I’m 95% sure there are no spoilers in this, but just in case…I’m giving you a heads up. 🙂
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first instalment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Hey everyone, I wanted to do something different today. So it is an honour to be able to say I got to interview the wonderful, successful author Wendy Higgins. She’s written works such as the Sweet Evil series, The Great Hunt and See Me. Her latest novel, Unknown, is out now, and you can find links above with the description.
So without further ado, here we go.
- Hi Wendy, it’s great to finally get to talk to such a wonderful author! How are you doing? I’ll say first that I really enjoyed the Sweet Evil series. So I was looking through the other books you’ve written, and you’ve written about romance, demons, fairies, magic, and soon an apocalypse (with your new novel Unknown), is there anything you’d really love to write about but for whatever reason you can’t?
~ I would love to write something based on historical events, like during the civil war, but no story idea has hit me for anything like that. Maybe someday! 🙂
- What is your least favourite part of the publishing / writing process?
~ Plotting. Coming up with cool twists and turns is so difficult for me. Either it hits me out of the blue, or it doesn’t.
- I know that many writers struggle with certain parts of writing. For me, it’s action. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
~Same. The action scenes are very difficult for me. Give me a kissing scene any day!
- Were you one of those authors that tried fan fiction before writing original or did you just dive right in?
~I never wrote book fan fiction. In seventh grade I wrote New Kids On the Block (NKOTB) fan fiction, but that was it, hahahaha.
- Since you’ve dipped your toes in both categories, which would you say suits you better: young adult or new adult? Also if you had to stay with one genre forever, which do you think you’d choose?
~This is a tough question, because both have felt similar to me. The only difference is that I’ve used more mature language and detail in the Unknown books. I have loved writing for teens, but I feel myself gravitating in an older direction at the moment.
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use the name generators online?
~I don’t pay any attention to name meanings. I try to choose interesting names that suit the character’s personalities with how they sound. I’ve browsed many baby name sites for inspiration over the years.
- If you could have written any book in the world, what would it be?
~Easy. Harry Potter. Love.
- Okay, so characters often find themselves in sticky situations. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
~Hahaha, I’m so boring. Imagine a soccer mom who works in her pajamas. The stickiest situation I get myself into these days is when I open the honey jar. I did lea quite an interesting life before I was married though. Like the time when I was a flight attendant and our apartment caught on fire in Jersey City, and I had to jump six feet from our window to a fire escape as windows blew open and sprayed us with glass (we were three stories up). Thankfully everyone made it out alive (seven of us flight attendants lived together). It was nuts. I was twenty-one.
- You recently went to Scotland and Ireland, and I’m sure you’ve been to other countries: If you could have any other accent in the world, which would you pick?
~English, London area. It’s just so lovely to me, hence the reason I gave Kaidan a London accent in the Sweet books.
- And the last question for you: Are you working on anything else at the moment?
~I take the summers off from writing, but I will begin Unrest (Unknown #2) as soon as school starts back in September! 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, and her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wend lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.
Thanks again to Wendy, for agreeing for me to throw questions at you. 🙂 And don’t forget to check out her other books if you haven’t already.
I wish all the luck and success for Unknown! 😀
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
Alrighty. I started this book in April? I finished it in June. Well, alright then. No biggy. I’ll explain.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, but I felt that…535 pages could have been narrowed down to 400. When I felt I’d read several hundred pages, it turned out to be just 120 (that was when I went back to reading it 2 months later). It took a good chunk of time before I felt anything was really happening and then when it did…boy did it HAPPEN!
I think shit started hitting the fan around the 350 mark, and then the hits just kept on coming. It was unreal. With this being the final in the series, I wanted things to wrap up, but I didn’t expect certain things to happen. I don’t wanna spoil but…OH MY GOD.
