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Waiting on Wednesday (5) Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Feb 27th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Infinityglass

by Myra McEntire

Date of Publication: July 9, 2013

Publisher: Egmont USA, 336 pages

From Goodreads:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

My thoughts: I love this series, which begins with Hourglass, then Timepiece, and now the second installment. Once again, Egmont did a fabulous job with the cover. Gorgeous. Here’s what I had to say about Hourglass: Hourglass is a fabulous YA novel that involves fascinating characters, time travel, adventure, and romance. Plenty of good versus evil. And for a pleasant surprise, a cover that fits beautifully with the storyline of the book. McEntire’s writing draws you into the story and the pace keeps you turning the pages. I highly recommend this one!

And Timepiece: Read the ARC, which was loaned to me by a friend. And all I can say for now is WAY TO GO Myra McEntire! Was so surprised to discover that Kaleb narrated this second book in the HOURGLASS series. Loved it. Since the novel isn’t coming out until June, 2012 I will wait to update my review until then. But let me urge everyone to get their hands on and read HOURGLASS asap!!! and add TIMEPIECE to your “to-read” list. This series will completely suck you in.
Oh, and isn’t the cover just gorgeous??? The designer nailed it!

So, now I can’t wait to find out what happens with all the amazing characters and the Hourglass organization!

 

Waiting on Wednesday (4) ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti
Feb 20th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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ALL I NEED

by Susane Colasanti

Publication date: May 21, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 240 pages

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The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

My thoughts: I’m a huge fan of Susane Colasanti and highly recommend her books to fans of YA contemporary fiction. I have no doubt that I’ll love ALL I NEED. Doesn’t the description sound awesome?! To learn more about her novels, check out her webpage or Goodreads.

Victoria Rebels Blog Tour & Giveaway – Q & A with Author Carolyn Meyer
Feb 19th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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From Goodreads:

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Published by Paula Wiseman Books, January 1, 2013

Questions and Answers with Victoria Rebels’ author,

Carolyn Meyer

1. After writing about Queen Victoria, are there any leaders living today who you believe exemplify the qualities carolyn_182x228px-210she possessed? If so, who and why. If not, what made her unique?

Your question immediately prompted me to think about Hillary Clinton–even though you didn’t specify gender–for a number of reasons. Hillary has completely dedicated herself to public service, as Victoria did. She has matured into her role, as Victoria did. She has learned to navigate in a male-dominated world, as Victoria did. 

2. You stated that Queen Victoria “tries to please her unpleasable mother,” which is certainly the circumstances for many teens today. What is your advice to them?

I, too, am the daughter of an “unpleasable mother,” and my advice would be to learn how to negotiate these turbulent waters as well as you can and to retain a sense of who you are at your core. And then, finally, you must learn to forgive them. It took Victoria a long time to learn to do that–as it did me. 

3. You used Queen Victoria’s diaries to help construct some of the details for Victoria Rebels. With the Internet today, may young adults are chronicling their lives on social media sights [sites] such as Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Do you see any benefits to going back to keeping a diary? If so, what would they be?

Yes, I do, but it has more to do with developing self-discipline and self-reflection, as weirdly old-fashioned as that sounds, and I think it should be kept private. When I was a young girl, I had a diary with a tiny lock on it, and I was always afraid that someone–my mother!–would read my most secret thoughts. Now it seems, that need for inner privacy seems to have dwindled–even disappeared–and that’s a shame.

VictoriaRebels_cover4. I saw that your favorite job is writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting. Since you write historical fiction, I’m guessing that you also enjoy the research process? What tips do you have for writers who are interested in writing historical fiction and would you stray from “facts” or construct your novel around them?

You guess right! Research is the fun part, and it’s so much easier than writing! I use a combination of research methods–public and university libraries, the internet, and, if I can, traveling to visit the places I’m writing about. I’d advise others who want to write historical fiction to continue the research right up to the final draft and to pay special attention to accuracy. I never change known facts, but when I turn up contradictory facts (as happens as you go further back in history, to the Tudor era, for instance) I go with what works best for the narrative. In many novels I’ve invented characters–a servant is often a useful tool for conveying information–but I didn’t have to make up a single soul in Victoria’s story. They are all extremely well documented; all I had to do was set the scenes.

5. I love “My Writer’s Journal” http://www.readcarolyn.com/blog.htm and noticed in your December 31, 2010 entry that you were really struggling to get past the first line of Victoria Rebel. ” I hate Sir John Conroy.” Obviously, you got past those six weeks of writing and rewriting the first five pages. What was your process in moving forward and persevering? Did something change in your thinking? If so, what was it? Assuming that you were, at times, frustrated, how did you cope?

I just went back and looked at that entry, trying to remember what was in my head two years ago. Apparently I believed I had a really good opening line, but as you’ve noted, I didn’t quite know where to go with it. Eventually I sent the first draft off to the editor (I don’t think of it as a draft, mind you; I always think I’ve finished!); to my absolute horror, she wanted me to cut most of what I had written in the first chapter. She was right, and that got me moving forward more confidently. And I managed to keep the first line.

6. Of all the places you’ve traveled, which has most influenced your writing and why?

I’ve traveled a lot, and I’ve always gained insights, but the places that have most influenced me are the ones I’ve called home–Pennsylvania, where I grew up, and New Mexico, where I’ve lived for many years.

7. Do you ever just travel for fun or is it always connected to a book you’re writing? Where are you going next?

As a matter of fact, I’ve just come back from a trip that started in Paris and ended in Madrid with no particular goals in mind except to enjoy great museums and great food and to keep an eye open for new experiences. That’s going to be it for awhile.

