May 28, 2014

Gone BEAin'


Gabrielle and I are out this week for BEA 2014! Make sure you check us out on twitter & instagram, and even if you can't actually be at BEA, there's still a ton of stuff happening this week to check out like the #YAPARTY on Thursday night and Armchair BEA all week!

Expect a full recap of the awesome (and chaos) when we get back!

May 27, 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: 5.27.2014
Pages: 544
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Issues
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Source: Finished copy from publisher

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Review:
It's like the year simply doesn't work without a Katie McGarry book in my life. Over nearly 3 years, she has become one of my absolute favorite authors, and I love owning every single one of her books in multiple formats. With TAKE ME ON, McGarry is back in full force with Rachel's bad boy brother, West.

West definitely caught my attention in Crash Into You. I loved him and was drawn to him, so getting the chance to see how his mind really worked in TAKE ME ON was fantastic. He's loyal and stubborn as hell, but he has a habit of carrying around the weight of the world on his shoulders while laughing it off to everyone else.

Enter Haley, a girl with more issues than Us Weekly, who sees through his BS and bravado. Haley, who has her own scars and demons and issues, but these two somehow find a balance and solace with each other.

I breezed through this book, absolutely loving every second of it. But when I finished, I realized I still had some questions. A lot of loose ends that didn't make sense and were never fully resolved. Sometimes they felt like random moments that served as unnecessary fillers. There were a few extra characters that just felt out of place and if it had been a movie, their scenes would have been on the cutting room floor.

Overall, you cannot go wrong with a Katie McGarry book. You simply can't. She could write a book about lawn furniture and make it romantic. She's that good. Anytime someone asks for a swoony recommendation, I immediately point them to this series.

Buy: Amazon

May 26, 2014

BEA with Little, Brown

1.) How much planning goes into an event like this for you and your staff?

BEA is our biggest event of the year! Our goal is to present our upcoming books to key influencers: the people who will spread the word and increase sales at the time of the book's publication. Since attendees of BEA include all swaths of book people: booksellers, librarians, authors, agents, media, bloggers, distributors, foreign publishers, digital publishers, and now, with BookCon, consumers—anyone who pitches our books to anyone works at BEA. Marketing does the promotion, advertising, giveaways and booth experience, and Publicity does author events and entertaining. We also work closely with our Sales team to staff the booth.

2.) How would you compare BEA to other book conferences/events?

BEA is the one-stop-fits-all for all book industry folks. Other conferences usually have a more specific focus: teachers, librarians, digital publishing, bookseller trade shows, etc. BEA is where you get everything. Except a chance to take a breather! (Kidding.)

3.) Any suggestions for how bloggers/librarians should approach publishers at BEA?

The best time is when there isn't an in-booth event going on. If there's an author signing, or a big giveaway happening, the staff running the booth will primarily be focusing on that, so it will be difficult to have a conversation. Come back at a quiet time, comment at what catches your eye, and ask us questions! 

4.) What advice would you offer a first time attendee?

There will always be too much to see, read, and do. Come prepared with your "musts" and go with the flow for everything else! 

5.) Are there any titles from Little, Brown/Hachette you're excited will be at BEA this year?

The question is OBVIOUSLY yes! Be on the lookout for Ryan Graudin's THE WALLED CITY, which is set in the real-life, only-demolished-in-the-90s city of Kowloon, in Hong Kong. The city is almost a character in and of itself—if you think Manhattan is densely populated, you should google "Kowloon Walled City". Then come back, I'll wait.

Crazy, right? People living on top of each other, with hardly any daylight peeking through. Drugs, brothels, gangs… you name it. THE WALLED CITY features three characters with interweaving story lines and reads like a dystopian thriller, but then you realize that it was based on a real place. I've heard the editor throw around the term "histopian." Bloggers, can we make that a thing?

There are also new books by old favorites (Holly Black, A. S. King, Paolo Bacigalupi, Rebecca Serle) and new favorites (Kendall Kulper's SALT & STORM, Josh Sundquist's WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME). Come to booth #2820 and we'll tell you all about them!

#YAPARTY during #BEA14 - are you going?

