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The Debut Dish: June 2016, Issue #1 (+ Giveaways)

June 5, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 8

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Kara Terzis (Frayed), Christian McKay Heidicker (Cure for the Common Universe), Anna Breslaw (Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here), and Ashley Herring Blake (Suffer Love).

Frayed by Kara Terzis
June 7, 2016 from Sourcebooks Fire
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Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!

Describe your book in five words or less.
Lies. Secrets. Hidden motives. Betrayal.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene is waaaay too spoilery to talk about, so I’m going to cheat here and not technically choose a scene. FRAYED is split up into real-time narration and letters to my protagonist’s dead sister, and these were all so much fun to write. They gave me the opportunity to dig deep into their relationship and explore everything that happened between them.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
It was about eight in the morning (and I am NOT a morning person at all) when one of my editors called to tell me she was interested in acquiring my novel. Of course, I was so, so, so thrilled… but the first thing I did after the call was go back to sleep.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Anything with chocolate in it, really. Cake, brownies, cookies—anything! I’m even happy to dip a spoon into the Nutella jar.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Right now I have a whole bunch of mythology and fairy tale books for research. Two of my favorite things!

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Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
June 14, 2016 from Simon & Schuster
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Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab… ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

Jaxon’s first date. Ever.

In rehab, he can’t blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He can’t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life skills. And he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.

If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens in treatment, confront his mother’s absence, and maybe admit that it’s more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.

Prepare to be cured.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Committed to video game rehab.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
A rollickingly awkward game of four square between kids who’ve been inside playing video games for years.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Dogsitting. I tackled Tesla the Doberman to the ground. She has since forgiven me.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Junior Mints.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Either the origami heart or the smoldering myrrh.

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Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
April 19, 2016 from Razorbill
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Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl writes fanfiction about classmates.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Confrontation in the girls’ bathroom. If I say any more, I’ll spoil it!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Leaving an exercise class in downtown Manhattan, sweaty and gross.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Drake’s Devil Dogs. Try them. Seriously.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
An emphatic to-do list I wrote myself (“BUY THAT FACE WASH ALREADY, DUMBASS.”)

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
May 3, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers
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“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

Describe your book in five words or less.
Betrayal. Kissing. Acceptance.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene in Suffer Love is told from Sam’s POV. I really loved writing him. For whatever reason, his voice came much easier to me than Hadley’s. In the scene, he’s with Hadley and they’re at a playground and they end up having a cupcake fight. They run around throwing chocolate at each other, laughing and just having fun. Near the end of the scene, what they’re both dealing with hits Sam, but in that moment, I love that they get to have fun with each other despite the crappy situation they’re in. And, it always makes me crave cupcakes, which in my opinion, is never a bad thing.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was at my house in Franklin, TN. I remember that my agent emailed me to see if we could chat on the phone and when she called me, I stepped outside in my driveway to get some privacy. I was barefoot, and I have one of those driveway that’s made of a bunch of pebbles that are all cemented together. I distinctly remember being simultaneously excited and in pain because it HURT to walk on that bumpy driveway without shoes on. But, I was so excited about the call, I forgot the shoes. Totally worth it.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Chocolate. Preferably in the form of some butter-soaked baked good.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A tiny stuffed Grumpy Care Bear. He’s scowling and has rain clouds on his belly and he’s pretty much me. :)

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Apollycon ’17 Venue, Hotel, Volunteer, Ticket, & Schedule Info + FAQ’s

June 3, 2016 Bookish News, Giveaway 0

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Hey there! I’m one of 25 official Apollycon 2017 bloggers so over the next year I’ll be giving you all the information on the conference so you know exactly what’s going on.

Ok, guys. This post has all the information about Apollycon you could possibly need. Seriously, it’s info city over here. Today we’re announcing the venue for the event and how to book hotel rooms there at a discounted rate. You’ll also find information on signing up to volunteer at Apollycon, where to go to buy tickets, the full events schedule, and a bunch of answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

The Venue


Apollycon 2017 will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando!

Go look at the website! This hotel is beautiful!

