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Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 – Opening Round

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Vote for your favorite books to win the Goodreads Choice Award 2012.

The opening round will take place from October 30 through November 10.
The semifinal round will be from November 12-17.
The final round will be from November 19-27.

Categories include Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Horror, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Nonfiction, Food & Cookbook, Humor, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s, as well as Picture Books.

Here are the nominees for Young Adult Fiction. Click here to vote.

Here are the nominees for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. Click here to vote.

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Chatting Live at the Lounge with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you miss the live chat with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, co-authors of the new young adult book “Beautiful Redemption,” the fourth in the “Caster Chronicles” series that was released on Tuesday, October 23?

Well you can watch a recording of the chat at Live at the Lounge.

Simply create an account or sign in through your Facebook or Twitter, and watch the video.

Beautiful Redemption

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles 4)

By: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Summary:Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

Writing Contest – The Lost Prince Short Story

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Figment, a community where people can share their writing, is hosting a short story contest, inspired by Julie Kagawa’s new book “The Lost Prince.”

Since Ethan Chase is the only one who can see the faery world, Figment is challenging participants to write a 1,200 or less short story about a secret world only the main character can see.

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 13 at 11:59 EST (10:59 CST).

Voting will run through Tuesday, November 20 at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST), and the top 10 finalists will be sent to Kagawa for judging.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with LostPrinceContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

GRAND PRIZE
•The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
•Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
•The Iron Fey boxed set (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight)
•Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing eBooks
•A lock and key necklace, similar to the one that Ethan gives to Kenzie for protection from the fey.

SECOND PLACE
•The Lost Prince
•The Iron Fey boxed set
•A lock and key necklace

THIRD PLACE
•The Lost Prince
•Immortal Rules
•A lock and key necklace

Releases: Tuesday, October 30

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Cover

Book

Author

Genre

GR Links

The Secret Prophecy

Herbie Brennan

Fantasy

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Ruins (Pathfinder #2)

Orson Scott Card

Science Fiction
Dystopian

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Sapphire Blue
(Ruby Red #2)

Kerstin Gier

Science Fiction
Time Travel

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Just for Now
(Sea Breeze #4)

Abbi Glines

Contemporary

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Midnight City
(The Conquered Earth #1)

J. Barton Mitchell

Science Fiction
Dystopian

GR Link

Venom
(Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1)

Fiona Paul

Historical Fiction
Paranormal

GR Link

Chasers
(Alone #1)

James Phelan

Science Fiction
Dystopian

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Dead Girl Moon

Charlie Price

Mystery

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Roar and Liv
(Under the Never Sky #1.5)

Veronica Rossi

Science Fiction
Dystopian

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Touching the Surface

Kimberly Sabatini

Paranormal
Ghosts

GR Link

Gravity (The Taking #1)

Melissa West

Science Fiction
Dystopian
Aliens

GR Link

Rebel Heart
(Dustlands #2)

Moira Young

Science Fiction
Dystopian

GR Link

Meet the Authors – Live with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Kami Garcia &
Margaret Stohl

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are really on a roll, promoting their new book “Beautiful Redemption,” the fourth in the “Caster Chronicles” series that was released on Tuesday, October 23.

The co-authors will featured Live at the Lounge on Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST) to talk to fans and answer any questions they may have.

Simply go to Live at the Lounge’s page on the day of the event, create an account or sign in through your Facebook or Twitter.

 

Beautiful Redemption

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles 4)

By: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Summary: Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

Meet 3 Authors – Ransom Riggs & Maureen Johnson & Kami Garcia

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Ransom Riggs & Maureen Johnson & Kami Garcia

Did you enjoy reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs, “The Name of the Star” by Maureen Johnson and/or “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia?

Figment is hosting BOOKS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST).

Chat about writing frightening fiction, and get advice from three new masters as they take questions.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the Figment event site.

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

October 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Destroy Me
by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5)

By: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector.

Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape.

But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

 

Review: Finally, a novella I enjoyed reading and didn’t think was totally pointless.

This short story gave me a little more insight on Warner (and even Juliet). I admit, after Shatter Me, I was totally Team Adam, and it never even crossed my mind to think Warner may have been love interest potential. When my friends told me that he was not as evil as he appeared to be, and really, he was just misunderstood, I thought they were nuts. Well, I stand corrected. I can see now that Warner was truly misunderstood. 

BUT, worry not my fellow Team Adam fans, I am still very much totally Team Adam. Here’s why. I felt Mafi kind of overcompensated for Warner’s evilness in this book by making him too soft and sappy. Yes, Team Warner fans, you heard me right, but hear me out before you pull out your pitchforks.

I am always down to see that the bad boy or the villain has a softer side. It would have been one thing if Mafi had just shown us that (see my spoiler on my Goodreads)

However, in this book, I felt it was a little too extreme.While it’s sweet that Juliet has a deeper place in Warner’s heart, he was a bit too sappy, in my opinion, as his thoughts and body reactions were typically what I would see in a dramatic teenage high school girl. I lost my notes, but what does his pulse racing so fast “it felt like a whisper” even mean?

So yes, the book does totally change my perception of Warner, but it kind of made me lose my respect for him as that heartless, fearless villain. I wanted him to be bad, and I wanted Juliet to love him despite how he is (one of those emotions where your head and your heart wants different things, and you don’t want to but just can’t control how you feel). And yes, father issues could have given him a good reason to be bad, but going too extreme just made me realize what a soft, cowardly, sorry excuse of a leader that his father believes him to be.

Still, it was a great novella, beautifully written and a great story on its own. I am SO ready for book 2.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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