Get To Know Victoria Aveyard + GIVEAWAY


I’m excited to have Victoria Aveyard, author of one of the HOTTEST young adult releases of this season, on the blog with me today! Her book Red Queen came out this week surrounded with MUCH pre-publication buzz! Before you get to know Victoria a little bit through some fun top ten lists (which obviously I’m a big fan of) check out what Red Queen is about!

Red Queen
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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Get to know Victoria with a couple of fun top ten lists!


10 Bookish (or otherwise) Quotes That I Love, in no particular order:

1. “He’s got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody’s got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he’ll blend in, disappear, you’ll never see him again. With any luck, he’s got the Grail already.” Cut to Brody in a marketplace: “Does anyone here speak English? Or even Ancient Greek?” – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, my all-time favorite movie quote.

2. “Winter is coming.”  – George RR Martin, A Game of Thrones (I could do all ASOIAF quotes for this but I won’t)

3. “And my sister, my Lindsey, left me in her memories, where I was meant to be.” – Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

4. “It was the drink that killed him.” “Oh, he was an alcoholic?” “No, he was hit by a Guinness truck.” – Mrs. Doubtfire

5. “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” – Stephen King, The Gunslinger

6. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

7. “I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.” – JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (and all of LotR essentially)

8. “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” – George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords (had to sneak this one in)

9. “Never tell me the odds.” – The Empire Strikes Back

10. “P.S. Germany invaded Belgium an hour ago.” – Ken Follett, Fall of Giants

Honorable mention (because quotes are my life):
Chapter 8 of The Stand, Stephen King
the entirety of Home Alone written by John Hughes
The Indianapolis Speech, Jaws, Robert Shaw
“Well, can’t he just beam up?” “This is reality, Greg.” – ET, Melissa Mathison

10 Favorite Lines I Wrote In Red Queen

1. The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.

2. In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.

3. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.

4. “Dear family, I am alive. Obviously.”

5. “From now until the end of your days, you must lie. Your life depends on it, little lightning girl.”

6. “They were a threat to my kingdom, and they were stupid,” he fires back. He stoops, bending over me with his twisted smile. “Were.”

7. Gold and silver and iron, dripping from his hands like tears.

8. When the sword flashes, arcing through air and flesh and bone, she doesn’t blink.

9. In the stories, the old fairy tales, a hero comes. But all my heroes are gone or dead. No one is coming for me.

10. “I have the advantage,” I tell his corpse.


10 Movies I Could Watch Forever

The Lord of the Rings
Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Jurassic Park
Independence Day
Pirates of the Caribbean


10 Things I Never Leave Home Without

Something to read
Cell phone
Keys (unless I forget, which is often)
Scarf or sweater
A mental plan and schedule for whatever I’m doing
Hair ties
Lipstick if I can remember
My rings (two family heirlooms, one gift to myself)


About The Author


Victoria Aveyard is a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. 
Her book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. She’s repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
The genres she’s into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, she’s buying.



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An Ember In The Ashes – excerpt reveal + GIVEAWAY!


If you took a look at my MOST anticipated debut novels of 2015 post (you did right??) you will know An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir received a spot on that list. It’s a book I’m SO excited about reading soon especially given my new found love for fantasy….and this one sure does look to be pretty epic!

I’m excited to partner with Penguin to celebrate this series right up until the release date — starting with an exciting excerpt and a giveaway! I’ve read the excerpt and now I’m just not sure I can wait to read it much longer!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told. LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


Check out the excerpt that was revealed exclusively on MTV News HERE!

And now for the giveaway!

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Penguin is giving FIVE lucky winners the chance to win a signed galley of An Ember in the Ashes plus a t-shirt!

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The Raven Cycle Tarot Card Blog Tour + Giveaway

When I got asked to take part in this AMAZING blog tour I KNEW I had to see if my girl Carla (biggest Maggie fan ever + my occasional guest met her in this post right??) wanted to tackle this with me. And tackle it did she ever! It’s perfect.

