Verb Vixen

I read. I listen. I watch. I write.
Friday, June 21
Permalink
All I Need- Susanne Colasanti
I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I’m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for—-a summer read—light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn’t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it’s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you’re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti’s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.
Overall: A-
All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!
ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

All I Need- Susanne Colasanti

I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I’m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for—-a summer read—light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn’t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it’s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you’re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti’s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.

Overall: A-

All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!

ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #contemporary #romance #susanne colasanti #all i need #viking #penguin



Comments
Wednesday, June 19
Permalink
Just One Day - Gayle Forman
There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?
Overall: A-
Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here. 
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?

Overall: A-

Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #gayle forman #just one day #contemporary #fiction #travel #paris



Comments
Monday, June 17
Permalink
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)- Kendare Blake 
Kendare Blake must have some sort of dark muse because Antigoddess is twisted, disturbing and a damn good read. Building off Greek mythology and in particular the story of Troy and epics of Homer, what awaits in Antigoddess is a modern story full of age old ideas—angry, vengeful, spiteful gods warring with each other and the humans, sometimes gifted, who are stuck in the crossfire. I loved the new modern interpretation of each of the gods and the Dante-esque horrors they must endure. If you’re looking for a happy ending, look elsewhere, because this ending is fitting for the genre of myths and the consequences are no less severe than in the ancient stories. Honestly, what do you say about a book that gives all your favorite characters/gods new life and new adventures? I just finished Angelini’s Starcrossed series which takes the same story and characters and interprets them quite differently than Blake does. I love them both for being so different, imaginative, and enthralling. I’m glad I have more in the Goddess War series to look forward to, because I’m not about to get over my love of mythology any time soon. So Kendare Blake, “sing me O [Dark] Muse.”
Overall: A+
Antigoddess is due out September 10th. Pre-order your copy of this must read here.
ARC provided gratis by Tor Teen

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)- Kendare Blake 

Kendare Blake must have some sort of dark muse because Antigoddess is twisted, disturbing and a damn good read. Building off Greek mythology and in particular the story of Troy and epics of Homer, what awaits in Antigoddess is a modern story full of age old ideas—angry, vengeful, spiteful gods warring with each other and the humans, sometimes gifted, who are stuck in the crossfire. I loved the new modern interpretation of each of the gods and the Dante-esque horrors they must endure. If you’re looking for a happy ending, look elsewhere, because this ending is fitting for the genre of myths and the consequences are no less severe than in the ancient stories. Honestly, what do you say about a book that gives all your favorite characters/gods new life and new adventures? I just finished Angelini’s Starcrossed series which takes the same story and characters and interprets them quite differently than Blake does. I love them both for being so different, imaginative, and enthralling. I’m glad I have more in the Goddess War series to look forward to, because I’m not about to get over my love of mythology any time soon. So Kendare Blake, “sing me O [Dark] Muse.”

Overall: A+

Antigoddess is due out September 10th. Pre-order your copy of this must read here.

ARC provided gratis by Tor Teen

Tags:   #i read #ya #books #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #antigoddess #goddess war 1 #tor teen #mythology #greek myths #troy #homer #epics


1 note
Comments
Thursday, June 13
Permalink
Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini
What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.
Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.
For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”
Overall: A+
Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini

What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.

Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.

For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”

Overall: A+

Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #young adult #fiction #goddess #starcrossed #dreamless #josephine angelini #publishing #harper teen #mythology #greek myths #troy #trojan war



Comments
Tuesday, June 11
Permalink
Georgetown Academy Book 4- Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting
At this point, I think we all know that Georgetown Academy is my favorite guilty pleasure. I don’t read gossip columns or tabloids but GTA fills that need for me in a fictional world. Book 4 takes things to entirely new heights with the role of Vice President on the line. This plot is full of brand new scandals and an intricate web of entangling alliances. I love how different each of the girls are and yet how they are all experiencing the same issues—the pressures of the political world where one false step means a barrage of bad press, the critical juncture of growing up where you decide who you are and who you want to be, and of course the cosmic pull of first loves—and yet each of them reacts differently and changes subtlely. Over the course of four books, they have all grown so much and I think that is fascinating to watch. Etting and Schwartz keep GTA fresh and current with superb plot twists, thrilling ethical dilemmas, clothes to die for, and a fast paced writing that wills you to keep you reading. I cannot get enough!
Overall: A
Georgetown Academy Book 4 is out TODAY! Get your copy now!
e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Georgetown Academy Book 4- Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

