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Goodreads.com Description: “From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival. A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.”

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Scott Sigler’s Alive. It was like a combination of Survivor, Twilight Zone and Star Trek. It was a well-written tale with very interesting characters.

The protagonist, Em Savage, reminded me a lot of Katniss from “The Hunger Games”. She was tough and determined. When she was afraid she fought hard to not let anyone know. She had this incredible sense of right and wrong which prevailed throughout the book. Another character I enjoyed (and would like to learn more about) was O’Malley. He was Em’s quiet companion. He was a boy trapped in a man’s body. He wanted to be brave but really didn’t know how. Sigler made it clear which characters you were not supposed to like–Yong and Aramovsky. They were antagonists with nothing redeemable about them.

Sigler weaved an interesting plot around a cast of predominately children. I have to admit, though, by the time I got to Part Four I was just as tired as the characters on their endless journey. The story wasn’t boring. I was just waiting for something else to happen. Part Four contained suspense and some much needed answers.

Alive reminded me of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” as well. There are symbols and alliances to them. Unfortunately, by the end of the book we don’t know a whole lot about the meanings behind the symbols. I got the feeling that there might be some hierarchy involved and Em might be the key.

I encourage readers to pick up a copy of Alive when it comes out July 14. It is the first book in a planned series. Sigler has a lot more in store for this cast of kids.

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Help Build A Library

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone! I want to take a moment to talk about charity and books.

Many of us have the ability to pick up our fave reads at our local library. Imagine not having one. Without a library, your only options are buying a book (which can be pricey) or borrowing from a friend.

No child should be without a book. After all, books are an escape from harsh reality for a lot of people. For others, it allows a journey to lands we may never visit. Without readers, we lose our pool of aspiring writers.

Right now, you have the power to help a group if children make friends with books. Help a school in South Africa build its library! A good friend of mine, author Carlyle Labuschagne, is building a library in her hometown. She’s in need of new and gently used books!

This link will give you info about the project and a flyer.
https://lnkd.in/e8Qy4Ma

Share this worthwhile project with anyone you know who can help. Thank you for helping in a worthwhile cause.

It also makes a great project for educators looking for a service project for their classes.

Goodreads.com Description: “Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels. As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.”

This book was originally reviewed by me on Goodreads.com in December 2014.

Lauren Oliver’s final book in the Delirium series was an exciting tale with interesting characters and plenty of action.

This time we get to learn about what happened to Hana after her procedure. Fortunately for her, the ‘cure’ didn’t completely work. Each of her chapters has Hana struggling between her old adventurous self and a new muffled, not really happy person. This Hana suffers from an overwhelming guilt that has her doing risky things for a cured. Oliver gives us a bit of a surprise when we find out why she feels so guilty and how it relates to Lena’s escape.

We get a bit of a plot twist with the arrival of Alex (he returned in book two). Now, we have two boys, Julian and Alex, in love with Lena. Unfortunately, she loves them for different reasons. And, to add a little more drama Oliver gives us an attractive distraction for Alex by the name of Coral. Fortunately, these obvious relationships do not take away from the overall action of the story.

I was delighted to read about a more mature Lena. She has officially joined the Resistance and they are fighting to give people a choice. When her ragamuffin group catches up with a large group of Invalids I immediately pictured images of Woodstock–hordes of people, make shift facilities, poor sleeping arrangements. Oliver doesn’t skimp on the details here at all. The reader gets the full effect. Not only could I visualize the scene, but, I could imagine what it must have smelled like. I could even feel the anger that many of the Invalids, now called homesteaders by those who lived in The Wilds, displayed. How could they not be angry? They were forced to live like animals. They went days without food, proper shelter and even proper hygiene. And, they had people who wanted them dead just because they chose to have emotion.

I really loved the characters in this trilogy. They actually got stronger with each installment. In Requiem we meet Pippa, a strong leader who was a friend of Raven. This is a character that is likable from the very beginning. She had heart and spoke honestly. I wish there had been more time in the story to learn more about her. Writers know that all stories must have good antagonists as well as protagonists. Oliver delivers with Fred Hargrove, Hana’s pair. The more I learned about him the more I disliked him. There was nothing redeemable about a character who could get rid of his father and plot to permanently eradicate the Invalids. Oliver even provides a glimpse of him as a kid. Let me just say that the folks at PETA would hate him too.