I’ve been LOVING keeping up with this tour (runs from November 1-22) because bloggers have been so creative, you can win awesome things and also Maggie Stiefvater is BRILLIANT — seriously SHE DESIGNED THEM ALL. So here’s the schedule for the tour if you need to catch up! The tour has been featuring the Major Arcana with each stop on the tour revealing one of the 22 cards as designed by Maggie Stiefvater, and will use that card to reveal the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle series. The This is Teen Pinterest page has been updated to include every card/post.






The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

About The Judgment Card + Carla’s Reading Of It:

We’ll give you a little background on The Judgment card and then Carla is going to give you a reading for the series:



The JUDGMENT card is one that represents plans coming to fruition, that symbolizes resurrection, that indicates life changing decisions are required. A major change is coming.

Upright the card symbolizes judgment, absolution and rebirth; of how to awaken the truth inside of you and bring it into the light. Reversed symbolizes doubt and self judgement; of how easy it is to be overly critical of yourself and never allowing yourself to think of mistakes as learning experiences.


“Ronan looked angry, but he was in the mood where he was going to look angry no matter what. “I don’t know what I want. I don’t know what the hell I am.” — The Raven Boys


Ronan has a secret that he both knows and doesn’t know. It’s a secret that he folds up and tries to hide away. It’s the harder kind of secret; the one he keeps from himself. He is close to reaching a significant stage in his own journey, however, he is riddled with denial. He is full of anger and hate. You can see this in the way he behaves at the start of The Dream Thieves; he is, to put it blunt, a bit of a bastard. This secret gets brought to life in his dreams where the truth is awakened and brought into the light. In his dreams, he opens himself up to his secrets and realizes that he needs to take action. He has taken the first steps into admitting the secret to himself.


Ronan has reached a significant stage in his own journey. Whilst still a bit of a prick, he seems to be letting his life finally come together. He is moving towards reconciling this part of himself and moving past the denial stage. He is ready to confront who he is. He seems more willing to accept that change is inevitable and that self doubt and judgement can be avoided. That he can find absolution inside of himself. That the only judgment he was experiencing wasn’t from anyone else, but from himself.


Ronan understands that the major change is here, demanding to be known, however, this change will be under his control. Now is the time for him to make all the changes he desires. He understands that you can’t run or hide from yourself and that this change is necessary. Judgment tells him that whilst he is to be aware of the past he can use the lessons he has learned about himself as a person to take a definite step right into Adam’s arms towards the future he desires and deserves. A future where he will never lose sight of his worth. A future full of hope and all the wonderful things that come from having faith that you are on the right path.

The Giveaway


Get excited, friends!!! One lucky winner is going to get The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS a limited edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck courtesy of Scholastic. It’s too good of a prize to not enter!!


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* Must be 13 years old or older to enter.
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Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.




MaggieStiefvaterEntertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

*photo credit Robert Severi


Good luck, friends! And make sure you follow Carla (@loltergeist) on Twitter!! She’s fab and I love having her grace the presence of my blog every now and again!!

A Quickie Q&A With Jandy Nelson + Giveaway

If you know me, you know that Jandy Nelson is one of my favorite authors (she wrote The Sky Is Everywhere and the soon to be released I’ll Give You The Sun). I’m pretty sure that you should know that. Her books are just something out of this world and I damn near lost my shit meeting her at BEA this year. I might have scared her but I’m hoping my heart eyes and ecstatic praise translated more HUGE FAN than creeper. But seriously these words, people:

I'll give you the sun quote

So when I was approached to possibly do an interview with Jandy Nelson I was like OH MY GOD YES OF COURSE ALWAYS. But then I realized I actually had to form coherent questions and that interviewing didn’t mean exclaiming my love (though TOTALLY did….disguised as Super Smart Interview Questions).


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BUT I DID IT. I PREVAILED. And her interview answers are even freaking works of art. NOT HUMAN I TELL YOU. So for your pleasure, here are 3 of my most burning questions I asked Jandy Nelson. Just as an FYI for you — there are NO spoilers so you are safe to read my questions and her answers!