Hotel Rooms Available

There is a block of rooms reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, at a discounted rate. To book a room, go here. You can book a room for an arrival as early as 3/19/2017, and check out as late as 3/31/2017 with access to the Apollycon 2017 rate. These rooms will go quickly, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. If by chance the room block is sold out, you may still contact the hotel to inquire about other available rooms, but they may not have the discounted rate.

Want to Volunteer at Apollycon?

Sign up here to volunteer at Apollycon! Please be sure to thoroughly read the form prior to submitting.


Tickets can be purchased here! The ticket sale will be live at 12PM EST on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Please note that there has been a ticket update: The FAST PASS (which was previously announced) will no longer be available for purchase. For more info, check out the Apollycon tickets page, or the Apollycon website.

Event Schedule

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

2pm-5pm – Exclusive Titan Signing:
This signing will be for Titan pass holders only. All attending authors and vendors will be on site during this session as well. This signing will end promptly at 4PM. If you still have books you need to have signed, you may attend the General Signing session on Saturday.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

12pm-5pm – General Signing Session:
This session is free to all attendees! Please keep in mind that we are asking that you still register to attend the event (registration opens at 12PM EST today). All authors and vendors will be on site and available at this time. Some authors will be ticketed and/or have book limits (that may differ from the general book limitations which can be found in the FAQ section below), so please be prepared to adhere to the specified instructions.

The signing will end promptly at 5PM, as we will need to clear the space for the after party which will be occurring later that evening.

8pm-11pm – Demigod After Party:
You must purchase a Demigod pass in order to attend. (This is included with both the Titan AND the Apollyon pass, so you won’t need to purchase 2 separate passes.) The party will include:

  • 1,001 Dark Nights gift bags for the first 300 people! – Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies!
  • Mingle with your favorite authors! – Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance!
  • Photobooth Fun – We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun!
  • Hit the dance floor with your friends! – We will have a DJ bringing the tunes!
  • Giveaways! – There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Saturday general signing is free. Do I still need to register?
Yes. If you solely wish to attend the Saturday signing (which is FREE), we are still asking that all attendees register for a general signing ticket.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Plan to bring your ID with you when picking up your registration on site.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?
There will be on-site paid parking available at the venue hotel.

What are the book limitations?
You may bring as many books from home as you’d like, but you can only get 5 books per author signed at a time. You’ll be asked to go to the back of the line to get any additional books signed by the same author. **Please note: There may be some authors that have a different book limit (less than 5), but we will make a formal announcement on the Apollycon site/social media closer to the event.

Is my registration/ticket refundable/transferrable?
All paid passes/registration will be fully refundable until January 1st, 2017. Beyond that point, it will be transferable (so you can resell your pass to another attendee) should you no longer be able to attend.

I plan to sign up to volunteer. Do I still need to pay for a pass?
Yes. If you are interested in getting the swag/items that comes with the Titan or Apollyon passes, you must still purchase the a pass. If you purchase the Titan pass, and are selected to be an Apollycon volunteer, you will still be granted access to the full Friday signing that comes along with it.

Can I purchase books at the event?
Yes! There will be an onsite bookseller with books for purchase (Hours of operation will be posted closer to date of the event.). Self-published titles will be sold by the author at their respective tables, at the author’s discretion. As we get closer to the event, we will provide a list of books that will be available for purchase at the event. **Please note: There may be limited titles/formats available through the bookseller, so if you have specific titles you’d like to have for the signing, your best bet is to purchase them before the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach the Apollycon 2017 event organizers (Steph & Hannah) using the messaging options on the Apollycon social media pages, or at apollyconevent[at]gmails[dot]com.

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– For more FAQ’s, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Apollycon website.
– For additional information regarding this event, including attending authors & vendors, check out the Apollycon website.

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne Paperback Release Giveaway

May 23, 2016 Book Spotlight, Giveaway 13

Today we’re celebrating the paperback release of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, which releases on June 7th! It’s also got a brand new cover, which I quite like. The lovely people at Macmillan have offered my readers the chance to win a copy. Read a little bit about the book and enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
Published by Square Fish on June 7, 2016
(Originally published on June 1, 2015)
Genres: Horror, Contemporary, Thriller, Survival
Pages: 304
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They’d kill to get thin.

