I have a special excerpt from Dark Frost for you guys today! I also have a giveaway that you’re going to want to enter, so make sure to keep reading!
DARK FROST EXCERPT:
“Well, well, well,” the Reaper girl hissed. “If it isn’t Nike’s Champion, slinging a sword like she actually knows how to use it. I was hoping I might run into you here.”
Her words made my stomach twist with fear, but I pushed the feeling aside. I knew the Reaper girl wanted to kill me. She’d threatened to do so in the memory I had of her stabbing my mom. I supposed I shouldn’t have been surprised that she knew who I was and what I looked like. Professor Metis had once told me that Champions could recognize other Champions, that we were inevitably drawn to each other, attracting and repelling like magnets.
“Yeah, it’s me. Gwen Frost,” I snapped. “Nike’s Champion in the flesh. I know what you did to my mom.”
The girl threw back her head and laughed. She just—laughed. Low, long, and loud. Like it was funny that she’d killed my mom in cold blood. Like it was the most hysterical thing ever that she and her Reaper friends had just done the same thing to a museum full of innocent people.
“Well, I should certainly hope so,” she said. “Killing your weak, sniveling mother was the most fun I’ve had in ages.”
Rage once again filled my heart, blocking out everything else. All my questions, all my worries, all my fears. There was only me and her and my desire for revenge, this burning, burning need I had to make her pay, to make her suffer for taking my mom away from me.
With a roar, I leaped off the dais, raised my sword, and rushed forward—and the Reaper girl stepped up to meet me.
Have you read the rest of the series? If not, make sure to check out the first two books (as well as the prequel short story):
More about Jennifer:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Frost, the third book, was released on May 29. Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost are the other books in the series. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts and more information about her books.
Onto the giveaway:
Jennifer is offering up one paperback copy of Dark Frost to one of my lucky readers! Interested in entering?
- You must be a US resident.
- You must be at least thirteen years old to enter.
- You must leave a comment with a valid e-mail address stating what you thought of the first two books.
I will draw a winner at random on June 10th, 2012; you have until 11:59 P.M. EST on June 9th, 2012 to enter.
Interested in reading the rest of the posts for the Dark Frost blog tour? Here are some links (start from top to bottom):
- Rayment’s Readings, Rants, and Ramblings
- Urban Fantasy Reader
- Poisoned Rationality
- YA Reads
- Books and Things
- Once Upon a Twilight
- Urban Fantasy Investigations
- Letters Inside Out
- Jelly Loves Books
- Books to Brighten Your Mood
- Hooked to Books
Make sure to check Jennifer’s blog for the rest (as today’s links were not yet posted at the time of this post)
I’m *super* excited to be a part of the 30 Days of Daemon blog tour! Today, I have a special post for you all. It’s a Dear Daemon post. Yes, really. Because honestly, what better way to celebrate the awesomeness that is the Lux series than to receive advice from Daemon Black? 😉
Dear Daemon, What advice do you have to give about a friend who has turned her back to me because of my attitude? She’s known me for years now and now she has a problem with how I act. Should I apologize to her for being how I am? It’s been a month now.
Why do you have an attitude? Did she do something? If so, then you probably have a reason to get an attitude. But if you just have a bad attitude than you need to apologize and make things right. Trust me, that sucks. I have a bad attitude. And I’ve had to apologize. Many times.
 Has any girl turned you down?
What do you think?
 Dear Daemon, Every time I see the guy I like at my office I can’t do much more than stutter, blush and occasionally knock him over. Is this a bad thing? Is there anything I can do?
Dear Shy and Cute,
The blushing and stuttering is cute. That strokes a guy’s ego. I’m not ashamed to admit that, but knocking him over? I’m a little concerned about that part. To fix this problem, stop knocking him over.
 Dear Daemon, What was going through your mind when you found out that you and Katy were connected? And what would Ash’s reaction be?
Dear Touchy Subject,
My first thought was holy crap on a cracker. Ash’s reaction will probably be murderous, but she won’t do anything. She knows there’s nothing for her to do.
Make sure to follow along with the rest of the tour:
Mundie Moms – Launch post + giveaway
Don’t forget to stop by http://booksoverboys.blogspot.com/ today, where they will be hosting an interview with Daemon Black!
