Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (16): The Forsaken

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. I really like this book. It hooks you right from the first page. The only thing I don't like is how it somehow manages to feel rushed and slow at the same time. Don't ask me how that is, I'm not quite sure. It's still really good though. And it is sooo beautiful in person. Seriously. It might be the prettiest book I own.

"I am ten years old.

I have no idea that tonight I will become an orphan." {The Forsaken, page 1}

Goodreads Synopsis of The Forsaken:

A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

And The Winner Of Our 1 Year Blogiversary Is...


The results are in! A winner has been chosen for our One Year Blogiversary Giveaway! And the winner is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations!

I want to thank everyone who entered and made our first year in blogging so awesome! You guys are the best and we love you all :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (15): Sweet Evil

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. O.M.G. This book is amazing! If you haven't read it yet, Go. Read. It. Now. You will not be sorry!

"I leaned forward, grabbing a pillow and throwing it at him.


'Pillow fight?' He raised an eyebrow." {Sweet Evil, Chapter 10}

Goodreads Synopsis of Sweet Evil:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?



Monday, July 23, 2012

Author Interview: Peter Anthony Kelley, author of Paraglide

Today we have the pleasure of talking to Peter Anthony Kelley, author of the young adult novel Paraglide! It's about two siblings that end up on a whirlwind adventure through Europe. Here's a synopsis:

For siblings Jim and Erica Winters, a summer vacation to London promises adventure and a bit of freedom from their overprotective mother. But once they arrive, they end up with more excitement than they bargained for. Their mother is kidnapped and her captors demand the one thing they can’t produce – their long-absent father.

Unable to trust the authorities, Jim and Erica set off in pursuit of their father, racing across Europe and fending off mysterious assailants. As the trail of clues dries up, help arrives in the form of a raven-haired beauty. Is she the answer to their prayers or a romantic distraction?


With the kidnapper’s deadline looming, the truth about their father’s shadowy past is revealed. In a last ditch effort to save their mother, Jim and Erica must climb high into the Swiss Alps where a perilous choice confronts them. Can they trust their father who has repeatedly betrayed them? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads


Tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer.

I started writing in my teens. I spent hours and hours creating a massive fictional universe with maps, timelines and character outlines, but I never could seem to finish an actual story. I'd write a couple of pages then everything would fizzle out. My senior year, I managed to finish a short story. I proudly submitted it to a magazine. The rejection letter was kind, even offering feedback on what was wrong with the story, but I only saw the no. No, I wouldn't be published. No, my story wasn't good. No, I wasn't a writer.

I did keep playing with my fictional universe. I even managed to finish half a novel. But I never submitted again. I went to college, got a job, got married, had kids and pretty much forgot about writing. Twenty years later, I found myself living in Europe with some time on my hands. I sat down and amazingly sentences and paragraphs starting pouring out. Before I knew it, I'd created a mediocre novel. I could do it. I was a writer.

How did you come up with the idea for Paraglide?

After I put my first novel in the bottom of a drawer--never to be seen again, I started thinking about some of the places I'd visited in Europe and the rough outlines of Paraglide emerged. I wrote about half the story, hesitated, then stopped until my daughter complained. She'd been reading it on the computer screen and demanded to know what would happen next. As I kept writing, she kept reading, telling me to "write faster." That was all the incentive I needed.

What were some of the challenges you faced while writing Paraglide?

The hardest thing for me about writing a novel is the editing, going back over your words again and again, cutting this character here, improving the descriptions there. I know it was absolutely critical and made Paraglide actually worth reading, but I spent far more time fixing the flaws with story than I did creating the first draft. Editing is a very different skill than writing and was something I had to learn before I could really consider myself a writer.

What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a YA author?

Hearing from readers is absolutely the best. My favorite story is the mother emailed late one night complaining that her daughter wouldn't go to bed. "She insist on finishing Paraglide. She has a test at school tomorrow. If she fails it and doesn't pass sixth grade and doesn't get into college and can't get a job then she's going to live in your basement."

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Read everything you can get your hands on and write every day. Writing is a skill you can practice and get better at, but you need to put your butt in the seat and actually do it.

Thanks so much for talking to us today, Peter! Getting emails from parents complaining their kids won't stop reading your book? That's pretty awesome!

You can find out more about Paraglide at these sites!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Great Job #TeamEtienne! And Congrats #TeamSimon and #TeamPatch!


