BOOK REVIEW – AIR AWAKENS BY ELISE KOVA

23127048BOOK: AIR AWAKENS

AUTHOR: ELISE KOVA

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / SILVER WING PRESS


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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…


The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


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*I would like to thank ELISE KOVA for gracing me an ARC of this book. THIS DOESN’T AFFECT NOR INFLUENCE MY REVIEW*

Air Awakens is one of my most favorite fantasy reads EVER. Seriously.

A book may be underrated but who cares? This is going to be a debut novel. You, guys, should buy and read this book now. It’s simply fantastic and amazing. This book might be the ONE for you.
I barely read fantasy books because it’s unrealistic and I can’t find the time to connect to the characters, place, plot and many more. I barely read books in 3rd POV because I’m also having a hard time relating myself to the characters. When I actually saw this book in the internet, I was like, “Why not give this a try? It sounds SO good.” Oh, I’m definitely right. It really was good GREAT! I don’t care if it’s in 3rd POV.
The characters were very unique. Let’s start with Vhalla Yarl. She’s a library apprentice and she LOVES to read books. I know right. She’s such a great character from the beginning of the story until the end. I loved the way she developed as the protagonist in the story. A bad-ass reader/ protagonist, huh? Thanks for creating Vhalla, Elise!
Another one was Prince Aldrik. Oh yeah, a prince. He’s SO hot and strong. Don’t get mad at him in the first few pages, okay? There’s another prince in this book. Prince Baldair is most probably one of my favorite characters ever. I want my own Baldair.
This book keeps getting better and better and better and better. I loved it, okay? Do you have any questions? Read the book now.
This book deserves to be at the top of your TBR pile, guys!!! ❤

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BLOG TOUR (+AUTHOR Q&A) – RESIST BY TRACY LAWSON

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Resist CoverKnowledge comes with a price.
Tommy and Careen no longer believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist’s chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote’s real purpose, they join the fight to undermine the OCSD’s bid for total control of the population.
Being part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they bargained for. Tommy and Careen’s differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation.
Where does love fit in when you’re trying to start a revolution?


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  1. Can you give us a brief summary of Resist?

QUICK SUMMARY OF COUNTERACT:
The Resistance Series takes place in a near-future version of the United States. The powerful Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has enacted a long list of Civilian Restrictions designed to keep the people safe from frequent terrorist attacks, but it hasn’t worked: as the story opens, the threat of a chemical weapons attack is literally hanging over everyone’s heads.
Careen takes the OCSD’s offered antidote, but the side effects cause her to hallucinate. Her erratic behavior attracts the attention of a young law enforcement officer, who mistakenly pegs her as a dissident. Careen doesn’t realize the antidote is causing her confusion…until she runs out on the day of the anticipated attack.
Tommy, recuperating from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident, is unaware that there’s a link between that accident, which killed his parents, and the chemical weapons attack that threatens him now. When he discovers that working out before he takes his dose of the antidote helps him feel more like himself, he defies the rules to regain his strength and his sanity. On the day of the attack, he meets Careen, who just might be the girl of his dreams, and tries to save her by sharing his last dose of the antidote, even though doing so could potentially hasten his own death.
What Careen and Tommy learn about the true nature of the terrorist threat spurs them to take action; their decisions lead them to run afoul of local law enforcement, team up with an underground resistance group, and ultimately take their quest for the truth to the highest reaches of the United States government.
QUICK SUMMARY OF RESIST:
In Resist, the second volume in the Resistance Series, Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense can protect them from terrorist attacks. They’ve discovered the OCSD’s miracle antidote’s true purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD. They join the Resistance, but on their first mission, things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters.
Being part of the Resistance presents them with new challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences greater than they could’ve imagined. Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?
  1. What was the inspiration behind The Resistance Series?

I was mentoring a friend of my daughter’s when the initial idea for Counteract came about. Chase is a pretty sharp guy and an excellent writer—and when he was in high school I had a lot of fun working with him and editing some of his short stories. We had finished working on a story about baseball, a broken nose, and a broken heart, and were ready to start something new, when he suggested we write scenes in response to the prompt: “What if everyone were on LSD and all thoughts were communal?” It was certainly thought provoking! Chase created the characters Tommy and Eduardo, I created Careen, and right away, we knew we were onto something. Obviously, the story morphed and changed a lot before it became the finished version of Counteract—but that was how it all began.
  1. Did you always plan to write another book in the series?

