Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The End of Year Fear-- AKA My Reading Failures






It's that time of year again-- BOOK READING PANIC TIME!!



With 2018 fast approaching, I have the inevitable stack of books that I wanted to read this year, but haven't yet.  No matter how fast I read for the rest of 2017, I'm never going to be able to read all the books I originally wanted to, and that SUCKS!!  The fact that I don't read fast enough (or at least as fast as some of you guys) and the fact that I'm a crazy mood reader, always equals unread books that make me sad.

Here are the books that I really really really want to read by the end of 2017:




Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

  • I am the BIGGEST Nina LaCour & Sarah Mlynowski fan--- what am I doing with my life???




Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Follow Me (The Amateurs #2) by Sara Shepard
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
The Knowing (The Forgetting #2) by Sharon Cameron
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Beck

  • These are all Fall books, so I'm really not THAT far behind on them, but still.....


Another thing bumming me out is that I'm 15 books behind schedule on my Goodreads Challenge.  True, I fail at this every year, but I was hoping this would be MY year.  Since I refuse to make realistic goals for myself, I'll probably be feeling like this every year :(



Now, I need your help!!  Which books from this list should I make a top priority to get done before 2018 comes along??


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC: Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson + GIVEAWAY!!



Not Now, Not Ever

by Lily Anderson
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: November 21st 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer. 

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer's going to be great.




Hi Lily!!  We’re so excited to have your book in our FFBC Tours, and can’t wait to ask you a couple of questions about your new book NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Favorite Book?
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett 

Favorite TV show?
Brooklyn 99

Favorite movie?
The Bodyguard

Favorite Song?
“OPP” by Naughty By Nature

Favorite Food?
Pupusas with extra curtido 

Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.
Tortall, Avonlea, Totoro’s forest

What were your favorite books growing up?
The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman, Fractured Fairy Tales by A.J. Jacobs, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, The Stinky Cheese Man and Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 

 Favorite Quote?
“Make a joyful noise, my soul.” –Bat Boy the musical

What are your fandoms?
BUCKLE UP. Let’s go: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Buffy, Firefly, Deadpool, Westworld, My Brother My Brother And Me, The Adventure Zone, and most of the musical theater canon. 

Name a book you read recently that you would recommend to our YA-ers.
ECHO AFTER ECHO by Amy Rose Capetta has some of the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read. 



ABOUT THE BOOK:


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about NOT NOW, NOT EVER?
NOT NOW, NOT EVER is the story of Elliot Gabaroche, a girl about to enter her senior year of high school with no idea what she’s going to do with her life. Her dad wants her to be a lawyer, like him. Her mom wants her to go into the Air Force, like her. And Elliot wants to study science fiction literature at Rayevich College. So she runs away for the summer to compete for a college scholarship.  


What 3 hashtags would you most associate with your book? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would instantly make you think of NOT NOW, NOT EVER) 
#CampOnward #HufflepuffBoys #FlyFightWin


How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?
My editor had requested a companion to THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU and I was sort of at a loss as to where to start until my agent asked, “What about Brandon?” Brandon was a sidekick in THE ONLY THING, a sort of freshman mascot for the lead characters. I really wanted to see how he’d done for himself in the three years since his friends graduated from the Messina Academy. But I’d already written my “genius school is hard” book with THE ONLY THING, so I switched perspectives to Elliot and made Brandon the love interest. I think Pitch Perfect ended up being my closest movie comp—a fish out of water joins a competitive group—and I put both of those movie soundtracks on my writing playlist. 


Tell us your favorite quote from NOT NOW, NOT EVER.
“I couldn’t get my swoon on for a guy who didn’t wear socks.” 


Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through?
There’s a lightsaber duel pretty deep into the story and I absolutely loved writing that! I put Duel Of The Fates on full blast and repeat and wrote the fight of my dreams. (Hello, Lucasfilm, your girl would loooooove to write a Star Wars novel!) 