I want to thank everyone who voted for Etienne St. Clair in the YA Crush Tourney. You guys are amazing and I love every one of you! Especially the amazing folks who campaigned for Team Etienne on twitter. Well, Etienne didn't win his match against Simon, but you guys showed how much you love him (and how much he deserves to be loved!) by voting.

Congratulations to Allison B., winner of our Anna and the French Kiss giveaway! You guys can check out her blog HERE, her twitter HERE, and guess what? She's an author! So watch out for her book Forget-Me-Not!

And, of course, a big congrats to Simon and his entire team and Team Patch! You guys did awesome :) And thank you to the ladies at the YA Sisterhood! Thanks for the opportunity to represent such an amazing character in the tourney!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vote for Etienne In The #YACrushTourney For Your Chance To WIN A Copy Of Anna and the French Kiss!


We love Etienne St. Clair but we also love YOU GUYS! So in order to celebrate all the awesome people who are making this years YA Crush Tourney so much fun, we're giving away a copy of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAll you have to do to enter to win is hit the Retweet button on the tweet below! Easy right?

Good luck to everyone retweeting! And don't forget to VOTE FOR ETIENNE in the YA Crush Tourney today!

Winner chosen: Allison B!
The winner will be chosen by Random.org on Thursday July 19th, 2012. The winner will be contacted via Twitter and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. As long as Book Depository ships to your country your eligible to win!

Vote for Etienne in the #YACrushTourney! #TeamEtienne


Etienne needs your votes to beat Simon in the YA Crush Tourney today! Click here to VOTE! Or read on to find out why Etienne deserves your votes.

Hey everybody! It's Jesse and Taylor from Pretty In Fiction! We are so super psyched to be representing Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. We have both been in love with Etienne since January 1st, 2011, when we both camped out all day with our copies of Anna, enjoying every second we got to spend in Paris with him. So it is our utter pleasure to tell you all about why he deserves your votes today!


The first thing you need to know about Etienne St. Clair is that his name is Etienne, but it's also St. Clair. Here, I'll let Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door explain it to you.

"Anna is the only person who calls him by his first name. The rest of us call him by his last, St. Clair. I'm not sure why. It's just one of those things." {Lola and the Boy Next Door}

Now that you've been properly introduced, lets talk about looks! The first time Anna meets Etienne, she describes him as beautiful. And he certainly is! He's got big brown eyes and matching messy brown hair. Artist's hair, as Anna says. He may be a little on the short side, but his confidence more than makes up for it.

"If there were an Olympics competition in hair, St. Clair would totally win, hands down. Ten-point-oh. Gold medal." {Anna and the French Kiss}

And did we mention the accent? Because he has an accent. A British one! That's right, go ahead and swoon. We are.

"Eh-t-yen says my name like this: Ah-na." {Anna and the French Kiss}

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Oh! That's right. We were telling you why you should vote for Etienne. Sorry! Got a little distracted by that accent.

He's also got a geeky deep appreciation for history. We're talking a this-boy's-got-huge-history-books-scattered-around-his-dorm-room kind of appreciation. And, no. Those are not required reading at the School of America in Paris (aka SOAP). He just really loves history, and loves nothing more than to go on and on about it. Which is okay with us. Etienne can give us a history lesson any day!

"St. Clair's head is always in history books the size of dictionaries,' Meredith interrupts. 'It's hard to get him out of his room." {Anna and the French Kiss}

Etienne is one of those beautiful confident guys who can get away with anything, especially since no one at SOAP can't help but love him. That's probably because he's funny, charming, and stunningly attractive. And let's not forget completely devoted to his mom, or mum as he would say! How cute is that?! But most importantly, the thing we love most about Etienne is that he's in love with his best friend. That's right, he's a boy in love, and he's prone to do some cute and crazy things because of it. Like risking life and limb climbing to the top of a very tall tower to see Anna, when everyone knows Etienne is desperately afraid of heights. But he loves Anna and is willing to do anything to make her happy. What's there not to love about a boy like that!

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If your still debating who to vote for here's one last quote...

"He points a finger at me. 'I thought southern belles were supposed to have southern accents.'

I shake my head. 'Only when I talk to my mom. Then it slips out because she has one. Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though,' I add jokingly.

'Fo' shiz,' he replies in his polite English accent." {Anna and the French Kiss}

Did we mention he was funny?

