Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dystopian Giveaway Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & My Shelf Confessions, the Dystopian Giveaway Hop features novels from this extremely popular genre and gives readers a chance to win some of their favorites or dystopian novels they are looking forward to reading!

dys·to·pi·a

noun
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

Ed and I are offering ONE winner their choice of a signed paperback copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver OR signed hardback of Partials by Dan Wells.

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
441 Pages

THEY SAY that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.And I've always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.



The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
468 Pages

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them--connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.




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- One winner will receive their choice of a signed copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver OR a signed copy of Partials by Dan Wells
- Open internationally
- One enterant per household
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- Ends 11/8/2012

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
404 Pages

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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I've been looking forward to reading Throne of Glass for quite some time now. So when my dearest soulmate, Isabelle offered me an exchange for an ARC, my answer was, of course, "Hell-to-the-Yeah." And I'm very glad I did. This novel was originally posted as an internet story. I had never heard about it before I read another review of the novel and was shocked to see that the other already had "thousands of loyal fans." How weird. To my knowledge, besides a couple pulled-to-publish fanfiction novels, I have never read a "internet story." That piqued my interest even more!

Almost everything about this book was amazing. Almost everything. The love triangle and some minor bugs are why this is a 3.5 star book instead of a 5 star book. 

So let's talk about this love triangle. Have I mentioned lately how much I hate love triangles? This one is the only part of the novel that I didn't enjoy. Maybe it's bad that I lowered my rating because of that, but it's very hard for me to get into a novel with a love triangle. Especially when it's not well written. More often than not, I find myself avoiding books where the main character has more than one love interest. One of the two men that Celaena "connects" with just doesn't fit. Her immediate infaution with him seemed almost forced. She was constantly reminding us why she liked him. I think the novel would've been better if the love triangle had been kept out. All it did was give me a headache. I really liked the second guy. If Celaena wasn't so fickle in her affections and really noticed him, she would see that they would make a great couple. Since she obviously doesn't appreciate him, he's mine.

I really liked the characters in this one. Each played their own role in the novel. No one was put in the story to do nothing. Chaol was my favorite. As Captain of the Royal Guard, he spent a lot of time with Celaena and so the readers get to know him very well. He gives the swoon swoonz out like my grandma gives out money. All. The. Time. Nox, Nehemia and Pelor were other characters I enjoyed. Though I constantly questioned their loyalty, I'll admit it. You never can be too careful when going through this kind of competition! Cain was terrifying. From the moment he was introduced, the reader is fears him, or at least knows that he is going to bring Celaena trouble!

The plot? How crap. How interesting! I mean, really, how cool is this book? I've started to really get into fantasy novels lately, and this book is a good example of why. Making up an entirely new world cannot be easy. I admire an author who tries and applaud those who succeed. I believe that Ms. Maas's world is a success. A little hard to keep up with at times, but the world is utterly captivating. I only wish I could see it with my own eyes.

Fantasy lovers will really enjoy this, if they can deal with the love triangle. While I'm not thrilled that we have another trilogy (though the author hopes to make the series in total a six book saga) on our hands, I am looking forward to the continuation of Celaena's story. So much can be done with it and Ms. Maas is more than likely to do it justice, again, if she gets rid of that pesky love triangle!


I received an ARC for this from a fellow blogger to review based on my honest opinion.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (34)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week's theme is: 
Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

These women are ALL from scifi/fantasy novels - not that there aren't women who kick ass in contemporary novels, these are just the ones that came to mind first.

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- I have to state the obvious! I didn't always agree with her actions, but I admired her for her strength.
2. Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
- She's hardcore AND she has Four. I think I've made my point
3. Hermione from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
- She uses her brains instead of her fists (most of the time) and without her, everyone would be dead.
4. Cat from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
- She's so witty and awesome. I adore this series and its characters!
5. Alexia from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
- It's funny because in most of the books, it seems like she doesn't really even try. She's just naturally kick-ass.
6. Ananna from The Assassin's Curse series by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- She's a pirate. Guys, she's a pirate with her own assassin protector and they are going on an epic adventure. That's the definition of kick-ass.
7. Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- I just adore her. She goes through so much that it would be offensive not to include her on this list. (Plus, I just really, really, really love this series!)
8. Yukiko from The Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff
- One of the toughest girls I've ever read about. She's strong and really grows through her adventures and misfortunes.
9. The Queen of Attolia from The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
- Damn. Just... damn.
10. George from the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant
- I wish I could be her, with a few minor changes (plot-wise)...

