1. 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

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    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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  2. 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!
    NIL.Unlocked_Teaser

    and here it is ….

    *****

    *drum rolls*

    ******

    and some more drums….

    ******

    Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

    NIL.Unlocked

    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

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    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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  3. 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

    2014-03-21_PerilousSea_hardcover_cover_almostfinalSeries: The Elemental Trilogy #2

    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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    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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  4. 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

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    by Jandy Nelson (WebsiteTwitter
    Published by Dial Books on 2014-09-16 
    Genres: Death & DyingFamilyLove & RomanceSiblingsSocial IssuesYoung Adult 
    Pages: 384 
    Format: eARC 
    Source: Publisher 
    Amazon • Goodreads 
    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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  5. 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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  6. 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

    I'll Meet You There

    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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  7. 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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    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

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  8. 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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  9. Dear Celaena - Yours, Danny | Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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    Dear Celaena - Yours, Danny | Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

    The Throne of Glass series is one of my favorite series and Celaena one of my favorite female kick ass heroines! Today, instead of a classic review, I wrote a letter to Celaena!

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    Dear Celaena,

    I’ve meet you first in Throne of Glass and fell in love with you. I totally mean that in a platonic way of admiration, so don’t get me wrong here. You were an assassin, considered a criminal, yet there was something about you that made me stop and question my morality.

    I don’t want to repeat what you went through in Throne of Glass, then in ….  but you did grow so so much!

    Then, the BIG revelation at the end of Crown if Midnight??

    Holy freaking Awesomeness, I think we all didn’t expect this – you totally hid this very well Celaena, but now we know who you really are! 

    Now, I’ve waited for a year to meet you again and follow your story in Heir of Fire and gosh girl, you were nearly broken and so heartbreakingly lost! Where was all your spirit? The happenings at the end of Crown if Midnight completely crushed you and my heart was aching for you. You wanted to flee from everything run away and only have one thing in mind: Revenge! But they didn’t let you run away from yourself and from the person you are supposed to become.

    In the beginning you were so different than the strong and kick ass girl we’ve got to appreciate.  And it needed some hard words, some hard work and some wonderful secondary characters like Rowan to bring you back on track and to lift your spirit, and make you fight again!

    And it needed Rowan to bring back your fighting instincts and bring you, as the kick ass character we fell so madly in love with back to us full forth! Gosh, it was such an amazing and tough journey for you, he made you question yourself, but you needed this! And yes, I agree sometimes he also was a rude ass and not very nice to you.

    Rowan is such an amazing character!!! I’m completely in love with him and since you are still pretty much in love with Chaol.

    I totally claim Rowan to be mine! 

    Hear that Celaena?? (and all you other readers, Rowan is mine!)

    Rowan is mine! This wonderful Faery Prince with the super tough and hard shell, with all his tattoos and who completely won me over. I’m a little stunned you didn’t fell for him.. but *shrugs* more for me!

    Again Celaena,  you surprised me in Heir of Fire – I went through all kind of emotions with you, from anger over heart ache and then the joy over your victory! You grew so much, it was incredible to follow. You were at the bottom, you felt you were beaten – but you came back, stronger, wiser and ready to meet your destiny!

    I can’t wait to hear what’s next for you!

    Sincerely yours,

    Danny

    P.S. : I think you would be stunned to know what else was going while you were so broken and training with Rowan. Thankfully, we as the readers of your stories got quite a few side stories and parts from other characters that added to the intense richness of your story! I could however have done it without learning so much about the witches… but Celaena, be prepared! They are coming for you! 

     

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    Bottom Line

    Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas was epic! With each new instalment Sarah J Maass outdoes herself and makes us fall even more in love with this epic fantasy series that is so unique among the Young Adult fantasies. She creates the most amazing characters and proves yet again with the introduction of Rowan that there is so much more to come!

    Most definitely, this is one of my favorite series where I am always eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next book!

    Epic!

      

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  10. So Freaking Amazing!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1

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    So Freaking Amazing!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1

    There are authors you love so much, that you’re going to read anything. With Josephine Angelini’s new release it was exactly like this. I loved her Starcrossed series, but when I read the synopsis to TRIAL BY FIRE I knew this was going to be “my” book!

