Something Strange and Deadly Discussion Post #2

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

I’m back again with Discussion Post number two! All of us on the Truthwitch Street team were challenged to read Something Strange and Deadly. The lovely Waterwitch Babes are hosting this heist, particularly Steph in Wonderland! You can click on the link to visit her blog and find out more information regarding the read-along. It’s not too late to join! =)

So, with this read-along, we were asked to post some answers to our discussion questions and I’m pretty. flipping. stoked. to be talking about zombies. Let me tell you, I’ve legitimately been going around to everyone and telling them that I’m reading books about zombies and the living dead. This is a first for me! HA! So, let’s get our second discussion party started, shall we?


1. Were you surprised at who was behind the sudden zombie uprising?

NOPE! You can even ask my cousin Heather. As soon as I started reading the book, I texted her and was like, “yo, I bet that person is the necromancer!” All I have to say right now, is I TOLD YOU SO AND I KNEW IT! 

2. What would you do if you were in the same situation as Eleanor and her brother?

Well, I don’t have a brother, but I do have a half sister… I don’t know if I could have done that though. I probably would have acted the exact same way that Eleanor did. I may act like I have guts, but I definitely don’t have the guts it takes to do what she was trying to do. No way, Jose.

3. What do you think about Daniel’s answer to Eleanor’s question? Do you think he was being honest?

PFFFTTTT! NO! He was definitely not honest. It’s not even funny how bad of a liar he obviously is. It’s even worse as soon as you start reading the second book. Seriously, this kid is a horrible liar.

4. What was your first impression of Jie?

Jie is my favorite. I’d hope that I would be exactly like her (minus the shaved head) if I lived in the time period. Corsets? Nahhhh. Manners? Pshhhhh! Fighting skills? Always. Knocking zombies knees out? Everyday. Complete BA? CHECK.

5. Which character were you the most sorry to see meet their end?

SSHHHHHHHH why are you asking this question?!?! I can’t give spoilers!

6. What was the biggest twist in the story for you?

Well, since I guessed the necromancer right off the bat, the biggest twist in the story probably came from Clarence and the fun plot line that came with him. I won’t say any more! =)

7. Who is your favorite character in the first book and why?

Jie. Most definitely Jie. I mean, the girl slipped onto the trolley and put a quarter in Eleanor’s hand without anyone even knowing she was there. She has some serious skills. 

8. How would you convince your friends to read this book?

By raving about zombies. COME ON ALL! IT’S ZOMBIES! Why would you not want to read about this? Plus, I feel like a totally awesome person when people ask what my book is about. I just look them straight in the eyes, smile wickedly, and say, “The Dead”. Hehehehehe!


I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Enjoy your Thursday! =)

❤ Kelly

Something Strange and Deadly Discussion Post #1

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

So, all of us on the Truthwitch Street team were challenged to read Something Strange and Deadly. I can’t tell you how happy this heist has made me though, because these books have been sitting on my shelf for so long! I have the entire series signed and personalized and yet, I hadn’t even read the first book until today… go figure… that’s so typical of me.

Anyways, the lovely Waterwitch Babes are hosting this heist, particularly Steph in Wonderland! You can click on the link to visit her blog and find out more information regarding the read-along. It’s not too late to join! =)

So, with this read-along, we were asked to post some answers to our discussion questions and I’m pretty. flipping. stoked. to be talking about zombies. Let me tell you, I’ve legitimately been going around to everyone and telling them that I’m reading books about zombies and the living dead. This is a first for me! HA! So, let’s get this party started, shall we?


1. How do you think you would react to the Dead walking around in your city?

I’m not going to lie… I’d probably scream and run for a while and cry hysterically before I got my sense about me, picked up a shot gun and an axe and went to town. Imagine a girl version of Tallahassee in Zombieland. That would totally be me!! Or at least I can pretend that I would look that awesome trying to kill zombies, when instead I’d probably be tripping over my own two feet and running like a maniac…

2. What do you think about the Dead? Are you glad it isn’t too Zombie-ish, or were you hoping for a more Zombie-esque theme?