There you have it people. Vote for Etienne. Fo' shiz.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (14): Throne of Glass


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I'm about halfway through this and I'm completely in love with it! It's so good, probably one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. Our review will be coming soon so watch out. Throne of Glass will be released August 7th, 2012.

"You don't need me to rescue you.'

'It still would have been nice." {Throne of Glass}


Goodreads Synopsis of Throne of Glass:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Find out more about Throne of Glass at these sites!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol Talk About The Host!

We're super fans of The Host here at Pretty in Fiction and can't wait to see the movie, releasing March 29th 2013. Here's an interview with Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol, director of The Host, from Fandango at Comic Con 2012. They talk about everything from how they adapted and filmed the more intricate aspects of the novel to possible sequels!



I really hope SM can get back to writing now that all the movie stuff is going to be ending soon for her. Anyway, you can check out more interviews and footage from Comic Con at Fandango Movies YouTube channel!

Review: Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Title: Don't You Wish
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Publish Date: July 10, 2012
Rating:
When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad's whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she's Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father—and she's the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school.

In this universe, Ayla lives in glitzy Miami instead of dreary Pittsburgh and has beaucoup bucks, courtesy of her billionaire—if usually absent—father. Her friends hit the clubs, party backstage at concerts, and take risks that are exhilirating . . . and illegal. Here she's got a date to lose her V-card with the hottest guy she's ever seen. 
But on the inside, Ayla is still Annie. 
So when she's offered the chance to leave the dream life and head home to Pittsburgh, will she take it? 
The choice isn't as simple as you think. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire answers that age old question, "Is the grass really greener on the other side?" And Annie Nutter is about to find out the answer. St. Claire has written a surprisingly emotional novel with Don't You Wish. And even though I wouldn't say it's the deepest story out there, I do think St. Clair shares some really good ideas about appreciating the things you do have instead of complaining about the things you don't.

I'll admit I had a hard time connecting to the main character, Annie, at first. She's funny and comes off the way a teenager really would in her situation, but I still just can't say I wholeheartedly liked her. I found her to be immature. She was entirely too quick to give up her family and life to become rich and popular. She barely even cared when she discovered she was stuck in Ayla's life, because she got to go to school in a limo. She came off as selfish, and even though her wants changed throughout the book, I still couldn't shake that first impression. But in the end, I was able to look past it and see how much she had grown throughout her experiences.

It's rare that I can say I truly hate a character. In fact, I can't think of a single one. But I found one in Don't You Wish. I hated Ayla's boyfriend Ryder. He was two seconds away from being a sexual predator, the way he practically threatens Ayla to get her to have sex with him. Like she better give it up or else. I truly hated him, and Annie-as-Ayla's reaction to him. I'm sorry, I would have hit him and walked away, not followed him like a lost puppy. And even though she does the right thing eventually, I still feel like she was a smart enough character to know better to begin with.

Ayla's brother Trent is quite possibly my absolute favorite character in Don't You Wish. He comes off like a jerk, but he's extremely loyal to his mother. Trent stands up for her against his father when everyone else just ignores how disrespectful he is to his wife. Even Ayla. It made me love him, a lot. Even with his excessive use of the word "dawg". I also loved Charlie. He was really cute and definitely heartthrob worthy!

There was an unexpected element of sci-fi in Don't You Wish. I knew it would be there, but wasn't expecting quite as much science as I received. I really enjoyed the whole multiverse aspect of the story. The jumping back and forth between universes thing totally reminded me of Sliders, which is possibly one of my favorite shows ever!

Don't You Wish is a funny, cute summer read that a lot of readers are sure to enjoy. Mentions of sex and drug usage might make it inappropriate for some younger readers. But I still believe that Don't You Wish will appeal to anyone who's ever daydreamed of what their life could be like if they "had it all". I really enjoyed it, especially the ending!

Check out Don't You Wish at these sites!


FREE on Kindle: Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles by Amy Lignor

Hey guys!

Wanted to let everyone know that it's FREE ANGEL FRIDAY! Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles Book 1 by Amy Lignor is FREE today on Amazon so head over and grab your copy to help lower its Amazon sales ranking. You'll be helping out a great author and getting an awesome book in the process! Here's a link to our review of Until Next Time.

Get your FREE copy of Until Next Time HERE!



