31 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 7 - Wrap Up! (Giveaway)



To all of you awesome people who took part in this event, thank you :) It was a blast planning this and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
I loved reading all your comments =)

Hopefully, we'll do this event again soon!

As a thank you, here's a giveaway!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Fantasy.
Publication : August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.


In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?



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30 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 6 : Interview with Amanda Hocking



It's Day 6 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! As promised, we've had a ton of fun stuff the entire week including some awesome giveaways . Today's no exception =)
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Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.


Yeah, you read right. I've been a HUGE fan of Amanda Hocking for almost a year and half now. I read her books way back when they were self-published (thank you Amazon!) and I just got my Kindle then. I wasn't even aware of the book blogging community or even Goodreads back then.
Well, I've come a long way and I think the word 'thrilled' wouldn't be enough to express how excited I am to have her on my blog today.
Also, thanks to St.Martin's, another lucky reader has a chance to win all of her books following this interview so keep reading =)

If you had to describe Wake in two words, what would they be?

Fun, Creepy.


What inspired you to write about mermaids? Any particular reason?

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Greek mythology, and I had an idea floating around for a series that involved sirens.


When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I went through a phase in high school where I didn’t want to have a career as a writer, because I decided that writers were “boring.” Other than that, I’ve always been writing short stories/poems, so I think other than in high school, it’s always been something I wanted to do.


Do you base your writing on your own past experiences?

No, nothing in my books is completely based on what person or event. I think I draw from experiences I’ve had, and people I know, but every character is basically a mix of different things from different people.


Where do you usually like to write or read?

I do all of my writing in my office, and all of my reading in my bedroom.




What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read recently?

I just finished reading Invisible Monsters Redux by Chuck Palahniuk, and that was really good. I’ve also been re-reading a lot of my Batman comics, to get ready for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.


In the future, will you write for different genre for your books?

I think so…I don’t know how far into the future that will be, because I’m having a great time writing what I am now, but I do have quite a few ideas for other things.


What is one thing that you can’t do without when you’re writing?

Music is definitely a must…I need to listen to music when I write. At the end of every book, I make a soundtrack for the book based on the songs I listened to the most while writing it, and put that up on my blog (if anyone ever wants some background music while they’re reading.) Other than that, depending on how late I start, I almost always have a can of Red Bull with me as well.


How is the writing process for you? Do you sit and write until you are out of ideas or do you set a schedule for yourself?

I think it’s a combination of both for me. I do a lot of outlining before I actually sit down to write, so that the writing part can go as quickly/smoothly as possible. Then, when I’m writing, I usually start at night, and stay awake as long as I can.


Any favorite movies and shows? Do you get any inspiration for your books from them?

Oh, I have tons of favorite movies and shows. I watch way too much TV. Big Brother just started up, that’s always fun. Other than that my favorite shows are probably Dexter, SouthLAnd, and Judge Judy. So far none of these shows have made it into a book, but you never know.


What are your plans for the next book? Different genre, a standalone or a series?

The next book I’ll be working on is Elegy, the 4th and final book in the Watersong series. I’m excited to start on that, and see what comes next.


Thanks Amanda, for taking the time to answer my questions!
Make sure you guys add her latest book, Wake (WaterSong, #1), to your TBR!

Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

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29 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 5 - Know Your Publicist - Entangled Publishing (Giveaway).



It's Day 5 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! We've had a lot of fun stuff the entire week including some awesome giveaways but it's not over yet, so make sure you come back tomorrow and the day after as well! If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!






Started in 2011, Entangled Publishing believes authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits. EP also believes authors interested in the lucrative indie publishing model shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality editing, commercial covers, or the power of a New York-style marketing machine.
Founded by industry-savvy authors and backed by a successful media corporation, Entangled Publishing utilizes a bold new business model to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving their authors the best of both worlds. Entangled implements the agency model across all departments, which means everyone from the copy editor to the marketing director has a financial stake in the book.


Today I have the amazing Misa Ramirez from Entangled Publishing who is the Marketing Director for Entangled! I’m so happy to have Misa Ramirez from Entangled Publishing here today as a part of the Summer Book Talk. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions Misa!


As bloggers/readers, we only know our side of it - the part involving ARCs. Could you please tell us more about your role as a publicist and what it involves?

I’m actually the marketing director with Entangled Publishing. It’s been an amazing experience. The company started about a year and half ago and has grown at an incredibly fast rate. We started with a really small publicity/marketing department and with the mission of pairing every author with a publicist, creating an individualized publicity plan, and helping each author implement that plan.

Even as we’ve grown, we’ve stayed true to that mission. Our publicity/marketing department has evolved to include Associate, Junior, and Senior Publicists, interns, an art director, and an assistant marketer. Our team is amazing and we are all working hard to offer the best opportunities to every author.

We work on developing relationships with bloggers, whom we love, and setting up blog tours, pitching our authors to regional and national print, radio, and television, writing compelling press releases, and creating unique marketing opportunities.

I also work with our team on building our Entangled brand, as well as the different imprint brands (we are getting ready to launch our 5th category digital first imprint, and have our print lines, as well).


