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I’m always in awe of those who love to dig in and research history with a passion that ends up pouring out onto the pages of a novel. Carolyn Meyer is such a writer. She brings to life a history that may or may not have existed. After all, no one knows for sure if Helen of Troy really existed. Certainly, the mythology described in the novel is just that – mythology. But readers will be swept away by Hermione’s journey, which takes her to the beaches outside of Troy where she lives in semi-permenant shelter during the ten year war her father battles in order to get his wife Helen back from Prince Paris. Readers will travel with Hermione to barbarous lands with a husband she despises and go on a quest to find and save the man she truly loves. You’ll walk the streets of Athens, go into lavish palaces, sail on a ship with concubines, fight with warriors, watch Helen through a seer’s eyes, and see the wrath of the Greek gods. Helen certainly possessed a lot of power and was cherished for her beauty. Hermione — a red-haired, freckled girl — was favored by her father, and may or may not have been the daughter of Helen. What she lacked in beauty, she possessed in kindness.(If she looked anything like the cover of this novel, then I’d say she was beautiful!)
This is perfect for school libraries and classrooms teaching Greek mythology. In addition, anyone who likes mythology, romance, history, will appreciate this finely written novel. It will hold your attention and has plenty of action.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy!
In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.
Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.
Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.
As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?
If you’re looking for something different in NA, then pick up the next book in Lisa Desrochers’ second novel in her A LITTLE TOO FAR series. This novel is filled with some very difficult and painful life experiences for Alessandro (a young man who was close to becoming a priest, but decided against it in A LITTLE TOO FAR) and Hilary, a woman who has spent most of her young adult life numbing herself from the horrible experiences she had during her childhood. Sex with her live-in pseudo boyfriend is one of those things she uses to keep a wall around herself. It’s not love; it’s purely physical. But Alessandro enters Hilary’s life, reigniting the pain Hilary’s tried so hard to keep buried in her past. His presence also starts to knock down her defenses. There are many twists and turns that will surprise readers. Given all that Alessandro and Hilary have gone through, readers will be sympathetic and root for these two to find some peace and happiness. It’s not easy. Their future will be shaky, because no matter what, they’ll still have the past creep up on them. Hopefully, together they can get through it. Painful. Powerful. Memorable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page
The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now… or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.
I met CJ Lyons at the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.
Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brilliance, a thriller that will pull readers into the lives of Scarlet, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the verge of death. Her goal is to spend one week in a regular high school experiencing a regular teenager’s life. There’s nothing “new” to the bullying you’ll read about – the kids that tease Scarlet for being different. That can be found in any school. But what is different is Scarlet’s remarkable story. It’s what makes headlines in the news. Scarlet’s life and death situation, her relationship with her family, and her relationship with the two young men who come into her life and help her to “see” things differently, make this medical thriller intriguing. Though there are plenty of descriptions of Scarlet’s problems, readers will not be overwhelmed or unable to comprehend what’s going on with her. As the story unfolds and you discover more and more about Scarlet’s issues, readers will want to keep turning the pages to learn more and more of her story. I highly recommend that you do NOT read anything at the back of the book until you finish the novel. There are too many hints in the Q & A that will give away plot points, so resist the urge to read them!
Definitely recommend this novel for those who want a break from dystopian and fantasy. Perfect for those who want a different twist to contemporary.
An interview with CJ Lyons and her niece Abby, who was the inspiration for the character in Broken. Abby actually has Long QT Syndrome, the same heart condition the main character suffers from. CJ diagnosed her 20 minutes after she was born.
SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.
After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.
But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.
One of the best YA fantasy series! Intrigue, fantasy, magic, danger, murder, romance + brilliant writing + fantastical creatures + well-developed, flawed, believable characters + vivid scenery = Top-notch novels you won’t want to put down!
I read the entire series over the past few days, and I must say that it is FREAKIN’ A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I am so glad I read the entire series at once, and didn’t have to wait for another book to come out to discover what happened next. The novels are centered around an extremely strong female character, Meghan Chase, who is part-human and part-summer fey. Her growth throughout the series is so brilliantly portrayed that readers will identify with her struggles, determination, courage, loyalty.
Julie Kagawa creates such an incredible world that I wish I could be transported to and see, even for one day! The characters are so complex, so believable that you easily set aside “reality” and fall right into this fairy tale world. How Kagawa incorporated Shakespeare is brilliant. (The character Robin Goodfellow-Puck-will have you laughing and your heart breaking.)
I was totally TEAM ASH all the way. Loved his sense of duty as the youngest prince of the Winter Court, his flawed character, his development as love began to change him, making it an absolute need for him to become a better “human being” or “fey.”
The first three novels are told from Megan Chase’s perspective. The last novel, IRON KNIGHT, is told from Prince Ash’s perspective as he takes the most perilous journey of his life. The cast of secondary characters and mystical creatures (goblins, pack-rats, are breathtaking. Journey to Nevernever, the End of the World, The River of Dreams, Briars.