Check out Until Next Time at these sites!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guest Post & GIVEAWAY: Laxmi Hariharan, author of The Destiny of Shaitan


Today we have a guest post from Laxmi Hariharan, author of The Destiny of Shaitan, talking about why she writes YA. And an awesome GIVEAWAY for a $15 Amazon GIFTCARD. All you have to do is comment on this post to enter. Also best comment will get profiled on Laxmi's Reader Avatar series on her blog! Here's a synopsis of The Destiny of Shaitan:

Kindle bestseller The Destiny of Shaitan is a delicious blend of gods & humans, sacred & profane; a gripping ride offering a glimpse into your own power. 

Partially set in a futuristic Bombay, this coming of age story is painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.

When Tiina accompanies Yudi on a mission to save the universe from the ruthless Shaitan, she seeks more than the end of the tyrant; she seeks herself. Driven by greed and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying everything in his path.  Tiina wants Yudi to destroy Shaitan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Shaitan being killed by his son. But she finds that Yudi is hesitant to do so. The final showdown between Tiina, Yudi, and Shaitan has unexpected consequences, for Shaitan will do anything in his power to win the fight.  The stakes are high and the combatants determined. Will Shaitan's ultimate destiny be fulfilled?

Young Adult Forever by Laxmi Hariharan

My sister-in-law turned to me, “when Naman married you I thought you might lick him into shape. Little did I realise he was marrying someone just like himself.” She was of course referring to the—happy to spend life in pursuing my dreams traveller who never wanted to settle down in one place—me.

Coming from a conservative South-Indian family in suburban Bombay, my biggest fear as a teen was to be ‘trapped’ in an arranged marriage. I always knew that I would wait till I found the one. A partner who would accept me for what I am. A free spirit—an easy rider kind of person. So, when my then to-be-husband woke up one morning and didn’t blink at my “Uh! How about we just spend the day walking around Singapore, doing nothing... just being?” I knew that was him.

It took a few more years to realise that I was firmly in what the world calls today the Young Adult space. I not only write YA, I am YA. In fact I have my own quiz to help you figure out if you too are YA.
a. Do you have more in common with your girlfriends’ fourteen year old (especially your love for Hunger Games, Twilight, et al) 
b. In workplace meetings or in ‘grown up’ parties or at the pub, are you the only one who knows Formspring (or for that matter twitter?) 
c. Are you health conscious (in fact probably vegetarian?) who also loves to over-dose on vitamins in the hope of staying perpetually young?
If you got even two of the above three right, chances are that like me you are YA forever. But, wait a bigger surprise was in store, for little did I realise how much my writing owes to Indian mythology. Me, the one who left my home country India in wanderlust, running away from the constraints that Eighties Indian society placed on its women. Me the uber Go West kinda gal, now churning out fiction inspired by the East—Indian gods & goddesses and their adventures? I paused, and dug into my memories—going back in time to when I was a little girl, perhaps five in Bombay—and my grandma, Periamma I called her (literally translating from Tamil as Big Mother) wrapped in her ultra-traditional, nine-yards, silk-cotton saree narrating stories from ancient Indian epics. I had absorbed them wide eyed, becoming one with them in my dreams, believing I could overcome demons in the real world, and that nothing could stop me. It was these stories which portrayed Goddesses embracing their power, stronger than the mightiest Gods, who were my earliest role models. In embracing my roots I found my voice.

Through my writing, I hope to share these delightful stories from the rich tradition of Indian mythology, presenting them in a cool, futuristic, simple to understand setting, so that people of all ages everywhere, can enjoy them. The Destiny of Shaitan and my next novel The Seven Islands will particularly resonate with Young Adults and the YA at heart; for we dare to dream. We are the imagination engine, who sees the future.

If my readers feel just a little of those wonderful emotions which my Grandma shared with me, then I will be ecstatic.

About the Author:

Laxmi Hariharan was born in India. She lived in Singapore and Hong Kong and is now based in London. She has written for various publications including The Times of India, The Independent and Asian Age. She is inspired by Indian mythology. When not writing, this chai-swigging, technophile enjoys long walks in the woods and growing eye catching flowers. Her debut novel The Destiny of Shaitan is available on Amazon.