HOST LIZA WIEMER CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

THE #YAPARTY

WHERE: Twitter

WHEN: May 29, 2014, 8-11 PM EST

(Please tweet during those hours!If you won’t be around during that time, I recommend scheduling tweets using TweetDeck. ONLY entries during that time will count!)

WHY: Because space for the BEA YA Author/Blogger Party is very limited and I want everyone to be able to participate.

***Special thanks goes to Andye Eppes of Reading Teen and Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana, YA Author/Blogger Party Organistas Extraordinaire – Please follow them and enter the two special prizes (#24 & #25)!

HUGE THANK YOU to the publishers and bloggers who provided the prize packages! See each one below.

(You must be 13 years old or older. This post and the prize packages are accurate as of 5-23-14, but are subject to change until the 11:00 PM EST on May 29, 2014. Notification will be done through Twitter. Prizes are not exchangeable. Winners will be notified by June 15, 2015 or sooner. Shipping will be done through the prize donors. You must contact the donor within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.)

What do you need to do?

It’s Simple:

Follow @LizaWiemer on Twitter

Follow the publisher or specific prize donor and tweet (information listed below for each prize)!

PRIZE #1: (INTERNATIONAL)squareicon

From Paper Lantern Lit: An e-copy of each title from The Studio OR an editorial review of 50 pages of a manuscript OR an editorial review of 15 pages of a plot outline.

Tweet: I joined the  and follow  & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win a 50 page manuscript review. 

Or

I joined the  & follow  . Hope to win a 15 page plot outline editorial review. 

Or

I joined the  & follow  . Hope to win an e-copy of each title from The Studio. 


PRIZE #2: (USA Only)NOVL-Logo-tagline-12-12-12 copy

From Little Brown @TheNovl

  • Rapture Practice Paperback

  • The Walled City ARC

  • Famous in Love ARC

  • Secrets & Lies Hard Copy

  • Just Call My Name ARC

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @TheNovl & . I hope to win a Little Brown five-book package! Info: 

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PRIZE #3: (USA Only)

From Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary SIX (6) NEW TITLES!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SHContemp & . I hope to win a six-book package! 


PRIZE #4: (USA Only)website_logo_clear_670x60

From Strange Chemistry, your choice of five books!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @StrangeChem & . I hope to win five SC books, my choice! 


PRIZE #5: (USA Only)1b69a6d8a3b2f8183c33bb5ff595df76_400x400

From Books of Wonder a signed copy of DOROTHY MUST DIE

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @BooksofWonder & . I hope to win a five SC books, my choice! 


PRIZE #6 & #7: (USA Only)

BraceletFrom Bookish Delites, bookish bracelets made by Kassiah Faul.

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SwoonyBoys & . I hope to win one of two bookish bracelets! 


PRIZE #8 & #9: (USA Only)

From Fic Fare, YA Signed ContemporaryIMG_6158 Book Package! (Better Off Friends, Ask Again Later, My Life with the Walter Boys)

IMG_1771. . . YA Signed Dystopian/Alternate Future Book Package! (Plus One, Control, In the After)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Contemporary Book Package! 

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Dystopian Book Package! 

PRIZE #10 – #23 (USA Only)

From Wicked Bookcraft, (14 winners) A handcrafted bookmarkbookmark 2 (like the one pictured, various book themes, including Harry Potter & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @WickedBookcraft of Reading Teen & . I hope to win a handcrafted bookmark! 

PRIZE #24 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a signed “We Love YA” Board from our YA authors – at least twenty-five signatures!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ReadingTeen @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a signed “We Love YA” Board from YA authors!  Tote Bag

PRIZE #25 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a tote bag filled with books/ARCs/Swag from the event.

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow  @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a tote bag filled with YA books/ARCs/Swag! 

Thank you for joining us! We hope you had fun. Good luck! Winners will be notified by June 15, 2014 or sooner.


- See more at: http://www.whorublog.com/2014/05/23/join-the-yaparty-may-29-2014-8-11-pm-est-25-awesome-prize-packages/#sthash.dN9Ienno.J4

May 22, 2014

BEA with Spencer Hill Press

1.) How much planning goes into an event like this for you and your staff?
We start brainstorming a year out, while we're still at BEA. We make notes for what works best and what we want to improve. But we start working out the specifics of which books and authors will be featured about six months out, since we need to make sure that the books are ready in time. It takes months of work, planning, ordering books, SWAG, and stuff for the booth. This year, Jessica Porteous, one of our senior editors, has done the lion's share of the planning. She is made of awesome. 

