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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


Falling Kingdoms
Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: 400 pages
Hardcover: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
ISBN: 1595145842
Source: ARC form the publisher
Rating: Loved
From Goodreads.


In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

 I've seen this book compared to Game of Thrones, like it’s The Game of Thrones for YA crowd. At first I was like no way because I love GOT and I didn't think that comparison could be true but, then I read Falling Kingdoms and this book was epic! So I could see how some would compare the two.

Morgan has written a High Fantasy tale that will take its rightful place among some of the best High Fantasy for YA written! This story has so many twists and turns, magic and treachery, and is told from multiple POV’s. I will admit there’s such a big cast of characters that it was a bit confusing at first and, I had to keep flipping to the beginning of the book to where the cast is written out by land. Also her world building is fantastic. Oh and don’t get too attached to any of the characters you never know who will live and who will die. I actually became quite attached to a few(Magnus especially he was a tortured soul that just happened to be drop dead gorgeous and I fell hard for him!) and I won’t say if they survived or not.

I could ramble on about this book forever but I would be getting into spoilers and y’all really need to read this one for yourselves. I am dying to get my hands on book 2!

I chose a passage that I loved to share with you all.

He reached down to take her hand in his. “I was so worried about you.”

Cleo was surprised that he’d drawn so close to her. “I know.”

“You could have been killed.”

“Theon, I wasn't thinking straight.”

“Neither was I. And neither am I at this very moment.”

She looked up at him just as he captured his mouth with his and kissed her deeply.

This was not a chaste kiss of friendship. This was a kiss of true passion, such as she’d only dreamed of before. Her heart leapt in her chest and she wrapped her arms around him to pull him closer. When it ended, he stepped back from her, his eyes steady on the ground, a deep frown creasing his brow.

“My humble apologies for that, princess.”

Make sure to go grab this one when it comes out or pre-order it from the links above! I will definitely be buying my copy to add to my High Fantasy shelves!


Dying to Read (11)- Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris



Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

This week the book I’m dying to read is Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris! I am seriously dying to read this one! I loved Unraveling and I can’t wait to read more about Janelle and my dear sweet Ben this boy totally stole my heart!


Unbreakable
Elizabeth Norris
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray  (Harper)
ISBN: 0062103768

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

 So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Giveaway- 2 Finished Copies of The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa!!!



Hey y’all!  Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Big Honcho Media I have 2 finished copies of Julie Kagawa’s The Lost Prince to giveaway! I’m a huge fan of Julie’s books so I’m super stoked to be able to host this giveaway and get Ethan, Megan, Ash, Puck, Grim, and all of Julie’s Fey out there into the world! So fill out the Rafflecopter form below!



About The Lost Prince
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

About The Iron Fey Series
The Iron Fey saga follows half-human, half-faery Meghan Chase as she fights to claim her magical birthright.

Meghan’s journey begins in the mortal world, when her half-brother Ethan is kidnapped. The mission to rescue the innocent child draws Meghan into the Nevernever—the magical world—where the never-before-seen Iron fey are raining destruction upon traditional faeries. Meghan’s quest is fraught with unimagined dangers, unpredictable powers…and an utterly forbidden love.

Now little Ethan is all grown up—and a new breed of fey has come for him. Bound by blood to a world he despises, Ethan plunges into the Nevernever searching for answers: who are the ghostly assassins hunting him? Who controls them? And why are exiled and half-breed faeries vanishing from the mortal world?

With a vulnerable human girl to protect and an enigmatic faery ally he could never have imagined, Ethan embarks on his own Fey saga. Along the way he will encounter kin, comrades and deadly new enemies. He will discover his formidable strengths, and his deepest weaknesses—and he will fight for his life against the Forgotten.                                                                                    The second book in the Call of the Forgotten trilogy will be released November 2013.

 About the author
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things: how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks and that writing stories in math class is a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede.

In addition to The Call of the Forgotten trilogy, Julie will be releasing book 2 of her Blood of Eden series, THE ETERNITY CURE, in May 2013.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blog Tour- Crewel by Gennifer Albin and a Giveaway




Hey ya’ll! Welcome to my stop on the Crewel Blog Tour! I have an interview today between author, Gennifer Albin and her editor, Janine from Farrar Straus & Giroux! I also have a finished copy of Crewel to giveaway and a Crewel bracelet! Don’t know what Crewel is? Check it out! And make sure to check out my review!