Reach Laxmi here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/laxmi
Blog: Read about the inspirational avatars she meets on her writing journey at http://www.laxmihariharan.com/

Check out The Destiny of Shaitan at these sites!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Character Interview: Brin from the Grisly High Series

Today I got to spend some time with Brin Skar from the Grisly High series by Brian Rowe! A few months ago we had the chance to interview Brian. You can check out that interview HERE. Anyway, Brin's been through a lot in the last few weeks, dealing with vampires and now zombies in her new adventure The Zombie Playground! So we were really lucky to catch up with her for a few minutes and talk to her.

ME: Hey, Brin! Thanks so much for taking the time out to talk to us. I know you've been super busy, what with the vampires and now zombies and everything.

BRIN: Yeah it's been a little chaotic around here. A few weeks ago I didn't believe in vampires and now I have one living in my house! I really just want to spend time with my friend Ash and go to school and try to lead a normal life, but now with the zombie attacks I don't think me or this little town of Grisly Nevada will ever be the same.

ME: So, you're a film geek, right? Is it okay if I call you a geek?

BRIN: Did Ash put you up to this? He's the geek, not me. I love movies, don't get me wrong. I love nothing more on a Friday night than watching an Audrey Hepburn double feature. But I am not a movie geek. A movie fan, or a movie buff, those are fine. But Brin Skar is no geek.

ME: I hear you don't like horror movies, though. Why is that?

BRIN: I'd rather watching anything else, seriously. I find no joy in being scared. I want to enjoy myself when I watch a movie. I want to feel good when it's over. I don't like watching a movie for two hours feeling tense. Worse, I hate to be grossed out! I see blood on the screen, and I want to throw up. Ash keeps wanting me to watch the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, but I still don't want to go there. I don't like horror, thrillers, suspense. I like my movies happy and fun!

ME: Me too! Bet you're starting to feel like your life is a horror movie, huh? Is it hard, having to deal with all these crazy supernatural creatures all the time?

BRIN: The other reason I don't like horror movies is that my life itself has become a daily horror movie. I'm dealing with vampires, zombies. I can't wait to see what it's going to be next. Ghosts? Werewolves? Bigfoot? The Lochness Monster?? High school is hard enough, and then life keeps throwing in these scary homicidal creatures. I just can't catch a break. I don't really have that much time to watch movies anymore, but if I do, I'd much rather watch some Audrey Hepburn than Alfred Hitchcock. Who's with me??

ME: I'll take Audrey over Alfred any day! What is the absolute scariest thing you've had to deal with so far?

BRIN: Oh jeez, where do I even begin? I've been bitten by vampires, and let me tell you, it's not fun! But even worse is having a zombie breathing down your neck like he wants to eat every chunk of your body. Ugh, gross! I've destroyed these creatures in every way imaginable. I've punched them, kicked them, stabbed them, decapitated them. And that's only the beginning. But the absolute scariest thing? Paul's father Droz. He seriously creeps me out. I hope I never have to see him again.

ME: Well, Brin, I don't want to keep you too long. You seem to be quite busy lately! But there's just one thing I have to know. What's up with you and Paul? He's one mysterious guy and now I hear he's staying with you? Sounds juicy!

BRIN: Paul is a friend. I know he's a vampire, but he's not like the rest of them. He's had a long rough life, and he needs a new beginning. I'm glad to be the one to help him. I'm pretty sure he has a crush on me, and while I do think he's handsome — at least more so than all the guys at school — I'm pretty certain I'm never going to fall for a vampire. At least… I'm pretty sure I won't. This isn't Twilight.

ME: Okay, I'll let you go now. Thanks for dropping by Pretty In Fiction and letting us get to know you a little better!

BRIN: Thank you so much! Yeah, a bunch of zombies are pounding on the door, so I must be going. Wish me luck!


Good luck, Brin! And a big thank you to Brian Rowe for letting Brin stop by today! Here's a synopsis of Brin's latest adventure The Zombie Playground. Be sure to check it out!