2.) How would you compare BEA to other book conferences/events?
It's by far the biggest event of the year for us, and it is the one event we never miss. 

3.) Any suggestions for how bloggers/librarians should approach publishers at BEA? (I will admit I just stood around staring at booths until someone approached me because I was shy about it.)
Attendees should bring a LOT of business cards! Please include your name, your email address, and your blog name (or the name of the library, etc.--whatever the book-related info might be). If you are interested in our books, we'd love to have a way to tell you more about them. Feel free to come up and say hi to someone in a booth--we love to talk about our books, and if you have a set question or two, such as, "Do you have any books you'd recommend for kids in junior high who don't like to read?" or "I'm a huge romance fan--am I in the right place?" we'll be happy to steer you right. Even a generic, "Do you have a mailing list?" or "What kinds of books does your company publish?" will work. 
4.) What advice would you offer a first time attendee?
Bring comfortable shoes, a rolling suitcase, a bottle of water, a snack or two, and lots of business cards. Check the signing schedules and make up a list, so you don't miss the ones you really, really wanted to catch. Oh, and pack one of those external batteries to charge your cell phone--there's some kind of weird energy field in the Javits Center that drains cell batteries wicked fast. 

5.) Are there any titles from Spencer Hill Press you're excited will be at BEA this year?
Thanks for asking! right now, we have the following schedule: 

Spencer Hill Press Signing Schedule
Booth 2567 (by the autographing area)


Thursday

10:00 – Colette Ballard (RUNNING ON EMPTY)
1:00 – Elizabeth Langston (I WISH) & Jennifer Murgia (FOREST OF WHISPERS)
3:00 – Kelly Hashway (MONSTER WITHIN) & Lisa Amowitz (VISION)

Friday

10:00 – Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) & Alex Kahler (MARTYR)
1:00 – Nikki Urang (THE HIT LIST), Megan Whitmer (BETWEEN), & Erica Cameron (cover reveal)
3:00 – Kelsey Macke (DAMSEL DISTRESSED) & Dahlia Adler (BEHIND THE SCENES)

Time TBD - Rachel Harris (THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING) – main autographing area

Saturday

10:00 – Jennifer Allis Provost (COPPER GIRL & COPPER RAVENS) & Errick Nunnally (BLOOD FOR THE SUN)
11:30 – T. J. Wooldridge (SILENT STARSONG) & Laura Diamond (ZODIAC COLLECTOR)
1:00 – Kell Andrews (DEADWOOD)

Time TBD - Daisy Whitney (BEN FOX, SQUIRREL ZOMBIE SPECIALIST) – main autographing area
Time TBD - Jennifer L. Armentrout (THE RETURN: A TITAN NOVEL) – main autographing area

Please note that times are subject to change.

May 21, 2014

Fierce Reads Hits #YADC

This past weekend was spent being fierce.


OK, not that kind of fierce. This kind of Fierce:


I spent two crazy, but amazing days with the Fierce Reads authors. It kicked off on Friday night at Hooray for Books in NoVA where I joined my amazing fellow YADCers to see Gabrielle Carolina from The Mod Podge Bookshelf moderate a panel consisting of Marie Rutkoski, Katie Finn, Lindsay Smith, and Anna Banks.

Katie Finn, Lindsay Smith, Marie Rutkoski, and Anna Banks
This was a hilarious, fun-filled panel that had the entire audience cracking up. All four women are engaging and fascinating. Afterwards we did a signing and 

YADC & Fierce Reads

Then it was off to dinner, YADC style (this means a lot of people, a lot of laughter and silliness, and cupcakes).

Gabrielle & me
Steph, Stacey, Jenn, Stephanie, Jess & Gabrielle
Andye & Steph
Steph & me (with complimentary horse photo bomb)
Sadly the party had to end (well, until we're all united in NYC for BEA next week), but my weekend was only half done. I had been asked to be the blogger for the Fierce Reads stop during the Gaithersburg Book Festival!