At this point, I think we all know that Georgetown Academy is my favorite guilty pleasure. I don’t read gossip columns or tabloids but GTA fills that need for me in a fictional world. Book 4 takes things to entirely new heights with the role of Vice President on the line. This plot is full of brand new scandals and an intricate web of entangling alliances. I love how different each of the girls are and yet how they are all experiencing the same issues—the pressures of the political world where one false step means a barrage of bad press, the critical juncture of growing up where you decide who you are and who you want to be, and of course the cosmic pull of first loves—and yet each of them reacts differently and changes subtlely. Over the course of four books, they have all grown so much and I think that is fascinating to watch. Etting and Schwartz keep GTA fresh and current with superb plot twists, thrilling ethical dilemmas, clothes to die for, and a fast paced writing that wills you to keep you reading. I cannot get enough!

Overall: A

Georgetown Academy Book 4 is out TODAY! Get your copy now!

e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #coliloquy #georgetown academy #series #book 4 #jessica koosed etting #alyssa embree schwartz #d.c. #politics #contemporary #school



Comments
Sunday, June 9
Permalink

Ten Reasons I Love Georgetown Academy

No secret here, I love the Georgetown Academy series and now Coliloquy is releasing Season One (the first four books as a single collection). If 1000 people Mark it as Want to Read on Goodreads (CLICK HERE)  by Tuesday, 6/11 then the authors will release a “lost” scene. If 2000 people do it, then we get a scene from one of the boys’ perspectives. I NEED THESE SCENES PEOPLE! So please please please add it to your shelf. Not sure if Georgetown is for you? Well here’s ten reasons I love it!

MY TOP TEN REASONS TO READ AND LOVE GEORGETOWN ACADEMY:

1. The clothes. I DIE to wear some of these outfits. No seriously, I’m writing this from the grave because I’ve died of clothes envy.
2. Four completely unique and authentic young women’s voices who are dealing with public pressure and scrutiny with the most amount of grace and no small amount of ambition. 
3. The writing. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s accurate and it flows so well that it actually energizes your reading experience. 
4. Well the hot boys aren’t hurting things either.
5. Politics. GTA makes politics not only interesting but relevant to a generation that is just coming of age in a world where politics is more polarized than ever.
6. Voyeurism. I don’t like to support tabloids or gossip rags or the paparazzi in real life but HOT DAMN if I’m not totally into it when it’s a fictional world. 
7. Scandal. I guess this is really 6.5 but who doesn’t love a good scandal. It’s impossible to tear your eyes away from the train wrecks.
8. Parents. This is a big deal to me, but finally and thankfully we don’t have completely absentee parents, or bad parents, or evil parents. These parents genuinely care about their kids and while they may make mistakes it’s a welcome change in the YA world for me. 
9. D.C. Setting can make or break a book but D.C. with its history and monuments and power is an ideal location. I don’t ever get tired of exploring more of our nation’s capitol in GTA.
10. The Authors. They are so sweet and it’s crazy to me that they can write four young women so perfectly and seamlessly. Honestly, they have a single author voice and yet there is two of them. What witchcraft is this?
Are you convinced yet? If you need more reasons check out the Top 30 Reasons list from Coliloquy where they list a new reason every day for a month. (I hope you’ll add GTA Season 1 to your goodreads. For your sake or mine. 
xoxo,
V.V.

Tags:   #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #coliloquy #georgetown academy #school #d.c. #politics #contemporary #season 1 #jessica koosed etting #alyssa embree schwartz #read #i read #top ten list #contest #reading


1 note
Comments
Wednesday, June 5
Permalink
Code (Virals #3)- Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs does mystery and suspense unlike any other really and her third book in the Virals series, Code, is no exception.  If you’re looking for a good old Nancy Drew style sleuthing story with an emphasis on friendship and family, then look no further. I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series including Code. It continues to be set in Charleston, which must lend it some Southern charm because these books go down like sweet tea for me. Reichs incorporates both science and history without batting an eye. Our newest adventure brings a serial killer, serious danger and a debutante ball. Who can ask for more?
Overall: A-
Code is out now, get your copy here.
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Code (Virals #3)- Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs does mystery and suspense unlike any other really and her third book in the Virals series, Code, is no exception.  If you’re looking for a good old Nancy Drew style sleuthing story with an emphasis on friendship and family, then look no further. I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series including Code. It continues to be set in Charleston, which must lend it some Southern charm because these books go down like sweet tea for me. Reichs incorporates both science and history without batting an eye. Our newest adventure brings a serial killer, serious danger and a debutante ball. Who can ask for more?

