Friday, October 30, 2015

Special Pre-Order Campaign for SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead gets YOU an autographed copy, EXCLUSIVE dust jacket, & special sampler of just-announced THE GLITTERING COURT!!!




 Are you ready for an AMAZING
Pre-Order Campaign???



SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead is one of the MOST buzzed-about books of the fall. It was super hyped at BEA and everyone wanted a copy! Now, the release is almost upon us, and Penguin Teen is giving us EVEN MORE reasons to buy this beauty on release day!

If you pre-order from one of these AMAZING indie bookstores, you can get...

*An AUTOGRAPHED copy
*A gorgeous EXCLUSIVE dust jacket
*A sampler with the first ELEVEN chapters of Richelle Mead's JUST ANNOUNCED upcoming new book THE GLITTERING COURT

You want this Exclusive Deluxe Edition, yes you do!!!!

I know *I* do, anyway!

I've been really excited to read SOUNDLESS!
(Okay, I haven't gotten to my BEA ARC yet, but it's in my "up next" pile...
....mmm but I'm gonna just wait until my beautiful new pre-order arrives to read it!!!)

Chinese folklore? Awesome new fantasy?
YES PLEASE!!!!
I love how the new wrap jacket compliments the land in which the novel is set, and it makes me want this version more than anything!!!

I've never read Richelle Mead or any of her Vampire Academy/Bloodlines novels before. Vampires just aren't really my think. But give me a good Asian-inspired fantasy and I'M ALL IN.

Check out this post for a list of all the great storestaking part in the SOUNDLESS pre-orderand reserve your copy today!!!

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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  SOUNDLESS
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: Nov. 10, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill / Penguin Teen
SUMMARY:

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. 

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. 

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever..



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Announcing Soleri, a brand-new epic fantasy series from best selling author Michael Johnston!

Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!
You may know Michael Johnston: He co-wrote the Heart of Dread series with his wife, New York Times Best Selling Author Melissa de la Cruz:


This week, Tor announced that they will begin publishing Johnston's debut stand-alone series, the epic fantasy Soleri, in Spring 2017.

Soleri is described in the press release as being "inspired by the history of ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear and tells the story of a rebellious king, his ambitious daughters, his lost son, their secrets and struggles for dynastic supremacy."

Well, I've gotten my hands on a press release, and here's a little MORE information to get us all excited!!!

Regarding the series, for which Tor has picked up two books to date, Tor Executive Editor Robert Gleason stated, “We are very proud to be publishing Michael Johnston’s solo debut series, Soleri. Of course so many books are compared to Game of Thrones these days, and we won’t do that, although we do believe with its classic tale of empire ascension, a diverse cast with strong female heroines, and depth of historical research in its intricate world building, it is a worthy addition to the genre.”

Author Michael Johnston also shed a little extra light on the series, stating, “I wrote Soleri because I wanted to find a way to merge my interests in history and architecture with my love of epic fantasy...In the end, the series is about a family, and it’s a very personal story drawn on a large canvas. I’m excited to work with legendary editor Robert Gleason and to be publishing my first solo fantasy series with Tor, whose slate of science fiction and fantasy novels I have admired from afar for many years.”

I, for one, am excited to hear more about this series in the new year. Ancient Egypt? King Lear??? Okay, YES, PLEASE!!!

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads now
and keep an eye out for more info on this new epic fantasy!


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About the Author
Michael earned a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. Seeking a way to merge his interests in architecture and history with his love of fantasy, he wrote and researched Soleri, with the project taking four years to complete. He has since shut down his successful architecture practice to write full-time. He is also the co-author of the young adult Heart of Dread trilogy (FROZEN, STOLEN, and GOLDEN) written with his wife, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.  
Follow Michael on Twitter to keep on top of what's going on with Soleri!

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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One
Author: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
SUMMARY:

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic. 

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows. 

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light. 

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Special Giveaway + First Look at........THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp!



I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys all about THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp, and so is publisher Sourcebooks Fire!

There is a giveaway running from now until November 1st, 2015. 


YOU CAN WIN AN EARLY COPY of one 2016's most stunning debuts that will have people talking ALL YEAR. You can ALSO win a cool chalkboard and some exclusive TIWIE chalk that you can use on Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. to talk about how the novel makes you feel!!!



THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS!