Many thanks to Gabrielle from Modge Podge Blog Tours for including me in this tour.

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19th Interview @ WhoRu Blog
20th Interview @ The Reader’s Antidote
21st Guest Blog @ Fantasy’s Ink
22nd Character Interview with John Conroy @ Pages From My Thoughts
25th Guest Blog @ Bibliophilia, Please!
26th Guest Blog @ Books Beside My Bed
27th Top Ten: The Victorian Age @ Moosubi Reads
28th Interview @ Beauty But A Funny Girl
1st Character Interview with Fidi @ Bookcase to Heaven
4th Interview @ Gobs and Gobs of Books
5th Guest Blog @ A Dream Within A Dream
6th Character Interview With Prince Albert @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
7th Guest Blog @ Stiletto Storytime
8th Interview @ Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf
11th Interview @ Movies In My Head
12th Top Ten: Victoria’s Favorites @ Curling Up With A Good Book
13th Character Interview With Victoria @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf

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Waiting on Wednesday (3) FOX FOREVER (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Feb 13th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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FOX FOREVER (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3)

by Mary E. Pearson,

Publication date: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 304 pages

From Goodreads:

Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network.

Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance—and into Raine’s life.

Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.

My thoughts: I’ve been a huge fan of this futuristic series and can’t wait to read what kind of world Mary Pearson has created. For my review of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, the first book in the series, look here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156179072 and for the second book in the series, THE FOX INHERITANCE click here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156178947

Waiting on Wednesday (2) – THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE By Jennifer E. Smith
Feb 6th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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This is What Happy Looks Like

By Jennifer E. Smith

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Poppy, 416 pages

15790873From Goodreads:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

My thoughts: This looks so like a sweet, romanic novel – a perfect combo as far as I’m concerned. I loved Jennifer’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which had me hooked from page one.

For more information about Jennifer E. Smith, check out her website: http://www.jenniferesmith.com

 

 

 

 

Five Star Review & Giveaway of JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman – 12 Reasons Why I Loved It!
Feb 3rd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Five Star Review and Giveaway of JUST ONE DAY

by Gayle Forman

 

gayle-bioWhen I read a book that I know may have a profound impact on a YA’s life, I have to share it with my readers. JUST ONE DAY by12842115 Gayle Forman is one of those novels. (I felt the same way about Gayle’s other books, IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT. If you haven’t read them, they’re a must-read too!)

So, that is why I am doing a giveaway for JOD. It’s open internationally if your country allows for free shipping through The Book Depository, so make sure you check that. Ends Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM CST.

From Goodreads:

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

 

What I loved about JUST ONE DAY:

1. Including Shakespeare’s plays in the novel: Gayle does an amazing job of breaking down the plays that, even if you’ve never read them or seen them, you’ll be able to understand what she’s referring to. And it just might inspire you to go and see one in person or rent one on DVD.

2. The settings: London, Paris, Amsterdam, NYC, and Boston – Gayle captures these cities so magnificently that even if you haven’t been to these cities, you’ll be able to visualize the sights and sounds and tastes and smells. I’ve been to London, Paris, Boston, and NYC and her descriptions brought me right back.

3. There are other books out on the market about how one day can change a person’s life. But what I love about JOD is that the one day Allyson and Willem share in Paris has its highs and its lows. It’s not perfect, which, in my opinion, is a reflection on real life.

4. This is a novel about stepping out of your comfort zone, self-discovery, personal growth. There’s plenty of pain and joy that goes along with these actions, but if there wasn’t, then they wouldn’t be significant. This novel encourages calculated risk-taking, which I am all in favor of at any time in one’s life.

5. Imperfect characters/no cliched characters: There isn’t one character who is perfect i.e. too handsome or gorgeous, too smart, or fits into a cliche. These are “real-life” characters and maybe you won’t identify will everyone (the family seder and how people interact was very different than my own experiences as an adult with my children – ours our fun. We laugh and people ask to get invited each year – they love my cooking, the telling of the Passover story etc. :D), but you will certainly find someone to connect with on a personal level.

6. Gives the reader a different perspective on what constitutes love. Most of the time, love is not about being swept off your feet and carried up the staircase. Love can be messy and strange and confusing and painful and amazing and inspiring and definitely life-changing. I deeply appreciate how it’s portrayed in JOD.

7. Friendship: Gayle shows the ups and downs between friends, an authentic portrayal of how one can grow close or be distant depending on the stage of your life. Instead of worrying about it, Gayle’s portrayal takes a healthy perspective.

8. Decision making/choices: I love how Allyson learns and chooses to do what’s best for her and not what’s best for her parents. It takes tremendous fortitude to buck the system and decide what is best for you rather than giving into someone else’s dream for you. DREAM big and TAKE ACTION! Love this.

9. Conquering fear: Who isn’t afraid? But if you’re not bold, if you don’t “Dare Greatly” (the title of a book I love by Brene Brown) then it’s very difficult to move forward. JOD epitomizes “Daring Greatly.”

10. The writing/storytelling: Absolutely captivating and brilliant. I love the minute details such as the watch that Allyson wears, the coins that Willem flips over between his fingers. These and many more add richness to the story.

11. The portrayal of adults/parents: Flawed, annoying, kind, welcoming, nurturing, selfish. That only captures some of their characteristics of the adults in this novel. Absolutely authentic to real life.

12. Use of foreign languages: French, Dutch, Chinese – you don’t have to know them to appreciate the language or get the nuance of what’s going on. Gayle clues in the reader beautifully when need be. There will be times when you learn along the way or feel clueless like Allyson does. It’s exactly how it should be.

For more information about Gayle Forman and her books visit her website: http://www.gayleforman.com

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