The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli-the hottest guy ever!-and she’s too sick to even trythe sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!

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The Debut Dish: May 2016, Issue #2 (+ Giveaways)

May 22, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 19

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Julie Eshbaugh (Ivory and Bone), Jennifer Mason-Black (Devil and the Bluebird), Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer), Laura Tims (Please Don’t Tell), Anna Michels (26 Kisses), and Mike Lowery (Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!).

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
June 7, 2016 from HarperTeen
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A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Describe your book in five words or less.
A sweeping prehistoric fantasy romance.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene involves a trip through a storm in a tiny boat out on the sea. There’s a certain level of drama and danger inherent in the situation, but it’s also a very emotionally charged scene. (A few readers have told me it’s their favorite, too!)

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was at home–which is a good thing because it was an emotional moment, so I’m glad I wasn’t at work! There were lots of follow-up calls while I was at work, though, and I worried that my co-workers would think I was interviewing because I kept slipping out to take calls on my cell phone.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Marshmallow peeps and bunnies at Easter. (Which is all for the best, since those are only available for a short time each year!) I’m also a sucker for anything gummy!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A rock that resembles a primitive spear point.

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Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
May 17, 2016 from Amulet Books
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“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.

Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Finding sister, losing soul…?

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Oooh, there are a few. Hmm, I guess when the main character, Blue, takes part in a musical event held in an abandoned barn in rural Minnesota. Music and lantern light and everyone sharing what they have, even though most of them have very little. It’s the first time she’s played for a real audience, one made mostly of musicians, and it marks a change in her understanding of who she is and where she’s going.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
In my house, boringly enough. I had just walked in, and had my hands full of bags, and my daughter had a friend over, and I was trying not to let on what was up while I was on the phone. My kids knew what a call from Alice (my agent) meant, though, so everyone knew within a matter of minutes.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Cheesy anything. :-)

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A small turtle shell. We found it along the water this summer. I love turtles, and keep old shells whenever I find them. I also have a tiny mummified snapping turtle, but that doesn’t go on the desk.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
May 3, 2016 from Roaring Brook Press
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This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

Describe your book in five words or less.
There’s a time-travelling kitten.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favourite scene actually appears a few times, split up in vignettes throughout the book – a garden party on Midsummer’s Eve, with a roaring fire, a drunk grandpa, people scattered on blankets in the grass, and a first kiss… It’s a memory, taking place before the events of the book, and my main character Gottie looks back on it in several different ways throughout the book.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I’m a freelance journalist and I was doing a shift at Stylist magazine in London when I got the first phone call from my agent, saying we had an offer. I had to hide in the stairwell and whisper into my mobile because I was supposed to be subbing a feature on superfoods to deadline.

What’s your favorite junk food?

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
My desk is actually in storage right now, so it’s buried underneath a heap of cardboard boxes containing everything from shoes to spices to CDs. I miss you, little desk.

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Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
May 24, 2016 from HarperCollins
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Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl might have killed boy for revenge. (Okay that’s seven words, but five is pretty hard!)

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Aw man, talking about my FAVORITE scenes would mean tons of spoilers. But there’s this one scene where one of my main characters, Grace, is lying in a field with a bunch of other kids, and she feels like it should probably be a special moment for her like it is for everyone else there, but she just feels sort of socially anxious and wants to go home. It’s a really weird favorite scene but I like it for some reason!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At my job working in the library in college! I got so excited I accidentally left my shift half an hour early.

What’s your favorite junk food?
I’m addicted to any form of cheese. Like it’s actually vaguely alarming how much cheese I can eat in one sitting.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A shamrock plant named Cinnamon! There’s also a rock that looks like it has eyes. I need some sort of supervision.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
May 24, 2016 from Simon Pulse
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Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.

Describe your book in five words or less.
The ultimate summer love challenge!

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scenes are the kissing scenes–all 26 of them ;)

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was in my car on a lunchtime phone call to my agent! Then I had to go back in and work afterwards. It was a very long afternoon.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Chips and salsa, with a good book in hand. All junk food tastes better while reading!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
I have a small bust of an emperor that I bought in Rome while I was living there as an exchange student. His name is Alexanderplatz, and he has stood by me for several NaNoWriMos, three and a half drafted novels, and more procrastination than I care to think about.

Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery
May 17, 2016 from Workman Publishing Company
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Draw your way through the story!

Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. Set in space, the book invites the reader to join Carl, a duck and member of a super-secret international group of explorers, on a journey in search of a very important grail-like object. The book is sturdy paper over board with beautiful cream paper—perfect for defacing! And by the end, the reader will have co-written a tale to return to again and again, and show off to family and friends.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Awesome action adventure doodle book!

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
The running gag of the book is that we (the reader) get to draw things that end up helping or getting in the way of a duck named Carl that’s always angry for some reason. In one scene we have to draw a special present for a space slug emperor’s birthday party…and it ends up getting Carl thrown into a dungeon.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was actually in the Workman offices pitching the idea.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Spicy kettle chips!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A heating pad for a cat. My wife bought it so the cat would quit laying on her computer while she’s trying to work.

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The Crown’s Game Blog Tour | Debut Book Spotlight (+ Giveaway)

May 18, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Giveaway 0

The Crown’s Game Blog Tour | Debut Book Spotlight (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop along the official blog tour for The Crown’s Game, hosted by Rock Star Book Tours! The Crown’s Game is getting wonderful reviews, and I’m so excited to read it. Plus, it’s a debut book so if you’re looking for Debut Author Challenge books his one fits the bill! Read a little about the book and Evelyn, and then make sure you enter to win a beautiful necklace inspired by the book!

the crown's gameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Available in: Hardcover, audiobook, ebook
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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

About Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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1 winner will receive a beautiful custom THE CROWN’S GAME necklace (similar to the one in the photo below) made by the lovely Tales of A Ravenous Reader, US Only.

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Check out the other tour stops!

5/9 – Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post
5/10 – Owl Always Be Reading – Guest Post
5/11 – 125Pages – Review
5/12 – A Backwards Story – Review
5/13 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

5/16 – The Reader Lines – Review
5/17 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
5/18 – That Artsy Reader Girl – Spotlight
5/19 – Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
5/20 – Mundie Moms – Review

Holly Schindler Guest Post | Spark Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

May 16, 2016 Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post 2

Holly Schindler Guest Post | Spark Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to my spot along the Spark blog tour, hosted by The Irish Banana Review! I’m pleased to turn the blog over to the author of Spark, Holly Schindler, for a guest post.

I asked Holly:
If you could write yourself into Spark,
what kind of character would you be and why?

Following her post, read all about Spark and enter to win one of three finished copies of the book!

Holly Schindler on Her Place in Spark

In many ways, I did write myself into SPARK. I’m a little bit Quin—I’ve worn glasses since I was nine, and I’ve always been a giant reader, always written. (I was writing stories at my child-sized rolltop desk when I was a little girl!)

I’m also a little bit Cass—I’m a music junkie, and have always loved anything vintage. In high school, I wore more vintage clothes than new.

And I’m a little bit Dylan—I was a really shy kid. You definitely didn’t hear my voice much in class. I’m not a stutterer—I didn’t have the same reason not to be a big talker—but I do know what it’s like to feel like the quiet one in a giant group of more extraverted classmates.

…And that brings me to one of the central themes of SPARK: Growing up, I also felt, just like all the kids in Advanced Drama, what it was like to be full of flaws. But the thing is, we ALL have flaws. Or at least, perceived flaws, both internal and external. We all have that voice inside our head that says we’re not quite good enough—that’s constantly musing about how great it would be to snap our fingers and fix our shortcomings.

SPARK encourages readers to imagine what it would be like if you could magically erase your flaws…as the video below explains:

Spark by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen on May 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism
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The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

About the Author:
Holly Schindler

I’m a hybrid author of critically acclaimed traditionally published and Amazon bestselling independently published works for readers of all ages. My previous YAs (A BLUE SO DARK, PLAYING HURT, and FERAL) have received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, won silver and gold medals from ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, been featured on Booklist’s First Novels for Youth, School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA,” and been selected as a PW Pick.

