Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (72)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I am extremely excited for The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara! Lesbian pirate adventures? Yes please! Plus, this is based off of the true story! So much good stuff in here. I don't know if I can accurately describe how excited I am for this book. Basically, everyone needs to read this when it comes out!

Synopsis:

A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release: March 6th, 2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Top Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Vampire Academy from, you guessed it, Vampire Academy. The world can be backwards in some aspects, but with Lissa on the throne, I bet things will turn around.

2. Erilea and the Southern Continent from Throne of Glass. I'd preferably visit after all this business with the Valg is done.

3. The Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury. The Night Court sounds divine! Plus, I'd love to get the chance to meet Rhys and Feyre!

4. Greece from Percy Jackson, Covenant, etc.  a love of ancient history, and Greece is one of the top real places I want to go!

5. Luna and the Eastern Commonwealth from The Lunar Chronicles. Preferably a Luna post-Levina.

6. Shadow Falls Camp from Born at Midnight. I'd love to make friends with awesome supernatural teens, visit the falls, and more!

7. Idris from The Mortal Instruments. I'd love to get to see the wonderful city, plus slap some sense into some of the more backwards Clave members!

8. England from all the books ever. I would love to see the sights. Plus I'd love to see ancient landmarks like Stonehenge!

9. The Iron Court from Julie Kagawa's books.

10. Wonderland from Splintered. This is an awesome take on Wonderland that I would love to visit!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Street Team: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle


I am super excited to be hosting the amazing debut author Laura Creedle today as part of Street Team Sunday! Read on for an interview with the author herself, info about her new book The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, and a special giveaway!

Interview:

1. If you were to spend an afternoon with Abelard and Lily, what would you do?

I’m a board game freak, so we’d probably spend the afternoon playing Betrayal at the House on the Hill, or Dead of Winter. Both Abelard and Lily like to play games, so we’d have a good time, I think.

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I wanted to fly into Paris and drive from Paris to Bingen am Rhein in Germany. It’s a trip that Lily’s parents took while her father was in graduate school. I wrote about it, but I’ve never been there, which is pretty weird, when you think about it. My sister lives in Rotterdam, and she travels to Paris all the time on business. She promised to go with me, but our schedules haven’t lined up. One day.

3. What characters from other YA books would Abelard and Lily be friends with?

Lily would absolutely fit right in with Kat and Meg of Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza. Lily and Meg are both ADHD so they would definitely have a lot to talk about.

4. What are you working on now?

A novel about a girl who live in the run down art moderne mansion with her musician mother and 18-month-old brother. When her mother goes missing at a music fest in Miami she tries to keep it a secret, but the shyest guy in school inadvertently finds out. He helps her track down her mother and take care of the baby. And they fall in love— of course.

5. Do you have any writing habits?

I drink a lot of coffee, and do a lot of random internet searches. When I’m revising, I write scenes on note cards and spread them all over the dining room table and everyone knows to stay out of the dining room.

6. What upcoming YA books are you excited for?

Blood Water Paint, by Joy McCullough about a renaissance era girl who becomes a painter. Also, Miles Away From You by A.B. Rutledge. A.B. is my critique partner, and I can’t wait this gorgeous, heartbreaking novel to be out in the world.

7. What books did you love as a child?

There was no YA back then! Because I was dyslexic, my father read to me every night. I loved From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Nancy Drew. When I did finally learn to read for myself around fourth or fifth grade, I read Jane Eyre, which had a big impact on me. I remember devouring The White Mountain trilogy.

8. If you could co-write a book with any other YA author, who would it be and why?

It would be my dream to work with Maggie Stiefvater. I love her writing but I also love American muscle cars. However, I’m sure we would spend a lot of time talking about cars and wrenching, and not get a lot done. I work best in a quiet room by myself without a lot of distractions.