How did you get into the publishing industry? Is it as glamorous as it seems to us bibliophiles?

LOL! I began as a writer and followed my passion. I’m also a teacher (former middle and high school, and then working with Southern Methodist University in their creative writing adult ed program). I met amazing people on both paths and ultimately ended up with Entangled. I wouldn’t say it’s glamorous. It’s a lot of hard work! But it’s gratifying and I love it.


What’s a typical day at work like?

I don’t think there is a typical day! I used to write very regularly. Not so much anymore, but writing is still a passion so I make sure to continue with that. I have several book contracts of my own, so balance is important, albeit challenging.

I spend an awful lot of time responding to emails, in meetings with the management and editorial teams, and with the publicists. I assign publicists to authors, work on collateral, build branding campaigns, seek out advertising opportunities, and myriad other tasks. The main part of my job is truly working with and managing people.


How is it decided on how much publicity a book requires before its release? Is it sometimes the same for both published authors as well as debut authors?

Great question. Our mission and one of our mottos is “No book left behind”. We stand by that, which means every book and author gets as much attention as we can provide, a comprehensive and individualized publicity plan. We don’t believe in throwing a bunch of books against the wall and seeing what sticks. We try very hard to foster every book along a path toward success. We have a very long tail approach, too, which means we’re in it for the long haul with every book. We don’t forget about it once it’s published.


How is a media kit usually put together?

We have certain elements which are incorporated into our media or press kits and this is then fleshed out with specific information based on the individual books. It includes marketing and sales points, media outlets, and much more!


How do you discover new authors?

That’s entirely up to editorial. We accept agented and unagented submissions and each editor builds their list based on what they are passionate about.


Tell us your top 3 favorite books.

I don’t think I can pick my top three from Entangled! I truly believe in and love them all. My personal top three, however, are Gone With the Wind, The Joy Luck Club, and Ender’s Game. ☺


Could you tell us about a few exciting upcoming titles from Entangled Publishing?

Oh my gosh, there are some amazing books coming out! My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, by Rachel Harris, comes out in September and is fantastic! Greta and the Goblin King is a very cool fantasy coming out in the fall. We have All the Broken Pieces which is the coolest concept ever. Think Frankenstein! In the winter, The Reece MalcolmList by Amy Spalding and The Collector, by Victoria Scott, are on the docket and are both fantastic. I could go on and on!



Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Make sure you come back tomorrow to check out my interview with Amanda Hocking!


Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : August 14th 2012 by Entangled Teen.
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.



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28 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 4 : Blogger Talk - Maji Bookshelf.




It's Day 4 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!



We are Juhina & Farah :) Two sisters, running this blog together.We started blogging in October, 2011. At first, we never actually thought that making a blog and writing reviews about books would be as much fun as it is! We are glad that we joined the blogging community. However we also now know how time consuming it is and how much hard work needs to go in a successful blog, however the end result is always gratifying!


We always read in our free time, sometimes even during study breaks, and both of us love books like crazy. Starting this blog opened up a world full of books that we wouldn't have known about or tried to read before. We love blogging!

Blog : Maji Bookshelf.
YouTube Channel : Maji Bookshelf Youtube Channel.


Today I have the awesome Juhina and Farah from Maji Bookshelf! I love their blog and have been a follower ever since they started blogging, so I'm insanely happy to have them featured here today. If you haven't visited their blog yet, head on over to Maji Bookshelf!

They're doing an awesome guest post today about the trends in YA called 'The Beauties, the Uglies and the Damned.' So check it out!



Thanks so much Juhina and Farah, for being here today =)

What do you guys think? What would you like to see more/less of in YA books? Make sure to leave a comment and let us know!




Make sure to come back every day until July 31st to check out the rest of the posts of The Summer Book Talk and also, for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Don't forget to visit Maji Bookshelf and Books Of Amber and check out their posts as well!

27 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 3 : Know Your Publicist - St. Martins. (Giveaway)



It's Day 3 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! As promised, we have a ton of fun stuff coming your way the entire week including some awesome giveaways . So make sure you check back the blog every day for the next week! If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!






St. Martin's Press is one of the United States' largest publishers, bringing to the public some 700 titles a year under eight imprints, which include St. Martin's Press (mainstream and bestseller books), St. Martin's Griffin (mainstream paperback books, including science fiction and romance), Minotaur (mystery, suspense, and thrillers), Picador (specialty books), Thomas Dunne Books (suspense and mainstream), and Truman Talley Books (business and speciality books). St. Martin's Press's current editor in chief is George Witte.

*Taken from Wikipedia.


Today I have the super nice Katie Bassel from St. Martin's Publishing who is the publicist for a lot of awesome authors, including Amanda Hocking! I asked Katie some questions about publishing to get some insider info on what her job actually involves and here's what she had to say...


As bloggers/readers, we only know our side of it - the part involving ARCs. Could you please tell us more about your role as a publicist and what it involves?

