Friday, August 17, 2018

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil {review}


#murdertrending
by Gretchn McNeil
♦publisher: Freeform
♦release date: August 7th, 2018
♦hardcover, 352 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: #murdertrending, book 1
source: ARC from publisher for review consideration
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
 

{Amy's Thoughts}

Reality shows collide in this horror mash-up, where only the smartest, keenest, most cunning survive against serial killers out to right the wrongs. Survivor meets Big Brother, meets Scream Queens where this time the killer becomes the prey, and being the sole survivor takes on a whole new meaning. Fast-paced, riveting and unputdownable, #murdertrending takes social media to a whole new level. 

Unique, original and utterly twisted, #murdertrending takes a walk on the dark side with its own style of humor. Filled with serial killers with names like; Molly Mauler, Hardy Girls, Robin Hoods, Cecil B. DeVioleny, and DIYnona who all kill with flair in their own stylized set. As an added bonus for those who are familiar with San Francisco; this is a fun ride through an altered Treasure Island turned into the deadly Alcatraz 2.0.

Gretchen McNeil does it again with her fantastic ability to capture her reading audience within the very first page.  A true Queen of young adult suspense, McNeil makes her readers mindfully unaware of the deathly twists turns they are about to be taken on.

A book that makes you think about entertainment in America, the allure behind reality shows, how little we all have control, and what if one person takes it too far.  While the whole idea of a murder island sanctioned by the government is an all–too scary reality, this story is a gripping page-turner that will leave you guessing until the very end.


{ABOUT THE AUTHOR}

Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MURDERTRENDING for Disney/Freeform in August 2018.

Gretchen’s novels have been published internationally in Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, and Czech. The film adaptation of TEN starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning), Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Callan McAuliffe (Flipped, I Am Number Four), directed by Chris Robert for Rain Maker Films, premiered on Lifetime on September 16, 2017.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. A spin-off of the meme called "Can't Wait Wednesday" is now hosted at Wishful Endings. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

hitting shelves February 12th, 2019  
from Tor Teen
Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

My thoughts:  This is giving me major Stalking Jack the Ripper vibes, and I'm ready to go down that wondrously creepy road---but this time with mysterious powers and a 19th century Paris setting! :D 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: Launch Party Recap & Giveaway!

Launch party for Sea Witch by Sarah Henning in conversation with Renee Ahdieh

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Sarah Henning’s Launch party of, Sea Witch at The Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas. A charming independent bookstore in the heart of the beautiful, historic downtown beckons passersby to stop in for a spell to be whisked into a land of enchantment.  Holding true to its magical feel, Ngaio (the bookstore’s black cat) greets you upon entering, while her fellow employee cat, Dashiell monitored the quickly growing crowd.

In the evening Kansas heat, a bustling crowd quickly swelled to overwhelming numbers, as the shop seemed to expand at the seams to accommodate. A tremendous show of support for their local author, as well as comradery from fellow authors, there was no doubt that this debut will be one to remember.   

NYT Bestselling author of The Wrath and The Dawn duology, and Sarah’s first “book friend,” Renee Ahdieh moderates the event, asking questions that were insightful, heartfelt, fun and enlightening, allowing everyone to see the woman behind the mesmerizing, dark story of Sea Witch. Let’s jump right into the conversation:

Renee: Who is your favorite villain?
Sarah: The sea witch, but she doesn’t feel like she is a villain. What about you?
R: Ursula.  She is an incredibly misunderstood villain. First off, she had Ariel sign a disclaimer, Ariel knew what she was getting into! What are the top three emoji’s used on your phone?
S: Double pink hearts, laugh cry emoji, and of course the mermaid!

R- Why this story?
S – As a kid of the 80s, and 90s, I grew up on Disney’s Little Mermaid, but when I got older and read the actual tale I wondered, where did Disney even come up with their ideas? I am originally a mystery and thriller writer, so I wanted to blend it all together.

R- What is your advice to those trying to write?
S- Take something familiar, and turn it into something new. Get to know yourself and write, and write, and write. You also must read a lot, in order to write well, you must be well read.

