Category: Contemporary


Giveaway Time: Score a signed copy of Eleanor & Park!!! #YA #International #Giveaway #Books

Posted 25 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fun, Giveaways, YA / 0 Comments

It’s giveaway time!!

I realise since I’ve had my blog for quite some time now, that I’ve yet to actually do a giveaway. You’ve all been so nice and welcoming that you  deserve SOMETHING!

It’s only small, but here goes:

I’m giving away a signed copy of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. The giveaway lasts for a week starting today, through to next Monday 1st September.

Enter below! 

And good luck!

EDIT: SO IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS BECOMING A BIT OF A FAIL. SO WITH THAT IN MIND, I SAY FUCK THE POSTAGE, I’M MAKING IT INTERNATIONAL. GO FOR IT. THERE IS ONLY ONE COPY, SO CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND MAKE WISHES. 🙂

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Congratulations to Isabella on winning this signed copy of Eleanor and Park. 🙂

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My #Top5 To Read #YA #Supernatural #Dystopian #Contemporary #GottaReadThese

Posted 22 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Mature, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Uncategorized, YA / 0 Comments

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Are you like me and have a pile of books ready to be read but you just don’t know where to start?

I feel your pain.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but mostly new books. And It’s so hard to choose out of the pile I have. *counts all 60 odd books* Yeah, it’s becoming a library in here. 

So I thought I’d write up a list of the top 5 books I want to read from my pile.

So here goes (in no particular order):

1)Ruins by Dan Wells. The third and final book in the Partials Sequence (series?) Sci-fi at its best, and also Dystopian…so I love the series. Very detailed and in-depth. I started it a month or so ago and although I was struggling, I was also distracted by shiny new books released that time. 

2) Enders by Lissa Price. I read the first, Starters, a couple of years ago, and loved it! It was definitely something new to my pile and I waited a long time to get Enders. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and still haven’t gotten around to it. So definitely…I will get to it before September.

3)Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – Another one I started a year ago and still haven’t finished (but really want to!).  From what I HAVE read, it’s good. And witches…I mean…I love witches. 

4) Dare You To  by Katie McGarry – yet another half read book that I keep putting down. I have nothing against this besides that it’s heavy and these teenagers just keep having problems and it makes me want to slap them upside the head…but in a good way. Like a teddy slap. The kind that doesn’t hurt. lol I will finish it. It’s on my pile to “finish”

And lastly, but definitely not leastly (?):

5) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – I started this a couple months ago. I was eager to buy it and I got into it and…then something new came out. Can’t remember what. Something about it wasn’t hooking me as much as The Immortal Rules did. I declare I will read it, though! 

I’ll check in, tell you how far I got. This can be our weekly Friday post. It keeps me occupied, anyhow. 🙂

 Wish me luck.

-Kat

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Review: 3.5 stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 21 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

three-half-stars

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. 
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. 
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

 

Review:

I wasn’t expecting to not enjoy this as much as I’d hoped I would. The previous books had been 5 stars, brilliant and romantic. But this left me somewhat deflated and…annoyed.

Isla can only be described as an obsessed stalker when it comes to Josh. Ever since her first year at the School of America in Paris (which is…in France) she’s been infatuated with him. He barely knew she existed, or so she thought.

Upon stumbling into a cafe in Manhattan where Josh is sitting quietly, his pen sketching away idly, Isla babbles on and on, drugged up on painkillers. It is kinda funny.

Months later, though, she hasn’t seen or heard from him and she has her best friend Kurt do most of the spying because she’s too much of a wimp to look herself.

I actually didn’t mind Kurt. Yeah he had his problems, but in honest, he was harmless. A bit too truthful, maybe. Blunt, yes. But he cared for Isla, and not in the whole romance way. Although there were times I was expecting him to declare his love. I think that’s just from reading too many love triangle centred books.

So when Josh actually enters Isla’s life, Kurt’s thrown out of the picture and I feel so bad for him because he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a strong believer in that if you get a boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, you shouldn’t just ditch your friends (however unintentional) just because “you’re in loooove” I mean, really. NO!