We spend a lot of time planning author tours, coordinating with bookstores all over the country to host signings and we do a lot of reaching out to radio and television stations to schedule interviews. We host meet and greets with the authors to allow editors and bloggers the chance to meet with them and learn more about their books. But, as you mention, sending out ARCs is a huge part of it! That’s one of the first encounter our magazine and newspaper contacts have with our books. After they’ve received them and reviewed them, we follow up to find out if they’ll be including a review.


How did you get into the publishing industry? Is it as glamorous as it seems to us bibliophiles?

Well, I didn’t follow the normal path. I worked in Corporate Sales & Marketing for the St. Louis Cardinals for four years before moving to New York and starting in the publicity department with St. Martin’s. I DO have a journalism degree though, I’m sure that helped!


What’s a typical day at work like?

A lot of what I mentioned above in question one. And, in addition to that, we also like to check our Google alerts for anything – articles/reviews – that have been written about our authors and their books.


How is it decided on how much publicity a book requires before its release? Is it sometimes the same for both published authors as well as debut authors?

As much as possible for all our authors! And, as you can imagine, a lot of it depends on the reception of the book from the media.


How is a media kit usually put together?

We usually like to include a press release for the book, a biography and picture of the author, praise for the author and high-profile reviews or interviews with the author.


How do you discover new authors?

Our editors, VP of Publicity get that fun job, meeting with agents, keeping an eye for the next great Amanda Hocking!


Tell us your top 3 favorite books.

I’m boring. I like all the bestsellers, huge fan of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the rest of the series. Into Thin Air is one of my all-time favorites. What else…Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and two classics, the Great Gatsby and Great Expectations.


Could you tell us about a few exciting upcoming titles from St. Martins?

The books I’m excited about probably differ from what your readers are excited about! But I’m about to start Savage Continent by Keith Lowe, which comes out July 3. It’s about Europe in the aftermath of WW II, a pretty undocumented period of history. It’s gotten a lot of really great early reviews and I’m excited to read about a time I don’t know much about. And I’m obviously super excited to read Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin. I saw the ARCs today and they looked so beautiful!



I think I got answers to the majority of questions that I had about publicists. Thanks so much Katie, for taking the time to answer my questions! I'm sure a lot of readers're as curious as I am.


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26 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 2 : Interview with Brigid Kemmerer (Giveaway)



It's Day 2 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! As promised, we've had a ton of fun stuff the entire week including some awesome giveaways .
If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!





Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.


I'm absolutely THRILLED to host Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elementals series. If you haven't read her debut novel Storm yet, you really should. I'm in love with all the Merrick brothers =) The second book in the Elementals series, namely, Spark, is out on August 28th, 2012 from K-Teen. One lucky winner will receive an ARC of the book in the giveaway following the interview.

Describe Spark in three words.

Hot, Sexy, and Dangerous.


What inspired you to write about 5 boys with different paranormal powers? I'll admit, it's unique and I love it but how did you come about the idea?

The first novel I wrote in high school was about four vampire brothers, named Michael, Nicholas, Gabriel, and Christopher. It was a silly story, but I still have most of it on paper. In my twenties, when I really began to take writing seriously, I wrote a few books but was unable to find a literary agent or a publisher. I couldn’t get those four brothers out of my head – but I didn’t want to do vampires again. I started tossing around ideas that would work with the number four. Four horsemen of the apocalypse. Four leaf clovers. Four, four, four. The four elements of earth, air, fire, and water seemed to work best—and I had a lot of ideas how I could make it fun. Who wouldn’t want to be able to control the elements?


When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing stories ever since I can remember.


Do you base your writing on your own past experiences?

Not really. In Spark, Layne rides horses, which is something I did a lot when I was young. There’s a bit of me in all of my characters.


Where do you usually like to write or read?

I usually sit in the local Starbucks. It’s the one place my family can’t bother me.


What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read recently?

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and Sanctum by Sarah Fine, which comes out this October.


Any favorite movies and shows? Do you get any inspiration from them?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to watch television. I love shows with great writing, like Friday Night Lights. A guilty pleasure is The Vampire Diaries – I never miss an episode.


In the future, do you think you might write a different genre for your books? Maybe switch over to contemporary or dystopia? Or even adult books?

I could definitely see writing contemporary YA, and the novel that landed me an agent was adult paranormal romance, so I could do that as well. I’m not big on dystopian or high fantasy, so I’ll leave those to the authors who write them well. (If you like high fantasy, be sure to check out Sarah Maas’s Throne of Glass, coming out in early August. It’s amazing.)


What is one thing that you can’t do without when you’re writing? Music, a cup of tea, etc

Music! I always blast music in my headphones when I’m writing.


How is the writing process for you? Do you sit and write until you are out of ideas or do you set a schedule for yourself?

I can’t set a schedule—I have young children and a day job. But I try to write chapters every time I sit down. I have a hard time picking back up in the middle of a chapter. That’s part of why I go to Starbucks: I need a good three hours to get a chapter down.


What are your plans for the next book? Which Merrick brother is it going to be about?

Spark is about Gabriel, and he gets into a lot of trouble when an arsonist starts setting fires in town. After Gabriel’s story is Spirit, which is about Hunter. Be sure to check out Fearless, the ebook-only novella, which will be released on July 31.