Who are your favorite kick-ass heroines?

Teaser Tuesday: Reaction (Reflection #2) by Jessica Roberts


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 


 Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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"'Not everything in life turns out the way it's supposed to. Especially when it comes to relationships.'"
Chapter 2, 16%
Reaction (Reflection #2) by Jessica Roberts

And find my review of book one, Reflection, HERE.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Review: Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante

Today, Edwin and Emily are happy to be a part of the Stitch Blog Tour
hosted by Samantha Durante.
Find the other tour stops here.

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
314 Pages

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

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I'm a serious sucker for dystopian novels. I will pretty much give any dystopian a try, I'm probably not alone in this. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels have become so popular lately, which can be a good thing, but it's a thin line. Lately, I've read a few stinkers and I was really hoping for one to pop up and renew my faith in the genre. When I was offered the opportunity to join the blog tour for Stitch, I immediately pounced on it. I was sure this novel would get me off of my reading funk, and luckily, it helped reinstate my love.

Stitch starts off with a prologue that you don't really understand until the book progresses. In the first chapter, we meet Alessa, a reluctant college student. Her parents have passed on and it has almost completely broken her spirit. She attends class, has one really good friend and spends her free time wondering about the ghost that seems to haunt her. He's so familiar, but she cannot place him. The more she sees him, the more her curiosity grows. She begins to focus her entire self on this ghost and wonders why only she has seen him and what the backstory behind this haunting really is. What starts as an innocent question turns into an adventure to discover the truth that could kill her and her loved ones.

I really enjoyed this novel. It wasn't the best book ever written, but it was a wonderful debut and an extremely interesting start to a dystopian series. The progression of the plot and characters are things that I'm really looking forward to reading. Ms. Durante has really piqued my interest with her story, so much so that I am almost dying to know what is going to happen next! There is so much she could do with the series that I'm pretty nervous to see what's to come. Hopefully, she won't hurt my heart too badly and my favorite characters will survive the horrors that they are sure to face.

Alessa's perspective was very easy to read from. I found myself quickly drawn into her life. I really sped through the novel without trying because I got so involved. Stitch is very well written and really keeps your attention without having to force it. I loved watching Alessa discover the truth - a truth that I honestly did not see coming! - and finding herself in the process. She develops into an interesting character. I liked Isaac as well, but I preferred reading about him through Alessa. The chapters focused on him were the ones I struggled with. The minor characters really helped move the story forward and I'm sure a few of them will play major parts in future novels. 

My only big things were that there were some points that dragged and the world-building wasn't very clear. There were a couple of points where I started to get bored with the story, but the author managed to hook me back in before I could put the book down. The world-building though… That really needed work. The book is told through two perspectives - mostly through Alessa's, but there are several chapters where we read all about Isaac. Reading from Alessa's perspective made me feel like I could live in her world because it is written so clearly. When we got to Isaac's though… I couldn't tell you anything about the area he lives in, the setting or really even the characters he's involved with everyday. That obviously gave me some trouble.

I think that dystopian lovers will really enjoy this. Especially if they are looking for a novel without a love triangle and one that isn't emotionally draining. This novel pulls at your heartstrings, but by no means will make you inconsolable because of grief. Stitch is a quick, pretty light read, one that will leave you wanting more.



I received a free copy of this novel from the author for a blog tour in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (26)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers share the books and goodies that they've received over the week.

Edwin Didn't Get Anything To Put On His Shelves This Week

Emily's Stack for the Shelves:

From Netgalley:

For Review:
I received this for a blog tour! Stop by on November 8 to see my review!

Won:
Holy crap, I can't believe I actually own this now. Big, big, humongous thanks to Sara McClung!

Gifted:

My dear blogger friend, Veronica, went to Books by the Banks and bought me these two! I'm so looking forward to read them!

From ARCycling:

What did you get for your shelves this week?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review: A Girl Named Summer by Julie Garwood

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Adult
171 Pages

Julie Garwood's tales always sparkle with the magic that comes from falling in love. Now her talent shines brighter than ever in an unforgettable tale about young love meant especially for younger readers.

Summer never meant to lie. She just wanted to keep the most perfect guy she ever met interested in her. She had been surprised when David began hanging out with her every day...and dizzy with happiness when he kissed her. David seemed to like her unconventional Irish family, even her eccentric Grandpa. Everything was going great -- until Ann entered the picture. She collected boys like trophies. How could Summer compete with someone like that?

