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Friday, 30 March 2012

Author Interview: Sarah J. Maas


(Look out for my review of this on Monday 2nd April!)

Before we go on to this interview, I would love to say how much I love Sarah! Seriously, she is one of the nicest, sweetest, most humble person I've ever met (well, online at least)! I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to Sarah for giving up her own time to do this interview and I wish her all the best! Because she so deserve it! Please don't stop being this awesome! <3 <3 <3

NOTE: The Assassin and the Desert (Novella 2) comes out today! Go buy now!

1. Can you remember the exact moment when you had the idea about the THRONE OF GLASS (formerly known as the Queen of Glass)? How did you come up with this original and amazing idea? 

Yes! I actually got the idea ten years ago (…I cannot BELIEVE how much time has passed, wow.), when I was a sophomore in high school. I’m a huge Disney fan and movie score geek, and one night, I found myself listening to the CINDERELLA soundtrack. The music that accompanies Cinderella fleeing the ball is pretty intense (actually, if you watch the whole scene, everyone goes a little berserk), and I wound up thinking that the music would be better suited if Cinderella had done something really, really bad…like steal from the Prince. Or, even worse: what if she was an assassin who had jut tried to KILL the Prince?

And from there, all the other questions arose—who was this Cinderella-assassin and where had she come from? Who sent her to kill the prince? Why did they send her? And what would happen to her now? Thus, Celaena Sardothien and THRONE OF GLASS were born. Asking those questions made me realize there was a massive story to be told BEFORE that fateful ball—entire books, actually.

In the ten years that I’ve been working on the series, THRONE OF GLASS has become more of an original epic fantasy than a straight-up Cinderella retelling, but you can still find a few nods to the legend here and there. :)

2. Throne of Glass already has got lots of fans from the people who've read it on Fictionpress (can I just say how jealous I am of them?), what's the best and most memorable fan moment for you? How does it feel when people send you fan art, letters? 

Oh, man. There have been so, so many memorable moments with my FictionPress readers that it’s hard to pick just one. My readers are incredibly special to me, and all have had such a wonderful impact on MY life, so hearing how ToG has impacted their lives is always a humbling and overwhelming experience. When people send me letters or fan art, I usually grin like a crazy person and/or try not to cry (though I sniffle quite a bit).

Despite all the time that’s passed, I’m still flabbergasted that the series has meant so much to people. I wrote the story that was in my heart and soul, so knowing that it’s resonated with someone else—that it changed their lives in however big or small a manner—is a kind of joy I can’t even begin to describe.

3. Were the four novellas planned earlier on? Did you write them while writing the first book, or were they written quite recently? Can you tell us what to expect in the following novellas?

Yes, and no. The events in the first novella—THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD—were actually briefly mentioned in the FictionPress draft of the story. The second novella—THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT—is completely new (in that I didn’t come up with the idea of it until this past summer). And then the events in the third and fourth novellas were sort-of hinted at in earlier drafts of the book, sometimes in the form of flashbacks (that eventually got cut), sometimes just in vague mentions. But I never really fleshed out the events in the third and fourth novellas in a cohesive, complete way, so when I sat down to write them, a lot of things got rewritten and expanded upon.

But even though the kernels for the stories have been in my head for years, I never thought of making them into novellas until we came up with the idea for the project this past summer. During various rounds of rewriting and revising over the years, a lot of the mentions of these events got cut, so it was a delight to be given a chance to tell a piece of Celaena’s story before the events of Book 1.

As for what to expect with the following novellas…Well, I can’t say much, but both of them take place in Rifthold (the capital of Adarlan), and both closely follow the adventures of Celaena, Sam, and Arobynn (the King of the Assassins). They’re a little darker than the first two novellas, too.

4. Because we haven't seen the cover yet, if you had been given free rein, what would your ideal cover of THRONE OF GLASS look like? Do you want it have model/girl on the cover? Or something symbolic instead? 

