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Cover Reveal: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Cover Reveal: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Are you ready for your first look at one of this year’s most-anticipated books? Jay Kristoff is a longtime friend and favorite of the blog, and he’s launching a new series in August 2016 that should definitely be on your radar. Nevernight is a fantasy set on a planet in which it’s almost always daytime, and our heroine is hell-bent on seeking revenge for her shattered family. This author specializes in positively epic world-building and characterization, so I’m super excited to see this new world he’s created. Today we’re pleased to give you a peek at the new book! Here’s the official cover reveal, along with a synopsis and some words from Jay on a few things you should know about Nevernight. Drum roll, please… Just look at that beauty! Such a badass cover, and one that offers the promise of so many awesome things. I’m curious about Mia’s mask… Read more »

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Every Breath: Review

Every Breath: Review

There are perhaps some things you should know about me before I embark on this review: I am not traditionally a fan of either contemporary or mystery I am not a fan of the popular BBC series Sherlock nor any other Sherlock adaptation I really do not like bad boy love interests I freaking adored this book When I saw that my friend Gillian was absolutely losing it over the ship in this book I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! And boy, did she not let me down! It’s going to take something really special to get this SFF loving gal to even read a contemporary let alone love it. Congrats, Ellie Marney. You succeeded in spades. Man, how good is the characterization in this book? I loved Rachel so much. It’s rare that I think that a character in YA comes across as an… Read more »

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A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

Last year, we invited author Paula Weston to give us a tour of the Australian setting for her paranormal romance book Shadows, the first book in her Rephaim series. With the North American publication of its sequel Haze, we thought it’d be fun to have her back to show us some of the places that inspired the new book! A Tour of the Settings in Haze by Paula Weston Like many writers, I have a collection of images that help inspire me or put me in the right frame of mind to write a particular scene. For the Rephaim series, I’ve created an eclectic (private) Pinterest board crammed with all sorts of weird and wonderful bits and pieces. More than a few of those images relate to locations. Some are mine, some are images I found online. I love Google images when it comes to research. In fact, the images… Read more »

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These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

Welcome to the official kickoff for the These Broken Stars tour! Our readers know we only host tours for books and authors we are crazy about, and I can tell you that in this case we love both the book (here is Kate’s adoring review) and the authors. I met Amie in person when I was in Australia a year ago, where we bonded over our mutual love of YA scifi and other bookish discussions. Now here’s the thing: I rarely seek out real-life author interactions, particularly before I’ve read the book, because it’s inevitably awkward if I don’t end up liking it. BUT I LOVED IT, you guys. Lilac is that girl you wish you could travel with, because she’s independent and interesting and could fix your spaceship if it’s hit by an asteroid. (Well, maybe not an asteroid, but you know.) And TARVER. Tarver is one of the… Read more »

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The Book Thief Readalong: Week Four

The Book Thief Readalong: Week Four

  Welcome to the final week of our readalong of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which each of us has read for the first time in preparation for the upcoming film. We’ve had somewhat mixed feelings about the book overall, but we’ve come to appreciate some of the things our fellow readers have been raving about, and the experience of reading together and discussing with you has certainly been enjoyable.       The Book Thief Readalong: Week Four Pages 404 – end Wendy: I would like to taste a Kipferl cookie. It seems like it would be good dipped in cocoa. I am writing this right after jumping in on a middle grade lit chat that was all about book food, so I’m a little obsessed.  Kate: When I was a kid I wanted to open a restaurant where I would only sell cookies and coke. And guess… Read more »

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The Book Thief Readalong: Week Two

The Book Thief Readalong: Week Two

Welcome to The Book Thief Readalong, Week Two! This week we’ve read to page 303, or Part 6. We went nuts with the commentary this week, so we’re just going to get right into it. SO MUCH TO DISCUSS. Let us know what you thought of this week’s chapters in the comments below–we loved the discussion with you all from last week! —————————————————- The Book Thief Readalong: Week Two Pages 124 – 303 (Part 6)  Wendy: You guys may already know this from my reading status update or #TBTreadalong tweets, but I feel so much better about the book now. I LOVED Part Four. I basically love everything that has to do with Hans Hubermann and Max and Ilsa Hermann. I still have issues with some of the storytelling style, but I’m relieved that I’m finally starting to enjoy this more.   K: It is getting easier to read, thank gosh. I… Read more »

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Fiona Wood on Girls, Sex, and Wildlife

Fiona Wood on Girls, Sex, and Wildlife

I don’t know about you, but I feel as though a vast majority of YA seems to portray teenagers as hypersmart, sophisticated creatures who are borderline perfect, or “carefully flawed” in exactly the right and tolerable way. As fun as that fiction can be, I always feel a certain amusement for characters like that, because how many of us actually were that spectacular at that age? I think part of the appeal of contemporary Aussie YA for me is that it consistently offers teenagers who act like teenagers; whether they’re snarly and vindictive or fumbly and sweet, a lot of them just seem very real. That’s certainly the case with the students in Wildlife by Fiona Wood. Sybilla and Lou are spending one school term doing an outdoor education program, where they find that surviving the wilderness is easy in comparison to surviving deceptive friends, tricky, needy boys, and their own… Read more »

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