I let my husband read the first draft of Counteract when I was about a third of the way through the original outline. He was enthusiastic and supportive and suggested developing a story line that could be carried forward if I chose to make Counteract the first in a series.
I liked the idea of doing more than one book about Tommy and Careen, and as I wrote the rest of the first draft, I pinpointed elements of the story I’d need to develop and expand to pave the way for a series.
  1. How do the characters of Tommy and Careen develop in Resist?

Tommy and Careen are law-abiding citizens until they accidentally discover that the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense lied about the terrorist attack and why it mandated the use of the Counteractive System of Defense drug. They go from being accepting and compliant to impulsively joining a rebel group that’s working to overthrow the oppressive government agency, without having a chance to think about what they’re doing and why.
They’ve only known each other for a week, and their relationship has progressed far too quickly—they became a team, then a couple, without really getting to know each other, and soon they realize they don’t have much in common.
Tommy’s all for the physical aspects of revolution, and is eager to learn about guns and explosives. Careen finds kindred spirits among the older leaders of the group, who are committed to sway the public’s allegiance away from the OCSD by waging a war of information. Her pacifistic approach clashes with his need to prove himself on the field of battle, and further complicates their partnership.
  1. What do you enjoy about this series that cannot be found in any of your other books?

The Resistance Series is my first published fiction. My other book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, is based on a journal kept by my great-great-great grandfather during his family’s 1838 horse and wagon trip from Cincinnati to New York City.
I did a ton of research before writing that book, and amassed two filing cabinet drawers full of information related to the 22-page journal! During the publication process, I nearly went crazy double-checking all my facts and citations, and by the time the book went to print, I never wanted to see another footnote. Fiction? Yes, please!
Now that I’ve had a little break from footnotes, I’m enjoying writing another nonfiction history book. I’m planning to merge my two favorite genres and write some YA historical fiction sometime after I finish the Resistance Series.
  1. The main characters in The Resistance Series are Tommy and Careen. Where did you find your inspiration for them?

My characters are a little bit of me, and little bits of people around me, but as I spend time with them in the context of the story, they become less like people in the real world; I don’t stop developing them until they are individuals: unique and unlike anyone else.
Chase created Tommy, and at first I wasn’t as close to him as I was Careen. That changed as I wrote more scenes for Tommy—especially the scene when he and Careen meet. His reactions and his choices came from inside me; before long, he was unique and independent of any outside influence.
  1. How does the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (OCSD) differ from other dystopian governments in young adult series like The Hunger Games and Divergent?

In the Resistance Series, there has been no rebellion, no cataclysmic event. The dystopian world in which they live has been created by fear, engineered by an enemy masquerading as a protector.
The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense was created to protect against the rampant terrorism that has affected the nation for the better part of the twenty-first century. Little by little, the OCSD usurped power from the traditional three branches of the US government.
The OCSD’s long list of Civilian Restrictions was designed to maximize safety and security. Most people don’t consider themselves oppressed or fettered by their lack of freedom. Teenagers like Tommy and Careen don’t know things were ever different. They can’t remember a time when teenagers learned how to drive and went on dates to malls and movie theaters.
  1. What elements test the relationship between Tommy and Careen in Resist?

Tommy and Careen had only each other to rely on in Counteract, and their relationship progressed quickly—perhaps a little too quickly.
Now they’ve joined the Resistance, and they’re part of a community for the first time. They have a hard time adjusting to the constant scrutiny, and Tommy laments about how their relationship seemed a lot less complicated when they were alone.
Their philosophical differences about how to fight the OCSD drive a wedge between them, and interpersonal rivalries and jealousy test their budding relationship.
  1. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

First and foremost, I want readers enjoy the story! I hope they relate to Tommy and Careen, and look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
Books for young adults often reflect the reader’s need to question authority and rebel against the rules set down by older generations; the Resistance Series looks at what can happen when people surrender our civil liberties in exchange for the promise of safety and security.
I hope readers understand that protagonists in dystopian books are often branded as outcasts or rebels because they question the restrictive rules of their societies—and that individuals who change the world rarely do so by going along with the herd.
  1. What kind of research did you do for the series?