Ooh, tough question! You know, I don’t really have an ideal cover in mind. My tastes range all over the place in terms of covers. I love iconic/symbolic covers, but I also think that a cover with a model/girl on it can be just as compelling and intriguing. My ideal cover would probably just be one that best conveys the atmosphere and tone of the book—that demonstrates what kind of story you’ll find inside. :) 

5. Do you and (one of my favourite heroines) Celaena share any similar traits? Hobbies? Likes and dislikes? 

You know, I do share some traits with her (what author doesn’t share at least one trait with their protagonist?). Celaena loves music, reading, wearing pretty clothes, and eating lotsss of food, which are traits that definitely stem from me (especially the food part!). But that’s about it. She’s certainly got a lot more swagger than I do, and is a bit braver and bolder than I could ever be. Not to mention, she’s got some pretty badass fighting and survival skills that I can only dream of possessing. ;)

6. Who would play Celaena and her love interest/s in the tv or film version of your book?

Ack! What a hard question! Okay, so before she was ever cast in THE HUNGER GAMES, I thought Jennifer Lawrence (as a blonde) would be perfecttt for Celaena. But since she’ll be Katniss forever, I think someone like Amber Heard looks the part, too.

As for who would play Chaol Westfall (the Captain of the Guard), I’d say Sam Worthington, hands down (but, um, before his hair got long/weird). At any given time, my desktop has a couple pictures of him floating around. I tell myself it’s for visual inspiration/reference, but it’s totally just to have some eye candy while I’m writing. ;)

And as for Dorian Havilliard (the Crown Prince)…Ah, Dorian’s always been the hardest for me to cast. I used to think a young Leonard Whiting (specifically from the 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet) would be perfect, but I’ve recently realized that Drew Roy is pretty close to how I picture Dorian to be.

7. I'm a sucker for romance in YA, please can you tell us something about the love interest/s in the THRONE OF GLASS trilogy that we don't already know?

Hehehe, well…Dorian Havilliard is the Crown Prince of Adarlan, and he is…Well, he’s a little arrogant and cocky (and a favorite with the ladies), but loyal and clever and kind. He’s still learning what it means to be the Crown Prince of the most powerful empire in the world, and wondering if he even wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. And he’s still trying to figure out just how far he’s willing to go to stand up to his father—and what the consequences of that might be for not just him, but for his kingdom as well.

And then there’s Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard. He’s gruff and aloof and doesn’t hesitate to tell Celaena exactly what he thinks, even if she doesn’t want to hear it. But despite his hardened exterior, he’s noble to a fault, has a heart of gold, and wants nothing more than to faithfully serve his king and country.

8. You've got the THRONE OF GLASS series coming up with the first book out in August, do you have any other ideas for other stories you'd like to do later on? 

Well, in terms of other series, I have a YA fantasy “Beauty and the Beast” retelling (A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES), in which “Beauty” is a huntress and the “Beast” is a Faerie Lord with a mask permanently stuck in his face (in lieu of fur & claws), that I’d love-love-love the chance to publish someday.

But in terms of additional stories set in the THRONE OF GLASS world, well…I don’t want to reveal too much, but I’d love the chance to do a novella or two that feature Ansel (from THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT). She’s a character that I wound up loving so much that I definitely want to have her come back (much) later on in the THRONE OF GLASS series. So I would be thrilled to write at least one novella that explains what happens to her after the events of DESERT.

9. As a reader, what is the most important to you, the characters or the plot? As a writer, is it different? 

Fantastic, fantastic question. I think characters are probably the most important to me as a writer and as a reader. It’s my emotional interest and connection to a character that keeps me invested in a story. The plot should be solid and compelling, too, but if I can’t be convinced to care about the characters, then not even a stellar plot can really make up for it, you know?

10. And finally, do you already have plans on what you'll be doing on the release day of THRONE OF GLASS? Will you be holding a launch party? :) 

I’m not sure yet, actually! I think I’ll probably have some sort of party around the release of THRONE OF GLASS, but I’m not sure if it’ll be on August 7th or at some point in the following weeks. If anything, I’ll wind up spending release day drinking champagne and savoring every minute (and probably shedding a few happy tears, too)!

Thank you so, so much for the interview, Jana! You are an absolute delight to work with!

Awww! Now I'm getting a bit teary-eyed because NO ONE ever says that about me! LOL! Right now, GO BUY IT! It's one of the best and most imaginative fantasy ever!

