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Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray + Blog Tour Contest

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Today’s book review is part of the official blog tour for Ten Thousand Skies Above You. Be sure to keep reading after our review for more about the book, the author & your chance to win a signed copy!

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ten thousand skies above youLush descriptions, masterful storytelling, and deeply engaging characters await readers in the world of Claudia Gray’s Firebird Trilogy. What began as a majestic and remarkable love story across the multi-verse in A Thousand Pieces of You becomes a truly epic saga about love, life, and freedom with the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

Gray is the queen of writing about seemingly impossible relationships, and she does so here with aplomb as we dive further into the love between Marguerite and Paul — and the many complexities of loving someone and their multi-verse counterparts. Questions of fate and destiny come heavily into play, as Marguerite is forced to face some hard truths and question her beliefs — all while racing through the multiverse in search of her lover’s splintered soul, and answers to defeating her enemies.

The stakes are higher than ever in this second book, and the action never falters. There is no compromising here, with Gray raising the stakes higher than ever with Ten Thousand Skies Above You — playing off everything she established in the first book, and building a stronger foundation for what I can only imagine will be a truly breathtaking and monumental finale in the third book.

Readers will eagerly race alongside Marguerite as she bounces from world to world — and if they’re anything like me, will also cry out audibly at the agonizing cliff-hanger ending! But don’t let that deter you — this book is worth it.

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is in stores now.

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

about the author
Claudia GrayClaudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Website | Twitter |Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads | Wattpad


1 winner will receive signed finished copies of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU. US Only.

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Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff + Blog Tour Contest

Today’s review is part of the official blog tour. Be sure to keep reading for your chance to win a copy!

Wildly imaginative & intensely plotted, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is the unforgettable Next Big Thing in science fiction and boldly lives up to the hype.

illuminaeThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But pursuit by battleship is the least of their worries. Their fleet’s artificial intelligence—which should be protecting them—may actually be an enemy. And a plague is slowly ravaging the fleet with terrifying consequences. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking in search of the truth, she realizes that there’s only one boy who can help her bring everything to light . . . and of course, it’s her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—ILLUMINAE is a ground-breaking, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will draw teen and adult readers of James Dashner, Rick Yancey, and Veronica Roth yet stands on its own with Kaufman and Kristoff’s unique storytelling.

First things first: don’t be overwhelmed by the weight and heft of this book. It’s 600+ pages are deceiving, in that the book is not told in traditional prose. Rather, the story of Illuminae unfolds over “found” documents, such as chat transcripts, diary entries, data logs, and more.

Also, the story is a fast-paced thrill ride, so readers not only blaze through the pages because of the book’s unique format, but because it is simply so engaging and the desire to know what happens next so strong.

Kaufman and Kristoff have dreamed up a rich, easily accessible futuristic science fiction world, in which people live throughout the universe, and populated it with smart, funny, engaging characters that readers will want to root for.

Following their saga over the course of Illuminae is exhilarating, and the ultimate reveal at the end is a delicious twist that offers readers both a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the next volume in this series.

Illuminae is in stores now.

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Thanks to Random House, we’re giving away one copy of Illuminae to a lucky winner. U.S./Canada only. Contest runs through midnight (PT) on Wednesday, November 4th.

To enter, tell us in the comments why you want to read Illuminae, then fill out the Rafflecopter here to complete your entry and earn more chances to win.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley: Exclusive Excerpt + Blog Tour Contest

Welcome to Day #2 of the What We Left Behind Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (10/27/15), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Robin, as well as 10 chances to win a copy of What We Left Behind or a 7-book LGBT YA Prize Pack chosen by Robin herself in the Grand Prize Giveaway! We also have a chance here at Novel Novice for you to win a copy of What We Left Behind.


In this excerpt from chapter 3, politics-dork Toni and ultracool roommate Ebony are navigating a Harvard student activities fair full of tables advertising student clubs.

The Yard is packed—more crowded than it was on move-in day. I try to take deep breaths as I scan the booths for the groups I’m signing up for: the Undergraduate  BGLTQIAA Association, the PolitiWonk blog and the Model Congress. All I see in every direction is people jumping up and down, hugging, and eating the free candy the groups have set out on their tables. Am I the only lost freshman here?

Someone to my left yells, “Eb!” Ebony grins and waves at a girl in tennis gear.

“I’m going to go say hi,” Ebony says. “You’ll be okay on your own, right?”

What am I, a toddler?

“Of course,” I say, but Ebony’s already gone. All right, then. I push past a group of guys high-fiving each other by the Ukrainian-American Brotherhood table and find a spot blessedly free of people so I can collect myself.

