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Georgetown Academy Book 2- Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
*This review is spoiler free but if you want to read my review of Book 1 go here.
There is something about Georgetown Academy that is immersive. When I’m in the fast paced world of politics and high school with Ellie, Taryn, Brinley and Evan, nothing else matters out in “real life.” I consumed this book in record time, and who could blame me? We have relationship drama, potential romance, secrets, alliances, politics, parental problems, forbidden loves, and frenemies. There’s something for everyone!
Book Two picks up right where Book One left off—-namely in the midst of a massive scandal! And things just get more complicated and entangled here as we lead up to the Follow the Stars benefit. I am still LOVING the choose your own adventure style of Coliloquy especially because at the end point of that chapter I can with one click go back and read all the other story lines as well. Honestly, it’s the order that I chose to read those in that revealed to me who I like best (Elle) and who I find most interesting (Brinley). And frankly having to choose between Hunter and Gabe is no easy matter—-so I’m glad I don’t have to. Georgetown Academy is my new guilty pleasure! And thanks to the generous folks at Coliloquy it can be yours too!
ENTER TO WIN A SET OF DIGITAL BOOKS (Book 1 and Book 2) USING THE RAFFLECOPTER HERE.
Overall: A
Georgetown Academy Book Two is out now from Coliloquy, get your copy here or enter the raffle to win it above!
e-copy provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Georgetown Academy Book 2- Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

*This review is spoiler free but if you want to read my review of Book 1 go here.

There is something about Georgetown Academy that is immersive. When I’m in the fast paced world of politics and high school with Ellie, Taryn, Brinley and Evan, nothing else matters out in “real life.” I consumed this book in record time, and who could blame me? We have relationship drama, potential romance, secrets, alliances, politics, parental problems, forbidden loves, and frenemies. There’s something for everyone!

Book Two picks up right where Book One left off—-namely in the midst of a massive scandal! And things just get more complicated and entangled here as we lead up to the Follow the Stars benefit. I am still LOVING the choose your own adventure style of Coliloquy especially because at the end point of that chapter I can with one click go back and read all the other story lines as well. Honestly, it’s the order that I chose to read those in that revealed to me who I like best (Elle) and who I find most interesting (Brinley). And frankly having to choose between Hunter and Gabe is no easy matter—-so I’m glad I don’t have to. Georgetown Academy is my new guilty pleasure! And thanks to the generous folks at Coliloquy it can be yours too!

ENTER TO WIN A SET OF DIGITAL BOOKS (Book 1 and Book 2) USING THE RAFFLECOPTER HERE.

Overall: A

Georgetown Academy Book Two is out now from Coliloquyget your copy here or enter the raffle to win it above!

e-copy provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #coliloquy #georgetown academy #jessica koosed etting #alyssa embree schwartz #covers #politics #contemporary



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Wednesday, January 2
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Crimson Frost review below!

Crimson Frost review below!

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Monday, December 31
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Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels review below!

Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels review below!

