Diana's mouth and Alex
Diana's mouth and Alex
Gwen's debut print novel, FALLING UNDER, will be released in March of 2011.
In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.
Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting onReview
a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she needs one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth-that
she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.
Anna is looking forward to her senior year
in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy
accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
"I was wrapped up in the sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure of TIGER'S CURSE. I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails--all within a few pages. In short, it was magical!" -Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of HUSH, HUSH
The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.
Once I picked up THE LOST SAINT, it quickly had my unwavering attention from the ominous prologue to the OMG!! that didn't just happen, ending! The plot was full of twists and turns and enough action to keep the story rolling, yet I was left with no emotional attachment to the protagonist involved.
I was eager to return to Rose Crest so that I could witness how Grace and Daniel were coping with Daniel being "cured" of his curse and Grace now being burdened by it. I wanted to know how Grace would manage the dormant beast while trying to find her brother and restore harmony to her fragile family. The problem with that is, there are plenty of dark forces at work and other plans in motion. Grace's father, her boyfriend Daniel and his mentor Gabriel (yes, Gabriel) want her to stand clear and allow them to find Jude. Paying reason no mind, Grace charges ahead and finds a mysterious character that is more than willing to become her mentor. Grace will encounter many obstacles as she battles for her brother, her boyfriend and, toward the end, her very life.
When I read THE DARK DIVINE I truly enjoyed it's unique blend of religion and urban paranormal lore intertwined. It created an interesting twist on an otherwise overdone werewolf tale. I am glad that it continued with THE LOST SAINT. That and the fast pace along with some nail-biting moments made it a good read. Not to mention I adore April, she has some of the best lines and lends a bit of comic relief to the storyline.
The problem I have is my lack of emotion for Grace. I know that sounds odd considering she is the protagonist but as a reader I don't have a real reason to care, and I have yet to make that connection with her. I perceive Grace as just someone who careens from one crisis to another, not realizing what her actions will mean in the long run.
I know that fans of the series will enjoy this read and I will admit to wanting to read the next one because I enjoy the basic story that is presented, especially after such a tremendous cliff hanger of an ending. ARRRGGGG!!
My passions in reading lean towards the paranormal genre, but ocassionally I will grab a contemporary novel to mix things up. Last year I picked up She's Dead to Us by Kieran Scott and was instantly hooked. I felt that It mirrored what was going on with our economy and could only imagine (and would seriously cringe)what Ally was going through.
He So Not Worth It is the next novel in this series and ever since the cliff hanger...dun,dun,dun endingof She's Dead to Us I have been waiting on pins and needles for the next installment. The new cover was just announced on Kieran's blog and although it is well..scandelous looking, I still don't know how I feel about it. Regardless I want to read this book very badly...very badly indeed.
He's So Not Worth It
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, June 2011
1. Grab your current read.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two (2) sentences (teasers) from somewhere on that page.
5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the books to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Pg 132 last paragraph
"I'm Cupid. The origninal, one and only Cupid."
I clenched my hand into fists "YOU SHOT ME WITH AN ARROW?"
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the
impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
If you could wish for a different life, would you? What if that life changed everything you thought was real?
Adopted as a baby, Hazel Snow has always been alone. She's never belonged anywhere--and has always yearned to know the truth about where she comes from. So when she receives three stunning, enchanted dresses--each with the power to grant one wish--Hazel wishes to know her mother. Transported to a time and place she couldn't have imagined, Hazel finds herself living an alternate life--a life with the mother she never knew.
Over the course of one amazing, miraculous summer, Hazel finds her home, falls in love, and forms an unexpected friendship. But will her search to uncover her past forever alter her future?
A Heartbreaking past and three wishes that can change her future.
Hazel has felt as if she never belonged anywhere in her life; she was adopted as a baby, and then shuffled around in foster care after the death of her adopted mother. On her eighteenth birthday she is given a valuable piece of information, the name of her birth mother. Suddenly encouraged with the possibility of meeting her mother face to face, Hazel brings her one dress to the dry cleaners, and in return receives three different dresses and the promise of wishes coming true. Frustrated by events that transpire, Hazel makes a wish that places her back in time. Then what little Hazel believed she knows about her mother is soon turned on its head, and she must cope with the reasons leading up to her birth and why they weren’t together.
Alexandra Bullen has done a beautiful job of showcasing a story that will tug at your heart and gives you the power to believe. WISHFUL THINKING is filled with magic moments, tough choices and bittersweet memories that you will not soon forget.
Thanks so much for having me! Wishful Thinking follows the same overall premise as Wish: Posey, a mysterious, magical seamstress, creates three magical dresses with wish-granting powers, and gives them to the one girl who needs them most. In this case, that girl is Hazel, a lonely high-school senior in search of her birth mother. She ends up getting a bit more than she’d bargained for, but ultimately finds her way to the family she’s always wanted.