1. In both The Sky Is Everywhere & I’ll Give You the Sun you feature really layered relationships between siblings (which I love because my relationship with my sister has been a HUGE part of my life). What is it that draws you to this relationship? Do you have any personal inspiration that you draw from when it comes to writing those relationships?

Thank you! And it’s funny. I didn’t even realize I was writing predominately about sibling relationships in my two novels until people started reading I’ll Give You the Sun and noting it! And my next one The Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise is also about three siblings. Writers are so oblivious! But I do find the sibling connection endlessly fascinating as I do all family dynamics. I grew up with older brothers, and like you, they’ve played a huge role in my life. Luckily, unlike Jude and Noah in Sun, we’ve had way more harmony than rivalry over the years. I just adore my brothers, can’t imagine going through life without them, and I definitely think I draw on that love when I’m writing siblings—it’s a powerful one, a jump-in-front-of-a-train-to-protect-them kind of love. But more generally, I like how siblings seem to create their own parentless mini-civilization within a family, one that has its own language and humor, its own laws and myths and loyalties and treacheries. Families are such rich fodder for stories—they’re so inherently dramatic and comedic both, like pressure cookers and with the right (or wrong) ingredients, the lid always blows.

2. I LOVED the way I’ll Give You the Sun was told and found it very effective to alternate chapters between young Noah and then Jude years later. Did you know from the beginning that you weren’t going to follow a linear path to tell this story? Were there any difficulties in alternating in this manner?

That makes me so happy you enjoyed the structure. Honestly, it was a bear to figure out and really challenged me. I knew from the beginning I wanted the novel to be told from both twins’ perspectives and in different timeframes but it took longer for me to figure out what those timeframes would be and how I’d manage the alternating. But early on, I realized that the best way for me to write the book would be to write Noah’s story start to finish, then Jude’s start to finish, always keeping in mind the other’s trajectory. Also, I’d lock the file on one twin during the periods I was writing the other’s story and vice versa to help insure each twin’s voice and world would be distinct. Then once drafts of both twins’ stories were written, I began to braid them together, which was really like writing a whole new novel. At that point, I was about two and a half years into the writing process of the book so that last step involved A LOT of praying that it actually would work!

3. Both The Sky Is Everywhere & I’ll Give You the Sun have made me feel very INTENSE emotions. Do you ever have to step back when you are writing because it is just too intense with what the characters are dealing with?

I’m glad about the INTENSE! And sorry! But more glad. Ironically, usually when my heart starts racing or breaking with what’s going on with the characters I do the opposite of stepping back. That’s actually when I know I have to go for it, go deeper, go full-throttle, because I might be getting at something real and alive and true. As a writer, I think that’s one of the greatest pleasures, no matter how painful it can be. It’s much harder for me to write when I’m not feeling much at all. That said, there have definitely been days when I stagger out of my office, feeling like I’ve been run over by a freight train of emotion!

About Jandy Nelson:

Jandy NelsonJandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give you the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. Visit her online at or find her on twitter at @jandynelson.




Got burning questions of your own?
Penguin Teen is hosting a Twitter chat with Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman on September 5th at 7:00 PM EST. IT IS LIKE THE TRIFECTA OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS NIGHT!! Follow along using #PenguinTeenChat!

Pre-order your copy of I’ll Give You the Sun today! Want a signed / personalized copy? They’re available for pre-order from Books Inc. in San Francisco!

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for additional interviews, guest posts from the author, giveaways, and more!

Sept. 1 – Cuddlebuggery
Sept. 2 – Novel Sounds
Sept. 3 – Perpetual Page Turner
Sept. 4 – Forever Young Adult
Sept. 8 – The Young Folks
Sept. 9 – The Book Hookup
Sept. 10 – Grown Up Fangirl
Sept. 11 – Bewitched Bookworms
Sept. 15 – Candace’s Book Blog
Sept. 16 – Novel Novice
Sept. 17 – Alice Marvels
Sept. 18 – Icey Books
Sept. 22 – The Midnight Garden
Sept. 23 – The Starry-Eyed Revue
Sept. 24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Sept. 25 – Katie’s Book Blog
Sept. 29 –GReads!
Sept. 30 –Anna Reads


And now for the giveaway!