I loved the zombie-esque feel of this book. Seriously, I almost wish there was a little more, but the amount of the living dead was just perfect for this book. I think Susan did wonderfully writing this gem! Just enough to scare the living guts out of you while still keeping you sane enough to read on. It’s a good balance! Now we just need more spirits and ghosts… 😉

3. How do you feel about Eleanor as a character?

I actually wasn’t really all that fond of Eleanor at first, but as she grew into her character, I grew into liking her a lot more than I thought I would. I absolutely adore that she is not the spoiled, haughty young woman that society seems to think she is. I love that she continues to break the stereotypes everyday, even though she still gives in to her mother a lot. I still love her!

4. What was your first impression of Daniel Sheridan? Joseph Boyer?

Well, when Eleanor met Daniel, I was seriously surprised that she didn’t fire back retaliations immediately or punched him in the nose… I probably would have… Joseph I’ve loved from the start. He’s just nothing but this kind-hearted, amazing man who wants nothing more than to help others while keeping his friends and him afloat. LOVE. I need to see him more.

5. What was your favorite part of the first half of the book and why?

Uhmmm… probably actually the first scene or the time that she meets the Spirit Hunters! The first scene is so intense that it pulls you in, and the Spirit Hunters are just my favorites. I’d totally be part of their gang if I could!

6. If you haven’t read this before (or already finished it), what are you theories for the second half of the book OR even the rest of the series?

Heheheheh, I already started the second book, so I’m not going to give spoilers for the rest of my readers. All I’m going to say is that you all should read this because it’s an AMAZING book! 


I just started reading the second book, so if anyone is willing to binge read with me, my cousin Heather and I will be continuing the rest of the series until we finish! We’re so excited! Come read with us! =)

❤ Kelly

Top Ten Books to Films We Can’t Wait For

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about book to film adaptations we’re looking forward to being released! As always Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

November 20, 2015

It’s the final installment to The Hunger Games trilogy! Of course Kelly & Lauren are excited for it. Melissa will have to catch up within the next year or so.

January 15 2016

Lauren’s super excited for this action packed sci-fi film! The others would like to read the novel first.

February 5, 2016

Melissa is wicked excited for this twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! She’s been anxiously waiting since she heard Matt Smith is in the film. She even convinced Molly to save the date and go see the movie with her. She has plenty of time to read the book too.

March 18, 2016

We’re excited for part 1 of the two part adaptation of Allegiant Veronica Roth.  Well Melissa not so much, but Lauren and Kelly are!

November 18, 2016

We all loved growing up with Harry Potter here on the blog. So there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing this movie the first week it comes out in theaters.

December 25, 2016

This is one of the films Kelly is most excited for next year.  Learning Samuel L. Jackson is supposed to star in the film has piqued Melissa’s interest.

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There’s some mixed feelings about this film releasing. Kelly is completely on board while Melissa is skeptical. Lauren hasn’t read the books yet.  We’ll just have to see.

Other notable mentions…

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Pre-Production)
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen
Screenplay: Sarah Polley
Production Company: Paramount Pictures

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (In Development)
Director: Michael Gracey
Producers: Joe Roth & Palek Patal
Production Company: Universal
We know that Laini Taylor worked on a draft of the screenplay back in 2014 according to Hypable.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Optioned)
Director: Chad Hodge
Producer: Shawn Levy
Production Company: Fox Studio

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Optioned)
Producer: David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford
Screenwriter: Christopher Kyle
Production Company: Dreamworks

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Optioned)
Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner
Screenwriters: Isaac Aptakeer and Elizabeth Berger
Production Company: Fox 2000

There’s probably a mile long list of other books that have been optioned like: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Legend by Marie Lu, Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, etc.

Plus there’s books going to television like, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher , and The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare.

