Thursday, September 26, 2013

Best Sequels Ever

A list of my favourite sequels. This post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #2

This book did an amazing job at expanding Cynthia Hand's world, deepening my attachment to the characters, and the outcome of the overall trilogy. It was an incredibly emotional read and was even better than the first!

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han
Series: Burn for Burn #2

It's one of those books I can't talk about without spoiling the story/plot. The twist ending blew my mind. I've never been so surprised.

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendence Trilogy #2

The False Prince is one of my favourite books ever. I had very high hopes for the sequel and Jennifer A. Nielsen had a lot to live up to. Thankfully I can say that the book was just as good as the first and the series is shaping up to be my favourite series ever. Also, one word. SAGE!

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #3

Shades of Earth had everything I could ever hope for in an ending of epic proportions. There was action, mystery, underdogs, love, and more. Most of all, Beth Revis delivers a coonclusion that the series deserves by answering all the questions brought up in the previous books and bringing everything together so nicely.

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #4

My favourite of the Artemis Fowl books. What I love so much about The Opal Deception is it seems so very different from the rest of the series. It takes itself much more seriously and thus there is more at stake for both Artemis and the rest of the main cast. And because Artemis struggles so much throughout the entire book it was so much easier to connect with him in this one. He seems so much more human and less cartoonish, in a way. Plus, Opal is such a kick-butt character I can't help but admire Eoin Colfer for creating her.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Life, Love, and Lemons Tour: Review + Guest Post

Today I'm participating in the blog tour for Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon. This is a sweet contemporary YA romance. Read below for a guest post from Megan Vernon, my review of the novel, and a tour-wide giveaway! I have asked Magan to write a Top 5 list of her Top 5 Best Fictional Characters!

Top 5 best fictional couples.

1.)    Emmett and Bay – Switched at Birth. First off, Switched at Birth is one of the best shows on television right now and everyone should watch it. No matter what either of them may have done, these two are perfect for each other. The tortured, deaf photographer on a motorcycle and the feisty painter. They may still be apart right now but I’m hoping they get back together QUICK.

2.)    Marcus Flutie and Jessica Darling – Jessica Darling Series. This was the first book that made me fall in love with Young Adult. Jessica is the perfect heroine and Marcus Flutie will always be my number one book boyfriend. The original YA bad boy and the reluctant heroine.  The perfect YA couple at its finest.

3.)    Chuck and Blair – Gossip Girl. Who doesn’t love Chuck and Blair? If you don’t GET OUT. The moment he locked eyes on her when she was dancing at his club, I knew this was a couple I couldn’t stop rooting for. They’ve given me quite a few heart attacks, but they always seem to find each other.

4.)    Buffy and Angel- Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Okay, sure I have a thing for blonds and Spike did have that whole cocky vampire thing going for him, but Angel was the original. The episode in which he gave her his leather jacket? SWOON. This was the original vampire and human couple. The ones I rooted for from the beginning. I will ALWAYS love them. I don’t understand why Angel is working for the FBI now and goes out in the sunlight and says his name is Booth, but maybe someday he’ll go back to Buffy.

5.)    Max and Liz- Roswell.  Will they get together? Wont they get together? And who wouldn’t love a guy that saves your life? From episode one I fell in love with this couple and then when Tess came in the picture and tried to ruin everything I believe I cried. There was something so sweet and innocent about their relationship that I couldn’t help falling in love with it.


Life, Love, and Lemons by Magan Vernon

Published by Beautifully Broken Books, 2013
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

 When I heard about Life, Love, & Lemons I immediately got excited because of it's cute premise which is a twist on the "when life gives you lemons" saying. I also knew the preppy girl meets punk/emo boy was right up my alley. I don't know what it is about emo kids but I just love reading about them, especially in love stories like this one.

While the book is most definitely cute, it also tackles some issues I didn't know would come up. For example, when we first meet Bentley, she is suddenly thrown into a world much different than what she has known. Growing up at a private school, the tiny apartment, new job at the burger joint, and inner city school is almost too much for her handle. That was obvious from the description. But there is much more than that. Like overtly religious parents, cheating parents, failing friendships, and shady pasts.

For this reason, I do wish the book was a bit longer, so that the author would have had more time to flush out these stories as well as the romance. I do think the romance took a back seat during some aspects of the book and that was what I was looking forward to the most. But I did enjoy everything the author had to offer and wouldn't have wanted her edit any of that out just to make more room for make-out sessions and sweet nothings!

Overall, I thought the story was sweet, the two main characters were darlings, and the writing flowed so well the pages just flew by. I am looking forward to reading more of the Magan Vernon's books in the future.

My Rating:

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the tour company in exchange for my honest opinion.


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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

15 Minutes Tour, Giveaway + Scavenger Hunt: An Interview with Jill Cooper

An interview with author Jill Cooper, author of 15 Minutes...

Tell us a little about yourself and the book(s) you've written...

I'm married, live on the North Shore of Massachusetts and have an adorable 3 year old daughter. I love the paranormal, anything creepy, and have a love of dark, strange humor. I like to put all these things in my books. I love to take genres and bend them, fit them into places you wouldn't normally expect and dump my poor characters in horrible situations.

Which of your characters is your favourite? How is she or he different from yourself?

In this book my favorite character is Lara. She's like me because she's stubborn, pigheaded and spontaneous. She's not like me as I tend to over think things before I start. I tend to be overly cautious. And she's the exact opposite of me which I think is why she's my favorite.

How do you choose the names for your characters?

