1. IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken - Massive Psi Giveaway Tour!

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    IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken - Massive Psi Giveaway Tour!

    Happy Wednesday my friends! Today we are part of an amazing Blog Tour for the release of  In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. This is a fantastic series which is loved by so many readers all over the world!

    So check below for a fantastic Giveaway and even more exciting prize packages you should not miss!

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    IN THE AFTERLIGHT

    by Alexandra Bracken

    In stores October 28th  


    Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

    When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
    But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

    ABOUT SPARKS RISE

    (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)

    Available online September 2, 2014

    This New eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

    Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

    Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

    AlexBrackenAuthorPhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

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    Massive Giveaway of Awesomeness!

    This campaign includes prize packs to represent each of the 5 Psi groups. The Bookworms represent today the TELEKINESIS Group! Each Psi Group Tour Host will offer a different Giveaway  and here will be a total of 50 Psi-group giveaways across the book blogosphere throughout September & October leading up to the release of In the Afterlight!

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    So if you want more chances to win then seek out all 5 color pack prizes  and keep your eyes open!

    BLUE PSI PRIZE PACK (TELEKINESIS)

    Levitate your library! Enter for your chance to win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag.

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    Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney-HyperionGiveaway open to US addresses only, Entries via the Rafflecopter below! 

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    COLLECT ALL THE PSI PRIZE PACKS!

    Telekinesis (Blue) Prize Pack

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  2. Fall 2014 TV Series to get excited about! Part 1

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    Fall 2014 TV Series to get excited about! Part 1

    Fall is upon us and with new book catalogues comes also a new set of TV Shows to be excited about! Among the return of  some of my favorite series, there are also some new ones coming out! But this week I will focus on the returning ones!!

    Danny’s Top Returning Fantastical, Paranormal and Historical Series

    Supernatural Season 10

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    Seriously, who doesn’t love Sam and Dean?? Their deep brotherly love, the humor and just basically this amazing series?? I’ve seen each season at least twice and now I am excited for Season 10 and to see what will happen with Demon Dean!! Woot!

    season premiere TUESDAY, OCT. 7 – 9 |8c  on CW

    Once Upon a Time – Season 4

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    YEAH!!!! I so love this series! It speaks so well to my bookish heart that loves good storytelling, and we get tons of amazingly good stroies in Once Upon a Time and .. finally! Hook and Emma! I loooove Hook, the bad ass pirate with heart, he’s out tortured bad boy bookish boyfriend personified!

    season premiere SUNDAY, SEP 7 –  8|7c  on ABC

    Vampire Diaries Season 6

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    TEAM DAMON all the way my friends! As much asI love stefan, I want Elena with Damon, do discussion! And the ending of Season 5 was so shokickg and I hope, desperately hope Damon comes back very very fast!

    Plus one of my favourite character is back- Alaric! Woooot!

    season premiere THURSDAY, OCT. 2 – 8 |7c on CW 

    Reign – Season 2

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    I actually just started with Reign, but I love it! I love that they gave it a contemporary feeling with amazing clothes and dresses and added contemporary music! Love this, plus I have a fable for old english history! It’s a great series!
    season premiere THURSDAY, OCT. 2 9 |8c  on CW

    The 100 Season 2

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    I haven’t read the book, but I liked the TV show very very much! It was at times horrible and gruel, but I love kick ass female characters and the whole story is great! Having not read the book, the ending was quite shocking and now I can’t wait to see how it goes on!

    season premiere WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 9 .8c  on CW

    Tell me now, which ones are the series you are most excited about to return this fall? Any favourites of yours I need to check out? 

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  3. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - Danny’s Love Letter to the Author!

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    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - Danny’s Love Letter to the Author!

    Stunning Cover – check! 

    Thrilling Synopsis – check! 

    YA Fantasy – check! 

    Fan of Throne of Glass- check! 

    Fierce Heroine – check! 

    Romance – check! 

    I actually went into this book with all these big and high expectations and then I was scared.. Oh So Scared! But.. I shouldn’t have been, as Snow Like Ashes had everything my little bookish heart usually demands, and so much more!

    It was phenomenal, one of these books you wish to devour again and again, and where you hate it that the 2nd book won’t be in your hands until next year! Grr!!!

    So I decided to write a letter to this creator of wonderment: 

    Dear Sara,

    Damn You! Yes, I know this is not a nice way to start a letter, which actually was meant as a fangirl letter, but Damn You Sara – for writing and creating such a phenomenal and mesermizing world and then leaving me hanging, waiting for another year to figure out what will happen to Meira? And… more importantly what will happen to Mather and Theron!

    But then also thank you Sara, for giving us such an extraordinary heroine! How can we not love and admire Meira?

    She’s so incredible, stubborn at times, but still so wonderfully admirably strong, full of courage and fierce when it comes to fight for her land and the people she loves. Her desperate wish and longing to prove herself left me often heartbroken for Meira and I wished so very much for her to find her place in life and her place in this adventure to bring back a kingdom she had never really known.

    And such an Adventure! 

    Sara, you created not only shining characters but also created a thrilling, heart pounding and electrifying plot that kept me on edge the whole time reading. We felt for those poor Winterians, who lost their country and are the only hope to free their people from slavery and to win back their country and their pride. Gosh, the story was at times cruel and horrific but then also beautiful to see people fight a war they seem to have no chance of winning!

    Oh and the heart melting beautiful romance that made me tear up?

    For me a good story needs romance and Sara, you gave me the perfect combination of adventure and romance. And before I go on:

    Team Mather! 