Thanks so much Brigid, for taking the time to answer my questions!
Make sure you guys add her latest book, Spark (Elementals, #2), to your TBR!

Spark (Elementals #2) by Brigid Kemmerer.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : August 28th 2012 by K-Teen.
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

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25 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 1 : Blogger Talk - BookVille.




It's Day 1 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! As promised, we have a ton of fun stuff coming your way the entire week including some awesome giveaways . So make sure you check back the blog every day for the next week! If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!



My name's Adeeb and I'm a Book Blogger and Book Tuber.
Uncontrollable book lover. Reading is my passion. I don't think I'll ever stop reading.
Other interests: cinema, music, cool stuff.

Blog : BookVille.
YouTube Channel : Dark Calling.


Today I have my friend Adeeb from Bookville who is a fellow Book Blogger and BookTuber ! He's a new blogger so if you're interested, show your support and head on over to his blog here! We know that all girls love romance in YA novels, it's what we crave for. However, out of curiousity, I asked Adeeb what guys like and look for in a YA novel. What do they need in a book to make it awesome? Here's what he had to say...



Thanks so much Adeeb, for taking the time to participate in this event!

What do you think? If you're a guy, do you agree with him? Either way, let me know what you look for in a YA book!

Also, make sure you come back tomorrow to check out my interview with Katie Bassel from St.Martins!



Make sure to come back every day until July 31st to check out the rest of the posts of The Summer Book Talk and also, for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Don't forget to visit Maji Bookshelf and Books Of Amber and check out their posts as well!

24 July 2012

Blog Tour : Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1) by Kate Avery Ellison (Interview + Giveaway)


Thanks to AToMR Book Blog Tours for letting me be a part of this tour! I've an interview with Kate Avery Ellison followed by a giveaway for you guys today. You can check out the rest of the stops here.

Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1) by Kate Avery Ellison.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Dystopia.
Publication : April 18th, 2012 (Self-Published).
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

You're really young for a writer so I have to ask, when did
you write your first novel?


I’ve always been writing. I wrote my first “book” (it had a cover, a table of contents, and three chapters, each a page in length) at age eight. Brooke Temer and the Secret Room ended up being the first in a mystery series that spanned thirteen books of similar length, and it was heavily influenced by my childhood obsession, the Nancy Drew series. I finished my first real novel, a vampire love story set in outer space, at age twenty one.


Tell us a bit about Frost, how is it different from your other books?


All my books have a bit of mystery (I can’t seem to get away from my mystery-loving childhood roots!), but this is the first one that has a really suspenseful undertone, I think, with the creatures in the forest and the threat of Farthers just across the river and the ever-present threat of the brutal cold. It’s also my first published novel that blends elements of both fantasy and sci fi, as the series is a little bit dystopian in nature and gets more so as the series goes on.


If you had to describe Frost in one word, what would it be?


Blue – maybe that’s cheating, since the cover is blue, but when I think of the story in my mind’s eye, it’s all soft light and shifting shadows and gathering darkness in various shades of blue.


The cover's gorgeous! Did you pick it out?


Thank you! I actually designed the cover myself. When I’m not writing, I’m often creating digital art or taking photographs. You can see my artist profile and a lot of my work here: http://werekat12.deviantart.com/gallery/37887821


How many books are you planning to write in the Frost
series?


Originally, I planned to write four, but plans change. I’m now anticipating possibly five books in the main storyline that follows the main protagonist Lia Weaver, and I’m itching to write a companion novel from her best friend Ann’s perspective. I might even write a book from the point of view of Lia’s little sister, Ivy. (Both have very important roles later in the series, and I think people might enjoy reading what happens on their end, since the first person POV does limit the story, and a lot of cool things both characters do aren’t seen in the main series, just heard about later. But we’ll see. That’s all kind of up in the air right now.


Who's your favorite book character?


In Frost, my favorite character is Adam. He’s mysterious, and his motives and intentions aren’t immediately apparent. I like that. For the whole series, so far my favorite character is a villain from book two, Thorns (which should release in August). His name is Korr and he’s a handsome, twisted, calculating young Farther with a secret agenda. Hmmm, maybe there’s a pattern here…


Do you prefer writing in a first person's point of view or
third?


I vastly prefer writing in first person, probably because I find it easier to connect with the voice of the main character. When it comes to reading I have no preference, although I seem to read more first person books these days. Most of my favorite books are in third person, though.


What do you like to do when you're not writing? Do you
have a another job?


I’m now able to write full-time, and I spend a lot of time doing that, but when I’m not doing one of the various writing-related parts of the job (drafting, editing, marketing, etc.), I’m usually creating some kind of digital art. I’m really interested in both photo manipulation and photography. I also designed all my book covers, so those are another example of my art. When I’m not writing or taking photographs or designing stuff in Photoshop, I can probably be found reading, watching one of my favorite TV shows, or scouring thrift stores for amazing deals.


What's your favorite genre to read/write?


Hmm, hard question! I like writing fantasy best, but I probably prefer to read sci fi. It’s a tough call, though, because most of my favorite books are either fantasy or historical.