And because I adore you guys, I have some random swag to giveaway (including signed bookmarks). You have until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time today (5/31) to tweet me (@NicsYABookHaven) the following: “I’ve fallen into Daemon Black!”. Simple as that. I’ll randomly pick two people to send out swag to. US only (I’m planning an international giveaway for the last week the blog is open). And per usual, you MUST be 13 years old or older.
For those who are unaware, Jennifer will be hitting the road this June to promote the Lux series. Oh, and the best part? The cover models for the series will be touring with her! Interested in seeing her? This is where she’ll be headed:
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
Make sure to check Jennifer’s site for the most up to date information concerning the tour: http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/
I’ll end this by saying that I’m currently reading Onyx, and holy smokes. If you haven’t already done so, pre-order this one guys! I loved Jennifer’s Covenant series (who doesn’t love Seth? or Alex?), but this series. Holy. Smokes. #TotalJenniferFanGirlUpInHere
Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, Swipe follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is Left Behind meets Matched for middle-grade readers.
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
In all honesty, I’m not even sure where to begin this review. I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Swipe”. It sounded promising, which is why I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour, but I can’t say that I loved it. I liked it, I did. But I guess I just expected/wanted more? This isn’t to say that “Swipe” isn’t a wonderful middle grade read, because honestly, I do think it’ll be a hit amongst younger readers. I just didn’t fall in love with the story like I hoped.
Dystopia is the “in” thing right now. The YA market is full of dystopians right now, and it is getting incredibly hard to find a unique dystopian. The concept behind “Swipe”, while not entirely original, does manage to stand out. In “Swipe”, once you reach the age of thirteen, you are Marked and considered to be an adult. The Mark is a special tattoo that is used “for everything from employment to transportation to shopping”. But this wouldn’t be a story worth reading if the teenagers accepted their Marks; there are those that are Unmarked, such as the Dust, who add a bit of welcome mystery to the story. Ultimately through, for me, the biggest reason as to why “Swipe” stands out is because one of the main characters is a young boy, Logan.
In the end:
“Swipe” is an exciting middle grade read that will easily appeal to both middle grade boys and girls.
Make sure to follow the blog tour:
Psstt: the * denotes paperback giveaways, so if you’re interested in reading this one, keep your eyes open. 🙂
I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for Streamline by Jennifer Lane! I have a great excerpt to share with you today. But first, I want to tell you a bit about the book:
Streamline by Jennifer Lane
Published March 27th 2012 by Omnific Publishing
Description from Goodreads:
Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.
Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter–her father–is in prison for murder.
Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.
Here’s an excerpt from Streamline by Jennifer Lane:
His hand started knocking before he really intended to do so, but there was no response. What was taking so long? Had CS actually gone somewhere? Leo’s hands trembled as he contemplated knocking again.
When at last his father opened the front door, Leo kept close watch on his expression. He saw what he thought was a glimpse of relief perforate his father’s gloom, and for a moment he actually smiled. Leo knew he’d done the right thing.
His father looked worse than last week, if that was possible. He had dark circles under his eyes and his beard was even fuzzier and wild, his clothes grimier than before.
Leo swallowed. “I was just in the neighborhood, um, on a run.” He felt like an idiot, trying to find words that wouldn’t incite his father’s anger. “Dad? Um, would you help me? Would you help me get back into shape?”
Onto the giveaway portion of this post:
Omnific is offering up an eBook copy of Streamline to one lucky reader.
The rules of the giveaway:
- It’ll run from 5/9 until 5/16
- In order to enter, you must be 13 years old or older
- And you must leave a comment below with the following: your name, your preferred eBook format, and a valid e-mail address.