The thing that really bothered me in this book, is how quickly Josh and Isla’s relationship moved on and it was a bit too eye-rollingly annoying. In the past two books, sure the girls/guys have liked each other from the start, but nothing has really happened until near the end because in that way, they can grow closer, and we (the reader) can understand them as people instead of them being thrown together and it’s just like those ‘insta-love’ stories. I have no time to process anything when that happens. Instead, I end up disliking Isla because she’s whiny, paranoid, and thinks so little of herself. And I guess in a tiny way, she reminds me of me. Minus the romance.

She was just too…much. And Josh was…a little over the top. Obsessive. It always makes me laugh when they say “I’ve been in love with you since I first saw you” REALLY? I hate to say this but…that’s SO cliche.

Okay, negatives aside, there were some moments that I liked and didn’t feel like I wanted to slap Isla and Josh over the head with a piano. The past characters showing up was probably my favourite. Later in the book than I’d anticipated, but it never fails to get me all excited. I miss the rest of them so much. And the little surprise that happened…aww. Although I have my thoughts, I just can’t say them without spoiling what happened.

The writing as always throughout this book reads just as effortlessly as the past books. How easily it is to slip into someone’s world just fascinates me.

Isla made a lot of mistakes and she was annoying (to me) but  in a way, she came out of it stronger. I’ll miss these characters that have left an imprint on my heart and I will probably reread them at some point, just to refresh the memories.

Over all, not a bad read. But sadly it wasn’t up there with the others. I guess, like with a lot of Calliope’s skating, 3 times in a row is not always guaranteed.

Kat

three-half-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Geek Girl by Holly Smale #YA #Contemporary #Funny @HolSmale

Posted 17 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. 

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

 

 

Disclaimer: Maybe a few tiny spoilers but nothing that takes away from the story. I hope. 

Review:

It’s been  a while since I’ve read anything so funny it’s left me in stitches. (Okay, not LITERALLY!) And Geek Girl is definitely one of those books that I found hilarious.

Harriet Manners is a GEEK. Capital letters and everything. She knows more than most people in her school, except, perhaps, her stalker Toby. She’s unpopular, but has a best friend: Natalie. Who in my opinion, is rather stuck up. I couldn’t quite feel any connection to her. But Harriet…yeah that girl is one of a kind. I thought she was humble, honest, and funny as hell! Even when she wasn’t trying to be. In a way, I also felt sad for her because I also know what it’s like to not fit in, to be picked on for being different. Although not because I was smart. I wish!

Toby annoyed me for the most part, but like with Nat, I didn’t dislike him so much toward the end. Still, there was no connection for me. I could take or leave him. In a way, I felt that way with nearly all of the characters. Which is why I dropped a star. If I was to rate this book based solely off humour, It’d be a 5 all the way.

Harriet’s dad was just…hilarious. In a way, more a caricature of a “cool” parent. He was over the top, but also he could be a down to earth father. He was almost like a child in parts, being overly excited about the modelling opportunity in which Harriet was a part of. I couldn’t stop cackling with laughter every time he said something and Harriet’s inner monologue wanted to kill him or kick him out of the taxi. I swear…I was in hysterics. Annabel, Harriet’s stepmother, was hard to get used to at first, but she’s someone that shines near the end and I came around to liking her.

There’s another character which Harriet calls “Lion boy” whose real name is Nick. He appears throughout and works as a model. Nice enough I guess, but again, I felt no…spark toward him. I’m not saying I have to fancy or love every character, but when it’s the supposed “love interest” although that is putting it mildly in this case, it’d be nice to feel something. Maybe he needed to be in this more, who knows?

On to another character I DID like, but whom wasn’t in it for more than a blink of an eye – Natalie’s mother. She was a special daisy, for sure. The microphone scene cracked me up. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it. If not, watch out.

Then there’s Alexa who I thought was the epitome of a bully without a real cause. It was typical secondary school and it took me back.

So in all, yes I loved this book, but not necessarily for character chemistry, but because it was simply funny, and easy to read. It flowed well, meaning I turned the pages smoothly and didn’t want to stop reading. I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon.

….Oh and I can’t forget Wilbur. A pure gem!