    Just so we clear..

    There is Mather the boy she grew up with, but they both knew they could never ever be together, yet the heart does as it wants they fall for each other, desperately! And then….when Meira is forced into the arms of another, I never thought I would care for him, in the end.. Team Mather, remember?

    But Theron is so different from what I expected and I came to care for him too!

    Damn it! Usually, I always am sure with my boyish loyalties but here? I admit I could see them be happy too! Theron the future king of another country, yet he is so different from what he was supposed to be. He was gentle, sweet but also strong and powerful! What an elusive combination! 

    And since you already did everything right in creating this compelling story you shocked us with quite a few twist and turns! Well done! So very well done! (Even though I saw the very big one coming…) 

    so.. thank you Sara, thank you so so much for creating this electrifying tale!

    Sincerely, your Fangirl, 

    Danny 

     

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    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a thrilling tale for all fans of Young Adult Epic Fantasy that are longing for an extraordinarily told story as well as elusive and mesmerising characters! A fierce wonderful heroines leaves us cheering for her to fnd her place in the world and to find love.

    Fans of Throne of Glass and Graceling with LOVE this story!

       

    Love Young Adult Epic Fantasy? Which one is your favorite? Love kick ass heroines? Excited for Snow of Ashes??! 

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  4. Danny’s Re-Reading Adventures with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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    Danny’s Re-Reading Adventures with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    We all have these books that just mean so much to us, these books that we love so much that we wish we could just re-read them all over again and again. Sure enough, there are not so many books or series that fall into this category for me, so these books have to be special.

    Re-Reading Books… just when?

    And then, there is also the time. As a Book Blogger my pile of books to read often seems endless. SO many books that come out and that I am super excited to read leave often no room for Re-Reading Adventures. Not sure if it’s just me, but sometimes I feel like I can’t take this time to just leave some review copies be and go back to read books I just want to read.

    But… then, I also think, as a passionate reader this is something I also owe to myself. To take my time and re-read books just because I want it so badly!

    OUTLANDER – Oh How I Love Thee

    So it happened two weeks ago when I watched OUTLANDER the TV series for the first time, and Oh Guys! The Show is AMAZING!

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    ….and ever since I watched the first episode, I felt this deperate wish to go back and read these book! I fought this urge – but then… I gave up and took out my books!n

    YEAH ME! 

    I read the first book Outlander back in the 90s and hoy cow, I was so in love with Jamie and Claire and read these super huge books so quickly! I was waiting desperately for new releases and actually screamed over each cliffhanger! The first 4 books I read at least 4 times, and before a new book came out, I reread them all over again.

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    And I remember the feeling of complete adoration and undying love I felt for Claire and Jamie and I wanted this feeling back!

    Now, I’m already at book 3 and yes I am again feeling the big love! It#s also the first time I am reading it in english. Back in the 90s I only ever read books in German as my english was rudimentary, so I am quite excited re-reading my favorite series now in english!

    So here is my letter to Jamie and Claire

    Dear Claire, 

    You do not know me, nor will you ever get to know me  but I know you two so very very well!

    Claire, I followed your confusing journey through the stones and how you slowly but steadily fell in love with this one extraordinary Highlander Jamie. And.. I fell in love with him right with you. Oh don’t worry, I know Jamie only loves you! I admire your courage, I love your witt and your smart head, I love how you abandon the luxuriates of modern life to life with the love of your life! Seriously Claire, no hot showers and baths?

    Your love story is the epitome of romance and undying love that makes women’s hearts melt!

    And … of course, we all want our own Highlander with a kilt, a sword and who loves us just as much as Jamie does and who is as devoted to us as Jamie is.

    *swoons a little*

    You both went to hell and back and it was your companionship and love that always brought you back!

    And what Jamie had to endure nearly broke me and brings me to tears anytime I think about it!  (I hope you root in hell Jack Randall !)

    Claire, from the bottom of my heart – Thank you so so much for sharing your epic journey and your incredible moving love story with us. And thanks for hearing Jamie just a little!

    Your ever devoted fan,

    Danny

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    Quotes

    “Don’t be afraid. There’s the two of us now.” – Jamie Fraser  in Outlander

    “You are safe,” he said firmly. “You have my name and my family, my clan, and if necessary, the protection of my body as well.” – Jamie Fraser  in Outlander

    “Your face is my heart Sassenach, and the love of you is my soul” – Jamie Fraser  in Drums of Autmn

    “You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart—and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?” –  Jamie Fraser  in Drums of Autmn

    “When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” – Jamie Fraser  in Fiery Cross

    Are you a fan of the OUTLANDER series too? Did you read the books??? I must admit that I love the first 4 books and then I lost a little the excitement as the focus shifted away from Claire and Jamie and moved to their daughter.

    Are you watching the TV series? I LOVE IT!!  and if you watch the TV series – did you already see this weeks episode “The Wedding”?

    *dies* 

    *swoons* 

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  5. Pre-Squee about… Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

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    Pre-Squee about… Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

    Series : Pushing The Limits 1.5

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

    December 8th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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    Love this cover!! I am especially in love with the colors… soso pretty!

    A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

    For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

    But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

    Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

    I guess everyone knows by know that I (Danny) as well as the whole Bookworms Crew are huge Katie McGarry fangirls!!! I fell in love with Katie when she published her Debut: Pushing The Limits, and just the same I feel hard for Noah and Echo! So, when Katie announced that she would continue Echo and Noah’s story,  excited doesn’t even cut it close to what I felt! And.. a Road Trip on top of this!!! 