Before she knew it, Summer was boasting to David about her passion for long-distance running. She never dreamed he'd enter them in a six-mile race. Summer dreaded the moment when he would discover the truth: she couldn't run six blocks. And the flirtatious Ann was already working on David. Then Summer's Grandpa came up with a plan that was just crazy enough to save the day...

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This book was so sweet! I've never read a book by Julie Garwood before, so I think it is fitting that I started by reading one of her first books.

A Girl Named Summer is about a girl… named Summer. Summer and her best friend, Regina, had plans for the summer. Plans that were ruined when Summer's parents ask her to take care of her brother, Michael, and grandfather. Things look up when Summer meets David, Michael's swim teacher. David makes her happy and all Summer wants is to impress him. She gets herself in a serious mess when she and Regina lie to him by saying that Summer runs miles upon miles everyday.

The characters in this novel are relatable, as are the situations. Many people get stuck in lies while trying to impress people. I know that I have before. The moral of this story is that you need to be who you are, and not let what others may think of you dictate your life. Living your life around the thoughts of others will only lead you to having an empty life. When the people who you lived your life for leave you, what will you have left? Our protagonist, Summer, learns this lesson the hard way. Luckily, the author saw fit to leave us with a happy ending!

A Girl Named Summer was a cute, fast read. It only took me a couple hours from start to finish. Though it's a bit out of date, it is a great read for young women. The message remains the same for every generation. This book is also a great summer read! It's perfect for reading poolside because there isn't any real heartache, just some minor teenage angst!

While this was the first book that I've read by this author, it will definitely not be the last. Judging by the message and writing style of this novel, Julie Garwood writes sweet, endearing romances that will leave you smiling. I was definitely smiling as I finished A Girl Named Summer! I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Garwood's work in the future!



I received and e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fierce Reads Signing Recap + Giveaway

I'm baaaaaaaaaack. Okay, the blog has been slow lately. It has been busy, busy, busy over here. We sincerely apologize. BUT HARK, we come back to you with a huge giveaway sponsored by the lovely, lovely people at Macmillan.

Since I, Emily, am so cool and have fabulous interview questions and am a genuinely awesome human being (this is me being humble and gracious), I received a request from Macmillan to do another recap of a Fierce Reads signing. This one was at the coolest children's bookstore that I have ever been to, Cover-to-Cover Children's Bookstore. They have authors who do discussions and signing there sign the walls! Isn't that cool?

Image Credit: Cover to Cover's Website
One wall signed by visiting authors
The authors apart of this tour were Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel, book one in the Crewel World series, Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone, book one in the Grisha series, Caragh M O'Brien, author of Promised, book three in the Birthmarked series and Marie Rutkoski, author of The Shadow Society.

So... let's move forward:

Interview with the Authors
Clockwise: Caragh O'Brien, Gennifer Albin, Me, Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo
1. How would you describe your books?
Gennifer Albin: Everything is woven, in Crewel. Time is goes through a loom. Everything is part of the fabric of life. My series took that phrase to the extreme. All 16-year-olds have to go be tested to see if they can work at the loom. My main character's parents have trained her her whole life to fail the test. But she didn't fail and has woven a moment. She is swept away to join the spinsters where they weave the world from a tower. The guild, an all male government controls them. Crewel is fierce because it sounds like a fantasy novel, but is actually science fiction.
Leigh Bardugo: Darkness is usually metaphorical. Darkness in Shadow and Bone is a place that is crawling with monsters that feed on human flesh. The country of Ravka, which is where the novel is set, is being left behind and their trade route is cut off because of the darkness. The main character is a loner, a refugee, and not good at her job. During an attack, Alina, the main character, reveals a power and wisked away to join the Darkling and the other Grisha. Shadow and Bone is fierce because of the setting - it  was inspired by Tsarist Russia.
Caragh M O'Brien: Birthmarked is about a teen midwife, who has to turn in babies to authorities into the other side of the wall. It is set in the future. Those inside the wall have technology. Outsiders are impoverish. The main character's parents are arrested. Gaia, the main character, spends the book trying to save them. It gets quite dark. In Prized, book two, Gaia goes to another society, where men outnumber women nine-to-one, but the women are the ones in control. In that society, you aren't supposed to touch the other sex, and kissing is a crime. No girl babies being born there and anyone that leaves dies. In Promised, Gaia returns to other society, where the people have been experimenting on mothers. Gaia brings refugees from the other society. It's very gnarly and dark.
Marie Rutkoski: The Shadow Society is about a girl who doesn't know she's not human. She discovers that she belongs in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn't happen and her people weren't wiped out. Shades, her people, are dangerous - they can become incorporeal at will. Darcy is a fierce character because she allows herself to be touched, when shades don't and she also allows herself to open up emotionally to others.