Overall: A-

Code is out now, get your copy here.

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Tags:   #i read #ya #books #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #mystery #thriller #kathy reichs #virals #code #charleston


2 notes
Comments
Monday, May 27
Permalink
So bookish friends, are you in NY for Book Expo America? Stop by Jefferson Market Library on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 for the Teen Author Carnival! There’s some great authors participating in two panels. Plus, I’m moderating!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
xoxo,
V.V. 

So bookish friends, are you in NY for Book Expo America? Stop by Jefferson Market Library on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 for the Teen Author Carnival! There’s some great authors participating in two panels. Plus, I’m moderating!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

xoxo,

V.V. 

Tags:   #teen author carnival #bea #book expo america #TAC #ya #young adult #ya lit


3 notes
Comments
Tuesday, May 21
Permalink

With only two weeks until The Testing's release, we want to make sure everyone knows about it! Read all about The Testingand also be sure to enter to win one of two copies of the book!

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one. But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

The Official Website for The Testing Add on Goodreads Preorder the Book: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository Also, don’t forget to download the FREE prequel story. All the details can be found here There are more goodies on The Testingwebsite as well, such as a quiz to see if YOU would be selected for the Testing. 

About Joelle Charbonneau :

Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. In addition to The Testing trilogy, she is the author of the Rebecca Robbins Mysteries and the Glee Club series. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son. When she is writing, she works as an acting and vocal coach. Visit Joelle on the Web at her Website, Facebook, and Twitter

Praise for The Testing:

“The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller that all fans of The Hunger Games will simply devour. Joelle Charbonneau writes with guts and nerve but also great compassion and heart. Highly recommended.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruin and Flesh & Bone “Trained to rely on her wits, Cia must survive on her courage and trust her instincts, even when it means following her heart ever deeper into danger. A surefire favorite for dystopian fans, The Testing crackles with suspense, passion and betrayal set against a scarred and brutal world.” –Sophie Littlefield, author of Unforsaken and Hanging By A Thread. See the stunning trailer! If you are interested, signed copies can be ordered through Anderson’s Bookshop before June 4. Joelle Charbonneau will be having her launch party here. See Anderson’s website to order! AND even cooler, for all books pre-ordered or bought for her launch party, a donation will be made to Autism Speaks. TWO people will win a copy of The Testing - Open to wherever The Book Depository ships!

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #the testing #giveaway


2 notes
Comments
Wednesday, May 15
Permalink
Georgetown Academy Book Four Cover Reveal!
When the vice president resigns and Ellie and Taryn’s parents emerge as the frontrunners, the girls find themselves back in the spotlight.
Ellie could not care less about becoming the Second Daughter, but she knows how much the opportunity to make history means to her mother – and women everywhere. With her family taking center stage, Ellie must decide whether she can put her feelings for Gabe on hold - again.
Taryn, so used to captivating the hearts and minds of everyone she meets, is unbothered by the increased media scrutiny. But an inopportune screw-up has her beholden to an unlikely – and unfriendly – source for help.  
Overnight, Evan has skyrocketed from social pariah to Miss Popular. As she and her reluctant parents adjust to her new lifestyle, the last thing she needs is a front-page scandal.
Brinley can’t stop thinking about her Stowe-bound hook-up…until her father’s intern, Patrick, starts flirting. Is it time to abandon her fling now that she has a more appropriate suitor?
With the second highest office in the land up for grabs, everyone is picking sides. But where does the heart lie when duty, truth, and love collide?
Enter to Win Some SWEET Prizes from Coliloquy HERE including:
(1) $50 Amazon gift card, 
(2) $25 Amazon gift cards and 
(4) bundle sets of Georgetown Academy Ebooks 1, 2, 3 & 4. 
The winners will be selected on June 11th (which is the official release day!!)

Georgetown Academy Book Four Cover Reveal!

When the vice president resigns and Ellie and Taryn’s parents emerge as the frontrunners, the girls find themselves back in the spotlight.

Ellie could not care less about becoming the Second Daughter, but she knows how much the opportunity to make history means to her mother – and women everywhere. With her family taking center stage, Ellie must decide whether she can put her feelings for Gabe on hold - again.

Taryn, so used to captivating the hearts and minds of everyone she meets, is unbothered by the increased media scrutiny. But an inopportune screw-up has her beholden to an unlikely – and unfriendly – source for help.  

Overnight, Evan has skyrocketed from social pariah to Miss Popular. As she and her reluctant parents adjust to her new lifestyle, the last thing she needs is a front-page scandal.

