Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #19: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

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 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spinewhich spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

BLACKBIRD FLY
by

Genre/s: Young Adult/Middle Grade - Contemporary, Cultural
Expected Publication: March 24th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
Future rock star, or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this debut tween novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers and following her dreams. For fans of Wendy Mass and Wendelin Van Draanen.

Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods, makes mistakes with her English, and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” It becomes unbearable in middle school, when the boys—the stupid, stupid boys—in Apple’s class put her name on the Dog Log, the list of the most unpopular girls in school. When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show how special she really is. Erin Entrada Kelly deftly brings Apple’s conflicted emotions to the page in her debut novel about family, friendship, popularity, and going your own way.

Add Blackbird Fly to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!

Plus don't forget to pre-order
Blackbird Fly via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 WHY?

This another debut novel to look out for. The synopsis sounds really promising. Blackbird Fly is the kind of novel I would read and devour. My awesome senses were tingling the first I saw this book over at Twitter. Bonus points = the main character is Filipina + the author is Filipina too! Awesome, dude. AWESOME.

Troglodyte forever,

What book(s) are you eagerly anticipating? Let us know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Troglodytes Approve 5: Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Interview + Giveaway)


The fifth book with my seal of approval...
DON'T EXPECT MAGIC
by

Young Adult - Contemporary, Fantasy (Magic)
Published November 8th 2011 by Delacorte Press
PURCHASE: Amazon   Barnes & Noble
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.

Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother.

But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?
WHY?
I got the chance to read Don't Expect Magic last year and I ended up loving it. It's one of my most favorite contemporary novels. The only difference in this book with the other contemporary novels I've read is that this contains 'magic'. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it taught me lessons about accepting who you really are and of course, the importance of family. In this book I learned that you can't be anyone else but yourself and it takes hard work and also time to get what you want because in real life, there's no fairy godmother/father and magic.

Here's a quote from the book:
"Everybody's screwed up in some ways but they get more screwed up when they try to change themselves." - Delaney
INTERVIEW

1. How did you come up with the idea of Don't Expect Magic?
Kathy: I’ve always liked books that riff on fairytales. Instead of writing a book where the teen protagonist is a twist on the familiar lead of a Cinderella story, I thought it would be fun to see what happened if I made her the fairy godmother instead. What would it mean for her to have to grant other people’s wishes when she had wishes of her own? That question helped me fuel the conflict and the development of Delaney’s character and her backstory.

2. Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, then what did you wanted to be?
Kathy: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I can remember! I started writing little illustrated poems as soon as I could write, around age 5.

3. Delaney Collins is an interesting and fun character. Do you see yourself in her? If you do, which trait/s remind you most of yourself?

Kathy: Delaney is a lot more outspoken and daring than I am. She says things and does things I wish I had the nerve to say and do! In that way, she’s like a wish fulfillment character for me.

4. On your blog, you mentioned that the sequel to Don’t Expect Magic, Who Needs Magic?, is going to be release in paperback this month. Are you excited?
Kathy: It’s always exciting when a new book comes out, even if it’s a different version of a book that’s already been published in another form! It gives me a good reason to promote it again, for one thing. Even better, when a book comes out in paperback, it opens it up to a wider audience, because bookstores carry paperbacks longer and paperbacks are more affordable to most people. I hope readers will find it, and if they haven’t read Don’t Expect Magic, will seek that book out as well.

5. What is the best part of being an author?
Kathy: Not having to dress up for work or go out to an office.

6. What can readers look forward to in your upcoming works?
Kathy: I’m currently revising a novel for adults and writing an original screenplay for the Disney Channel. I’m also developing a new idea for a book series for kids.

7. Recommend your books to the readers.
Kathy: Don’t Expect Magic and Who Needs Magic? are comic novels with a touch of fantasy and contain both humor and heart.

In the first book, Delaney deals with her discovery that she’s a fairy godmother, and the complications that ensue when she falls for the boy she’s supposed to be helping. However, the story is also about her struggle to heal her fractured relationship with her father. In the second, Delaney faces off against a rival teen fairy godmother. Sparks literally fly as a result. In both novels, I try to convey the message that it’s not magic that makes wishes come true, but accepting yourself as you are.

To Miss Kathy McCullough: thank you so much for letting me interview you! It's truly an honor.

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[This giveaway is made possible by the author herself. Thank you so much, Miss Kathy!] 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nikki Urang Interview + Giveaway!

Remember my WoW post?  TODAY IS THE DAY I GET TO INTERVIEW NIKKI ABOUT THE HIT LIST!!! (Okay, stop with all caps!) I am just so excited to interview Nikki Urang and of course, share a giveaway with you! Please welcome her to the blog! She will talk about her  novel , which was released November of last year by Spencer Hill Contemporary.

 
How did you come up with the idea of THE HIT LIST?

