WE REMEMBER: OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Blog Tour + Giveaway

LIVE A LIFE WORTH DYING FOR.....but what if one of your favorite series is over and you find it difficult to move on? 

That is how I am feeling now that The Illuminae Files has come to it's ultimate conclusion. 

Amie and Jay wrote these books and it has been the most intensely exhilerating adventure that I am so sorry to see end. I cannot imagine not having another book in this series to look forward to because each novel gave us beloved characters and story arcs that stay were simply amazing. Yet, despite my sadness at witnessing this series end I feel that they did a fantastic of bringing everything together.

I am sorry for my vagueness, but believe me when I say that if you adored ILLUMINAE and GEMINA then you are going to absorb OBSIDIO like a sponge. Each chapter, illustration and ultimate adventure....will stay with you and make you savor each word. For those of you that have not read this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Seriously, I am not a huge fan of sci-fi reads but I absolutely adore this series and think it is a beautiful example that great storytelling can anyone a fan and it will always be a favorite.

I highly encourage you to enjoy this series via audiobook while having the book nearby. The full cast audio is so worth it, I promise.

Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for an honest review

Title: OBSIDIO (The Illuminae Files Book 3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Pub. Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 608
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDAudibleGoodreads

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Title: GEMINA (The Illuminae Files #2)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Pages: 608
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes& Noble | iBooks

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Title: ILLUMINAE (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Pub. Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 624
Formats: Paperback

It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica-shaped hole in my heart.- --Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of The Red Queen
Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling -out-of-this-world awesome.- The first in an epic sci-fi series unlike anything else out there.

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents--including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more--Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Brace yourself, because you're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave.- --Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series

Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.- --EW.com

You're not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .- --Bustle.com

A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.- --MTV.com

Don't miss the rest of the series!

About Amie & Jay

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/1/2018- Two Chicks on BooksReview
3/2/2018- YA BibliophileReview

Week Two:
3/5/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview
3/6/2018- BookHounds YAReview
3/7/2018- Novel NoviceReview
3/8/2018- Adventures of a Book JunkieReview
3/9/2018- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview

Week Three:
3/12/2018- Fiction FareReview
3/13/2018- The Young FolksReview
3/14/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
3/15/2018- The Book NutReview
3/16/2018- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderReview

Week Four:
3/19/2018- StuckInBooksReview
3/20/2018- PaperTrailYAReview
3/21/2018- NerdophilesReview
3/22/2018- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
3/23/2018- YA Books CentralExcerpt

Week Five:
3/26/2018- The Eater of Books!Review
3/27/2018- Page Turners BlogReview
3/28/2018- Book BriefsReview
3/29/2018- Emily Reads EverythingReview

3/30/2018- Mundie MomsReview


I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three. 

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.




I knew something was wrong the second she walked in the door tonight; I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Same hair color. Same legs. Same face. Except…I look harder. At the small dimple beneath her lip that wasn’t there the last time we went out. And her laugh—that laugh isn’t as loud. This isn’t the girl I’ve gone out with the past few weeks. It’s her twin sister, and they’ve switched places on me. Only I’m not quite ready to let them switch back.      


Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

Second Annual Bloggers ❤️ Authors Event

We constantly (not-so-humble) brag about how amazing the Bay Area book world is. The relationship between bookish people, authors, and bookstores is out of this world. It's thanks to this amazingness that the Bay Area Bloggers <3 Authors Event was born and had a successful second year (see year one here!).

Saturday, March 10th, NYMBC and Books, Inc - Santa Clara hosted 13 authors and bloggers and let us tell you...


Each blogger paired up with an author and once the interviews are all posted (including our own with Tim Floreen and Gordon Jack), we will link them here. 

Participating Authors
  • Alexandra Sirowy
  • Gordon Jack
  • Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • Parker Peevyhouse
  • Tim Floreen
  • Claire Kann
  • Adrienne Young
  • SJ Kincaid
  • Krystal Sutherland
  • Lily Anderson
  • Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Randy Ribay
  • Stephanie Kuehn

