1. 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

    Find it:

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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*

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    and some more drums….

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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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  5. 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

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    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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  6. 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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    Tour Schedule

    Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour, featuring guest posts, interviews, giveaways, and more!

    Make sure to enter the Tourwide Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Sky is Everywhere!

    Danny’s Thoughts of Love

    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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  7. Pre-Squee about… Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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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

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

     October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

    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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  8. 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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  9. Sunday with the Bookworms 13 … with Illusions of Fate, The Hexed, and

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 13 … with Illusions of Fate, The Hexed, and

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee 0r a Tea? Then sit down and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    Danny’s Week

    Lately, I’ve been a little slow with reading. But I’m these past weeks, I’ve been been watching some of my favorite shows on TV. But as usual, I have one audiobook running and one eBook. I started finally Lola and The Boy Next Door as an audio . I don’t know why I’ve been holding of reading this, and it’s cute but not as much as I expected… ! Then, I started reading Illusions of Fate by Kirsten White , and even though the beginning was a little slow, it picked up at the 25% mark and now, I am pretty hooked!

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    And…. as I said, I’m binge watching lots of TV shows and … one of my favorite books EVER – Outlander just came out as a TV show! How much I loved this book, it’s one of these books that I’ve been reading over and over! Needless to say I was a little afraid, but I shouldn’t be! Have you seen it ?????

    It’s phenomenal! It’s fantastic and it’s freaking perfect!

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    I want to hang this poster on my wall… it’s beautiful, romantic and heartbreaking and perfect!

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    Heather’s Week

    I’ve been reading so much lately, so I took a few days off between books at the beginning of the week–mainly so I could nap on the train. While it was nice to catch up on my sleep, I hated to lose that valuable reading time, so I picked up The Hexed by Heather Graham. While this is the 13th book in the Krewe of Hunters featuring a part of the FBI whose members can see ghosts and solve murders, it didn’t read like part of the a series so it was easy to get into. This one was set in Salem, Massachusetts, and it was perfect getting me in the mood for Fall. I really loved it, and I’m a bit envious that this author is so prolific. The funny thing is, I just realized that I got a signed hardcover of the first book in this series, Phantom Evil, when I met the author at BEA back in 2011! She’s written 14 books since then! As I think back longingly about the two novels that I haven’t worked on since last year, I only wish I had the time and skill to write that much…

    I also started listening to the audiobook for the second installment in Margaret Stohl’s Icons series, Idols. The narrator is the same as the first book and I really loved listening to Icons, so I jumped at the chance when Idols was offered by Hachette last month. I’m enjoying the story so far, but we had an inspection at work this week so I couldn’t listen to it until all was back to normal on Friday.

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    Pushy’s Week

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  10. LitRate | An online community for book lovers - Help Support this!

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    LitRate | An online community for book lovers - Help Support this!

    I have something special to share with you and also something special to ask you! I have Ashley here today, who is join got talk about her amazing project to create a new site for Book Lovers. It will be similar like Goodreads, but better! Developed from someone who loves books so much that she created this idea. However, they need money for this, which is why they started a “kickstarter” project and need YOUR help!

    But for now, Let Ashley tell you why LitRate will rock so badly and why she needs all our support!

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    5 LitRate Features That Will Rock Your World

    Exclusive for Bewitched Bookworms from Ashley, Nose Graze

    Have you heard of LitRate yet? LitRate is mine and my husband’s idea for an awesome new book review/cataloging site. It will be like Goodreads—but better! We’re working really hard to talk to book lovers and get a sense of what you want that Goodreads doesn’t have.

    Today we’re going to share with you five ideas that were made by book lovers just like you! These ideas were presented to us during a #LitRate Twitter chat and we think they’re so awesome that we’re going to work super hard to incorporate them into the site.

    1. Easier edition/format selection & customization

    It’s really nice being able to select your specific edition of a book on Goodreads. But sometimes it can be inconvenient or annoying to look through all the editions until you finally find yours. And sometimes it’s the right edition but the wrong cover.

    During the #LitRate Twitter chat on Sunday, we came up with a few possible solutions. None of this is set in stone, but so far we love the idea!

    On LitRate, there will be one listing for each book, as opposted to separate listings for separate editions. When you decide to add a book to your shelf, you can choose the format from a dropdown and select your cover image. We might even be able to allow you to specify a “default format” so that “Kindle Edition” gets automatically selected for you every time. How cool would that be?

    And since you’ll be able to customize your book covers, you can even mix and match if you want. Do you have the Kindle edition of a book but LOVE the look of the UK cover? Assign that to your book so that you see the pretty UK cover on your shelf every time.