Brin Skar has had a rough couple of weeks. She barely survived the grisly vampire attack in Bodie Ghost Town, the mysterious Paul is now a guest in her own home, and her dad Kristopher, dead for over a year, has emerged from the grave to try to kill his only daughter. After two somber funerals and the baffling disappearance of her Film teacher, Brin decides she needs a break from all the pain and heartache. And what’s a better escape than a round of golf at the brand new Macabre Golf Course? But as soon as Brin and her friends hit the links, strange noises and bizarre sightings begin to occur. And unfortunately for the group, the vampire encounter is going to seem like child’s play… especially when the zombies come out to play! ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

You can find out more about The Zombie Playground at these sites!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (13): The Golden Lily (Exclusive Walmart Edition w Sneak Peek of Book 3)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Okay, I just couldn't help myself. This week's teaser comes from The Golden Lily (Exclusive Walmart Edition) by Richelle Mead. If you purchase the hardcover at Walmart it has a special sneak peek of book 3 (aka the first chapter of The Indigo Spell)!! This teaser is technically from the sneak peek and not The Golden Lily, so if you haven't read The Golden Lily yet you might want to skip this one. So, because I know some people might not want spoilers, I'm hiding the teaser. You can highlight the text below to see it.

"Why had he ruined such a good thing between us? Why had he made me miss him so much?" {The Golden Lily (Exclusive Walmart Edition)}

Ah! I'm all kinds of excited for The Indigo Spell, so when I found out Walmart had this Special Edition of TGL I just had to go buy a copy... even though I already had one ;)


Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publish Date: July 10 2012
Rating:


Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman tells the story of Seraphina, a young woman living in a world where dragons exist. Not only do dragons exist, but Seraphina's mother was one, unbeknownst to her father. But dragons are feared and hated by humans in Goredd, and Seraphina fears what will become of her if anyone discovers her secret.

Seraphina starts off a little slowly, but as I read more and more, I found I couldn't put the book down. It was a thoroughly entertaining novel and I suggest, if you try it and find it a little slow, just keep reading. It became exactly the kind of fantasy novel I wanted to read. It had mystery, romance, and dragons! Come on, who doesn't love dragons? And just wait for the twist! I totally wasn't expecting it, but when it came it made perfect sense.

Seraphina, herself, is a little boring and cold in the beginning of the story. That has a lot to do with her upbringing. But once you get to know her she's actually pretty tough. My heart broke for her, having to hide who she was away from everyone, feeling like if anyone discovered the truth she'd be an outcast. I was so glad when she finally let go a little and let herself be happy.

And then there are the infinite side characters! Each lovable in their own right. Prince Lucian Kiggs? Oh, yeah. I fell in love! Seraphina's band of "grotesques" are, once she starts to meet them, each loyal and brave. Princess Glisselda was probably my absolute favorite, though. She's such a sweetheart and she's so sincere and sweet to Phina.

The storyline is really interesting, but there's just so much going on. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's not. The history of Goredd is rich and wonderful. But, being honest, it did take me more than a few chapters to get into Seraphina. It took awhile to sort out all of the information I was given in the beginning, but once I sorted it, I was flying through the chapters.

I love that this book has a glossary, and you would do well to read it! Seraphina is such a rich fantasy novel, with such a unique and creative setting, it can be a little overwhelming at times. But it's a fantastic read that will leave you yearning for the next in the series!



For more on Seraphina check out these sites!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

SALE: Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let everyone know Alecia Stone's Talisman of El is on sale right now from Amazon UK. It's also available from Amazon.com and Amazon.eu.


Here are the links to purchase Talisman of El while its still on sale!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Night of the Purple Moon Has A Brand New Cover!

A while ago we had Scott Cramer on the blog with a guest post about how he, as a child, would have survived in a situation similar to that in his YA novel Night of the Purple Moon. Today, we're happy to show off the brand new cover of the paperback edition of Night of the Purple Moon!

New Cover
Old Cover
So what do you think? New cover or old? Which is your favorite?

Check out Night of the Purple Moon at these sites!



The Best of Etienne St. Clair


Today's the official start of the YA Sisterhood's 2nd Annual YA Crush Tourney. As you know, we're advocating for Etienne St. Clair from Stephanie Perkins' fabulous Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Because of this we've decided to put together a little "best of" for Etienne, to give you a little refresher as to why you fell in love with him in the first place or, for those of you who haven't read it yet, a taste of what your missing by not running out to find a copy immediately.