Really, that’s it. Oh, and if you keep reading, you’ll find information on a completely different giveaway that the author, Jennifer Lane, is hosting over on her blog! 😉
Ways to connect with Jennifer Lane:
Jennifer will be giving away a $20 gift card on her blog. If you’re interested in entering, make sure to head over here: http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/streamline-blog-tour-may-7-12.html — you can enter at any point throughout the blog tour. 🙂
Monday, May 7:
The Autumn Review ~ Review & Giveaway
The Fairytale Nerd ~ Excerpt #1 & Giveaway
StuckInBooks ~ Review & Giveaway
A Diary Of A Book Addict ~ Review
The Bookish Babes ~ Review
Tater’s Tall Tails ~ Excerpt #2 & Giveaway
Book Nerd ~ Review
Realm of Fiction ~ Interview with Leo & Giveaway
A Pocket Full of Books ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Splash Of Our Worlds ~ Review
The Book Barbies ~ The Writer’s Cave & Giveaway
Journey with Books ~ Review & Interview with Audrey
Supernatural Snark ~ Review
Tuesday, May 8:
Sweet Southern Home ~ Review & Giveaway
Chapter by Chapter ~ Review
Maji Bookshelf ~ Review
Insightful Minds ~ Review
Kindle and Me ~ Excerpt #3 & Giveaway
Wednesday, May 9:
FireStarBooks ~ Excerpt #4 & Giveaway
Pink Polka Dot Book Blog ~ Review
J.R. After Dark ~ Review
So Simply Sara ~ Review
Little Library Muse ~ Review
Cozy Up With A Good Read ~ Review & Excerpt #5
Mostly YA Book Obsessed ~ Review & Author Interview
A Trail of Books Left Behind ~ Review
Nicole’s YA Book Haven ~ Excerpt #6 & Giveaway
Thursday, May 10:
JJ iReads ~ Review & Excerpt #6
Refracted Light | YA Book Reviews ~ Top 10 with Jennifer Lane, Interview, & Giveaway
Living Fictitiously ~ Review & Top 10 with Audrey
Journey with Books ~ Review & Excerpt #7
Letters Inside Out ~ Review
Novels On The Run ~ Review
Livin’ Life Through Books ~ Top 10 with Leo & Giveaway
Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf ~ Excerpt #8 & Giveaway
Friday, May 11:
I solemly swear that I’m up to a book ~ Review
artsy musings of a bibliophile ~ Review
Electrifying Reviews ~ Music Playlist & Giveaway
We Fancy Books ~ Review/Creating Chemistry & Giveaway
Good Choice Reading ~ Excerpt #9 & Giveaway
Saturday, May 12:
The Magic Attic ~ 6 Words for STREAMLINE & Giveaway
A Tale of Many Reviews ~ Twitter conversation & Giveaway
Jennifer Lane’s Blog ~ Dream Cast and Grand Prize
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
Amateur ghost-hunter Perry Palomino has battled ghosts, fought off skinwalkers and skirted the fine line between life and death. But can she survive bunking down in Seattle for a week with her partner (and man she secretly loves) Dex and his perfect girlfriend, Jennifer? And can she do so while being tormented by a malicious spirit from Dex’s increasingly shady past? With love and life in the balance, Perry must discover the truth among the lies or risk losing everything she’s ever cared about.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Lying Season” by Karina Halle starts off strongly and continues on that way until the very end.
What I like best about “Lying Season” is that it works as a stand alone novel. I read, and really, really enjoyed “Darkhouse” (the first book in the Experiment in Terror series). And while I planned on reading the other books before starting this one, I couldn’t find the time to do so before today’s post (thank you, Kindle, for dying)– I will be fixing that. Immediately. Halle does provide enough information within “Lying Season” to avoid confusion for readers that would rather immediately dive into “Lying Season”. But even though “Lying Season” works on its own, I’d highly suggest you take the time to read the series in order. You’re going to want to get to know Perry and Dex from the beginning, trust me.
The best way to describe “Lying Season”: Holy. Frak. There is Perry, a truly fantastic character. There is tension. There are thrilling spooktastic scenes. I mean really, what more can you want?
I’ll be happily drowning myself in the rest of the Experiment in Terror series over the weekend, thank you very much. I cannot recommend this series enough. You can download “Darkhouse” for free right now on Amazon, why not give this fantastic series a chance? You’ll love it. I promise.
“Darkhouse”, the first book in the Experiment in Terror series, is currently free. Since you’re able to download the eBook for free (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords), you will be able to choose ANY eBook in the series that you’d like as your prize.
For those who don’t know, this is the published series so far:
- Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle
- Red Fox (Experiment in Terror, #2) by Karina Halle
- The Benson (Experiment in Terror #2.5) by Karina Halle
- Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror #3) by Karina Halle
- Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) by Karina Halle
This giveaway will run from 4/20/2012 until 4/25/2012.
In order to enter, all you need to do is comment below with which title you’d like. Make sure to include a VALID e-mail address, I beg of you!