The author panel and some of the audience
2. Do you prefer to use a pen(cil) and paper or a computer to write?
GA: I use a computer for drafting, but I have notes everywhere, that are just scattered.
LB: Mostly computer for drafting.
CB: Computer.
MR: I sketch out scenes and fragments on paper, but I write on my computer.

3. What does your writing (typing) space look like?
GA: I have a lovely office with a rug, desk, two armchairs, but I never write there. I usually write at a table for four at Starbucks.
LB: I draft in caf├ęs. I like the noise, but I write stories and books in my grandfather's old leather chair. (As Leigh explained this, the other authors and I found this romantic. Leigh laughed about that.)
CO: I write on my couch and then in the afternoon, I write on my other couch. As the day progresses, I follow the couches.
MR: I can't write in public. I must be able to close a door. I usually write in the corner of my bedroom with my desk against the wall, though at the moment, I'm living in Paris and writing in a beautiful office.

4. What is the most memorable line that you've ever written?
GA: Mine is from a book that's in progress. The line is describing a building covered cast-iron meeting with the heavens. I keep thinking, someday I'll come back to this!
LB: "The woods were silent in their grief."
CO: My favorite line is always the next line that I'm going to write. (We all thought this was a really profound sentence. I still do!)
MR: My favorite line is in my next project, that I'm not allowed to share.
Caragh O'Brien, author of Promised
5. When you first found out that you were being published, what was your reaction?
GA: I came home and told my husband. I got the call in the car in Kansas, in the middle of nowhere. I was very detached. It just felt so surreal.
LB: I made a "bleet"-ing noise in Whole Foods. I found out about my first offer while I was Thanksgiving shopping. The noise was somewhere between a shriek and a yelp.
CO: I danced around my kitchen and screamed. I couldn't believe it!
MR: I gave myself a gift. I bought the whole series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and watched every episode.
Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone
6. What are you working on now book-wise?
GA: The Crewel World Trilogy, though others are marinating.
LB: Ruin and Rising, which the the third and final installment in the Grisha Trilogy.
CO: I'm working on a new Young Adult sci-fi series.
MR: I'm working on a new book called The Winner's Curse. It's about an aristocratic member, who is the main character. It has duels  balls and a brewing rebellion. (I asked about attractive men and she assured me that they were included.)

7. If you could choose a character from one of your novels to be friends with, who would you choose and why?
GA: Loricel. She's my kind of lady - strong, tough, says what's on her mind. I admire older ladies who kick ass.
LB: Stermhand. He's from the second book. (I thought she would say Darkling - but only because she had this evil look on her face! Her reply, "No, no, no. That friendship would be like, 'Someone stole my parking spot, cut him in half!'")
CO: Gaia, because I want to be like her when I grow up. She's a great friend - loyal, smart and brave.
MR: I'd like to be friends with the whole gang of friends in The Shadow Society: Jims, Darcy, Lily and Raphael.

8. What's a book that you think is underrated?
GA: Maria by Mary Wollstonecraft
LB: Fleur by Louise Eldrich or Love Medicine by Louise Eldrich
CO: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
MR: I am going to say books that more people need to read: Chime by Franny Billingsly and The Returning by Christine Hinwood

9. Is there a book that you would unread, so that you could experience it again for the first time?
GA: Harry Potter by JK Rowling, or Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
LB: The Country Life by Rachel Cusk
CO: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
MR: The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (Then we discussed how freaking awesome Megan Whalen Turner is and how she lives in Columbus, OH somewhere. I WANT TO MEET HER, GUYS.)
Marie Rutkoski, author of The Shadow Society
10. If you could meet any author dead or alive, who would it be and what would you do?
GA: JK Rowling. We'd have a sleepover where we braid our hair and become best friends.
LB: (She had a lot of trouble with this one.) Dianna Wynne Jones, we'd go to a bookstore together. Or a young Hemingway because he's hot. (Gennifer said that's he's completely crazy and Leigh replied, "But I don't have to marry him!")
CO: Jack London. We'd walk around his old home in California.
MR: I wanna pick somebody dead. (We all laughed at that.) Probably Shakespeare because I'm a professor and a Shakespearean. We'd go to the tavern with all of the writers.

