11/20/2014

#TheDUFF Movie Teaser Trailer Debuts!





The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is hitting the big screen February of 2015!  On Monday, the teaser trailer was debuted on CBS Films' Youtube. 

The movie stars  Mae Whitman as Bianca, Robbie Amell as Wesley and Bella Thorne as Madison.
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like,
we are all someone's DUFF.
Be sure to follow The DUFF on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to keep up with all the latest.

Amber and I have been HUGE fans of Kody and The DUFF since Kody was agonizing over the cover on her blog. And, yes, we admit to the fact that the movie will not be 100% faithful adaptation from book to screen, we think that the snark and the fun nature of the book will be captured and we cannot wait for the movie.

As always, we encourage you to read the book before seeing the movie, especially in this case since it is one of our favorites.

Kody Keplinger: Webpage | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook
The DUFF: Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books-A-Million
The DUFF on Audio: Brilliance Audio | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the
prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

11/13/2014

#Giveaway: Passes to the #Chicago Advanded Screening of Mockingjay Part 1 & Swag Pack


We are SUPER excited to be able to giveaway five advanced screening prize packs for the advanced screening of Mockingjay Part 1 in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, November 18th.

Prize Pack includes
  • one (1) pair of tickets to the advanced screening of Mockingjay Part 1 in Chicago, IL
  • one (1) set of Mockingjay Part 1 character posters
  • one (1) Mockingjay Pin
The screening will be held in down town Chicago on Tuesday, November 18th. By entering below you are saying you are available to attend this screening. These are ONLY Tickets to the event, no other accommodations are included. Also, many of these events are over booked, so tickets may not guarantee you a seat, so if you win, be sure to arrive early and read all instructions included on your pass/ticket. 

Winners will be emailed the time, location, and a code to download their passes on Monday, November 17th, the other items in the prize pack will be shipped separately from a local Chicago PR firm. 

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and all of our other standard rules apply.



UPDATE!!! We got 10 more sets of passes, here are the winners!!!! (They've all been emailed)
Cassandra 
Heather W.
Karen G.
Season
Jason
Vianey
Jennifer
Nicole
Dangelo
Orlando


Don't forget to get your tickets to either the opening night Hunger Games marathon or any of the other Mockingjay Part 1 screenings going on starting November 20th. 


THE MOCKINGJAY LIVES!

11/12/2014

Beautiful Oblivion Book and Audiobook Review

Title: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: July 2014 from Atria Books/SimonAudio
Synopsis:
The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.
I totally enjoyed the Beautiful Disaster books, they were fun and dark and everything in between. So I was SUPER excited when I heard that Jamie McGuire was going to continue the world through the other Maddox Brothers. For me, Beautiful Oblivion totally worked, it filled in the gaps a bit from Beautiful Disaster with Travis and totally rounded out the world. I cannot wait to see what the other boys get themselves into.

Oblivion is Trenton and Cami's story told from Cami's POV. The story has the same timeline as Disaster, but doesn't have a whole lot of overlap in regards to information. McGuire does a great job of giving Trenton and Cami their own story while touching on the bigger events from Disaster.

I totally loved that the story wasn't an easy love story. Trenton and Cami had to work to get together and at points, they both thought it wouldn't work, but like any good Maddox boy, Trenton doesn't give up and it makes for some heart warming, tragic and entertaining moments. Like McGuires other novels, reading Oblivion is just like living life, it just flows so easy and you're totally brought into the world and these people's lives. And because of this, it makes it hard to give a rundown without giving too much away because everything is so real and so important. But here's the basics.

Cami knows the Maddox brothers, she's a bar tender at the Red, one of their favorite haunts. At the start of the book, she's dating T.J. this mystery guy who's currently out in California for work that takes up most of his time, and this leads to some issues in their relationship. While Cami and T.J. are trying to work things out, Trenton and Cami become closer friends as Trenton tries to convince her to give him a shot. The rest, is life, it's gritty and real and not easy, everyone has to work to build the relationships that have come together by the end of the book.

This is a great book to either jump into the world of the Maddox Family or to continue along the journey. It's also an awesome audiobook. The story is one that just comes to life and will have you hooked just like an awesome bedtime story, you always want just five more minutes of the story even through you have to get out of your car or move on to something else. And the narrator, Phoebe Strole. does a great job of giving the book depth and a heart. She's definitely a narrator to seek out in the future.

My Overall Rating: 


11/11/2014

#Mockingjay Swag Twitter Giveaway - #TheMockingjayLives


We are SUPER excited to be giving away 2 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 prize packs to get you all ready to see Mockingjay Part 1 next week! (and be sure to like The Hunger Games Movie on facebook for all the latest news!)

The prize pack includes one DVD copy of both Hunger Games and Catching Fire, a Movie Poster, Mockingjay Pin and a head scarf.

3 other winners will each get a Mockingjay pin and headscarf (and possibly a poster, have to double check how many we received.)

This giveaway is open to US only, you must follow us on twitter @PageTurnersBlog (we need to be able to DM the winners - the winners will then have 48 hours to email us their address or a new winner will be picked.), and all of our other standard rules apply. The giveaway ends Wednesday, November 19th at 12am PT.

HOW TO ENTER
This is a twitter giveaway, so you must have a twitter account to enter. One entry per twitter account, and DO NOT start other accounts to get more entries. You will be disqualified if you do this, but, you may start a new account if you do not already have a Twitter account. 