If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for NOT NOW, NOT EVER– Which one would you pick? 
“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled 


Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read NOT NOW, NOT EVER (specific music, snacks…)?
It’s funny because I think of NOT NOW as such a summer story. It’s full of hot days and mosquitoes. But since it’s coming out Thanksgiving week, I think the perfect place to read it would be in a big library with real musty book smell and a pocket full of snacks you snuck in with you. Bonus points if you can find a table near a science fiction poster.  


What’s next for you?
My next book, UNDEAD GIRL GANG, comes out May 8, 2018 from Penguin Razorbill! It’s Veronica Mars meets the Craft in the Wiccan murder mystery of my dreams. 

Thanks Lily!!

Okay, I'm having SO many awesome reactions to this interview-- first of, OPP??  YES!!!!!  I was obsessed with Naughty by Nature in elementary/middle school!!  Also, THE BODYGUARD!!!  Great choice for fave movie.  Plus, all the fandoms are A+++.  I can't wait for UNDEAD GIRL GANG-- it sounds fantastic!!






Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow.













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Welcome to the FFBC: Flashtide (Flashfall #2) by Jenny Moyer



Flashtide (Flashfall #2)

by Jenny Moyer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Synopsis:

Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.

But Orion's story is far from over.

With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.





Hello Jenny! We are super excited to have you back in our FFBC tours.

I’m thrilled to be a part of it! Thanks for helping spread the FLASHTIDE excitement!


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about FLASHTIDE?

FLASHTIDE is the sequel to FLASHFALL, and it continues the story of Orion and Dram, two caving partners from a futuristic mining outpost , who descended deadly tunnels in search of an ore that would earn them safety from the flashfall. Instead, they discovered their people were being betrayed, and that the only way to freedom would be a path they’d have to forge themselves. 

FLASHTIDE concludes their story and is full of exciting twists and turns—as well as romance and page-turning suspense. I love how this reviewer puts it:

"Fans of the unique post-apocalyptic story will be riveted by the blistering pacing and unexpected twists. An intriguing follow-up." –Kirkus

I encourage readers who aren’t familiar with FLASHFALL to check out the book trailer. My husband is a filmmaker, and he did an amazing job. It gives an exciting glimpse into the world and characters.

Book trailer link:
http://www.flashfall.com/watch-book-trailer/


For people who have not started the series yet, how would you describe the main character, Orion?

Orion is the type of character who gets knocked down again and again, and keeps getting back up. She’s a dreamer who believes there’s a better life for her people, and that it’s worth fighting for. She’s also reckless, and doesn’t stop to consider the consequences of her actions, and this often gets her into trouble. Orion’s upbringing as a Subpar miner in Outpost Five has made her incredibly strong and her determination lends her a courage that inspired me while I was writing her story.

As a Subpar, Orion has a special connection to the cirium she mined for down the tunnels, and a unique ability to find things. Her gifts lead her to become the youngest Lead Ore Scout at Outpost Five, and they play a significant role in what takes place in FLASHTIDE.


What is exactly the ‘flashfall’?

The flashfall is the “fallout” of an anomaly called the flash curtain. It emits deadly particles and  radiation that endangers everyone who gets within a certain distance of it. 

The flashfall has altered people and other living things that have had to live within it and have adapted to survive. Orion and her people, Subpars, have lived for generations in the flashfall. It has affected them—as well as the creatures they face down the tunnels they mine. 

There are also people who have been affected by the flashfall in ways that enable them to manipulate organic matter. These people—Conjurors—are featured in FLASHTIDE.


How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

When I wrote FLASHFALL, I was in the process of querying agents and trying hard to get my first book published. It can be an incredibly daunting and discouraging process. I had just received more rejection letters, and was considering  giving up on my dream. I decided to begin writing a new project, about a girl who believed her dreams were possible, despite her circumstances.  Orion’s journey inspired mine, and I worked up the courage to submit my new manuscript to agents. This was the one that finally opened doors for me, and lead to my dream come true.

As far as the setting, I wanted Orion to feel trapped, and the tunnels and outpost were perfect for that. I’m extremely claustrophobic, so I basically created a world for her that terrified me. When she rebels, and is sent to the deadly cordons that border the flash curtain—I pulled from my desert experiences from growing up in Arizona. 


Tell us your favorite quote from FLASHTIDE.