And then Ruby with all her secrets and determination to FUCK UP HER OWN RELATIONSHIPS?! WHY? What is her problem? If she was only HONEST with them, maybe things wouldn’t turn out so badly. Anyway, good things did happen, like ZU! Also, Ruby’s on/off/on/off/on again/sort of off phases with Liam. I was seriously dizzy. Also, confused because it looked like Cole really fancied her, and then she’d make and break and make up again with Liam. and Then CLANCY! I honestly thought him and Ruby had a connection…ya know? Despite him being a stone cold bastard. Karma bites, don’t it?
The massive shit show that was Ruby doing her whole heroic thing was terrifying and the whole time I thought for sure she wouldn’t survive. I mean, I knew evidently she would, but you never know? It wouldn’t be the first time a main character had been killed off in YA. (Ehem) Anyway. PHEW!
By the time everything calmed down and I wasn’t biting my nails down to the core any more, I actually didn’t want the series to end. I know, it’s annoying when that happens. Basically, the pacing in this book wasn’t brilliant and I would have probably rated it lower if it weren’t for the last quarter that just made up for it all. Especially considering how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Never Fade. But hey ho, no worries. I’m now considering buying the collection of novellas ( called Through The Dark) but it’s expencive and I’m on a restricted book buying diet. Sigh.
SO there you have it. I tell you what, when I moved on to my next book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this series and being all book hangover-y and wishing I could rewind the clock to read it fresh again. UGH. I need a time turner!
If you haven’t already picked up this series, you really need to! it’s beyond brilliant (yeah yeah I know, but my thoughts don’t mean it isn’t so) and Alexandra Bracken is a goddess.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless
Yah, so that’s it. I don’t think I’m gonna survive this. Or this wait. It comes out in October! Dammit! I failed at getting a copy at YALLWEST and I failed at getting a copy from RockTheBoat publishers. Sigh. I had preordered from Amazon UK…and everything was going well until I first got an email a few weeks ago about how the date had been moved to November. Okay, fine. But then I got another email a couple days ago on how the order had been cancelled because the book had become UNAVAILABLE?! WTF?!
They said the paperback is available to preorder. Uh…no I’m good thanks. Any other book, yeah, sure. But the covers for the HB in this series are phenomenal!
So, I decided to preorder from Amazon USA. I’d had to get the HB of Illuminae from there in the end anyway, and despite the RIDICULOUS cost, at least I get it. Y’know? Better safe than sorry…or whatever. Ugh. Amazon, you piece of— amazingness. lol
Are you excited for this book? I got sent a sampler of it, and I love it…all 23 pages of it. >_< But no really, I’m so beyond excited for this, you have no idea. I’m sad it’s not from the same POVs as Illuminae, but I’ll be okay as long as they’re in it. 🙂
Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.
In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.
Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.
Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. . . .
This one surprised me. I got the paperback not long after it was released, excited to read it. But either I wasn’t in the mood or something about the writing didn’t hook me, I stopped. I then tried the audiobook, and loved the narrator! I had high hopes, and those hopes didn’t let me down. Ben Allen narrates Ink and Bone, and wow, does he make the characters come alive or what!? All the characters have their own individual voices, accents and all, and I was hooked line and sinker. I became so engrossed with Jess, and his experience with the Library.
The idea that the Great Library controls everything related to books, and having originals is seen as illegal and people can only read Blanks (which from what I can gather are just copies of the original?). There’s a whole black market system going on in the background and everything. It’s fascinating.
The great (yet somehow confusing) understanding is that if I’d just read the paperback, I wouldn’t have known the accents these characters had. Especially Scholar Wolfe. Who knew he’d be Scottish?
And those that started out as complete assholes, turned out to be decent human beings – except the owners of the Library. Who knew they’d be the villains? It’s amazing.
Jess was a very easy character to like, but that didn’t mean he was a simple person with no flaws. No, he had a lot of challenges to face and it was heartbreaking some of the things he had to go through, the secrets he had to keep and the people he had to lose. It’s amazing how much war and sacrifice goes into this story and it’s quite shocking, some of it, when I was listening and covering my mouth in horror.