9. What advice do you have for young writers?

I read a lot of manuscripts. A lot of writers have the idea that you revise for several months, or go through two or three rounds of revision and beta, the novel is done. If they can’t find an agent, or a publisher, they think the novel wasn’t very good to begin with and become discouraged. Often it’s the case that the novel was good, but unfinished. Don’t put a time line on revision. Find your best paragraph and bring the rest of the book up to match it.

10. Do you prefer HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) or open endings?”

I like an HEA flavored with a bittersweet touch of reality. I don’t really buy a happy ending that’s all sunshine and roses, because you still have to live your life when all is said and done. But if I didn’t honestly believe that love is transformative I wouldn’t write romance.

Synopsis:

When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn't hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository

Author Bio:

Laura Creedle lives in Austin, TX, and writes about her experiences as an ADHD writer at www.lauracreedle.com. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is her debut novel.

You Can Find Her At:
Website

Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

12/3 Tour Stops
Creative Post - Life of A Literary Nerd
Excerpt - Of Wonderland
Interview - Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

12/10 Tour Stops
Interview -Book Stack Amber
Review - Inkdin Book Blog

12/17 Tour Stops
Excerpt - Boundless Bookaholic
Review - Olivia's Catastrophe
Guest Post - YA Indulgences
Unique Post - A Thousand Words A Million Books

12/31 Tour Stops
Review - Books, Boys and Blogs
Interview - Aphonic Sara
Guest Post - The Hardcover Lover

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 384
Series: The Shaw Confessions
Stars: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

You Can Find it At:
Greenlight Brooklyn (signed & personalised copies available!)
Books & Books (signed & personalised copies available US & international!)
Mysterious Galaxy
Murder by the Book
Indiebound (find a local independent store near you!)
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
Powell’s
IBooks
Chapters Indigo
Book Depository

First Impressions
From the moment I heard about this book, it went to the top of my TBR list. I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I was super excited for more books in that world. I came into the book a little fuzzy about what I remembered from the last Mara Dyer book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I think this actually enhanced my reading experience. It's very important to read the Mara books beforehand, but I liked not quite remembering what had happened. There are also things that readers know from the Mara Dyer books that Noah, our narrator, doesn't know, which makes the reading even more interesting.

Characters

Like before, our main characters are Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer, but Noah is the narrator this time around. One of the things I related to with Noah was his experiences with depression. Having depression myself, it was exciting to see a main character who has depression but not having that the focus of the story. I also loved Noah's romance with Mara. Since it is a continuation of the first series, there's no need to build up the romance, that was already done. Romance is a big factor in whether or not I like a book, so I loved all the swoons. That said, I have a feeling there will be some changes in the next book romance-wise.

It was really weird not being in Mara's head but still having her be part of the story. Lots of Mara's actions in her trilogy seem rational in her head, but viewed from Noah's POV, they seem overly harsh. That said, I still stand with Mara. I love that girl, and I just hope that she and Noah get a happy ending.

World-Building

Unlike the other books, which feature a decent amount of travel, almost all of Becoming takes place in New York City, with a brief bit in England at the beginning. The settings felt realistic, and the scene on the bridge really stuck out in my mind. Since it takes place in our world, the world-building is able to rely on known facts with readers, but the book still does a good job or conveying scenes and settings to the reader.

Author Bio:


Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. Lev Grossman has called Hodkin “One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction.” The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV’s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer was selected as one of TIME.com’s Top 10 YA Books of 2014. Her books have been published in eighteen countries. Michelle grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan, before finally settling in Brooklyn. Her newest book, The Becoming of Noah Shaw, is the first book in The Shaw Confessions, a companion series to the Mara Dyer trilogy, and will be published on 11/7/17.


When she isn’t writing, which isn’t very often, Michelle can usually be found prying strange objects from the jaws of one of her pets.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (71)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I am super excited for Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry! Katie McGarry is an auto-buy for me, so I'll definitely be getting this when it comes out! I've loved everything she's written, and I doubt this will be any different!

Synopsis:

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Release: January 30th, 2018
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