CANARY’s Release Date is Here!!!!

31 07 2013

That’s right! Today Rachel Alpine’s debut novel CANARY is officially released! SQUEE! I have been looking forward to this book for a long time! And to celebrate the book’s official release, like the main character Kate, I will be sharing 5 of my very own Today’s Truths as well as a blurb about the wonderful book that is CANARY!

Canary About CANARY:

“Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.”

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Praise for CANARY:

“A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. CANARY is a testament to the power of hard-won truths.”
~Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE

“The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, CANARY is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions.”
~Jennifer Brown, author of THE HATE LIST

“In an engrossing, carefully unfolding drama, sophomore Kate Franklin adjusts to a new school, a powerful set of friends and a family that is falling apart…Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family. (Fiction. 14-18)”
~Kirkus

“Rachele Alpine’s CANARY sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains.”
~Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER

“Alpine’s Canary is a deeply-felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking.”
~Colleen Clayton, author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Rachel AlpineAbout Rachele:

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, coffee, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

Connect with Rachel Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Today's Truth

1. Today’s Truth: I paid a $11 library book fine.

2. Today’s Truth: I’ve decided to cut my hair shorter and color it purple.

3. Today’s Truth: I’m super excited to read CANARY.

4. Today’s Truth: I weighed myself and found I lost 3 pounds in the past 2 weeks.

5. Today’s Truth: I’m afraid that bad changes may be happening soon in my life.

And with that, I ask you all to check out CANARY by Rachel Alpine and wish her a wonderful release day!

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Book Blast: The Immortal Circus, Act Two

27 07 2013

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TheImmortalCircusActTwo_COVER “Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?.

The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.

Step right up…”

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about the author

Alex-Kahler

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.
In the past few years he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, drummed with Norse shamans, and even spent a few months as the assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, book one in his Cirque des Immortels series, is now available from 47North. ACT TWO will be released June 11, 2013.

MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, is set to be published October 28, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

Twitter | Immortal Circus Site | Personal Website

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2013 Author Blitz: Guest Post by C.C. Hunter

19 07 2013

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Hello everyone! Today I’ll be hosting a Guest Post courtesy of C.C. Hunter for the 2013 Summer Author Blitz hosted by Belle Whittington & Tabatha Perry.

Keep reading to find out how you could win one of C.C.’s Shadow Falls books!

cchunter_hatHere’s a little about C.C.: C.C. Hunter, a New York Times Bestseller, is an Alabama native, a multi-published writer, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. She currently hangs her hat in Texas and writes the USA Today best-selling young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls, published by St. Martin’s Press/Griffin. When she’s not writing her young adult novels she working on her humorous romantic suspense novels for Grand Central that she writes under her real name, Christie Craig. Learn more at http://www.CCHunterBooks.com or http://www.christie-craig.com.

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Della storms into my imagination, standing in the corridor of my mind. In these visual interviews, I always see her backlit a silhouette of sass. And being Della, a spirited vamp, she’s always postured with attitude. You know the pose I’m talking about, don’t you? One hand on her hip, shoulders tight, and her head held back just a bit.

“What do you want this time? I’ve already been here once,” she asks.

“I know, but there’s this blogger asking for a character interview.”

“Duh, I’m not your only character,” she spouts off. “Why don’t you pick on someone else?”

“Yeah, but…well, you’re kind of special. I guess I should tell you something.”

“Tell me what?” she demands as she moves all the way inside and plops down on the comfy sofa I keep in my brain to do these interviews. I see her eyes moving around the room of my brain, searching for clues of what I’m writing about. She gazes at an old family album, I wonder if she recognizes it. Her eyes shift and land on a picture of a brown haired, bright green-eyes guy on my bulletin board.

“Who’s that?” she asked.

“Just someone I’m conjuring up,” I tell her. “Look, you know Chosen was the last book in Kylie’s story.”

“Yeah. You’re going to abandon us. We know that.”

“I’m not abandoning you,” I insist.

“It feels like it,” she said. “We know you’ve sold another series about other teens that have nothing to do with everyone here.”

“I have, but…well…my editor asked me to write another two or three books about Shadow Falls first.”

“Seriously?” She starts wiggling on the sofa. As strong as Della is, there is still this underlying vulnerability in her personality. “What’s Kylie gonna do now?” She looks back at the picture of the guy hanging on the wall. “Is he evil? I sense he might be evil. He…he looks a little familiar. Kylie could take him on easily.”

I ignore the question about the new guy. She’ll learn all about him soon enough. “Well, the thing is, this next book isn’t centered around Kylie.”

“What do you mean?” She sits up and rests her palms on her knees.

“Well, this one is gonna be someone else’s point of view. It will be Shadow Falls and all, but the narrator of the story won’t be Kylie.”

“You’re going to go into Burnett’s point of view?”

“No, this is young adult so the person has to be a young adult.” I paused. “It’s you Della, I’m going to write the books about you now.”

“Me? Why me?” She leaned back on the sofa, looking baffled.

“Because you are such a great character.” Hey, I’m not above flattery.

“I’m not great,” she says.

“You tell me you’re good at kicking ass,” I remind her.