    So yes, I am thrilled beyond measure about Breaking The Rules

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  6. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews - Hidden Legacy #1

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    Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews - Hidden Legacy #1

    As much as I love reading Young Adult every once in awhile I need a good outbreak into my second favourite genre which is Adult, Urban and Ilona Andrews is most definitely one of these authors where you know you can’t do anything wrong. I was eagerly excited when I got a copy of her new series Hidden Legacy  at BEA from my friend Mary!

    Detective Agency mixed with Magical Powers!

    Seriously, already the setting was pretty much awesome and compelling right from the start. Nevada is a strong woman, who runs the family business of an Detective Agency and supports her whole family emotionally as well as financially. This very much contemporary setting is mixed with magical being out in the open since the middle ages. Those special people are considered royalty, are organised in houses that rule the city – but Nevada is not one of them. However, one of these houses more or less own her agency due to unfortunate circumstanced when her father died.

    When Nevada is forced to investigate a case where a Prime (one of the super powerfully houses) is involved she’s thrown right into the middle of something much bigger, and which could cost her everything!

    Phenomenal kick ass heroine! Go Girl!

    I loved Nevada! She was one of these strong heroines, we all love and cheer for! She didn’t take crap from anyone, and stood strong even among the super powerful Prime Magical Users! She stood especially strong against the two Alpha Male that suddenly appear in her life. And damn, I loved our girl with them so much! I’ll come to the boys in a second :)

    And even when Nevada realises how attracted she is to Rowan, she stays true to herself, not wanting a causal relationship even though her body desperately wants to.

    Oh these Alpha Males!

    Of course, one of the highlights of Burn for Me were the men! Rowan, the super prime who forces Nevada to let him help her (of course, he has his own reasons …) was the perfect infuriating alpha male who drives everyone nuts with his mega ego, but then also are these men that woman all over swoon over. And yes, also me and … yes Nevada too, even though she hates it! Then there is Adam, who is the one Nevada is hired to retrieve but it also quite an interesting male specimen!

     

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    Burn For Me was an absolutely fantastic kick off into a new series, which I am sure will be one of my favourite series to follow from here on! It comes with an incredible kick ass heroine, which I love to pieces and who is easily to be admired for her strength and awesomeness! Then, there is the delicious addition of the classic infuriating alpha male who makes all women (including me) swoon over!

    If you love Urban Fantasy with action and romance mingled perfectly together – then this is a Must -Read!

          

    Did you read the other series by Ilona Andrews? Well, I LOVE the Kate Daniels series but not so much the Edge books. But, this new series is a 5* plus read – YEAH 
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  7. Heir Chronicles series - THE WORLD OF WEIR - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Heir Chronicles series - THE WORLD OF WEIR - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    Welcome to the epic Blog Tour for the  Heir Chronicles series – each week featuring a different Guild! 

    And this week we are kicking off the

    THE WORLD OF WEIR blog tour

    Featuring the

    Wizards

    I’m so excited to be part of  tour for this phenomenal epic Fantasy Series! Today with a short intro into the Wizards and amazing Giveaway!!

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    Who are the Wizards?

    Wizards are the most powerful of the magic users, and utilize their ability to control and influence others to maintain power and dominance over the other Guilds.

    Wizards are the most powerful of the Weir because they use High Magic, meaning that they use verbal charms to shape spells. They can control others, such as Warriors, through mind magic. A Wizard’s touch is electric, and they can recognize one another through their auras. Wizards are also “long lived” and can use their power over great distances. Because of this, and their powers to create barriers, immobilize people, and use charms and counter spells, Wizards are the dominant Guild. However, they have a limited ability to heal injuries, especially magical injuries, and if untrained can leak magic, which causes inexplicable events to occur. During the Wizard Wars and with the Rules of Engagement, Wizards used their power to control Warriors. Because of this, Warriors are almost extinct. Many Wizards use Wizards Staffs, which are magical tools that enhance and concentrate their power. They are not required in order to cast spells, but may assist wizards in controlling large amounts of power.

    ABOUT “THE WORLD OF WEIR” BLOG TOUR

    WorldofWeirTour-Calendar2Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

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    ABOUT The Sorcerer Heir

    The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.


    The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

    The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

    ABOUT THE HEIR CHRONICLES

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    The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

    The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from beloved (and lovingly reviled) characters.

    Series order:

    • The Warrior Heir
    • The Wizard Heir
    • The Dragon Heir
    • The Enchanter Heir
    • The Sorcerer Heir

    Praise for the series:

    “Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality…”–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

    “Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully CindaWilliamsChimaleaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.”–VOYA  (starred review)

    “A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding.”  –Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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  8. Made For You by Melissa Marr - Blog Tour

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    Made For You by Melissa Marr - Blog Tour

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    Reader!  Oh, reader!  Oh dearest-of-dear readers!!  As an unrepentant lover of all things Melissa Marr, it is with SOOOOO MUCH excitement that I share with you today her latest YA book!!  I’m so very honored to be participating in TLC book tours’s tour for Made For You by Melissa Marr. This book embodies what makes Ms. Marr’s writing so absolutely compelling:  rock solid writing, superb and challenging plot and characters so complex and multifaceted, they nearly leap off the page!  Intrigued??  Then let me introduce you to a book that was made for you…..

