Review: Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington + Giveaway

EmblazeTitle: Emblaze

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: March 5th, 2013

Interest: Series continuation

Source: E-ARC received via NetGalley from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice … and the consequences are unimaginable. 

Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was.

Now Violet has something Phoenix – the exiled angel who betrayed her – will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too. 

Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn’t take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell.

With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to…

First, if you haven’t read Embrace or the second book, Entice, do not read this review.

It’s becoming more and more difficult to write these reviews because I’m constantly worried about including a spoiler unintentionally, so I’m going to write my review as a list.  Here it goes…

  • Once again, Jessica Shirvington delivers tons of action.  It’s almost on a constant loop in Emblaze.
  • The angst!  The forbidden love!  It hasn’t died down, that’s for sure!  A plus to this is that Violet never strikes me as whiny.  In fact, that’s a major plus.
  • I love how Stef’s character is developing.  I have some predictions about her and some questions as well.  She balances Violet and keeps her grounded which I love.
  • I kind of wish Spence played a bigger role in Emblaze.  He’s in the story, but I missed the large part he played in Entice.
  • Embrace and Entice kept me hooked the entire time, but there were times during Emblaze that really dragged.  Most of those scenes are between big action scenes when the characters are sort of at a stand still and spending too much time discussing strategy or history.
  • I was hoping for more development between Lincoln and Violet.  Their relationship needs to move along more (in one way or another) considering this is the third book in the series.
  • I loved the surprise ending.  I’m really looking forward to where that takes the story in the fourth book.
  • Overall I really enjoyed Emblaze and am looking forward to passing it on to my diehard fans in class 🙂

Win a copy of Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington

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Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind GamesTitle: Mind Games

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 19th, 2013

Interest: Author / New series

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

I’m kind of debating between 2.5 and 3 for Kiersten White’s newest novel. I’m leaning towards 3 since it’s a quick read and kept me reading, but the only real reason I kept reading is because I never knew what was going on.

In all honesty, Mind Games has connections and an interesting plot, but it’s not executed cleanly enough. I appreciate the flashbacks between Annie and Fia and how they round out the story, but the actual present day pieces of the story drag and really don’t reveal much. I learned that Fia is angry and broken and feels responsible for her sister. Annie is oblivious and wants what’s best for her sister. And round and round it goes. There’s too much repetition of how the girls feel and not enough plot development moving the story forward.  It really frustrated me.

I like the two points of view, but the voices aren’t developed enough. I knew which character was which because of the chapter headings and when Fia was tap, tap, tapping. Otherwise I had no idea based on voice alone.

Positives.  I think my readers will probably enjoy this because of the fast pace and the mystery. For me, on the other hand, I can see what Kiersten White is trying to do, but she fell short. I hope I can still sell this to my students even though I’m disappointed, because I realize that this book will work for lots of readers.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debuts

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I can’t say that these ten 2013 debuts are the ones I want to read the most, but they are ten that stand out.  Quite simply, there are way too many debut author book releases every year to choose ten that I’m looking forward to the most.  Which debut titles are you excited about?

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (Goodreads)–

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

Wild Awake

Transparent by Natalie Whipple (Goodreads)–

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

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Fault Line by Christa Desir (Goodreads)–Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.

Fault Line

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (Goodreads)–A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “charged and romantic” (Becca Fitzpatrick), lush novel.

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Let the Sky Fall

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (Goodreads)–Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current senior, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving’s history.

The Tragedy Paper

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (Goodreads)–The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms… is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Prophecy

Linked by Imogen Howson (Goodreads)–Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

Linked

The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf (Goodreads)–A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.

When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.

I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”

But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

The Symptoms of My Insanity

Bruised by Sarah Skilton (Goodreads)–When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else — more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world — full of dark humor and hard truths.

Bruised

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan (Goodreads)–After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

The Beautiful and the Cursed

Waiting on Wednesday–Pivot Point by Kasie West

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

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Two of my very good friends, Jillian and Brian, have already read Pivot Point and loved it.  When both of them love a book, I know I’m sure to love it as well which is why I’m featuring this debut.  I’m glad I don’t have very long to wait before I can read it!

Pivot PointTitle & Author: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Release Date: February 12th, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary (From Goodreads):

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Chat With Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!

I’m a BIG fan of the Beautiful Creatures series, so I was just  *tad* excited when I was told about Little, Brown’s “Live at the Lounge” series.  Little, Brown is arranging a series of author chats which will allow readers to ask the authors questions about their books and chat with them live.  The series is kicking off with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl who will be discussing their Beautiful Creatures series.  I hope they get to talk about the upcoming movie!