Going hybrid means that I’ve been able to explore all sorts of new avenues—short fiction, sequels, I’m even going to be branching out into doing some illustrative work. Throughout 2016, I’m releasing one short story a month in the Forever Finley Short Story Cycle. The cycle begins with “Come December”.



Also, in honor of SPARK’s release, Holly is holding a sale on PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to her YA romance, PLAYING HURT. For a limited time, PLAY IT AGAIN is $.99.

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The Debut Dish: May 2016, Issue #1 (+ Giveaways)

May 8, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 5

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Erin L. Schneider (Summer of Sloane), Lindsey Klingele (The Marked Girl), Jenna Evans Welch (Love & Gelato), Sarah Jude (The May Queen Murders), Sarah Alexander (The Art of Not Breathing), Mia Garcia (Even if the Sky Falls), and Darcy Woods (Summer of Supernovas).

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion
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Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Heartbreak, possibilities, self-discovery, friendship, forgiveness.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Finn takes Sloane to spend the day at a waterfall, and convinces her to jump — it actually ended up becoming the excerpt for the back of my book cover!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
It all happened so fast – 17 days to be exact. And I was at home when my agent let me know…good thing too, as I’m pretty sure you could hear me squee all the way to Hawaii!

What’s your favorite junk food?
Haribo gummi bears – but only the red and the green ones!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A half eaten Vosge’s Mo’s Milk Chocolate & Bacon bar. Yum. :)

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The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
June 7, 2016 from HarperCollins
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

Describe your book in five words or less.
Fantasy tale turned upside-down.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I love the scenes that take familiar fantasy tropes and drop them in the Los Angeles setting. In the ‘Storming the Castle’ chapter, the main characters have to get past obstacles (a Hollywood sightseeing bus), climb the gates (a fancy Beverly Hills hedge) and make their way to the ‘castle’ (a movie star’s mansion).

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was on vacation, actually! A weekend getaway to Catalina Island was made a zillion times cooler when I got that call.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Does ranch dressing count? It’s good on so many things…

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
My mom just sent me a little book that I wrote in second grade and had totally forgotten about. Weirdly, it’s also a portal fantasy (so maybe I’ve just been holding onto the same idea for 20 years…?)

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
May 3, 2016 from Simon Pulse
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Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Love and mystery in Italy.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
The final scene! I don’t want to give too much away, but it takes place in an Italian cemetery on a summer night.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At my son’s first birthday party. He’d just blown out the candle and I was surrounded by people I love.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Ice cream!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
I never seem to work at my desk, so I don’t even know! There is a toy snake sitting next to me on the couch.

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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
May 3, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers
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Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Murder, mystery, love, and madness.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
There’s a scene wherein Ivy is awakened early in the morning by her cousin Heather. The girls sit on the steps outside the farmhouse while Heather tells Ivy a secret. It is such an intimate moment yet also painful for Ivy as she realizes she is being left behind.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
In Target, with two of my kids on my niece’s birthday. My cell phone rang with my agent’s number as we were walking into the store, but I couldn’t hear her because of heavy wind. So we got inside to the food court where my daughter starts yelling at her brother and I promptly turned red and teary, which caused a woman to ask if I was okay. I was very okay.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Reeses’ peanut butter cups. Always.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
An antique poison bottle and a miniature jar of wishbones.

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The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
April 1, 2016 from Usborne (UK)
April 26, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers (USA)
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Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl meets ocean and finds…

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I love all the underwater scenes, and the ones with Eddie, but my favourite scene is the one in the garden with the paddling pool and the boat because it’s full of so much hope – a little glimpse of light in between all the shades of sadness.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Getting married! Yep, I found out on my wedding day that I’d had an offer. Best day ever.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Bacon, bacon, bacon. Cheese.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Nothing odd, only really cool stuff – like a calendar of all the 2016 debut releases and lots of coloured pens.

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Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
May 10, 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books
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All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants.

Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.

In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.

But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Describe your book in five words or less.
24-hour romance set NOLA.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I loved every time I got to describe how my protagonist, Julie, felt like she dancing among the stars during Mid-Summer.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At work, most likely avoiding looking at that particular email just in case it said something else.