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    MADE FOR YOU

    made for youby Melissa Marr

    Pub. Date: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins

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    AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound, Goodreads

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

    Melissa MarrAbout Melissa:

    Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

    Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

    Where you can find Melissa

    TwitterFacebook | Goodreads | Website

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    Review:

    My first thought when I read the synopsis was that it was very similar to Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.  This made me unhappy because, I loved Stephen King’s book and didn’t think it could be retold in a better way.  Also, I’m used to fresh, new stories from Melissa Marr, stories I can not just consume rapidly because they’re so compelling but stories that are so different they leave me mulling them over for months to come.  But I had faith in Ms. Marr that this wouldn’t be a knock off (she’s way too good for that) and my faith was proven right!

    Despite the distinctly supernatural power that Eva develops, this book reads WAY more like a mystery/thriller than a paranormal fantasy book.  And for me, it all came down to the characters.  Melissa Marr does an outstanding job of drawing the reader into the characters, both Eva and the killer in particular, with alternating POVs that give just enough hints here and just enough hints there to keep the reader guessing what comes next.  I loved the way Eva’s visions would shift as she influenced the world around her.  I loved the power that gave her, to control her own destiny and make her more than just fate’s pawn.  I also loved the way Eva wasn’t the standard misunderstood, shy girl heroine.  She’s the IT girl, she knows it, but she also knows she’s more than that, even before her power comes along.  Still, she develops a strength of character over the book that makes her even more interesting.  Eva’s definitely one of the best YA girls I’ve read in a long time.

    And the killler?  This is one seriously mess up individual!  And as we get more insight into the killers mind and past…well let me just say, this person has some whacked-out family drama.  SERIOUSLY.  I don’t want to say anymore because I SOOOO enjoyed every insight I gained into the killer’s mind.  It’s some fascinating stuff!

    Of course, there’s a romance.  Melissa’s ability to blend relationships into the most difficult of circumstances is yet another one of her traits as an author that make all of her books must reads for me.  And Nate’s a hottie.  Sizzling, hot hottie.  Again, I won’t spoil it.  Read the book.  It’s SOOOO worth it!

    Bottom line:

    Fascinating, thrilling and so gripping you’ll find yourself reading it when you should be doing other things (*cough*working*cough*child-care*cough*), this book needs to skip the top of your TBR pile and find it’s way immediately into your hands!

    Rating 5+

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    As I mentioned above, Made For You  by Melissa Marr is on tour right now!  Check out the other stops on the tour!

    Tour Schedule:

    • Tuesday, September 16th: The Best Books Ever
    • Wednesday, September 17th: From the TBR Pile
    • Thursday, September 18th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    • Friday, September 19th: Bewitched Bookworms
    • Monday, September 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
    • Tuesday, September 23rd: About to Read
    • Wednesday, September 24th: Lost in a Great Book
    • Thursday, September 25th: Supernatural Snark
    • Monday, September 29th: Paperback Princess
    • Tuesday, September 30th: Bibliophilia, Please
    • Wednesday, October 1st: Reader Girls Blog
    • Thursday, October 2nd: Kahakai Kitchen
    • Monday, October 6th: Writing Whimsy
    • Tuesday, October 7th: Books à la Mode
    • Wednesday, October 8th: Sweet Southern Home
    • Thursday, October 9th: booknerd
    • Friday, October 10th: Book Marks the Spot


    You can find out all about the tour on Melissa’s TLC page too!

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  9. Meet Alice & The most delicious Teaser - The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter - Blog Tour

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    Meet Alice & The most delicious Teaser - The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter - Blog Tour

    There are not so many series that I follow until the very very end. But the White Rabbit Chronicles from Gena Showalter is just so fanfreaking amazing that it’s up on my all time favorite list ever! Plus.. there is the amazing Cole who melts our hearts and makes us swoon!

    So I am mega excited and thrilled to host the tour for the final instalment of this awesome series today and have Alice –  our Queen – on the Blog today!

    And guys, she shares a super hot and delicious Teaser with us too! 

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    Please welcome Alice!

    Hey Ali – thanks for stopping by again at the Bookworms! It’s been a year you’ve been here and I’m excited to chat with you again.

    Ali: Glad to be back.

    You have been through so much Ali, looking back now, what advice would you give your younger self?

    Ali: Life has balls.   Grab hold of ‘em and twist.

    And considering what you went through, you also changed a lot, how would you describe yourself now in comparison to before? You can definitely kick ass now J

    Ali: I’m stronger, that’s for sure. I like to think I’m braver, smarter, more resiliant. And with all that I’ve lost, I’ve learned to value what I have, while I have it.

    If you could go back in time, would you have wished not to know about Zombie’s and Zombie Slayers and life a normal live?

    Ali: You know, I’ve thought about that question a lot. I’ve wondered, I’ve pondered. I’ve ran senerios through my head, but I’ve always come up with the same answer: no. Sure, horrible things have happened. I’ve lost more than I ever thought I could give. But I’ve also saved lives. What can compete with that?

    Should we talk about Cole for a minute?

    Ali: Um…no!

    Haha! Oh YES! – If you’d have to compose a Tweet about Cole what would it be?

    Ali: Fine. I’ll play. The Tweet would say: I’m home. Alone. Can you think of anything we need to be doing…together?

    Cole is a stubborn but it feels like you finally found together after “Through The Zombie Glass”, will your love be again tested in “Queen of Zombie Hearts”?

    Ali: Of course! I think love is tested every day, because every day there are new choices to make. (I can’t help it if I always make the right ones, and Cole doesn’t. I’m pretty awesome. You should probably Tweet that.)

    We heard already that something horrible will happen in “Queen of Zombie Hearts”, but can you also tell us something beautiful about to happen? Maybe a small scene or teaser, that will melt our hearts?