    2. Turn off recommendations or whitelist your friends

    Some people love the recommendations feature on Goodreads, where you can recommend a book to a friend. Others hate it and never utilize it. But the problem is that there’s no way to turn this feature off! So even if you don’t use this system, you can still get bombarded with recommendations. (And there’s nothing worse than an author recommending their own book to you… yikes.)

    We hope to have three choices for you on LitRate: allow recommendations from everyone, allow them from no one, or only allow them from certain friends. So if you have the feature turned off, you’ll never get those recommendations!

    3. Choose between “pages” and “books” for your yearly challenge

    One person brought up a terrific point during the #LitRate Twitter chat: there’s a huge difference between reading 30 picture books and reading 30 500-page novels. And yet, on the Goodreads Reading Challenge, they’re represented completely the same.

    On LitRte, we want you to be able to set two different kinds of goals: to read a certain amount of books, or to read a certain amount of pages.

    4. Archives for narrators, illustrators, and publishers

    Have you ever wanted to easily see all the books published by one company? Or all the illustrations made by one cover artist? Or all the books narrated by one person? On LitRate you’ll be able to!

    If you’ve ever seen or used the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin you may have noticed that author names and publisher names are clickable. When you click them you get taken to an archive of all posts tagged with that author/publisher’s name. We plan on bringing this feature to LitRate! You’ll be able to easily view publisher, author, cover artist, and narrator archives.

    5. A list of publishers & their imprints — is it possible?!

    When you see the name of an imprint, sometimes it can be sooo annoying and difficult to find out who the parent publisher is. Sometimes a quick Google search will do the trick, but other times it’s a lot more difficult than that.

    We’d love to maintain some kind of master publisher/imprint list on LitRate to make it even easier for you. This is no small task, but we’re hoping that the LitRate community can help us out with this one!

    Like what you see? Support the LitRate Kickstarter!

    In order for LitRate to get up off the ground, we have to raise $16,000 to license book data from a company. That’s a huge amount of money and we don’t have a lot of time left! If you want to see this site go live, please help us out by backing the project. We even have a few rewards for our backers!

    Have another idea? We’re listening!

    Let us know in the comments if you have a feature that you’d love to see on LitRate.

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    There is only today left for us all to come together and help Ashley- So guys, even with $1 you can help! so spread the word, and if you have some money, then help by backing it up! I already backed it up, because I want to see this coming to life! 

    So what do you think? Any

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  11. Review: Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

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    Review: Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

    Pushy:  Can I just start this review out with a WOW!?!  I didn’t think we could get down to a deeper level with Vincent and Jane after Without A Summer and then BAM!  Valour and Vanity just floored me!  After the last book, where the focus was shifted onto the dynamic of Jane and Vincent’s work and Jane’s relationship with Melody, it was nice to have this book be focused just on Jane and Vincent.  And, like with Glamour In Glass, the added element of the intrigue tested their marital dynamic in ways I couldn’t have expected!  What did you think, Heather?

    Heather: I’m just amazed at the depths that Mary Robinette Kowal gives us with Jane and Vincent’s relationship. Their relationship has always been on more of an equal footing than most marriages for this time period, and for the first time in this book, the power skews more towards Jane.

    Pushy:  Agreed!  And what’s more amazing is that she balances this pivotal part of the series against the varied and amazing backdrop of this particular books story.   

    Heather: Jane and Vincent have been invited to stay with Lord Byron while they try a new technique with glassblowers in Murano. But on the ship voyage over, they are hit by Pirates and left paperless and pennyless in Venice. Taken in by a seemingly generous and nice banker, things don’t go their way and they have to stay in Venice for many weeks as they try to straighten out their situation. Jane was able to find work at a local convent teaching music and glamour, but Vincent has a much harder time trying to scrape together a living.

    Pushy:  It was heartbreaking the way their situation affected Vincent so deeply!! I felt incredibly sad for him, knowing how this was tied up with his father’s treatment of him and his gift during his childhood, but at the same time, it was hard for me to accept just how low these months in Venice brought Vincent.  I kept thinking, “COME ON, VINCENT!!!  You guys can DO THIS!!!”

    Heather: As the months ticked by, Jane flourished but Vincent grew more distant as they barely scraped by. It was so touch and go there for a while, I totally thought that they might not make it. I was almost cursing and saying “You can’t do this to me!”

    Pushy:  I know!!!  For the first time since the first book, I couldn’t tell if they were going to make it through this with their marriage in tact!