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

Find out more about the  THRONE OF GLASS  series, and author Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads Author Page: Sarah J. Maas
Website/Blog: www.sarahjmaas.com
Twitter: @sjmaas

I’m Sarah J. Maas, a YA and MG fantasy author. My debut YA fantasy novel, Throne of Glass, will be published on August 7th, 2012 by Bloomsbury Children’s. I love fairy tales and kick-butt heroines, as well as random stuff like movie scores, Han Solo, macarons from ‘lette, and gaudy nail polish. I’m represented by the lovely and fierce Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Review: Pieces of Us - Margie Gelbwasser

 Title: Pieces of Us
Author: Margie Gelbwasser
Release Date: March 8th 2012
Pages: 336
Source: Bought

Two families. Four teens.
A summer full of secrets.

Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities…and escape from their everyday lives.

Yet back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easily. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too—at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn’t seem to care. Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget the nightmare that changed her life. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she’s not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it.

Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie’s secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality—before it tears them to pieces.(

 This book was so crude and contains VERY graphic content. Be warned: if you've read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, well, let me tell you you ain't seen nothing yet. There was a lot of 'eww' moments and 'did that just happen?!' faces thrown in there too. I think my mouth was hanging open for like 3/4 of this book. This is like 10 times as descriptive of THOSE scenes and 100% more messed-up and disgusting as that. (I do love Forbidden, I didn't find it as hard to read as some people.)

You see, I didn't like ANY of the characters in here. Either they were too abusive, too cynical, too stupid, or just plain sucks (sometimes literally). The four main characters were abused in a different way. I could understand Julie's character, and boy, this book made me so HAPPY that I don't have a sister. That's all I'm going to say. Both guys (they're brothers by the way), were just so weird and mysterious and jerks and I dunno, just total assholes.

I'm sorry, but that girl Katie, is a SLUT. Simple as that. I know slut-calling isn't great, but seriously if you've read this book, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. All the stuff that she's done and how she reacts and what she do is just disgraceful. This is NOT a female character you should idolize, or even feel sorry for. I spent the whole time wanting to kill her. I hate her THAT much. But you see, I can imagine some girls in my school being in that position. And doing exactly what she did.

Right... *thinking*... about the only positive thing about this book. I couldn't put it down. Don't ask me why, I sure as hell don't have a frigging clue. Maybe it's because I wanted to know the ending or maybe because it's so unbelievably messed up that I couldn't stop reading.

The ending was like this whole big thing blew up and called it WTF. There was no resolution whatsoever. On the other hand, I thought it was done deliberately by the author for the ending to be open for discussion; anything can happen.

Overall, this book is such a big NO NO for me. But for people who love crazy (and not in a good way) characters and an engaging storyline, then at the very least BORROW this book from a library. I don't encourage you spending your money, though.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (13)

KAREN SCHRECK: May 1st 2012

 "This is just something I have to do, okay?" I hear David say. "The right thing."
He cradles my face in his hands. He kisses me hard. Then he lets go of me. His eyes dart from me to whatever's next.

When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing. She knows in her heart he will come home- but will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

I am loving military-themed YA books this year, and I'm sure this won't be an exception! I sure hope it's as good as Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (another military-themed book with a male narrator that is currently sitting at the throne of my 2012 best reads)! And you can't go wrong with a soldier boyfriend! :) 

So what are YOU waiting for this Wednesday? Leave links below and I'll check them out! 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Review: Pure - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 3rd 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 329
Source: Bought

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
WARNING:: This isn't even a review, it's a full-on gush fest.. You've been warned :P
I have to be honest here (wait..what am I talking about.. I'm ALWAYS honest!) but I gotta say that out of Jennifer's books so far, the Lux series is my favourite. I do love the Covenant series ^ too, but when I read the first book Half-Blood, I wasn't really blown away by it. So I came into reading Pure (Covenant #2) not expecting much. But boy was I SO WRONG. This series just keeps getting better and better and now it's right up there with the Lux series! I really can't wait to get my greedy little hands on Deity (Covenant #3)!