    Ali: Well, I certainly enjoyed hearing all the reasons Cole loves me. (Who knew he had a question fetish?)

    “Ali.” His voice, so husky and deep, was temptation and silk, stroking over me. “Did I ever tell you all the reasons I love you?”

    “No.” I licked my lips and shook my head, gathering the courage to face him. His eyes were heavy-lidded, smoldering.

    He liked the tattoo. 
“Tell me now,” I commanded softly.

    “I’ll tell you the top ten. One,” he said and kissed my forehead. “You are brutally honest. It’s such a rare and precious trait.”

    Major points for my man: he’d led with personality rather than appearance.

    “Two.” He kissed my eye. “You have the perfect sense of humor…perfect for me. It’s a little warped, and a lot twisted, and you can make me laugh when no one else can.”

    I almost melted. Almost. I had to hear the rest. “Go on or I’ll hurt you.” Had I sounded as breathless to him as I had to myself?

    He chuckled. “Three.” He kissed my other eye, gentle, so gentle. “You’re smart. I want to see your brain naked.”

    Ha!

    “Four. You are freaking hot.”

    “Obviously.” And okay, yeah, he got points for that, too.

    Maybe because I so very rarely felt hot. Or maybe because I so desperately wanted another kiss. A harder one. On my lips. With tongue and teeth. And roaming hands. Or maybe because I wanted him to want all of me.

    “Five.” He kissed my cheek, and I moaned. More. “You are unbelievably kind.” He kissed my other cheek. “Six. You love with your whole heart, nothing held back.”

    “Come on. Kiss me for real.” Did he want me to beg? Because I would…after I made him beg a little, too.

    “Seven.” He pressed his lips against one side of my jaw, skipping my lips, dang him. “You are such a good fighter, I could stand back and watch you do all the hard work, and I wouldn’t feel like a wuss. I’d feel like a genius.”

    “I’ll believe that when I see it.”

    “Eight.” He kissed his way to the other side of my jaw. “The way you sometimes look at me… It’s as if I’m the sweetest dessert in the bakery and you are desperate for a bite.”

    Yes, yes. A big, delicious bite. “At one time,” I said, the huskiness of my tone surprising me. I wrapped my arms around his neck. “That look of mine scared you.” With good reason. I’d been loaded with zombie toxin and had literally wanted to eat him. Well, not me but my zombie twin. Z.A.

    “Nine,” he went on and nibbled on my ear. “You’re like the world’s most perfect drug. One hundred percent pure, guaranteed to addict after the first taste. I can’t imagine my life without you in it—don’t want to.”

    My skin tingled, and my blood flashed white-hot. “Cole,” I said on another moan. I tangled my hands in his hair, angled his head, trying to take over. “Please. Stop talking, and start acting.”

    “Ten,” he said and finally—blessedly—pressed his lips against mine. Only it was soft, far too soft. “You would die for me, the same way I would die for you.”

    “Yes, yes, I would.” I waited for hard.

    He didn’t give it to me. His face hovered directly over mine as he…deliberated his next move?

    Happy to help with that. “Take off your shirt,” I commanded, already pulling at the material. “Now.”

    *Danny Melts*

    Is there anything you look forward to when everything is finally over?

    Ali: I can think of a few things…Being with Cole. Hanging with Kat. Sleeping—not even sure I remember what that’s like. Goofing with Gavin. Laughing with Emma. Teaching Nana actual slang. In a word: living.  

    Thank you so much Ali for being here, and I wanted to tell you again how much I admire you!

     

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    The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

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    Book III in the White Rabbit Chronicles 

    I have a plan.

    We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

    Either way, only one of us is walking away.

    Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

    Find Alice in Zombieland (trade paperback available September 2013!)

    Book I in the White Rabbit Chronicles 

    About Gena Showalter

    Find Gena:

    Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Harlequin Website 

    GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @GenaShowalter and visit her at genashowalter.com/young-adult/ and at HarlequinTEEN.com.

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    Tour Schedule:

    Visit the other Tour stops to hunt down the Rabbit and for more content!

    Monday, September 8th – Two Chicks on Books & Harlequin Paranormal Blog 
    Wednesday, September 10th – The Book Swarm
    Friday, September 12th – Supernatural Snark 

    Monday, September 15th – Such a Novel Idea
    Wednesday, September 17th – Bewitched Bookworms
    Friday, September 19th – Katie’s Book Blog

    Monday, September 22nd – The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
    Wednesday, September 24th – Adventures of a Book Junkie
    Friday, September 26th – Book Rock Betty

    Giveaway & and The White Rabbit Scavenger Hunt!

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the white rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

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    Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and hunt the rabbit. Will you find it?

    Look for the White Rabbit Question:

     What other kick-ass heroine do you think would be a good partner for Ali?

    Giveaway Info:
    Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, or QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS!

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    One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, hunt down the white rabbit, and answer the daily question.

    Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

    Oh Guys!!! Wasn’t this Teaser Ali gave us not super hot and deliciously awesome??!?!?!?  

    And now, do not forgot to hunt down the Rabbit and enter for the Grand Prize Giveaway!! Where will the Rabbit be today??

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    Look for the White Rabbit Question:

     What other kick-ass heroine do you think would be a good partner for Ali?


     

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  10. Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

    I am so so proud to share with you guys the exclusive Cover Reveal for the sequel to NILNIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson. The first book NIL is such a fantastic story, so unique with so crazily awesome characters that I was thrilled to hear that Lynne decided to write a sequel!
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    and here it is ….