Please don’t call the police if you see what’s in my browser history! I’ve Googled the effects of various controlled substances, different types of explosives, and interrogation techniques.
I learned to shoot a handgun so that my characters’ first experiences with weapons would be authentic. At first it was scary, but now I enjoy going to the target range. I’m no Annie Oakley yet, but I’m at least as good as Scarlett O’Hara, who once saucily told Rhett Butler, “I can shoot straight, if I don’t have to shoot too far.”
  1. What made you want to write books for young readers?

I love reading YA, and I taught dance classes for twenty years before I got serious about writing. I spent a lot of time around my students, my daughter, and her friends, so it seemed natural to write for a teen audience.
  1. How long did it take you to write Resist?

I wrote Resist in a little over a year. It went a lot faster than Counteract (which took almost three years) because I knew the characters well and had planned ways to continue the story into the second book.
  1. Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

I like to write with pen and paper—preferably outside. I sit quietly until one of the characters starts to speak, and then I write down what they say. Some days I’ll scribble for pages and pages, and when I look at the clock I’ll be surprised how much time has flown by! I usually let those pages sit for at least a few hours, sometimes a few days, before I transcribe them into the computer, and that’s where the scenes really begin to take shape.
As far as writing snacks go, I’m partial to sunflower seeds and Diet Dr Pepper!
  1. What does your family think of your writing?

My family has been very supportive. My husband knows how to urge me on when I get discouraged, and my daughter says I’m a better choreographer now that I’ve become an author. I guess writing helped me refine how to advance a story through dance.
I haven’t shared much about what happens in Resist with my family. My five teenaged nieces can’t wait to read it, and I can’t wait to hear what they think!
  1. Tell us where we can find your book and more information about you.

My books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle, and on Barnes & Noble’s online store. If you live near Columbus, Ohio, you can buy signed copies of my books at three independent stores: The Book Loft of German Village, Mary B’s, and Urban Emporium.
You can get the behind-the-scenes scoop on all things Resistance Series, see book trailers, and check out my blog at http://counteractbook.com. You can also find me on Twitter @TracySLawson and on Instagram as TracyLawsonAuthor.

 

about the authorAuthor Headshot_Low ResolutionTracy has had a long-time interest in her family’s history and genealogy, and she never lost the desire to write.

In 1990, her parents gave her a special Christmas present. It was a journal written by her great-great-great grandfather, Henry Rogers.  He, his wife, Maria, and her parents traveled on a horse-drawn wagon from Cincinnati to Philadelphia, then on to Trenton, New Jersey, during the summer of 1838. The purpose of this working trip was to observe working mills so they could improve the family milling business, and also visit relatives in Ohio and New Jersey.  During this trip, Henry kept a journal of what he observed along the way. Tracy enjoyed reading it, and became curious about many of the places Henry and his entourage visited.

After making most of the same trip herself by automobile–along with her youngCounteract Cover daughter–during the summers of 2003 and 2004, and keeping her own journal, Tracy was inspired to compare and share information about both trips–taken over a century and a half apart–in her first published book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City.

Tracy’s coming of age novel, Counteract, is slated for release on August 6, 2014–which just also happens to be her birthday! The sequel, Resist, is nearly done, and she’s starting to think about the third volume in the series.

Tracy lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and three spoiled cats.

WEBSITE: http://tracylawsonbooks.com


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COVER REVEAL – FIRE FALLING (AIR AWAKENS #2) BY ELISE KOVA

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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?