What’s your favorite junk food?
I have re-discovered Cheetos.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
An empty Honeydukes jar. It’s odd because it is never empty, until today.

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Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
May 10, 2016 from Crown Books for Young Readers
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Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Hands down, the opening scene. If you want a sense of the quirky, adventurous spirit that is Wilamena Carlisle (the main character) this is Wil at her best! Plus it involves a water tower, an adorably misguided boy, a thong flash (Wil’s not the boy) and an emergency rescue team. There’s no shortage of action or absurdity. ;)

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was visiting with my dad when my agent Catherine Drayton called. Pretty sure I broke all the glass with my shriek, and then I did this insane vacillation between laughing and ugly crying. I will never forget Catherine saying, “Darcy, you’re going to be a published author!” I emote out my eyes every time I think of the moment.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Trader Joe’s Creamy Spinach & Artichoke dip. The box says it allegedly serves eight but this is a lie. It serves ONE. *drops the mic*

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
My tuxedo cat Ceedo Bandito. She’s a marvelously strange hybrid of aquatic feline and heart thief.

Apollycon ’17 Author/Vendor Line-Up & Registration Options (+ Giveaway)

May 6, 2016 Bookish News, Giveaway 1

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Hey there! I’m one of 25 official Apollycon 2017 bloggers so over the next year I’ll be giving you all the information on the conference so you know exactly what’s going on.

Today is the magical day of the unveiling of the Apollycon author and vendor line-up! It started at 9AM EST this morning on the conference Facebook page, and was revealed in three parts (hourly) on the Apollycon Twitter and Instagram accounts. In case you missed it, here’s that list of gold:


Follow the Apollycon social media pages so you don’t miss anything important!

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Ok, so also… Today is the day we tell you all about Apollycon registration options and the different passes you can purchase. There are four: Titan, Apollyon, Demi-god and FAST PASS. Each one is different and provides you with different opportunities, so make sure you read carefully and pick the one that works best for you.


And here are the conference pass options:

apollycon titan pass

Apollycon apollycon pass

Apollycon demigod pass



You will still need to register through the Eventbrite page, but there will be no cost for your general signing ticket. This will grant you entry to the Saturday signing, and all authors and vendors in attendance.

Woo! So exciting! Which pass do you want to buy when the time comes?


Of course, we have a giveaway for you! One winner will receive a “Front of the Line” pass for Apollycon which they may redeem during one of the Apollycon signings to jump the to the front of one line. It is a one-time use pass. ID must be presented when claiming the pass. It is transferrable. If you win and later find you cannot attend, you may transfer the pass once to another attendee.

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Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey Excerpt | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

April 27, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Excerpt, Giveaway 2

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey Excerpt | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey Excerpt | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Published by Swoon Reads on April 19, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 368
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

Welcome to my spot along the blog tour for Love, Lies, and Spies hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Cindy Antsey is a 2016 debut author (yay Debut Author Challenge books!), and I have an excerpt that is sure to get you excited to grab a copy soon. Make sure you enter to win a print copy of the book as well!

“Oh my, this is embarrassing,” Miss Juliana Telford said aloud. There was no reason to keep her thoughts to herself, as she was alone, completely alone. In fact, that was half of the problem. The other half was, of course, that she was hanging off the side of a cliff with the inability to climb either up or down and in dire need of rescue.

“Another scrape. This will definitely give Aunt apoplexy.”

Juliana hugged the cliff ever closer and tipped her head slightly so that she could glance over her shoulder. Her high-waisted ivory dress was deeply soiled across her right hip, where she had slid across the earth as she dropped over the edge.

Juliana shifted slowly and glanced over her other shoulder. Fortunately, the left side showed no signs of distress, and her lilac sarcenet spencer could be brushed off easily. She would do it now were it not for the fact that her hands were engaged, holding tightly to the tangle of roots that kept her from falling off the tiny ledge.

Juliana continued to scrutinize the damage to her wardrobe with regret, not for herself so much as for her aunt, who seemed to deem such matters of great importance. Unfortunately, her eyes wandered down to her shoes. Just beyond them yawned an abyss. It was all too apparent how far above the crashing waves of the English Channel she was—and how very small the ledge.