    Exciting mix of Fantasy, Contemporary and Parallel Universes

    The set up of the world was as fantastic as it could be. Our heroine, is weak in her world (which is our world…) she’s plagued by allergies and can’t eat or go where she wants to be and only her best friend Tristan is truly by her side and takes care of her. When she’s pulled in a parallel universe suddenly her weakened boy makes sense! But more on this later.

    This new world is absolutely amazingly portrayed and throughout the whole time I was trying to envision this world as Josephine Angelini explained it to us.

    One word: MOVIE-Material!

    Seriously. I want to see this world captured in a movie, coming to love on the big screen. It’s enormous, gigantic and completely fantastic! A mix of Tolkien like Elfen City and a Sci-Fi version of our world, there are no words I could bring to capture this wonderment.The magic! Damn, the magic was so amazing! Not just the simple basics and rules, but there is also much about relationships between magic users and bonds that are formed that were beautiful and fascinatingly developed!

    Lily – weak, but strong at heart! The perfect developed heroine, in this world full of magic!

    Oh how much I adore this girl! I was feeling so baldy for her when she was still in our world – so weak and dependent. But in this new, parallel world her body changes and she understands why her body was so weak and the explanations for this were so perfect that even the scientist in me was at awe. It holds wonderful mixture of magic and science and I was so freaking excited learning all these explanations for the creation of this world, that I’m still so excited when just thinking about it.

    So finally Lily is in an enviroment where she’s not just the weak anymore but finally can develop and become someone else, someone stronger, someone she was always meant to be! YEAH LILY! And there is the girl, who is loyal and learns to use magic, and learns how to be strong! Loved loved loved to see this girl grow and change!

    So so much love! Oh the butterflies!

    There is so much love to be found within these pages that it made my heart ache and swell so much. First, the relationship between Lily and her sister, which is so strong that it even, transpires between worlds.

    Then, there is the love between her and her best friend Tristan – which is such a complicated relationship that I’m so excited and eager t explores more. They are friends foremost, but the “old” lily was in love with Tristan, who trashes this love so badly that it broke my heart and brought me to tears! But then, there is more to Tristan – which I found remarkable from Josephine to develop such a complex relationship and such a complex character.

    Now coming to the swoon worthy romance that is so wonderful and perfect and beautiful as it should be!

    First, there is mistrust – then there is misunderstanding and then there is so much love that it will bring you to your knees!

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    Bottom Line

    Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini  was just so incredible amazing! Full of wonderment with a swoon worthy romance, that will make your heart melt. The outstanding mix of Contemporary with Sci-Fi and Fantasy delivers a tale of epic proportions! No words can describe how much I loved this book!!!

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    Dear Josie, 

    As much as I loved your Starcrossed Series, I think you outdid yourself with Trial by Fire. The characters you created went deep into my heart and the relationships you developed were so wonderful and beautiful and heartbreaking. This is the book I wish I could have written as it exactly hold everything I always long for in a story! Excitement, Wonderment an incredible story and such outstanding characters that I want to meet all of these! 

    Thank you so much for this story!

    Yours,

    Danny 

    What was the latest book that owned you so completely? I must say that I never excepted to love this one so much, but I do! So now, all I can tell you is to go and freaking read this book as soon as it comes out! 

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  11. Chat with the awesome Nikki Kelly, Author of Lailah by Nikki Kelly & giveaway

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    Chat with the awesome Nikki Kelly, Author of Lailah by Nikki Kelly & giveaway

    Happy Friday!! You remember a few weeks ago, I had Nikki Kelly here on the blog with an amazing inspirational post about her upcoming Young Adult debut LAILAH. It’s been a phenomenal post, I urge you to check out.

    And I couldn’t be more excited to have Nikki here today for a fantastic Interview, and I have another fantastic Giveaway for you at the end!

    LAILAH

    So welcome Nikki Kelly let’s chat about LAILAH!

    Nikki, I am so excited to have you here at the Bookworms again. You know I’m a big fan of you and Lailah so I’m so thrilled to chat with you! 

    Thank you so much for having me Danny! I am a huge fan of the Bookworms!! 

    This totally made my day Nikki!

    OK, I know this will be a question you’ve probably been asked before, but I am such a big fan of vampires that we need to chat about them a little. So Nikki, tell me: why vampires? What makes them so exciting for you? What is so fascinating? 

    I am also a big fan of all things vampire! They come in all different shapes, sizes and varying levels of shininess these days, don’t they?!