R-Do you start with a character or a plot?
S- Generally somewhere in the middle. I am a hybrid. I’m going to see the plot points pretty far apart, and then I fill them in. What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

R- I am an extreme plotter. I dream in words. I start with worlds, backdrop canvas, theme, then characters.
S- I find the hook, then fill the characters on the page.
R- What are the cooler moments of the process?
S- This (pointing to the audience) is really cool. Social media is so different now and is a great way to interact. I sold this book 3 years ago, then marketing pushed it to 2017, then said how about 2018?
R- This is definitely not an overnight process! What did you turn to for inspiration, in an industry that is all about rejection?
S- I became a journalist because I didn’t think being a novelist was a great idea. I wanted to tell people’s stories. But you can’t run away from your dreams. When I get down, I realize I would be doing this anyways. I also read other author’s books published with the same agency. It shows that they have done it too.
R What do you have coming up next?
S- Throw Like A Girl, it’s a story of a girl who is the not-so-backup quarterback on her boyfriend’s football team. I was a sports journalist for a long time, so this is for my “sporto’s,” and girls who want to keep up with the boys.
R-What book are you currently reading right now?
S- Darius the Great is Not Ok, is currently on my nightstand, by Adib Khorram who is actually here in attendance.
R- Hogwarts House?
S- Slytherin and Hufflepuff. But I feel that I am more a Divergent.
R- I am a Slytherin ( as she says with laughter)  What was your favorite character to write besides the Sea Witch?
S- Prince Nick. He’s a romantic and a friend.
R- Judging a beautiful book by its cover. Is this what you see when you see the Sea Witch?
S- I sent my editor a private Pinterest board of inspiration, and she sent it to the artist who lives in Scotland. I see her a little closer to the arc cover, which is different from the final cover.
R- If it’s not a spoiler what was your favorite part to write?
S- The flashbacks. I originally only had a few flashbacks, but my editor talked about the prism of grief, so we added more. I wrote them all in big chunks. It was very chartist to write what happened 4 years ago. 
R- Was there anything you had to cut in the editing process that you are upset about?
S- Yes! This was a very different book originally. It had a lot more happy things, but there was not enough space. 

With the, Sea Witch being the most breathtaking read of the summer, this was seriously such a delightful launch, with an amazing line up of questions, answers and a whole lot of information, and take a look at Renee’s shoes ♥

Are you ready to discover the magic for yourself?  To celebrate this amazing launch, I am hosting a giveaway, starting Saturday August 11, on my instagram page Amy_Fortheloveofbooks for an autographed hardback copy. Good luck and Happy Reading.  (image links to giveaway!)



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. A spin-off of the meme called "Can't Wait Wednesday" is now hosted at Wishful Endings. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

hitting shelves March 5th, 2019  
from Little, Brown
I've been chased my whole life. An illegal immigrant in Mercer-controlled territory, I've always had to hide who I am. Until now.

When Ari crash lands on Old Earth, and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she becomes the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. Merlin awakes to find that having aged backward over the last forty-one Arthurs, he is now-wretchedly-a teenager. Ari may be Merlin's final chance to complete the steps of the cycle: 1) Train Arthur 2) Defeat the greatest evil in the universe. 3) Unite all of mankind. No pressure. 

I don't know about prophecies or kings, but I do know this: Mercer is evil. They've imprisoned my parents, enslaved worlds, and now they're after my friends. I'm done hiding. 

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

My thoughts:  I've always been in love with the Arthurian legend...anything to do with Merlin, King Author, Guinevere, Morgana, Excalibur, give me more, give me more. xD  And this just sounds like TOO MUCH FUN. ♥♥♥

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Birthdays! For the last bits of July 😁


It's Book Birthday time!!

In this weekly post, I talk about a few of the books I'm excited to read that are hitting shelves this week.  Are you with me on any of these? Are there books coming out you're running to the store or stalking your mailman for that I haven't mentioned here?  Hey, feel free to comment and sell me on them! :D
And don't forget to enter down below for a chance to win ANY July YA book your little heart desires! 🎁



by Erin Bowman
The description of this one looks super creepy! I've actually never read this author but this looks like it might be a good place to start! Love a good spine-tingley space story. 
{HarperTeen}
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by Chani Lynn Feener
I've been wanting to read this first is this space series, a story of a girl being mistaken for alien royalty. It sounds so good and now book two is out. So do I wait for book three or get started?  
{Swoon Reads}
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Sea Witch
by Sarah Henning
Very excited for this one! I've heard amazing things about it and love all things about sea mythologies, be it sea witches, mermaids, selkies, sirens, etc. So of course this one has been on my must-read list for a long time!
{Katherin Tegen Books}



 


by Alexandra Bracken
I actually haven't read this series! But it looks amazing and I'm always tempted to start it when a new installment comes out, especially with this being the last. Plus I love Alexandra Bracken's other work!
{Disney-Hyperion}






Lovely, Dark, and Deep
by Justina Chen
As someone with a touch of light sensitivity myself, I can't imagine the struggle of having an extreme case.  Especially as something new to have to cope with after knowing a life in the sun.  This sounds scary and heartbreaking and bittersweet. 
{Arthur A. Levine Books}
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by K.A. Reynolds
Not YA, but excited for this one! I've started this and the writing is very haunting and beautiful and  I love it so far!  Can't wait to dig in deeper!
{HarperCollins}



Already time to say goodbye to July!  Wow. This year is flying by. 

