Truly, Madly, Famously Review & Giveaway

Title: Truly, Madly, Famously
Author: Rebecca Serle
Published: October 13, 2015 from Poppy a Hachette Imprint
In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

These are the type of contemporary books I enjoy reading. The Famous in Love novels have a great story, they don't shy away from the hard stuff, and show that life and relationships aren't perfect. I also appreciate that it shows that the people on the other side of the camera are real people, an important message for teens and adults these days.

Truly, Madly, Famously is the sequel to Famous in Love. Famous in Love showed Paige Towsen's rise to stardom when she got the leading role in the book to movie adaption of LOCKED, THE BIG YA book hitting the big screen. Paige went form no one to the it girl in Hollywood and now that reality is catching up to hear in Truly, Madly, Famously.

The book starts shortly after the events of Famous in Love and after the release of LOCKED. She's dealing with a new relationship and the trappings of fame, including the paparazzi, and isn't doing so well at points.  I loved seeing the ups and downs of Paige dealing with everything and showing that yeah, she may be 18, but she isn't totally prepared to deal with everything on her own and that's okay. Showing Paige's growth through the story really makes the whole series stand out for me, even though it does follow some tropes, Serle does a great job of keeping the story on track and not letting it fall into the tropes that could have made the story totally over the top.

Like most good contemporary stories, you can't talk much about the plot without giving things away, and I want you all to experience everything as you and Paige discover it.  If you're a fan of ya book adaptations, a fan of Hollywood and the entertainment world, or just looking for a good contemp, Famous in Love series is a great place to start.

My Overall Rating:

As part of the blog tour, the publisher, Poppy, and tour host are giving away 10 copies of Truly Madly Famously! This is NOT a PTB sponsored giveaway, the giveaway is open to US only and please read and follow all terms and conditions listed on the rafflecopter widget below before entering.


Hollywood Witch Hunter New Cover Reveal & Giveaway

From the moment Iris first learned the truth about witches she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, she’s got witch hunting down to a science. As the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team, Iris has to work twice as hard to prove her worth. But when an A-list actress is murdered on her watch, that task becomes a hell of a lot harder.

But murdered celebrities are just the start…a mysterious new hunter has arrived on the scene, and he’s as cute as he is deadly. But there’s more to Arlo than meets the eye, and there’s more at stake than Iris’s reputation.

Evil is rising in the hills of Hollywood, and it’s up to Iris and Arlo to end this battle. Iris is ready to protect the human race at all costs, even if it destroys her.

Because that’s what witch hunters do.

Hollywood Witch Hunter is on sale now for .99 till next Friday

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Great Conversation Happened at the LGBTQIA+ Dragon Con Panel #PTBDragonCon #dcyalit

This was probably the best panel I've ever been to talking about LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and plus because a person's identity is a spectrum, not something that can be defined by seven words) books and bringing more sexual identity and orientation diversity to YA lit. The panelists were Zac Brewer (author of Cemetery Boys) , Cinda Williams Chima (author of Flamecaster), Alexandra Duncan (author of Sound),  Shaun David Hutchinson (The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley)  and Christopher Elliot (acquisitions librarian)
and they all brought amazing insight into the need for diversity and why its important to have diversity, in all it's forms, in literature.

Cinda Williams Chima was the first author to talk. She started off with a mantra she lives by "If you write something that offends no one it's probably not very interesting and not worth reading." She continued talking about how she tries to naturally include diversity in her stories. "I try to be inclusive. I try not to be part of the problem, I try to have my cast of characters reflect the variety of people in the world. I don't write to an agenda, because i think anything that gets between the reader and the story generally damages the story," Chima concluded.


Cover Reveal: A Shot of Reckless (New Adult) #ad


Writing duo Maddie Paige bonded over books, shirtless boys and Step Up movies. One lives for her coffee while the other prefers hot chocolate. Both lovers of romance, they tag teamed a manuscript over late nights at Steak 'n Shake. They live in Atlanta, GA and A Shot of Reckless is their debut.

A Shot of Reckless comes out October 14th! Below you can learn a little about it and enter to win an ebook!

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This book is a new adult title, and is suggested for our older readers. 

About A Shot of  Reckless
Art major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she's also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again.

College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren't enough anymore. But Lake isn't looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste.

Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out.



To celebrate the release of their cover, Maddie Paige is giving away an ebook of A Shot of Reckless. This book is New Adult, so please, 18+ readers only. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter, and be sure to follow all rules, terms and conditions on the widget.