The end of the book reminded me of the destruction of the Berlin Wall. As climatic as that event was, the end of Requiem doesn’t compare. It was an okay ending that left me wanting more details. What happens with Hana? Did Fred get his just reward? Oliver does hint, however, at a future for Alex and Lena. And, we get the idea that the demise of the wall is a new beginning.

Fortunately, Oliver does follow Requiem with a few short stories about Alex, Hana, Annabelle (Lena’s mom) and Raven. I thoroughly enjoyed the one about Alex, included at the end of the book. It helped put a little closure on his tale. I’m optimistic that the other tales will do the same.

Although I was a bit disappointed with the end of Requiem, I still recommend the book and the series. You’ll enjoy the story and the characters. I look forward to reading more from Oliver.

RSW Update: Week 4

Posted: June 29, 2015 in Writing
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Welcome to WEEK 4 of Ready. Set. WRITE! What is RSW? It’s a summer long writing intensive through which writers write/revise/plan, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. On Mondays, I will share my goals and update you on my progress.

1. So, how did I do last week? My posted goals:

  • Create a year long writing calendar (June 2015 – June 2016) and schedule the steps I need to do to get my WIP ready for publication.
  • Plot second book in my WIP trilogy.
  • Make changes to first three chapters of WIP required.

I met ALL my goals!!

The calendar was the hardest thing. I still need to put dates on some things, but I have something to work towards for the next two months.

2. THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

Make changes to chapters 4 – 6 of WIP required.

Work on my short story for upcoming anthology (this is a hush-hush project).

Create a plot board for second book in trilogy.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

The plot thickens sums up my work last week. I discovered the relationship between the protagonist and love interest was too shallow. So, I gave them a plausible history. I also gave the protagonist another obstacle to overcome. I think it will help make the story more believable.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:

Staying focused! I really wanted to just sit back and do nothing.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP:

I love that it still speaks to me (don’t judge). The characters still give me input and direction. It’s their story after all.

That’s it for now. Got to work on those new goals!

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Goodreads.com Description: “’In a matter of minutes on a Friday night, I lost my school, my identity, the security of my first love, the personality of my sweet fearless brother, my best friend, my town, everything as I knew it. Everything changed.’  ‘Minutes – that’s all it takes to change your entire life. How do you deal with that?’ For high school senior Jules Blacklin surviving the storm is only the beginning. Faced with the new reality of her life, she must find a way to rise From The Wreckage and answer the question – how do you get back to normal, when everything that was normal is gone?”

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Goodreads.com Description: “The curse of the Cortez family followed Mira Cortez and a decision needed to be made; it wasn’t if she will go but a matter of when. Mira won’t sit by and wait while her mate is sent on a mission that could end him and their chance to break her family’s curse. She must join her mate and use her hidden ability to protect him and their way of life, before they all become Endangered. The family of wereleopards must battle for their lives against their greatest enemy… their own family. With the odds against them, everything depends on The Cortez Quintuplets. Combine they’re a force to be reckoned with but when Rozar Cortez meets her mate, everything changes. With all on the line, she must choose: continue to fight with her family and use her curse ability or take a chance on love even if he’s not what he seems. Will Rozar follow her heart or will she face being trapped by the Grip of Mortality? ”