You may recall that I posted a You're Gonna LOVE Me First Look at the novel back in June. If not, never fear: I've re-posted why you're going to want this book below!

A sneak peek now, a full review when the book releases!



Title: THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: Out January 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Received: ARC for Review
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17558817-be-with-me

SUMMARY:

10:00 a.m.


The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03

The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Bookworms, you know I'm not super duper huge on contemporary novels. When one stands out, however, IT STANDS OUT.

I read THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS right before BEA to see if I wanted to try to get a copy of Marieke Nijkamp's debut novel to share with co-workers so that more people could be talking about this book come January 2016. I DID WANT TO. I WANTED TO SO MUCH!!!

I recommended this book to SO MANY people at BEA this past week and told them all to go to the author's signing on Friday at the Sourcebooks booth! I was also lucky enough to listen to Nijkamp on a panel at the Teen Author Carnival AND a panel at Book Con. I was also glad to see her coming out of a signing line for something and stop her briefly to tell her how much how I enjoyed the book and how frequently I was already talking it up!!!

So how I could I NOT do a spotlight on the book now!?

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is chilling and harrowing. It is NOT a light read. But it is an important one! It's about a school shooting as seen from multiple different people's POVs. We see the shooter's sister. We see the sister's girlfriend. We see the ex-girlfriend who can't believe that the boy she once dated could do something like this. We see a twin brother desperate to save his sister.

A few years ago, I read WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver. The part of the book where Kevin goes off his rocker is so viciously detailed and blunt (without being explicit), in a lot of ways due to his choice of weaponry, that I couldn't read another book about a school shooting for a long time. I still hadn't read NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult, who was one of my favorite authors, and I wouldn't be able to for another year or two. I've still been shying away from books such as ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf and SAVE ME by Lisa Scottoline.

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS reminds me of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN because the experience is so personal and the shooting is so shocking and horrifying. With Kevin, for me, it was his choice of weapon, and in particular, what happens at his own home. With THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, it is the fact that almost the entire school is locked in the auditorium. If this shooting happened in real life, it would be THE worst school shooting in US History. There would have been more casualties than there were during the horrors at Virginia Tech (32) and Sandy Hook (27).

One of the things that struck me at the Teen Author Carnival was when Nijkamp talked about how she'd been next door to a building that exploded, and how that impacted her. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is unflinching and raw. It isn't light, it isn't happy...and it isn't supposed to be.

You won't be okay after you read this book...but you're still going to want to read it!

I'll have a real review up closer to the book's release, but add this one on your TBR now; I predict it will be one of the most important YA novels of 2016!

Will you be reading this when it comes out!?


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

{Excerpt/Giveaway} DARK HEART OF MAGIC by Jennifer Estep




Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural

Synopsis:

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...


The first book in the series, COLD BURN OF MAGIC,
is on sale digitally for only $2.99!!!

WHAT A GREAT DEAL!!!

Pick it up now for your e-reader and discover this series today!







EXCERPT FROM
DARK HEART OF MAGIC 
by Jennifer Estep
                  

“What do you want to do about the troll?” I asked. “Because I don’t think he’s coming down from there without a fight.”
Devon was the bruiser, or second-in-command of the Sinclair Family, responsible for overseeing all the Family guards and dealing with all the monster problems that arose in Sinclair territory. Most of the bruisers for the various Families were arrogant jerks who enjoyed bossing people around and taking advantage of the other perks of their powerful position. But Devon was a genuinely good guy who treated everyone in his Family equally, from the smallest pixie to the toughest guard. Plus, he would do anything to help his friends and the folks he cared about, something he’d proven by putting himself in danger time and time again.
Devon’s inherent goodness and devotion to others were two of the many things that made me like him way more than I should have. His soulful green eyes, teasing grin, and rocking body didn’t hurt matters either.
Me? Good and I weren’t exactly close friends, and the only devotion I had was to myself, and making sure that I had plenty of cash in my pockets and food in my stomach. I was a loner thief who’d spent the last four years living in the shadows until I’d been recruited to be Devon’s bodyguard a few weeks ago. Not that he really needed a guard. Devon was a tough fighter who could take care of himself—and then some.
“Well, I say we pick up all the fruit that’s still in one piece and chuck it right back at the troll,” another voice suggested in a snide tone. “Let him see how it feels to get splattered for a change.”
I looked over at Felix Morales, Devon’s best friend and another member of the Sinclair Family. With his wavy black hair, bronze skin, and dark brown eyes, Felix was even more handsome than Devon, despite the fact that he was also covered in pulp. Not that I would ever tell him that. Felix was already a terrible flirt. We’d been in the square for ten minutes, and he’d spent more time grinning at the tourist girls who wandered by than trying to figure out what to do about the troll.
Felix winked at two girls in tank tops and short-shorts who were sitting on a nearby bench sipping lemonade, then waggled his fingers at them. The girls giggled and waved back.
I rolled my eyes and elbowed him in the side. “Try to pay attention.”