A girl rushes up to me and presses a mini Snickers bar into my hand. “Hi! I’m so glad you’re interested in the HSWMS! Let me tell you about what we’ve got planned for this year!”

I blink at the girl. Then I realize this spot was only free because I’m in front of the Harvard Students Waiting for Marriage Society table.

“Oh, sorry,” I say. “I’m not interested.”

I put the Snickers back on the table in case it has abstinence cooties.

I back away from the HSWMS table and allow the throng to carry me from booth to booth. There must be hundreds of them.

Hmm. Maybe I should sign up for some other groups, too, just in case. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to join the College Democrats. And the Japanese fencing-club people look like they’re having a great time waving swords around.

Then I see the giant rainbow flag pinned high on a brick wall. I’ve found the UBA.

The crowd in front is bigger than for any other table in the row. Behind the booth and wading out into the sea of students are upperclassmen wearing bright purple T-shirts that say, “We’re so gay! Harvard UBA!”

Cute. Maybe too cute.

The sign-up sheet is front and center in the middle of the table. All around me, freshmen are elbowing their way toward it, but I linger at the back of the crowd.

Just go up there and sign the list. You don’t have to talk to anyone. Just put your name down and get out of there.

“Hi!” someone perks at me before I’ve unfrozen. It’s an alarmingly cheerful blond in one of the purple shirts. “Are you a freshman?”

“Uh, yeah,” I say.

“That’s fantastic!” the girl says as if we aren’t surrounded by freshmen on every side. “We have special cupcakes for freshmen!”

The girl points to one end of the table. Eight neat rows of cupcakes are laid out, each with the pink letters QF carefully written on chocolate frosting.

“It stands for Queer Freshmen,” the girl says.

“Uh-huh,” I say.

Maybe Ebony was on the right track. There are at least four other LGBT groups on campus. Surely one of them is less focused on T-shirts and cake decoration.

“Don’t worry about her,” a short black guy with a buzz cut says as the blond wanders away to pounce on someone else. The guy is wearing a matching T-shirt, too. “Shari was the bake-sale queen four years running back in Kansas City. It’s safest to humor her. Her bite is way worse than her bark.”
I smile at the guy. “Thanks for the tip.”

We shake hands. It isn’t easy in the press of moving bodies.

“I’m Derek,” the guy says.

“I’m Toni.”

“Tony with a Y?”

“No, I.”

“Ah.” Derek nods, as if this explains everything, and points to my wrist. “Great tattoo.”


“Queer history buff?”

I blink in surprise. On my eighteenth birthday I got a blue star tattooed on my wrist. Back in the thirties and forties, blue stars were one of those secret signals closeted people used to aid their gaydar. I’d thought that was cool. I’d also wanted to piss off my mother by getting a tattoo. No one has ever known its back story until I explained it, though.

“Sort of, yeah,” I say.

Derek nods. “Are you trans?”

I blink again. No one’s ever come straight out and asked me before.

No one I’ve met online. No one in the LGBT youth center where I volunteered in DC. None of my high school friends.

Not even Gretchen.

So it’s strange acting all casual about it here, with someone I don’t even know. For a second I want to look around to make sure no one’s listening. Then I decide I don’t care. I’ve been worrying about that stuff my whole life.

I’m in college now. It’s time to get over it.

“I’m genderqueer,” I say.

“That’s cool,” Derek smiles. Like this is a totally normal conversation. Like those weren’t the two most nerve-racking words I’ve ever spoken out loud.


Stop by The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shh tomorrow for Day #3 of the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule:

October 19th – Once Upon a Twilight
October 20th — Novel Novice
October 22nd — Reading Teen
October 23rd — Great Imaginations

October 26th — I Read Banned Books
October 27th — Ravenous Reader
October 28th — Candace’s Book Blog
October 29th — Book Love 101
October 30th — The Hiding Spot

about the book

What We Left Behind HQFrom the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all.

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?


What We Left Behind Grand Prize PackOne (1) winner will receive a 7-book LGBT YA Prize Pack featuring the 5 novels chosen by Robin in Day #1’s post (The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, Far From You by Tess Sharpe,  The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson), plus copies of both of Robin Talley’s novels (What We Left Behind and Lies We Tell Ourselves).

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form here.

U.S./Canada only. Ends 11/1 at midnight ET.


Another chance to win! We’re giving away a copy of What We Left Behind to one lucky winner. U.S./Canada only.

To enter, tell us in the comments why you want to read What We Left Behind, then fill out the Rafflecopter form here to complete your entry and earn more chances to win.

Contest ends at midnight (PT) on Tuesday, October 27th.