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    Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

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    Love this cover!!!

    Available May 12, 2015 (Published by Henry Holt Books for Younger Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

    On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

    Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

     

    And here I have a few words from Lynne about why she decided NIL needed a sequel!

    The Story Behind NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson

    When I finished drafting NIL, I knew Charley and Thad’s story was done. It felt complete; it felt right. But I couldn’t let Nil go. In hindsight, the characters still stuck on the island wouldn’t let me go.

    Nil by Lynne MatsonThe image of Rives, alone, staring at the empty lava field in the wake of Thad’s last noon hung with me the entire week after I finished writing NIL. I couldn’t stop wondering: what was Rives thinking? How was he coping without Thad? Why was Rives so obsessed with the Wall, and if he started digging for Nil secrets, what would he find? I also wondered what happened to the grizzly bear, if Jason ever made it back, whether Charley’s story had made headlines, and if so, who might take special note of her strange reappearance.

    I had to figure it out. And so, a week after I finished NIL, I went back into that crazy island world and began drafting Rives’s story, picking up where Thad and Charley’s tale left off. The rest of NIL UNLOCKED grew from there! It was a total blast to write.

    I hope you have as much fun reading NIL UNLOCKED as I did writing it!

    Lynne Matson

    About Lynne Matson

    Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. She attended the University of Florida, where she met and married her husband, the cutest boy she’s ever seen. Now, Lynne is mother to four amazing boys. A former attorney, she is thrilled to be making a new career in YA fiction.lynnematson.blogspot.com

    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Find Nil @ the Bookworms

    Giveaway

    • Winner #1: Hardcover of Nil plus a galley of Nil Unlocked
    • Winner #2: Galley of Nil Unlocked.

    Open US/CAN only and all entries via the Rafflecopter, winners will be notified via mail. Runs until 09/27

    I am so thrilled for this sequel! While the ending of NIL was perfectly fine, I wished already for more. It was hard to let the island go completely and there were still some answers I wished for. Now guys, what do you think? Love the cover? Did you love NIL? Excited for NIL UNLOCKED? 

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  11. Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

    I am so so proud to share with you guys the exclusive Cover Reveal for the sequel to NILNIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson. The first book NIL is such a fantastic story, so unique with so crazily awesome characters that I was thrilled to hear that Lynne decided to write a sequel!
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    and here it is ….

    *****

    *drum rolls*

    ******

    and some more drums….

    ******

    Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

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    Love this cover!!!

    Available May 12, 2015 (Published by Henry Holt Books for Younger Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

    On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

    Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

     

    And here I have a few words from Lynne about why she decided NIL needed a sequel!

    The Story Behind NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson

    When I finished drafting NIL, I knew Charley and Thad’s story was done. It felt complete; it felt right. But I couldn’t let Nil go. In hindsight, the characters still stuck on the island wouldn’t let me go.

    Nil by Lynne MatsonThe image of Rives, alone, staring at the empty lava field in the wake of Thad’s last noon hung with me the entire week after I finished writing NIL. I couldn’t stop wondering: what was Rives thinking? How was he coping without Thad? Why was Rives so obsessed with the Wall, and if he started digging for Nil secrets, what would he find? I also wondered what happened to the grizzly bear, if Jason ever made it back, whether Charley’s story had made headlines, and if so, who might take special note of her strange reappearance.

    I had to figure it out. And so, a week after I finished NIL, I went back into that crazy island world and began drafting Rives’s story, picking up where Thad and Charley’s tale left off. The rest of NIL UNLOCKED grew from there! It was a total blast to write.

    I hope you have as much fun reading NIL UNLOCKED as I did writing it!

    Lynne Matson

    About Lynne Matson

    Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. She attended the University of Florida, where she met and married her husband, the cutest boy she’s ever seen. Now, Lynne is mother to four amazing boys. A former attorney, she is thrilled to be making a new career in YA fiction.lynnematson.blogspot.com

    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Find Nil @ the Bookworms

    Giveaway

    • Winner #1: Hardcover of Nil plus a galley of Nil Unlocked
    • Winner #2: Galley of Nil Unlocked.

    Open US/CAN only and all entries via the Rafflecopter, winners will be notified via mail. Runs until 09/27

    I am so thrilled for this sequel! While the ending of NIL was perfectly fine, I wished already for more. It was hard to let the island go completely and there were still some answers I wished for. Now guys, what do you think? Love the cover? Did you love NIL? Excited for NIL UNLOCKED? 

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  12. Q&A with Titus and Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Q&A with Titus and Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    One of the books that completely took me by surprise and totally blew me away was Burning Sky, an epic YA Fantasy that was just that, EPIC! So, I’m thrilled to host the Blog Tour for the sequel here today : The Perilous Sea and the two main characters and … love birds Titus the Prince and Iolanthe the epic Elemental Mage! I had Titus already on the blog last year, he’s such an amazing character!
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    Thanks to Rachel and Jamie from Rockstar Book Tours for organising this awesome tour! 

    So please welcome Iolanthe and Titus at the Bewitched Bookworms

    Hey you two – It’s been quite turbulent for you two in Burning Sky, but it’s getting even rougher in The Perilous Sea.

    Q: Titus, when you discovered that your destiny was tightly intertwined with Iolanthe’s, what did you think? I mean, it could have been anyone who would be the next grand elemental mage and then comes Iolanthe..

    Titus: I was shocked that the elemental mage for whom I’d been waiting turned out to be a girl. For years my plan had been to conceal my partner-to-be at the nonmage boarding school for boys that I attend. The appearance of a girl at first invalidated that plan completely, until Iolanthe argued that she is capable of passing for a boy.

