Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks topic is..
Top 10 fictional crushes

There are to many fictional hotties that I adore, but I'm gonna go with the usual suspects on this one. 1.Jace Wayland,
2.Edward Cullen (yes, still)
3.Daemon Black

1. Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
2. Josh Mitchell from Heather Demetrios's I'll Meet You There

This is a fun one!  Okay I'm going with...
1. √Čtienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss
2. Morpheus from Splintered
3. Rafa from Shadows

Wow! Where do I start???
1. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games (He'll never leave my list. Been on it for over 7 years)
2. Thomas Mackee from The Piper's Son
3. Jamie Fraser from Outlander

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Blog Tour: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski!

We are so excited to be participating in the Winner's Kiss blog tour hosted by Fierce Reads!!  For our stop we get to talk about our favorite kiss! 

What book is your favorite literary kiss in?
I would have to say Shatter Me by Tahreh Mafi. I read this book back in 2011, and when I was asked about a hot kiss for this post, that book immediately came to mind.  Mafi definitely left an impression on me with her kissing scenes.

Who is kissing?
The two main characters in the story Juliette Ferrars and Adam Kent have some pretty intense moments in that book, but it all stays very YA appropriate. :)

Why is it your favorite?
Well first off Juliette and Adam were an absolute perfect pair. Aside from their pretty steamy moments, there was some beautiful dialog and yes … their hot as HALE kisses. I remember having to wipe the steam from my glasses. Most importantly though, it was nice to see these two characters who knew and cared for each other long before the story even began come together and start a very intense journey, so it's logical that their romance would be pretty memorable.

We have to share our love of this series and to go along with this tour Fierce Reads is letting us send a kiss to a friend!  So Emily you have been kissed!!  We hope you enjoy!

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Release Date:March 29th, 2016
Purchase: Amazon
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
About the Author:
 Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat. 

Don't forget to check out the other amazing blogs joining in the kissing fun!  Click here to see a list of participating blogs.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse: Novella feature & giveaway

 Today on WinterHaven Books I am participating in the blog tour for Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse!  As part of my stop I have an amazing novella to share with you as well as giveaway!!

When We Ended It All (Quinn)

“On the first day, you will tell your story. On the second, I will tell mine. On the third, one of us will die. You will choose who.”

One hundred years from now, Quinn lives in the woods near an apocalyptic ruin. During her rite of passage, she meets a boy who claims to be from the Other Place. But no one knows the stories of the Other Place better than Quinn, and Quinn senses there’s something not quite right about the tale this stranger tells her.

Each part of WHERE FUTURES END explores the storytelling power of a different medium: novels and movies in the first part, TV and the Internet in the second part, music in the third part, video games in the fourth part, and oral storytelling in the fifth part. I wanted this fifth part, in which Quinn and the stranger tell each other stories, to have the feel of a fairy tale. Since WHERE FUTURES END often alludes to Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, I decided to base this final section on the tale that supposedly inspired “The Jabberwocky.” This old English legend, called “The Lambton Wyrm,” is about a tiny monster that grows so large it surrounds the entire countryside and must be slayed.

When Quinn listens to the stranger’s story about a monster that must be defeated, the reader can see how the legends about the Other Place have evolved over the course of the book. Together the reader and Quinn must use their knowledge of the Other Place to decide whether this stranger can be trusted, and then must try to figure out the truth at the heart of the stranger’s story.

Finally, the puzzle pieces of WHERE FUTURES END come together, and I hope the reader will have enjoyed putting them together.

Where Futures EndWhere Futures End by Parker Peeveyhouse
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Purchase: Amazon
Five teens.
Five futures.
Two worlds.
One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors' colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior--unless it's too late.
 Parker Peevyhouse
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I don't know about you, but this makes me want to dive into Where Futures End right now!
Giveaway time!  Penguin has graciously offered to send one lucky reader their very own hardcover copy of Where Futures End!  Open to US residents only.
Good Luck!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Publisher-HMH Books for Young Readers
Released- March 1st 2016
Pre-Order- Amazon / B & N

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
My Thoughts:
It's been 7 months since the death of Hope's mother and even though her father has moved on, Hope is still very much missing and mourning her lost. When her father tells her that she's been invited to spend the summer in Scotland with her Aunt Lucinda, Hope can't bare the idea because of her crippling claustrophobia and anxiety, but not wanting to be alone while her father goes on a cruise with his girlfriend, she reluctantly agrees. There, Hope will finally learn the secrets her mother has always wanted to share with her, that she is a member of a group of time travelers and very much alive. Now it's up to Hope, Collum and Phoebe to bring her back from twelfth century London, that is, if they can all make it out in one piece...