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Friday, December 14
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I am ESTATIC to have Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz stop by the blog today to answer some questions on their unbelievably fab book, Georgetown Academy. I hope you guys love the interview, because I certainly did. And be sure to check out my review of Georgetown Academy below!
xoxo,
V.V.
1. There’s a lot of voices to keep track of in G.A. How do you break up writing them? Do you each have specific characters or do you write them jointly?
We are both very type-A, so we always start with an incredibly detailed outline for every character and chapter and then we split up the actual writing. We don’t have specific characters that we each exclusively write because we like changing it up (a lot of times we decide who gets which girl based on our moods). But our writing always ends up being cohesive because we’ve been best friends for fourteen years and we basically share a brain (yes, we finish each other’s sentences so much that it creeps people out).
2. G.A. is very political and current, did you model any of your characters or their families on real life politicians?
We pulled a lot of elements from different political families for the Madisons (the Bushes, the Kennedys – if the Kennedy’s were uber-conservative). Taryn’s father has a bit of Obama in him, in terms of the level of newness and excitement her father is generating in Congress as a first-term representative. Overall, we also like to play with a lot of the gender inequalities we’ve seen on the Hill…and unfortunately there are a lot of real-life instances to draw from on that front!
3. Scandal plays a central role in these characters lives and their motivations, what’s the most scandalous thing you’ve done?
It took a while to think of something we would admit to!
For Jessica, she secretly dated her older cousin’s best friend for months, creating elaborate cover stories and lies when discussing her love life with her family. Luckily, though, it didn’t end as scandalous as it began because she eventually ended up marrying the guy! 
For Alyssa, it was back in her freshman year days at USC. She met a guy at a bar who was a bit older and she didn’t want to admit she was an undergrad so she told him she was a 23-year-old law student. She kept up the lie for several dates, dinner parties with his friends and a million phone calls (he even wanted to introduce her to his mother who was visiting), but she finally had to end it when she ran out of law jargon she’d learned from Law & Order.
4. Within G.A, who do you relate to most and why? Which storyline is your favorite to write?
We seriously love every character and go through phases where we get attached to different characters at different times. Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles (and Alyssa lived there for fourteen years) so it’s been fun writing California girl Taryn now transplanted in D.C. And Evan, with her perpetual worrying, is easy for both of to relate to, as well. We love the relationship between Ellie and Gabe and the constant push and pull. But it’s probably Brinley (and all the Madisons) who are the most fun to write because their perspective on everything cracks us both up.
5. G.A. isn’t your average high school and you’ve added some creative elements to make the school function around the political challenges. What is your favorite part of G.A., the school.
Definitely history class. It’s so unique to G.A. – the fact that any given discussion about a current event or past event could involve some student’s parent or grandparent. You can just imagine what it must have been like for Chelsea Clinton when her government class got to the section about her father’s impeachment trial or what it will be like for Malia Obama for the next four years when her class is discussing current events and what the President should do about certain issues. Plus, the students at G.A. are so much more opinionated about policies and government because they’re in such close proximity to it. It definitely makes for a much more heated and personally-charged history class than the typical one you’d find in any other high school.
6. Let’s talk clothes…they’re important in this world and each character has a distinct style. How did you choose their style, who/what they wear, and what is the one outfit from the book you’d love to have in your wardrobe at home?
Clearly, we’re obsessed with fashion and we have so much fun visualizing what every character is wearing in any given scene. We really wanted their clothing choices to feel like extensions of their personalities. Taryn’s style is definitely a product of living in L.A. her whole life – that mix of boho and funky. Clothes aren’t nearly as important to Evan as the rest of the characters (although they will begin to play a bigger part in later books) so we wanted her style to be easy without a lot of fuss. Ellie is still figuring out her style the same way she’s figuring out herself. And Brinely, with her old-school D.C. family, her love of British and Italian Vogue and her aversion to anything nouveau, definitely has an affinity for the more classic, polished designers (and she has a long list of things she would never be caught dead in like animal print or boyfriend jeans). 
We draw inspiration from a lot of our favorite shopping websites (Shopbop.com in particular) and we’re constantly emailing each other links of something Taryn would wear or Ellie would wear. The one outfit we both love from Book One is the Burberry dress Brinley wears to the rookie party (paired with the Bulgari bangles). But even more than just that one outfit, it’s Brinley’s closet in general (which Ellie refers to as “the vault”) that we covet. We definitely live vicariously through her when she’s browsing outfits and mulling over what to choose.
7. The Coliloquy format is unique and allows readers to help direct the story. Tell us a bit about how being a Coliloquy title have influenced G.A.
We love reading books told from different perspectives and when we set out to write Georgetown Academy, we knew we wanted to write it from multiple characters’ POV’s. By working with Coliloquy, we were able to expand on that concept even more by offering a choice point within each book where the reader can choose which girl they want to “follow”. And yes, they can go back and read all of them if they want to, which means that readers can potentially see the same even unfold in four drastically different ways.  Not only are the choice-point chapters fun to write, but we love how it gives even more insight into how different our four girls are. We grew up reading the Choose Your Own Adventure books so we were excited to get to do our own version of that.
8. Tell us something unusual about each of you.
We didn’t meet until freshman year of college and we grew up across the country from each other, but for some reason, we both have the same favorite movie from back in the day – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. We know you’re laughing at us, but it’s seriously underrated. And just for the record, we have no problem with Kevin Costner’s British accent in the movie.

Thank you Jessica and Alyssa so much for this insider look into Georgetown Academy!

I am ESTATIC to have Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz stop by the blog today to answer some questions on their unbelievably fab book, Georgetown Academy. I hope you guys love the interview, because I certainly did. And be sure to check out my review of Georgetown Academy below!

xoxo,

V.V.

1. There’s a lot of voices to keep track of in G.A. How do you break up writing them? Do you each have specific characters or do you write them jointly?