The entire series has danger, murder, betrayal, ROMANCE, magic. The only disappointment is that I finished reading all the novels. If you want to get lost in a series that is extremely well-developed, vivid, and magical with romance that will leave you swooning, don’t miss THE IRON KING, THE IRON DAUGHTER, THE IRON QUEEN, and THE IRON KNIGHT! I loved them all.
I adore Ethan Chase and wanted to knock some sense into every person who looked at him as a thug. Ethan Chase is ANYTHING but a thug! He has heart. He is loyal and protective and GOOD!
For fans of The Iron Fey series, you can’t help but be grateful that Julie Kagawa has once again brought us back to the world where fey and the Nevernever exist. The main characters in this book are Ethan, Kenzie, Keirran, The Lady (the Forgotten Queen). We get to see Grimalkin and Razor – <3 <3 <3 – and Annwyl, Keirran’s love. There is very little of Meghan, Ash and Puck.
My favorite parts take place in the goblin market and the Nevernever. I love visiting these places from Kagawa’s imagination. They pulse with excitement and vibrancy and danger.
Keirran is everything his parents are not. In some ways, he reminds me of one of Ash’s brothers. Ash needs to give this kid a swift kick in the butt.
The ending to THE IRON TRAITOR will leave readers’ mouths gaping and, of course, the second you finish it you’ll be clamoring for more! I cannot wait to find out what happens next and hope that Kagawa fans don’t have to wait too long. Gah!
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
Mention blood, and I get woozy. Mention needles, and there is a chance I’ll need to get horizontal before I pass out. But for some glorious reason, I wasn’t bothered one bit from all the blood and gore and even needles mentioned in THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN. As a matter of fact, I became completely wrapped up in listening to this audiobook that I decided to take a long afternoon drive to enjoy the fall colors in the country and listen to the novel. After I returned home, I dragged an old CD boom-box in from the garage just to finish listening to it while I cooked dinner, and then folded laundry.
I freakin’ loved a novel about VAMPIRES!
Listening to a novel is most definitely a different experience than reading it. Christine Lakin’s performance took Holly Black’s rich, detailed, vibrant story and brought these characters to life. The key to this book is buying into the fact that vampires are real. (Yes, I know they are not real.) They’re out there and if you’re bitten, then you’ll be infected. Once infected, the only way to not turn into a vampire is isolation for eighty-eight days. There is a near unquenchable thirst for human blood and if the infected give in to that thirst, they’ll turn into vampires.
The story opens with Tana waking up in a bathtub at a farmhouse where she attended a party. Soon, she discovers that almost all of her friends were massacred by bloodthirsty vampires. She finds her ex-boyfriend Aiden still alive, but infected, tied up in a bedroom. Across the room is Gavriel, a vampire in chains. Tana decides to rescue them both.
Tana’s journey with Aiden and Gavriel is absolutely fascinating, dangerous, and unapologetically violent, but not over-the-top scary. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN will make readers think about the power of TV and the Internet and how some sensationalize and embrace the underworld. Vampires were revered by some in a sick, fascinating, cultish way. YA blogged about them, emulated them, wanted to become them. With this desire, the reality and fantasy were too different worlds and Holly Black did an exceptional job of showing the two.
Tana is a heroine of heroines. She’s imperfect, struggles with her own demons, loves those who may not deserve it and goes to extraordinary lengths to protect the people she cares about. Sometimes she succeeds. Sometimes she doesn’t.
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN was my surprise read of the year. I never expected to love it. I did! I never expected that it would make my “top reads list for 2013.” But it did.
Thank you so much, Holly, for writing such an unexpected and gripping vampire novel!! And thank you Christine Lakin for a captivating performance that brought Holly’s characters to life.
NOTE: There’s something remarkably classic about this novel. Think of classic movies/TV shows/books like FUNNY GIRL or DRACULA or SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE or BETWITCHED. Though this novel is different from those I just mentioned, except perhaps DRACULA, it’s a book that I believe will last the test of time. It’s something you could pick up 20 years from now and still love. Like those old movies, TV shows, & books.
Four NYTBS authors = an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime night!
(The fabulous Heidi from YA Bibliophile was unable to attend because of the passing of her grandma a few hours before this event. She was supposed to tweet live and post on her blog about the evening, so I filled in for her. Here’s her FANTASTIC review of UNBREAKABLE. )
My “this was so scary good!!!” review can be found on Goodreads.
In celebration of Kami Garcia’s new novel, UNBREAKABLE, the first book in The Legion Series (Little Brown), Kami traveled to nine different cities with some fantastic authors. Barnes and Noble in Brookfield, WI was one of the stops. THANKS TO: Katie at Mundie Moms for organizing the bloggers for each event!
Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
There was a lot of laughter when Kami Garcia gave Margaret Stohl a hard time for not giving her a copy of Margaret’s ARC, IDOLS. (One lucky winner won it at the end of the evening.)
Kami thanked her readers for buying UNBREAKABLE, which hit the NYTBS list this past week!