11. What are you reading right now, or what will you be reading when you have the time next?
GA: The Diviners by Libba Bray
LB: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
CO: The Shadow Society, then The Children of Men by PD James (We discussed the movie and book then - I have not read it, but now I've been told I must read it and watch the movie.)
MR: Persuasion by Jane Austen

12. What 2013 book release are you most looking forward to?
GA: Landry Park by Bethany Hagan
LB: Prophecy by Ellen Oh
CO: Passed on this question - she couldn't think of one.
MR: Whatever Holly Black is releasing and Dracomachia, the Seraphina sequel

13. What's your favorite Halloween creature?
GA: Dr. Frank-N-Furter (From The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
LB: A dire wolf
CO: A bat
MR: A witch
Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel

14. What's a place you haven't been to, but have always wanted to go?
GA: Everywhere - all over the world
LB: Russia
CO: The Dawson Trail in the Yukon (She's a big Jack London fan! She finds him extremely fascinating.)
MR: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

15. Name a celebrity that has your undying affection.
GA: JK Rowling
LB: Joss Whedon
CO: Billy Collins
MR: JK Rowling


Tidbits from the discussion:
*Gennifer's favorite character to write was also the hardest: Cormac Patton, who is the villain of the story. Some people say, "he's vile," and others say "DOES HE HAVE TO BE BAD?" because he respects the main character. He's compulsively clad in a tux - Leigh mentioned a scene from 30 Rock with Alec Baldwin about tuxedos: "WHAT ARE WE, PEASANTS?" Tux jokes never get old.
*Gennifer has a masters in english literature.
*Gennifer went to grad school because she wanted to learn more.
*Gennifer and Leigh "murder trees together" with all of the paper they use. Worst gang of all time because they *JUST KILL TREES*!
*The arc of character development is Leigh's favorite part.
*If Leigh could be an animal, she'd be a dire wolf.
*Leigh's beta readers were a tv writer and a academic writer.
*Leigh didn't go to grad school, and doesn't consider herself an academic. She was an English major. If she hadn't been an English major, she would've been a History major.
*Leigh's best advice read out of genre.
*The Darkling was the hardest character to write for Leigh because he is so unknown to others, and so controlled that it was difficult to write. Her favorite is Stermhand, who is privateer from book two and is so fun. He has a way of taking things over.
*Caragh REALLY likes Wolverine from X-Men.
*Leon, was the hardest character from Caragh to write. There was one scene where he just walked away from her because he was so mad with Gaia at one point in book two. "How do I get him to have an argument when he walked away?" She said she had to get as angry as the characters.
*Caragh didn't write Birthmarked as a trilogy original because she didn't plan to publish. She didn't know it would be a trilogy until Macmillan offered her a three book deal. Her agent always tells her, "If everyone else has faith in you, why don't you have faith in yourself?"
*Marie was closest to Darcy. They both grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She drew on her own experience from growing up in Chicago while writing. 
*Marie says The Shadow Society is not just a love story between Darcy and Conn, but also love for a city and love of friends.
*Maries's favorite character to write was a secondary character, Jims, who is a friend of Darcy. He likes roleplaying games and is super confident.
*Marie is outlining for her new series. She says that outlining is liberating and inspiration, which is suprising because you have to keep a timeline. She didn't know you could keep inspiration while writing that way.
*Marie finds it helpful to read her book in a different formats - on kindle, different font. Something about seeing it in a different form helps her see parts to edit easier.



Giveaway Details:
- One winner will receive all signed copies of Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Birthmarked, Prized and Promised by Caragh M O'Brien and The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
- Open US/CAN
- One enterant per household
- Cheating results in immediate disqualification
- Ends 11/15/2012

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Follow Friday (37)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q. What writing device or trick irritates you most when reading a book?

A. My biggest ones are insta-love and love triangles. In my whole, extremely long life, I've never met a person who juggles loving two of the sexiest creatures in the world, but in so many books today, that's all we see. In most cases, I want to throw the main character out the window and steal both of the men and keep them for myself because I'm greedy and like attractive men. While I hate insta-love, love triangles may be higher up on my sh*t list. They are so annoying and they makes me want to hit someone in the face with a shovel - especially when I pick the wrong guy, which has happened four times so far. And each of those times, my reaction was:
And insta-love... I just cannot stand it. There are some instances where it is written very well and makes sense, I admit grudgingly, then there are other times when the author is just trying to move the book along faster or make it seem like it's true love. It comes across as ridiculous though, because no one knows that they are meant to be  just by looking at someone.