    I guess I just find something extremely fascinating about the idea of these immortal beings, which are immensely strong and powerful, using those traits for good or evil or both! It all depends on the vampire in question; take Jonah, for example – I find him extremely compelling because he’s in a constant state of inner conflict, simply because of ‘the what’ he is. Then you go and throw in ‘the who’ he once was, ‘the who’ he is now and ‘the who’ he is becoming and you have the beginnings of a lovely layered character full of inner turmoil—the best kind to write!

    I also personally find something – dare I say it? – incredibly sexy and dangerous about a being that oozes such deadly charm! I don’t write about werewolves, for example, because I don’t find anything appealing about a person who transitions into a large dog and back again – though I have a feeling that might stem from the fact that I have a Pug… 

    Do you have a favourite vampire story? (Mine are Twilight – YES Twilight and the Night Huntress series, just to name my absolute favourites!) 

    Yes of course! For me it would be Twilight, with The Sookie Stackhouse Novels as a close second! I love what Twilight has to offer: I adore the romance and, while I like my heroines to be a bit kick-ass (something Lailah is growing into as the Saga progresses!), I am a sucker for the damsel in distress routine now and again!

    I think perhaps what I like most about Twilight is the idea of coming through a series of impossible struggles and that the reward at the end of the fight is forever. And what I like most about The Sookie Stackhouse Novels is the raw edginess of the characters and the interesting setting.

    So, to summarize all of the above waffle…

    Twilight – for lovely high-shine, knee-wobbling romance.

    The Sookie Stackhouse Novels – for gritty, flawed and riveting characters.

    How did you go and develop your own vampire lore, (which I think has some very unique features beside the classic ones)? 

    I wanted to ensure that all my supernaturals were as original – and as different – as possible. For me, that stemmed from asking various questions: Where did they come from in the first place? When, and how, did they come to be here? And then the two most important questions (you might notice a theme here!): ‘the what’ and ‘the who’ are they? The final questions, which needed answering, were of course: What motivates them all? What do they want?

    In answering all of the above, and borrowing a little here and there from my own belief system, I was able to create new worlds and beings, but utilize existing belief or myth on which to base them. For example, the two worlds the beings emerged from were based on the concept of Heaven and Hell. I then spun that into something else entirely.

    I took the myths about vampires and angels etc. and tried to demonstrate how, through storytelling and game of telephone, the idea of what they are has become quite different from the truth – the truth of course being the reality of things in my books!

    I think, with all things, it’s ultimately an evolution of story telling. Meyer’s Twilight was an evolution from Stoker’s Dracula. Meyer took the notion of vampires – creatures that are known for being dark and demon-like – and made them attractive and gave them a moral fiber. The vampires in Styclar are, yet again, another evolution of the beings we have come to know as vampires. They exist in a different way, and they play by a different set of rules. 

    Lailah is quite a mystery. Did you know exactly when you created her what she was, or was it something that developed while you were writing? 

    When I first brought Lailah to the page, I had spent some time asking myself what she was, and then I ended up realizing that the far more important question was who she was. I therefore knew her history, and her beginnings, on the ‘what she was’ front from the outset, but the real journey for me was discovering who she was and that only came with writing her. 

    Lailah also doesn’t have much of an idea of who she really is, but it’s obvious that she has already lived a few lives (so to speak. We can’t reveal more; otherwise we would spoil it too much!). Nikki, if you had the chance to live another life during another time, who/where/when would you like to choose? It can be a famous historical figure, or just a time period :)  (I would love to be Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, as I have a big fascination with English history) 

    Great question! If we were talking factually, then Amelia Earhart – she was an aviation pioneer and an author! And though the end of her story was a tragic one, I really want to know what happened! So much so that I would like to be her on the day she disappeared simply to find out! Now, if you were talking fictionally… Doctor Who. So I could fly around in my Tardis and experience all that time and space has to offer!

    Let’s talk a little about the boys we are going to meet. Nikki: Team Gabriel or Team Jonah? 

    Ha! Nice try, Danny!! I am Team Fence! For two reasons; the first because I genuinely love both ‘guys’ equally, but for very different reasons; the second because, if I did sway more to one Team and I revealed it, readers would likely assume that’s whom Lailah would end up with!

    If Gabriel would have to describe Jonah in a tweet, what would he say? 

    #Jonah—An unfathomable complication 

    And now, if Jonah would have to describe Gabriel in a tweet? 