Wow! Was this ever mind blowing stuff! Into the Dim, has just about everything I love in a good escape. The storyline is gripping and thrilling, the writing is smart and sensational, I adored the romance and these characters are quite unforgettable. I loved the setting and world building. Christopher Manor alone was glorious and I'd gladly want to lose myself inside for a few hours. Or days. I also loved seeing twelfth century London from the eyes of these characters. What a vicious time period, but it was so masterfully told I was glued to the pages. Even now it's so hard to wrap my head around everything that's happened, Janet B. Taylor  has some mad skills. There is so much going on here plot wise I wont even try to explain it. I've read my fair share of time travel books but I gotta say, this one is probably the most baffling and intricately detailed of them all. The storyline itself is very elaborate and there is a lot of information to process that I needed complete concentration to understand everything fully, which wasn't always easy for me since I'm not a big fan of historical to begin with and if there is one thing there is a lot of in this book is history. Event, stories, people, time and places, everything is precisely specific and richly imagined. And then we have the explanation of the time machine (the Dim) which had the most elaborate instructions but was so wonderfully inventive I couldn't help be impressed. So yes, there was a lot to take in, but once I finally pieced everything together I couldn't stop myself from getting properly fascinated and quickly absorbed with this extraordinary story.

On top of the extreme storyline is a long list of wonderfully developed and remarkable characters that all made a huge impact in the story and on me.
Hope has always been taught in a rational, realistic and educational truths since she was adopted by her mother at age four. She has an uncanny gift of a photographic memory, but her very rational mind can't seem to grasp that time travel is real. It's the stuff of science fiction and not reality. But the need to find her mother outweighs her doubts of fairytale reasoning and soon agrees to help her Aunt Lucinda go back to twelfth century London where her mother has been trapped for the last 8 months, and they only have seventy-two hours to do it. I really enjoyed Hope's character. She's obviously intelligent but she's got a lot of spunk, bravery and determination. She's not easily intimidated and I think she handled herself quite well under the circumstances. Lucinda is a very elegant women with great dedication and moral values. I respected her immediately. I loved Mac and Moira, they are great people and play the proud and protective parental figure well. Phoebe is a sweetheart and I loved her bubbly and positive personality and Doug is just as adorable and kind and I loved them together. Collum was really hard to like or even understand at first. He was a mixture of attitude, jealousy and desperation, and even though he made a wrong decision, I couldn't help still love what he brought to the story. As for Bran Cameron? He was easy to love from the start. He's funny and confident and endlessly charming but he has his share of secrets and mystery that incidentally tie with Hope deeper then I ever anticipated (great twist!). I really enjoyed the romance, it was on the lighter side but what we did get was pretty adorable.

All in all, Into the Dim turned out to be quite the fascinating read. This has some great writing that kept me absorbed and engaged the entire way through, I loved all the unexpected twist and turns and how much heart Taylor gave her characters. Even though this book left us on a satisfying note, I still really can't wait to see what happens next! If your a fan of sci-fi, time travel or historical escapes then this book goes out to you. 
Very.Well. Done!

Find the author:
Website / Goodreads                             4.5 Snowflakes

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks topic is..
Ten Historical Settings You'd Love To See

 Hmm I'm with Tina I'm not a big historical fan so this ones going to be hard for me.  If I had to chose I would chose these two even though I know they've already been done before I love these times
1. Medieval times for sure
2. Victorian times

1. The beginning of 1600s & the Jamestown Colony - I know there are YA titles set around this period, but my search shows that most were written in the 90s and most seem to be somehow related or connected to Pocahontas. I think this period is extremely interesting (I have actually done a bit of academic research on it in relation to its representation on film) and I think a YA novel from the point of view of the Native tribes residing on the area is something I would definitely like to read.

2. The New Hollywood/American New Wave era - In film history, New Hollywood/Hollywood New Wave spans from mid 1960s (the first films considered as to be examples of this era of filmmaking are Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate) to the early 1980s. I have been interested about this era ever since I first studied it in university and I think it would make a great setting for a YA novel set in Hollywood. Basically, this era is known for the rising young filmmakers and actors like Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, Jack Nicholson and Jane Fonda. Inspiration was taken from the films of The French New Wave and other European movements like Italian Neorealism which basically meant that these young filmmakers wanted to get out of the confinement of traditional Hollywood studios and experiment with the film medium. A lot of drugs, parties, successes and failures are associated with this era, and I think there are so many different ways this period in history could be used in a fictional context. (I almost feel like writing something set during this era myself!)

I'm not a huge fan of historical settings, but I would love
2. 1800's-Little house on the prairie
3.Victorian times

I love historicals, so this one is easy!
1. Medieval Times in England around the 1400's. I loved Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, so it would be fun to experience a joust and the food of that time period. Oh and don't forget… it wouldn't be too shabby meeting a handsome knight in shining armor.
2. I think it would be fun to experience the colonial period as well. Get a bit of first hand history under my belt.