If you are curious to read other blog posts from the tour, make sure to check out the following blogs:
LYING SEASON: EXPERIMENT IN TERROR SERIES TOUR SCHEDULE
Kindle & Me ~ Excerpt from DEAD SKY MORNING & eBook Giveaway E
Splash Of Our Worlds~ Excerpt from DARKHOUSE & eBook Giveaway
Book Briefs ~ Review of DARKHOUSE & eBook Giveaway
The Autumn Review ~ Excerpt from LYING SEASON & eBook Giveaway
Good Choice Reading ~ The Writing Cave Guest Post & eBook Giveaway
Mercurial Musings ~ DARKHOUSE Spotlight & eBook Giveaway
Bookwhore ~ Review DARKHOUSE & eBook Giveaway
What the Cat Read ~ Review of RED FOX & eBook Giveaway
Unabridged Bookshelf ~ Character Tweets, Review of LYING SEASON & eBook Giveaway
Kindling the Fire ~ Review of RED FOX and eBook Giveaway
Hackaroo’s Reviews ~ Excerpt and eBook Giveaway
Endlessly Bookish ~ Author Interview and eBook Giveaway
Nicole’s YA Book Haven ~ Review of LYING SEASON & eBook Giveaway
The Bookish Babes ~ Dream Cast & Grand Prize Giveaway (ebook copy of entire series)
And while you are at it, why not take some time to learn more about Karina Halle:
I’m very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Return to Eden (The Soulkeepers #3) by G.P. Ching! At the bottom of the post, you’ll find details about the awesome giveaway G.P. Ching is hosting! Unfortunately, since this blog is a free WordPress blog, I cannot post the Rafflecopter code here – but I have linked you to Ching’s site so that you can enter there!
Return to Eden by G.P. Ching
Published 2012 by Darkside Publishing
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
Dr. Abigail Silva has waited over 10,000 years for redemption and a chance at a real relationship with the angel she loves. But when you’re made from evil itself, it’s hard to remember if salvation is worth the wait. With Lucifer’s plan coming to fruition, she must decide if God’s offer of humanity is all it’s cracked up to be, or if a deal with the devil is the more promising solution.
“The Soulkeepers” series is about faith, something of which can often be a touchy subject. I usually make it a point to stay away from books that deal with faith, as sometimes it can feel as though the author is trying to shove an opinion down your thought. But G.P. Ching’s “Soulkeepers” series isn’t like that. This is a series about the soldiers of God, yes, but it is also a series that focuses on the choices that we make.
In “Return to Eden”, Dr. Abigail Silva must make an important decision. She can either choose redemption, choosing to follow God, in which she’ll finally be able to have a real relationship with the Angel she’s fallen in love with. Or she can follow the devil, allowing the evil inside of her to overtake her. The choice is one which she must make for herself.
In the end, “Return to Eden” is a moving story of right and wrong.
I’ve really enjoyed “The Soulkeepers” series, and while I’m sad to see it come to an end, I feel as though the series was wrapped up perfectly. I can’t wait to see what G.P. Ching has in store next!
G.P. Ching is holding an awesome giveaway as part of the blog tour. During the tour, G.P. Ching will be giving away a total of ten custom Visa Debit Cards — three of which will be given away this week. She is also offering two winners the choice of eBook from either G.P. Ching or any of the Indelible authors along with some signed Soulkeepers bookmarks. And if you’re a US resident, you’ll receive an entry into the drawing for a personalized, signed set of paperbacks (The Soulkeepers, Weaving Destiny, and Return to Eden)! Awesome, right? Yes!
How do you enter? Well, you’ll need to be thirteen years old or older first and foremost. Then, you’ll need to head over to G.P. Ching’s blog (here).
Captain Sam Waterhouse, a meticulous naval captain who’s suspected of treason, teeters on a precipice between Darkness and Light. When he receives an unusual prisoner, a paranormal journey begins to unravel his disciplined life. All the while, humanity is unknowingly at great risk when two Dark forces team up to acquire control of an elusive power. Sidney and Sam attempt to quiet their powerful feelings for each other, only to discover they can save each other, and in doing so, they might even save the world.
Through stunning imagery, an intricate and adventurous plot, and a strong cast of characters, Feather Stone gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the future—a future that is chilling, yet full of hope.