Participating Bloggers
  • Hannah at NYMBC --> Hannah chats Alexandra Sirowy up here! 
  • Teen Advisory Board Members Ava and Alanna chat with Kelly Loy Gilbert and Tamara Ireland Stone here!
  • Nancy and Christy at Tales of the Ravenous Reader (that's us!) --> See Nancy's interview with Tim Floreen here & Christy's interview with hilarious Gordon Jack here
  • Jesalin at JBelkBooks --> Check out Jesalin's interview with Krystal Sutherland (but don't get cursed!)! 
  • Amaris at AmarisFloria spent her Saturday with Lily Anderson and lived (died?) to chat about it! 
  • Alyssa at San Jose Public Library --> Alyssa talked with thriller queen Stephanie Kuehn here! 
  • Enna at Books, Boys, and Blogs --> Everything you wanted to know about LOVE with Enna and Claire Kann! 
  • Amanda R. at Forever Young Adult --> See her interview with debut author Adrienne Young here!
  • Joss at Tealreader --> Check out why Joss may never forgive SJ Kincaid here!
  • Alicia at Shooting Stars Mag --> See Alicia chat about boys, sports, and friendship with Randy Ribay here!


Not Your Mother's Book Club isn't REALLY a club. It's the name of Books Inc.'s Young Adult Author Salon. So really, we're just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene! We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...

Not Your Mother’s Book Club events go into the Not Your Mother’s Book Club Fund, which Books Inc. turns around and uses to spread the love of reading throughout the Bay Area communities.

A Dialogue about The Dialogues - Bringing Science into Your Everyday Conversation

The Dialogues poses an interesting idea: what if we incorporated science into our daily conversations the way we do politics, sports, or movies/tv shows? What would our world be like if we discussed our questions or unknowns? What if every scientist believed those outside the field were interested (and capable!) of having discussions around science?

Science can feel exclusive but The Dialogues finds a way to bring it to the lay person. Swipe to see my favorite panel, featuring two youth going through the scientific method (without even knowing it!). Their curiosity came from a meal they were eating.

Last year, we went to #SVCC, which featured a partnership with #NASA. I didn’t go to a con expecting to want to spend the entire weekend in science panels but once we engaged with NASA scientists, we couldn’t resist spending our weekend learning more. My preferred science has always been biology (my original major!) but I was way into the astrophysics being presented. The Dialogues reminded me of this experience!

I loved that the author/illustrator designed a graphic novel versus a print story (show, not tell). I also appreciated the explanations at the end of the chapter, which provided insight and further reading opportunities.

Highly recommend for everyone to plant the seed of adding science to your day! Take that curiosity into your daily conversations and watch yourself turn into a scientist! Check out my interview with Dr. Clifford Johnson below! 

Interview w/ Dr. Clifford Johnson, Author of The Dialogues

You wrote and illustrated The Dialogues. What was your creative process like in designing both the story and the art?

Well, I used many different modes along the way. Sometimes I’d write dialogue on its own mostly, with relatively little attention to the art aspect, but at other times I wrote much more visually, doing little thumbnail versions of the page as I thought about the concepts being discussed, constructing the words of the dialogues for it later. Other times - most times - it was more a little of both, where design of the words, settings, layout, and other aspects were done in parallel, ensuring that they all support each other, as I hope you can see in the book! Of course, I was also learning the whole process as I was going along, spending a lot of time learning drawing and the right kind of art and other techniques needed to make a graphic book. 

In The Dialogues, you share instances in which people could weave science into their daily conversations. Have you eavesdropped on any convos? Tell us about them!

Well, the book is me telling you about them! The whole book is a celebration of such conversations about science between ordinary people out there in the world. Not particular conversation in there is fully an overheard conversation, but most of them have elements that contain the spirit of real conversations I’ve heard out there in the world about Science. Listen and you’ll hear some too.

I love how you list resources after each chapter to help add to the conversation or build on natural curiosity. Are there general resources you'd recommend to people who are interested in learning more about a specific scientific subject?

Well, it depends upon your interests. The best general sources remain your local library and your local bookstore, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for exactly. No, seriously, go and browse and find some surprises to take home, and if they don’t have the kinds of things you’re looking for, make suggestions. Browsing books on a shelf is becoming a forgotten art, but it can’t be beat. Of course, there’s the web, but most good sources are typically narrowly separated out by category, so you maybe already know what you’re interested in before you begin looking. But there are exceptions: Cara Santa Maria’s podcast Talk Nerdy has lots of great guests on lots of diverse topics, maybe leading you to discover topics you did not know you were looking for. Another great resource like that is Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings, a website full of great book and other recommendations on science and well beyond. Radio programs like Science Friday and The Pulse in the USA have excellent companion websites, and pretty much any of the BBC’s several science programs on Radio have great companion websites, podcasts, etc. And of course there are great bloggers like the team at NPR’s Cosmos and Culture blog or Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy that are worth checking periodically.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to want to write and illustrate your own graphic novel?