We’d love to know what adaptations you’re looking forward to or ones we’ve missed! Let us know in the comments below!

❤ Melissa, Lauren, and Kelly

ARC Review: Hardwired by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Flux/Llewellyn
Publication Date: November 8th, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 3.70
Pages: 240

Synopsis: Genetically flawed. Perfectly human.

When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.

But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing it’s dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.

Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. But once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel, and he’s forced to seek help from a group of kids he neither knows nor trusts. And when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who has your back.


My Review:

It has taken me a long, long time to gather my thoughts on this book, because there are so many different factors to consider when reviewing an ARC like this. It was extremely difficult because I honestly loved the premise of this book and the plot, I even loved the other book from these authors called Sweet Madness, but the overall impression of Hardwired left me lacking.

What I liked:

Lucas
The main character in this novel is a rebellious young man, used to hatred, betrayal, and loneliness. He’s strong in what he seems to represent and truly stands up for what he believes is right, even when it doesn’t always go his way. He’s dependable and consistent in character and has morally sound values despite his rebellious ways. I appreciate Lucas as a character, standing against the authority and being the one voice of reason in the mad house that is the testing facility.

The Premise
I love dystopians. I really, really love amazing dystopians. To me, this almost had the darker feel of The Darkest Minds, mixed with a genetic defect or anomaly. I was stoked to find another dystopian, and this one had such promise. The idea of the genetic anomaly and the testing facility was so interesting. I really would have loved to see this idea and the entire story drawn out a little more. Following the main character through the entire testing time that he was in there, going through each fight, each test, and each over-use of authority with him would have been tremendous. I’d have loved to see a story develop off that and then continue into the book that is currently written as Hardwired, since this picks up towards the end of the main character’s stay.

What I Didn’t Like:

The Pacing
The entirety of this book takes place over a very short time. The timing from the first climax through the end of the book takes place over just twenty-four hours, while the rest of the book seemingly takes a few days. Not only this, but there was one scene itself which seemed to take over about five chapters within the book. Consistency in pacing is so important in allowing your readers minds to fluently follow the story without any missteps or lack of information.

Character Development
I mostly say this because I felt underwhelmed by Chris, Carly, and Chris’ friendship with Lucas. Many times I kept asking myself how Lucas and Chris were so trusting of each other. I wanted to truly see their friendship come to life and dig deeper into Chris’ personality. Carly most of the time just annoyed me. She was a main character that kind of came out of no where and just acted of her own accord the entire time. Half the time, I was seriously thinking she was just going to murder everyone in there because she seemed unstable to begin with. I know that Lucas tried to explain her idiosyncrasies, but without developing her character more and diving into what made her so asinine, she just seemed plain crazy half the time.

Editing
Throughout this ARC, there were a lot of unnecessary repeated lines, paragraphs, and dialogue. I felt that a good editor could do a lot with this ARC and I honestly would like to read the finished version to see if any of these inconsistencies and repetitions were fixed. I believe I would have enjoyed this ARC a lot more if there had just been one more thorough reading from the editors.

Overall, Hardwired gets 3 hearts from me…

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I do honestly hope that Trisha and Lindsay try a dystopian idea again because I really loved the idea of this book, but felt that the execution of it just didn’t work. I believe putting this plot and manuscript through a few more beta readers, critique partners, and professional editors could have made it a masterpiece of dystopian YA. There are still many good bits and pieces of this ARC that I loved, but the inconsistencies in pacing, grammar, and character development overwhelmed me while reading it. I still recommend that you get the finished copy of Hardwired, because it’s a very interesting premise that I would love to be able to enjoy more thoroughly.

Remember to keep your eye on these authors though, as the more they seem to work together, the better they get. I believe that at some point in their career, these two could be as powerful of a duo as Cassie Clare and Holly Black.