    I am going to quote Crystal from @Crystalbookland here who I think said it best, and Jonah would probably agree:

    #Gabriel—Causing trouble since 1839! 

    Anything else you’d love to add? 

    As I have the stage… ;) I’d love to say a massive thank you to every blogger and every reader who is getting behind the Saga and showing so much love already, before the book is even in stores!! You guys are quite simply awesome; I’m sending many hugs down my wi-fi right now!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by today Nikki! 

    Thank you for having me! xox

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    “I was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I’m not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie – the Pug & Goose – the Chihuahua.
    LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
    Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.
    These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.”

    Lailah by Nikki KellyAbout Leila

    • Publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
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    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is

     

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  12. Interview with Rinda Elliott - Author of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy

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    Interview with Rinda Elliott - Author of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy

    A while ago I featured Forecast, the next book of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy by Rinda Elliott in a Wednesday Pre-Squee Feature and today I am super excited to have Rinda here for an Interview! I’m so happy that she took her time to chat a little bit about her books and about Norse Mythology, which I find highly intriguing!
    Sistes of Fate Trilogy by Rinda Elliott

    So now, please welcome Rinda at the Bewitched Bookworms

    Hi Rinda – I’m so excited to have you hear today to celebrate the release of the second book of “The Sisters of Fate Series”  “Forecast” featuring Coral and .. Thor! :) 
     
    I absolutely love your approach for this series as I absolutely love Norse mythology! What fascinates you the most about Norse Mythology and what made you use it for Young Adult Debut? 
    I’ve just always had a fascination with mythology in general–with the different ways people believe. Norse was always my favorite and I think it’s because in the beginning, it seems like people were more drawn to Greek and Roman mythologies. I tend to gravitate to the underdog. Or so I thought. But once I started reading up on it, I realized there was nothing of the underdog there. Norse mythology is so rich in wonderful stories and creativity. One of the first books I wrote was about this lonely man in an old family castle in Wales who shifted into a big black cat because of an ancient Viking curse. Seriously, I was that into it. Later, I learned my first name came from Norse mythology and it felt like kismet. 
     
    As for my YA debut, I was drawn to the story of Oklahoma’s Heavener Runestone and had planned to set my second adult UF there–Blood of an Ancient. I wanted to tie in a YA series to it and we were to meet Vanir and his family as helpful secondary characters. But I changed it because I felt like the stories needed to stand on their own. So I moved Blood of an Ancient and cut its ties to the YAs altogether. Vanir and Raven came to me with such clarity, I dove fully into their story.
     
     
    Which one is your favorite Norse God? 
     
    That is the hardest question because there are so many cool aspects to each of them. Honestly, it’s probably Loki. He’s not nearly as evil as he’s portrayed in most things–even my books. But I’m also drawn to Freyr and Freya…Skadi…okay, I can’t answer this one. LOL. I can’t pick just one!
     
    If you could meet one of these Gods, who would it be and how would you like to spend the day with him or her? 
     
    I know I said Loki is one of my favorites, but probably not him. He’d be up to some mischief and I’d get all stressed out. Let’s see, Baldr is the god of light and joy, so it would probably be great to hang out with him and soak up the happy. 
     
    In “The Sisters of Fate Series” series the kids are hosting the souls of the Norse Gods. If you could wish 
    for one specifics soul, which would you choose, and why!:) 
     
    Oh man, there are a bunch I’d pick. But probably Odin, god of wisdom, because I could write about anything with authority. But then, I’d probably feel like I needed to be in charge of everyone. I’d get bossy… Just kidding. I would definitely like to have more knowledge of things. Plus, he was also the god of magic and that could be fun. 
     
    There are not so many Young Adult books featuring Norse mythology, but do you have some recommendations for readers who can’t get enough of these Norse Gods? 
     
    I honestly have not read any other fiction books featuring Norse mythology. I didn’t want to accidentally absorb anything before I finished my entire trilogy. And for a time, there were some other YA and middle-grade books that got picked up around the time mine was making the rounds and it was a bit hard because these books got very, very close to selling several times. At one point, more than a handful of publishers had shown interest in them. But in the end, concern that Norse mythology wasn’t popular enough kept them from getting picked up. This was around 2009/2010. Later, my agent and I had actually stopped marketing these and that’s when my Harlequin editor called up and asked if they were still available. She’d loved the first book quite a bit, hadn’t forgotten about it, and thought the trilogy would work in their new digital line for Harlequin Teen. She took a chance and I’m so happy. Harlequin was one of my top dream publishers, so I’m thrilled my books are there.
     