-Kat 😀

four-stars
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Review: 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins @NaturallySteph

Posted 14 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 2 Comments

five-stars

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

 

Review:

HOW DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE? a story by me.

So  I literally (well, twenty minutes ago) just finished this amazingly, well written, well romanced, really sweet book and I just have one thing to say: I’m done. I can’t continue anymore. How is it possible for fictional boys to get BETTER?!

I thought I had it all figured out and that there were at least some decent guys in the world, and not all the good ones were fictional, but then Cricket Bell came along and shoved them all out of the park!

But then there was Max, Lola’s boyfriend, who I liked at first. But then a side of him started to show and it was ugly. He wasn’t nice to Lindsay, Lola’s best friend, and he got jealous at any person in the Male category.

OH! I know this is supposed to be continued on from Anna and the French Kiss, but I was like “How is that possible? It’s different characters!” But then…St Clair appeared. And Anna. I tell ya, I freaked out. In a good way, of course. I was so happy to see them because I missed. They weren’t in lots  but it was just nice…y’know?

Cricket…Yes I’m going back to him, if you don’t mind. 🙂 I love him. Who can resist him? He actually reminds me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (If you haven’t read that, you so should! It’s hilarious and sweet.). Y’know, tall, skinny, nerdy…and adorable. He just kinda seemed similar. But that’s okay because I like them all. It’s so sad, though, how his story panned out and it wasn’t until the very end that anything was redeemed. His twin sister, Calliope (what an odd name!) is an extreme ice skater and is entering into the Olympics. The Bell family have constantly had to move locations because of her career, and Cricket has put most of his life on hold because he wants to support his sister. But then he falls for the girl next door and things turn bumpy.

It’s sods law, really. When you realise something but then when you’re ready to say anything, that other person has moved on. I was kicking myself (and Cricket!).

So without saying too much, I adored the chemistry between Lola and Cricket, and also…I liked her parents, who are two men. It was certainly a…different set up. I didn’t mind it, it was just odd to get used to. Andy and Nathan were interesting people, and Andy made me laugh sometimes. Nathan was very serious and strict when it came to Lola. Lola’s mother is out of the picture…for the most part. She’s a person who isn’t really in it enough to get a feel of her personality much, I didn’t think.

There was just nothing wrong with this story, and everything RIGHT.

I cannot wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After. No doubt that will leave me hopeless, too. I wish these characters were real. *sigh* If I could rate this a thousand stars, I would.

Kat

five-stars
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Review: 4 Stars to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars

 

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it. 

 

Review:

I’m on a contemporary kick lately, ever since I read Anna and the French Kiss. Not much seems to have lived up to it, but The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight definitely comes close.

I read this in one day. It was so sweet, and not what I was expecting at all. It’s funny, about 75% in I was like “I can guess what’s going to happen” but it never did…well…it did but not at the time I was expecting.

I had no idea, going in to this, what it would be like, and I was surprised. The writing style was so damned easy to handle and I found myself flying through this without caring so much that the story itself was slow. I thought it was going to be like the other Contemps I’ve read, but it was so different. Oliver and Hadley meet at the airport and they spend hours in the terminal and flying across the atlantic to London getting to know each other. Sparks seem to fly and it looks promising. But then when they arrive at Heathrow, they go their separate ways and Hadley doesn’t know if she’ll ever see him again. She just knows she must see him.

She has a wedding to go to – her dad’s – and rushes there, almost late, and she’s bridesmaid! So after the chaos of that scenario, she still can’t stop thinking of Oliver. And to be fair, neither can I. She knew he had something to go to in Paddington, and during photos, she escapes her father to travel half way across London (and she’s never been before, so it’s kind of funny) to find Oliver. When she does, she’s emotional and shocked because she realises it isn’t like she thought.

I got the predictability factor about this point of the book. But weirdly, nothing really happened until a chapter or two before the end, which both annoyed and also pleasantly surprised me. It was nice, because it made things more dramatic.