Thank you Kate, for answering my questions!

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23 July 2012

Blog Tour : The House of Arkhangel'sk (The Fallen Queen and The Midnight Court) by Jane Kindred (Guest Post + Giveaway)



I've heard so many awesome things about Jane Kindred's The Fallen Queen and I'm absolutely honored to have her here today. Thanks to Entangled and Jane, one of you could win an e-book copy of The Fallen Queen following Jane' s guest post.

The Fallen Queen (The House of Arkhangel'sk #1) by Jane Kindred.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Urban Fantasy.
Publication : May 15th 2012 by Entangled Publishing.
Heaven can go to hell.

Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.

Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves—fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda—who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue soon blurs, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter.

Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, she will have to return to fight for the throne—even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved.

Between Demons.

The House of Arkhangel’sk series centers around an angel named Anazakia, who finds herself, through circumstances mostly beyond her control, in the company of demons. She belongs to the supernal (or imperial) dynasty of Heaven, while demons represent the bottom rung of celestial society—in other words, peasant stock.

Much of my story is about class differences and the artificial distinctions of “breeding” between similar groups of people, when the real distinctions are ones of money and power, and the demonizing of those who live on the fringes. Grand Duchess Anazakia is raised to believe that she’s superior to the Fallen race, that her way of life is normal, while theirs is aberrant and inferior. She soon discovers that she doesn’t know much about life at all, having been so sheltered she’s unaware of how much of her own race lives, let alone the Fallen.

Belphagor and Vasily, the demons she’s forced to flee Heaven with after becoming the only survivor of a violent celestial coup, are unlike anyone she’s ever encountered, and she suspects the worst of them, but by the end of Book One, The Fallen Queen, the three have forged an unbreakable bond.

A love triangle wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I set out to write this series, but as most writers will tell you, characters usually have minds of their own. I had originally thought Anazakia and Belphagor would get together, and in the beginning of Book One, so did she. But as the story progressed, I noticed there was something between Belphagor and Vasily I hadn’t recognized at first. Initially written as a thuggish sidekick, Vasily turned out to be far more important to Belphagor than I’d realized. Somehow, these characters came to my story with their own complicated history and emotional ties that even an ugly breakup and an extended estrangement hadn’t managed to sever.

The relationship between my demons involves consensual power exchange, and it’s the tough and burly Vasily who submits to the much less physically imposing Belphagor. Vasily craves the security of belonging completely to Belphagor and the release of transforming his emotional pain into physical, while Belphagor has his own insecurities that only Vasily’s willing submission and devotion to him can quell. They’re a match made in Heaven.

Sheltered innocent Anazakia watches this dynamic develop between the demons as she gets to know them, and misunderstands it completely. It’s her desire to protect Vasily from what she perceives as abuse that leads to her eventual attraction to him. What results is something none of them expected.

By the time Book Two begins, the three of them have been through hell and back (though most of that “hell” takes place in Heaven), and they’ve settled into a somewhat uneasy triad, but their feelings for one another, while complicated, are genuine and deep. They’re just starting to get to know each other as members of an unconventional, but destined family. So of course, it was my duty to immediately tear them apart.


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Jane Kindred began writing fantasy at age 12 in the wayback of a Plymouth Fury—which, as far as she recalls, never killed anyone…who didn’t have it coming. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. Although she was repeatedly urged to learn a marketable skill, she received a B.A. in Creative Writing anyway from the University of Arizona. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.




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22 July 2012

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate (Review + Giveaway)

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press.
The sky is dark with wings....

Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.

Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this — live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies...and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.

And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her — and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?




Rapture picks up right after Passion, with Daniel, Luce and the rest of the gang planning to find the place where the angels first fell on Earth so they can stop Lucifer but in order to do that, they need to collect three artifacts that'll be used in a blood ritual to reveal the place of the Fall. This hunt leads Daniel and Luce to Venice where they believe they'd find one of the artifacts, while the others go looking for the rest.


“I want you to know that I would do it all again. I will choose you every time.”


I've been a faithful follower of this series right from the very beginning, so I'm definitely biased.
In Fallen, it was the whole 'forbidden love' that first sucked me into the series, Torment gave me some answers and Passion gave me Luce and Daniel's past, which is pretty much a swoon-worthy, Romeo-and-Juliet sort of epic romance.
Rapture, had me feeling bitter-sweet when I finished reading it because although it didn't live up to my expectations, this was the end. I just needed to see Luce and Daniel get their happy ending and Lauren Kate concluded this series perfectly. Yes, it was predictable but I would've hated if it had ended any other way.

I've never really been a big fan of Luce because she's probably the only person who's worse than Bella. However, over the years, I've gotten really attached to all the characters, despite their flaws. I'm completely in love with Cam and I adore Molly and Gabbe. They're pretty much the reason I held on to this series for years so I was frankly, disappointed with the direction Lauren Kate took their characters in Rapture. Also, Cam should've played a bigger part in this book and series overall, he was barely mentioned in Rapture. The love-triangle that we were led to believe existed in the first book has become pretty much non-existent by the last, which kind of sucks.