    Rinda, the next book Foresworn will be the last book in this series. any idea already what comes next from you? 
     
    Yes, I have some very loyal Beri O’Dell readers and am starting to get more emails asking about book three. That is on my agenda next. I also have a dystopian YA I wrote years ago, then shelved because the market felt flooded. I love the characters a lot and still think about the book often, so I plan to do some revisions, make it even better and send it out.There is a fun snippet of it on my website. I’ve also got a proposal for a southern Gothic that might start making the rounds soon. A part of me wants to dive fully into that book. So many, many ideas. ;) 
     
     
    Anything else you’d like to add? 
     
    Just a thanks for your enthusiasm about my Norse YA trilogy. I’d hoped there were readers out there who would enjoy them and I’m thrilled every single time I hear from a reader or reviewer who had a good time with the books.
    Thank you so so much for stopping by today Rinda:)) 
    Thanks for having me!
     
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    Foretold

    by Rinda Elliott Series: Sisters of Fate #1
    Published by Harlequin, HarlequinTEEN on 2014-04-01 
    Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
    Pages: 304 
    Source: Publisher
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    4.5 Stars
    It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny. But only if they survive…

    The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

    Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.

    Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.Or even from something else…

    Sisters of FateThe prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.

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    Foretold by Rinda Elliott was a heart pounding paranormal adventure with fierce, passionate heroes and an thrilling, action packed story! Norse myths were wonderfully entwined with our modern day setting in a delightful and mesmerising way! I most definitely can’t wait for the next Sisters story!

    Rating 4.5

    About Rinda Elliott

    Website | Twitter | Facebook

    I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

    I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency
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    SO guys are you excited now? Do you have any questions for Rinda? 

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  13. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

    X Men meets Oceans Eleven? What an amazing promise right? I love superpower stories and with this amazing cover I was just so excited to read it! 

    A vaccine that turns you into a super-human!

    The idea behind the super powers is actually  quite cool. There was a horrible disease and while a vaccine was created that actually helped, it also created super powers for a few lucky or unlucky people. There are classics like telekinesis, but also other powers like the power to create an Illusion, which our main heroine Ciere has.

    Needless to say the government likes to abuse these people for their own purposes and they are also hunted since everyone is afraid. So Ciere is hiding among criminals and turned into a thief. So far for the backstory….

    When you get tangled in something far bigger than yourself….

    Ciere is a small thief but then she messed with the wrong people and suddenly owes these people quite some money. Then, it gets even worse and the government is after her, and a super explosive secret!

    Actually, the part with the government the hunting down the vaccine, which was thought to be lost was a thrilling and exciting storyline. There was a big twist towards the middle and again towards the end that was nicely played! The part with the other mobsters? I could have done without it, and for quite a while I didn’t see where this was going. In the end, it made sense after all…

    Characters I wished I would have loved more! And Characters I loved and wished would have gotten more screen time.

    This story was definitely plot driven – at least for me! We get two POV – one from Ciere and one from Daniel. Ciere of course made sense, but why we also got Daniel’s POV made no real sense for me. Initially I thought he would be the love interest, but that turned out wrong, so I am still wondering about this. Quite frankly, I didn’t fully connect with Ciere.

    But.. there were amazing characters that I loved so much, but sadly weren’t the main characters. There is Kit, the one who took Ciere in and he’s such a mysterious man and he was such an interesting character. Then there is Magnus and the interactions between him and Kit were so intense and full of chemistry that I wanted to know more about their relationship! Were they lovers, friends, more like a father and son relationship? I still have no clue, but I want to know! I hope this is going to be explored int he next book.

    Then, there is Ciere’s best friend and I really really liked this boy. Sadly, he’s been written off towards the end and I felt so angry about it. I invested in him, connected with him only for him so apparently serve his purpose and then disappear.

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 3

    Bottom Line

    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones comes with a great and thrilling plot line that offers some surprising and exciting twists! I’m usually very very character driven and sadly I didn’t hit off with the main characters and rather fell in love with characters that were written off too fast or weren’t meant to be the focus of the story. So I am a little torn with this story I liked the idea and concept, but couldn’t love the characters.