She rolls her dark eyes. Eyes that just hint at her Asian heritage. While her hair, long, dark and straight, also gives the essence of her family tree, she really looks more exotic than she does Asian.

“Yeah,” Della says, “but that’s not…I’m not like Kylie.”

“You don’t have to be like Kylie. You just have to be yourself.”

She pauses as if to consider it. “But it would be like having people in my head all the time. I don’t think I’d like that.”

“You did it in Saved and Sunset,” I remind her.

“And some of that was embarrassing, too. I mean all those readers know what happened that night.”

“You mean what you and Steve did?” I ask.

“No, I mean about him having to fight all the flea-bitten were’s off because I couldn’t. That’s humiliating.”

“People loved the story. They love your wit. They love your honesty. Overall, readers love discovering about new characters.”

“I’m not new. I’ve been at Shadow Falls since the beginning. I was on the bus when Kylie got on it.”

“Yeah, but…there’s a lot about you that is a mystery. A lot of things you haven’t worked out. Readers love seeing fictional characters work out and overcome their problems, face their demons, become better and more adjusted. They want to know you better, Della. They want to understand how you think, and why you think that way. They want to care. Heck, they already care.”

She makes a face. “Please. I’m totally not into all that emotional crap.”

“Right.” I laugh because I see so much emotion in her. She cares, cares deeply. She’d die for any of her friends. And she’s strong. Strong in character and in body.

She frowns. “I’m not gonna start seeing ghosts am I?”

“I haven’t decided,” I told her.

“Oh, hell no, then. I can’t handle ghosts. Vampires don’t do ghosts. I’ll kick rouges’ asses. I’ll take on a stray werewolf. But I don’t do ghosts.”

“Burnett does ghosts,” I remind her.

“Yeah, but he’s like the only one. He’s some super vampire, or something. Holiday thinks it’s because he’s kin to those Native Americans who used to live here.”

“Then maybe you’re super, too. Or maybe it’s not just being related to someone that contributes to his abilities? Besides, if you did find out you had a connection to some ghosts, you know Kylie would help you.”

She shakes her head. “I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna like this.”

“It’ll be fine. I promise. I wouldn’t have chosen you if I didn’t think you would rock.”

“What’s going to happen?”

“You have a lot to learn about yourself, your family and your ability to love.”

“Oh, hell, I’m not gonna be making out with Steve again, am I?”

I just smile. “There’s a lot of surprises in store for you.”

“Oh, crap. I’m gonna suck at this.”

I watch her storm out. She’s not going to suck at this. She’s going to do just fine. For sure, she’s going to come up against some hard times and some difficult decisions, but she’ll do fine. She’s Della, after all. She’s my vamp with gumption.

I’m sure you’re all curious about the giveaway I mentioned earlier, right? Well, here’s how it is going down. The top giveaway is for US READERS ONLY and the second is for INTERNATIONAL READERS ONLY. This way we can be sure both a US reader and an International reader can win a fabulous prize. So enter below!

Winner of the US Readers Giveaway
Erin M.
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Winner of the International Readers Giveaway
Dayna J.
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Don’t forget to be around for the Twitter party TONIGHT at 7pm. Use the hashtag #2013SummerAuthorBlitz to join in on all the fun!

For more info. on the 2013 Summer Author Blitz or to find out where the next stop will be, head on over to Books & Broomsticks to get a full look at the schedule! Linky Link





Top Ten Tuesday~

15 07 2013

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Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

L.A. Weatherley (Angel Burn): I haven’t heard too many people mention this amazing author or her Angel Burn series, but I feel that with her amazing and original take on angels, that she needs to get more credit for what she does.

Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily): I adored Tiger Lily and found her writing to be completely enchanting.

Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone): I’m not sure how well known she is, but her books tear me up in the best way possible.

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Den of Shadows): I have read almost everything by her. Her first book published when she was 13. Yeah, that’s right. 13. And you know what? It was AMAZING. Seriously, check her books out. Check them all out.

Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle): For those of you who love Miyazaki’s movie version, you’ll love the book that inspired the movie as well as its 2 sequels.

Kelly Keaton (Gods and Monsters): I thought she took two seemingly different topics, witches/vampires and greek mythology and blended them into a cohesive story.

Tera Lynn Childs (Forgive My Fins): Another author who I’ve read multiple series and loved. Another author you must read.

Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely): Her entire Wicked Lovely series was AMAZING! One of my favorite books of all time was written by her (Ink Exchange). GO READ HER BOOKS NOW.

Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone): I’m sure she’s growing more widely known after her first book, but the I think she could be the next Veronica Roth with her trilogy. It is amazing.

Maureen Doyle McQueen (The Peculiars): I’ve started reading this book and I absolutely love it. I think that this writer deserves more recognition.





Review of Across the Universe by Beth Revis

13 07 2013

across the universe Finished: July 7, 2013
Published: january 11, 2011 by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult Scifi
POV: First person (switched between Amy & Elder)
Number of Pages: 398

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.” (Description from Goodreads)

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I fell head over heels in love with this book! I’m always iffy on new series that I come across, especially the first book, because I thought it would be slow, but this book had me HOOKED. I’m not a big scifi reader (though I watch it. Yes, I’m a Trekky & a Whovian), but I found this whole book easy to understand. I wasn’t thrown technical terms or over done science words that would push me away from the book. In fact, I found everything Revis described easy to understand. She managed to describe a future world of amazing technology without giving me a headache (so yay!).