When it did end, I just wanted more. I felt it was just getting started and we see nothing of Oliver and Hadley’s relationship – or what is the start of one, even after 24 hrs of them meeting. It made me aww so much, though because as I said, it was a sweet and heartwarming story. I’m not sure if it helped my book hangover from before, but I certainly enjoyed it.

🙂

four-stars
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5 stars to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

 

 

 

Review:

I just..I just need a few minutes/hours/days/months/perhaps years to catch my breath. This book blew me away. I’m serious. I’m across the pond in Paris right now. (hahaha yeah right!) But I wish I was. I had this sudden urge to go there while reading this. It’s only a couple hours away. *sigh*

Right, back to the book. How many I LOVED THIS BOOK can I fit on this page? Not enough. Not. Enough.

I finished this in 2 days and yesterday I was suffering, horribly, with a book hangover. I was at a loss. What did I read next? I’m still in that funk and it’s the funk that keeps on giving. lol

Anna and Etienne.

I.

Can’t.

Form.

Words.

 

I had this book for months, having just casually picked this up at the shop, thinking “ah well, why not?” And I didn’t bother reading it straight away. And then I had a friend read it and she didn’t like it. So I didn’t read it. But another friend read it and loved it so I gave it a shot. I’m pretty sure I lost my heart in the process. I just…words cannot describe my love for this story, these characters. The writing was phenomenal, funny, sad, intense, heartbreaking (different from sad) and just all around Sweet! I aww’ed so much my jaw nearly stuck. haha

I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time and butterflies in my stomach. It’s bad when that happens, because I know that the book has to end and when it does I’ll be lost.

I am now in one of those Contemporary zones where I can’t seem to read anything besides contemp, but nothing seems to reach the epic level that is Stephanie Perkins. I’m even concerned about Lola and the Boy Next Door, because I fear it won’t be as good. Although I have heard it is. But you know when you get a book you adore so much you hug it after you’ve finished the last page…nothing else comes close to keeping you satisfied afterwards.

Etienne is the perfect…everything. Okay so I got a bit annoyed with Anna calling him beautiful all the time but I get that way with any book that has that in, so it’s not necessarily a new thing. The fact that, despite Anna’s obvious infatuation with Etienne, they became friends first. Not just rushed into anything. Yeah, we know he has a girlfriend, but that has never stopped anyone before, y’know.

He was kind, sweet, funny, romantic…just everything. And the best of friend, because he listened and he cared and he stuck up for Anna when others were mean to her. He had his problems, but who doesn’t? But I was glad they weren’t the usual issues that often appear in YA Contemporary these days.

Anna was funny as hell, and just a gem to read. She reminded me a little of myself the way she is with friends and not wanting to rock the boat and when she does she runs away. I know that feeling all too well.

I felt for her, hard, when she realised her feelings for Etienne but things weren’t going to plan. I’ve never been in that situation, but it hurt to read it. I was frustrated at Etienne because of how he was acting. And then you have Anna’s friends: Meredith, Rashmi, Josh..they were all fantastic. I thought their connections were special and I loved their interactions, even in the troubled times. It seemed so genuine and real. Anna’s friends back home were a bit hit and miss. I liked Bridge at first but I didn’t see enough of her to really paint a picture. The same with Matt.

The Paris setting was amazing and it took me back to when I visited years ago, but I’ve never done the touristy stuff and I long to now. To see Paris properly would be grand. Also, wouldn’t mind going to a boarding school and meeting a guy….*sighs dreamily*

 

So there ya go. I can’t recommend this book enough. It has taken over my thoughts, my being, my life. I heart it so much and I hope you do too.

five-stars
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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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PBA Release Event Blitz + Alloy Entertainment Press Release

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Release Day Event

 

Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with Amazon Publishing

 

First three books release today 

SEATTLE—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—July 29, 2014—Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

 

Today also marks the publication date for the imprint’s first three titles:

 

  • Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand, which follows Ven, the clone of a wealthy, 18-year-old named Raven. Imitations like Ven only leave the lab when their Authentics need them—to replace the dead, be an organ donor, or in Ven’s case, serve as bait when Raven’s life is threatened. It is Ven’s job to draw out Raven’s assailants, but she must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she has never met.