Armed with caffeine and Stephanie, I embarked on the journey to Gaithersburg. We wandered the area for a bit, popping in and out of tents before we got to catch up with our Fierce Reads authors (this time sans Marie, but with the hilarious addition of Emmy Laybourne). I had a chance to sit down and interview the authors (which I will be posting as soon as my computer stops being a butt and lets me download the file) and just chat for a bit before their panels began.


Katie, Lindsay, Anna, and Emmy Laybourne




It was a seriously amazing weekend with some fabulous women. Thank you Mary VanAkin and Ksenia Winnicki and all the other fantastic people at Macmillan who made this happen. Thank you Katie, Marie, Emmy, Anna, and Lindsay (who is now out newest YADC member!) for sharing your words and time with us. And thank you to my fellow YADC members who make everything more fun. 

GIVEAWAY:

The awesome folks at Fierce Reads are letting me give away a prize pack of books to one lucky winner! Included are:

-The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski 
-Sekret by Lindsay Smith
-Of Neptune by Anna Banks
-Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Winner must have a US mailing address and by over 13. 


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May 20, 2014

Review: The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: The Dark World
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: 5.27.2014
Pages: 304
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Series: Dark World #1
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

Review:
This is one of those reviews where I'm going to be doing a lot of this:


And maybe some of this:


Because Logan Bradley is ....



Here I go again.

It's no secret that Cara Lynn Shultz is one of my favorite authors ever. She wowed me with her first series and when she assured me I would love Paige and Logan more than ... who was that other couple* in the first series? Well, I had my doubts. But they were quickly smashed because this book is amazing.

Shultz has a fantastic voice for storytelling. Paige is a genuine, authentic teen with a bunch of sass and a heart. Her internal ramblings cracked me up.

This book is full of high energy fun, lots of action, tons of swoony moments, and is one of the best books I've read in months. I feel like I've been waiting years for this book and I can easily read and re-read it until the next one in the series is in my hands.

It's so hard to write this review, because I just can't put into words the warm, glowy feeling this book left me with. I devoured this book. I couldn't put it down if I tried. Not that I wanted to. It's just ... Read it. Feel the magic for yourself.



*Just kidding - Paige & Logan didn't make me forget Emma & Brendan. Just gave me another couple to love.
Buy: Amazon

Book Blast: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

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“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99

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May 19, 2014

BEA with HarperTeen

In case you missed it, BEA (BookExpo America) is next week.

Next freakin' week.


I am so excited to see what my favorite publishers have coming up, but to give you a tantalizing little preview, I bugged begged my friend Alison Lisnow at HarperCollins about what we could expect from their booth this year.
 
         1. How many years have you attended BEA?

This year will be number three! I wonder if that gets me into a secret BEA society or something…? DM me if you have info on that. 

2. How do you think BEA compares to other conferences?

BEA doesn't mess around with cutsie themes. The theme is books. The other theme is America. Question answered. 

3. How much planning goes into BEA for you and your coworkers?

It's no coincidence you can't spell beast without BEA. But, it's always so worth it in the end. We all look forward to it every year!

4. Any suggestions for how attendees should approach people working the booth with questions? (My first year I stood around until someone took notice on me and approached me first, LOL.)

I think we're all a pretty friendly bunch, so hey or hello is always good. I'll be your friend immediately if you compliment my eyebrows. 

5. Are there any titles you're excited about from HarperCollins that will be at BEA? 

         Yes! So, so excited about ENDGAME by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. Endgame is coming, y'all (seriously, you have no idea how awesome this one's gonna be). Also, obviously I'm psyched for the FOUR: A DIVERGENT STORY samplers. Duh. Definitely be sure to keep an eye out for FALLING INTO PLACE, THE JEWEL, and MESSENGER OF FEAR. They are some of the biggest, baddest titles of Fall 2014, and you would be a fool to miss out on grabbing galleys. And you can quote me on that. To myself. If you come to the HarperCollins Booth (#2038 & 2039). See you there!

I know I'll be popping by the HC booth, make sure you do, too!

