BEA 2011 is finally . YEAY! The convention center is bustling with energy, people going in every direction and the conversations of books are filling the air.
Mulberry Street Library
10 Jersey Street
(Between Lafayette & Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10012-3332
I know that tonight is a busy day and I will have to head off to bed early in order to be up bright and early for the awesomeness that is BEA. There are many panels to attend, books to check out and fellow book lovers to talk to. I cannot wait, see you tomorrow.
BEA Casa de Blogger is a unique and amazing blogger experience that was put together by Stacey/Page Turner's blog and Susan/Wastepaperprose blog and I would love to commend them on taking on this daunting task and making BEA 2011 a great experience for us all.
This week I am featuring the highly anticipated Wolfsbane, sequel in the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. I have a deep love for the original cover so that is the one I am sticking with. I don't mean to offend but I believe it to be gorgeous. If you have read Nightshade then you understand why reading this tasty tidbit is essential to your peace of mind. Just click on the book cover to enjoy :)
July 26th 2011
Jacob K. Javits Center New York, NY
Yes. This day has finally arrived, and now I am on my way to NYC. Last year I had attended but was in a bit of a haze due to the fact that my mother was quite ill and hospitalized for nearly five months. So, you can say I was on auto pilot. I had debated on staying behind, but knew my mother was in good hands so I made the journey. I will admit to having NO idea that BEA would be as overwhelming as it had been, but it was also exhilarating and quite exhausting. Who knew?
This year I plan to be quite aware, energized and ready to explore my love for books. I hope that anyone that I talked to or not talked to won't think me rude or crazy because of my zombie-like manner last year. There was alot of my mind but I plan on being quite social this year.
Now, my bags are packed (not those bags to the left, but they were so cute I had to use them) and I should be on an airplane at this moment. I am going to meet up with my Linda at the The Optimistic Pessimist blog. Then we will travel up to NYC via car, train, subway system and by foot to join other bloggers in the amazing Casa de Bloggers. It is going to be fun to be around people that share your love of books, blogging and reading. I cannot wait.
Now, all this fun needs a plan and for me that means a
checklist. If you see me out on the BEA floor then you will understand how I need my lists to be on top of things. Does anyone else going do this? and how well do you stick by it? I hope that my efforts are in vain because It can get crazy on that BEA floor and I do not want to get lost in my focus (which can happen easily) Just show me and awesome book or some coffee and I can be a gone, baby gone.
For anyone that wants to witness my adventure of my travel to BEA and NYC follow me on twitter at @RAVENOUSREADR and I hope to keep you entertained and informed and maybe you can even guide me around, because I know I will be lost at some point.
This week I have selected Void; Hex, Shadows, Ghosts by Rhiannon Lassiter. The cover design is striking, the snyopsis sounds original and cool and I cannot wait to read it.
Void; Hex, Shadows, Ghosts
The CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex - human mutants with supercomputer minds. They are young. They look like normal teens. They must never be allowed to grow up.
But the CPS hasn't discovered Raven. Soon they will feel her power and know her rage.
Raven and her brother, Wraith, must use Raven’s Hex powers and Wraith’s street skills to save first their long-lost sister, and then the entire Hex community. But before they start, Raven must overcome her mantra: work alone and think only of herself. Even then the challenges don't stop as they must crack the top-secret and high-tech security of the CPS, ally with a political-terrorist group, and then ultimately take down the evil European Federation.
And even the best laid plans can go awry.
If you are in NYC on 5/25/2011 then here is an event that is noteworthy and a once in a lifetime chance to attend.
Charlaine Harris will be interviewed by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely) on May 25th at Bryant Park in New York City. She will talk with fans, answer questions and sign books. I’m hoping you are willing to post this in your news and/or events section.
Here are the details:
Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
In Conversation with Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely series
The New York Times bestselling author discusses the latest installment in the hugely popular Sookie Stackhouse novels with fellow supernatural writer Melissa Marr. The vampire mysteries, loaded with action, adventure and romance, are the inspiration for the HBO hit show, True Blood.
This event is a part of the “Word for Word” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.
When: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (approximate end time)
Location: The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas. Bryant Park phone number: 212-768-4242
Subways: Take the F, V, B, or D train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park or the 7 to 5th Avenue
Rain Venue: Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue)
The website link for the entire series including poetry, kids and writers is here:
All programming is subject to change
The events are FREE and open to the public
This week I have selected The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. Last year I really enjoyed reading The Replacement for It was dark and spooky and original. Since then I have eagerly awaited her next book and by the description it is going to be amazing. Plus the book cover is simply gorgeous!
The Space Between
by Brenna Yovanoff
Happy Monday! Today I have a great opportunity for those that enjoy a dystopian read. I have a copy of ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre for a contest giveaway.
1) Just respond with a comment and let me know why you want to read this novel.