Published September 27th 2011 by Omnific Publishing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wasn’t sure what to make of The Guardian’s Wild Child at first. It was a book I kept stumbling upon on Goodread’s but ultimately one I found myself skipping over. So when the wonderful people at Omnific informed me that there was an upcoming blog, I figured it was time to finally give this one a shot. And while it may not make my favorite reads of the year, it’s certainly a story worth checking out.
The Guardian’s Wild Child is a truly unique book. I can honestly say I’ve yet to read a book like this one. The opening line hooked me, and I was eager to read more. Unfortunately, alternating viewpoints and slow pacing turned a would-be amazing story into just a good story.
I will say this, if you’re looking for an exciting paranormal read in a market crowded by vampires, werewolves, and other beasts…you should undoubtedly make it a point to check out The Guardian’s Wild Child.
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.
As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.
Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As someone who has yet to really venture into the steampunk genre, I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Destiny’s Fire”. I’m happy to say that it was a nice surprise, one in which I thoroughly enjoyed.
“Destiny’s Fire” is a story about Dez, a rare kind of shape shifter, on the verge of her seventeenth birthday. Part Narcolym and part Shythe, Dez and her mother are uncertain as to which side she’ll favor after she goes through the change, something that causes her mother to worry. After all, Dez shouldn’t be alive…she should have been taken care of along with the others. She’s been brought up as Shythe, but what happens if it’s her Narcolym that shines through after the change? How will she blend in then? How will she be able to avoid the Council?
The Narcolym and Shythe are not known for being best friends, so when the Narcolym arrive as part of the treaty agreement, Dez and her friends begin to ponder what the Narcolym want. Are they there to try to learn Shythe magic? Are they planning to wipe out the Shythe? With an intriguing plot and fantastic characters, it’s hard not to devour “Destiny’s Fire” in one sitting.
Let’s discuss those awesome characters, shall we? Dez, Jace, and Reese! Jace and Dez are best friends, but there’s more to their relationship than just friendship. It’s obvious how Jace feels about Dez, even if she’s completely oblivious to his feelings – thinking of him as her brother. But when Reese comes along and sweeps her off of her feet, Dez finds herself falling for the new guy, still unsure as to whether or not he’s trustworthy. I felt as though the romance was well-developed and believable, which I was grateful for. While the romance aspect is lovely, I think what I enjoyed most about “Destiny’s Fire” was Dez. She’s strong, she’s determined, but most of all she’s likeable.
I’m happy to know there will be a second book, mainly because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet.
Would I recommend “Destiny’s Fire?” In all honesty, yes. It’s a truly addictive debut that is sure to captivate you from the very first page.
There was a lovely tour link up provided by A Tale of Many Reviews to showcase all of the tourstops, but it doesn’t work on the Free WordPress blogs, so I’m posting the links here for you. You’re going to want to follow the tour stops because at the end there will be a lovely giveaway over on A Tale of Many Reviews blog:
http://loveofbooks409.blogspot.com/ ~Guest Post from CP Tori & Giveaway
http://www.jjireads.com ~ Review
www.goodchoicereading.com/ ~ Dream Cast & Giveaway
January 10: RELEASE DAY
http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com ~ Review
http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/ ~ Mother/Daughter Post & Giveaway
http://jmanni32.blogspot.com/ ~ Review
http://sarahsbookslife.blogspot.com/ ~ Review
http://www.basiasbookshelf.com/ ~ Guest Post from CP Rachel & Giveaway
http://www.bookstothesky.com ~ Review
http://www.ftbotbblog.blogspot.com/ ~ Author Interview & Giveaway
http://aliseonlife.blogspot.com/ ~ Steampunk Meshup & Giveaway
http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/ ~ Review
http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/ ~ Review
http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/ ~ Guest Post & Giveaway
http://www.lettersinsideout.net/ ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
http://www.stuckinbooks.com ~ Review
http://www.thefairytalenerd.com/ ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
www.chapter-by-chapter.com ~ Review
http://booklabyrinth.blogspot.com ~ Review
http://twochicksonbooks1.blogspot.com/ ~ Playlist & Giveaway
http://www.endlesslybookish.com/ ~ Review
http://www.katreads.com/ ~ Guest Post & Giveaway
www.NicolesYABookHaven.com ~ Review
www.readergirls.blogspot.com ~ Review
http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com/ ~ Review
http://atrailofbooks.blogspot.com ~ Review
http://ivyreads.info ~ Review
http://thebookishbabes.blogspot.com ~ Dez Interview & Giveaway
http://www.mymercurialmusings.com ~ Review
www.majibookshelf.blogspot.com ~ Review
http://www.totalbookaholic.com/ ~ Quote Battle & Giveaway
http://www.electrifyingreviews.com/ ~ Review & Giveaway
http://www.mycutebookshelf.com/ ~ Review
http://alexalovesbooks.blogspot.com/ ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
http://ataleofmanyreviews.com ~ Final Stop & Grand Prize Giveaway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What drew my interest to “Coexist” was the cover, first and foremost, followed by the fact that the story was about elves. I’d yet to read a young adult novel about elves and figured, why not? So I downloaded the book for my Kindle, unsure of what to expect, but interested in learning more about Keegan. It took me a few months to read “Coexist” (I finally took the time to read it after signing up for the blog tour via A Tale of Many Reviews), and while it wasn’t my favorite book this year, I did enjoy it.