This is probably the best sequel that I have ever read. Unlike others, this actually has a proper storyline, and something actually happens in those 300 something pages. You see, some sequels I've read before only acts as a 'bridge' between the first and the last book. But not PURE. It's equally important as Half-Blood, maybe even more. 
First, let's talk about the writing! You guys know how much I LOVE Jennifer's books! I really don't know how she does it, but she can transform such a simple plot into something magical, complex, enticing and romantic! I honestly don't know anyone who hasn't read Half-Blood or Obsidian (Lux #1). Seriously. She's my all-time favourite author and she NEVER disappoints. 
The characters OMFG! Alex was just pure awesome! She grew a lot from what happened in the previous book Half-Blood, but she still makes (sometimes stupid) mistakes, and she's stubborn, reckless but still lovable! Aiden just broke my heart in this. His love and care for her had me AWWW-ing the whole time. He protects her, he lies for her, he even took her to the ZOO! Hell, if that's not love, I don't know what is! :P

I'm probably the only female on the freaking planet to not have liked Seth in Half-Blood. I never warmed up to him, but wow(!)  in Pure he just totally won me over! Now, I am still 100% team Aiden (just because he's hotter, has dark hair and amazing eyes *sigh*) but I still love Seth! He was so arrogant but understanding and caring at the same time. He and Alex are so similar to each other, but Aiden and Alex fit together perfectly because they contrast, and one learns a lot from the other. 

Oh, a tidbit - I thought PURE was a Seth book. Aiden wasn't around as much(!), and like they mentioned in the book, Seth was there when Aiden wasn't. I really hope in Deity we get lots of Aiden time! And I've got lots of crazy theory about what's going to happen in the next two books and I'm so gonna laugh if they were right! :)

There was the perfect balance of love, action, suspense, beating-the-shit-out-of-someone that I read this in one sitting, and I never wanted it to finish! Psst. Am I the only one who got so freaked out by that old oracle granny lady?!?! Sometimes I just wanted to go up to her and shake her shoulders quickly and say STOP SPEAKING IN CODE, LADY! JUST TELL US A FREAKING NAME FOR GOD'S SAKE! But you gotta love her! And, Caleb *cries* he deserves some hugs and mention! I loved him! Bless! 

I love books that center around Greek mythology , but I never found a YA book that I adore (I never did finish Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, ya know!) before I read the Covenant series. I love the world-building, the society, the whole freaking package! Jennifer did a great job at this! I am a teeny bit in love with her writing! 

If you haven't read the Covenant series yet, then BUY it NOW! Or I will send Daimons after you, and trust me it won't be pretty! For fans of paranormal/fantasy romance, Greek Mythology and the Vampire Academy series! PURE lived up to its much deserved hype, and even better than it's first, Half-Blood! A NEW FAVOURITE! 

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It’s a super fun meme where we gush about the books/swags  we got during the week!

Sorry no photos this week, I can't find my camera! :( 

 FOR REVIEW                                                          ::: 10  :::
: Unraveling - Elizabeth Norris  :Already read! Love this one so much <3 <3 <3:
: The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa 
: Once (Eve #2) - Anna Carey 
: Until I Die (Die For Me #2) - Amy Plum 
: Dark Kiss - Michelle Rowen
: Something Strange & Deadly -Susan Dennard
: Destined (Wings #4) - Aprilynne Pike  :Eeeep! Love the Wings series:
: A Temptation of Angels - Michelle Zink
: Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock  
: Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin
: Pretty Amy - Lisa Burstein  :Already read! Quite good contemp!:

 BOUGHT                                                               ::: 00  :::

No books :( I'm currently on a Book Buying Ban so... *cries* 

(But I DID pre-order the mass paperback re-release of OBSIDIAN and ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout) Psst. You can pre-order the new release of Obsidian (out May 15th) and Jennifer will send you *signed* limited assorted swag! Click here for more details!

 SWAP                                                                    ::: 01  :::

: Angel- L.A Weatherly :Big hugs to Beth for swapping Angel for Forgotten! It's on it's way to you now! :

{So what did YOU get this week?} 

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross
Release Date: March 23rd 2012
Author: Suzanne Young
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence,
Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. 
Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
All I can say: AWESOMESAUCE!

The whole cinema was completely filled! There was an equal amount of boys/males as there were girls/women! Which was totally right, since it reaches to a much broader audience than some! Alright: so I've read the books and I have to let it out: You better have read the books before reading this, just to get the best experience and I've heard from people who haven't read the book before got a little confused, I can see why that is. My mum (who went with me) never read the book, so at times, she was whispering like crazy and asking me what the hell was going on. Also, some tidbit; people can interpret Katniss and Cinna (her stylist)'s relationship wrongly. Like some people who haven't read the books thought they're more than friends. I personally don't like the actor playing Cinna and I've never saw him as the character.