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Goodreads.com Description: ““Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of who I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance.” It starts in her chest. The change Calliope doesn’t see coming. It pulses like a second heartbeat, urging her to give in to the need to be in the depths of the forest. She’s compelled to fight the pull, but the more she denies it the stronger it becomes until she finally surrenders and is pulled into a secret world of enchantment. Kai and Declan need her to accept what she is, but with everything left unsaid, acceptance may be the least of their worries. Knowing their fate lies in her hands, they’ll stop at nothing to protect and prepare her for what lies ahead. Will Calliope be able to accept what Kai and Declan reveal or will her desire to be normal keep her from acknowledging her true destiny?”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Abby Sellers knows what she wants. Enduring eighteen years in the shadow of her identical twin sister, Annika, she wants a fresh start. A chance to create her own life, separate from her conniving, deceptive twin. Surprising both her family and friends, Abby ditches her plans for college and enrolls at a new school instead. There, she encounters West Montgomery, a sexy fellow student who immediately disarms her with his good looks and charm. West takes a liking to Abby and she suddenly finds herself walking a thin line, fabricating a fictional life created not by lies but by omission. She soon discovers West has secrets of his own, secrets that he’s not altogether interested in sharing. Out from under the shadow of her twin, Abby’s life—and her relationship with West—blossoms. When Abby leaves town one weekend, something unthinkable happens and her relationship with West is shattered. Reeling from the discovery, Abby fears all of her plans have backfired and she’s created a mess for both of them, a mess that no one can clean up. But West isn’t willing to let her go that easily. When he forces her to confront secrets they’ve both been hiding, Abby must decide more than if she’s willing to forgive and forget. She must also decide just what kind of life she wants…and who she wants to live it with.”

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Goodreads.com Description: “You think seeing ghosts is weird? Tell me something I don’t know. My childhood best friend Jeremy, happens to be a ghost. Besides that, my life is totally normal. Well except that my dad went missing when I was six. But my mom makes it work. And I have annoying brother. See, normal? So why does my life feel like a train wreck waiting to happen… oh yeah because now Jeremy is also missing. Fate intervenes when Hugh, with his stunning golden eyes and similar dark hair, starts taking an interest in me. He divulges that he also shares my little “gift” of seeing the dead. Should I be freaked out? Yes. But am I? Okay, but only a little bit. Senior year is hard enough as it is, but clearly I like a challenge.”

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 Goodreads.com Description: “Gabby’s brain is like a human fish finder. It comes  in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a  bit too much. It’s lonely being different, but she’s adapted to it. Really. She just  wishes she knew why she is different, though. In her search for answers, she  discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their  culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He’s unkempt, prone to  mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his. It’s   going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away, and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior. Judgement has begun…”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend. The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead. Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good. ***Entangled is a young adult paranormal fantasy romance suitable for ages 15 and up.***”

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 Goodreads.com Description: “If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky  wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she  graduates wouldn’t hurt either. Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything.  Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as  a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to  her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before  she has to finish the job… by hand. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the  undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. (Mature YA, new adult series that becomes progressively more mature. Underage drinking, sexual situations, mild language and blood sucking.)”

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Goodreads.com Description: “When 21-year-old Nolan Bishop meets a seductive woman named Eva at a dark club in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, little does he know his soul will be gone as soon as she is. Realizing she’s taken something from him, he finds out he has a very limited time to destroy her before he turns into something sinister and inhuman. In a race against all that is holy, Nolan has to find Eva and get his soul back while trying not to fall in love with Charity, the twin sister of the succubus who took his soul – all in 7 days.”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift. In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants. Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her. ”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Teens are disappearing in a small river town in southern Ohio as Keira Ryan begins her freshman year. Kidnappings aside, her worries mount as she crushes on an older guy, her best friend starts dating a spoiled cheerleader, and the parents that abandoned her at birth arrive at her doorstep. And, oh yeah, she’s a tooth fairy destined to kick some butt and bring about the end of a royal line of vicious, blood-sucking tyrants. Over the years, humans have pieced together sightings and assumptions to create the myth of the tooth fairy. As it turns out, they were pretty much wrong. ”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…
Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.”

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If you enjoy reading YA, there are some books that you definitely need to include on your summer reading list:

Goodreads.com Description: “Avicenna Crowe’s mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they’re not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid. But Avicenna has inherited her mother’s gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne’s disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city’s dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger. Pulse-racing and terrifyingly real, The Astrologer’s Daughter is a stunning, original novel. It will test your belief in destiny and the endurance of love.”

Goodreads.com Description: “Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. ”

Goodreads.com Description: “Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the eve of World War II, Mischief and Malice is a brand new work from an iconic figure in young adult literature. Following the death of her Aunt Eveline, fourteen-year old Addie—who we first met in Berthe Amoss’s classic Secret Lives—is now living with her Aunt Tooise, Uncle Henry, and her longtime rival cousin, Sandra Lee. A new family has just moved into Addie’s former house, including a young girl who is just Addie’s age. Meanwhile, Louis, the father of Tom, Addie’s lifelong neighbor and best friend, suddenly returns after having disappeared when Tom was a baby. Between school dances, organizing a Christmas play, fretting about her hair, and a blossoming romance with Tom, Addie stumbles upon a mystery buried in the Great Catch All, an ancient giant armoire filled with heirlooms of her family’s past, which holds a devastating secret that could destroy Louis and Tom’s lives. Once again, Berthe Amoss has created an indelible portrait of a young girl coming of age in prewar New Orleans.”