The live chat starts Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST.  Click here so you can RSVP online. You can also check out the other authors who are participating in the series.

Exciting, right?!

Ten Things You’ll Learn from Whispers at Moonrise by CC Hunter

C Hunter’s newest book in the Shadow Falls series, Whispers at Moonrise, released on October 2nd!  To help spread the excitement over this release, I’m featuring a guest post written by CC 🙂

Ten Things You’ll Learn from Whispers at Moonrise

  1. Kicking your boyfriend’s father’s butt might not be good for the relationship.
  2. Sometimes following your heart means breaking some rules.
  3. Getting trapped in a grave with three dead girls is not a walk in the park.
  4. Your parents breaking up sucks. Your mom having a boyfriend, and kissing him in front of you, sucks BIG TIME.
  5. When your boyfriend says one thing, but does another, what do you believe? His actions or his words?
  6. You can’t always protect the ones you love. Sometimes the only way to protect them is to tell them the truth—even if it hurts.
  7. When you are in love, you usually want to talk a lot more about your boyfriend than your girlfriends care to hear.
  8. You shouldn’t mess with magic if you don’t know what you’re doing. Especially when someone could end up sterile.
  9. Sometimes it is the little choices we make, and not the big ones, that define who we are.
  10. Be careful what you wish for or you might end up turning a bright shade of red in the boys’ bathroom.

Summary of Whispers at Moonrise (From the publisher):

 “It’s not often that I love a series as much as Shadow Falls. I find myself thinking of nothing else!  This has been one of my favorite series of all time.” –Open Book Society

Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet.  A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

 Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

 As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

Review: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Entice

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: September 4th, 2012

Interest: Second in a series / Paranormal Fantasy

Source: ARC received from a friend (Thanks, Jillian!)

Summary (From Goodreads):

US EDITION

Violet Eden is Grigori – part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix’s hold over her is more dangerous than ever.
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet’s power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

Enticed is the second compelling book in The Violet Eden Chapters.

If you haven’t read Embrace yet, then I think you should probably skip reading this review because it might spoil some things from the first book.  Fair warning 🙂

Because I loved Entice even more than Embrace, here’s a list of love for Jessica Shirvington’s second book in the Embrace series (in no particular order).

1.  Lincoln.  He’s full of secrets again, but I’m willing to look past that because he always redeems himself.  This girl is so #TeamLincoln.

2. Spence.  He’s a new character who’s still waiting for his Grigori partner, but he’s joining Violet and the others so he can train more.  I love his character because he adds a much-needed element of snark, wittiness, and comic relief.  Violet is pretty snarky, but Spence has a different tone when he uses it.  I love how he balances out Violet and is there for her purely as a friend.

3. Steph.  It’s great that she’s still in the story and playing a much bigger role than she did in Embrace.  I hope her role continues to grow throughout the series.

4. The romance.  Entice isn’t as steamy as Embrace, but it’s still chock full of passion.  There’s plenty of kissing and angst and looks of longing, but nothing as sultry as the big Phoenix/Violet scene from Embrace.  After everything that happens in Embrace, it’s probably good that readers get a bit of a breather.  I have a feeling that might change in book three…

5. The pacing.  I simply couldn’t put this down.  There’s so much intrigue and action.  If I were Violet I’d need a serious vacation and/or series of mental health days after everything that happens in Entice.  If there isn’t someone’s life on the line or danger lurking, there’s something emotionally tolling happening.

6. Phoenix.  I’m still on the fence about him.  He’s a huge jerk to Violet in this book, but at the same time, I’m still drawn to his character.  Yep, he can draw me in, too.  He’s the typical “bad guy.”  Though there’s moments and flickers of something more in Entice.  All of that mystery is part of what makes him so much fun to read.

Obviously the characters won me over in EnticeJessica Shirvington really knows how to write a well-paced, action-packed love story.

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Interest: Author / New series / Supernatural

Source: ARC received as a gift from a friend

Summary (From Goodreads):

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

The Raven Boys is getting LOTS of early buzz and rightly so since Maggie Stiefvater is a writing genius.  Since I know many of you will be reading rave reviews for the start of her new series, I’ve decided to make a list of the reasons I love this book.  It doesn’t hurt to get straight to the point from time to time, right?