Crewel
Gennifer Albin
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Macmillan)
ISBN: 0374316414
Free Chapter sampler from Barnes & Noble or you can read it on Facebook!

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.


Now on to the interview!


To Janine: When did you know you were going to buy Crewel?

I knew from reading the very first sentence that CREWEL was a project that I had to have! I read the manuscript one summer afternoon while pretending to play with my son in the sandbox and pool (good thing my husband was there to actually take care of the poor child!), and fell in love with it. How many people read it in-house before you offered? A handful of people in marketing and sales and FSG's publisher, Simon Boughton. Everyone agreed that it was the perfect project for FSG's list: it is just the right blend of literary and commercial, and it's artfully written.

To Genn: When did you know you were going to choose FSG/Janine?

It was a hard decision, because it felt so important.  It was my debut book, after all! It was really down to two houses, and Janine understood I wanted this story to be a trilogy.  The other editor thought two might do.  Believe me, I couldn't squash this story into two books!  Then we (my agent and I) received an email the day before auction closed with an amazing plan for the book, and that pretty much clinched it.  I slept on it, woke up the next morning and called my agent to accept the FSG deal.

What's your editorial process like?

It involves lots and lots of reading and re-reading, and asking questions, as well as more detailed line edits. It's especially important when world-building is involved.

What she said!  I tend to layer in as I revise, so rereading is crucial.  Plus, I get a little wild with my worldbuilding and plots, so we have to make sure they make sense.

What are you most excited about in coming books in the Crewel World trilogy?

Watching Adelice hone her skills and become who she destined to be. 

Writing kissing scenes.  What? It’s true.


Which boy would be your fictional crush in the book?

Hmm. They're all too young for me! But the sixteen-year-old me would definitely have crushed on Erik because he's a little bit dangerous. 

That’s hard to say, especially since I know who she ends up with.  I plead the fifth.

To Janine: Was it the world or one of the characters that hooked you?

Both! I love the world Genn has created. It's so rich and unique, and it feels completely real. Genn has a gift at crafting characters that come alive on the page, and you find yourself emotionally invested in their lives. Plus, she is a master at giving the reader villains that you will love to hate.

Who is your favorite character and why?

Adelice, of course! She's tough and determined and I like that in a girl. Beyond that, I totally enjoyed when Maela showed up in scenes. She is pure evil in a good way.

I won’t lie.  I love Cormac.  I can’t even say I love to hate him.  He just flows onto the page.

Will you work together on future books? (lol, I'll have to get through writing the rest of this series before we can answer that!)

YES! Genn is an editor's dream author. She's fun and smart, and she views the process as a collaboration, which it should be. 

I have to finish this series first!  But I love Janine and FSG, and I think there’s a lot of value to building a relationship with a publishing houses rather than jumping around too much.  

Make sure to check out the trailer!



Gennifer Albin is part of the Fall 2012 Fierce Reads campaign: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads

Read the short story prequel, entitled “The Department of Alterations” 
Check out Gennifer Albin’s Website 

Check out the rest of the blog tour stops for more chances to win Crewel

Crewel Blog Tour Schedule
Monday 10/15                   http://www.lushbudgetproduction.com/
Tuesday 10/16                   http://birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 10/17           http://hobbitsies.net/
Thursday 10/18                 http://cuddlebuggery.com/
Friday 10/19                       http://www.startingthenextchapter.com/
Saturday 10/20                  http://www.bookswithbite.net/
Sunday 10/21                     http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/

Monday 10/22                   http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/
Tuesday 10/23                   http://bookalicious.org/
Wednesday 10/24           http://www.emilysreadingroom.com/
Thursday 10/25                 http://bewitchedbookworms.com/
Friday 10/26                       http://christinareadsya.blogspot.com/
Saturday 10/27                  http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/
Sunday 10/28                     http://www.ibbookblogging.com/



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Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal- Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins and Blog Tour News




SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Can you tell I’m excited?!?!?! LOL well I am! Y’all know how much I loved Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins! Hell I even co-hosted the Sweet Read along with Mindy, Rachel, Tara, and Nancy! So when I found out that the rest of the series had finally gotten picked up (Thanks Harper Teen for lagging and giving me a heart attack lol) I couldn’t wait to see the new cover! And it’s finally here!!!!!