We are both very type-A, so we always start with an incredibly detailed outline for every character and chapter and then we split up the actual writing. We don’t have specific characters that we each exclusively write because we like changing it up (a lot of times we decide who gets which girl based on our moods). But our writing always ends up being cohesive because we’ve been best friends for fourteen years and we basically share a brain (yes, we finish each other’s sentences so much that it creeps people out).

2. G.A. is very political and current, did you model any of your characters or their families on real life politicians?

We pulled a lot of elements from different political families for the Madisons (the Bushes, the Kennedys – if the Kennedy’s were uber-conservative). Taryn’s father has a bit of Obama in him, in terms of the level of newness and excitement her father is generating in Congress as a first-term representative. Overall, we also like to play with a lot of the gender inequalities we’ve seen on the Hill…and unfortunately there are a lot of real-life instances to draw from on that front!

3. Scandal plays a central role in these characters lives and their motivations, what’s the most scandalous thing you’ve done?

It took a while to think of something we would admit to!

For Jessica, she secretly dated her older cousin’s best friend for months, creating elaborate cover stories and lies when discussing her love life with her family. Luckily, though, it didn’t end as scandalous as it began because she eventually ended up marrying the guy! 

For Alyssa, it was back in her freshman year days at USC. She met a guy at a bar who was a bit older and she didn’t want to admit she was an undergrad so she told him she was a 23-year-old law student. She kept up the lie for several dates, dinner parties with his friends and a million phone calls (he even wanted to introduce her to his mother who was visiting), but she finally had to end it when she ran out of law jargon she’d learned from Law & Order.

4. Within G.A, who do you relate to most and why? Which storyline is your favorite to write?

We seriously love every character and go through phases where we get attached to different characters at different times. Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles (and Alyssa lived there for fourteen years) so it’s been fun writing California girl Taryn now transplanted in D.C. And Evan, with her perpetual worrying, is easy for both of to relate to, as well. We love the relationship between Ellie and Gabe and the constant push and pull. But it’s probably Brinley (and all the Madisons) who are the most fun to write because their perspective on everything cracks us both up.

5. G.A. isn’t your average high school and you’ve added some creative elements to make the school function around the political challenges. What is your favorite part of G.A., the school.

Definitely history class. It’s so unique to G.A. – the fact that any given discussion about a current event or past event could involve some student’s parent or grandparent. You can just imagine what it must have been like for Chelsea Clinton when her government class got to the section about her father’s impeachment trial or what it will be like for Malia Obama for the next four years when her class is discussing current events and what the President should do about certain issues. Plus, the students at G.A. are so much more opinionated about policies and government because they’re in such close proximity to it. It definitely makes for a much more heated and personally-charged history class than the typical one you’d find in any other high school.

6. Let’s talk clothes…they’re important in this world and each character has a distinct style. How did you choose their style, who/what they wear, and what is the one outfit from the book you’d love to have in your wardrobe at home?

Clearly, we’re obsessed with fashion and we have so much fun visualizing what every character is wearing in any given scene. We really wanted their clothing choices to feel like extensions of their personalities. Taryn’s style is definitely a product of living in L.A. her whole life – that mix of boho and funky. Clothes aren’t nearly as important to Evan as the rest of the characters (although they will begin to play a bigger part in later books) so we wanted her style to be easy without a lot of fuss. Ellie is still figuring out her style the same way she’s figuring out herself. And Brinely, with her old-school D.C. family, her love of British and Italian Vogue and her aversion to anything nouveau, definitely has an affinity for the more classic, polished designers (and she has a long list of things she would never be caught dead in like animal print or boyfriend jeans). 

We draw inspiration from a lot of our favorite shopping websites (Shopbop.com in particular) and we’re constantly emailing each other links of something Taryn would wear or Ellie would wear. The one outfit we both love from Book One is the Burberry dress Brinley wears to the rookie party (paired with the Bulgari bangles). But even more than just that one outfit, it’s Brinley’s closet in general (which Ellie refers to as “the vault”) that we covet. We definitely live vicariously through her when she’s browsing outfits and mulling over what to choose.

7. The Coliloquy format is unique and allows readers to help direct the story. Tell us a bit about how being a Coliloquy title have influenced G.A.

We love reading books told from different perspectives and when we set out to write Georgetown Academy, we knew we wanted to write it from multiple characters’ POV’s. By working with Coliloquy, we were able to expand on that concept even more by offering a choice point within each book where the reader can choose which girl they want to “follow”. And yes, they can go back and read all of them if they want to, which means that readers can potentially see the same even unfold in four drastically different ways.  Not only are the choice-point chapters fun to write, but we love how it gives even more insight into how different our four girls are. We grew up reading the Choose Your Own Adventure books so we were excited to get to do our own version of that.

