Exclusive Interview w/ Author Gretchen McNeil PLUS Signed “Get Even” swag giveaway!

Exclusive Interview w/ Author Gretchen McNeil PLUS Signed “Get Even” swag giveaway!

Earlier this month, I featured a post for the GET EVEN  pre-order giveaway.  I am super excited to be sharing with you now, an exclusive interview with the author, Gretchen McNeil!

Meet Gretchen

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Author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59, as well as the new mystery/suspense series Don’t Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY, all with Balzer +…

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Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Genre(s): YA, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Dystopia

Publisher: Disney- Hyperion

Series/Standalone:
Series. Book 2/3 in The Darkest Minds Trilogy

Page Count: 507

Edition: First. American Hardcover.

Synopsis: (from Goodreads):

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When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about…

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Top Ten Tuedsay: Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuedsay: Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish .  Each week they post a new Top Ten list topic and invite everyone to join in on the fun by compiling their own list.

September 2: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know…back to school theme)

My Fictional Lunch Table Mates…
  1.  Jace – from The Mortal Instruments.  Because he’s snarky and sexy…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Bracken the darkest mindsGenre(s): YA, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Dytopia

Publisher: Disney- Hyperion

Series/Standalone:
Series. Book 1/3 in The Darkest Minds Trilogy

Page Count: 488

Edition: First. American Hardcover.

Synopsis: (from Goodreads):

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something…

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August Book of the Month: Final Week

August Book of the Month: Final Week

Bracken the darkest mindsWeek 4, Aug. 24th-30th: Chapters 24-31 (p. 393-488) 95 pages this week Discussion Topics World Building:
  • East River- so it seems that this safe haven isn’t so safe after all.  This was kind of the impression I had last week, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when things went bad. The world building at this stage in any novel is going to be pretty much completed, but I thought I would…

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Regarding the TRC fandom & the “trash” comment

*EDITED because I was wrong about what the “trash” comment actually was. Ooops. MY BAD. 

I still stand by what I said, about name calling stemming from fear.  I think name calling is a form of anger, hate, dislike, etc. and I think all of that is a form of fear manifested.  BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT NOW, IS IT?

People calling each other “trash” is not Maggie Stiefvater calling Kavinsky fans “trash”.  I do not know where this notion, that authors are responsible for their readers, came from… but I dislike it very much.  Where is the accountability in that?  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF (unless you are a small child and then a- why are you on Tumblr & b- Maggie Stiefvater is not your mummy). She is not responsible for coming to the defense of every character and their respective fan base. HOW COULD SHE BE?  She is one person.

It really makes me sad to see an author (not just one I am so fond of, but any author really) have to take a step back from the fandom surrounding their work(s).  It is one thing to ask a question and hope for an answer, I get that. But to then throw their words back in their face and publicly attempt to shame them for it?  What gain can possibly come of that?  Attacking an author on a personal level, demanding validation or further explanation of their words, is uncool. So is holding them accountable for the actions of their fans.

Maggie, if you are reading this, your work is wonderful and you, as a person, are valued regardless of your feelings/thoughts on Kavinsky. 

*For those curious about my feelings on Kavinsky- I’m rather indifferent.  I value his character and the role he plays and I find him to be a wonderfully constructed, vastly damaged, glorious character. But I dislike the majority of his actions and reasoning and think he is toxic to have in one’s life.  Say what you will about this opinion- it is mine.

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Cassandra Clare is KILLING me with this JESSA short!!!

Cassandra Clare is KILLING me with this JESSA short!!!

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr yesterday, to share part 1 of a new 3-part short story entitle “After the Bridge”.  If you have no clue what I am talking about then you most likely haven’t read The Infernal Devices, and you should really remedy that asap.  For now, if you have not read all 3 books in The Infernal Devices then  avert your eyes- SPOILERS will happen if you read on!

Let me begin by…

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I’m participating in The Raven Cycle (re)Readathon

I’m participating in The Raven Cycle (re)Readathon

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I am super excited to be participating in this readathon because I am a MASSIVE fan of The Raven Cycle and of Maggie Stiefvater.  The third book in the planned quartet- Blue Lily, Lily Blue- will be released on October 21st of this year. SO if you have not already read the first two books this is the perfect time to start! And if you’re like me, and have read both books more than twice…

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Open Call: I need 2 co-hosts for a Readathon I am planning

Open Call: I need 2 co-hosts for a Readathon I am planning

Help Me Host a Readathon!

I am looking for 2 book bloggers who can help co-host a readathon.  Currently, I am in the early stages of planning the readathon, but I have a projected time frame of  December 13th-20th (this is tentative and I am flexible if I cannot find anyone available to co-host during this time frame).

The Readathon

Each year my family and I exchange wishlists during the holiday…

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