So without further ado I present you with the cover for Sweet Peril!


Sweet Peril
Wendy Higgins
Paperback: 464 pages
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062265946

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?


Book 3 of The Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is slated for spring/summer 2014.

Gorgeous Right?????? I'm dying to read it even more now!!!



About Wendy:
Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

Where you can find Wendy.

Some extras!
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Like the Sweet Evil Facebook Page!!!

Oh and don’t forget Wendy has already agreed to do the Sweet Peril Blog tour with Rachel and I over at Rockstar Book Tours so make sure to go follow us and sign up to be a tour host! Ooh and make sure to follow us on twitter to keep up with all tour news! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Tour Renegade and a Giveaway!



Hey ya’ll so I have Gavin here from the amazing book Renegade by JA Souders. Gavin is somewhat cagey so to get him to sit still and do anything like this was a feat but he’s so damned adorable and I thank him for trying! I was supposed to post a review along with the post but I felt it would be too long so my review of the book is below I’ve added a very hot scene for my excerpt so make sure to read it!


Ok so handing this over to Gavin for a sec….

Transcript from video log.

*image is wobbly as Gavin sets recorder down*  *clears throat* 

Hi, um, I’m Gavin. Er, you probably want my last name, too. That’s how these things work, right? It’s Hunter. That’s a weird last name, isn’t it? (*laughs*)  Well, I’m a hunter, and my dad was a hunter before me, and his dad before him and so on and so forth until before the war. I’ve no idea what our last name was before that, although I’m sure we had one…, but someone around the time after the War became a hunter and someone else called him Hunter and our last name was born.

Hmm. Maybe you didn’t want to know that. It is kind of boring…

*Gavin looks around the room and taps his fingers on the table*

Hmm. What to talk about? What to talk about?

Gah! I don’t know how to do these things! Evie’s the one who usually handles these things. She’s the princess after all.  She’s been trained (*scowls*) to know how to speak eloquently and with passion and fervor, while looking absolutely gorgeous without a hair out of place and a smile plastered onto her perfect face. All the while not worrying that she’s talking to an ungodly amount of people.  Even now when she…*glances over shoulder, turns back around and stares at hands*) even with everything that’s happened, she still has the regality to her.

 Me? I’m just a hunter from a tiny little village off the Atlantic who’s used to spending my time doing my best to avoid human contact as much as possible. Now?  Now I’m stuck trying to figure out how not to sound like an idiot. Sh*&%

*female voice in background* Gavin!

*Gavin winces, and turns away from the camera*  Sorry, Evie! 

*Turns back around, and runs hands through hair.*

Okay, so what the *winces again, clears throat* What am I supposed to talk about? I’m sure you all want to know what our story is about. Should I tell you that? *Face brightens, then falls again* Nope, Jess would have my head on a platter if I did that. 

*frowns at camera, then tosses hands in the air* I give up. I’m getting Evie to do this. She’s much better at it.

*end transmission*

 Lol he cracks me up! I adore this guy! Ok so haven’t heard of Renegade yet? Check it out!


Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles Book1)
JA Souders
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN:  0765332450
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

About JA:
J.A. Souders lives in Florida with her husband and their two children and is an active member of RWA, DFRW, YARWA, SCBWI, and SFWA. RENEGADE is her first novel.

Where you can find JA:





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Review- Renegade by JA Souders


Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles Book1)
JA Souders
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN:  0765332450
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!

From Goodreads.


Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Holy crap y’all this is one of my favorite books of 2012! Renegade is a sci-fi Dystopian post-apocalyptic book that rocked my world!!! I literally tweeted my friends and told them that if they had this book that it was a DEAR! (For those of you who don’t know DEAR= Drop Everything And Read) I fell for this underwater Utopia and the beautifully written characters, crazy plot, and holy shit hang on the edge of your seat last few chapters!!!