Having said that, yes, Rapture fell a little short but it still holds a special place in me because Daniel and Luce finally get their happily ever after. I'd love to see a spin-off series based on Cam or even Lucifer, who after reading this book, actually seems kind of cool.

If you're new to the Fallen series, I'd say give this a shot because you just might end up loving it.



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19 July 2012

Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/High School, Parallel Universe, Romance.
Publication : July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad's whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she's Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father—and she's the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school.

In this universe, Ayla lives in glitzy Miami instead of dreary Pittsburgh and has beaucoup bucks, courtesy of her billionaire—if usually absent—father. Her friends hit the clubs, party backstage at concerts, and take risks that are exhilirating . . . and illegal. Here she's got a date to lose her V-card with the hottest guy she's ever seen.

But on the inside, Ayla is still Annie.

So when she's offered the chance to leave the dream life and head home to Pittsburgh, will she take it?

The choice isn't as simple as you think.


Annie is the everyday girl in high school - she's average looking, unpopular and a band geek. However, her dad's latest invention throws Annie into a whole new alternate universe where she is and has everything that she has ever wanted in life.

This is the first book I've read that's by Roxanne St. Claire and it was such a happy read! First off, I adored Annie, she was..real. She didn't really get carried away despite being given the chance to have everything she wants and obviously, I loved that. Material things aren't enough to truly make someone happy and Annie could see past that despite having everything handed to her. Also, Charlie's instantly lovable.

Really, this book had everything that I normally look for in a fun, enjoyable read. Sure, it's kind of cliche but that's what I liked about it. I could rely on it's predictability and knew for sure that I'd enjoy it. The parallel universe and the whole idea kind of reminded me of the movies 13 Going on 30 and 17 Again, in a really good way. This is a book that I'd definitely love to see made into a teen flick.

Overall, Don't You Wish is a cute and enjoyable book; quick and perfect for some light reading.







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18 July 2012

Perfect Is Overrated by Karen Bergreen

Perfect Is Overrated by Karen Bergreen.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Chick Lit, Women's Fiction.
Publication : July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
What the best cure for post-partum depression? After years of barely moving, Kate springs back to life when the mothers-youlove- to-hate in her daughter’s preschool begin to turn up dead. Murder as a cure for sadness? Sounds evil, but it’s not. In Perfect Is Overrated, stand-up comedian and author of Following Polly Karen Bergreen presents a lovable heroine who is so at sea she’s still not sure whether what she suffers has to do with the birth of her little girl or with the fact that her handsome hunk of a detective husband doesn’t live with her anymore. She might fall back in love, she might find a killer, but she sure won’t be spending all day in bed anymore.


I've been a huge fan of Karen's writing since I read her debut novel Following Polly. I've literally been counting the days until I was able to get my hands on this book and now that I've read it, I'm both, content and disappointed at the same time.

Kate is a mom, an ex-wife and a lawyer suffering from depression. The story begins with Kate hearing about the death of Beverly Hastings, a snotty woman whom Kate had once met with regarding her daughter's admission into a fancy, private pre-school.
That meeting did not go well.
Kate has pretty much despised Beverly since then but for some reason, hearing about her death leads to Kate waking up from her depression and trying to solve the string of murders that's happening.

After reading Following Polly, it's kind of obvious that I'd end up comparing the two because I had my expectations set and let me tell you, they were high. Karen Bergreen's writing is just as entertaining in this one and she doesn't disappoint with the protagonist as Kate is certainly a unique and strangely likable character; her quirkiness fascinated me. However, Perfect is Overrated lacks the charm as well as the humor of Following Polly.
I'm not saying that it's not amusing or that it doesn't hold your interest because it definitely is/does all those things but it's very different from what I expected. While I still enjoyed reading this book for the sheer writing alone (which is delightful), the storyline just doesn't keep you glued to the pages.

If you've not read Following Polly, you'd probably love this because really, Karen's awesome with her words. Kate's sarcasm will keep you entertained through out the novel so yeah, pick this up because Karen's one of the best writers around in the women's fiction genre as far as I'm concerned. If you, like me, have read Following Polly, I've warned you ahead, don't expect the same thing. I can appreciate it all the same because as I said, I'm a fan of Karen's writing style.
Although Kate's voice is completely different from Polly's and the story doesn't go the same way, Perfect is Overrated is definitely still worth reading.






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17 July 2012

Summer Book Talk


Hey Guys!

For the past two months, I've been planning this huge blog event along with two other blogs, namely, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber to celebrate the summer book-style!

What is the Summer Book Talk?

Basically, this event is dedicated to all the bibliophiles out there and also, our super awesome followers - YOU! It's going to be a fun week full of all things bookish - interviews, vlog posts, guest posts and of course, some epic giveaways!

All three of us are focusing on different YA genres so depending on your taste, check it out =)

Kindle and Me - Paranormal.
Maji Bookshelf - Contemporary.
Books of Amber - Dystopia.


When is it happening?

The event runs between July 25th - July 31st, 2012 and during this week, all the three blogs will be having some really cool posts every day from some of your favorite authors, publishers and obviously, bloggers, so make sure you check them all.