Etienne Quotes:

"I look at St. Clair for help, but find him staring at me with his head tilted to the side. 
'What?' I ask, irritated. 'Soup on my chin? Green bean between my teeth?' 
St. Clair smiles to himself. "I like your stripe.' he finally says. He reaches out and touches it lightly. 'You have perfect hair.'" {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 6}
"'You get along well with her, don't you? Your mom?' 
'I love me mum.' He says this matter-of-factly, with no trace of teenage shame. {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 7}
"'I like you,' he says. 
My body is rigid. 
'And I don't mean as a friend.'" {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 15}
"'I'm here.' St. Clair is angry. I'm just sorry I'm not there. I wish there was something I could do.' 
'Wanna come beat her up for me?' 
'I'm packing my throwing stars right now.'" {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 27}
"I have nothing to say about prostitutes (other than the fact that you'd make a terrible prostitute, the profession is far too unclean), I only wanted to type that." {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 28}
"'You have too many names.' 
'I have one name. People just split it oddly.'" {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 35}
"'If you ask me to kiss you, I will,' he says. 
'Kiss me,' I say. 
He does." {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 38}
"The first day of school.' He scoots closer. We weren't physics partners by accident. I saw Professeur Wakefield assigning lab partners based on where people were sitting, so I leaned forward to borrow a pencil from you at just the right moment so he'd think we were next to each other. Anna, I wanted to be your partner the first day." {Anna and the French Kiss, Chapter 46}
Remember to vote #TeamEtienne come July 18th. And be sure to stalk Twitter that day, we'll be giving away a little something special (okay, okay, we're giving away a copy of Anna and the French Kiss!) to one lucky Etienne supporter!

Review: Chaos by Megan Duncan

Title: Chaos
Author: Megan Duncan
Publish Date: June 30, 2012
Rating:

Is any shot at living, worth dying for?

They thought they’d be safe, but a world ruled by chaos doesn’t die easily.

When Max turned on the radio transmissions assuring safety, they came. But, it wasn’t just survivors of the demon apocalypse that crawled their way into the abandoned military base. A myriad of beastly demons unlike any they’ve ever seen, came as well. Abby, and her companions, struggle to survive as the evil around them grows. Desperate to endure, and to defend their fellow survivors, Abby and a squad of fierce fighters, take on a dangerous mission that has deadly consequences. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads


Chaos, the second novel in Megan Duncan's Agents of Evil series, is an action packed horror adventure that will leave you breathlessly waiting for the next book to be released. The action, the romance (Abby and Max are just the cutest, even with demons around), the demons! Oh, wow, I love Duncan's demons. They're so creepy they'll make your skin crawl!

I felt Chaos had a lot more action in it. Released focused more on the four original characters making there way in a desolate, demon-filled wasteland, whereas Chaos focuses more on survival and fighting back against the demons. The action really pushes the storyline forward in a great way. Duncan also has a way of leaving you terrified everytime the characters face off against the demons. I was, on more than one occasion, terrified for the characters and praying they'd be okay. I'll admit, sometimes I'd even turn ahead a few pages to make sure they'd be okay!

There were a few things that got on my nerves while reading Chaos. The first and foremost was the overuse of the word chaos. I felt like it was used at least once in every chapter, which sort of made it cheesy. Really, the only other thing was that I read Released a LONG time ago, so when I was reading Chaos I occasionally felt a little lost. Not story wise, but just references here and there that I knew meant something, but couldn't remember exactly what. So I'm going to say, for maximum enjoyment, read Released (or at least skim through to refresh you're memory) before diving into Chaos.

Sometimes with books and movies, the sequel just never stands up to the original. This is not the case here. Chaos is an awesome sequel. It's got all the action, without sacrificing the characters or plot. I highly recommend Chaos (and Released if you haven't read it, obviously) to anyone who loves paranormal romance, or just a good adventure!

Check out Chaos at these sites!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Author Interview: Jessica Roberts, author of Reflection

Today we're talking to Jessica Roberts, author of the contemporary romance, Reflection! Here's a synopsis:

Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads


Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up climbing trees and playing soccer, so I guess you could say I started off as a tomboy. I probably still am, somewhat. But I can easily tap into the inner girly in me.

My happiest childhood memories are linked to long family road trips with the windows rolled down, getting lost in the hayfields on grandpa and grandma’s farm, and the space between jumping into bed and falling asleep, all places where I could spend time lost in my thoughts, playing make believe, dreaming up stories. I was a definite dreamer . . . still am!

When did you discover that you were a writer?

I was a really good BS’er in high school; my English teachers can attest to that. And I’ve always been a fast writer; I can fill a greeting card in under a minute – seriously! And I think editing has always been a part of me; I’ve been known to take a red pen to the newspaper. But none of those points really answer your question, do they? I guess it wasn’t so much that I ever “discovered” I was a writer. It was merely a decision I made.