I instantly fell in love with Gavin he was brave, smart, strong, and OMG swoonworthy! And Evie is an amazing MC I mean the chick battles amnesia on a daily basis. She is a very badass chick! I mean who can just spout off gun specs on a whim and then turn around and hack into a tricky computer system? Evie can! And the bad guy? I loved that it wasn't actually a guy! It was a woman whom Evie called her mother and she’s completely unhinged and evil! The funny thing is I could kinda understand her motivations even though she went about thing the crazy way! Y’all seriously need to add this book to your TBR piles you won’t regret it! And I'm dying to get my hands on book 2 like now! Oh and if you read German which I don't there's a prequel novel from Gavin's POV called A Dark Grave so go check that out! I really hope it releases in English soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a good amount of passages marked but I thank you’ll thank me for this one it’s hot and funny and we've dubbed it the “Shower Scene” lol

I find a pair of black leather sandal wedges that I can run in if I need to, then I gather up Gavin’s clothes and step into the bathroom to set them on the counter for him.

In a classic case of worst possible timing, he steps out of the shower just as I look up from the clothes. My jaw drops and I have to force myself to shut it. I can’t help it—my eyes travel the whole lovely way from his muscled shoulders to his stomach and back up again. Water slides gloriously over every muscle, causing them to glisten in the lights.

I’m barely aware that I’m staring until he says, “Enjoying the view?”

Heat rushes into me and I blush from the tips of my toes to the roots of my hair. I quickly avert my gaze to the wall behind him. “I’m so sorry. I just meant to drop off your clothes for you. I, uh, I’ll see you…out there…when you’re finished.”

I rush out the door on shaky legs. The minute I hit the living room, I lower myself onto the couch and stare off into space.

Oh, Mother. My mind keeps replaying what I just saw. Wavy, golden hair. Thick muscular chest, hard toned abs. Bronzed skin. And…I shake my head. That is not something I should be thinking about.

I fan a hand in front of my face. It feels hot, like someone has raised the temperature a good twenty degrees.

Hehehehehehe I hoped you liked that one!!!! I sure did :D

Want to check out more about Renegade? Go to the Macmillan/TOR site and read chapter one! http://us.macmillan.com/renegade-1/JASouders

Dying to Read (10)- Nameless by Lili St. Crow



Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

This week the book I’m dying to read is Nameless by Lili St. Crow! I am seriously dying to read this one! I love revamps of fairy tales and this one seems like it’s going to be right up my alley!


Lili St. Crow
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
ISBN: 1595143572

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters.


So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cover Reveal- Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon and a Giveaway!!!!


Hey y’all I am super excited to reveal this cover!!! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to finally see it and also to read this book! It feels like forever since I read Carrier and I can’t wait to read Shadows! I need to check in on my DeRis boys especially Rian!!  

So without Further ado check out the gorgeous cover!!!




Shadow of the Mark
Leigh Fallon
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062128000
Goodreads/Amazon /The Book Depository

Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her.  With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the

Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.
Here’s Leigh’s feelings about the cover

I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, Harper Collins wanted Shadow's cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think Harper Collins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.



About Leigh:

I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.

Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on.

I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven’t stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by Harper Teen in 2011.

Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we’re currently on loan
to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts, and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.




Where you can find Leigh.
Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads


Giveaway:
Here’s what’s up for grabs!
A signed ARC of Shadow of the Mark,A Signed copy of Carrier of the Mark,2 signed Carrier of the Mark Bookmarks,2 Carrier and Shadow buttons/pins so fill out the Rafflecopter and good luck!!!!


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Drain You Blog Hop- Music Post and Giveaway


Hey y’all today I have M. Beth Bloom here to talk one about one of my favorite things besides books? Yep you know it I have another music post! So before we get to the music here’s a little info about Drain You just in case you haven’t heard of the book! Oh and make sure to go over to MundieMoms and Hobbitsies for the launch posts and the other participating blogs!

Drain You
M. Beth Bloom
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062036866
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Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.

Now on to the post and I will add a few videos for the songs I really love which may be hard to pick because being a 90's kid I seriously love this playlist!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drain You Playlist

Psychologists talk about the “nostalgia bump” being that era in young adulthood that becomes our most vivid throughout life – that one decade where memories are the strongest, peaking just before middle age and then steadily declining.  Heavy stuff.  But nothing could be truer when it comes to our processing of pop culture.  For me, everything fabulous and amazing happened between ’91 and ’98 – eight years of music that still blows my mind, has me car crooning and chair dancing, misty-eyed in my old Volvo.  I was an R ‘n’ B/Hip Hop kid who had to learn the ways of grunge when Nevermind hit, rotating between my Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt and Boyz II Men baseball cap.  Music informed so much of my junior high and high school years, and so when I went to write my protagonist, music was just there – creating a mood and setting the scene.  If I say Bikini Kill, that means jumping on the bed, feeling tough.  If I say Portishead, that means pensive night swims thinking about a boy.  And if I say Dee-Lite, that means ecstatic getting dressed montage.  See how it all works?  