    Q: Iolanthe, I remember you were not happy at first when you realized what Titus wants from you, and it took you a while to come to terms with your own part in this story. What convinced you in the end?

    Iolanthe: Oh, I was quite terrified—and outraged, too, if I may be completely honest—that His Highness wanted me to sacrifice myself to help him bring down the Bane. I am no great heroine. I just wanted to take my qualifying exams in peace so I can some day attend the Conservatory of Magical Arts and Sciences and then become a professor.

    But then I began to see outside the bubble of my own life and perceive what was truly going on. And it didn’t seem right to be content to just hide and keep myself safe when I could make a difference in the world.

    Q: Iolanthe, it seems like playing a boy comes easy for you, what is it that you like so much about this disguise?

    Iolanthe: My guardian taught at a boys’ school for some time in the Domain. So I had plenty of opportunities to observe how boys interact. Most of the fun in pretending to be a boy comes from enjoying the company of this particular group of boys, who are interesting and lovely people. It is freeing to get to know them and live among them without our friendship being complicated by anyone’s preconceptions of what a girl could or could not or should or should not be. Here I am truly just one of the boys.

    Q: As close as you two are at the end of Burning Sky, we will see you see emotionally separated in The Perilous Sea, how much did it hurt when Titus came to this conclusions-we-are-not-talking-about?

    Iolanthe:Like a knife in the heart.

    Titus: It shattered me. I thought I would never be all right again.

    Q: Iolanthe, if you’d be given the choice, would you rather not be such a talented elemental mage? And Titus, how about being a Prince, would you rather be someone else?

    Iolanthe: Hmm, hard question. I have always enjoyed being an elemental mage—it’s just so much fun.

    Titus: No doubt about it—I would rather be anyone else. But then I would not have met Iolanthe. And that I would not give up for anything.

    Q: If you both could tease us a little about what’s to come in The Perilous Sea, what would a tweet look like? A Tweet means, you have to say it in 140 words – and you don’t have to understand this, just play alongJ

    Iolanthe: Girl and boy wake up in the Sahara Desert, with no idea who they are or how they got there. No past. No future. Only danger—and each other.

    Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

    Iolanthe: In this book, we fall in love again—for the first time. And it’s absolute wonderful!

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    THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas

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    Pub. Date: September 16, 2014 by  Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

    After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

    Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

    About Sherry:

    sherryblueSherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

    English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

    Sherry’s next book, THE PERILOUS SEA, volume two of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2014.

    Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio.

    Find Sherry 

    Website /Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

    Tour Schedule

    Make sure to visit the other Tour Stops for more amazing fun!

    Week One

    Week Two

    Giveaway Details:

    For First Place US Only:

    1 winner will receive. The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade and a handmade solid lotion bar and some homemade face scrubs, plus a burning sky bag. US Only

    Runners Up US Only

    2 winners will receive The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade. US Only

     Did you read The Burning Sky? Do you love Epic YA Fantasy? Then this series belongs on your reading list!! Any questions for Iolanthe or Titus? 

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  13. Interview with Jandy Nelson Author of I’ll Give You the Sun - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Interview with Jandy Nelson Author of I’ll Give You the Sun - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    Today I have to pleasure to host the wonderful and fantastic Jandy Nelson during her Blog Tour for her newest and most awesome release of  I’ll Give You the Sun, which I reviewed last week and loved it SO BAD!

    I got the chance to chat with Jandy a little bit so  please welcome Jandy Nelson!

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    Jandy, thank you so much for stopping by today! I met you at BEA this year and I asked you if I’m going to cry when reading “I’ll Give You The Sun” and you said “Probably”. Well, now that I’ve read it, I can tell, that yes indeed I cried quite a bit!

    Do you like making your Readers cry?

    Ha! It was great meeting you at BEA and I remember when you asked me that. And sorry you cried! And yes, honestly, happy too. I think most writers want readers to “feel” their stories at a visceral/emotional level, want readers to get right inside the characters and experience the ups and downs of the story through the narrators’ hearts, minds and senses. I know that’s what I want as a reader. I want to step into someone else’s life, someone else’s world, someone else’s love story and family and friendships, their struggles as well as their triumphs. So, I guess if I’m going to be honest, I definitely do want to make readers cry. But I also want to make them laugh! Hard! And fall in love! And be angry! And be so joyful! And everything. As a reader, I want to feel the gamut of what it is to be alive in the books I read. And as a writer, I guess, I think that’s the goal as well.

    Noah and Jude are so different, yet so similar – if you’d list one similar character trait they both possess and one that makes each unique, what would it be?

    I think both Noah and Jude have extremely passionate natures but it manifests differently in each of them. Noah’s emotions run really high. He’s dramatic and over-the-top and sees both his inner and outer worlds in explosive color. Jude is passionate as well but her passion manifests more physically. She’s a daredevil, likes to surf and cliff-dive and take risks. But really, this describes the twins when they’re younger. For both of them, all this passion becomes buried over time due to certain events that occur and in many ways each of the twin’s trajectory is to find a way back to this passion, this essential part of themselves. I think in terms of uniqueness: Jude has a wryness about her, an ability to laugh at herself and the world that is her own. She’s much thicker-skinned than her brother. And one of Noah’s very unique qualities is his visual sensibility; his perception is rhapsodic, ebullient. He rockets right out of his skin on a regular basis.

