9/16/2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each Tuesday you are given a prompt, then you post your top ten.
This weeks prompt...

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

This one is going to be hard, if I enjoy an author I usually read anything I can get my hands on. Some of these are going to be 2014 debuts. 

1. E.  Lockhart - I devoured We Were Liars. I am not even sure she has more books - but I definitely know I want to read them.

2. Dana Reinhardt - Loved We Are The Goldens, I know I have 3 of her other books on my TBR list.

3. Jamie Kain - The Good Sister was a debut - please hand over the next book.

4. Jennifer Mathieu - she is another 2014 debut author, and I cannot wait to see what she does next!

5. Emery Lord - yes, another debut but have you read Open Road Summer? More Please

Okay time for some shockers....

6. John Green - I know! I have only read the Fault in Our Stars - which I LOVE, I want to read more of his writing...I just haven't picked up any of his other books.

7. Jamie McGuire - of course I read Red Hill and loved loved loved it - is there a zombie apocalypse book I don't love? I have heard amazing things about the Maddox brothers and I have 3 other books of hers on my nook..i just haven't read them.

8. Jennifer Donnelly - Revolution is one of my all time favorite books. I have heard great things about Jennifer's other books - not sure why I haven't read them yet.

9. Rick Yancy -  I was delightfully creeped out with The Monstrumologist. Rick Yancy is one of my daughters favorite authors I have all his other books, No clue why I never finished a series I enjoyed so much.

10. Stephanie Perkins - cute, funny I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss even though I'm not a fan of √Čtienne and the other two books in this series looked more my style. I  guess since the last book is finally out it is a good time to finish.


What authors do you need to read more of?

9/15/2014

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We have a beautiful new cover to share with you today.  Jennifer L. Armentrout is starting a new, new adult paranormal romance trilogy with WICKED, out December 8, 2014. The Wicked Trilogy is sure to be as epic as the rest of Jennifer's books and we cannot wait to dive right in! 

Wicked
 

Pre-order: Amazon

About WICKED: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.   

About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line Review

Title: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Release: March 25, 2014 by Vintage

Synopsis: From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case. Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappear from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But his is not simple missing person's case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

Okay, who else obsessed about the Veronica Mars movie Kickstart project? Anyone? I know there are a few PTB readers out there who were like me and would refresh their Inbox, daily, hoping that Rob Thomas had another update posted.

When the movie was released, I watched both the theater version and my digital copy (my movie review on PTB). Then I thought -- okay, now what? What's next for Veronica (and let's face it, what happened to her and Logan?)?

We get the answer in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I'll admit that I also got the audiobook because Kristen Bell read it. Who better than Veronica herself to narrate this next installment? All the usual characters are gathered and the mystery is very believable. Spring Break in Neptune. A missing girl. It's a typical Veronica Mars mystery with just enough red herrings to make it fun.

What made me particularly happy was that we got to see Veronica's mother, Lianne, with her new family. It was interesting to see Veronica's reaction to this development. What we don't see a lot of is Logan. We catch glimpses of their Skype sessions and it only made me long for a story that features them exclusively. I can't help it -- I'm a romantic, first and foremost.

If you consider yourself a Marshmallow, this is a must-read or a must-listen.



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9/12/2014

Book to Movie Interview with Sophie Curtis - #Innocence & Review


Innocence, the adaptation of Jane Mendelsohn's 2001 novel, hit theaters last week in a limited release. This is a darker Gothic story that will satisfy fans of '90s/2000s Teen cinema and the end will have you wondering what could happen next.  The story follows Beckett Warner as she starts a new school in NYC that has a bit of a dark underbelly that Beckett can't quiet put her fingers on. As she gets closer to the truth, the stakes become higher for both Beckett and her classmates.

I enjoyed the movie, it has the right amount of scare and driving story line, it was a good movie that has me wanting to watch it again to catch all the details.  I have not read Mendelsohn's original novel, so I cannot talk about the book to movie adaption, but there was a couple things I wish would have been fleshed out a bit more, but overall, it's a fun movie that is perfect for a scary movie girls night.


We are excited to have Beckett Warner herself, Sophie Curtis joining us today here on PTB.  We hope you enjoy our conversation with Sophie, and be sure to check out Innocence in theaters now.

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How did you get involved with the movie? Had you heard of the book before taking the role?
I did the regular audition process, and then Hilary Brougher the director of the film narrowed it down to three other girls including me. We weren’t reading lines anymore, I met her for lunch and we talked for hours about Beckett, the world, being a teenager and all the struggles you go through at that age. I wasn’t as experienced as the other young actors that she was interviewing, but she had felt that I could bring Beckett to life just like she had imagined.

I had not read the novel prior to getting the part, but when I got the part I was working closely with Jane Mendelsohn, she was a producer and the writer of INNOCENCE. We talked about about the book a good amount. Hilary Brougher, the director didn’t actually want me read the book. The book's a little bit different from the movie and is written in Beckett’s voice. It is Beckett’s story. She does have a really strong voice and natural way about her and that’s really captured in the book and in the film.