You might be expecting me to list other examples that talk about science, but I’m unable to since one of the reasons I made this book is because I saw a need for it - I could not see anything out there like it. So I just decided to make it to show it can be done and to encourage others to maybe try too. The point is that I wanted a graphic book that has science as a starring character, but wasn’t an illustrated lecture. Illustrated lectures are awesome but not what I was going for, and most graphic books which aren’t that are instead biographies of scientists. Another great genre, but also not what I wanted to do. So I was trying to do a non-fiction book, with a serious tone, about science, for grownups (although younger people can read it too!) who appreciate that the graphic novel form can contain more than just superheroes, or jokes, or adventure stories. So I’m still struggling to find you examples that inspired me. I can’t. It is probably because I did not start thinking about combining graphic books and science for the sake of experiment, but instead because I was driven to it a solution to an idea I had back in 1999 while thinking about what was missing in standard prose books about science. I wanted to have conversations up front, and then I realised I wanted readers to see the people more, and what they were saying and maybe writing, and the locations of the conversations. These were all important elements to me as a means of making the reader feel more included in the process of the science discussion. It dawned on me in the mid 2000s that the solution was to go graphic. I was then blown away that nobody had ever really done that before. So I kind of had to make it. 

Once I was well on the path with the book, however, some interesting graphic books started to appear that you an imagine being on the same part of the bookshelf as mine, like Logicomix (although that is still mostly biography, but has mathematical ideas very upfront), or Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening, which examines ideas about visual perception and representation. I humbly submit that I’d hope on that shelf could be David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece Asterios Polyp, which is actually a novel, but somehow has architectural ideas and sensibility very much at the forefront... or even Sonny Liew’s masterpiece from last year, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which is a wonderful way of exploring the history of a country in detail (and also aspects of the history of comics), while masquerading as a biography.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a physicist. What moments have been defining for you in your career?

I actually wanted to be a scientist since I was a young child (well before 8 or 9), I think because I learned that there was this career where you could just continue asking questions and figuring out how stuff worked, which is what I liked to do anyway. I was flummoxed when one day a family friend asked what kind of scientist I wanted to be. I didn’t know you had to choose, and I remember finding this revelation annoying. So I went away and sat with a dictionary and looked up every “-ist” and “-ologist” I could find until I hit “physicist”. The definition said something about it being the field which underlies all the other scientific fields. That was it for me. I loved (and still love) all of science, and so a definition like that (which of course is really oversimplified and arguably wrong) was music to my ears since it meant I could keep my options open about what science I got involved in. So that was a defining moment. There were many others along the way, and many obstacles too, but I’ve always been pretty determined, cared little about some people thinking that it was (for some) an odd choice, and so stayed hooked and kept on the path. Frankly, having a family that was supportive of my choices even if they couldn’t always relate to them was super-important.

by Dr. Clifford Johnson
Published: November 16th, 2017
Publisher: Mit Press
Source: Publisher

A series of conversations about science in graphic form, on subjects that range from the science of cooking to the multiverse.

Physicist Clifford Johnson thinks that we should have more conversations about science. Science should be on our daily conversation menu, along with topics like politics, books, sports, or the latest prestige cable drama. Conversations about science, he tells us, shouldn't be left to the experts. In The Dialogues, Johnson invites us to eavesdrop on a series of nine conversations, in graphic-novel form -- written and drawn by Johnson -- about "the nature of the universe." The conversations take place all over the world, in museums, on trains, in restaurants, in what may or may not be Freud's favorite coffeehouse. The conversationalists are men, women, children, experts, and amateur science buffs. The topics of their conversations range from the science of cooking to the multiverse and string theory. The graphic form is especially suited for physics; one drawing can show what it would take many words to explain.

In the first conversation, a couple meets at a costume party; they speculate about a scientist with superhero powers who doesn't use them to fight crime but to do more science, and they discuss what it means to have a "beautiful equation" in science. Their conversation spills into another chapter ("Hold on, you haven't told me about light yet"), and in a third chapter they exchange phone numbers. Another couple meets on a train and discusses immortality, time, black holes, and religion. A brother and sister experiment with a grain of rice. Two women sit in a sunny courtyard and discuss the multiverse, quantum gravity, and the anthropic principle. After reading these conversations, we are ready to start our own.