Blog Tour Q&A with The Toymaker’s Apprentice author Sherri Smith

Today, we are so pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith, a wildly imaginative story inspired by The Nutcracker. Today, Sherri stops by to chat with us about the book. Be sure to keep reading for more information on the book, too!

toymaker's apprenticeWhat inspired you to tackle a re-telling of such a classic story as The Nutcracker?

Love of Christian Drosselmeyer, pure and simple. As a child, he was a magician and a mystery to me. I’ve always wanted to know how he got to be that way. Throw in a mouse with seven heads and travel to exotic lands and I was hooked. From there, my goal was to marry this fantasy to our real world, to find a way to integrate the magic and the mundane. That’s a gift to a much younger me, who wanted to live in the story, but never quite found the little door in the wall between fiction and the real world. This book will be that door.

What drew you to Stefan Drosselmeyer as your protagonist rather than, say, Clara?

Clara gets a lot of attention in the ballet, and that’s great, but it only made me more curious about the other hero of the story—the nutcracker. In Hoffman’s book, the boy isn’t even given a name. He is simply referred to as the son of a toymaker, and cousin to Clara’s godfather. Don’t some of the greatest stories live in crevices like that?

sherri smithWhat was the biggest challenge of tackling your own story inspired by The Nutcracker?

For me, the biggest challenge was making a real protagonist out of Stefan. Originally, I wanted to tell his cousin Christian’s story. There is a rich backstory I developed over time that informs this book, but you only see it in glimpses. Switching tracks to a younger character, learning how to write an honest voice for a younger boy—that was tricky for me. I especially bumped up against the element of loss in the story. Stefan has lost a parent, one of the other main characters suffers the same. It wasn’t until I lost my own mother that I felt I could tap into what these two kids must feel.

When did you first fall in love with The Nutcracker?

I discovered the original story when I was in elementary school, in a book beside the sofa at my piano teacher’s house. My mother then took me to see Mikhail Baryshnikov dance the ballet, and I was hooked. When Drosselmeyer swept onto the stage, I fell head over heels in love!

Why do you think The Nutcracker continues to be such a popular story?

The Nutcracker ballet begins with a big Christmas party, the kind we all wish we’d be invited to. Wind up dancing dolls, a huge tree and a crackling fire—it’s picture perfect. From there, I think we can credit Hoffman’s insane imagination. He takes the reader on flights of fancy that are dizzying. There is good and evil, classic heroic struggles, and an attempt to become human. I think the archetypes make it universal. This is a battle for goodness at the darkest time of the year. If it ends in triumph and some dancing, what’s not to love. Throw in Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music and it becomes a permanent part of our lives.


Favorite villain?


Pen or pencil?


Favorite piece of clothing?

Totoro sleep poncho. It’s so fluffy!

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

I Think I’m Going Out of My Head

Most recent vacation?

England and Italy!

5 things that are always in your purse:

  • Scrap paper
  • lip balm
  • a pen
  • Altoid tins—one with a dog sticker on it, one with a cat– repurposed to hold random items
  • a Tyvek Star Trek Wallet

Thanks for stopping by, Sherri! Here is more about The Toymaker’s Apprentice, which is in stores TODAY:

A gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling from award-winning author making her middle-grade debut

Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll. Embarking on a wild adventure through Germany, Stefan must save Boldavia’s princess and his own father from the fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, both of whom have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.

Based on the original inspiration for the Nutcracker ballet, Sherri L. Smith brings the Nutcracker Prince to life in this fascinating journey into a world of toymaking, magical curses, clockmaking guilds, talking mice and erudite squirrels.

Blog Tour Q&A + Contest: Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle

Today I am SO excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle, the sequel to Famous in Love. I ADORE this series, and recently devoured my copy of Truly Madly Famously –which officially hits stores tomorrow, and you’ll want to pick up a copy ASAP. For today’s blog tour, we have an exclusive Q&A with Rebecca, plus your chance to win one of TEN copies of her new book! So be sure to keep reading for all the details.

truly madly famouslyWhich character came first: Paige, Rainer, or Jordan? 

Paige and Rainer came pretty simultaneously, although in the original draft Rainer’s name was Halden– weird, I know! Jordan stumbled onto the scene fairly soon after and the trio was complete. Famous in Love wasn’t originally intended to be a love triangle, if you can believe it, but Jordan was so compelling I knew Paige, like me, would be torn.

Pick a love triangle: Bella/Edward/Jacob, Katniss/Peeta/Gale, or Stefan/Damon/Elena? 

Stefan/Damon and Elena 4-EVA! Although these days I’m riding the Steroline (Stefan/Caroline) train hard. I have been a fan of TVD since the beginning—- and had the honor of writing recaps for Vulture for many years. That show has a special place in my heart.

Book-to-screen adaptation coming up that you can’t wait to see? 