After talking about their books, Kami led all the authors on lightening rounds of questions including: French fries or potato chips – everyone said french fries. Favorite accessories varied from cellphone (Rachel), rings (Cinda). Classic books you didn’t like: Ethan Fromme (Kami), any James Joyce (Margaret), Hemingway (Rachel).
The authors talked about the writing process. Cinda said that all her books start out crappy, so give yourself permission to write something crappy. She quoted Nora Roberts: “I can fix anything but a blank page.” Kami and Margaret said that everyone has their own process for writing and you have to respect that and not judge that process. Margaret travels a lot and she will spend quite a bit of time observing and writing down detail after detail of something that catches her attention. Rachel said that at the end of the day, if you get the same feedback from several people, then don’t dismiss it. Don’t think that the advice is wrong or dumb. Listen to the feedback and take it seriously. Kami added that if everyone is saying that your ending doesn’t work, then pay attention and change it. They talked about writer’s block. For Kami, this happens when she’s really tired. It helps to get some rest or watch some TV. Rachel will change environments. Which reminds me, Margaret can pretty much write anywhere, including the jungle.
Some of the crowd:
Sarah Weiss, Rachel Kinnard, Jaime Arkin, Erin Arkin
As Kami signed some of Barnes and Nobles’ stock of her books, I asked her a few questions:
1. There are some superstitions in UNBREAKABLE. Do you have any superstitions?
A: Lots! I have a charm necklace I have to wear when I travel. I won’t get on an airplane without it.I don’t like the number 13. If my hotel room has that number in it, I’ll switch rooms. I won’t walk on someone’s grave.
2. In UNBREAKABLE there is the Legion of Five. Does the number five have significance and will we see more of that number in your books?
A: Definitely, but you’ll have to read the series to find out. Also, the number three!
3. What TV shows/movie genres do you like?
A: I don’t watch sappy romances or sitcoms. Give me Ghosthunters, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, or Buffy. I’ll watch action movies, disaster films, and fantasy, but I stay away from most horror films. Slasher movies don’t bother me, but anything that could be realistic like movies with possession, are a NO! Stephan King’s Carrie – the original is one of them most terrifying.
4. From your novel, UNBREAKABLE, who would you choose, Lukas or Jared?
A: My younger self would choose Jared. He’s a wounded soul with lots of secrets and I would have related more to that. Though I will say that Lukas also has his secrets, he’s just more extroverted.
Fun fact: Kami was a huge Tetris fan. Loved to play it. A lot.
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Paperback, 296 pages
Publication date: October 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: 1937053881 (ISBN13: 9781937053888)
Edition language: English
Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.
Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.
Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.
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About the Author
Sarah Guillory is a YA author. In addition, she teaches sophomore English and loves that they pay her to fan girl over books and authors and to watch her students fall in love with the written word. Sarah lives in Louisiana with her husband and ridiculously spoiled bloodhound. RECLAIMED is her debut novel.
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In honor of Teen Read Week, Sarah Guillory is donating several copies of RECLAIMED to school libraries. She’s also having a huge giveaway that includes a $100 giftcard to the bookstore of your choosing and a 30 minute Skype chat with you or the classroom of your choosing. Stop by her blog to learn more!
Also, on Friday, October 18th, at 5:00 PM EST, we will begin the 24-hour RECLAIMED read-along. This is the time for everyone to be reading, tweeting, and reacting to RECLAIMED. No Spoilers, please, just good reading fun! Sarah will also be doing a live online chat on Monday, October 21st, at 9:00 EST so tweet your spoiler-free questions using the hashtags #RECLAIMED, #RWM, and #askGuillory. To learn more about these wonderful events, stop by Sarah’s blog!
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.
Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.
I am a sucker for novels/movies with the “fake” fiancé theme. Each one puts their own twist to it, and Seven Day Fiancé is no exception.
Here are the things I loved about this novel:
1. The Louisiana setting and Cajun history and FOOD! The descriptions had my mouth watering. I hope, at some point, Rachel will post recipes. Doesn’t get better than that!
2. Cane Robincheaux is bad boy goodness. He may have the “look” but his heart is pure gold.
3. Angelle in all her clumsiness and sweet girl charm. I also loved that she knew what she wanted and didn’t want and had the strength to walk away from a situation that didn’t make her happy. (Read the book and you’ll understand.) I liked her very much.
4. Angelle’s overprotective family. It never felt like it was over the top. Always great to see a family that cares.
5. The chemistry between Cane and Angelle was definitely smokin’ and it wasn’t insta-lust, which I deeply appreciated. Both characters seemed to appreciate the other for more than just superficial good looks. I like that in a novel, because we all know that the majority of us don’t fall into that “super hot” category.
6. Loved the bachelor auction in the beginning of the novel. Angelle’s motivation for bidding on Cane and his response are awesome!
7. Like Harris’s YA novels, she creates vivid scenes and authentic, interesting characters.
Overall impression: Fake fiancé, romance, strong characters, great setting. If you like this combo, then you’ll definitely like Seven Day Fiancé!
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.
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