    Q: Art plays such an important role in “I’ll Give You The Sun” and for both Noah and Jude, is art also an constant in your life, or did you go and explore it specifically for “I’ll Give You The Sun”? I saw on your website, that you did a stone-carving class! How was that?

    Art is definitely a constant in my life. I love it so much. Especially painting. I can spend days in museums or staring at art books or even just thinking about paintings I’ve seen. But I have no ability to paint at all. And yes, I took a stone-carving class! It was a total blast! Actually, literally: a blast. I had expected this very Michelangelo-esque type of scene, all of us tap-tap-taping away at our marble, but it’s nothing like that. We were outside in all types of weather, wearing protective gear that made us look like hazmat workers, using power drills and circular saws. It was butch and badass and so much fun. I learned a ton about Jude’s and Guillermo’s characters by taking the class. Also, by watching my teacher Barry Baldwin (an incredible stone carver), I truly saw what Michelangelo meant when he said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” It really was like Barry could see the form inside the rock and was just freeing it from the stone around it. (I’m a horrible carver by the way. It is unbelievably difficult. I’d come home with bruised and bleeding fingers every time!)

    Thank you so much for chatting with me today – I absolutely adored “I’ll Give You The Sun” and it’s one of these books that will stay with you long after closing the last page… Thank you for writing this wonderment of a story!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! And thank you for having me!

     About I’ll Give You The Sun

    I'll Give You the SunI’ll Give You the Sun

    by Jandy Nelson (WebsiteTwitter
    Published by Dial Books on 2014-09-16 
    Genres: Death & DyingFamilyLove & RomanceSiblingsSocial IssuesYoung Adult 
    Pages: 384 
    Format: eARC 
    Source: Publisher 
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    5 Stars 

    A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

    Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways … until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

    This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

     

    Jandy Nelson (photo credit Sonya Sones)About Jandy Nelson

    Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings ofThe Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. Visit her online at www.jandynelson.com or find her on twitter at @jandynelson.

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    I already reviewed   I’ll Give You the Sun and LOVED it so so much!

    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a moving story about love, loss and an incredible moving bond between twins, that were once so close and now need to find their way to find the other half again. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the story’s been told so unique and brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a must read this year!

     

    Got a question for Jandy? @PenguinTeen will be hosting a Twitter chat with Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman, time and date TK!

    Pre-order your copy of I’ll Give You the Sun today! Want a signed / personalized copy? They’re available for pre-order from Books Inc.!

    And, are you now even a little more excited about I’ll Give You the Sun? I absolutely adored the book and hope you are going to love it just as much as I did! 

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    Pre-Squee about… Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    Series: Snow Like Ashes #1

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    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    Snow Like Ashes completely blew me away!

    It’s Young Adult Fantasy with everything a good story needs! An amazing plot and storyline, a phenomenally strong kick ass heroine, boys that are going to steal your heart and so so much more!

    I could not stop reading last weekend and now, I can’t wait for it to come out so that I can get a shiny hardcover for my shelf!

     Add it to your shelfs and pre-order it now, this book is worth every hype!

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  15. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

    Sometimes you come across a book that is just special. That will make you feel all kinds of things that is just memorable. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a book and every buzz about this book is so true!

    Most unique & brilliant way of storytelling!

    Noah and Jude are Twins, that when they were kids were inseparable, close and so similar. But when teenage hormones hit, they start to change and grow slowly apart. Both are unique kids, both heavily artistic each in their own way and supported by a quirky just as artistic mother.

    Then something happened when they were 14 that completely broke them apart, and I’ll Give You the Sun tells their story.

    And Jandy Nelson decided to tell this story in such a unique and brilliant way! Noah tells the story leading up to what happened when he’s still 14 and Jude tells the story following the big outbreak when she’s 16. And it’s written so brilliantly, it feels like the timeline is moving on constantly even though more than 2 years are in between. I didn’t expect this to work so wonderful, but it did!

    Such unique kids! So sensible, so full of quirks yet somehow so lost without each other!

    I absolutely adore both Noah and Jude for both for their different reasons. It#s been amazing to get to know these two better. Yet, the kids at 14 are not same kids with 16 anymore, and it’s actually a little painful to see theta they have changed so much.

    Noah with 14 is so closed up and so looked up in his world where he brings all his emotions into drawings and sketches. He has not many friends, he’s afraid to make friends and he’s just discovering something about himself that got him all confused. I guess it’s not much of a secret that Noah is gay, and just is discovering what this means for him. It makes it even worse that Jude completely develops into a different direction. Being all kinds of having out with the cool crowd.

    So while Noah is closed off with 14, with 16 he’s what Jude is with 14 and vice verse. Yet, it feels so wrong that they both have changed – it’s quite heartbreaking to see!

    Such beautiful, lyrical writing – picturing such a heartbreaking story!

    The writing was so captivating and moving and I could never put this story down. There are so many feelings between these pages and the story is just amazingly touching! Jandy Nelson also bring the artistic talents of Jude and Noah onto the pages that everything just feels even more real!!

    Noah and Jude share such an incredible bond that it made me tear up seeing them apart, and I was hoping so desperately that they grew back together!

    .”. I threw my hands over Noah’s ears to protect him from what I was hearing. My first reaction. Not over my own ears but over Noah’s.”

    “Our eyes meet and hold, and the whole world starts to fall away, time does, years rolling up like rugs until everything that happens unhappens,…” 

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    Bottom Line

    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a moving story about love, loss and an incredible moving bond between twins, that were once so close and now need to find their way to find the other half again. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the story#s been told so unique and brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a must read this year!

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