Felix shot me a sour look and rubbed his side.

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.



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Top Ten Spooky Middle-Grade Novels!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!

This week's topic:
Top Ten Spooky Middle-Grade Novels!


WELL. The topic is to do something Halloween-related.

I'm often asked for good spooky reads for kids. Kids WANT to be scared. They want more than just Goosebumps. So here's a list of scary books kids might enjoy!!!


In No Particular Order...


1) THE SPINDLERS by Lauren Oliver


I wish Lauren Oliver's middle-grade books were more well-known with children...and more popular with them! LIESL AND PO was enchanting--my favorite of all her books--and THE SPINDLERS was the most terrifying! Spindlers are scary spider-like creatures and noooooo, I wouldn't want to be stuck with one!!



2) JUNIPER BERRY by M.P. Kozlowsky

JUNIPER BERRY has so many awesome creepy elements. In some ways, it reminds me of CORALINE by Neil Gaiman. It has the same creepiness to the illustrations that make you shiver and get goosebumps. Um, and Skeksyl's character description reminds me of Kamaji from SPIRITED AWAY, which I quote in my review of the book! (Along with showing you some creepy artwork!)



3) CORALINE by Neil Gaiman


SPEAKING of CORALINE...
How can the book NOT be on this list!? It's so deliciously creepy that it was even turned into a movie that's perfect to watch at this time of year...but only if you watch with your Other Mother, of course! If you want spooky, this one is a childhood staple!



4) THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS by Betty Ren Wright


This book scared me SO MUCH when I was younger. I'd gotten it at the library and it had me sooooooo terrified that I couldn't even sleep. The book is still in print and still scaring new generations of children!

I was actually reminded of this video recently when I watched the music video "Dollhouse" by Melanie Martinez, which had the same creepy vibe! (Watch it!)

 


5) DOLL BONES by Holly Black


 Even the cover for this one is creepy! Last year, DOLL BONES was my favorite middle grade novel for so many reasons. A lot of those reasons have nothing to do with creepiness, though. But I love recommending it when kids want a great creepy read and think it's such a great book!

 

6) SOMETHING UPSTAIRS by Avi


This is another book that scared me as a kid. The version I read had a much creepier cover, ebcause there were ghost arms coming up out of the floor! It set the tone from the very get go. Avi is still a staple that kids love, and so many of his books have won awards, so he's a great author to introduce kids to!



7) THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman


I never read this book until last year when I was sent review copies of the new graphic novel edition. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK has a timeless classic feel, like when multiple adventures took place in one story! Some of the tales are creepier than others, but come on, just LIVING in and GROWING UP IN a graveyard is hella creepy on its own!!! This book is also a little more mature--or at least, the visual graphic novel is--due to an opening scene with a grisly murder scene. But if you're actively looking for a kid's horror novel/thriller? Oh yeah! I believe this is still in the works to become a movie!



8) A CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN by Lauren DeStefano


I'm really excited to read Lauren DeStefano's first middle-grade because I enjoyed her Chemical Gardens Trilogy so much! I've been saving this one to read during October, so I hope to get to it this week. This is a great new ghost story that kids likely won't have heard about yet!



9) WAIT TILL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn


I never read this one, but kids LOVE it. So many kids have told me that WAIT TILL HELEN COMES scared the pants off of them and they want another book like it. I usually introduce them to Mary Downing Hahn's entire backlist. If you want to give a kid an author with a huge number of scary books to enjoy, this is the one to recommend!



10) CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEAD by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester


Okay, I haven't read this one yet. BUT I REALLY WANT TO. It's on my nightstand! I should read it this week, shouldn't I!? I know Lauren Oliver can do scary/spooky because, as you saw earlier, THE SPINDLERS is a big scary MG title for me! I'm hoping her brand-new book will be as well!




    
What scary books would you recommend to young readers? 0_0