Brinley can’t stop thinking about her Stowe-bound hook-up…until her father’s intern, Patrick, starts flirting. Is it time to abandon her fling now that she has a more appropriate suitor?

With the second highest office in the land up for grabs, everyone is picking sides. But where does the heart lie when duty, truth, and love collide?

Enter to Win Some SWEET Prizes from Coliloquy HERE including:

(1) $50 Amazon gift card,

(2) $25 Amazon gift cards and

(4) bundle sets of Georgetown Academy Ebooks 1, 2, 3 & 4.

The winners will be selected on June 11th (which is the official release day!!)

Tags:   #Cover reveal #books #i read #georgetown academy #cover reveal #jessica koosed etting #alyssa embree schwartz #ya #D.C. #politics #contemporary #series #Coliloquy


1 note
Comments
Saturday, May 11
Permalink
Game. Set. Match by Jennifer Iacopelli

Here’s a not so secret secret: I’m not into tennis. I find it boring to watch, all the back and forth, the quiet crowd— it’s just not my idea of a sporting event. When I was about ten my dad asked me if I wanted to learn to play tennis and I said no. And I have never regretted that decision until today when I finished Game. Set. Match.

And isn’t that the hallmark of great book? To convince you that the world you’re immersed in is the best of all possible worlds? To take something you seemingly have no interest in and make it fascinating? Well Game. Set. Match did just that. It made tennis compelling! I think that I’m tennis fan now, a feat I would have thought near impossible.

I reveled in this book. The characters are complex and nuanced.  The girls have grit and the boys have heart; it was effortless to fall in love with them. The plot is riveting, full of rivalries and competition. And who doesn’t love a good competition? While the romances are a part of the story, it’s not the only thing of interest. Game. Set. Match is also about dealing with pressure and pride, seeking to define who you are and who you want to be, forming friendships and of course, playing tennis. The end was phenomenal: a practical homage to underdog sport stories and the triumph of the human will/spirit. I WANT MORE!

There’s only one thing left to say: GO GET Game. Set. Match AND READ THIS BOOK RIGHT BLOODY NOW!

Overall: A+

Game. Set. Match is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here. 

e-copy provided gratis via Coliloquy

Game. Set. Match by Jennifer Iacopelli

Here’s a not so secret secret: I’m not into tennis. I find it boring to watch, all the back and forth, the quiet crowd— it’s just not my idea of a sporting event. When I was about ten my dad asked me if I wanted to learn to play tennis and I said no. And I have never regretted that decision until today when I finished Game. Set. Match.

And isn’t that the hallmark of great book? To convince you that the world you’re immersed in is the best of all possible worlds? To take something you seemingly have no interest in and make it fascinating? Well Game. Set. Match did just that. It made tennis compelling! I think that I’m tennis fan now, a feat I would have thought near impossible.

I reveled in this book. The characters are complex and nuanced.  The girls have grit and the boys have heart; it was effortless to fall in love with them. The plot is riveting, full of rivalries and competition. And who doesn’t love a good competition? While the romances are a part of the story, it’s not the only thing of interest. Game. Set. Match is also about dealing with pressure and pride, seeking to define who you are and who you want to be, forming friendships and of course, playing tennis. The end was phenomenal: a practical homage to underdog sport stories and the triumph of the human will/spirit. I WANT MORE!

There’s only one thing left to say: GO GET Game. Set. Match AND READ THIS BOOK RIGHT BLOODY NOW!

Overall: A+

Game. Set. Match is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here. 

e-copy provided gratis via Coliloquy

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #coliloquy #game set match #jennifer iacopelli #tennis #contemporary #active fiction



Comments
Wednesday, May 8
Permalink

BLOG TOUR: SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie

I’m delighted to have Morgan Wylie on the blog today to talk about music and her new book Silent Orchids, out now! Check our what Morgan has to say and check back for my review of The Silent Orchids here tomorrow!

xoxo 

V.V.


Morgan:

When I started writing, I thought it was interesting to hear about people’s playlist for their books. But I didn’t really get it. I didn’t think I would be the type of person to write with music—I just didn’t think I would be able to. Now, granted I LOVE music. My husband is a musician and I’m surrounded by it, but write to it… probably not.

There were times when I was writing that I felt stuck or couldn’t find life in the words on the page… it felt dry. To take my mind off it, I put on some music or I’d be somewhere and a song would come on. Suddenly, I would feel it. Whether it be the words to the songs, or just the emotion that poured out from the music itself, it would stir inspiration inside of me. I would see a scene play out in my mind, or I could relate to the emotions the character was trying to portray. All because of the music.