May 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Breakable by Tammara Webber


What prompted you to write Lucas' story? Simply put – I wrote BREAKABLE because Lucas began “speaking” to me. While I was writing EASY, I only heard Jacqueline’s voice. I was used to writing alternating POV stories (my entire BTL series alternates male/female), so writing from a single POV was new for me – but I went with it because I knew Jacqueline’s story was going to be the most important thing I’d ever write. It needed to be her story. About a year after I self-published EASY, I began to hear pieces of Landon’s story from Lucas – the lost boy he’d been before college, before Jacqueline – and I began to see EASY’s story from his perspective. At some point, I knew I had to write it. Honestly, it was Landon’s story that convinced me to do it.

A lot of readers are getting frustrated with new adult novels retelling a story from a male point of view. How does BREAKABLE differ from the rest? I haven’t read the others, with exception of LOSING HOPE (Colleen Hoover), so honestly, I don’t know for sure. I don’t think anyone has formatted an alternate POV book as I did BREAKABLE. About 30% of the book overlaps scenes from EASY. The rest is comprised of new scenes from Lucas surrounding the EASY story, and completely new material from Landon.

Whenever someone asked me for a new adult recommendation, I immediately point them to EASY. What new adult books would you recommend? Thank you! I rarely recommend books to someone unless I know their tastes. I read a lot of YA – contemporary, fantasy, dystopian. I also read non-fic, which I can put down and returned to more easily than fiction (right now, I’m reading HOW WE DIE by Sherwin Nuland). I usually suggest that people look at my Goodreads profile for recommendations – I only list books I liked. I don’t rate, and I try to write short reviews, but I’ve fallen behind in the past several months. I don’t get to read as much as I’d like now. I’m hoping that once BREAKABLE releases and the promotional activities die down, I’ll have some reading time. New authors (new to me) I’ve enjoyed in the past few months are Audrey Bell (LOVE SHOW) and Katie Kacvinsky (FIRST COMES LOVE). Both are more literary NA, which I personally love.

Is this the last we've seen of Lucas and Jacqueline? As main characters, yes. I am brainstorming and researching the possibility of writing spin-off stories for a couple of characters, however – one from EASY and one from BREAKABLE. These plans will require discussions with my agent and editors first, of course. But if they happen, readers may see L&J in very minor roles. The good thing about not being the focus of a book is there is no requirement for drama/conflict for them. The main characters must have conflict or there is no story – and that’s why I decided early on that there would be no sequel of EASY.

What books will you be taking on vacation with you this summer? I don’t anticipate a vacation this year. L Travel, for me, has become work – I’m either attending signings or doing research for the next book. I usually don’t have time to read for pleasure while traveling. Once I return from the RT Conference, I hope to carve more time for pleasure reading at home. I have a towering TBR pile. I also send my e-reader tons of samples. (I’m a huge proponent of samples! If I’m not compelled to continue reading after the first ten percent, I move to the next sample. With the amount of books out now, there is no reason to read something that doesn’t personally resonate with you as a reader. That would make reading a chore – and I’ve got plenty of chores already, thanks. ;))


Thanks so much! Thank you for having me, Hannah!

Tammara Webber is author of the New York Times bestselling New Adult novel Easy, the first novel in her Contours of the Heart series, and the Between the Lines series.  She is a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.  Before writing full-time, she was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon.  She married her high school sweetheart, and is a mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.  Connect with her online at tammarawebber.blogspot.com, twitter.com/tammarawebber, and www.facebook.com/TammaraWebberAuthor.

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May 13, 2014

Review: Renegade by Debra Driza

Title: Renegade
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: 5.13.2014
Pages: 448
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi
Series: Mila 2.0 #2
Source: ARC from ALA MW

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Review:
Debra blew me away with the first Mila and I could only imagine how awesome the second would be. She did not disappoint!

Mila is still by far my favorite girl. After finding out your not human and your life this far has been lies, you tend to not trust anyone.  I love being with her through her journey to find herself. She is strong and brilliant. At the same time she is na├»ve and falls into the teenage heart. She is slow to trust and it almost cost her her life. Debra gives you so much of Mila that I could certainly see us being friends. She has so much depth in personality and insight into her mind that you begin to think like her. I caught myself a few times telling her what to do with her abilities before she actually did them.

There is so much adventure. It's a constant roller coaster once she meets up with Hunter. There are sparks of hope, love, betrayal and friendship. You are constantly on your toes and hold your breath just make yourself feel better. I couldn't put this down.