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Amy: I thought her character, of them all, was the most relaistic and relatable character. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind when she knew the world she found herself in was wrong, and did everything she could to try and figure out what was really going on on Godspeed.

Elder: I enjoyed watching his character evolve from the slightly rebelious minion of Eldest to a strong leader. Of all the characters, his showed the greatest change and did the most growing up. He was born with the weight of the ship on his shoulders and he did all in his power to make sure he was ready for his seat of power to do what was right for the people on Godspeed.

Harley: When Harley wasn’t acting crazy, he was a very fun, caring character. I was actually kind of hoping he would get together with Amy (I know, I’m notorious for shipping couples that never get together). Of all the characters, I think Harley was my favorite. There was something haunting and tragic behind his cheeriness and once I found out, I really felt for the poor guy. Plus, he reminded me of Vincent from the Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor.

Eldest: I didn’t like him. From the moment he was described until the very end of the book, I didn’t like him. I kept hoping someone would grow enough balls to poison him or something because the jerk needed to die. That being said, he obviously made a good villain for me to dislike him so much.

Doc: I’m on the fence with this character. At times I thought he was a nice guy just trying to survive, but at the same time, he had to be pretty dark to do the things he did.

Orion: I called him. The second I got a hint about him at the beginning of the book I knew who he was. It is really hard to surprise me with plots and character reveals (my family actually HATES watching movies with me because I can usually predict the ending before we even get half way through). So I knew he was who he was.

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I’m probably not the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the multiple POVs, unless they’re done right, but I believe Revis pulled this off beautifully. From the first page I was sucked into the story of Amy and her adventure in ice that ultimately led her to the dark secrets of Eldest and Godspeed. When it switched to Elder, the same thing happened. I loved following them both as they disccovered the truth and I will admit that Revis totally got me with the ending. I had no idea about the big twist/surprise and I’m glad. I get tired of figuring out plots before getting even half way through the book. This was a great refresher for me and the fact that I loved it and it was scifi just adds to the beauty of this book.

The romance wasn’t the center of the book, in fact, there wasn’t much at all, but what little there was really worked. It didn’t seem forced and the relationship at the end made me want to read more about what happens. The mystery revolving around the Godspeed and its dark secret kept me completely hooked.

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This book was enchanting, set in a futuristic society in space. The mystery itself should be enough to get you to read this book. If not, then the whimsical way Beth Revis writes and the story defintiely will. I adored this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a different style of reading or for the scifi lovers. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Support the author and buy the book wherever books are sold (or borrow it from your library).





Waiting on Wednesday

10 07 2013

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Angel Fever Description from Goodreads:

“As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?”

I really loved the first two books in the series. The story is so different from most of the other angelic stories I’ve read and I’m enthralled in the mystery and susoense these books have. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the final chapter in the Angel Burn Trilogy!

Expected Publication Date: November 26th 2013





Top Ten Tuesday~

9 07 2013

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Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

WORST Movie Adaptations

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. God, every time I think of the movie my blood boils. The only thing that was the same as the movie were the character’s names and the movie title. That sorry excuse for a movie adaptation is definitely the WORST I have ever seen. I wish it would burn in a corner somewhere and disappear so a PROPER and ACCURATE movie can be made that can give the book the justice it deserves.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. I loved the book as a child and the cartoon but that god awful Jim Carrey movie was so bad! Its fun if you want some cheap laughs, but as a movie adaptation, it was BAD.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Hollywood really should stop making live action adaptations of Dr. Seuss’s books. Cat in the Hat was another terrible movie.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This 1994 adaptation starring Helen Boham Carter (also played the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland & Bellatriz Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise) is awful. It doesn’t hold strong to the original masterpiece that Shelley invisioned and I’m sure she would weep if she saw it now.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. The first one was bad. There was so much left out and random scenes inserted in that weren’t originally there. All you YA readers know how bad this one was. Admit it.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemoney Snicket. This movie was REALLY bad. They put too much comedy into the movie, tried to (unsuccessfully) add three books into one movie, AND put said book out of order. Complete garbage.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. LOVED the book. One of my favorite books that I will actually reread. Movie was TERRIBLE. Plotline was all wrong, as was the villain and many of the characters. But I do like the fact that they sang Queen.

Okay Movie Adaptations

Rise of the Guardians by William Joyce. I really LOVED the movie. I actually watched it before reading The Guardians of Childhood books. That being said, the differences between the two were vast and deep, but at the heart, they more or less held the same meaning.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m talking about the 2005 version here. Again, LOVE the movie but the differences between the book and movie are kinda big. They’re both amazing entities on their own.

Howl’d Moving Castle by . Another movie I LOVE with a book I also LOVE but the two have some differences.

Good Movie Adaptations

All the Harry Potter Movies by J.K. Rowling. Does this even need explaining?