  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter, a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Ashley who sees her 23-year-old self when she looks in the mirror. Her older self has been through it all before, and helps Ashley survive torment from high school bullies, unrequited love for her best friend and a volatile relationship with her mom. But her older self also carries the scars of a terrible and imminent event in Ashley’s life that she’s powerless to stop.

  • Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, a sci-fi fantasy adventure set in the war-torn Dominion of Atalanta. For Aris, the fighting is worlds away from the safety of her seaside town until her boyfriend Calix is drafted into the military. When Aris herself is recruited to become a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping to be reunited with Calix. But what starts as mission driven by love turns into one of duty as Aris becomes a true soldier determined to save her Dominion…or die trying.

 Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

“One of our strengths is working with talented authors to create and develop properties that have mass entertainment appeal,” said Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “This program is an exciting extension of our business and will allow us to leverage Amazon’s ability to distribute to an incredibly diverse and broad readership.”

“Rebel Wing is the book of my heart. It’s a story I felt compelled to tell, both from the perspective of an Army wife and as someone who believes you can never have enough strong female characters in the world,” said author Tracy Banghart. “Being given the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented folks at Alloy to make it the best version of itself was an exciting and affirming process, and knowing that its distribution will be handled by Amazon—a company that has already made so much possible for me as an indie author—is pretty much the definition of win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

“Alloy has a tremendous track record developing stories, like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, that our customers love,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to promote these books from Alloy Entertainment with our Powered by Amazon program. It’s a great fit.”  

Authors who publish with Alloy Entertainment’s new digital-first imprint receive an advance and royalties paid on a monthly basis. Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

 

About Alloy Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films includeSisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.

 

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

 

 

 

 

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

Purchase on Amazon

 

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

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The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

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Author Info:

Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t ask you about.

Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com

 

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Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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3.5 stars to Panic by Lauren Oliver

Posted 21 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, YA / 0 Comments

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope

 

 

Review:

 

I got this book from the library, and damn…am I glad I did. Okay so despite the low rating, I really did enjoy this. But it took me a long time because it was quite a long book (or at least, at times it felt like it) and I had distracted myself with other books.

I’m still trying to figure out if this book had a point or if it was more for the ‘ride’ because the characters were interesting and the plot was different, but the moral? Was there a moral to the story? I’m not sure. Maybe ‘don’t play games’? lol Who knows.

So anyway, I have loved Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and thought I’d try out Panic. It was certainly different in terms of style and story, even language because there’s quite a bit of swearing. Not that I mind that. I couldn’t tell, though, if this was a dystopia or a contemporary. It was hard to place it.

Even in terms of it being young adult, I wasn’t sure, because of the language used. Despite that, Heather was one character I was hooked on.

Having just found out something that broke her heart, she rushes into joining the game Panic that is supposedly illegal, but a way for the teens in Carp to let loose, to celebrate the end of school. It’s kind of like a daring thing. You get challenges and then once it’s down to the last 4 they make each person have a different task, and trust me when I say some of the tasks were deadly. *shudders*  Some things go wrong and yet these teens are determined to keep going.

There are elements of romance, but not really. (That makes no sense!) There’s a lot of angst and some violence, but a lot of the story  focuses around desperation. Desperate to live, desperate to feel, desperate to prove to others their worth.

Mistakes are made and they learn lessons. I think at the end of it, though, it’s just about creating a new life for each other.

I listened to the second half of this book by audiobook that I borrowed and I have to say, that did help liven it up for me. The narrator added individual voices to the characters and gave them…a life. I mean, a lot of narrators read in mono-tone which bores me. And what was nice was her voice fitted the story. It wasn’t annoying. I would have rated this book more but that’s just it…I liked it But I didn’t think “OMG I LOVED THAT SO MUCH EEP I MUST REREAD” yknow? I didn’t get goosebumps, or cry, or feel attached to any of the characters, though they did grow on me. What I did like was how easy the writing style was and the voices, and generally being able to read it without struggling to understand.

So from me, this is a good book to definitely try out if you’re a fan of Lauren Oliver and/or you like stories that tell of troubled lives who want to experience more. That make sense? Good. No? Well read it,and you’ll understand.

Kat

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