-Nirvana, Drain You
I wanted to name the book after a 90s song and it was crucial to me that the title matched the vibe of the plot as well as the time setting.  BOOM!  I almost fell out of my chair when Drain You came to me – laughing, crying, and lots of “In Utero” on repeat.  The lyrics also really work for me: “I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.”  Now that’s teenage.





-Ice Cube, Today Was A Good Day
“The Ghetto” was a huge taboo idea in the mid ‘90s in LA.  Especially with Boyz In The Hood and “The Chronic” coming out and just completely taking over suburbia.  I remember MTV used to play this video twenty times a day and I became more and more mesmerized – and SCANDALIZED!  Guns, condoms, 40 oz’s, low-riders, and Ice Cube’s awesome badassedness.  This was the chilled-out, summer classic of ’93 and it’s a crucial zen beat-the-heat tune for Quinn.

-Weezer, The Sweater Song
No one really knew that Weezer would have such legs.  This was a novelty tune by a seemingly novelty band who liked to pair up with then semi-novelty director Spike Jonze and be meta.  Perfect for the beginning of indie-rock faux-nerdiness and goofing around with friends.  There wasn’t a single person in my clique who didn’t know EVERY SINGLE word to this song.





-Pavement, Shady Lane
This is what a Quinn becomes when she gets to college.  Matador and Pavement were a womb for me when 17 hit and I craved poetic lyricists and men who didn’t quite rock.  “Shady Lane” is a song about nostalgia, looking at your life in the moment and already missing it.  Malkmus is a great writer, speaking to so many of us who were looking to just “get it,” you know?

-Deee-Lite, Groove Is In The Heart
Still one of my favorite songs, one of my favorite groups, and certainly one of my all-time favorite frontwomen.  “Groove” was like that thing on TV you couldn’t ever wrap your mind around – like where did these Soho New York hipsters with their overtly gay pride, glamour, and fabulism come from and how did I get lucky enough to catch even a short glimpse of them!?!?  Obsessiveness commence!  I always picture Quinn in front of her full-length mirror doing the Lady Miss Kier dance, shimmying her body when the whistle sounds. 

(Can't find a good video but just listen to the song. Love it!!)






-Bikini Kill, Sugar
Kathleen Hanna is just IT for all riot grrls and faux riot gurls (like me).  She wrote the word BITCH on her stomach in permanent marker, wore sloppy little kid ponytails, mismatched her tiny ripped clothes, and spit – literally and conceptually.  BK is the perfect teen angst music: forget emo, forget Elliott Smith; this is about being heard and being heard LOUD.  A daily Quinn mantra.

-Black Box, Everybody Everybody
Dancing is hugely important to me and, though Quinn as a character is a bit “cooler” than I ever was, I like to think of her as a solo-dancer.  Someone who blasts tracks alone in her room so she can bop, stomp, and jump around.  But I have to think of her as a groover too, because she’s sexy and thinks about sex and bodies and bodies moving, etc. etc.  Black Box had that deep soul groove for dancin’/romancin’.  Def not anything Quinn would share with her friends, but for sure a secret pleasure.

-Hole, Miss World
“Go on, take everything, take everything, I want you to.”  That’s anthemic beauty in its rawest state.  Such a great time to be a teenage girl, when you’ve got feisty (pre-op) Courtney Love screaming at the other boys and girls who don’t love you because you’re a) overweight, b) misunderstood, c) punk, d) weird, e) loud-mouthed, f) all of the above and everything else.   




-Sonic Youth, 100%
Thurston and Kim were the ultimate in f’ed up cool, and this album especially gave them a tiny bit of KROQ crossover.  What an awesome song to hear on the radio – distorted guitars, feedback, instrumental randomness, and the line: “All you men are slime.”  This is the soundtrack to runway grunge, Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis, baby Sevigny raver-skater, and Quinn Lacey headbanging.





About the author "Bloom's first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA WeeklyAND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.

M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee'ing, and ladies book clubbing.

Make sure to check out the Drain You Publisher's Weekly review"Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s." 

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