The special and visual effects was stunning! The parade scene and the girl-on-fire scene was the best! Also, can I just say how the set design (especially in the Capitol) was exactly like how I imagined it when I read THG four years ago!! The camera angles were so deliberately shaky at times, and I was so freaking dizzy by the end!
Jennifer's acting...was ok. I dunno, I never really warmed to her as Katniss. I still imagine Katniss as a weak, skinny, and dark hair and quite a tan complexion. But Jennifer wasn't like that; she wasn't really skinny, and the hair was wrong even though they dyed it.. Ugh. I still think she's pretty though :) Just not Katniss enough for me.

Peeta. *sigh* Josh Hutcherson IS Peeta Mellark. He is exactly like how imagined him in my head when I read the first book 3 years ago! Seriously, his acting was perfect! Love Peeta! TEAM PEETA FOREVER! I love the Boy with the Bread! <3

Liam as Gale wasn't actually that bad! He looks and acts like how I pictured Gale! Even though, he only had like 3 minutes of screen time, he still did what he was suppose to. :)

The rest of the cast was spectacular!
Haymitch was the best! He was just so hilarious and I just LOVE him so much! Definitely my favourite character out of all of them! Effie was also great, and Rue and Prim! I never cried at movies, but the Rue scene nearly made me cry :( It was just so greatly depicted!

There was quite a few minor changes to the film, and that kinda bothered me a bit. Like the character interviews, they didn't say the same things, and I don't understand for the life of me why Katniss was backstage instead during Peeta's confession. But I did love while at the Games, there was Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith gave us information about the tracker jackers and all that, they provided the necessary news. 

I think it was just my brain, but while I was reading the book, I thought most fighting or whatever took place in the night. So I was like WHAT??!?! when most of it actually happened during the day: in the blowing-up-the-food mission, the Rue dying scene, the fire in the woods scene. But overall the action was awesome, so was the tracker-jacker scene and the mutts scene (which had my mum covering her eyes, bless her!). The violence wasn't actually that bad!

Overall, the best book-to-movie adaptation I have seen! A fan of The Hunger Games series wouldn't be disappointed!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Review: Perception - Kim Harrington

Author: Kim Harrington
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Print
Source: Bought (Kindle)

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.

I love Clarity (Clare) and I have to admit she's one of my favourite protagonist ever.She's so relatable, and her feelings were just so real. She talks, acts and feel like a real teenager. She's only a year older than me (I think she's 16?) so I know (kinda) how a  'real' teenager thinks.

There's only a few books out there that I enjoyed the love triangle. And thank God Clarity series is one of them. Both of these guys that love Clare are really good guys, but total opposites. I think I'm in the minority here, but I wanted Justin to end up with Clare, both in Clarity and in this. Though, I do like Gabriel too, but in some cases he fell a bit flat for me. 

I loved her brother Perrywinkle (Perry) so much! I was a bit disheartened that he wasn't much in this book, but I thought he was a very interesting (not to mention HOT) character. Numerous times I felt sorry for him for what happened in the last book. 

The mystery was just spot on! I love YA mysteries, and I read both books (Clarity and Perception) in just one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out who the real killer was! As usual, since I'm so rubbish at guessing stuff, I didn't guessed who it was correctly! But I think that was what made it fun...

I was quite disappointed with the ending. I thought it ended too abrupt, and I would have preferred a more 'stronger' closure. For instance, I would have liked to see Clare talking to the one guy she didn't pick and tell her about the secret that she discovered about what truly happened THAT night (People that have read Clarity and Perception will know who and what I'm talking about, I hope!). I felt like the ending came together so easily.I know this is the end of the two-book series, but!

Overall, if you haven't read Clarity, then please I am begging you to do so! Clarity and Perception are an example of a great YA mystery thriller that will leave you breathless and satisfied at the same time!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (12)

 What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

You guys know how much I love Entangled books and I have a feeling that this won't be any different! I love the cover and the fonts :) The only bad thing is that it was originally planned for an April release, but they moved it back to June :( Oh well, I'm sure it'll be worth the extra wait! 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My 16th Birthday Giveaway!