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    So, the big question are you a character driven reader or a plot driven reader?

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  14. The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

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    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

    Jinni’s!!! This recent trend is absolutely wonderful and makes me excited! I had a recent feature about Jinni’s with some wonderful images!

    Beautiful and wonderful ancient arabic setting!

    The story of The Jinni Wars is set in Baghdad way in the past, filled with some fantasy elements creates a very unique an magnificent atmosphere. Humans are at war with the Jinni’s and we are following two girls who look very much a like, but one is human and one is a Jinni – both dream of having a different life!

    When the human girl Najwa captures the Jinnie  Zayele, she wishes to trade places and now the must life the others life in fear of being discovered! We get both POV and the story shifts between these two girls and we get glimpses also into both settings, as the Jinni’s have to life underground in a disclosed environment.

    Love finds you whether you want it or not!

    Even though both girls desperately try to hide who they really are, the find love even though they were not prepared to do so! Both romances were sweet and adorable, but Najwa’s romance came with more chemistry and got me more excited. But, one should keep in mind that there are two stories in one that finally have to melt together. Maybe there was just not enough time to invest enough into both relationships.

    Secrets, Political Intrigue and Surprises!

    Apart from the beautiful setting, the sweet romance the story also deals with the ancient war between humans and Jinni’s and is just now about to take a turn. Needless to say our girls will play a crucial role in these events.

    The story started out a little slow, but picked up towards the middle. I absolutely loved the middle east setting, with all the beautiful woman and henna tattoos – and the Jinni’s world was so beautiful and fantastical. It was a great mix of history and fantasy! There are some twists and surprises that added a whole new level of excitement – and especially one twist was played very nicely and caught me by surprise.

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    Bottom Line

    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough was a wonderful Young Adult Fantasy story filled with magic, political intrigue and romance. The setting was magnificent with the magical filled arabic world and the story follows two girls, one human and one Jinni who are caught in the middle of an ancient war!

        

    Do you also love Jinni stories??? I hope there will be more Jinni related stories! 

    And don’t miss my Pinterest Inspirational Board which was inspired be The Fire Wish and Exquisite Captive! 

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  15. The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

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    The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

    This is a series for everyone who loves Video Games, always wished to be in one and who loves SciFi !

    Intrigued?

    The first book RUSH came out last year and I really loved it!

    Rush by Eve Silver was most definitely a rush full of dark, edgy action. Rush was an incredible  fast paced story with vivid characters, which are full of secrets and mysteries! The setting was phenomenal , adding an unique and refreshing addition to YA Sci-Fi stories!

    Needless to say I was excited for this sequel, but also scared at the same time.

    Series Elements to be Excited about

    • Contemporary Setting with SciFi Elements and even Aliens!
    • The Game! The kids are pulled into “The Game” to fight off Aliens, there are have to finish missions in order to survive and ..„ maybe save the world!  and this created a Gaming Like Atmosphere !
    • Kick ass heroine! I love Miki so so much! She’s so strong and kick ass!
    • Complicated Romance, but no Love Triangle! Woooot!
    • Jackson our swoon worthy hero who drives us mad!

    What to expect from Push – Book 2 

    A lot of heartbreak – again! The first book ended with a huge cliff-hanger, which of course no one ever believed was entirely true. Needless to say, we are excited when Jackson is back in the picture, but at the same time he break Miki’s and our hearts! Stubborn Boy! He’s going to drive us crazy!

    A lot of action – again! The kids are again sent on dangerous missions, but this time it seems like “the game” has somehow changed and it’s getting more dangerous!

    A lot of exciting characters – again! I already loved Miki and the crew before, but I feel like Eve Silver spend even more tint flashing out and developing the secondary characters! I love Miki’s friends and they wonderfully add to the story!

    Second Book Syndrome? Unfortunately yes - as much as I enjoyed the book, I felt like we didn’t move much further with the story. Sure there were some new developments, but I was hoping for more! Well, I guess I will have to wait for the next book

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    Favorite Quotes!

    “Back at being an asshole, Jackson?” “I never stopped”

    I don’t get it. Don’t get him. His touch, his kiss, tell me I’m the most important thing in his world. His word tell me I don’t matter at all. 

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    Are you a gamer? Love video Games and … love books with video game elements? Then, have you read RUSH? 
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