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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog Tour- THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu 5 Reasons to Read The Young Elites & A Pre- Order Giveaway!


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu! I freaking adore Marie! I'm sharing my Top 5 reasons you should read The Young Elites Series today! And make sure to enter the awesome pre-order giveaway!


Haven't heard of THE MIDNIGHT STAR? Check it out!

Title: THE MIDNIGHT STAR (A Youn Elites Novel #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes& Noble | iBooks
The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series. 


Now on to my post!

Top 5 reasons to read The Young Elites Series I'll use a couple quotes sent by Penguin teen.

1. There aren't any good guys (not really) the MC's in the book and most of the other characters are bad guys. I wouldn't even call them anti-heroes although some may.



2. The worldbuilding is absolutely breathtaking! It's set in a fantasy world but it's an awful lot like Europe.

3. I love the multiple POV's.

4. The swoon worthy boys! Yes I am an Enzo girl but Maggiano and Teren are pretty hot too!

5. Marie just knows how to write a beautiful story. Even though I most of the characters got under my skin at times I still couldn't stop myself from reading to see what came next!












About Marie:
I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.











Giveaway Details:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
Monday, 9/26: Expresso Reads (Series Sensory Associations)
Monday, 9/26: Ensconced in Lit (TYE “What Makes a Villain” Discussion)
Tuesday, 9/27: Myriad Inklings (Review/Book Playlist)
Tuesday, 9/27: Two Chicks on Books (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Wednesday, 9/28: Mike the Fanboy (Villains/Anti-Heroes in Pop Culture List)
Thursday, 9/29: Reading Teen (Guest Post)
Thursday, 9/29: Twirling Pages (Favorite Quotes/Mood Board)
Friday, 9/30: Bibliophile Gathering (Review)
Friday, 9/30: Brittany’s Book Rambles (Favorite Quotes)

Week Two:
Monday, 10/3: Once Upon a Twilight (Guest Post)
Tuesday, 10/4: The Starry-Eyed Revue (Midnight Star Look Book)
Tuesday, 10/4: Arctic Books (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Wednesday, 10/5: Folded Pages Distillery (Review + Instagram)
Wednesday, 10/5: Fiktshun (Review)
Thursday, 10/6: The Book Nut (Review + Mood Board)
Thursday, 10/6: Bookiemoji (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Friday, 10/7: MundieMoms (Review + Favorite Quotes)

Week Three:
Monday, 10/10: The Fandom (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Tuesday, 10/11: Forever Young Adult (Guest Post)
Wednesday, 10/12: Owl Always Be Reading (Review + Quotes)
Wednesday, 10/12: Buttermybooks (Favorite Morally Ambiguous Characters)
Thursday, 10/13: IceyBooks (Quote Candy)
Friday, 10/14: Dark Faerie Tales (Guest Post)
Friday, 10/14: A Page with a View (Favorite Fanart)

Week Four:
Monday, 10/17: The Book Shire (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Monday, 10/17: Seeing Double in Neverland (Review)
Tuesday, 10/18: What Sarah Read (Guest Post)
Wednesday, 10/19: Adventures of a Book Junkie (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Wednesday, 10/19: YA Bibliophile (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Thursday, 10/20: Eater of Books! (Swoon Thursday)
Friday, 10/21: Me My Shelf and I (Bookish Scents)
Friday, 10/21: Oh the Book Feels (Review + Favorite Quotes)

If you haven't started the series now's a great time!


Release Day Celebration: Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon with Giveaway

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Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Book Birthday, Cindy!
 
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Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.
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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books
 
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Stone pulled her into his arms then surprised, she resisted, before submitting to his embrace. He had never overstepped boundaries since taking her captive, and she knew when he did touch her on rare occasion, it was for a reason. His armor made no noise when he moved, and when she pressed both hands to his chest, she felt a tunic beneath her fingers. Soft and worn.
            The immortal was truly never as he appeared.
            “You will see,” Stone said as he tightened his arms around Skybright’s waist, clasping her close like a lover.
            It was unexpected, both thrilling and terrifying; his usual warmth felt uncomfortably hot against her skin.
            Then Stone leaped off the cliff edge.
            A strangled scream tore from Skybright’s throat, but the sudden rush of air snatched it away in an instant, and she couldn’t draw enough breath to even gasp as they plummeted toward the lake far below.
 
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
 
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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at http://cindypon.com.
 
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Top Ten Tuesday (81)- Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List



Hi thanks for stopping by!!! And welcome to my Top 10 Tuesday post! 

Thanks to the lovely ladies at The Broke And The Bookish for creating this weekly meme!

Here's this week's topic.

September 27: Books On My Fall TBR List

I'll post the book covers and link to their goodreads. So just click on the cover to be taken to the goodreads page.

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So what about you? What are some fall 2016 books you've read or are looking forward to ? And check back next week for my Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Villains!!! 


Hugs,
Jaime



Friday, September 23, 2016

Blog Tour- STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco An Interview


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for STALKING JACK THE RIPPER  by Kerri Maniscalco! I freaking adored this book!  I have an interview with Kerri to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a finished copy of the book!!


Haven't heard of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ? Check it out!

Title: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER 
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Now on to the interview! It's a short one just some lightning round questions.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read? 
I am dying to read A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT and will be treating myself after the tour and when I turn in book two. I’m going to take one glorious day off and just read and drink tea. 