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One winner will win a YA July 2018 release of their choice! *see note below
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, 2018 at 11:59 PM
• Must be 13 or older.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Birthdays! {The 2-week edition 😁} July18, weeks 2 and 3


It's Book Birthday time!!

In this weekly post, I talk about a few of the books I'm excited to read that are hitting shelves this week.  Are you with me on any of these? Are there books coming out you're running to the store or stalking your mailman for that I haven't mentioned here?  Hey, feel free to comment and sell me on them! :D
And don't forget to enter down below for a chance to win ANY July YA book your little heart desires! 🎁



by Nadine Brandes
I'm actually reading this one now, and I can tell you--this magical spin on the Guy Fawkes legend is excellent! Such a unique magical world!
{Thomas Nelson}
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by Ann Aguirre
A girl wakes up after a car accident in her best friend's body!! How creepy does this sound? Very excited to check this one out.  
{TorTeen}
Amazon   •   Book Depository








Year of Living Awkwardly

by Emma Chastain
When my YA bookshelves are stuffed with high fantasies, sometimes all I need is something that looks just fun and adorkable! In Chloe's sophomore year, she's navigating high school theatre let-downs, divorced parents, and wayward best friend.
{Simon Pulse}



 



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22817368-bright-we-burn?ac=1&from_search=trueV
 
by Kiersten White
In need to catch up with this series! I was so intrigued by book one, And I Darken, so I'll have to jump back in sometime soon and see where the lives of Lada, Mehmed, and Radu led them!
{Delacorte Press}




I'll be doing the next weeks 3 and 4 together also---this rarely happens but I guess there aren't many books I'm super excited for this month!!

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(note: this is the same giveaway entry form in all book birthday posts for the month.)
One winner will win a YA July 2018 release of their choice! *see note below
• Contest ends July 31st
, 2018 at 11:59 PM
• Must be 13 or older.
• Open internationally. *International winners will be required to choose a book that is available through BookDepository.com or Fishpond.com up to $20 value.
•Extra entries can be earned by commenting on 
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Save the Date by Morgan Matson {review}


Save the Date
by Morgan Matson
♦publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
♦release date: June 5th, 2018
♦hardcover, 417 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone, contemporary
♦source: ARC from publisher for review consideration
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

{Amy's Thoughts}

Morgan Matson does it again, with a delightful, refreshing read that makes the perfect summer escape.

 A contemporary, coming of age read, Save the Date delivers everything you have come to expect from Morgan Matson.  Charming, sweet, and paired with authentic voices, Morgan Matson makes her readers feel as if they have been swept into the book, living the experience, not just reading it.

June is usually all about weddings and, Save The Date is no exception. However, this time it’s all about the things that can go wrong, and the lengths it takes to make them right.  While each wedding disaster seems to grow in intensity, each problem is believable, as well as relatable, however maybe not in the magnitude in which these present themselves.  With an old crush returning and the possibility of a new relationship,there is just enough love to make you feel hopeful.  With almost too many problems than two people can resolve, like a missing tuxedo, family drama, electrical problems at the house, and a random dog dropped off for the weekend the angst and tension will drive you to speed read through the chapters. A true portrayal of a realistic family with reliaistic problems hidden from the public, this book will make you really think about balancing work demands with family demands and ultimately who pays the price when the scales get tipped. However, in true Morgan Matson fashion, the heart of her plot lines and her characters always prevail.  

A wild ride, highlighting every chaotic event that can happen with a wedding at home, ultimately falls back on one main principle; you can get through anything, as long as family sticks together.  Morgan Matson’s ease of writing and storytelling will sweep you away to a backyard wedding filled with its own share of ups and downs, love, heartache, comedy, and most of all family.  Throw this book in your bag on your way to a summer vacation, or to sit poolside, either way it will leave you with the desire to start new family traditions, or run out for an epic battle of capture the flag in the middle of the night.

•ABOUT THE AUTHOR•


Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.  She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.  She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.

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