A paperback copy of The Sky Is Everywhere…which is GORGEOUS and this book is one of my favorite contemporaries!

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Recommended Reading List For YA Books Dealing With Slut-Shaming & Sexuality

The Truth About Alice


I’m really excited to have Jennifer Mathieu (author of The Truth About Alice — just released this week and I cannot WAIT to pick up!) on the blog to talk a bit about her novel and give you some book recommendations! I’ve been interested in this one every since I heard about it!


Jennifer Mathieu 300dpi, credit George Hixson

When I first started writing my debut novel, The Truth About Alice, four years ago, I’d never heard of the term slut-shaming.  I just knew I wanted to write a book about a girl growing up in a small town who’s ostracized by her community.  And, sadly, I knew judging sexual behavior is one of the most common ways our society isolates and humiliates girls and women.  That’s why I knew the rumors that overwhelm the character of Alice would be related to what she may – or may not have done – with two boys at a party.

I’m thrilled that my book could become part of any conversation that our culture has about how we treat girls and women differently from boys and men when it comes to sexual behavior, but The Truth About Alice is certainly not the first book that’s tackled this complex issue.  I’ve collected a list of some of my favorite young adult novels that have taken on the topic of teen girl sexuality with authenticity and care.





Forever by Judy Blume – The one that started it all.  Even though this book was written back in the 70s, there still something revolutionary about it.  A nice teenage girl named Katherine chooses to have responsible, mutually-fulfilling sex with her nice teenage boyfriend, and nothing catastrophic happens to either of them.  One of the first books to address teenage sexuality, and in classic Blume style, it’s as real and honest as it gets – although it might be the reason the name Ralph fell out of favor.  Read the book and get the joke!


Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn Gingerbread’s main character Cyd Charisse is a snarky girl who’s been kicked out of boarding school and speaks frankly about being sexually active (her boyfriend is a “safety boy” who takes care of buying their condoms).  While Cyd is “a girl with a past” (semi-spoiler here – she had an abortion while with a previous boyfriend), Cohn never paints her as fallen angel.  She’s just a real girl trying to figure out who she is and what she wants.


E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver books (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, Real Live Boyfriends) – When we first meet Ruby, she’s bluntly informs us that she’s “became a famous slut” and is now a social outcast who’s been dumped by all her friends and her boyfriend because of vicious rumors about what she may or may not have done with certain boys.  But Ruby – who lives with her eccentric parents on a houseboat and attends a prep school on scholarship – won’t be defeated, and it’s so rewarding to follow her through her high school years as she triumphs in life and love.


Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr – When 13-year-old Deanna Lambert is caught having sex with her older brother’s friend in the backseat of a car, she is branded the school slut.  When the story picks up a few years later, Deanna is still fighting her reputation and dealing with a complicated family situation.  This finalist for the National Book Award is a heartbreaking read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Fault Line by Christa Desir – This book also tackles the important topic of sexual assault and is told from the point of view of a male protagonist named Ben.  When Ben’s girlfriend Ani attends a party without him, something terrible happens, and she is quickly labeled The Slut Who Asked For it.  What’s happened to Ani?  What can Ben do next?  A powerful book that will generate a lot of conversations.

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian – Natalie Sterling wants to be student council president and she wants to be sexually active on her terms.  Why must every choice a girl makes put in her in one of two extreme camps – like slut versus good girl?  A frank and feminist novel that’s also a confident exploration of what it means to be a “good girl.”

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally – After her mother comes out and leaves her father, star softball player and future valedictorian Parker Shelton’s picture perfect life is turned upside down.  Her church and her friends turn on her, and she’s not sure who she can count on.  Then Parker begins to earn a not-so-good reputation, and she’s intrigued by the flirty new baseball coach in town. How can she figure out what – and who – is right for her?


Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!! I’ve read Fault Line, Forever and Not That Kind of Girl and I agree with you that they explore this very well.

Be sure to check out Jennifer’s novel The Truth About Alice:


Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

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Check out the rest of the blog tour schedule!

o    6/3 – Me, My Shelf and I @myshelfandi

o    6/4 – ExLibris Kate @ExLibris_Kate

o    6/5 – Forever Young Adult @4EverYA

o    6/6 – here!

o    6/7 – A Good Addiction @flamingo1325

o    6/8 – Girls in the Stacks @girlsinthestack

o    6/9 – Rebekah Faubion, Writer @rffaubion


Readers, I’d love to know if you have any recommendations to add to her list or let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you think!!

Blog Tour: The Edge of Falling By Rebecca Serle

18048731I finished The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle a couple weeks ago (a full post about it to come!) and it was such a heartbreaking, hard hitting read. The main character lost her younger sister and she really blames herself for it and then an incident happens AFTER that which leads people believe that she is a hero…which is far from the truth! She’s been keeping in all these FEELINGS and SECRETS  and she’s trying to keep it all together. You can just feel the weight of it all. And she starts making some interesting choices. It’s worth a read but you can see my full thoughts later on!

One of the characters in the book is Claire, Caggie’s bff, who really tries to be there for her but kind of doesn’t put up with some of her shit. She’s a really good friend and I LOVE seeing a solid bffship in YA lit so I was really excited when I found out that Rebecca was going to be sharing a playlist for Claire! Claire seems like a super fun bff who you would get into all sorts of fun shenanigans but really has your back. I think this playlist fits her perfectly!



So, now, I’ll hand it over to Rebecca…


Many thanks to Jamie for hosting me today! I’m so excited to share some exclusive content from my process of writing The Edge of Falling: Claire’s character playlist. Claire is Caggie’s BFF: she’s a model with a heart of gold…one that loves fast, and loves fully. She knows that Caggie is going through a difficult time and doesn’t exactly support her newfound attraction to Astor, but Claire is a quality friend in the otherwise shallow world of the Upper East Side. Mostly pop tunes with a hint of indie flare, here’s a peek into her mind (and her iPod.)

1. Lorde- Royals
2. Say Something- A Great Big World
3. Do What U Want- Lady Gaga
4. Robyn- Call Your Girlfriend
5. Bloom- The Paper Kites
6. Primadonna- Marina and the Diamonds
7. Winter Song- Sara Bareilles
8. Killer Queen- Queen
9. Turning Tables- Adele
10. Stars- Your Ex Lover Is Dead
11. The Hook Up- Britney Spears
12. Raining Men- Rihanna


Thanks for sharing that, Rebecca! Can’t wait to give it a listen. Some indie/alternative songs I love and some pop songs I probably wouldn’t put in a playlist but now that I’m jamming to them I don’t know WHY NOT. Such a fun mix!


Summary for The Edge of Falling:

Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.


If you’ve read this book…how you do you think this one fits Claire??

Using Technology to Write with a Partner + A Giveaway

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You know that I RARELY participate in blog tours if you are a regular reader of this blog but I am OBSESSED with These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (link is to my Save the Date — my review is to come next month!). It was such a wildly fun science fiction read SET IN SPACE and I really enjoyed it. I’ve read books that were co-authored before (mostly David Levithan’s stuff) and I’ve found the process fascinating — ie. David said he and Rachel Cohn would send each other emails with their chapter and then that person would write their chapter based on that).

So obviously when I read this I was curious about their process and I’m so excited to have Amie and Meagan on the blog today to talk about how they use technology to write with a partner! I think it’s an interesting topic both for readers AND for writers who might be interested in going that route. Really, it’s interesting even for any other sort of collaborative project you may be doing!


Blog Tour 3


Living on two different continents has its advantages, but is also means we have to be creative when it comes to writing together. These Broken Stars was plotted together in our living room in Australia, but once Meg moved back to America, we had to come up with some smart ways to make technology work for us.