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
Gryffindor all the way! (The online quiz confirms this :)  

Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. But I love Instagram the best :D

Favorite Superhero?
Wonder woman or catwoman. 

Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch very much tv, so maybe Game of Thrones or anything about cooking or forensics. Or the BachelorI *do* have an embarrassing obsession with that show that recently started. Sometimes its nice to just veg out on something silly.

Sweet or Salty?
Salty. I love steamed/salted edamame and potato chips once in a while.

Any Phobias?
I am afraid of heights during certain times. Looking down from an escalator? Terrifying. Hiking up a mountain? I’m totally fine.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Feels like we only go backwards’ by Tame Impala.

Spring Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Beauty and the Beast! The atmosphere reminds me a bit of book two, and I cannot wait to see what they’ve done to this classic tale.




About Kerri:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

It will be available in stores and online September 20, 2016.

Favorite non-writing things:

I believe curry, avocados, vinyl records, handwritten letters, and my 1950s Smith-Corona typewriter are the best things on the planet. EVER. (Aside from my food blog, www.sndwchsetc.com, that is.) My favorite quote of all time is: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” by Jack London.

Follow Kerri on Twitter and Instagram where she’s always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books:




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Blog Tour- THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey y'all! I am stoked to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham! I have an interview with Leigh to share with you today. Check it out & make sure to enter the giveaway!



Haven't heard of THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL? Check it out!
Title: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL
Author: Leigh Statham
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 300
Formats: Paperback, & eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 
Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.


Now on to the interview!


Hi Leigh! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thank you so much for having me! Delighted to be here!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL and the characters?

Sure! This is the sequel to my first book, The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl. Marguerite is still the main character, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that she ends up sneaking into a very interesting voyage that ruins her hair, and her outfit, and almost costs her two of her dearest friends. There are new characters that I loved writing about and Outil is back, of course. I don’t think Marguerite would be able to get through a whole day without Outil at her side.

Will there be a book 3 and if not what are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on an MFA in creative writing. I love to teach and I love to write, so it’s a perfect marriage. I have been writing a lot of short stories for that program and also a YA novel. It’s a lot of fun to see the academic side of creative writing and to learn from some really accomplished authors.

Book 3 is simmering in my heart, brain and hard drive :)

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Why, Yes! Marguerite Vadnay was my great-great-great (add a couple more greats) grandmother. She was an actual girl that was adopted by Louis the IVX and sent to Montreal to chose a husband to marry and help settle the wild new world they were building. I stumbled upon this story while doing family history research and I loved it so much that I had to write about it. Some of the other characters are based on real people from history as well. Captain Douleur is a mix of female pirates I researched but I’d say she is mostly based on Madame Ching, an infamous female pirate leader from early 19th century China. In her prime, she commanded a naval fleet of more than 1,500 vessels with a crew upwards of 180,000, and she was one of the only pirate captains to ever retire from pirating alive.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

My favorite character is definitely Outil. She’s such a lovely automaton, and I love writing about her little accomplishments toward understanding humans. My lease favorite character to write was probably Butterfield. She’s a great character, and a key character, but we just didn’t get along very well.

What is your favorite passage/scene in THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL?

It is one of the scenes toward the end of the book, when Marguerite has to do something she would never dream of doing that really grosses her out. But she ends up getting through. I think it really helped her grow as a character. And no I’m not going to tell you what it was. No spoilers! But if you’ve read the book, I think you’ll know what I’m talking about. It has to do with major events at Claude’s homestead.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

LOTS! I read as many books as I could get my hands on about the history of pirates. I visited all the pirate museums I could find while wandering around the country, and I even went on a cruise. I know, tough life, eh? (Don’t be too jealous. I was sick as a dog for weeks afterwards and I’ll never go on a cruise again.)

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I have about 500 characters running through my head right now. So I’m just going to pick one at random. How about Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. An oldie, but definitely a goodie.

What inspired you to write YA?

I love that time of life. I admire young people today so much. They go through so many changes and have to make so many HUGE decisions. I never want to relive it, but I love writing about it and I would love to help someone get through it (or escape it) with my books.

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Right now I’m reading Barren Ground by Ellen Glasgow for school. I’m DYING to read A Taste for Monsters by Matthew Kirby. Love me some monsters!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

(Love this question!) The sorting hat usually puts me in Hufflepuff. But I usually self-identify as Griffindor/Ravenclaw = Griffinclaw. However, after doing some research, I think Hufflepuff is pretty accurate. (Can you tell I take my Potter seriously?)

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter.

Favorite Superhero?  

WONDER WOMAN! *ching*ching* (that’s the sound of bullets bouncing off her gold wrist cuffs). She’s been my idol since I was a little girl. Linda Carter all the way!

Favorite TV show?

Stranger Things or Poldark *swoon*

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

Any Phobias?

I really don’t like falling. It hurts. So I’m afraid of it.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

The remake of While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Regina Spektor from the movie Kubo LOVE! Must see that movie. Must hear that song. So good.

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Is there any other movie coming out? No way!

Thanks so much Leigh for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL!


About Leigh:
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.


Connect with the Author: Website |Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:
Contest ends October 7, 2016 
·        One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of books 1 and 2 in the Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl series by Leigh Statham (INT)









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