How did you come up with the idea for Reflection?

Well, I had this dream one night that I was in a big field and there was this really hot and sexy vampire that wanted to suck my blood – haha, just kidding. In all honesty, it’s not really that exciting. I was blow-drying my hair one night in my bathroom and this scene popped into my head: the balcony scene in Reflection. The next day I wrote the scene. I enjoyed the process so much that I decided to write a beginning and an ending. And that’s how it all began.

In Reflection, the main character, Heather, discovers she's in a coma. Did you have to do a lot of research of coma cases for the book? If so, what was the most interesting fact you learned?

I think comas in general are super intriguing. That people can be “asleep” for upwards of ten, fifteen years and then just wake up one day, completely boggles my mind.

But back to your question, yes, I did extensive research that was both time-consuming and fascinating. In fact, I almost changed my occupation from writing to nursing. (haha - my friends would laugh because they say I’m always discovering new hobbies.)

Anyway, probably the most interesting part of my research was reading journal entries from coma survivors. Most of them discussed the rough road to recovery through rehab and such. Obviously in Reflection I took some poetic license there.

What is your favorite line from Reflection and why?

“ . . . Eventually time steals everything.”
"No," he whispered into my ear. "Some things are timeless."

The reason I like this excerpt is because “Timeless” was the original title of the novel. But about a month before I published, I checked online and another book stole my title! I know, how dare it. And the author was a debut author, and she had long, dark brown hair like me, and the story was about a girl who dreams of this boy, and there were too many similarities. So I changed the title to “Reflection”.

But I still love that line! In light of what’s going on in the story, Nick’s words are both beautiful and tragic.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us today, Jessica! I can't wait to read Reflection. Our review will be coming sometime in the near future!

For more about Reflection check out these sites!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

GIVEAWAY: It's Our One Year Blogiversary!


Last year, on the Fourth of July, my cousins, my sister and I all sat down around my computer and created a blog. We brainstormed names, looks, and content. And ultimately we came up with Pretty In Fiction. The next day we reviewed our very first book, a book I happened to be reading (and LOVING) at the time, Hollowland by Amanda Hocking!

We've had a crazy year, blog wise and in our personal lives, but we're still here and still blogging! So to celebrate we're having a month long anniversary event!

We'll be giving away ONE book of the WINNER's CHOICE from our list of 20 of our Favorite Review Books of 2012! Then starting July 25th we'll be giving away an ARC of Amanda Hocking's latest novel, Wake, which releases on August 7th! We'll have other giveaways popping up all throughout July as well, so be sure to stop by all month long for your chance to win some awesome books!

List of our Favorite Review Books of 2012 to choose from:

  1. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (review/goodreads)
  2. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (review/goodreads)
  3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (review/goodreads)
  4. Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey (goodreads)
  5. Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (review/goodreads)
  6. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (review/goodreads)
  7. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (review/goodreads)
  8. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (review/goodreads)
  9. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (review/goodreads)
  10. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (review/goodreads)
  11. Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth #3) by Stacey Kade (review/goodreads)
  12. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (review/goodreads)
  13. Timepiece by Myra McEntire (review/goodreads)
  14. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo (review/goodreads)
  15. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead (review/goodreads)
  16. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (review to come/goodreads)
  17. Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles #5) by Alyxandra Harvey (review/goodreads)
  18. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (review/goodreads)
  19. Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (review/goodreads)
  20. The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (review/goodreads) 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (12): Chaos


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Chaos by Megan Duncan. Megan has an awesome giveaway going on right now so be sure to check it out HERE! Our review will be up Friday July 6th.

"I was getting really sick of them trying to read my facial expressions. They didn't understand women before the apocalypse; and for the life of me, I didn't understand what made them think they could now." {Chaos, Chapter 1}


Goodreads Synopsis of Chaos:


Is any shot at living, worth dying for?

They thought they’d be safe, but a world ruled by chaos doesn’t die easily.

When Max turned on the radio transmissions assuring safety, they came. But, it wasn’t just survivors of the demon apocalypse that crawled their way into the abandoned military base. A myriad of beastly demons unlike any they’ve ever seen, came as well. Abby, and her companions, struggle to survive as the evil around them grows. Desperate to endure, and to defend their fellow survivors, Abby and a squad of fierce fighters, take on a dangerous mission that has deadly consequences. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads


Check out Chaos at these sites!




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