Despite squishing her toes into the rock face as tightly as possible, Juliana’s heels were only just barely accommodated by the jutting amalgamate. The occasional skitter and plop of eroding rocks diving into the depths of the brackish water did nothing to calm her racing heart.

Juliana swallowed convulsively. “Most embarrassing.” She shivered despite a warm April breeze. “I shall be considered completely beyond the pale if I am dashed upon the rocks. Aunt will be so uncomfortable. Most inconsiderate of me.”

A small shower of sandy pebbles rained down on Juliana’s flowery bonnet. She shook the dust from her eyes and listened. She thought she had heard a voice.

Please, she prayed, let it be a farmer or a tradesman, some-one not of the gentry. No one who would feel obligated to report back to Grays Hill Park. No gentlemen, please.

“Hello?” she called out. Juliana craned her neck upward, trying to see beyond the roots and accumulated thatch at the cliff’s edge.

A head appeared. A rather handsome head. He had dark, almost black, hair and clear blue eyes and, if one were to notice such things at a time like this, a friendly, lopsided smile.

“Need some assistance?” the head asked with a hint of sarcasm and the tone of a . . .

“Are you a gentleman?” Juliana inquired politely.

The head looked startled, frowned slightly, and then raised an eyebrow before answering. “Yes, indeed, I am—”

“Please, I do not wish to be rescued by a gentleman. Could you find a farmer or a shopkeep— anyone not of the gentry—and then do me the great favor of forgetting you saw me?”

“I beg your pardon?”

“I do not want to be rude, but this is a most embarrassing predicament—”

“I would probably use the word dangerous instead.”

“Yes, well, you would, being a man. But I, on the other hand, being a young woman doing her best not to call attention to herself and bring shame upon her family, would call it otherwise.”

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Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun | Blog Tour Mini Book Review (+ Giveaway)

April 26, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 8 ★★★★

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun | Blog Tour Mini Book Review (+ Giveaway)Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 26, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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4 Stars
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

Welcome to my stop along the Heir to the Sky blog tour, hosted by Hannah at The Irish Banana Review! I’m so happy to review this book today because I really enjoyed it! I guess I had been needing a really good dystopia because I ate this one up! I’m really at a loss for words, and am having a hard time coming up with a coherent review. So much happens in the book and it is so well done. I love that it’s a standalone, as it is super refreshing to read a fully fleshed-out story for a change. Anyway, I’m going to keep my review short and sweet so as not to give too much away.

The premise of the story is really interesting, and I was immediately intrigued even though I was a little worried that the floating continents aspect would be too similar to Lauren DeStefano’s Perfect Ruin. The bulk of this story takes place on Earth, though, so everything ended up feeling unique and fresh. And really, the story picked up for me after Kali fell and was literally thrown from her extravagant life as a royal to surviving a cold, dirty, scary life. Her first night on Earth was really exciting for me, and I loved reading about her experiences with the crazy beasts and dragons. But Griffin. Oh, Griffin. I LOVE him. He definitely made this story for me. I loved the bond that he and Kali formed, and I loved how sweet he was to her as he protected her and tried to get her back home.

This story is surrounded by a lot of legend and secrecy, and I enjoyed watching the mystery unfold regarding how the islands really ended up in the sky, what Earth is really like, and who these people really are. Kali has been lied to her whole life, and falling to Earth gave her the awful truth very quickly. She no longer wants to get home for selfish reasons, she wants to get home to save the world. She learns a lot about herself in the process and what she is capable of. She also meets a lot of people, makes some friends, falls in love, and experiences some very dangerous and life-changing things. I enjoyed watching her grow and become more aware and fierce.

I loved Sun’s writing style and the details she provided. Earth is portrayed in vivid detail, with lots of colors and ferocious beasts. I felt like I was there. I loved the characters and all the little secrets to society and politics and ways of life that shaped the story. Heir to the Sky is a fast-paced, action-packed read that had me turning the pages as quickly as humanly possible. I’d definitely recommend it to people who are looking for an interesting dystopia/fantasy mash-up.

About Amanda Sun

I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.

In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.

The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.

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