Where is it happening?

Like I said, it's going to be happening on all the three blogs, i.e., Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber. We'll all be having some fun stuff for you guys each day of this week.


Just to give you a better idea of what it is, here's a video for you guys (I suck at them, which you'll see in a minute. Much thanks to Farah and Juhina from Maji Bookshelf for making this!).

So without further delay, I present to you..

The Summer Book Talk!





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The Evelyn Project by Kfir Luzzatto (Excerpt + Giveaway)



Thanks to PumpYourBook Book Blog Tours and the author for letting me be a part of this tour! I have an excerpt + giveaway for you guys today =)

The Evelyn Project by Kfir Luzzatto.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Action, Adventure, Suspense.
Publication : April 1st 2012 by Pine Ten, LLC.
A loving father's cry for help gets into the wrong hands, and a hundred years later things get out of control.


Evelyn’s father did everything that was in his power to save his dying daughter, black magic included. But when a century later his plea for help gets into the wrong hands, all hell breaks loose.

Caught in the slippery battlefield between the Vatican and a cult that wants to change the past, a young Italian professor and a beautiful French aspiring actress are too busy running away from murder and conspiracy to let physical attraction develop into love.

And it doesn’t help that Her Majesty's Secret Service decides to take an interest in what everybody else is doing and to pull some strings of its own. Quite the contrary, in fact…

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Udine, Italy. June 1894

The Honorable L. stepped down from the unmarked carriage that had stopped in the dark and empty street. He wore a long black overcoat against the chill of the late evening but still shivered a little, standing before the closed door of a house that, judging by the state of its fa├žade, had seen better days. His graying goatee made it difficult to guess his age and the worries of the last months had carved his face to look older than his fifty-two years. Still, his lean figure conveyed an unmistakable innate strength that never failed to impress those who met him for the first time.

He felt uncomfortable, standing there at the door of a house in which he was about to seek help. He had never asked for help from strangers before and recoiled at the thought that his behavior might be viewed as a sign of weakness.
To him, weakness was a mortal sin, but this time it was different; his whole world was at stake and he had to go ahead and do everything in his power to save it. In reality, he thought, reassuring himself a little, the fact that he was willing to go through with something that other people might construe as a sign of weakness, was in itself a sign of strength. Yes, that was bravery, and shying from the deed would have been an act of pusillanimity…

The thought strengthened him as he banged the knocker on the door with three short, resolute strikes.

A young girl opened the door almost immediately. She stood there, wiping her hands on her apron. He eyed her briefly and immediately discounted her as irrelevant.

“I am here to see Mrs. Cecchi…”

“Yes, Honorable L.…” she started to say, bowing a little to emphasize the recognition.

“Shh! Don’t you say my name, girl!” he admonished her.

“I’m sorry, Sir. Please do come in…”

She moved aside and he walked in, taking off his top hat. She closed the door, careful not to bang it, and bolted it, and then she turned to the Honorable L., who stood there rigidly, scanning the dark hall. When she saw that his gaze rested on her she nodded briefly and walked to a door located at the far end of the hall.

“I’ll tell Mother that you have arrived, Sir,” she said. She disappeared through the door leaving the Honorable L. waiting in the hall. He looked around the dark, gray surroundings and sniffed the air. It was heavy with an odor that evoked the image of a room that has remained closed for the winter season. He shivered, and reckoned that it was from the cold. The door through which the girl had disappeared reopened a few moments later; she curtseyed and said, “Please come this way.”

The Honorable L. shifted his walking stick from his right to his left hand and walked through the door, which closed behind him. The room was large and badly lit, with a fireplace in which the embers of a small log were smoldering. Judging by the smell of smoke, the chimney wasn’t drawing too well. Two high-backed armchairs were placed near the fireplace and in one sat an old, wrinkled woman. She was dressed in black as befitting a widow, with a bonnet that she had surely put on especially for him. The black lace that surrounded it nearly covered her small, brown eyes. She didn’t give any sign of being about to get up or speak, so after a brief hesitation, the Honorable L. walked up to her.

“Missis Cecchi…” he said, not asking a question but stating a fact.

“Welcome,” she answered with a high-pitched, croaking voice, “although your deed is not a happy one.”

He didn’t respond to her remark but, instead, maintained a businesslike countenance that was too obviously designed to hide his emotions.

“My friend, who recommended you to me, said that you can be counted on to be discreet…”

“Of course, but won’t you sit down?”

He sat in the armchair in front of her but did not relax in it. Instead, he kept to the edge of the seat with his walking stick between his legs and his hat in his left hand, edging slightly forward as if about to sprint away. The only allowance to comfort that he made was to unbutton his tight overcoat.

“Thank you,” he said dryly. “You will appreciate that my visit to you cannot be allowed to become generally known…”

“Yes, I know…you would be ashamed to admit that you have consulted with a witch.”
Her bitter tone surprised him and he hastened to disassociate himself from the accusation. This woman was his last hope and he couldn’t afford to offend her.
“No, it’s not that. It’s just that, you see, I’m a public figure and this renders everything much more complicated...”