This had to be the best worst ending I have ever read. Talk about a major cliff hanger!!!  It was like oh shit and oh no all at once at the same time. I cannot wait for the next Mila. And I know I will love it just as much as this one.
 Buy: Amazon

May 12, 2014

Blog Tour: Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz


There are not words to describe how excited I am to kick of THE DARK WORLD tour. Cara Lynn Shultz has been a favorite author of mine since I discovered her as a newbie blogger. She's a phenomenal writer, able to write action, romance and comedy with ease on the same page. But more than that, she is a total doll, and I have truly come to adore her. Shortly after I finished THE DARK WORLD, Cara and I were discussing possible actors we imagined, so that's what inspired this post. 

Casting Couch - What's your dream cast for THE DARK WORLD movie?


If an author is lucky enough to have Hollywood come calling, they never have a say in who gets cast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun imagining who could play the characters in The Dark World, right?

Paige

The actress would have channel Paige’s sass and vulnerability. Humor is her first line of defense, and she definitely hides behind her jokes when she feels exposed or uncomfortable. She’s also tough—hey, my girl is a New Yorker! I think Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) really fits the bill. Chloe Moretz is another actress who could pull off Paige, if we put a wig on her. But if anyone who plays Paige speaks in an “ovah-dun Noo Yawk axe-scent” I’m going to weep tears. Actual tears.

Logan
Logan’s a little tricky to cast. He’s very cute but he’s not drop-dead model hot. That’s an important distinction. Also, he needs to look adorable in a baseball cap. And Logan’s a smart-ass, but a very well-intentioned smart ass. There are two actors I could picture in this role: The first is Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf). He’s mastered that balance of sarcastic and sweet. Logan Lerman is another who could play Logan. He already knows how to wield a sword, thanks to Percy Jackson and The Three Musketeers. And hey, he already answers to the name….

Ajax

Everyone who has read The Dark World has pictured someone different in this role. I know I wrote a description for Ajax—dark brown hair, dimples, boyishly handsome—and it’s a description that everyone has completely ignored. I’ve heard that Ajax should be played by the following actors: Jared Leto. Russsell Brand. Michael B. Anthony. Ian Somerhalder. Obviously, I want to look at Ian Somerhalder (all day, every day), and that’s the most accurate casting I’ve seen for this role (*cough* thank you, Hannah *cough*), but I think Adam Brody would make an awesome Ajax.


Dottie
Ah, who to play our favorite spirit from the fifties? I think Dianna Agron or Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) look the part.


Travis
I’d love to see Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) tackle the smart-mouthed kid from Pelham.

Richard Kelly

Vince Vaughn would be my dream. (Even though he just plays Vince Vaughn in every movie and doesn’t physically look the part.) And if we get Dylan O’Brien for Logan, it would be like a reunion for the cast of The Internship! Otherwise, as my crit partner Dawn Yanek suggested, Jim Gaffigan would be perfect for the role. 

Anna Kelly
Someone like Alice (I Am Legend) would be great for Paige’s mom. Physically, she’s almost exactly whom I’ve pictured, although she’s Brazilian and in my head, Anna Kelly’s heritage is Costa Rican (a nod to my adorable nieces). 

Pepper & Andie
I kept their physical descriptions pretty vague—except that Pepper has short, layered dark hair—so let’s just put any actress whose behavior makes you feel particularly stabby here.

Rego
Rego is a tough one. The man I picture doesn’t really resemble any actors. He’s intimidating, authoritative, cold, and driven. He commands respect. So, let’s cast Jon Hamm or Johnny Depp. (Hey, I’m not dealing with a budget, or agents, or billing right now, so I’m going for the A-list.)

Della
Megan Fox (with her old face).

And finally…Aiden
Hmm…who could play hot and evil? Ian Somerhalder. (Come on, we have to get him in here somewhere.)

About THE DARK WORLD:

Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league.
Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


  • About Cara Lynn Shultz:
    Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound and Spellcaster. She's a proud graduate of Fordham University and her work has appeared in Teen People, PEOPLE.com, Alternative Press, The Guardian UK, and countless posts on Facebook (Facebook.com/CaraLShultz) and Twitter (@CaraLynnShultz). She lives in her native New York City with her husband, cat, and eight million other people.
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