2) Contest ends May 31st, Midnight PST
3) Contest open to US entrants only and you must be over 13 years old with permission from your parents to receive gifts in the mail.
So, sit back have a croissant and some cafe au lait and enjoy and don't forget to purchase DIE FOR ME this tuesday May 10th went it is released.
RR: What is your book DIE FOR ME about?
Just for fun, let me answer that question in a few different ways.
ON THE SURFACE: The book is about Kate, a Brooklyn teenager who moves to Paris to live with her French grandparents after her parents die in a car accident. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she meets and falls for Vincent, a French teenager with some dangerous secrets.
JUST UNDER THE SURFACE: The book is about an American teenager violently ripped out of her comfortable world and thrust into a new life in a distant land where she is surrounded not only by a foreign culture but by beings who aren't even human.
AND EVEN DEEPER: The book is about overcoming tragedy, finding a kindred spirit in someone else who doesn't fit in, and deciding if love is worth the risk of suffering.
RR: I noted that you live in France, does your location inspire your writing process?
I live in the Loire Valley, so my current location didn't inspire DIE FOR ME. However I lived in Paris for five years in my twenties and fell in love with the city. That experience was absolutely behind the inspiration of the novel. I consider the city one of my book's main characters.
RR: Amy, what lead you to write such an amazing novel about a group of Immortals that is quite unique and very romantic?
My first book was a memoir, which--although it got me my agent--never got published. I wanted to try a completely different genre and had just read TWILIGHT. I confess that that love story transported me, and I wanted to create a romance in that style.
However, I didn't want to use vampires or werewolves, and I gave good thought to all of the other existent monsters and fictional beings, but couldn't imagine wanting to write about them for a whole book. So I decided to come up with my own immortal being. For me revenants are a cross between zombies and gods. It was such an adventure to come up with their mythology that the pleasure of that process carried the book along.
RR: What kind of research did you have to prepare for DIE FOR ME?
I didn't prepare any research ahead of time. But as I conceived of each revenant, I did look into era-appropriate names and researched a bit of background (specifically for Ambrose and Lucien). Most of the information that I used comes from life experiences or though my art studies or in my readings about a topic that fascinates me: occupied Paris during WWII.
The places I used were ones I had lived or frequented when I was in Paris. I intentionally used locations that I wouldn't need to research. But after my first draft, I did a little walk-around of Papy and Mamie's neighborhood to choose a building for their apartment and Jean-Baptiste's house. That way I had visual anchors and distances in my mind as I rewrote and fleshed out the story.
I also did a bit of research into classical languages and mythology to come up with the terms “numa” and “bardia” (the second of which isn't used until Book 2).
RR. I know that I have several characters in DIE FOR ME that I Who was your favorite character in DIE FOR ME and why?
That is a really difficult question, because I love all of my characters. I know their backgrounds and what made them who they are, and I feel very fond and protective of them. Besides the fact that I have put a bit of myself into several of them!
If I had to choose one, it would have to be Kate, because I identify with her so much. She is at this crucial place in her life where all of her security has been ripped away and her future is completely hers to decide. The decisions she makes now will shape what the rest of her life will look like. I've been there. It's the most frightening place to be. And it is the most awesome place to be.
RR: What do you want your readers to take away from your book?
A longing for beauty and love. And a sense of having spent a few hours in a dream world that could just possibly exist.
RR: What was your favorite book that you read as a teen and why?
I always loved books with strong female protagonists. PIPPI LONGSTOCKING was one of my favorites as a little girl, as was the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series. As a 'tween, I read the Narnia series several times. I wanted to be Lucy and Aravis.
And as a teenager, I truly loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Scout was a literary hero for me. I admired her tomboyishness, courage, imagination and curiosity.
RR: What is on your nightstand now?
A big stack of New Yorkers. I'm currently rewriting UNTIL I DIE (book 2 of the DIE FOR ME series), and when I'm in intensive writing mode, I don't let myself read fiction--not just because I don't want to be influenced, but because I am too easily sucked into books and can't put them down. Which is not good for deadlines.
RR: What is the best way for a reader to find you i.e. facebook/twitter/blog?
I use my blog to write about the process of being published, and the book's own progress. (www.amyplumbooks.com) I use Facebook to tell funny stories and post my news (www.facebook.com/amyplumfanpage). And Tweeting purely for inane chatting and the biggest of announcements (@iHeartRevenants).
RR: Thank you, for this great interview and I hope to see you again. It has been a pleasure.
Thank you, Nancy, for inviting me!
Amy Plum Tour Dates
June 7: Dark Days of Summer Tour, Chicago stop. Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, 7pm.
June 8: Dark Days of Summer Tour, Portland stop. Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 7pm.
June 9: Dark Days of Summer Tour, Austin stop. Book People, 7pm.