I’d always wanted to write a book featuring a dancer, but I didn’t really know what kind of conflict there would be. I knew I wanted something that involved trust because Sadie has huge issues with it. That’s where the game came in. She already doesn’t trust anyone and now she’s in an environment where no one should be trusted. A similar game also started at my high school at the end of my senior year. The next senior class was betting on who could sleep with an incoming freshman the fastest.

   Do you see yourself in the one of your characters? 

I think I share traits with several of my characters, but I don’t think any of them as a whole is similar to me. I wouldn’t want them to be. Part of the fun of writing is to explore a new character who does things I would never even think to do or consider doing in some cases.

If THE HIT LIST would be made into a movie, who would you like to cast?

When I’m writing, I usually don’t have a great physical image of my characters. It wasn’t until I started mixing up hair and eye color that I actually sat down to find pictures of them. These are the people I think match the physical descriptions of my characters: Emma Roberts (Sadie), Xavier Samuel (Luke), Leighton Meester (Brielle), and Logan Lerman (Adam).

What's next for Nikki Urang?
I have two completed YA contemporary books that I’m hoping to do something with soon. I’ve also started writing a YA horror. I love writing about darker themes and everything I’ve been writing lately has tackled some pretty difficult issues.


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If you could be a fictional character  for a day, who would you be and why?
Oh wow. Most of my favorite books feature people who actually have pretty terrible lives. I’m going to stick with the Harry Potter theme here and go with Hermione Granger because she’s badass. Plus, I’d kind of want to be able to use a wand and do spells for a day.

What are your three current wishes?
That’s a tough one. My first wish would be more time in the day so I had more hours to devote to writing and life. The second would be to have a huge library in my house with a never-ending supply of books. And the third would probably be to move to London because I’ve wanted to do that for the longest time.

Ice cream or Chocolate? Chocolate
Pizza or Burger? Pizza
Cookies or Cupcakes? Cupcakes
Twitter or Facebook? Twitter
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi  
Peeta or Gale? Gale 




  About Nikki Urang:
Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. Now, her days are spent helping people overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats. Her debut, THE HIT LIST, is available now from Spencer Hill Contemporary.

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Thank you Nikki for the chance to chat with you!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Heart Awareness Month: Even The Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell


Steph's youngest daughter was born with a rare heart defect called TAPVR. Britta is a happy, healthy three year old now, and also the inspiration for EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS. In honor of Heart Awareness Month, Steph will be running a sale on EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS from Feb 16-23. We would love for you to join us in spreading the word! #1in100


EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS
by


Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Published October 28th 2014 (Self-Published)
PURCHASE: Amazon Kobo iTunes BN
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.
Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle. 
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most--her life.

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house--in the snow. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house--but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe or Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.

It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.
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Add Even the Moon Has Scars to your TBR on Goodreads!

[Of course, this post would not be complete without teasers! Check them out below. :D]
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ABOUT STEPH CAMPBELL:


Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now lives in the hot, humid south. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. When she's not writing or taking care of her brood, she's reading or scouring travel sites, always ready for life's next adventure.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis


BLACKFIN SKY
by

Young Adult - Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy
Published May 14th 2014 by Firefly Press
PURCHASE: AmazonBarnes and Noble
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
When Sky falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning – until she shows up three months later like nothing happened.

Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, where whispers of murder and kidnapping begin to reveal the town’s secrets. But Sky’s not the only one digging up the past – the old mime from the circus knows what happened to her, and he has more than one reason for keeping quiet about it.

[The synopis + cover is from the UK version published by Firefly Press since I have acquired the same version from the author.]
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Let me start off by saying, I seriously cannot find the right words to describe this book, everything is just so amazing. Yangsze Choo (author of Ghost Bride, a novel I've been dying to read) said that this book is “A wonderful, compulsive read.” and I definitely agree with that statement.
 
Blackfin Sky is such an enthralling read, it kept me up way past midnight. Thoroughly addicting and enjoyable, it captivated my attention since page one until the very end. The revelations about what really happened to Skylar and what Skylar truly is, are definitely shocking.

The characters in this book is genuine and definitely intriguing. It's like everyone is hiding a dark secret. Each character made a impression on me, they're all unique. Skylar Roussea, the MC, is a wise, brave, and smart girl. I definitely adore her. Plus her house is called 'Blood House' and whenever she is there, it gives me goosebumps.

The world building is utterly brilliant, I am impressed. Blackfin is a town, not just any town, it literally feels like ghost town. When I was reading this, I was like with the characters right there on Blackfin and trust me, it feels so CREEPY. Kat Ellis' writing style is eloquent and haunting at the same time. She did a very amazing job on creating Blackfin Sky.

I seriously did not expect the twists and turns in this book which made Blackfin Sky a more enjoyable read. Blackfin Sky is a well-written, fast-paced, and a definitely spooky debut. I highly recommend this to readers who loves mystery with a paranormal twist.

RATING:

Troglodyte forever,
Have you read Blackfin Sky? Do you want to read it? Let me know about your thoughts in the comment section below!
 
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