    Heather: But what did you think about Jane and Vincent gathering together the nuns from the convent along with his puppeteer friend to track down who really stole all of their money and spheres? It was quite the twisting and turning adventure!

    Pushy:  The mystery aspect of the story really had me going!!  I admit that there were several moments when I couldn’t distinguish friend from foe!  And there were many instances I thought Jane and Vincent would be done for!  Mary Robinette Kowal did an amazing job of keeping the tension ratcheted up throughout!!

    Heather: There were so many times that I thought Vincent and Jane were clearly up a creek and the bad guys had them cornered, but then someone turned out to not be bad and saved them. Whew! What a ride! I loved every single word.

    Pushy:  And what’s next for our fair couple?  The final book in the series, Of Noble Family, has a cover (GORGEOUS) and a synopsis which tells that Jane and Vincent’s long unfulfilled wish for a child may be satisfied at last!  That in itself, the fact that Jane’s work is partially behind her inability to have a child, is a tension that I as a working mother have been fascinated by.  In today’s world we’re told we can have it all: perfect families, professional success, deeply fulfilling personal lives, but the reality is many times we feel like we’re doing too many things poorly.  But in Jane’s age, the ideal was for a woman to subjugate her personal wants and desires entirely to the needs of her family.  Neither seems perfect, but it’s interesting that it’s a tension that resonates today.  I’m very much looking forward to how Jane and Vincent handle this in their upcoming, and final??, adventure!

    Heather: I can’t wait for this final book too! The struggle between career and motherhood is something that I’ve experienced too, and I can’t wait to see how this will be handled in the final installment.

        

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  12. The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson - Blog Tour

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    The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson - Blog Tour

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    Oh, dear reader!  I’m so excited to be sharing this book with you today! When I learned this book was on tour with TLC book tours I asked to be on the tour straight away!  A strong woman, the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, who must weather the storms of her times?  Oh HELLZ YES!!!!!  So who is this woman, you ask, dear reader?  Allow me to introduce you to Catherine de Valois, The Agincourt Bride…..

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    THE AGINCOURT BRIDE

    The Agincourt Brideby Joanna Hickson

    Pub. Date: January 3rd 2013 by HarperCollins

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    The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory.

    When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court.

    Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.

    But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France.

    Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?

    Joanna HicksonAbout Joanna:

    Joanna Hickson became fascinated with history when she studied Shakespeare’s history plays at school. However, having taken a degree in Politics and English she took up a career in broadcast journalism with the BBC, presenting and producing news, current affairs and arts programmes on both television and radio. Now she writes full time and has a contract with Harper Collins for three historical novels. The Agincourt Bride is the first. She lives in Scotland in a 200 year old farmhouse and is married with a large extended family and a wayward Irish terrier.

    Joanna likes people to join her on Twitter (@joannahickson) or Facebook (Joanna Hickson)and says if you can’t find her she’ll be in the fifteenth century!

    Where you can find Joanna

    TwitterFacebook | Goodreads

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    Review:

    As I expected, this book was a tour de force of historical fiction.  Told from the view point of Catherine’s nursemaid and closest ally, Guillamette, we see Catherine grow from a lovely, but severely neglected princess in the French court to beautiful yet tightly controlled pawn of those who seek to control the court in her father’s illness.  Caught between the machinations of her mother, her brother, the Duke of Burgundy and Henry V, her fortunes sail precariously among them all.

    I loved the detail with which Joanna Hickson’s tale is told, pulling the reader instantly into the era in a lush and vibrant way.  I felt like I walked next to Guillamette and Catherine through this story.  Experiencing the highs and lows of their lives, the reader is swept into history.  It makes the time period come to life in very real way.

    Also, the story is so universal.  Catherine is a young girl facing serious challenges.  A severely neglected childhood with a party girl mother and a crazy father.  She longs for a connection with her family, particularly her youngest brother but is continually isolated because of how it serves those who seek to use her as a pawn in their petty squabbles.  And then she finds she has a suitor:  the gallant, powerful, relentless Henry V.  He’s gorgeous and fierce and he’s enthralled by Catherine’s grace and beauty.  They’re a power couple in the making.  If only Catherine’s family would get out of the way and let them be a couple.

    Bottom line, this book was completely engrossing.  When it ended I was surprised, because there was so much more I wanted to learn about Catherine’s life.  Fortunately, there’s a second book, The Tutor Bride, which was previously released and will be re-released by HarperCollins next year!  Keep your fingers crossed for another audiobook!!