Beckett seems driven to stay the course and figure out whats going on with her school. What do you think is driving this motivation for her?
She’s an individual, and I think she learns the meaning of that as the film progresses. For Beckett, the real challenge isn’t the threat of the witches as much as the fight to keep her own identity and to trust herself when no one else does. She’s up against all these obstacles without anyone by her side, and she really has to push forward on her own, she’s an army of one up against this cult of witches and only who can save her, is herself. I think she is her own motivation, to be able to prove to yourself that you are not crazy or imagining these things is a very powerful force.

The locations you got to shoot at were beautiful, what locations did you shoot at and which was your favorite?
I think an effort was really made to emphasize the New York city setting, which was cool cause I grew up in the city and to play a foreigner to it was really fun I got to see a different side to New York, a really magical side I think people who are fortunate enough to live here everyday kind of lose.

I remember we were filming the subway scene I was in with Sarah Sutherland, who plays my best friend Jen, and we had one chance to get it done before the day finished, so we ran throughout the subway with one camera, and we’re basically filming blindly because there was no screen to watch it on and it was just thrilling.

The cast for Innocence is predominately women, what was it like to be surrounded by so many talented female actors?
You know, when you’re working with more established actors than you, you get to see an interesting side to them, a more vulnerable side to them where they understand where you are in your career, because everyone has to start somewhere, and they help you and act not only as friends and costars but as mentors, and that was a really big part of this film because like I said it was my first leading role and having them there to guide me but still allowing it to be my story was something I really treasured. The whole experience was inspiring and empowering.

What other book heroine would you like to play in a book to movie adaptation?
I would love to play Moira in The Handmaid’s Tale, she’s an incredible character.

9/11/2014

First Look at Day 21, the sequel to #The100 by Kass Morgan

The adventure started with The 100, the story of 100 teens who were sent to earth to see if it was habitable again after nuclear fall out had left Earth uninhabitable several generation earlier. (If you haven't checked out The 100, click HERE to check out a sample to see what happened to the 100 before they made it to earth.)
In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.
The story continues with Day 21.
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now. It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.


We are very excited to be bringing you a sneak peek at Day 21, which is out on September 16th from Little Brown. 


Chapter 1 - Wells
by Kass Morgan
Author of The 100 and its sequel Day 21

No one wanted to stand near the grave. Although four of their own were already buried in the makeshift cemetery, the rest of the hundred were still disturbed by the idea of lowering a body into the ground.

No one wanted to stand with their backs to the trees either. Since the attack, a creaking branch had become enough to make the anxious survivors jump. And so, the nearly one hundred people who'd gathered to say good-bye to Asher stood in a tightly packed semicircle, their eyes darting between the corpse on the ground and the shadows in the forest.

The comforting crackle of the fire was conspicuously absent. They'd run out of firewood last night, and no one had been willing to venture out for more. Wells would've gone himself, but he'd been busy digging the grave. No one had volunteered for that job either, except for a tall, quiet Arcadian boy named Eric.

"Are we sure he's really dead?" Molly whispered, edging back from the deep hole, as if worried it might swallow her up as well. She was only thirteen but looked younger. At least, she'd used to. Wells remembered helping her after the crash, when tears and ash had streaked her round cheeks. Now the girl's face was thin, almost gaunt, and there was a cut on her forehead that didn't look like it'd been properly cleaned.

Wells's eyes flashed involuntarily to Asher's neck, to the ragged wound where the arrow had pierced his throat. It'd been two days since Asher died, two days since the mysterious figures materialized on the ridge, upending everything the Colonists had ever been told, everything they thought they knew.

They had been sent to Earth as living test subjects, the first people to set foot on the planet in three hundred years. But they were mistaken.

Some people had never left.

It had all happened so quickly. Wells hadn't realized anything was wrong until Asher fell to the ground, gagging as he swiped desperately at the arrow lodged in his throat. That's when Wells spun around -- and saw them. Silhouetted against the setting sun, the strangers looked more like demons than humans. Wells had blinked, half expecting the figures to vanish. There was no way they were real.

But hallucinations didn't shoot arrows.

After his calls for help went unheeded, Wells had carried Asher to the infirmary tent, where they stored the medical supplies they'd salvaged from the fire. But it was no use. By the time Wells began frantically digging for bandages, Asher was already gone.

How could there be people on Earth? It was impossible. No one had survived the Cataclysm. That was incontrovertible, as deeply ingrained in Wells's mind as the fact that water froze at 0 degrees Celsius, or that planets revolved around the sun. And yet, he'd seen them with his own eyes. People who certainly hadn't come down on the dropship from the Colony. Earthborns.