First and foremost, I hope they enjoy it! Beyond that, I hope they can identify with Hazel. Even though her circumstances are a bit extreme (her first wish sends her back in time and across the country!) she is struggling with the idea of who she is, where she comes from and where she’s headed next. I hope that’s something lots of readers will relate to – I know I did!
Snacks, quiet, and lots of reasons to procrastinate!
I’m embarrassed to say that I’m so behind on last year’s releases that I’ll probably start there. I really want to read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (and then her new book, too!) And my fellow Scholastic/Point author, Kim Harrington, has a book coming out in March called Clarity. It’s about a family of psychics in a tourist town on Cape Cod, which is just a ferry-trip away from where I live.
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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be much better at updating all three!
I knew that I wanted to write another book about Posey and her wish-granting dresses, and I needed to find another girl who would deserve them as much as Olivia had in the first book. I think we all go through phases of wondering where we came from and who our parents were before we born, so it was a lot of fun to give Hazel the opportunity to find out about her past.
What a cool question! Without giving too much away, I think Hazel’s wishes makes sense for her at the time that she makes them. The first wish (for Olivia, too)is made before she even knows she has a magical dress, so it’s something desperately wants. And the others come out of her desire to have a better life.Whether or not she gets what she wishes for is another question, but I respect her for always following her heart.
I’m always so relieved to hear that people from the bay area have enjoyed reading the books! I only lived in San Francisco for about five months, but I was writing and researching the whole time I was there and so I really got to see the city through my characters’ eyes. And I’ve lived on Martha’s Vineyard, at least part-time, for most of my life, so the setting of the second book came easily. (Sometimes too easily – it was hard to leave anything out!)RR: Thank you, for this great interview and I hope to see you again. It has been a pleasure as always.
You’re very welcome! Happy New Year to you and all of your readers!
"I don't love Sonny Flannery."
That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.
Upon reading the last few pages I became heartsick because I adore this series and hated witnessing it come to an end. Lesley Livingston is such an amazing writer, her stories are lush and so richly descriptive that all your senses are enveloped in the magic that she has created for us to enjoy.With TEMPESTUOUS I was eager to see how Kelley was going to save the day, rescue sonny from a doomed fate and keep her theatre group intact. Because Kelley was coming into some powers that are wicked awesome and she was not going to settle for anything less than a lifetime with Sonny and making sure that those around her were ok. I was not disappointed by the adventures that ensued when Kelley and TEMPESTUOUS' supporting cast of characters, joined forces to save those from someone that had another agenda in mind.
Lesley Livingston has written another story that I will not soon forget. This current adventure had new subcultures and characters that I liked reading about and felt that they complemented the story instead of seeming disconnected. As always I was swept into the story, transfixed by all of the wonder and wicked plot that I did not see coming. TEMPESTUOUS is a fantastic finale to this series and worth reading all over again.
For those fans of this series you will not be disappointed and if you have not picked them up yet then you truly must.
click on book cover to read an excerpt
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the
right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Matched by Ally Condy is a suprisingly unique and downright chilling story wrapped within the cocoon of poetic beauty
Do not go gentle into that good night...Those powerful words are the catalyst that bring on the fire and doubt into Cassia's mind and soul.
Cassia has been raised by The Society, a governing power that she whole heartedly believed had her best interests in mind. They controlled every aspect of her life; where she worked, when she would die and whom she would fall in love with. So, when Cassia's best friend Xander is selected as her ideal mate there is no question in her mind that The Society made the correct choice. Because whom else could Cassie become MATCHED with? Certainly not another boy, but when Cassie sees Ky's face temporarily flash up on her matched screening disc she suddenly becomes aware of the possibilities. What ensues is Cassie's journey into questioning everything she has ever known, especially when a stunning piece of literature comes into her possession.MATCHED is classified as a Dystopian love story. A title that I didn't feel was a just classification because Dystopian societies normally feature a repressive social control system, hosting a total absence of individual freedoms. And although MATCHED does demostrate many factions of this idealism it is veiled beneath the manner on it cares for it's population. No one is starving, downtrodden or sick for as long as you follow their rules and behave you are taken care of. So, I would classify it as dystopian lite. It is an aspect that I enjoy most about MATCHED, witnessing how The Society has kept their unsuspecting population enslaved, given them bits of happiness to keep them in line when all the while they are ruled with an iron fist. It is so frightening and well conceived that I am constantly blessing my freedoms, the everyday practices that I have taken for granted. Is our freedom worth the price of being protected? Only you can decide.
I did want to enjoy this story more but I found the romance aspect a bit far fetched and when certain facts where revealed towards the end of the story I was left a bit dismayed. I am hopeful that the next book in the series answers a few of the questions that were created in MATCHED. I want to know more about The Society and those that are at the top of the heap. Who utimately rules supreme and what is happening to those outside of it's "perfect" society.