June 11: 1pm, DIE FOR ME signing at Barnes & Nobles, Newburgh, NY
June 11: 4pm, DIE FOR ME signing at Tuxedo Park Library227 Route 17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987(845) 351-2207 to register
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (June 21, 2011)
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.
Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful,
uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her
best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?
I am a fan of Suzanne Young's work and when I read about her upcoming novel, A Need So Beautiful I knew that I would not rest until I had it in my hands. And now that I have read the wonder that is this amazing book all I can think is "WOW" This book is positively amazing.
As this story opens you get to know Charlotte; an ordinary high school girl, best friends with a girl that considers shopping a sport, in love with her boy friend, and consumed by powerful urges that draws her to strangers. These urges that Charlotte experiences have progressed in frequency and now it cripples her daily life. Yet, instead of having a better idea of why or what she is, Charlotte finds herself plagued with more questions then answers. Then an unlikely source provides her with the information she desires but the truth of her "gift" is too much to bear and she is left tempted by another that can only lead her into darkness.
I am the big fan of paranormal stories and when one is as original and memorable as A Need So Beautiful I feel it is my duty to tell everyone about it. (YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK) Suzanne Young has penned an original, passionate and heart breaking novel that will make you slobbering mess. You will adore Charlotte as you witness her struggle with her need and how she longs to live and be remembered by her loved ones. I could not fathom what she is going through and can sympathize with her efforts on trying to remain unchanged.
I do not feel that I am giving this book it's due justice, just know that once you begin reading you cannot stop and a bit of tissue and some time alone while reading this book is not a bad thing to consider. A Need So Beautiful Is the perfect combination of romance, mystery and imagination that will leave you thinking about long after the last pages is read. A must read for 2011
Just click on the book cover for the first chapter
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When gettingthe answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret thatputs her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, andEryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looksfor redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will findpeace in the love of an Anabo.
After a thousand years, he’s finallyfound the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe andwin her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortallife?
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 3, 2011)
"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.
Upon finishing SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike last year I was left anticipating ILLUSIONS. I could not wait to find out how this trilogy was going to play out and then was surprised to realize that this book was not the series finale.
As I return to Lauren's world it is to find her finished with another summer in Avalon and beginning her senior year in high school. She and David are together and everything is fine but that all changes when Tamini suddenly appears. He explains that he is now her personal bodyguard and thus the love triangle returns with avengence. Yet having two boys volley for her affection is the least of Laurens problems when an old threat comes to her with a favor. Now Lauren and her friends find themselves on edge trying to unlock the new mystery before it's too late.
For those familiar with this series knows that Aprilynne has a different take on Faeries that are unique in conception and not seeped in traditional lore. It is these reasons that intrigued me and kept me coming back for more. Especially when a certain sentry has enamored of him. Yet, this time I felt as if some of it's initial magic was missing as the story slowly played out with little surprise and the love triangle between Lauren, Tamini and David felt over played.
If your a fan of the series then you would not want to miss this next installment, but it will leave you a bit frustrated. I am hopeful that with the next novel that all my questions are answered and that the initial magic returns.
September 27th, 2011 Time TBD Launch Event @ Location TBD, Memphis, TN
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Simone Elkeles, Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Rachel Caine
September 29th, 2011 6 PM @ Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing, Portland, OR
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Claudia Gray, Sara Zarr, Beth Revis, and Ally Condie
October 1st, 2011 2 PM @ Burnaby Chapters, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Sara Zarr, Beth Revis, and Margaret Stohl
October 2nd, 2011 Time TBD @ Location TBD, Seattle, WA
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and TBD
October 3rd, 2011 Time TBD @ Nepean Centrepoint branch of the Ottawa Public library, Chamber Room, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Melissa de la Cruz & Margaret Stohl
October 4th, 2011 6 PM @ Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, Simone Elkeles & Carrie Ryan
What an amazing line up and I hope that I am able to attend one of these signings. Who is up for these amazing events?
I have a few great wants that I am dying for and one of them is Summer's Crossing, hence the two part WOW for this week. I adore the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and think it is one of the best Fae series...heck any series around and cannot wait for this tasty tid bit to tide me over until The Iron Knight which comes out later this year.
An Iron Fey Novella
-Events between the end of Iron Queen and Iron Knight-
Coming June 1, 2011
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
How many of you adore this series? and cannot wait for this bit of heavenly addiction?
1) You must be over the age of 13 with permission from parents to recieve gifts in the mail.
2) Contest is open until May 31, 2011 Midnight PST
3) Contest is open to to US entrants only
Bay Area YA author awesomeness with Daisy Whitney, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Nina LaCour, Gayle Forman and Jandy nelson
"Come meet award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman Sunday, May 1st at 4:00 pm as she discusses her new novel, Where She Went. "
I cannot wait to attend and hope to see many bay area peeps there, and if you cannot make it (oh no!) than contact the book store and arrange to have your book signed and purchased. Just click on the book store logo for the website and info.
Where She Went
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance
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