About the Authors:

(All Information comes from their Goodreads profiles)

Trisha Leaver

Trisha LeaverTrisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. Her YA Horror novel CREED is coming in Fall of 2014 from Flux. Her YA Contemporary THE SECRETS WE KEEP coming in the Winter of 2015 from FSG/Macmillan

Goodreads ~ Website ~ Twitter


Lindsay Currie

Lindsay Currie

I live in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam.

On the co-authored front, my debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), released from Flux on November 8, 2014. SWEET MADNESS releases from Merit on September 15, 2015, and HARDWIRED releases from Flux on November 8, 2015. However, my debut solo novel, JAMMED (young adult contemporary) is scheduled to hit shelves from Spencer Hill Press/ Spencer Hill Contemporary in 2016 and a second stand-alone novel, SUMMER SKY will releases in 2017. I am represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Any inquiries regarding my work should be sent to her attention.

Goodreads ~ Website ~ Twitter


I hope you all have an amazing week!

❤ Kelly

Something Strange & Deadly: Discussion One

The next few months I’ll be participating in the Something Strange & Deadly read along hosted by the lovely Stephanie @ Steph In Wonderland of the Waterwitch Babes. As you may or may not know already, the Waterwitch Babes is one of 6 clans in Truthwitch Street Team.  I’m actually clan leader for Aether Clan which I am thrilled to be a part of.  I would like to thank Stephanie for hosting as it is my first time reading the series and my first time participating in a read along!

When I first picked up the book at Books of Wonder several months ago, I was hesitant because I haven’t broadened my paranormal past vampires and werewolves and faeries. I’m also not a huge zombie fan, but boy was I proven wrong after reading the first 10 pages in the store and immediately bought the book.

Now that I’ve read the first 14 chapters I am really enjoying the world building Susan created within Something Strange and Deadly. Historical fiction is a new genre to me so I’m loving all the little details about this book: the fashion, the setting, and the mannerisms.

So far I find that Something Strange and Deadly isn’t too zombie-ish. It has just enough scenes with the Dead without the need for blood and gore.  Susan’s approach to the Dead is different that what I’ve seen and that’s what I love about the book. It’s not quick shot to the head or beheading, it’s incapacitating them combined with magic and technology.

I really enjoy Eleanor as a character so far because she’s witty, sassy, funny, and determined to be an independent woman.  She’s is fiercely loyal to Elijah and won’t give up hope for his safe return.  She feels restricted by society’s expectations and norms that every little “mishap” she catches herself making is a small act of rebellion. Like when she automatically sticks out her hand to shake Joseph’s, she realizes there was supposed to be an introduction by another person. I find that old custom bit absurd and it seems like Eleanor feels the same. I feel like I can connect with her as a person with some of the things she’s going through. We both have similar characteristics and I would definitely react in a similar manner as Eleanor if either of my siblings went missing. My mother used to be like Mrs. Fitt with her overbearing nature, which drove me up a wall.  I also would definitely hate the societal expectations and retaliate.

My first impression of Daniel was a pompous ass. I actually love the scene where Eleanor first meets Daniel in the office because you get to see this slightly crazy “mad scientist” side to him. It was amusing to read and I just felt that something will happen later on between Eleanor and Daniel.  I didn’t expect Joseph Boyer this put together and perfectly polite gentlemen.  He surprised me actually and I really like his character.

I think my favorite scene so far in the first half of the book is when they go to the library to do some research.  Eleanor wants to be right where the action is and to help the Spirit Hunters even if it’s a small gesture. You get to know more about Eleanor’s relationship with her brother and what they were like as children.  We also get to see a slightly softer side to Daniel.  He takes the time to explain to Eleanor how the goggles work and it becomes this cute intimate moment between them.

Overall I’m really enjoying the book and can’t wait to continue to read and discuss the second half of the book!

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Such a descriptive quote. It’s how I feel about Boston winters.