One of the most interesting parts of the story was the idea of elves having a chosen – someone meant for them, someone they are not supposed to meet until both individuals turn eighteen. What’s interesting, though, is that Keegan knows her chosen’s name already, although they’ve yet to meet formally.
He, Rourk, spends his time watching her, unable to resist her pull whenever she thinks of him. Rourk watches Keegan closely, unaware of her name, but aware that soon enough, she would be his. But when Keegan finally meets Rourk and learns he is her chosen – she feels nothing for him. There’s no connection, no longing, nothing. Which seems to be setting the story up for a love triangle – especially given the final line – I’m not big into love triangles, but I am curious as to where Crane will be taking the story from here.
Crane has crafted an intriguing world within “Coexist” that’ll easily pull you in. I enjoyed reading about Keegan and Rourk and will be continuing on with the rest of the series.
Welcome to my stop on the “Hushed” blog tour! I absolutely loved this book, it’s one of the best of 2011. I’m thrilled to be able to post an interview with Kelley as part of my stop.
*Where did the idea for Hushed come from?*
I’m very character-oriented, which means the concept for Archer came first. Followed by Vivian, then Evan. (Marissa was an accidental character. She popped up as I wrote, so I used her to my advantage.) With my three central characters, I was able to build the plot around them.
*What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing Hushed?*
I really, really wanted the murders to be realistic. I researched a lot on suicide, the effects of pills, carbon monoxide poisoning, what bodies look like after x-number of days/weeks under certain conditions… The idea that Archer is getting away with murder requires some suspended belief, doesn’t it? So I wanted to make sure everything surrounding that was as realistic as possible.
*What was your writing process like? Did you outline the novel beforehand?*
I’m a combination of a pantser and a plotter. I didn’t outline anything in HUSHED until halfway through. Then, I stopped, went back through what I’d written and made note of every plot thread I’d created. My outline took all those threads and tied them up. I’m fond of this method of writing; it gives me both freedom of not feeling confined by an outline, but gives me direction in the last half of the book.
*Have you always wanted to be a writer?*
I never thought about it. Growing up, writing was something I did for fun, art was something I actually did to make some extra cash. Admittedly, I was terrified to involve myself in the writing community at first. A lot of the writers I encountered had been doing it their wholes lives and had ten, fifteen, twenty books under their belt! I felt sort of weird coming in and saying, “Hey, I’ve been doing this for a few years!” I’ve learned, though, that being an author has zilch to do with how long you’ve been writing, just that you’re passionate about what you do.
*What advice would you give to aspiring authors?*
Keep learning! The best writers, I find, are the ones who never grow complacent with their work and think it’s “good enough.” The best writers are always struggling to find ways to make their work better and better.
You can find my review of “Hushed” over here.
‘Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my
seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was
unputdownable!!!’ — YA Fantasy Guide —
Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.
Kelley’s website: http://www.kelley-york.com/blog
Hushed – Synopsis:
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another – Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants…And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
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Thank you to Stacey at Entangled Publishing for offering me the chance to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic book. And a *big* thank you to Kelley for taking the time to answer my questions! Make sure to pick up “Hushed” if you haven’t already.