Review: The Bone Season by @say_shannon Samantha Shannon

I have been SO excited to finish this book and write a review for it. I was lucky to get an ARC of The Bone Season at BEA, and immediately fell in love with this book on the plane ride home. The Bone Season is scheduled for release in August. When I say pre-order it, I mean pre-order it. You’re not going to want to miss this book, and when it comes out, it’s going to be HUGE.

About The Book

A major event-the first book in a seven-part series of dizzying imagination. Welcome to Scion: No Safer Place. It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing. But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city-Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now led by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly-as soldiers in their army. Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

Review

The Bone Season begins with a world in the not-so-distant future, where Paige, a Voyant with the power to push her body into other people’s dreamscapes (like psychic auras), works for a syndicate in SCION London. After accidentally murdering someone, she is captured and eventually brought to SHEOL I, a commune in Oxford run by an alien race called the  Rephaim who feed on aura.

Paige is an excellent herione. She’s tough and independent, but she still carries an inner will to help those around her at whatever cost. Through her journey in SHEOL I, she embarks on a strange relationship with her keeper, Warden and blood-consort Arcturus, and we also see flashes of her past from her childhood in Ireland, to the Molly Riots, to her eventual move to SCION London, and her life in the syndicate.

The story is rich, with a full and interesting world, and characters who all have something monumental at stake. We move through the free world, to the dystopian SCION, to the prison of the Rephaim, all seamlessly, and all making the reader clamor for more.

Most importantly, Samantha Shannon’s writing is brilliant. For such a young author, she has managed to capture a world of distrust and cold war within the journey of Paige, and tied an action-packed thriller with deep psychic hierarchies as well as political change and rebellion.

This book is a must-read, and I’m so excited for it to come out so everyone can read it and love it! Movies are already planned, and from what I’ve read, this series is going to be the next big thing (you heard it here, ladies and gentlemen).

About the Author

Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She’s currently pursuing her degree in English literature at the University of Oxford. The Bone Season is her first published work of fiction-the first in a seven-book series. It has been sold in eighteen countries and film rights have been optioned by The Imaginarium Studios, a film company led by Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings ; The Hobbit) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Jones’s Diary). Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog: http://www.samantha-shannon.blogspot.com

P.S. Samantha Shannon, I love you and hate you for being so young and so awesome.

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Interview with @KaraLeighMille1 and her book The Georgia Corbins

This week I get to share an interview with author Kara Leigh Miller, author of The Georgia Corbins!

About the Book

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Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class.

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.

 

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Be honest, were any of the events in The Georgia Corbins inspired by real life?

There were no specific events inspired by real life, but a lot of the book was. For example, the town of Haldeen is modeled very closely to my hometown of Mexico, NY.  The swimming hole where they spend a lot of time is based on a small river around the corner from my childhood home that I used to swim in; and the roller skating—that was my favorite way to spend a Saturday night.
This book is the ultimate love triangle. What is your favorite literary triangle?

Hands down The Vampire Diaries, Damon-Elena-Stephan love triangle. I have read many of the books, but I love the show. What makes it so great is that you root for both Damon & Stephan, making it difficult to really make a choice. I hope I achieved that it The Georgia Corbins.
If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

It’s tough to pick just one, but I can narrow it down to two: “Georgia Peaches” by Lauren Alaina and “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” by Toby Keith.
If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

Well, my characters are not old enough to be at a bar. Lol. So, I would probably interrogate them on how they got in, and then I’d buy them a drink or twelve. Ali and I would dance and check out hot guys and probably gossip about Levi and Tucker.
If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

Wow. That’s a tough question. I’m not sure. The Twilight universe is kind of cool. So is The Hunger Games universe—for those in the wealthy districts, of course. I love the vibrant colors and the wacky outfits of the people who live in the Capitol.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a pantser all the way. I feel too trapped when I try to plot. I’m one of those neurotic people who, when I write something down, I have to follow through with it or else I feel like I’ve somehow failed. Plus, I really enjoy being surprised by what my characters say and do.
How has writing changed your life?

I’ve always been shy and a little unsure of myself. Writing has helped to bring me out of my shell. I feel more confident, like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. And the fellow authors and bloggers I’ve met are wonderful. The friendships I’ve made far outweigh any of the other benefits.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I have two pieces of advice: (1) find a critique partner who you trust and who will help you refine your writing until it is the best it can be, and (2) never give up. Rejections are par for the course. Don’t let them get you down.