Melissa

Musings of Eternal Dreamers: Feedback

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For this weeks Musings we’re taking a minute to reach out to our followers.  We’re about a third way through our currently schedule, but we want to hear from YOU! We’ll most likely be taking requests/ contacting more authors, agents, and publicists around January. However we’d like to know a few things before hand!

What have you liked/ disliked about so far about Musings?

As a writer what have you found most helpful from past posts?

Are there any topics you’d like in future posts?

Any questions you’d like to see answered?

Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve this Musings experience for you?

You can leave feedback in the comments down below!  We’d love for you to help us to help you!

If you guys are participating in NaNoWriMo this month be sure to check back on previous Musing posts here!  We wish for all of you to meet all your writing goals this month!

❤ Melissa, Kelly, and Lauren

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter + Giveaway

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As always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by the lovely Breaking the Spine.

This week’s book is a bit special! We know this is a popular book that many people are waiting on, but we wanted to share it anyway!  This is the final installment to The Lunar Chronicles series and it’ll be the longest YA book we’d be reading.

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Title: Winter (Book #4, The Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 832
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015

Summary:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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About the Author:

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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

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Why We Are Waiting:

Lauren: When there are fairytales involved, I’m usually going to be interested. I am really looking forward to Winter coming out for one simple reason, I can finally read the series! I know I could have started before now, but I wanted to binge read the series and I can’t do that until Winter comes out. I can’t wait to start!

Kelly:This series is one that I have yet to read, but I can’t tell you how excitedly I’ve been staring at it on my shelves for the last few months. I have all four books up to this one because I just LOVE Cinderella. A Cinderella re-telling? Uhm, yes please! So I’m extremely excited for Winter to come out because hopefully I’ll be able to binge read the entire series (maybe with Lauren!) and be happy, because we all know that I’m a binger and won’t stop until it’s all read! Plus, going back to subbing on a daily basis… guess who will have all the time in the world during the day to read? THIS GIRL! *fist pumps*

Melissa: I’ve been itching to find out what happens to everyone in The Lunar Chronicles for way too long! Meyer left us on such a cliff hanger at the end of Cress, I’ll be eager to start Winter right away! Or at least after I find time to binge a re-read. I’m looking forward to getting to know Winter’s character more. This is has been a fabulous science-fiction fairy tale retelling that I’m sad it’s coming to an end.


We have a Lunar Chronicles Giveaway we have going on! If you haven’t entered yet be sure to click the link HERE to take you to the Tweet so you can enter! It’s open to the US & CAN ONLY!!!

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let us know in the comments below!

❤ Lauren, Kelly, and Melissa

ARC Review and Giveaway: Fire Falling by Elise Kova

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I am honored to be part of the Fire Falling Release Tour! The moment I found out about the first book, Air Awakens, I have been talking nonstop about the books and author. (Sorry to all my friends that have put up with my obsession!) If you would like a little more information on Air Awakens you can check out my review. The review has information and links that you may find useful. Click here to go to that post!

Getting ready for the release of book 2 in the Air Awakens series has been a blast! There have been special posts, giveaways, discussions, and currently a Facebook read along going on now! If you would like more information on the read along, please ask!

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Title: Fire Falling, Book Two of Air Awakens

Publication Date: November 19th, 2015

Author: Elise Kova

Page Count: 378

Summary:

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

You can find links for Fire Falling at the following sites:

You can add it on Goodreads by clicking here!
You can order from Amazon here!
Here is a UK Amazon link for those that may need it here!
You can find it at Barnes and Noble here!
You can find it at Book Depository here!

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About Elise Kova:

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

You can also follow Elise on Goodreads and Amazon!

If you don’t know Elise yet you need to fix that now! For the past few months I have had the opportunity to chat and get to know Elise and I have learned what a wonderfully sweet and amazing person she is! She is always there when I have a question about writing, life, or maybe a quick comment/question about her books. She is such a lovely person and a great friend.