Goodreads.com Description: “Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives. Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one? Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much? Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love. Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.”

Goodreads.com Description: “Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?”

Goodreads.com Description: “By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature. It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe. But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe. For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without. Hilary T. Smith’s second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.”

Goodreads.com Description: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama. What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari’s boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember. Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.”

Goodreads.com Description: “Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends. After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories. Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed. Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again. Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.”

Happy Reading!

This is a great inspirational piece. Stand up for what you write. Be proud.

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Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone

There are a lot of articles and reports out there giving various and often conflicting figures about the Indie book market. All seem to agree, however, that the percentage of Indie writers and publishers is huge and growing. You only have to read a few Indie books to realise there is some seriously good stuff out there and marvel at the ingenuity and diversity of the imaginations from which they were born.

Yet there is still a stigma attached to independently published work. There are those, it is true, who see it only as a way to make a fast buck and churn out little more than rubbish. These are not writers in my opinion and it is not of their books I speak, they are little more than opportunists; marketeers who, seeing a potentially lucrative product churn out a cheap imitation that…

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Man, this week flew by! Time for this week’s book trailer.

I met this wonderful lady at UtopYA Con. If you haven’t read this one, check it out this weekend!

Goodreads.com Description: “After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale—a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious pastreveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand. Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future. The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both? This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.”

This is the first book in a trilogy:

   

This lady is fabulous!      

I totally agree with her thoughts. Janet Wallace has created an awesome event. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

Words will never fully be able to describe how rich I feel. Being an author is rewarding in so many ways. The best part about it, for me, is the people who I get to meet, the people who I call my friends. I spend three days with them a year on average. We attempt to cram a years worth of fun into those three SHORT days.

I’ve now been home from Nashville for 6 days and I’m still not sure that I’m fully recovered from my trip. My brain has been working overtime since the moment I got in my car to make the 8 hours drive. So many idea have come to me. Some good, a few great and some that have been dismissed already. I’ve spent countless hours researching and writing since I’ve been home. It’s how I process everything.

BUT I’m ready to do it all over…

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Goodreads.com Description: “I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.”

This review was originally posted on Goodreads.com in December 2014.

Lauren Oliver’s Pandemonium delivered—intriguing story, better character development and finally, some action!

Oliver continues the story of Lena, the main character from Delirium who was infected by deliria. This book picks up right where the first one left off. I loved how Oliver crafted the story. Instead of just giving us a blow by blow detailing we get a flash back – flash forward technique. The flash backs are labeled as “Then”. In those chapters we learn what happened to Lena immediately after entering The Wilds. The flash forward chapters, labeled as “Now”, follow Lena’s life six to eight months after entering The Wilds. This technique, in my opinion, moved the story along. I was always intrigued to either find out what had happened or what was about to happen.

In Pandemonium you will want to know everything that happens with Lena. This time she is stronger, bolder and a little wiser. She’s no longer the naive little girl waiting for her Procedure. Now she abhors it and is fighting to eliminate it from society. Finally!

After living in The Wilds, Lena has learned some valuable skills which she’ll use to save a new character, Julian. He is totally likable from his first introduction. He is described as someone you should probably pity, but, amazingly you don’t. Instead you get the feeling that there is a lot more to him just under the surface.

But, Julian isn’t the only character that you’ll like right away. Oliver brings a new batch of tough Invalids that you’ll admire. They’ve all been through hell and back but are thriving in The Wilds. Even their names are interesting: Raven, Tank, Hunter, Bram.

Once again, Oliver gives great descriptions. The book is vivid with details about The Wilds and even the characters. I loved it!

A word of warning…don’t read this one without having the last book in the trilogy handy! Oliver gives a serious cliffhanger in Pandemonium.

It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this installment!