    Bottom line:

    This book is utterly engrossing and absolutely enthralling!  You’ll be rooting for Catherine all the way and dying to find out what happens next!

    Rating 4.5

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    As I mentioned above, The Agincourt Bride  by Joanna Hickson is on tour right now!  Check out the other stops on the tour!

    Tour Schedule:

    • Monday, August 18th: Broken Teepee
    • Wednesday, August 20th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
    • Thursday, August 21st: Bewitched Bookworms
    • Monday, August 25th: Fuelled by Fiction
    • Wednesday, August 27th: Ageless Pages Reviews
    • Friday, August 29th: nightlyreading
    • Monday, September 1st: 100 Pages a Day … Stephanie’s Book
    • Tuesday, September 2nd: Bibliophilia, Please
    • Wednesday, September 3rd: Back Porchervations
    • Thursday, September 4th: Time 2 Read
    • Friday, September 5th: Kritters Ramblings
    • Friday, September 5th: Peeking Between the Pages
    • Thursday, September 11th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views


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

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  13. Pre-Squee about… I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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    Pre-Squee about… I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

    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 

    I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

     February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt Books For Young Readers

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    Another Book from my favorite Author Heather Demetrios!! I adore her so so so soo much!

    Yes, I am a total fangirl, in case you were wondering… :)) 

    Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I’ll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.

    Read full Synopsis at goodreads

    Heather Demetrios is author of “Something Real”, which completely blew me away this year and totally took me by surprise and she’s the author of the upcoming wonderment “Exquisite Captive” which I already talked about it quite a few times!

    So, this new book from her? I can’t wait to get my fingers on a copy! I know I will just love it so much!

    This is why  I’ll Meet You There most definitely deserves and needs and early Squee!

    What books are you excited about?? Share with me:)

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  14. 5 Survival Tips From Drill Sergeant Stamm & Giveaway - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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    5 Survival Tips From Drill Sergeant Stamm & Giveaway - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

    Today I have something super special for you. Did you read my post yesterday about how freaking much I loved Rites of Passage? This book was so amazing, that I’m so thrilled to have Joy here today with a very special post!

    She actually got Drill – the one good boy in Sam’s life, and the one we all will swoon over to share some of his Survival Tips for Girls enrolling the Military Academy!

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    Drill Sergeant Stamm’s Tips for Surviving Denmark Military Academy

    If I’d known commanding the first ever company of female cadets at the DMA was going to come with all this extra paperwork I would have said no. Scratch that—that’s a lie. I would have said yes to this if they’d made me wear a dress all year to give orders. I just don’t like all the extra paperwork.Drill

    Over this school year you’ll average 5 hours of sleep a night, 100 push-ups a day, and more yelling than you can stand. You’ll cry. You’ll want to yell back. No doubt you’ll consider quitting. But if you can survive the year, you’ll be among a small, proud group of cadets who will do anything for each other. You survive this year—you’ll be family.

    I know we’ll face things this year that we can’t predict, especially with the first five female cadets ever. We’ll deal with those things as they come because there’s no way to plan for them. But for now, here are the things that have gotten me through. Hopefully it’ll help you, too.

    1. Your company is your family—lean on them: What you’re about to do isn’t easy. You can’t do it on your own. When you feel down or ready to quit, lean on your fellow Alpha Company Worms and let them carry some of the burden. Everyone here has gone through what you’re about to go through. Not one of us did it by himself.
    2. Never give up: You committed to this program for a reason. Whatever it was, remember it. When you’re struggling on the obstacle course, when you don’t think you can do one more push-up, when you want to sleep through morning formation, remember why you’re here and let that fuel you on. (This is more a life lesson than a DMA lesson—if you say you’ll do something, do it, no matter what.)
    3. The rules are here for a reason: As Worms, you aren’t allowed to talk or be friends with upper-classmen. You have to walk in the gutters. You can’t talk about yourself in the first person. We all went through this. There are reasons for this. It may not make sense now, but you’ve got rites of passage to go through, just like we all did. You’re part of the DMA now and you’ve got to follow our rules—or you won’t last.
    4. Be careful who you trust: You’re part of the DMA family now. But just like every other family, we’ve got black sheep. I’d like to think they got weeded out during their Worm year, but in reality I know it’s not true. As the first females here, you’re going to challenge their beliefs about who is strong enough to survive. Some of them aren’t going to like it. Trust your instinct and trust your recruit brothers. They won’t let you down if they know what’s good for them.
    5. Be strong: I’m not going to lie. This will be the hardest year of your life so far. But you were accepted here because someone at the DMA thought you would be good cadets. Work hard. Show us what you’ve got. Ask for help if you really need it, I’m not saying not to. But your Worm year is about finding ways to be strong, despite everything going on. Show me you can do that, and you’ll earn my respect.