I’ve read several articles other writers have written about their experiences with music. I even read some medical research of studies being conducted to gauge the affects music has on writing and creativity. Music is everywhere! It’s used in movies, TV, commercials, jingles, etc. For most, it provides a focus and an atmosphere for emotion. 

So I put together some songs that I felt inspired by to write. After months of adding music as I would find it, I ended up with over 2 ½ hours worth of music. I found that the songs with lyrics I was eventually able to tune out the specifics of the song and let its emotion or rhythm it take me where I needed to be inside my book or a certain character. I could listen (or not listen and just feel) to it over and over as I would write.

I had a soundtrack made for my specific book, which I also listen to, but at the writing of this post it was not yet available for purchase through iTunes so the songs were unavailable to use in the playlist (see below for more info) So this is a sampling of my Silent Orchids playlist…

As I mentioned above, my husband Steven James Wylie is a musician. He teamed up with talented Blair Masters and they created this beautifully haunting soundtrack that reflects the tone and heart of Silent Orchids. If the links are not yet available, please visit my site or the Amazon preview link here to hear this original music. 

Thank you so much for having me today!! ~Morgan Wylie

Tags:   #i read #books #fantasy #morgan wylie #playlist #music #young adult #ya #ya lit #young adult fiction


3 notes
Comments
Thursday, May 2
Permalink
Chosen at Nightfall- C.C. Hunter

I love the Shadowfalls Series, don’t get me wrong, but Chosen at Nightfall felt just a little too saccharine for me. I love Kylie and the entire crew, I like the direction that the plot goes, I like the subplots and I like the threat of Mario that looms, but there wasn’t a single twist I didn’t see coming. While most of this review might seem negative, I don’t want that to take away from the series overall which is still delightful. Frankly, tons of people will LOVE this last book for precisely the reasons it annoyed me. 

The ending, which many will love, ties everything up in a nice happy bow. I’m not really a nice happy bow kind of girl. I’d like a hint of reality please. While I’m happy with the way Kylie deals with the problems facing her and the decisions she makes, it all seems to end just too perfectly. I also felt (and this is a big no no for me) preached at on certain subjects, like protected sex and pregnancy. I probably could have let it slide but it was repetitive and constant in a way that it hadn’t be in previous books and it just irked me. And lastly, there were points where I thought the writing was so basic it felt like a completely different author. There’s a place where she describes what Kylie and Lucas are wearing and it’s just that. It felt weird and awkward and strange and not at all like what the writing in the first 4 books was like. Bottom line: the series is great, the last book is just okay. Still worth the read though.

Overall: B

You can find Chosen at Nightfall here. 

Chosen at Nightfall- C.C. Hunter

I love the Shadowfalls Series, don’t get me wrong, but Chosen at Nightfall felt just a little too saccharine for me. I love Kylie and the entire crew, I like the direction that the plot goes, I like the subplots and I like the threat of Mario that looms, but there wasn’t a single twist I didn’t see coming. While most of this review might seem negative, I don’t want that to take away from the series overall which is still delightful. Frankly, tons of people will LOVE this last book for precisely the reasons it annoyed me. 

The ending, which many will love, ties everything up in a nice happy bow. I’m not really a nice happy bow kind of girl. I’d like a hint of reality please. While I’m happy with the way Kylie deals with the problems facing her and the decisions she makes, it all seems to end just too perfectly. I also felt (and this is a big no no for me) preached at on certain subjects, like protected sex and pregnancy. I probably could have let it slide but it was repetitive and constant in a way that it hadn’t be in previous books and it just irked me. And lastly, there were points where I thought the writing was so basic it felt like a completely different author. There’s a place where she describes what Kylie and Lucas are wearing and it’s just that. It felt weird and awkward and strange and not at all like what the writing in the first 4 books was like. Bottom line: the series is great, the last book is just okay. Still worth the read though.

Overall: B

You can find Chosen at Nightfall here. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #c.c. hunter #born at midnight #shadowfalls series #paranormal



Comments
Monday, April 15
Permalink
Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel
I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.
Overall: A-
Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here. 

Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel

I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.

Overall: A-

Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here

Tags:   #books #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #vampires #paranormal #infinite days #stolen nights #rebecca maizel #st martin's press



Comments
Thursday, March 28
Permalink

shelbydoodlebug:

All the lovely book ladies. 

Tags:   #female leads #characters #writing #ya #young adult #ya lit #fiction #movies #books to movies


4,431 notes
reblogged via wereadtoliveathousandlives

Comments