ILLUMINAE: New Video Featuring Aiden

All of us at Page Turners Blog are looking forward to ILLUMINAE. And we are getting closer to the October 20th release date! The publicity team at Penguin Random House has created one heck of a website. Here are some details on what you will find there:

Every month, around the 20th, we will reveal new content about ILLUMINAE as we get closer to the on sale date. This month visit IlluminaeFiles.com to watch a video featuring AIDEN. Then click through to see all of our content:

For fans of Marie Lu and James Dashner comes the first book in an epic new series,

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By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

"Not only is ILLUMINAE a twisting, heart-pounding story moving at the speed of light, but it is a truly beautiful novel that redefines the form. I have never read anything like it.
And it certainly filled the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA shaped hole in my heart."
—Victoria Aveyard bestselling author of Red Queen
ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale October 20, 2015 | $18.99)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But pursuit by battleship is the least of their worries. Their fleet’s artificial intelligence—which should be protecting them—may actually be an enemy. And a plague is slowly ravaging the fleet with terrifying consequences. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking in search of the truth, she realizes that there’s only one boy who can help her bring everything to light . . . and of course, it’s her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—ILLUMINAEis a ground-breaking, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will draw teen and adult readers of James Dashner, Rick Yancey, and Veronica Roth yet stands on its own with Kaufman and Kristoff’s unique storytelling.

« “…a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures.
The more experimental sections may require extra effort on readers’ parts, but the result is worth it.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

« “Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. 
ILLUMINAE is both the weirdest and most heartfelt thing you'll read this year. ”
—Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Zeroes


The Forest of Hands and Teeth Movie is Moving Forward - Casting News

I'm not sure we've shared our PTB origin story with you, our wonderful readers.  I guess now is as good a time as ever.

So Pixie read this book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. She got to the end and just know that there had to be more to this story and world (it was originally a stand along that got expanded, so I think it was part of Pixie's vibes that got us the next two books, but that will go into the lore for the series hehe) and she wanted to figure out how to get the next book as soon as possible. So she did her research and figured out how to request ARCs (advanced reader copies) and all what it took to start a blog and then asked fellow moderators on TwilightMoms if anyone wanted to join her on this adventure. Well 6 years later, here we are, I said sure, I like YA and PTB was born.

So I guess you could say PTB owes it start to two books, Twilight and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. And now it looks like the 2nd  of these two books is going to be a movie as well.

Maisie Williams,
Glamour UK May 2015
Variety reported earlier today in an exclusive that Game of Thrones star, "Maisie Williams is in negotiations to star in writer/director Kate Maberly adaptation of 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth.' " Maberly is producing the film through her production studio, Hetherwood Productions, with producer Doug Liman.

The article quoted writer Direct Kate Mabery about bringing FoHaT to the big screen:
“I am so incredibly excited to be stepping into the ‘Forest’ and collaborating with such a brilliant creative mind as Doug’s,” Maberly said. “We can’t wait to bring Ryan’s fantastical world to life and are absolutely thrilled to have Maisie on board.”
Screen cap of Hetherwood's
home page with the
Forest of Hands and Teeth title
The article doesn't go into much more detail, but it does say that the movie has been in the early stages of production for the last year and it looks like things are moving along in a good direction. Here's hoping we get more news soon.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is set 150 years after a zombie apocalypse in a small community that's struggling to survive. They have gone back to a puritanical matriarchal society structure that Mary finds stifling. Her village if fenced in but there is a gate that leads to a fenced in path, but no one knows where it leads or if it's safe. She has also always had a dream to see the ocean that she's only seen in a post card. After her village fences fail and the village is over run, Mary now has her chance to see whats out there in the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

This is a series of books that still haunts me til this day. It's amazing and awesome and looks at human nature in the face of crazy circumstances. I LOVED every minute of this read. If you're a fan of The Walking Dead or psychological thrillers that make you ask what you would do in the character's situation or just a great book that makes you think, go read this book! (And a side note, I also may have fan girled just a little bit when the book trailer played at my local movie theater a couple years ago)


#FairyTale2pt0: A Look at A Whole New World & Giveaway #ad

Disney-Hyperion asked us to help feature their new Fairy Tale 2.0 campaign showcasing their collection of books that put a new twist on beloved classic fairy tales. I just started reading A Whole New World and it's familiar enough and has all your favorite characters and the characters you love to hate, but it takes the story to a bit of a different place. The story also feels more contemporary without throwing modern technology into the story. It's not any one thing that has me feeling this way, but it's just the mental image I'm bringing to/getting from the story.  Maybe it's because I don't have the visuals from the Disney movie pushing me into a time frame, but I'm able to imagine the story taking place at any point in time in history. I also love the idea of taking the what if's, they are sometimes the most fun to talk about after reading a book or seeing a movie. So how would things have played out if Aladdin didn't have the lamp, Liz Braswell took that what if and made it into A WHOLE NEW WORLD.

Title: A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale
Author: Liz Braswell
Published: September 1st from Hyperion Teen
What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

About the Author Liz Braswell 
After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day.

Want more fair tales? Follow @HyperionTeens on twitter the #FairyTale2pt0 on your favorite socials and check out un-requiredreading.com

Upcoming Fairy Tale 2.0 Titles

Title: A Frozen Heart
Author: Elizabeth Rudnick
Published: October 6, 2015
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna's and Hans' perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple's backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.
Author: Wendy Toliver
Published: September 22, 2015
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.


Thanks to Disney-Hyperion, we have a fun giveaway for you! Us the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a copy of A Whole New World & a Fairy Tale 2.0 Prize Pack that includes a tank, pillow pencil case and notebook. This giveaway is open to US addresses only and all of our other standard rules apply. And thanks again to Disney-Hyperion for supplying the prize pack.