To enter, tweet 
The fire is catching! ! RT & Follow  to enter to win a  swag prizepack 
 and that's it. We are using tweetswin.com to host this giveaway (this is our first time using them, so hopefully this all goes smoothly).  Winners will be contacted through twitter. (The first 2 winners picked by Tweetswin will win the Prize packs, the next 3 will get the smaller swag packs)

This Giveaway has ended! Congrats to our winners:

  • DVD Swag Pack:
    • @AntaraC
    • @omglob101
  • Swag Pack:
    • @Booksasuknowit
    • @SauerLj
    • @Sweetie37492
They have all been DMed - if they do not email back within the time allotted, new winners will be chosen. 

11/10/2014

Cover Reveal: Deviate (Light Key #2) by Tracy Clark

We are so excited about the next book in Tracy Clark's Light Key trilogy, Deviate! Here's a glimpse at the synopsis (PLEASE NOTE: the synopsis below has Scintillate, book #1, SPOILERS ):
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...

On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.

No longer will she hide.

No longer will her loved ones be hunted.

And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.
What will happen to Cora? And Finn??? We can hardly wait until March 3, 2015!!! To see why we're so excited take a look at my 5-star review of the first book in the series, Scintillate.

Join me in adding it to your TBR and clicking over and pre-ordering:

goodreads | amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

And here is that gorgeous cover! I just adore the font and that keyhole frame around Cora. What do you guys think of Deviate's cover? I think it screams mystery and action.

11/07/2014

A Thousand Pieces of You Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Title: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


Oh, Marguerite. What a delightfully complex character.  She finds herself pursuing a mystery that any daughter would pursue -- finding her dad's killer. Her drive and determination was palatable from the very first page.

You guys know that I love time travel plots, but one of the things that makes me put down a time travel book is the science behind it. I like a time-wimey approach. Honestly until it's actually invented, the creative science mumbo-jumbo in most stories leaves me, zzzzzzzzzzz, falling asleep. But, Claudia puts a lot of thought in her explanation. I admit that I bought it completely and no, it didn't take away from the action of the plot.

Now let me pause a moment to talk about the romance. I adored Marguerite's situation. She's raised in a super-geeky environment (we're talking Nobel prize winners) and yet, she's an artist. A creative soul amongst geeks. Who wouldn't fall in love with her? Well, two of her parent's research assitants are certainly flirty. Aside: I loved how Claudia explained that her parents' assistants often were as close as family when she was growing up. I've known a few academic families and this little detail rang so very true,  Now back to the romance. Two boys. One a bad boy through and through or is he? The other one seems fierce loyal to her and her family, but is he really? Or is he the one who is responsible for her dad's death?

The two boys and Marguerite travel to alternate worlds and find themselves in quite a twisted plot. Future London. Imperial Russia. An ocean exploring world. I loved all these possibilities especially Imperial Russia. Claudia knows her Russian history and the nod to the actual events versus the "new version" were some of my favorite moments.

Reading through the mystery at the heart of A Thousand Pieces of you,  I found myself thinking -- who is really lying here? That question pops up whenever I'm caught up in a really good mystery. I will admit that I figured it out fairly early on, but I didn't anticipate the twists in the plot. And I didn't anticipate some of the sweet, yet desperately romantic moments in the story. Those always make me smile.

If you enjoy a time travel story, you have to pick up A Thousand Pieces of You. It's a good balance of science-y geekiness, page-turning mystery and just enough of a romance to keep it interesting.


Be sure to enter the giveaway! I adore the scarf and mhmmm, a scented candle???? It's perfect for these chilly days. Many thanks to Rockstar Blog Tours and Claudia for the prize pack giveaway.

G I V E A W A Y

(1) A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Prize Pack consisting of a scarf with a quote from the book, a scented candle from one of the mutliverses, and a signed book. International.


To learn more about A Thousand Pieces of You, stop by the participating blogs and read the guest posts, character interviews and reviews.

Week One
Oct. 27th – The Midnight Garden – Guest Post
Oct. 28th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview
Oct. 29th – BookHounds YA – Review
Oct. 30th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview with Paul
Oct. 31st – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post
Week Two
Nov. 3rd – Parajunkee – Interview
Nov. 4th – Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post
Nov. 5th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post
Nov. 6th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
Nov. 7th – Page Turners Blog – Review

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.


Website | Twitter |Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads | Wattpad

11/01/2014

Compulsion Release Celebration!!! #giveaway




COMPULSION (HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1) Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Early Praise for Compulsion:

“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

"A star-crossed romance, lush gothic plantations, and an island full of intrigue--Compulsion was a heart-pounding race to the finish! A thrilling debut!" — Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series

"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone's Compulsion is not to be missed." — Megan Shepherd, Author of The Madman’s Daughter

“In Boone’s debut, an expansive Southern gothic tale, Barrie Watson is sent to live with her aunt Pru on Watson Island after Barrie’s shut-in mother, Lula, dies and her godfather is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Barrie was born with a “finding gift” that compels her to seek what is lost or left unsettled, and amid the Beaufort and Colesworth clans—the founding families of Watson Island, along with Barrie’s forebears—Barrie learns she isn’t the only one with a gift. Curses plague Watson Island, ghosts haunt its mansions, evil spirits live in its woods, and a frightening “Fire Carrier” emerges at night over its waters. Together, Barrie and a handsome Beaufort boy named Eight seek justice and to right old wrongs. Though the novel is grounded in the present day, there’s an old-fashioned quality to Boone’s dialogue and characters; she skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure, all while exploring the island and its accompanying legends. An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — Publishers Weekly

Order Compulsion

Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins.

Or order anywhere, some easy links include:

IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

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About Martina

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.




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