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Sunday, June 30, 2013
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.
Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Review and Giveaway of Richelle Mead's 'Something Borrowed - SixthDoctor: 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who)'
Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.
When I first heard at the beginning of June that Richelle Mead had been chosen to write a Doctor Who short story I was ecstatic. If you read my blog you know I am a huge Richelle Mead fan and if you follow me on twitter you know I am a Whovian through and through. I feel like this combination was somehow a personal gift to me.
First I want to point out that the sixth doctor is one I am less familiar with. The same goes for his companion, Peri Brown. The story is told from the point of view of Peri who just so happens to be American (I like to think this has something to do with why they chose an American woman to write it). I am posting a picture of the sixth doctor and Peri so that, if like me, you are not familiar with them you will know what they look like.
I absolutely loved the concept of a world created based on Las Vegas. It's crazy, but makes sense in that unique Doctor Who way that we all know and love. I also love the fact that there were pigeon sized pterodactyls in this story. But most of all I loved that this wasn't some random stand alone story. It had an established villain whose evil plan made absolute sense in the overall story of the doctor. There was nothing forced about this story. I felt like it could have seamlessly fit into the series at the time as an episode.
Also I have a little bit of experience with older Doctor Who, but I have mostly just watched the newer incarnation of the show. I am not used to seeing any other timelords aside from the master and it was interesting to see the doctor interact with another of his kind, even if she was evil.
Richelle Mead combined a wedding, tiny pterodactyls, and an evil, brilliant timelord. Not to mention she managed to squeeze in just a smidgen of a love story, something no Mead story should be without.
I was excited to read this, but I wasn't sure if I would get a real feel for the sixth doctor and Peri--two characters I know little about--in such a short story. I feel like Mead pulled it off beautifully. She got the characters across through their interactions and the smallest of details. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly post where I share the book I'm most excited about releasing the following week.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
What book(s) are you most excited for?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Only a few months into their marriage and everything seems grand. Learning to survive her marriage to Jay without the snarkiness Cindy has come to rely on is daunting to say the least. The Sugar Ticket chronicles the marital journey of two twice-divorced adults learning to accept and embrace the sweetness of their present. When the inevitable complications arise, will the DeMatteo’s gently overcome their obstacles by alleviating the sour taste of the past? Will their third attempt at matrimony flourish? Or will they sweep their issues under the proverbial taboo-topic carpet? Find out how these two mid-life adolescents meet their daily tribulations head on, as they conquer their fears, retirement woes, secrets revealed, and the most fundamental challenge of all: remaining in love forever.
Susan Jean Riccci I've been writing since I was a wee child and discovered crayons weren't part of a food group. My sometimes controversial rants have appeared in my local newspaper, the Asbury Park Press, and I've won several awards via the Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writer's Contest and the Philadelphia Writer's Conference. Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to publish in Parenting Teens Magazine, Good Dog Magazine, and Aim Intercultural Magazine. I'm currently concluding the sequel to Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, The Sugar Ticket. Then I will move on to revising a contemporary novel called, Slick Trespass My current release, Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, is a humorous, contemporary romance about achieving mid-life adolescence, in spite of the baggage incurred with one's history. My eBook, Heart Marks the Spot: Three Short Stories can also be found on Amazon for Kindle as well. My husband, Joseph, and I live in a lovely town in New Jersey near the sea. Together we have seven children and nine grandchildren.
Author Website: http://www.susanjeanricci.com
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
Friday, June 21, 2013
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Rainbow lives with her husband and two sons in Omaha, Nebraska. Right at this moment, she is probably arguing with someone about something that doesn't really matter in the big scheme of things -- or trying to figure out how Sherlock faked his death.
Blog and other stuff at rainbowrowell.com.
I must start out by saying that when I read this book a month ago, it had been years since I had read a book that was not fantasy, science fiction, or some sort of supernatural. A while back I decided that books without a touch of the fantastic to them were not worth my time and that I just was not a fan of contemporary or literary fiction. That’s when I came across this book. I had heard so much hype about this book and read so many good reviews I decided to give it a try.
I did not realize it at the time, but this decision would change my life. Well, my reading life anyway. I fell in love with this book, and in turn, fell in love with contemporary and romance novels again.
The characters are so raw and real. I could relate to both Eleanor and Park on various levels. Their love story is epic and beautiful, but not in the least bit cheesy.
The writing is beautiful in its deceptive simplicity. The story is well paced and organized so that it grabs you in from the first page and does not let you go until that last hopeful page. I also could not write a review about this book without mentioning how much I love the 80’s references throughout the book. Those references brought me back and dropped me right into the world of Eleanor and Park.
This book was equal parts happy and hopeful, sad and heartbreaking. There was a feeling of doom throughout the whole book, yet Rowell still kept me rooting for the characters and their strange and somewhat flawed love.
The ending of the book was a perfect representation of the novel as a whole. It is both devastating and hopeful. It made me cry, but I couldn’t exactly decide whether they were tears of joy or sadness. The ending was definitely open to interpretation and I would not have wanted it any other way. A happily ever after ending would have gone against the brutal realism of the story, while a sad ending would be a betrayal to the beautiful love story.
The bottom line is I loved this book and I cannot wait to read what Ms. Rowell publishes next. Believe the hype. This is a powerful book.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
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