8. Tell us something unusual about each of you.

We didn’t meet until freshman year of college and we grew up across the country from each other, but for some reason, we both have the same favorite movie from back in the day – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. We know you’re laughing at us, but it’s seriously underrated. And just for the record, we have no problem with Kevin Costner’s British accent in the movie.

Thank you Jessica and Alyssa so much for this insider look into Georgetown Academy!

Tags:   #covers #i read #books #georgetown academy #jessica koosed etting #alyssa embree schwartz #coliloquy #politics #dc #high school


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Tuesday, December 11
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In anticipation of the third book release in the Real Mermaid series by Helene Boudreau, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels, we’re delighted to bring you a yummy, festive holiday treat from Jade! A super easy and super yummy raspberry mug cake! Oh, and be sure to check back tomorrow to read our review of Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels!

xoxo,

V.V.

Real Mermaids Festive Treats

Hi everyone! Jade here from Real Mermaids. 

One of my favourite things about the upcoming holidays is the great treats we get to make and share. I love food so much, in fact, that I included a recipe for some of my favourite snacks in each of the Real Mermaids books. 

My friend Cori and I thought we’d experiment a bit and ‘holiday-ize’ each recipe for you!

In Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, I was stuck at my Gran’s cottage without any chocolate in sight. That’s when I turned to Google and found a recipe for a 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Yes! Cake in FIVE MINUTES. I added raspberries and whipped cream to this version. Holiday dessert, anyone?


Chocolate Mug Cake with Raspberries and Whipped Cream

First, get yourself the biggest microwaveable mug in the cupboard. Add:

- 4 tablespoons flour 

- 4 tablespoons sugar 

- 2 tablespoons cocoa 

 Mix it well. Then add:

- 1 egg 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons milk 

- 3 tablespoons oil 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (NOT optional—at least as far as I’m concerned) 

- 1 capful of vanilla extract 

And… MIX! 

Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will look like it’s going to overflow but don’t freak out! Let it cool for a bit (unless you want to burn your lips off) and add raspberries and whipped cream to make it fancy, then ENJOY!

Happy treats and have a great holiday, everyone!

Love, 

Jade


About the Book:

Everyone’s favorite mer-girl Jade is back to make a big splash as she enters high school in the hilarious,  third installment of the critically-acclaimed Real Mermaids series, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels (February 2013; ISBN: 978-1-4022-6458-0; $6.99 U.S.; Juvenile Fiction; 240 pgs.; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Ages 9 and up).

In Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels,Jade is finally ready for life to return to normal—even if starting ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and being asked to the school dance means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing.

But just as Jade settles into high school life, there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war. Can Jade find a plus-sized dress that doesn’t look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, and finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating? Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-sized aqua-phobic mer-girl?

The Author:

Hélène Boudreau never spotted a real mermaid while growing up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish, or electric eels. She now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked home in Ontario, Canada. Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist. Learn more about Helene at www.heleneboudreau.com.

Tags:   #blog tour #cake #covers #helene boudreau #real mermaids #real mermaids love the holidays #recipes #sourcebooks #real mermaids don't need high heels


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Monday, November 26
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Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland

Tags:   #books #covers #alice in zombieland #gena showalter


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Friday, October 26
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Tags:   #photos #covers #the gleaning



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Friday, October 19
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Two and Twenty Dark Tales Blog Tour below!

Two and Twenty Dark Tales Blog Tour below!

Tags:   #photos #covers #books #anthologies #creepy #short stories



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Wednesday, July 11
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OMG THIS COVER! CAN YOU EVEN?

OMG THIS COVER! CAN YOU EVEN?

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Thursday, July 21
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I love this series, but I seriously dislike the cover model. She looks NOTHING like the MC in my head.
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Cover reveal for Spell Bound, Book III in the Hex Hall series!! 
Can’t wait!! 

I love this series, but I seriously dislike the cover model. She looks NOTHING like the MC in my head.

dannybewitched:

Cover reveal for Spell Bound, Book III in the Hex Hall series!! 

Can’t wait!! 

Tags:   #rachel hawkins, #covers #hex hall #spell bound


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Thursday, May 5
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Now that is a SERIOUS cover for the final book in the hush, hush series.

Now that is a SERIOUS cover for the final book in the hush, hush series.

Tags:   #ya lit, #silence #hush hush #becca fitzpatrick #covers #i read #books #young adult fiction #paranormal romance


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