With our timezones pretty much the opposite of each other, we always email the manuscript to the other before we go to bed. That way when we wake up the next morning to take it back, it’s like magical elves wrote a new chapter overnight! It’s always so exciting to see what that new chapter looks like!

Here’s the nitty-gritty on how we use technology to get our work done:

Google Hangouts

Oh, we’d be in so much trouble without the ability to video chat! We both type over 100 words per minute, but our brains still race faster than our fingers can type! Especially when it comes to brainstorming, it’s great to be able to jump on video chat and just talk it out. It means we can both see when the other is pausing to think and give them room, and allows us to jump around. We’ve learned to write down what we decide, though, after managing to forget the final decision a few times!


Where would we be without our ability to talk and text? Viber’s a free app (and there are many others like it) that allows us to talk and text whenever we like, using just our data or our wifi. The texting is particularly handy—as Amie wakes up in the morning and gets to work, Meg might be heading off to make dinner. Texting means Amie can get stuck into the manuscript, and summon Meg back with a text message if we need to talk. Simple, but super effective.

In-Text Comments

Everybody uses comments and tracked changes, but after so long working together, we practically have our own language. From a blank comment highlighting one word (this indicates the word is a repeat of a word used earlier in the sentence – for example, the second use of “terrible” too close to the first) to long comment conversations, we make the comments work for us. Often whole conversations will happen inside one comment. Someone leaves a question, and the other person comes along and poses some suggestions for how the problem might be fixed, and then when the manuscript is handed over again, the conversation continues. We make sure one of us uses bolded text and the other doesn’t, so it’s easy to see where a conversation is happening. We’ll be honest: there are a lot of jokes in those comments as well. It’s hard to be professional ALL the time!

Google Docs

So. Valuable. These are a must for any collaborator. A google doc means everybody always has the most up-to-date version of the book, and it means you can both collaborate on the same document in real time. Very handy!

We hope this behind-the-scenes glimpse was interesting—just a small sample of the many technological tricks we have up our sleeves!


Thanks ladies! I’m also a huge fan of the Google docs in keeping The Broke and the Bookish organized as well as a similar text app to Viber– Whatsapp. You ladies sound like you have so much fun writing together!!

I highly recommend if you haven’t heard of this book! I am not a huge science fiction reader but I would HIGHLY recommend this to people who aren’t into it either.


These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.


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Follow the tour:

Monday, 11/11            The Midnight Garden
World-Building for the Future

Tuesday, 11/12            Love is Not a Triangle
Author Interview

Wednesday, 11/13     The Perpetual Page-Turner
Using Technology to Write with a Partner

Thursday, 11/14           Good Books and Good Wine
Audiobook Sample + Narrator Interview

Friday, 11/15                The Starry-Eyed Revue
Character Interview with Tarver

Monday, 11/18             Cuddlebuggery

Author Interview

Tuesday, 11/19            Books With Bite
Amie & Meg’s Favorite Things

Wednesday, 11/20       Xpresso Reads
Establishing Characters with Role-Playing
Thursday, 11/21           Great Imaginations
Co-Authoring Books

Friday, 11/22                Nawanda Files
Lilac’s Gorgeous Dress: A Look at These Broken Stars’ Cover Art

The Theory of Everything Blog Tour + Giveaway

I’m so excited to have Kari Luna, author of The Theory of Everything, on the blog today! I’ve been excited to read this one every since I saw it in the catalog at the beginning of the year and I’ve just started it last night!


We’ve all done it. Ran with our hearts and made the ultimate mixtape for someone. Hoping what they felt while listening was even a fraction of what we felt while making it, right? Sophie Sophia in The Theory of Everything does that, too. Her father taught her about tapes, but she’s developed her own system for making a mix. Especially ones about love. And now? She’s passing it onto you, exclusively on the Perpetual Page Turner. May it help you make the most swoony-worthy tape, ever.


How To Make A Mixtape That Will Make Him or Her Melt Into A Massive Puddle 
by Sophie Sophia

1. Think about the object of your affection. Short? Tall? Wears the best Buddy Holly glasses? In love with Love and Rockets?