Hey guys!! I know you're going to skip this boring part and go straight to the giveaway form, but read this yo because I will be telling you guys several important secret stuff. So here it is:

1. If you've read the I'M FAMOUS LOL post, you'd know that there would be some very upcoming STUFF going on here on the blog. First, next month is my birthday. So to celebrate that I survived 16 years, I am hosting a giveaway to win a YA book coming out in April. This IS the giveaway that I was talking about.

2. As next month is my birthday (duh!) and also the final preparation stuff before my final GCSE exams during May and June, I would be pretty busy and probably INVISIBLE here, there and everywhere. So I thought of this brilliant idea that because I wouldn't be able to read and review lots of books (probably 4 at the max.), I thought that why not have author interviews and giveaways and guest posts and blog tours and everything? So that's exactly what I did, clever me. Here's the half of the list of authors I would be interviewing next month (psst. this is not the full list, just the ones that are ready to go live): 

Sarah J. Mass (Throne of Glass)
Brigid Kemmerer (Storm)
Trish Doller (Something Like Normal)
K.C Blake (Witch Hunt)
Jus Accardo (Touch)
Elizabeth Norris (Unraveling)
Wendy Higgins (Sweet Evil)
AND MANY MORE! *evil laugh*

Now that's all out of the way, here's the giveaway where there would be 2 WINNERS of April release books, and swags!


1. Fill in this Rafflecopter Giveaway Form
2. Comment on this blog post about which book (include the author's name) you'd like to win. You can type in more than one title (I know, it's hard not to) but I will just choose one.

That's it. Easy peasy, isn't it?! Now, go, have fun and cross your fingers! Good luck!

::: RULES  ::: 
: This is international (check to see if The Book Depository delivery to your country)

: You have to be a follower of The Book Goddess.

: You can tweet/whatever every day for the whole month if you like - so if you tweet about this for a whole month, then you would have a month's worth more chances. I will check every single thing, so if you didn't do it right, you will be disqualified.

: Please, only choose books that actually comes out in April. This giveaway was created to spotlight debut and established authors' books that are coming out next month.

: As I said before, I will be ordering this off The Book Depository, so if there's a problem/mail gets lost, it won't be my responsibility. 

: It will start today (2oth March) and end on my birthday (20th April) midnight England time.

Here's the list of dates, title of book and author::: (I tried to include and list all of the YA books coming out in April, so tell me (email me, not comment on this post) if I missed one and I'll happily put it in.  Also, any mistakes/questions/suggestions = email me!

Above - Leah Bobet
The List - Siobhan Vivian
Take A Bow - Elizabeth Eulberg
Dying to Know You - Aidan Chambers

Pure -  Jennifer L. Armentrout  (Gotta say, I LOVED this. Best sequel ever)
Grave Mercy - R.L. LaFevers
The Shape of Desire - Sharon Shinn
Black Heart - Holly Black
Immortal City - Scott Speer
I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

172 Hours on the Moon - Johan Harstad, Tara Chace
Dark Heart Surrender - Lee Monroe

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout (new mass market paperback now moved to May *cries*)
Belles - Jen Calonita
The Calling - Kelley Armstrong
Taken At Dusk - C.C. Hunter
Chosen Ones - Tiffany Truitt (now moved to June *cries again*)

In The Shadow of the Lamp - Susanne Dunlap

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip - Anthony John

The Last Echo - Kimberly Derting
Glimmer - Phoebe Kitanidis
The Wicked & The Just - J. Anderson Coats
The Springsweet - Saundra Mitchell
Gone, Gone, Gone - Hannah Moskovitz

Purity  - Jackson Pearce
Unraveling - Elizabeth Norris
Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa
The Selection - Kiera Cass
The Story of Us - Deb Caletti
Storm - Brigid Kemmerer
Breaking Beautiful - Jennifer Shaw Wolf
It's Our Prom - Julie Anne Peters

The Right & the Real - Joelle Anthony
7 Clues to Winning You - Kristin Walker

Kiss The Morning Star -  Elissa Janine Hoole

Here's the Giveaway Form:::


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