“Never mind,” she said, cutting him short. “I’m willing to help, if I can. Your friend gave me a brief explanation of your problem, but I’ll need to hear the whole story.”

“It’s about my daughter, Evelina. She is dying of consumption and the doctors are not giving me hope. She’s in Switzerland right now, getting the best medical attention that modern medicine can give and breathing the best air you can find, but she’s getting thinner every day...”

For the first time he had trouble mastering his emotions and his voice broke for a moment, but then he got hold of himself and continued.

“She keeps saying that she’ll get better and that she knows I will choose the best cures for her…as if the doctors knew how to treat this damned illness! She relies on me, and I’m powerless to help...”

“You’re not!” she said, sounding both determined and motherly, in a way that strangely contrasted with her appearance. “You’re doing the right thing. You’re here to help her. Did you bring the items as I said to your friend?”

“Yes,” he said, hastening to take an envelope from his inner pocket and hand it to her. “Here I have her photograph and a lock of her hair that I always carry with me.”

She studied the photograph closely, and then she laid back with it in one hand and the lock of hair in the other. She closed her eyes and remained motionless, except for the finger and thumb that kept smoothing the lock of hair in her hand, and her lips that moved rhythmically as if trying to articulate a sound. He watched her intently, without shifting or moving for fear of disturbing her concentration, until minutes later she shivered, shifting her body slightly, opened her eyes and gazed piercingly at him.

“How far are you willing to go with this?” she asked him point blank.
“To the end of the world and farther than that, if that’s what I have to do,” he answered, sitting up even more rigidly, as if to emphasize his unbendable will. Her question had given him sudden hope.

“Then there is something we can do. I can’t guarantee success. It will require faith, but all is not lost.”

He got up, excited and unable to sit still. “Tell me what to do. I’m ready for anything. Anything!”

“That I will,” said the woman, gazing at him and nodding with approval, “and may God forgive me.”


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Kfir Luzzatto was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. He has won numerous awards for his writing.


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16 July 2012

Blog Tour : On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (Review + Giveaway)


Thanks to AToMR Book Blog Tours and Plume for letting me participate in this blog tour!

On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Contemporary.
Publication : July 17th 2012 by Plume.
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

Since I've never read another book that's based on a plane-crash, the minute I saw the blurb I was interested. Add to that a sort of forbidden romance, I'm definitely listening, or in this case, reading.

On The Island begins with T.J., a 16-year-old boy in remission from cancer, and his 30-year-old tutor Anna, trying to head to an island close to Maldives to join T.J.'s family, who're vacationing there. However, things don't go as planned and their only option left (if they want to reach the island the same day) is to take a seaplane whose pilot is an old, clearly unfit man named Mick. During their flight, Mick gets an unexpected heart attack, causing the plane to crash. Luckily, T.J. and Anna make it to a nearby island alive. Their only problem now is that they're stranded.

Despite knowing that this was a love story, I went in expecting a gritty novel about survival. My bad. However, although it wasn't what I was expecting, On The Island still kept me up the entire night. This is a story about finding love in unexpected places and among unexpected people, literally. I know that it's weird to be okay with a teenage boy falling in love with a woman in her thirties but then again, Anna and T.J. went through something that no one can relate to and it's understandable that they develop a bond.

Watching them fall in love, it seems so natural that you don't question it. It's clear that while writing this novel, the author knew that the difference in their age will affect them as they're in different places in their lives (emotionally and physically), yet she made it all work out.
I realize that's a good thing (most people would think so) but for some reason, it was also my main problem with this story.
While the first half of the novel kept me turning the pages at rapid speed, the second half didn't flow as smoothly. I just couldn't find the progression of their relationship realistic after they were rescued from the island. Maybe it was because no matter how normal their relationship seemed on the island, I just didn't see it last. Through out the second half, the only thing going on in my head was that their relationship was based on an traumatic/emotional experience, it's so not going to work.

Having said that, this is still a pretty unique novel and definitely worth a read. You won't regretting buying it.





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Thank you for participating in the On The Island Event!

This week in addition to reviews and posts, select blogs are hosting a word from the author's favorite quotes in the book as a Scavenger Hunt! There is one quote from Anna and one from T.J. Visit each stop this week to find the hidden words (they will be numbered for order) and after July 22nd, submit your answer to the quotes here! Random winners for books and swag will be chosen and notified by July 29th.

Also, next week July 23-27, there will be even more events and chances to win the book and swag!

Monday, July 23 at 8:00 pm CST - Chat with the author Tracey Garvis Graves! We will be chatting with the author on Savor Chat: http://www.savorchat.com/chat/on-the-island-chat Come join us (You can sign in with twitter or facebook)!

Each day look at #ontheisland on twitter for random shout outs to win books and swag! @Tale_of_Reviews On The Island releases in bookstores Tuesday, July 17th! If you see the book in stores or 'in the wild' take a picture. Please tweet it and use hashtag #ontheisland. Or you can post it to facebook! Please submit twitter and facebook links of your post/tweet here!


Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs at www.traceygarvisgraves.com using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can e-mail her at traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com. She’d love to hear from you.

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