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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blind Spot Blog Tour Oct24-Nov02

Tomorrow: Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

She never thought a kiss could kill…
Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in...and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.
Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.  

(Courtesy of GR)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cover reveal: Just One Day

This read, by Gayle Forman, the amazing author of IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, looks great! The cover is really pretty too!

Review: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Hidden is so many things. At the end of trilogies that evoke such passion in me such as Sophie Jordan's FIRELIGHT trilogy, I usually am a bit sad for a while, forget about it, then revisit the characters later. While this series still falls under my all time favorites category, I felt a new sense of resolution in the conclusion of HIDDEN. Nobody had to die for the love triangle to cease between Cassian, Jacinda, and Will. Nobody disappeared mysteriously or got abducted by aliens. It was a clean, normal conclusion that left me feeling content with the series rather than distraught at its end. The plot of HIDDEN was fantastic, as expected, and Jacinda's character was as feisty as ever. While I wish there was more romance between Cassian and Jacinda, I understood their relationship and I wasn't, like, traumatized when they don't have little Draki babies together...
It's difficult to successfully introduce a new character in the third book in the trilogy, but the character of Deghan was assimilated into the story line flawlessly, and the depth he conveys in such a limited amount of "page time" is surreal. Every character flourishes into something greater or more interesting in HIDDEN, developing far past it's prequels. We see a sensitive Corbin, a genuine Cassian, a happy Tamra, a jealous Will, a amicable Miram, and an even fiercer and braver Jacinda. Sophie Jordan has written us a flawless finale to an incredible journey.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Guest Blogger: Pauline Harris


Hey y'all,
I'm really excited for you all to read a bit about Pauline today. She is the perfect example of not waiting to follow your dreams. When some of you might say, "I want to be an author when I grow up," remember that Pauline is only 16 and has a book in the works already. It's never too early to follow your dreams, and Pauline is the perfect example of that. Make sure to check out Mechanical this spring! Also, make sure to take a look at The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor.
~Anna


Hi, I’m Pauline Harris, I’m a sixteen-year old author and I’ve been writing since I was eight years old.  I’m flattered and excited to be writing my first guest blog post here.
I’m an avid reader and always enjoy books with futuristic and fantasy themes.  Some of the books that were most inspirational for me were the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke and the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.    
Recently, I wrote a trilogy and the first book, Mechanical, is scheduled to be published sometime next spring.  I’m thrilled that I’ve signed with a publisher.  I mean, since I was twelve years old my dream has been to somehow get published and now that its happening I’m almost in shock.  There are moments when I think that I need to keep searching literary agents and publishers online, and then I’ll suddenly remember…I don’t need to anymore.  It’s weird after basically years of querying, I’m done.  I have nothing to do with myself now, other than school... 
Write another book?
Anyway, I’m here to talk about Mechanical, and talk about Mechanical I will.  I’m very proud of it, but I’m the author so that goes without saying.  I love it and hate it at the same time; a strange mix of emotions that makes me want to either smile or scream every time I read it.
Here’s a short description:

Mechanical is a story about an android girl named Drew who suddenly finds herself caught between two worlds; humanity and perfection. 
Drew is told from the very beginning of her superiority and enormous responsibilities.  She was created for a mission, they tell her; a mission more important than anything she could ever have imagined. 
Drew is sent to a high school, being ordered to observe the humans and report back to her creators.  But when Drew forms friendships with these humans and starts feeling strange human emotions, she begins to doubt her creators’ ways of dealing with her and wonders whether her mission is as brilliant as it once seemed. 
As Drew falls deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding her mission and her creation, she is suddenly left with a choice between what she’s known all her life and what she knows is right.

That’s basically Mechanical in a nutshell.  Throw in some romance, spirituality, backstabbing and moral issues, and there you have it.  It’s kind of a conglomeration of many things but if I had to name it by one or two genres, I’d have to go with dystopian and science fiction. 
I’ve always wanted to write a book about a robot – ever since I was little.  I love Star Trek, and anything that has to do with science fiction and futuristic madness, so I’ve always liked the idea of an intelligent computer posing as a human.  When I finally came up with the idea for the Mechanical Trilogy, I was super excited and started writing furiously, blissfully unaware of the hours of painful editing I would have to suffer through later.  But, it was all worth it.     
Mechanical doesn’t have a set release date yet, as it’s in the early stages of publishing, but I can tentatively say sometime next spring.  I seriously can’t wait. 
It’s planned to be a three book series, followed by ‘Perfect’ and ‘Flawed’.  You can check them out at paulinecharris.wix.com/author.  There you will find synopsizes of all three books in the series.  I hope you get a chance to check it out. 
Thank you so much for reading this post and let me conclude with one of my favorite inspirational quotes that helped me in my journey to becoming published: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Brian Littrell.
Hope to see you among the stars!

All the best,
 Pauline


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today: Hidden by SOPHIE JORDAN

I cannot stress to you enough; you absolutely must read this book. If you have not entered this series, you will have missed out on a fiery main character and an intense love triangle. Jacinda is a character that surpasses most, and her personality and strength will inspire you. In HIDDEN, we will see Jacinda attempt to rescue Caspian's sister, Miram, from the The evil draki hunters. Personally, I cannot wait to start this after school today and I advise you follow similar paths!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Only a little more than a week till THE RAVEN BOYS !!!!!!!

Chance to win Sever

Hey!
For all you people who have an instagram, go follow LAUREN DESTEFANO for a chance to win a copy of Sever! She will only give away this copy win she reaches 1000 followers, so be sure to tell your friends to follow too!