Besides Jess, and Morgan – I was shipping Jess and Morgan so hard! – my favourites have to be Thomas – though I wasn’t sure about him at first – and Khalila (Probably spelling that wrong…oops). I mean, in a way, I came to care about all of them.
One thing I had trouble figuring out though was whether this was set in a fantasy future, or an AU past time…either way, it’s one hell of a ride. I need book 2 but I’m concerned there won’t be the same narrator 🙁 I have a hard time picking decent narrators because of their voices. >_<
Anyway, if you haven’t read this, I implore you to do so!
Good day, all. Here’s another TTT going and this one is about 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads). This challenge is set by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish .
I’ll do this in order or how I read them. From most recent to furthest…if that makes sense? Sigh.
1: Angels Twice Descending(Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #10) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – I mentioned this in my last post. I forgot to put the rating, though. I suck at this sometimes. Ha! I loved this final installment in the novellas. It was a wonderful ending to Simon’s time at Shadowhunter Academy.
2: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – Again, this one was one of my faves from the novellas. Brilliant. I miss them already. Sigh.
3: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I adored this book. I didn’t even think I would when I first got it from NG and then later got it from the library. I read it so quick and it was so sweet and sad and everything. I love when books surprise me like that.
4: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – I guess I was on a contemporary streak at the time and I read this and loved it. Such a simple premise but so heartfelt and sad and happy and romantic…I love Jennifer’s books. Well, most of them. I’ve read 3 of them and they’ve been great.
5: Girl of Nightmares(Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake – I read the first of this duo a couple years ago, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get to this,but it was a joy to read and so pleasantly creepy.
6: All Wrapped Up(Geek Girl, #1.5) by Holly Smale – Such a short novella but so so enjoyable. I wanted more. I can’t wait for Head Over Heels to come out in PB.
7: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – What can I say about this that hasn’t been said by many people already? I LOVED this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 2, Gemina. It will surely be as mindblowing as Illuminae was. I might reread it soon, too.
8: You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – I actually got the audiobook of this and it was so much, so so much fun. She has a very quirky, interesting way of talking and brought this book to life in a way I wasn’t expecting. It took me a few days to get through it, but I found myself so saddened and inspired by what went on in her life so far. She’s brilliant!
9: Sapphire Blue(Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kierstin Gier – The sequel to Ruby Red was just as great as I’d hoped. I love time travel stories and this didn’t disappoint, though there were characters that bugged me, but not in any unnatural way. Mostly I guessed they were meant to be annoying.
10: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I was pleasantly surprised by this. Sure, there were moments that made me wonder why I’d rated it so high, but the overall story got me like WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. You should all go and read this.
And so that’s it. I mean, I have loads more where that came from, because I seem to rate many books 5 stars. That’s just because if I have read it in a day or 2, or it left an imprint on my heart, then I loved it and it deserves a great score! 😀
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you rated them! I’d love to know.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s task is to list Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. There are a number of books I’ve read over the years that I just don’t talk about because, well, I just don’t know.
So most of these are actually book series, so I’m counting each one as a single book because otherwise we’d be here forever, ‘kay?
In no particular order.
1) The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan: Many years ago, during my reign of reading about vampires and such, I came across a series (actually, I came across the film first, but that’s beside the point) called the Darren Shan saga. After seeing The Vampire’s Assistant movie (which I loved! I don’t know why it got slated so much. Sure, it wasn’t like the books, but at least the script was good! And oh yes, JOSH HUTCHERSON was in it! Not to mention the cute guy who played Darren – Chris Massoglia!) I decided to pick up the books and that was when my obsession with all things Darren Shan began. I haven’t read them in a while, because since I took up blogging and got more immersed in the book world, I’ve had other things to concentrate on BUT I fell in love with the Darren Shan world and I went to all the signings/events the author did locally (and some not so locally) and it remains to this day one of my all time favourite series.
2) Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter: The Gallagher Girls series was one of the first proper teen contemporaries I ever got into. The whole spy school thing was new to me and I loved it, more because, although they were younger at the beginning of the series, it wasn’t too complicated or high strung as a lot of contemps can be on occasion. Cammie Morgan was, despite being the daughter of the headmistress and a very good spy, was also very relatable. To me, at least. She excelled at blending in, disappearing into the background and that made it easy to snoop around the school, finding secret doors and hideaways when no one was looking. I admired that about her. Not to mention she was funny. There’s also bits of romance, too. The series has everything, really.
3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I need to reread this. It would be my third time. I could probably reread this over and over and over and over and over…and over again, because it will never get old or boring or stop being the romantic beast it really is. I don’t know what else to say other than I love it. 🙂
4) Vampire Queen series by Rebecca Maizel: Not your usual vampire story. There was a romance, yeah, but it never felt like the sole focus. This was one series that I thought was going to end at 2. And then a couple years later…there’s a 3rd book. It’s such a well written story without all the love triangles or cheesy lines that a lot of vampire novels have, or had, because they seem to be dwindling down in quantity these days.
5) The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver: Again, a series I read a few years ago and keep meaning to reread. This series was different in the sense that there weren’t any vampires, but there were plenty of demons. When Riley Blackthorne’s father dies, she has more to worry about than just ordinary life, making sure she has a roof over her head. She goes on a vengeance mission to find the demon that killed him. I mean, damn girl. She really kicks ass. Also, this isn’t just a demon story. There’s a whole war with Heaven and Hell, and Riley is the one to tip the balance, and it’s like holy crap! I miss this series and I implore you to try it! It’s like…Supernatural, except the lead is a teenage girl. 🙂 Oh, and there’s Beck. He’s lush! 😀
6) Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: Hey now, don’t go rolling your eyes! This series is great and nothing anyone can say will change my mind. It’s been a while, but I still love it. I have read Hush Hush (the first book) maybe 3 times? I think so. Sure, it has its predictable moments (well, it would when you reread it but..) and it’s not entirely the best written, BUT It’s got great characters, and PATCH! NORA! SCOTT! I mean, how can you not love this? *taps mic* Hello? Is this thing on?
7) Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent: I love love love this series and I fully intend on rereading them soon. I will put aside a whole month just to reread all these series, I’m telling you. It kind of makes me sad that I haven’t found another series like this since. Also, Banshees! Ghosts! Hot guys and hot girls, intrigue, and danger…everything I love in a book. Eh eh!
8) Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy was one of those series I read during my ‘Twilight’ years, and though it has been a while, I remember how much I loved them. I have reread the first book multiple times and Bloodlines…how can I not devote numerous hearts to that series? Adrian. Forever my true love. (Yes, Will, you’re my love as well! Herondales! pssh)
9) Evernight series by Claudia Grey: Remember back in the good old days when there were all these amazing book series out and they were just truly awesome? ME TOO! Man, I miss those days. Yeah, sure, there have been brilliant series SINCE, but none that really match up to them. All the good series seem to have ended in 2013/early 2014, with the exception to one or two. But these days it’s all hit and miss. Evernight was one of my favourite, and it will always be. Boarding school? check! Gothic feel to it? Check! `Charming guys? CHECK! Kick ass lead? double check. And then you have the ghosts, ghouls, vampires, all sorts just roaming around ready to kill you at a seconds notice. I devoured this series and again: MUST. REREAD. Dammit!
10) Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This book was one that got me into the whole sci-fi range, I’m pretty sure. See, at first you think it’s just about a girl who ends up in a mental hospital because of issues, but then you realise no…wait…there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s not just about her, it’s actually more about her therapist, or the guy claiming to be, anyway. Also, the whole synesthesia thing is REAL, it’s not like the author made it up, which is what appealed to me, it got me interested in how it works. It drew me in and didn’t spit me out until it had done with me. I love this book. I LOVE IT! And then we had to wait forever for a sequel and I loved that. There’s plenty of mystery, too, which just added the icing. 🙂
So there you have it. This has made me so nostalgic and longing to reread them all. Dammit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and maybe got some new books to put on your TBR? 😛 Tell me what books you haven’t thought about/talked about in a while?