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About the Author

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Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Blog: http://www.karaleighmiller.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraLeighMille1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraLeighMiller?fref=ts

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To celebrate the release of The Georgia Corbins, Kara Leigh Miller is giving away exciting prizes. The Grand Prize, which is open to US residents only, includes a signed copy of The Georgia Corbins, The Georgia Corbins hardcover journal and postcards, The Georgia Corbins tote bag, Kara Leigh Miller pens and notebooks, and Legasea bookmarks.

Second and third prizes are an ebook copy of The Georgia Corbins, and one lucky person will win a first chapter critique. International entries are welcome. Good luck! Winners will be announced July 1st.

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Review: Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall

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About the Book

 

Stacy Pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, depressed, deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, population 1,000. From her days as a thirteen-year-old Jesus freak through her eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, this spirited memoir chronicles Pershall’s journey through hell and her struggle with the mental health care system.

 

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I found this to be a very intriguing and information memoir, focusing not only on the author’s individual experiences, but also going into detail about the way the mental health system works for those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar. It serves as a source of experiential knowledge for those who may not understand these disorders and the hardships involved both for the suffering and for the psychiatric teams who sometimes struggle to help those with BPD due to the very nature of the disorder.

Pershall relates to a quick overview of her life and the instances that defined her as she grew up and moved through the system. It’s relatively short, but I found it to be an interesting, well written work that doesn’t sound whiny or unrealistic or embellished. I would have liked to see a little more memoir that was more in-depth, as many of the scenes are general or just speculate on how medication/doctors work.

Overall, if you’re looking more a memoir based on mental health that’s a quick read and not incredibly triggering, this may be the book for you!

 

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#BEA13 Haul and Highlights

So, my trip to New York wasn’t ideal. My plane tickets were wrong, and it took more than 3 hours to correct them, which lead to me leaving 3 hours late. BUT I made it, and it was wonderful and glorious and all that.

Special shout-outs to the team at Month9 books. Everyone is so awesome and fun and talented. Jennifer Million, Lisa M Basso, Dorothy Dreyer, Heather Reid, Hallie Tibbets, Courtney Koschel, Scott Craven, Shannon Duffy, and of course Georgia McBride. You are all AWESOME.

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BEA is a treasure trove for bloggers. I have never been in a place before with so many beautiful books, piled-up ARCs, and wonderful authors signing their work. (I also got to see Julianne Moor and Jim Carey, so that was kind of cool too). But, the books!

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So many awesome titles.

I can’t wait to review them all!

Notables:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

Silent Harmony by Michele Scott

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Stay tuned for reviews and giveaways. I have a few extra ARCs to give away on the blog!

❤ BEA. See you next year!

 

Interview with @Georgia_McBride and Her Fantastic Novel Praefatio & Giveaway!

Today I have the distinct pleasure to host an interview with author and publisher extrordinaire, Georgia McBride! Her novel, Praefatio, has just released, and it is fantastic (if I do say so myself). Review to come.

About the Book

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The story of 17-year-old Grace Ann Miller is that of no ordinary runaway. Touching upon topics such as mental illness, teen pregnancy, and the relationship between victims and abductors, this is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love, and losing everything but her faith. After being missing for weeks, Grace turns up on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of 24 hours, she holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war, intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Instead, authorities believe that Grace is ill, the victim of assault and suffering from a severely fractured mind as a result of Stockholm Syndrome. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on Earth, an ancient prophecy, and a wretched curse steeped in biblical myth. Her claims set into motion an ages-old war, pitting sister against brother and light versus darkness, resulting in blood, death, and the loss of everything that matters. Faced with corrupt police officers, eager doctors, and accusing journalists, Grace must convince all of them that her delusions are actually the truth, with nothing but her word as proof.

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I had the chance to bombard Georgia with questions 😉

You wear so many hats. How do you manage to fit in all of the awesome work you do?

GM:  I’m pretty sure I’m failing miserably. I don’t sleep much, I eat very unhealthy things at odd hours and I get frequent headaches. That said, I try to dedicate one day/weekly to YALitChat – and that’s Wednesdays. The rest of the time is dedicated to being a publisher and author.

What was the first plot bunny that inspired Praefatio?

GM: They all came at one time – the girl with the incredulous story, the boy accused of unspeakable crimes and the incident that would change everything we believe.

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

GM: I listened to a ton of 30 Seconds to Mars while writing this book. I think A Beautiful Lie kind of sums it up though.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

GM: First, I would be all fan girl and crazy. I know it. I have a major literary crush on Grace Ann Miller. I would be like, “Hey Girl. I created you. Don’t you love all those amazing kissing scenes I wrote for you?”