    Good luck, Alpha Company females! Let’s show them how it’s done!

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    Rites of Passage

    by Joy N. Hensley Published by HarperCollins on 2014-09-09 
    Genres: Bullying, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, School & Education, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
    Pages: 416 
    Format: eARC
    Source: Publisher
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    5 Stars
    Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

    So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

    As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
    At any cost.

    Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences

    Giveaway:

    Open Interantional – One Pre-Order of Rites of Passage and one package of Swag including Dog Tags, Bookmarks and more! Entries via the Rafflecopter below!

    SO Ladies! Are YOU Prepared? I guess I am not… even though I would very much meet this one swoon worthy hot Drill !

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  15. Incredible Emotional - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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    Incredible Emotional - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

    This is one of these books that I would have dismissed if not for Jenny who told me this book was so phenomenal. And since Jenny is definitely my Book Soulmate, I listened and got a copy. And Oh My Goodness - I read this book on sitting on a Saturday, I could not put it down, I could not stop! It was THAT good! 

    Unusual, highly unique setting for a girl Protagonist!

    Sam grew up in a military household. Her Dad a big Officer or General (you know, someone very huge up the chain) and her two brothers also in the military, Sam desperately wanted to love up to them, be one of them and enrolled at a military school where for the first time ever girls were allowed.

    Sam grew up with military standards, rules and rites so for her it was a natural decision and a decision in hope of final acceptance and approval from her father. So imagine a rough, tough environment where kids are shaped to enrol and survive a military career. And now imagine a girl among these hard-asses. And now, go one step further and image that these boys do not like having girls around! This is a male domain, where girls are not welcomes and in the middle of this hatred Sam wants to prove herself.

    Bullying under the excuse of military education – but Sam stays strong!

    Most of the boys don’t want the girls there. There are 4 besides Sam who enrol in the school. The boys think girls  have nothing to do in the military and they think girls are too weak to survive, that they will slow them down in their progress to be the best.

    What Sam is going to endure in terms of bullying left me often speechless! I was gaping in horror about what these boys did to break her, to make her leave. And especially Sam has to endure even worse than the other girls, since everyone knows her Dad and brother, which makes her their prime target.

    But they didn’t expect the Sam that came to this school, a girl so determined to succeed that she endured endless bullying, physical abuse and emotional abuse to show everyone that she would never give up! Gosh, this girl was so so damn strong!

    And if you’d think that Sam is a tomboy you’d also be wrong – Sam is still very much a girl and I admired this girl so so much!  You won’t imagine what’s been thrown at her, it will most definitely bring you to tears!

    When friendship means more than family, when loyalty is found where you wouldn’t except it.

    You would think her family stands behind her, makes her strong enough to go through with this. But no. Her brother is a high-ranking Officer (again, no idea about the ranks..) at her school, but .. her ignores her! He even ignores when the boys start to really badly and horribly bully her! Her father is found missing on a military operation and her mom is desperate over her missing husband and no use for her girl. She let her girl alone at christmas! My heart broke so so much!

    Sam also finds friendship and even love, though its a forbidden one she cannot act upon. But at least she find some boys who admire her strength, who admire her willpower and who admire her endurance. Without them, she would be completely lost. But they give her strength, they support her and this is what helps her get trough all of this.

    Oh The Feels!

    This story made me feel so much. I could have never endured what Sam went through, I would have crumpled. Sam was an outstanding heroine – I just admire this girl so much! The romance was quite and cute and just perfectly genuine even though I wished for more, I understand I couldn’t get more. Throughout the book I was constantly on edge, constantly on the edge of tears, constantly hoping for them to stop hurting her or for Sam to back done.

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    Bottom Line

    Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley was an outstandingly brilliant story of a strong heroine who’s being bullying, hurt and emotionally abused. It’s an incredible debut and a story which is set in such a unique environment that it most definitely stands out among other YA books. It’s book that you open and can’t put down unless you finish the last page, it’s gripping and compelling,  filled with so much emotion and strength – I can’t stop praising this book!

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    You know when books surprise you? This one completely surprised me! Did you expect this book to be so emotional, so amazing just from the synopsis? And finally, I hope I made you put this book on your pile even if you’d have dismissed it before. Rites of Passage is definitely a book NOT to be dismissed! 

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