2. Do a reign-dance. This consists of running around in circles and flailing your arms. It’s a lot like a traditional rain dance, only this one brings in love.

3. Did you fall for number two? HA HA HA. That was a joke. Stop dancing and start putting those songs together.

4. Include tunes that make you swoon. It doesn’t matter whether it’s The Ramones or Thee Headcoatees, The Shins or Vampire Weekend. What matters is what the songs mean to you.

5. I would say think about the order, but on a tape like this? When you’re practically hypnotized by your feelings? You’ll know.

6. Deliver the tape, but act like it was something you threw together. You know, whatever. I like this mix and thought you might, too. Talk to ya later.

6. Wait for a sign. Birds singing, rainbow sparkles up and down your spine, that thing that lets you know they came. They listened. They melted.

8. Even if they weren’t meant to be yours, they know a great mix when they hear one. So feel good about putting love out into the world. And no matter what happens? Do it again. Crush, haze, heart swell, daze, it’s always worth it.



I’ve teamed up with Kari Luna to bring you guys an awesome giveaway! She had the CUTEST buttons and posters designed (seriously I’m in love with them!!) and I’ll be passing along my ARC of The Theory of Everything to go along with it!

1 Winner gets:

- poster
– buttons
– ARC of The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

Contest Info:

– US Only
– Must be 13 years or older.
– No purchase necessary.
– Contest ends July 26.

To Enter:

Answer one of the following questions in the comments to be entered to win this super cute TTOE poster, button pack and ARC!

1.What song would you put on your swoon-worthy mixtape? Come on, tell us what song you think would get your guy/girl hook, line and sinker! I’d go with I Was Made For You by She & Him or Two Hearts Are Better Than One by Katie Herzig.


2. What is one of your favorite mixes you’ve ever made? You know I’ve been making lots of playlists lately but my favorite mix I ever made was YEARS ago when a friend of mine went through a break-up. I made THE MOST epic breakup playlist — it started out with pissed off songs, sad songs to cry to and then happy, upbeat “I will get over this” songs. It was pretty awesome.

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Join us for the last stop of the tour Monday, July 22nd at The Book Cellar!

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna



One part Libba Bray’s GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.


About The Author:


Kari Luna is a teen novelist and whimsicologist. Her YA debut, The Theory of Everything, combines string theory, 80’s mixtapes and shaman pandas in one book without making you dizzy! Almost.  Watch the awesome video here: And find Kari, here: tweet: @wordette blog:

The Colors of Madeleine Tour + An Awesome Giveaway Prize Pack!


In our world, Madeleine is known for using bold colors in her clothing & accessories, but in the Kingdom of Cello, colors have a different role entirely. Read about Cello’s color attacks in The Colors of Madeleine, but in the meantime, here are some fun things from our world to enjoy!


Pining for Purples

1.    Toaster
2.    Rainboots
3.    Umbrella
4.    Pillow
5.    Earrings

Can I just say how much I want allll of this stuff??

I’m happy to be able to offer you guys a giveaway wherein one of you lucky ducks will win The Colors of Madeleine Prize Pack in Purple! I’ve read A Corner of White, and while it took me a little bit to get into it, once I did I enjoyed it quite a lot! It’s imaginative and unlike anything I’ve really read. You’ll see my review up tomorrow!


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A Corner of White Jaclyn Moriarty

A tale of two worlds, told in brilliant color.

Readers have loved bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty since The Year of Secret Assignments. Now she gives them A Corner of White, the first in a suspenseful, funny, genre-busting trilogy that brings her fantastic characters, laugh-out-loud descriptions, and brilliant plotting to a fantasy setting.

Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge, England (in our world).

In another world, in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle Jon was found dead. The talk in the town is that Elliot’s dad may have killed Jon and run away with the physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.

As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. On both sides of the gap, even greater mysteries are unfolding — with more than one life at stake.