I also hate an overabundance of literary devices. I just read a book where almost every other sentence had either a simile, metaphor or an analogy in it. I almost threw the book in the trash and it was a library book... But really, there are other ways to write a sentence! Jiminy crickets, people!

I have a lot of pet peeves, and it's not hard to annoy me. So all books beware.

What do you find irritating in books?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Fiona Glass

Riptide Publishing is now a year old! The company has great LGBTQ titles that you can find through their website! As part of their celebration, they have asked several blogs to participate in several blog tours. We previously had a visit from author, GB Gordon, today we are happy to have Fiona Glass join us and Riptide is sponsoring a giveaway here for $10 towards Riptide titles.


The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Paranormal journalists Chris Mullins and Jo Perry are sent to Ireland's remote west coast to investigate tales of hauntings at a ruined church. Chris, who has an inbuilt sensor for ghosts, is drawn to the old priest’s house next door, where he faces an otherworldly encounter so strong it leaves him reeling. Their research leads to a tangled web of forbidden love, family rows, and even, possibly, murder.

Chris jumps at the chance not only to solve the mystery, but also to aim for the coveted Moondust Award, a prize for the first journalist who proves that ghosts exist. Jo, though, is less enthusiastic, both about the award and her on-off relationship with Chris. Things become even more confused when Chris finds himself falling for Paulie, one half of a gay couple on holiday in the same village.

Only the wild, haunted landscape of Ireland can give Chris the answers he so craves, but to find them, he may have to choose between the Moondust Award and the matters of his heart.


VISIT THE AUTHOR:
FIND THE BOOK:

GUEST POST:

Hi There! Thanks for joining us on the virtual book tour for my newest release, Gleams of a Remoter World. All week long, I’ll be visiting some of our reader’s favourite blogs to talk about the book and how it came to be. Now for the good part—as a part of Riptide Publishing’s first anniversary celebration, one lucky reader who comments on this post will win $10 in store credit to Riptide! Simply leave a comment below, with your email address included, by Sunday Oct 28th at 11:59pm to enter. What are you waiting for? Check out all the tour stops here to earn more entries!

Enjoy! And in the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about me or my writing, please just drop into my website or my blog.

Setting The Scene

I mentioned during my previous blog tour (for my novella 'Necessity's Door') that settings are very important to me, and the same is true of 'Gleams of a Remoter World'.

The novel first suggested itself to me during a holiday on a remote island just off the coast of County Galway, in a Gaelic-speaking area of Connemara.  The scenery out there is just stunning - a strange mix of mountain, sea, and rock, with vast fields of boulders strewn across the landscape and beaches of pure white sand.  The weather plays its part, with rapid shifts between rain and shine, storm clouds and glinting sun.  In addition, ruined buildings scatter across the land, reminders of the famous potato famine, or leftovers of a more recent rush to leave the countryside.  Most of these are cottages, but there's also the occasional larger building, and in one particular case, a church. 

By the time we'd spent a week out there the sheer magic of landscape, ruins and atmosphere had grabbed me and wasn't letting go.  I was so inspired I bought a notebook and started scribbling at the kitchen table of the cottage we'd rented on the coast.

As usual with my settings, many of the features are based on real places, although I usually change the details a little.  In this case, the ruined church at Kilveenan still exists, and right next door is the ruined priest's house, roofless and forlorn and quite possibly haunted by the odd ghost or two.  The village of Kilveenan itself is an amalgamation of two different villages - Gorumna where we stayed, and the larger settlement of Roundstone further round the coast.  The harbour is based on the quay at Gorumna, and the coral beach was on the other side of the local bay.  The mountains I describe are the Twelve Bens, or Twelve Pins, which form a looming backdrop to virtually ever view.

Although many of the locations exist in one form or another, the plot and characters are entirely my invention.  The atmosphere might be magical, but we never saw anything that wasn't actually there.  It's a wonderful spot for a holiday, though, and the perfect setting for a ghost story.


Thank you to Fiona Glass for joining us today! What a helpful post for authors struggling with their setting development! Leave a comment below to win a $10 credit for Riptide titles!


 
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