I know alot of authors will spend time looking at names meanings to find the right fit for the one they want. I really just pick one. Originally Lara didn't have a name until the middle of chapter one where I needed one suddenly and I just typed Lara. After that Crane just fit. Sometimes I'll come up a name when writing about a character in my notes and as long as it fits the feel I'm going with, it'll stick.

If you had to choose a colour to describe your book, which one would you pick? Why?

Interesting question! Gold, like the cover, because it can symbolize alot of things. Warmth, riches (which future Lara has in money while past Lara has in her dad's love). Also when I think of old fashioned clocks, there are alot of gold tones and attributes. Gold is old fashioned and I think parts of Lara and her journey remind me of old serial fiction from the 1950s.

What is one thing you'd like your readers to take away from your book(s)?

Mostly I hope they are entertained, laugh, cry, feel something when they read my books. My message I like to get across is that girl's don't need guys to save them. They can save themselves. That and you're fine, perfect, the way you are. To be the hero of your own story, you don't need to change or have a certain size. Just be yourself and it'll all fall together!

Is there a Y.A. novel you wish YOU wrote?

Probably Hunger Games because the setting is so unique and it's such a ride. Like, why didn't I think of that? But really, everyone has great ideas and I just have to write stuff that's true to who I am.

If you could live in any time period (other than the current one) which one would you choose?

The 1950s or even further back so I could be a flapper girl! I love the 1950s for the music and the clothes. I also love seeing men dressed up and wearing fedoras. That's why I ended up using the 1950s as a setting in my Dystopian series Glistening Haven.

What advice would you give your teen readers about life?

I'd have enough advice to fill a book! I would first say, it always get better. What seems life crushing now, won't be in the future. You'll get through it and become a stronger person. So don't give up! And second, the choices you make now may have a big impact on your life in the future that can't be undone. Like Lara. So sometimes it pays to think really carefully before you act, even if it seems like it's no big deal. I speak from experience on this one.

hint #3: tick tock tick tock.

Thank you for sharing with us today, Jill! Find out more about 15 Minutes, Jill Cooper, and enter the giveaway below:

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family. 

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About the Author:

Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundaries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances. Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway: When the World Was Flat and We Were in Love

I've been looking forward to sharing more about When The World Was Flat and We Were in Love for quite some time now. Thanks to Ingrid Jonach for stopping by One A Day Y.A. on her blog tour. The book is a YA science fiction romance, and I'm so excited for it!!! Here's a little something Ingrid learned on her writing journey. Below the guest post you can also find a giveaway that is being offered during the tour.

Lessons Learned While Writing

I have learned a lot of lessons during my writing career, but the biggest lesson I learned while writing my young adult novel was to take a risk.

When I first started writing When the World was Flat (and we were in love) it was not going to be a science fiction novel. Instead, it was going to be a romance novel (it was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). In fact, the working title was Teen Romance (as if I was going to forget what I was writing!).

It took me about six months to finish the first draft. When a trusted friend read and loved it, I knew I had cleared the first hurdle.

It was a romance between a girl (Lillie Hart) and a boy (Tom Windsor-Smith). Tom had arrived in her small town with a secret, which he kept hidden as she slowly broke down his barriers. The secret was that he was fleeing the death of his younger sister, which he was finally able to come to terms with through his relationship with Lillie.

If I had continued with my revisions, I really think Teen Romance would have been picked up by an agent and a publisher (by this time it was called Here and Now), but this was when I had my brainwave.

I have had a longstanding fascination with a number of scientific theories, including (without including too many spoilers) String Theory. I discussed incorporating these theories into the narrative with my trusted friend. The second her eyes lit up I knew it might be worth the risk.

I knew I could either keep clearing those hurdles until I reached the finish line with my romance novel, or I was going to have to risk taking a breather in the middle of the race to transform it into a science fiction novel.

I was working full-time and I knew it would be a long breather. It turned out to be seven months, but the risk paid off with an offer of representation from an agent!

But I learned another valuable lesson during the next three years of revisions prior to my book deal and publication.

I learned that writing a novel is not a race. There are no winners and losers because there are no competitors. And there is no finish line, because being published is not where it ends.

Thank you for sharing with us today! You can find out more about Ingrid Jonach and her book below:

Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

About the Author:

Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.

Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

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There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:

  • a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Wishing Well Curse Tour + Giveaway

Today I'm participating in the blog tour for The Wishing Well Curse by Lynn Donovan. I am spotlighting the book and you can find a giveaway below. The Wishing Well Curse is a New Adult fantasy.

Zeke Clay is down on his luck. He’s lost everything—an apartment, an education, a girlfriend, his job… When a mysterious letter comes from a law firm in Colorado, he decides things just might be looking up. Now he stands to inherit a fortune, but it comes with a price. He must break a family curse and restore true love. What does he know about breaking a curse? And who is this Great Uncle Luther Clayton, who claims Zeke is the one? Can he piece together the clues left by his dearly departed? Who can he trust? The Apache Indian attorney? Her great nephew? The leather-clad, Harley riding Pastor? Least of all, himself? What about the Ghosts? …And why does his three-year-old tattoo bleed every time he gets near the wishing well?
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About the Author

M Lynn Donovan writes from her heart and her passion for Jesus Christ. She is a daughter, wife, mother of four and grandmother of seven who has five decades of experiences to draw from when creating her stories. She categorizes herself as the "sandwich generation" because she is caring for her mother who has Alzheimer's and is one child away from an empty nest.

Besides blogging, Lynn enjoys reading and writing mainstream fiction and speculative fiction, but you might find a historical romance among her collections as well. She currently lives in Southwest Kansas but looks forward to building a home in Colorado. She attends a Creative Writing class at the local college to sharpen her talents and increase her creative juices. 
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