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

GM: Wow. That’s a tough one. I think I would like to perhaps live in the world Delirium. Love hurts so much sometimes. People kill when they can’t have it. We wouldn’t have that problem.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

GM:I hate plotting. Not gonna lie.

How has writing changed your life?

GM: Writing has brought be a wonderful community of people who are supportive. It has also afforded me the opportunity to do something I love – writing and publishing. It’s really been a blessing to me and many others.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

GM: Just write. Don’t worry about what others are writing or doing. Just write.

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About the Author

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Georgia McBride is the founder of Month9Books, which publishes speculative fiction for teens and tweens, and YALITCHAT.ORG, a nonprofit organization fostering the advancement of young adult literature worldwide. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Interview with @reneepaceYA Renee Pace, Author of The Forsaken

Today I’m presenting an interview with author Renee Pace about her novel, The Forsaken.

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About The Book

Fighting for freedom means falling from grace.

After taking up arms in a heavenly war, teen angel Isabella is banished to Earth. Her penance: to live as an immortal teenager. Her objective: to create a safe haven for her fellow exiled angels who believe in her mantra of independence. Faced with life on the mortal plane, she and her girls form a rock band as a means to literally sing for their supper.

But when Isabella saves a fallen male angel, things fall apart. If she thought her penance was hard before, she’s got an even harder path to follow now that she realizes Nathan is her soul mate—and that he holds the key to returning her to the heavenly realm. But she has no intention of going anywhere if it means leaving her sisters alone in exile. Until she discovers a hellish plan to amass a human-turned-demon army. Now she must convince the very angels who cast her out that war can no longer be avoided—if they want to survive…

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Where did you get your original inspiration for The Forsaken, and what makes this book original from other paranormal novels?

 

The Forsaken actually started in church. It’s here I should confess that I attend church more for my husband’s sake and my children and while I try to enjoy it I often find my mind wondering, especially during those very long sermons. The Forsaken came from my angst with religious right and wrong and duty which is often part and parcel with any religion. What makes my YA different is that the focus is on women who are fighting for their own independent lives and who will continue to fight their destiny, even if that means saying no to love.

 

If you could have any paranormal attribute, what would it be?

I would love to be able to turn into a mermaid. The sea calls to me in ways I can’t explain. I had to ensure the second house I bought had a view of the Atlantic.

 

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

ABBA’s Chiquitita

 

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

I’d pour my drink all over him because no one tells me who I get to love.

 

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

I want to be frozen and wake up in the year 3010

 

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a bit of both. When working on a series I need to plot but The Forsaken started out as me being a pantser.

 

How has writing changed your life?

Writing has made me more confident as a woman. I’m proud to say I’m a writer and I think having control over my own projects is key for me.

 

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write and write some more. Find a great writing group to be involved with and get a critique partner. Write what you want and not what the market wants – she’s a fickle diva.

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About The Author

I have the great pleasure of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which has a population of about 380,000. Halifax is almost like a mini-Boston (one of my fav cities to visit but I confess to loving San Francisco, CA the most) and sits on the Atlantic Ocean, which is what I get to look at as I write my young adult novels. I’m not a teen anymore by statistics only but I keep telling those people that I literally stopped counting when I hit twenty.

Things I do at home – dance around my kitchen (or dance anywhere, can you tell I’m a huge dancer and I have my very own rhythm and style, which sometimes embarrasses my friends but they still love me). I love to read. At the moment I’m reading Edward Rutherford’s latest novel, New York…I got hooked on him when I read Sarum about a dozen years ago. I’m also reading Rachel Hawthorne’s Dark Guardian Novel series and I can’t wait to get my hands on Kelley Armstrong’s Frostbitten novel.

I totally believe in – dragons (in the sea and air), fairies (let’s just say I’ve got some old family history happening there), Sirens and Titans (and no they aren’t mermaids, that’s only what common folks call them but true believers know what they really are and why they walk among us), the power of universal magic and most important on my list is soul love—when you find it, anchor it to your heart and never let it go.

I live my version of paranormal and it’s my reality. I hope you enjoy my worlds that my young adults enter and enjoy the journey of self-discovery many of them make.

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Cover Reveal! Endre, Book 2 in the Elsker Saga by @STbende ST Bende

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About The Book

Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact
opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia
Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen
kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak — not only
for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything
to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse
apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming. And the gods aren’t even close to ready.

About The Author

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

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You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to stbende@gmail.com.

 

Blog: http://stbende.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/stbende

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stbende or @stbende

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stbende/

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Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest-to-goodness Norse God — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

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