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Name: Vhalla Yarl

Air Awakens Age: 17-18
Height: 160cm (5′ 3″)
Birthday: Late Summer (Time of the Mother)
Born in: The East (Leoul, Cyven)
Eye Color: Brown, flecked with gold
Hair Color: Ashen Brown
Skin Color: Yellow-tinted tan, golden skinned
Build: Thin boned, small framed
Favorite Food: Lemon Cakes
Affinity: Windwalker
Personality: Curious, Kind, Determined, Inquisitive
Childhood: Vhalla was born in a small farming town in Leoul, located in the western portion of Cyven (otherwise called the “East”). Her father was a farmer and her mother was the daughter of the postmasters of Hastan (the Eastern Capital). Vhalla’s upbringing was balanced between helping (more like playing in the mud) in the fields where her family grew wheat and receiving a modest education from her mother. When Vhalla was eight her father enlisted as a soldier during the War of the Crystal Caverns, during which time her and her mother fell ill with Autumn Fever. Vhalla overcame the illness, but her mother did not and she died when Vhalla was ten. Her father returned home, the war won, shortly after and relieved their neighbors of the young Vhalla’s care. For her father’s service he was awarded a place in the palace guard in the Southern Capital of the Empire. He took his daughter to the Emperor and asked to trade his place in the guard for an opportunity for Vhalla to work in the palace as an apprentice.

Vhalla was eleven when she began studying under the Master of the Imperial Library, Master Mohned. Shortly after she joined the library staff another girl, Roan, joined as well. Fast friends, the children were eager to welcome the addition of another into their fold when Sareem, a boy about the same age, arrived. The three were mostly diligent to their duties but got into trouble from time to time. Sareem was often the instigator, dragging along a reluctant but willing Vhalla. Roan attempted to be the voice of reason, but to no avail.


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BOOK REVIEW – ALIVE BY SCOTT SIGLER

23278532BOOK: ALIVE (THE GENERATIONS TRILOGY #1)

AUTHOR: SCOTT SIGLER

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: HARDBOUND / DEL REY BOOKS


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A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.


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*i would like to thank random house kids for sending me a finished copy of this book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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This book is one of a kind. Why?
It made me feel all the rush. It made feel more enthralled and it left me hanging after reading every chapter. I still can’t move on with this book. It’s not the typical book I’m always holding. There is SOMETHING in this book. Something odd and amazing. I think i won’t stop raving about this book!
This was me after reading a chapter: “HOLY SHIT. I WON’T STOP READING THIS. I WON’T STOP. NOT AT ALL.”
This book. This book is pure genius. This is my cup of tea.
This was the kind of horror / sci-fi book I am looking for. Scott Sigler’s writing style was unique and fantastic. This one’s a breathtaking and a mind blowing book. My experience with this book was unexplainable (At first, I actually have no idea how to start this review.). I actually dived into this book without knowing anything except the fact that I’ve read the synopsis. I didn’t read reviews and such because I wanted to avoid getting spoiled even in the smallest way.
Are you going to read the book? The lesser thing you know about Scott Sigler and his book, the better.
My description of the characters would be very vague because I want you, guys, to experience the thrill I’ve felt while READING this piece of gem. Ugh. It was just so good. I can’t handle it anymore.
Let these variables be your legend throughout my description. Yup, I just said “variables”. I love math. 😛
L – lady
OP – other people
S – something wild
A lady woke up inside the coffin. That was weird.
She didn’t know her name. That was weirder.
She didn’t know how she got there. That was the weirdest.
The L got out of the coffin but she saw more coffins with OP inside. That’s creepy though. The L had no idea what had happened but she knew that she needs to escape. She didn’t know that there was S in that place. Where is the LADY? READ the fucking book.
I want you, guys, to remain confused right now. Why? You’ll know what I mean when you’re actually reading the book.
Obviously, I would rate it 5 BIG SHIMMERING stars! I am definitely expecting something from the second book.

Scott, you are simply amazeballs! Hands down to you!


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WHAT DOES JASMINE RECOMMEND? (BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS #1)

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THESE ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT I’VE  READ AND I REALLY LOVED THEM TO BITS. GRAB A COPY OF THESE BOOKS, OKAY? OKAY.


WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND BY JESSICA VERDI

whatIt’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?


 HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD BY KAROLE COZZO

22718802When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again. Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?


ALIVE BY SCOTT SIGLER

23278532A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.


ILLUMINAE BY JAY KRISTOFF & AMIE KAUFMAN

23395680The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


solitaire by alice oseman

20618110In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

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BLOG TOUR (+EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY) – THE HEARTBREAKERS BY ALI NOVAK

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TheHeartbreakers

Title: The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult


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Hello all you lovely readers!