  • The third person point of view, while confusing at the beginning, ended up being completely fantastic and engrossing.  I wanted to really know every single one of these characters and Maggie Stiefvater delivered.
  • Speaking of characters, The Raven Boys is full of elusive, interesting, dynamic characters.  So much is discovered about all of them, but at the same time, so much is still left to learn in the second book.  Let me know what you think of Ronan when you finish reading.  Mysterious much?!
  • The setting and the mood is magical and just the tiniest bit creepy.  Maybe even a little romantic at times, but the book isn’t full of romance. I know that probably sounds goofy, but it’s true!  There’s one scene in particular that involves a wooded area (I’m not going to spoil anything) and some magical/mystical events including Gansey and Blue that made my heart ache.  It’s a quick, foreboding scene, but it’s full of emotion and vividly beautiful writing.
  • Plan on reading The Raven Boys when you have a long afternoon ahead of you because you won’t want to put it down.  Like I said, I had trouble following the story in the beginning because the writing took a bit of time to get used to, but once I did I was hooked.  I finished reading and wanted the second book immediately while also wanting to re-read it because I loved it so much.  Honestly, I was sad that I finished it.
  • I simply can’t get over that ending. (It needed to be stated again.  It really did.)
  • I’m still not sure if the women living with Blue and her mom are aunts or her mom’s friends, but regardless of who they are, I thoroughly enjoyed their scenes.  Their supernatural abilities add so much suspense and intrigue to the story.  There’s a scene when Gansey and his friends get tarot readings which had me on the edge of my seat.  I kept thinking back to the scene over and over as I continued to read the story.
  • It reminds me a little bit of both the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.
  • The Raven Boys is by far my favorite Maggie Stiefvater novel.  Plain and simple.
  • Gah! Ronan! 🙂

Author Interview: Susan Ee, author of Angelfall + Giveaway

I’m excited to feature an interview today with author Susan Ee.  Her book, Angelfall, is the first in the Penryn & End of Days series and it just released in paperback on August 28th.   I love finding out why authors choose to write for teens so I focused my questions around that topic.  I hope you enjoy the interview and enter to win a copy of Angelfall! 🙂

Summary (From Goodreads): It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

What made you decide to write for teens?
The teen years are such an amazing time period where nothing is stable and anything is possible. It’s a stage in life where no matter how devastating an event or mistake can be, there’s still time to recover and triumph over the biggest challenges. It’s a time of oppression and hope, dreams and possibilities.

What has your teen response been so far?
The teens seem to really enjoy Angelfall. Some of my favorite pieces of mail are from the teen girls who fall in love with the characters or from teen guys who discover their love of reading through Angelfall.

How do you connect directly with teens?
They can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or through my blog.

Do you feel that writing for teens is different than writing for adults? Why or why not?
When I write, I don’t particularly have teens or adults in mind for the readership. My main character is 17 years old so the story seems to automatically be a fit for teens, but there are plenty of adults who read the book as well.

GIVEAWAY INFO!

Thank you to the publisher for providing one copy to give away!
Entrants must be 13 years or older.
Only residents of the US and Canada may enter.
One entry per person.
Feel free to spread the word, but following/tweeting/etc. is not required. 🙂
Giveaway ends Monday, September 24th at 11:59 EST.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Wait To Read This Fall

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I start the school year feeling refreshed and energetic, I get to wear hoodies again, and the trees turn vibrant colors.  I also love getting cozy on the couch and reading a good book.  Actually I do that all year long, but don’t we all?  I’ve listed some books I’m looking forward to reading during this lovely season.  I only have eight today, so it’s not a true top ten, but that’s the best I could do for now.

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt (Goodreads)–I’ve been reading lots of good reviews for this one.  It sounds like a tear-jerker, but I’m okay with that.

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (Goodreads)–Thanks to NetGalley I’ve already read this one and loved it.  I’m adding it to my list because I’m excited to buy a finished copy and share it with my students.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (Goodreads)–Besides absolutely LOVING this cover, this book sounds awesome.  Is it November yet?

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima (Goodreads)–This is one of my favorite fantasy series.  The books are really long, but they’re so much fun to read.  Can’t wait!

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (Goodreads)–I just read The Girl of Fire and Thorns a few weeks ago and loved it!  Thankfully I only have to wait a couple more weeks to find out what’s happened with Elisa 🙂

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Goodreads)–It’s been over a year since I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.  I seriously can’t wait for this book.  Michelle Hodkin left us with such a cliffhanger that I absolutely need to know what the heck is going on with Mara.

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Goodreads)–I hope the audio for this book releases on the same day as the book.  After listening to Beautiful Chaos on audio I’ve decided that there’s no other way to read this series.  If you like audio, you really have to listen to this series.

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (Goodreads)–I’ve been reading some positive reviews for this one, so I’m really excited for it.  It sounds like a cool mix of sci-fi and paranormal.  One of the reviews on Goodreads said it’s really fresh which is always something promising to read.

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