The darkest places aren’t  down tunnels, or in cordons absent of moonlight and stars. They’re inside us.
But then so is the light.
My decision sparks inside me, a glimmer that grows as the pod skims above the track toward Outpost Five.
I’m not going to leave Dram in the dark.
I refuse to leave any of them to the dark.


Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?

FLASHTIDE is very much a story of survival and suspense, and—strangely—I most enjoyed writing the moments of conflict between Orion and Dram.  In FLASHFALL, I bring those characters right up to edge of what they can handle, and in FLASHTIDE, I push them over it. 

Orion and Dram have a gift of finding light in dark times. They tend to joke when circumstances are at the most dire. I had fun writing those lines.


If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for FLASHTIDE – Which one would you pick? 

“Rise” by Katy Perry


Imagine that we get to see your book on the big screen (how awesome would that be?). Who would you pick to play your characters? (It can be anyone – famous or not)

Ahh! That would be a total dream come true! Since I have a production background, I tend to write pretty cinematically. I’m always imagining the visual elements of the scenes I write. As far as actors, I don’t have anyone in mind for Orion. An actor who would be perfect for Dram is KJ Apa (who plays Archie on Riverdale.) 

It’s fun to think of FLASHFALL hitting the big screen. It’s been considered by film companies, but it hasn’t been optioned. So I’ll keep it on the dream list for now . . .


Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read FLASHTIDE (specific music, snacks…)? 

Both FLASHFALL and FLASHTIDE are atmospheric and suspenseful. Crisp fall weather + blanket + candle is my idea of perfect reading conditions! Snacks? Anything with chocolate. Right now, I can’t get enough of dark chocolate sea salt Boom Chicka Pop. As far as music, here are the top songs from my FLASHTIDE playlist, which really capture the mood of the book:

“Torches” X. Ambassadors
“Rise” Katy Perry
“What You Wanted” One Republic
“Breathe Me” Sia
“Say Something” A Great Big World


How would you describe being an author is like and what’s your favourite part of it?

Dream. Come. True.
I wrote many books and spent  years trying to get published, and I still get emotional whenever I see my novel on a bookstore shelf. 

My favorite part of being an author is connecting with fans. When readers share a post, or reach out to me through Instagram or Twitter, telling me how much they love Orion and Dram, it is the BEST THING EVER. Knowing that my stories resonate with people makes all the hard parts of this job worth it!

I also love speaking at schools and conferences, where I get the chance to inspire people, and encourage them to pursue their dreams.  


What’s next for you? 

I’m currently hard at work writing two young adult fantasies.


Thank you so much for everything, Jenny!

Thank  you for having me! I hope everyone enjoys reading FLASHTIDE!

You can find out more about the books here:
http://www.jennymoyer.com/read-me/

Watch the FLASHFALL book trailer here:
http://www.flashfall.com/watch-book-trailer/


This might be one of my favorite interviews ever!!  The excitement just oozes from all of Jenny's answers.  I love what she said about her fave parts of being an author-- it makes me happy to know that authors appreciate all the fan love and blogger help that we give :)




Jenny is the author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, and its sequel, FLASHTIDE. (Holt/Macmillan 11-14-17) She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Iowa. Watch the epic, live action book trailer for the novel that Booklist calls "A cinematic page-turner."

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.









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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda-- Blog Tour Review + Giveaway


Fragments of the Lost

by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Synopsis:

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.


His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.


But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.


Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?


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Jessa is going through Caleb's room remembering the whirlwind year of their relationship.  She's also looking for something, anything that can tell her why Caleb was out driving around during the flood that ultimately killed him.  His room is full of pretty much what she expected-- pictures and things that bring back memories of when they were an "us"-- but as she gets deeper into it, she starts finding things that get her mind turning.  Each piece isn't enough to go in a particular direction, but as she follows her instincts, she starts down a shocking path to the truth.

I read this book in a day because I COULD NOT STOP.  It might low-key slide into the discussion of what my favorite book of the year was.  And that's because of how this book blossomed as it went on.