First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for taking an interest in my latest YA novel The Heartbreakers. For those of you who don’t know, this story was originally posted on the online reading and writing platform Wattpad, and to date, the rough draft manuscript has been read more than 40 million times. I began working on this project in February of 2012, back when One Direction was starting to gain popularity in the United States. Fan fiction stories about 1D began popping up all over the website, so I decided to go against the grain and write a book about a fictional band instead of the real one, and that’s how the Heartbreakers were born!

The first band member I created was Oliver Perry, the lead singer. Like most successful, good-looking teen heartthrobs, he can be a bit cocky, but underneath all that confidence, he’s a HUGE softie. Next is JJ Morris, the band’s drummer. I enjoy writing goofball characters, and JJ fits that description to a T—he’s always cracking (oftentimes perverted) jokes. To balance out JJ’s outgoing personality, there’s Alec Williams. He’s the mysterious, reserved bass player for the group, and although he doesn’t talk much, he’s incredibly loyal. And last but not least, we have Xander Jones, who is lead guitarist for the Heartbreakers and everyone’s best friend.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my boys’ story!

xoxo,

Ali


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“Do you ever miss it?” I asked, trying to distract myself again. My breathing hitched, and I hoped he hadn’t noticed.

“Miss what?”

“I don’t know, like, before everything?”

“You mean my anonymity? Sure.” Something in Oliver’s voice sounded off, and I craned my neck to look up at him. He was staring past me, deep in thought, and then a scowl crossed his face. “But I would never go back. Ever,” he added fiercely.

The skin covering his knuckles turned white as he tightened his fist, and I bit my lip, not sure what to say. I didn’t think he was mad at me, but something had upset him.

“Sorry,” I told him. “I didn’t mean to pry.”

“No worries,” he said, sounding much softer than before.

But Oliver seemed to be done talking, because he turned his attention back to the movie, and without our conversation, my nerves crept back up. I realized I was holding my breath when he started moving his thumb in small circles on my arm. For some reason I found the sensation calming, and bit by bit, my breathing returned to normal and I nestled down into his side. Just as I finally relaxed and turned my attention to the movie, Oliver chuckled and I felt him shake beneath me. Tilting my head back a few inches, I looked up at him through my lashes. There was a dusting of pink on his cheeks, and his eyes shinned as he laughed.

He must have felt my gaze, because his eyes snapped down and found mine. His lips slowly parted as he stared down at me, and my whole body flooded with warmth. Someone was shouting something crazy onscreen, but I was too preoccupied with Oliver to turn toward the TV. The way he was looking at me made me want to press my body further up against him, and the thought made me blush. Embarrassed by my own thoughts, I suddenly had the need to look away, to focus on anything but him, but as I turned, Oliver gently grabbed my chin. He held my head in place until I made eye contact, and then, once he knew I was watching, he dipped his head and brushed his lips against mine.


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Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer?


about the authorAliNovak

Ali Novak writes contemporary young adult romance and is a recent graduate of the University of Madison Wisconsin’s creative writing program. She wrote her first full length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys, at the age of fifteen. Since posting the story online, it has received more than 33 million reads and is now published by Sourcebooks Fire.

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BLOG TOUR (+ AUTHOR Q&A and BOOK REVIEW) – WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND BY JESSICA VERDI

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BOOK: WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND

AUTHOR: JESSICA VERDI

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / SOURCEBOOKS FIRE


Synopsis1

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?


book review
*FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SOURCEBOOKS FIRE FOR THE REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!
OHMYGOSH!THIS BOOK WILL BE ON THE BEST-SELLER LIST IN AUGUST. I SWEAR!!! THIS WAS MY FIRST BOOK BY JESSICA VERDI AND I DIDN’T REGRET READING THIS!
THE SYNOPSIS REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION WHEN I WAS READING IT ON GOODREADS (YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT!). THE NARRATOR OF THE STORY IS A MALE TEENAGER NAMED RYDEN BROOKS AND I’M LIKE, “WOAH! HOW WILL THIS PERSON COPE WITH HIS LIFE NOW?”.
I LOVED THE FLOW OF THE STORY. IT’S A PAGE-TURNER KIND OF BOOK. YOU WON’T LIKE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN (JUST LIKE ME). I ATE MY LUNCH VERY LATE BECAUSE I REALLY REALLY WANT TO READ THE CHAPTER AFTER THE CHAPTER THAT I’M CURRENTLY READING AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. EVEN THOUGH I’VE FINISHED READING ANOTHER CHAPTER, I STILL DON’T WANT TO STOP! (THAT’S HOW I GOT HOOKED UP HERE!!!)