"He's dead," Wells said to Molly as he rose wearily to his feet before realizing that most of the group was staring at him. A few weeks ago, their expressions would've been full of distrust, if not outright contempt. No one believed that the Chancellor's son had actually been Confined. It'd been all too easy for Graham to convince them that Wells had been sent to spy for his father. But now, they were looking at him expectantly.

In the chaos after the fire, Wells had organized teams to sort through the remaining supplies and start building permanent structures. His interest in Earth architecture, once a source of annoyance to his pragmatic father, had enabled Wells to design the three wooden cabins that now stood in the center of the clearing.

Wells glanced up at the darkening sky. He'd give anything to have the Chancellor see the cabins eventually. Not to prove a point -- after seeing his father shot on the launch deck, Wells's resentment had drained faster than the color from the Chancellor's cheeks. Now he only wished his father would someday get to call Earth home. The rest of the Colony was supposed to join them once conditions on Earth were deemed safe, but twenty-one days had passed without so much as a glimmer from the sky.

As Wells lowered his eyes back to the ground, his thoughts returned to the task at hand: saying farewell to the boy they were about to send to a much darker resting place.

A girl next to him shivered. "Can we move this along?" she said. "I don't want to stand out here all night."

"Watch your tone," another girl named Kendall snapped, her delicate lips drawn into a frown. At first, Wells had assumed she was a fellow Phoenician, but he'd eventually realized that her haughty stare and clipped cadence were just an impression of the girls Wells had grown up with. It was a fairly common practice among young Waldenites and Arcadians, although he'd never met anyone who did it quite as well as Kendall.

Wells turned his head from side to side, searching for Graham, the only other Phoenician aside from Wells and Clarke. He didn't generally like letting Graham take control of the group, but the other boy had been friends with Asher and was better equipped than Wells to speak at his funeral. However, his was one of the few faces missing from the crowd -- aside from Clarke's. She'd set off right after the fire with Bellamy to search for his sister, leaving nothing but the memory of the five toxic words she'd hurled at Wells before she left: You destroy everything you touch.


© 2014 by Alloy Entertainment - this peek of Day 21 is being used with permission from Alloy Entertainment. Do not reproduce without permission.

Author Bio
Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 and its sequel Day 21, received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from Oxford University. She currently works as an editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information please visit http://alloyentertainment.com/ and follow the author on Twitter.

9/10/2014

"Waiting on" Wednesday #wow

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking  the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week we are waiting on...

 Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

Not very much info about this book out at the moment but I do have this blurb from the cover reveal press release.

It’s about a girl who grows up as part of the Quiverfull Movement (ever seen 19 Kids and Counting on TLC?) and what is essentially a crisis of faith as she begins to question whether this is the way she wants to live.

The Quiverfull movement is very cult-ish and this is definitely one of those fascination reads where you can’t believe there are people (especially women) who actually live like this.

WHY WE WANT IT:
I absolutely adored Jennifer's 2014 Debut - The Truth About Alice. So of course I want to read her next book. Devoted sounds like it is going to push the boundaries and question the way she grew up. I love stories like this, I think questioning beliefs is HUGE part of growing up. What our parents believe isn't necessarily what we should believe. 

9/09/2014

Top 10 Tuesday #toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each Tuesday you are given a prompt, then you post your top ten.
This weeks prompt...

Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X genre. 

I have been reading a lot of Contemporary lately - so I am going with that genre. 


The F It List - it has great reviews, but no one I know has read this amazing book. It was one of my top 10 favorite reads of 2013  It deals with a hard situation through humor. Love it.








My Life After Now - read this book people!! Maybe I am bias, I grew up in the 80's when HIV was a a scarey thing growing up. It doesn't have to be now, it can be prevented.



From What I Remember - not sure if I can call this a contemporary - it could happen. This is such a fun fast paced read.










Out of the Easy  - Historical Contemporary - this book is popular with people that have read  Between Shades of Grey, but that is about it. This book should be flying off the shelves.


Revenge of the Girl with a Great Personality (and all of Elizabeth's other books) Really it doesn't get any better for me. I have loved and laughed through everyone of Elizabeth's books. Why aren't these selling like hot cakes on amazon?


 




 If I Lie - Why aren't schools picking this book up? It should be required reading. Such an amazing sad, strength of friendship story.



Live Through This -  With such an accurate portrayal of sexual abuse, one would think this book would be winning awards. Topping school reading list and even being banned - it isn't and it makes me wonder why??? :/








Split - this is about domestic abuse and the effect it has on everyone.  When I reviewed this one, I thought this is going to blow up...sadly it never did.

But I Love Him - if you ask me this should be in every English room in every high school. It's about teenage domestic violence, but it's told very differently than most.  Another book I think should be required reading. Girls and Boys need to know how things like this start.







Harmonic Feedback - an amazingly accurate portrayal from the point of view of someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.







What books/authors would you consider underrated?