At first I was like-- hmmm, is this book going to be about going through her dead boyfriend's room and reminiscing about their relationship??  Because, yeah, that doesn't sound like a super interesting book.  But HOLY SHIT!!!  This book was NOT about that!!!

This book was about finding out what happened to Caleb.  Finding out why his mom is acting like an aggressive hyena.  Finding out about friendship and loyalty.  Finding out secrets.

The progression this book took from the sad "my boyfriend died and I miss our relationship" book to intense "we have to figure out what the heck happened because !!!!!" was so well-done and surprising.  I didn't even realize it was happening until I was in the thick of it.

My fave character: Max!!  Max is the Sam of this book.  He's the Kent, the Josh, the Wes.  He's what took this book from an intense mystery that I wanted to figure out, to an all-out feeling fest in my heart.

For the record, Jessa was a strong main character.  She was an average, everyday girl that I think a lot of people will relate to.  At first I didn't get why she would let Caleb's mom treat her like crap-- and I started thinking she was kind of a wet-blanket.  I was worried that I wouldn't warm up to her, but I was completely wrong.  It becomes obvious why she was willing to take the foul moods of Eve, and it has nothing to do with a personality flaw.  Once I really figured out who Jessa was, I respected the hell out of her ability to be logical in a time where my emotions would have ruled the day.

OVERALL: A++ book from one of my favorite authors!!  This book started as a coming to terms with feelings book and morphed into a thrilling mystery in a completely effortless way.  I 100% recommend this to mystery/thriller lovers who are looking for a book with lots of substance.

My Rating: 5/5








Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Megan is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency


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Week One:
11/1/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
11/2/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview
11/3/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview

Week Two:
11/6/2017- Once Upon a TwilightReview
11/7/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
11/8/2017- Book-KeepingReview
11/9/2017- Pink Polka Dot Books-Review
11/10/2017- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview

Week Three:
11/13/2017- BookHounds YAInterview
11/14/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/15/2017- Amanda Gernentz HansonReview
11/16/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
11/17/2017- Literary MeanderingsInterview

Week Four:
11/20/2017- Ex LibrisReview
11/21/2017- Step Into FictionReview
11/22/2017- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsReview
11/23/2017- YA Books CentralInterview
11/24/2017- Mama Reads BlogReview

Week Five:
11/27/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview
11/28/2017- Fiction FareReview
11/29/2017- Book Princess ReviewsInterview

11/30/2017- Lattes & PaperbacksReview




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-- Class Presidents

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (November 7th) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Characters Who Should Be Student Council Presidents


  • Since I mostly read YA, I interpreted the topic of Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders as Characters Who Could Be Class President.



1.  Adam BlakeA List of Cages by Robin Roe

  • Adam is total Class Prez material because his likability is contagious.  He's so NICE, but not in an annoying fake way.  He effortlessly floats between cliques, and would appeal to most of his class.

2.  DenverThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

  • Denver proved on the Lifeboat that she's insanely resourceful and has great leadership skills.

3.  Audrey Rose WadsworthStalking Jack the Ripper (#1) by Kerri Maniscalco

  • Audrey isn't afraid to speak her mind and she's also super smart.  I don't really see her as being interested in running, but if she did, she would be a fab choice!

4.  Esther Solar- A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

  • She's faced her fear of public speaking and she's also #internetfamous.

5.  Kennedy Rhodes- In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

  • Kennedy is a Type A.  If she set her sights on being Class President, she would BE Class President.





6.  Lady Jane GreyMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

  • If she can lead a country (okay, for only 9 days, but still), I think she's capable of leading a grade.  Also, she's super book smart, and pretty resourceful too. 

7.  Hadley- Vigilante by Kady Cross

  • She led a MOVEMENT, so Class President feels like the next step.

8.  Cedric DiggoryHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

  • Duh.  Everyone loves Cedric-- he's good at EVERYTHING.  He was bound to be Head Boy-- which is like the same thing??

9.  Adam Parrish- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  • Adam is going to get to college without having to owe anyone-- so Class President of Aglionby would look good on those scholarship apps.

10.  Augustus Waters- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Who wouldn't vote for Gus??  No seriously, tell me who.





Who made your lists of bookish leaders on this Election Day??