working on now?  Anything else YA?

I am working on the next YA novel. The working title is Inside The Notes.  The protagonist is a musician who is set on a path to meet the man who killed her mother fourteen years ago: her father.