EACH CHAPTER IS REALLY MIND-BLOWING AND EXCITING! I GOT REALLY HOOKED UP WITH THIS BOOK BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME -SORT OF- MYSTERY. MEG REYNOLDS WAS THE GIRLFRIEND OF RYDEN BROOKS AND SHE LOVED WRITING STUFF ON HER JOURNALS. MYSTERY? SHE LEFT SOMETHING FOR RYDEN. HIDDEN JOURNALS.
RYDEN CAN’T MOVE ON WITH HIS PAST BECAUSE HE KEPT REMEMBERING MEG. MEG DIED BECAUSE OF SOME COMPLICATIONS DURING HER PREGNANCY AND SHE ALSO HAD CANCER. RYDEN BLAMES HIMSELF FOR EVERYTHING. IF HE HADN’T MADE MEG PREGNANT, SHE WOULD HAVE NOT DIED. SOMETIMES, WE NEED TO ACCEPT THINGS ESPECIALLY IF IT’S ALREADY THERE. WE NEED TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS STUFF. LIFE ISN’T JUST A GAME. NO ONE WANTS TO HURT OTHER PEOPLE BUT WE CAN’T CONTROL NATURE. CANCER IS A SERIOUS DISEASE. NOBODY KNOWS WHEN WILL BE YOUR LAST BREATH OR WHAT. IT’S A MATTER OF HOLDING ON TILL YOU CAN.

I DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH BUT JESSICA VERDI IS SUCH A GENIUS! HER BOOK IS SUCH A MASTERPIECE! THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT BOOK THIS YEAR AND I CAN’T LIE ABOUT THAT. JESSICA VERDI’S WRITING STYLE IS EXEMPLARY. I’M VERY SURE THAT SHE WON’T DISAPPOINT HER READERS AND HER FANS. AND NOW, I’M HER #1 FAN. THIS BOOK BECAME MY INSTANT FAVORITE THIS YEAR!

HANDS DOWN TO MS. JESSICA VERDI!!!

5 stars, obviously!


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  • ASIDE FROM WRITING, WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY?
I love spending time with my friends, husband, and dog. I also watch a lot of TV and films, and I read a lot, of course—I love getting lost in great storytelling, no matter what form it’s in. I also love to travel whenever I can—I just got back from a trip to Thailand, where I volunteered at an elephant sanctuary!
  • ARE YOU ALSO A BOOKWORM / WIDE READER?
Yes! I love reading, whether it’s for my day job (I’m an adult romance editor), reading my YA author friends’ books, or reading something by someone I’ve never heard of before. There are so many amazing stories out there!
  • WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND SERIES?
I have several favorites, for different reasons, but some books/series at the top of my list are The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, and the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin.
  • How would you define your true friends?
People who really GET who I am, and love me for it. And vice versa.
  • How did you come up with the idea of What You Left Behind?
The idea for What You Left Behind was actually sparked by an article my husband sent me about a teenage girl who had cancer and was pregnant, and wasn’t allowed to make her own decision of whether she wanted to abort her pregnancy and continue her cancer treatments, or stop the cancer treatments and have the baby. Her parents chose for her (they chose stop cancer treatments and have the baby) and she died a couple days after giving birth, leaving the baby to be raised by her boyfriend. This isn’t exactly what happens in the book, but the issue of choice is one that is very important to me, so I wanted to write about that. And of course I was completely interested in the single teen dad grieving the loss of his girlfriend story. So that’s where Ryden came from.
  • Are you planning to work on another project?
Yes, I’ve just finished another book that I actually co-wrote with an author friend of mine. I can’t say too much about that one yet, but I will say it’s more fantasy-ish than anything I’ve done before.
  • If yes, what is it all about?
I know I’m being vague here, but it’s about friendship and love and sacrifice.
  • Are you planning to go here in the PH in the future?
I would absolutely LOVE to, but unfortunately I don’t have any concrete plans for that just yet. 😦

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