This Is Teen site | Jaclyn Moriarty’s official site| Scholastic on Twitter | This Is Teen Facebook|

Today The Colors of Madeleine tour also stops by the lovely ladies at  The Book Smugglers with a guest post from Jaclyn Moriarty!

Check out the rest of the tour:

Monday, March 18th: Jaclyn is stopping by Ex Libris Kate and Hobbitsies is featuring “Require-These Reds” on The Colors of Madeleine tour

Wednesday, March 20th: Jaclyn is stopping by My Friend Amy’s Blog and Presenting Lenore is “Yearning For Yellows” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Friday, March 22nd: Novel Novice is interviewing Jaclyn Moriarty and Forever Young Adult is “Begging for Blues” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Tuesday, March 26th: Jaclyn is stopping by The Book Cellar and Mundie Moms is featuring “Gotta-Have Greens” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Thursday, March 28th: Jaclyn is stopping by The Readventurer and Alexa Loves Books is featuring “Oblige Me With Oranges” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Monday, April 1st: Jaclyn is stopping by Angie-ville and Gone With The Words is featuring “Wish-List Whites” on The Colors of Madeleine Tour!

Wednesday, April 3rd: Jaclyn is stopping by The Book Smugglers and Perpetual Page Turner is “Pining for Purples” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Friday, April 5th: Pure Imagination Blog is interviewing Jaclyn Moriarty and I Read Banned Books is “Greedy for Grays” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

An Excerpt From A Book I’m SUPER Excited About + A Giveaway!


I’m super excited to be on this tour because Mila 2.0 has been one I’ve been excited about — giving it a spot on my March’s Most Wanted list! It’s actually on my nightstand and going to be my next read — I’ve heard some great things so I’m stoked! I’ve got an excerpt to share with you to get excited! If you’ve already read it, let me know what you think in the comments! Check out the rest of the tour here!


I ignored the typical Kaylee drama and pulled a pen from my backpack. “Who are you talking about?”
I heard rather than saw Kaylee stiffen. “Oh my god, Mila, look!” she hissed, knocking my arm as she whirled in her chair. The pen flew out of my hand…. and headed straight for the instigator of the “oh my god, Mila, look” comments’ gray-swathed chest.
In a reflexive motion, my hand whipped out, snagging the pen-missile midair. Great save, until the hand connected to the gray shirt knocked into mine as it sought to do the same. The pen sprang loose and clattered to the floor. 
Shaggy dark hair. Lean. face. Faded blue eyes-the color of Haylee’s favorite old jeans- that widened briefly. I had just enough time to register the images before the boy from Dairy Queen dropped into a crouch behind my chair. 
He didn’t say anything as he extended the pen to me. Kaylee cleared her throat in a totally obvious um-hum, but I ignored her. I was too busy shaking my hair forward to hide what had to be a brilliant display of red spreading across my cheeks.
So I was correct-the Dairy Queen boy didn’t go to Annandale. And, in spectacular display of idiocy equaled only by my booth dive yesterday, I’d just assaulted him with a writing utensils. Well played. 
“Here you go,” he said, in a surprisingly deep voice.


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Mila 2.0 Debra Driza


By: Debra Driza
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: March 12th, 2013
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel


Debra_twitter_pic_croppedI’m Debra Driza, and I’m a physical-therapist-turned-Young-Adult-author and a stay-at-home mom. Not to be confused with a stay-at-home mistress—those are the ones who eat bon-bons and watch soap operas all day long. The soap operas sort of fall by the wayside when you have a seven-year old, a three-year-old, three dogs (one of them seriously defective), one extremely messy husband, and deadlines to meet.
Seriously, though–my family is great. I wouldn’t change one second of our crazy, messy, unorganized lives. What this house lacks in a paper or dog-free spot on the couch, it makes up for in laughter and hugs.
I’m represented by Taylor Martindale of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.  The first book in my YA sci-fi thriller series debuts in Fall 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins.

Feel free to email me at houndrat at yahoo dot com. (quoted from Debra’s blog)

Visit Debra via: her Blog | Twitter

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