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My Review:

I would like to say: I received this ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Air Awakens blew me away when I read it. The story was so beautiful and the characters were so alive! I rated Air Awakens as one of my top reads of 2015, so starting Fire Falling I have to admit I was a bit nervous. What would happen if Fire Falling didn’t live up to Air Awakens? What if I hated the sequel when I loved the first one so much??? I’m happy to report those fears were never needed. Fire Falling is one of those rare books when the 2nd is just as good or better than the first!

Here are a few main points that really stood out to me that I enjoyed:

  • A Map! When it comes to fantasy worlds, such as the world of Air Awakens, it is easy for the author to tell the readers that a city is nestled between a giant mountain range and a deep ocean, but it can be hard sometimes to picture and grasp what the author is trying to show us. Elise was awesome enough add a map to the front of the book!! Now the reader can refer to the map when places are mentioned and actually know what it means. Plus, maps are just awesome in books!
  • Character Development! In Air Awakens we get to meet a few characters and learn a little about them, but that is it. Is there anything wrong with that? No! Being the first book in a series that is not uncommon. However, it was nice to get a better picture of who some of the characters are and how they arrived at the point they are at. The connection the reader feels for the characters is strengthen with the information given and allows us to connect with them on a more emotional level. The reader can’t help but fall in love with the people in this series.
  • No Perfect Solution! Throughout Fire Falling several problems come up. It was nice to see the characters act like actual people and not have everything solved in a perfect way. There are mistakes made, feelings hurt, and actual consequences for the actions the characters take. It’s nice to see characters that are so…well human.
  • More Magic! Air Awakens introduces you to this world of elemental magic, but we only got a sneak peek of what is sure to be a complex magic system. Fire Falling gives the reader a better view and more action involving the different affinities! It was so much fun to see Vhalla learning how to become stronger with her abilities and learn more of what the others can do.
  • The Romance! YES THERE IS ROMANCE! Was it perfect? One that always has a happy ending? NO! This is one of those stories that will wrap you up in it’s magical moments and completely mix your feelings up like a milkshake. There is times you will read and have a goofy smile on your face, moments where there will be tears, and moments you want to punch someone! BUT IT’S GLORIOUS!!

Those are just a few of the points that makes Fire Falling such a fantastic read! This book was stunning and contained masterful writing. The story will grab you and not let go until the last word, and yet you will still be left wanting more. From cover to cover you will be on an epic and emotional ride you will never want to get off. Not only is this book fantastic on it’s own, it assists Air Awakens perfectly causing both books to shine brightly in the fantasy world of fiction! Air Awakens will sweep you up capturing you in the world and Fire Falling just adds fuel to the fire!

I give this book a 4.5 Hearts! It’s such an enjoyable read and the next book, Earth’s End, can not come soon enough!

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Now that you have lasted this long in the review, let me reward you by giving you a chance to win a SIGNED HARD COVER of Fire Falling! Just enter the giveaway below for that chance.
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Thanks for reading my review and I hope you are going to come back for the Earth’s End Cover Reveal in the future!

❤ Lauren

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday the girls at The Broke and the Bookish had us thinking about the debut authors we’ve read.  We’ve read quite a few who have us super excited for their second novel!

Lauren’s Pick:

Fire Falling is the second book in Elise Kova’s Air Awakens series that will be released later this month by Silver Wing Press. (November 19, 2015)

Kelly’s Pick:

A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir expected to released April 26, 2016 by Razorbill

Melissa’s Picks:

Wandering Star is the second book in the Zodiac trilogy by Romina Russell being released by Razorbill December 8, 2015.

Dove Exiled is the next book in the Dove Chronicles by Karen Bao expected to release February 23, 2016 by Viking Books.

Circle of Jinn is the next book in  Lori Goldstein’s Becoming Jinn series. It’s expected to be released May 17, 2016 by Feiwel and Friends.

Out Run the Moon is the second book expected to be published by Stacey Lee from Putnam’s Sons on May 24, 2016.  Lee’s debut novel was Under a Painted Sky which was released earlier this year.

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is the second book by Karole Cozzo expected to release August 2, 2016 from Swoon Reads. I’m nervous for this book because I adored How to Say I Love You Out Loud. Hopefully Karole will prove me wrong!

I absolutely loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. So it’s no question that I’d be waiting for her next Untitled book.  I’m hoping she’s not finished with Simon’s world and will release a companion or sequel. Something!! I can’t wait until the 2016 release from Balzar & Bray.

History Is All You Left Me is the next book expected to be released by Adam Silvera in 2017 by SoHo Teen.  I cried so much reading More Happy Than Not that I’m hoping I’ll be okay when I read his next book. Though I can’t believe I have to wait 2 years for this book!

My good friend Mackenzi Lee debut this year with This Monstrous Thing with Katherine Tegen Books.  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with her next novel.  The first draft was just turned in yesterday, so I’m totally excited!!  It still remains Untitled, but it’s gone through a couple place holders in the mean time. Originally it was The Big Gay European Road Trip, which I absolutely loved.  It’s current place holder is A Series of Increasingly Poor Decisions By Our Hero as seen on Mackenzi’s Twitter. Whatever it may be called, I’ll definitely talking about it when the time comes.

Let us know which sophomore novels you guys are looking forward too! Was it hard for to come up with a list? Or have you been lucky enough read many debut authors to come up with ten?

Until next time!

❤ Melissa, Kelly & Lauren

S.F.D. Misson: Open Letter to Traci Chee

The mission for the agents over at S.F.D. (Sassy Fangirl Debuts) is here!

For more information on S.F.D. you can check out my previous post explaining what it is. The link is here!!

What’s the mission? If the agent (which in this case is me) wishes to accept the task (which I completely do!) Is an open letter to a debut author. This is an important mission, and I am highly trained to fangirl when necessary. (This is only for those trained. Fangirling without training can lead to embarrassment. Proceed with caution.)

Traci Chee

Person of Interest (Author): Traci Chee

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Following information for easier understanding of the PoI:

Retrieved from PoI’s Goodread’s profile. Link is here.

Traci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Reader is her YA debut.

Subject (Book): The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)

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(Official cover will be acquired after further intel gathering at a later date)

Information on the subject:

A stunning debut set in a world where reading is forbidden, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

Publish Date: August 30th 2016 by Putnam

Goodreads link is here.

Now that we have all the information that was in the file concerning the Person of Interest and the subject, it’s time to complete my mission:

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Open Letter to Traci Chee

Dear Traci,

Hello! I would like to start off by saying CONGRATULATIONS!!! *throws confetti* You have achieved something special and completed what I’m sure has been a long dream: You have finished a book! This is beyond amazing and I hope you are enjoying what you have done and continue to enjoy it all the days ahead of you!

Reading the summary of your book (Which I added straight away to my list of books I MUST check out) I look forward to your debut book! The summary sounds like an amazing ride into a wonderful journey. A world that does not believe in reading. As a book reader and lover, this is a world I just can’t imagine (well maybe in my nightmares *shivers*). You have written a story that involves so many points to a good story I know your novel will be a great one!

For this project I wanted to see if I could get a little more information on you so I could write a more personal letter. In doing so I was able to find that picture of you and your dog on your website. Your dog is so CUTE!!! I’m a big dog person so I couldn’t help but fall in love with your baby at first sight. I also want to add I completely understand living in a small town where there is more cows than people.

I hope all is going well with you and I look forward to the stories you have coming our way! I will wait impatiently for the release of The Reader, and all the future stories you will write.

Have a wonderful day!

Agent Lauren w.

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Be sure to check out the other Agents’ blogs to read their letters!

Talina – Our fearless leader /Emily /Heather /Eileen /Karina /Deanna /Claudia /Kaitlin /Jasmine /Angel /Bex /Melissa /Kaitlin S. /Aila /Jess /Jaime /Stefani /Lizzie /Erin /Aimee