I’m always eager to see what my friends Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter pull out. (They did The Fault in Our Stars, Paoer Towns, and the adaptation of my first book, When You Were Mine, Rosaline). They’re working on Looking for Alaska now as well as Rules of Civility– loved loved that book! I’m a huge Divergent fan, as well, so count me there opening night.

rebecca serleFavorite book-to-screen movie adaptation to date? 

Harry Potter!!!!!!

A FAMOUS IN LOVE movie adaptation: dream come true, or too meta? 

Haha well it better be a dream come true because it’s happening! Marlene King (of Pretty Little Liars) and I co-created the TV series, Famous in Love, for ABC Family. Bella Thorne is playing Paige Townsen! I’m currently living in LA as we speak…

Favorite movie theater snack(s)? 

Well I’m allergic to wheat so I guess Twizzlers– which is frustrating, because I think I would actually love Twizzlers if I could eat them!

Movie date night: new release in theaters or a rental at home? 

Oh, it depends. I love a cozy night in but if it’s something I’m really, really eager to see I won’t wait. For instance I just saw the new Nancy Meyers– The Intern— opening day. Loved it.

Job you’d most want to have on a movie set? 

I’ll take writer, please!

famous in love paperbackSouvenir you’d most want to have from a movie? 

Anything from Something’s Gotta Give. The beach house, maybe? ;)

5 things you want readers to know about TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY? 

1) It’s a really really fun ride. We get to see Paige, Rainer and Jordan be legitimately FAMOUS.

2) It’s romantic. I never want the romance to drive this series entirely, but Paige definitely has some very key moments with both her boys in this one— and they get pretty steamy.

3) LA! I’ve been semi bicoastal for awhile and it’s fun to explore Los Angeles in a book. I had a wonderful time leading readers through New York in my second novel, The Edge of Falling, and to get to do it with LA is super fun.

4) New characters! I think you’ll probably recognize a few people who pop up in Truly Madly but my favorite new character we’re introduced to is Alexis– who, btw, has a huge role in the TV series.

5) You’ll get an ending. I’m not saying this series is over– in many ways, it’s just beginning— but I think readers will be satisfied with the ending Truly Madly provides.


In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood “It Girl” Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood’s newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world’s most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle’s sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.


Fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to enter to win one of 10 copies of Truly Madly Famously, courtesy of Little Brown. U.S. only.

Official Blog Tour Q&A + Contest with Nameless author Jennifer Jenkins

Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins. We have an exclusive Q&A with Jennifer, then keep reading for more about her new book and your chance to win a copy, courtesy of Month 9 Books!

Nameless_450x675Tell us about the origins of the world of NAMELESS. How did the clans and their world evolve? What were your influences? 

The idea for the NAMELESS world came from my love of history. In college I took the most fascinating Greek History course, which included an in-depth study of Ancient Sparta. I’d always wondered about the personal histories of both the Spartan people and their slaves (called helots).

Most books ideas find roots in “What If?” questions, and NAMELESS was no different. I wondered, “What if a Spartan Warrior fell in love with a helot?” And then that idea/question grew to, “What if I included multiple cultures throughout history to live in a fictional setting?”

That’s part of how the NAMELESS world was born. I took a page from the brutal training methods of the Spartans, the ingenuity of the Navajo, the simple diplomacy of the Vikings, and the intimidation element of the Maori. This diverse mix of cultures was intended to form a hotbed of prejudice and clashing viewpoints.

Which came first: Zo or the world of NAMELESS? 

I’d been kicking around the Spartan/Clan society idea for a while, but didn’t decide to write in that world until Zo’s character smacked me upside the head and demanded I tell her story. :)

NAMELESS touches on a lot of different relationships: siblings, friendship, parents, romance, etc. Do your relationships influence your writing at all? 

Absolutely. Every relationship in my life contributes to my writing. I relate on some levels to Gryphon’s desire to please his clan and family. I relate to Zo’s determination to protect her little sister. I played a lot of competitive sports growing up and channel the brotherhood mentality from my time as a teammate. And romance, well, I know how it feels to be swept off your feet and find love when you’re not looking for it.

Early reviews for NAMELESS have been very enthusiastic! And one common element in those I’ve seen is readers eager for the sequel. Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

Thank you! I’ve been so flattered by the reviews. Readers don’t know the power they wield. :)

Yes, I recently signed a contract for books 2 and 3 in the series and am currently writing the third and final book.

You can expect a closer look at the both the Raven and Kodiak Clans in the second book as well as several new characters that play major roles in how the region survives what is to come. Gryphon and Zo’s love story in the second and third book is some of the most satisfying romance I’ve ever written.


Favorite Halloween candy?

Hmm. Tooties Rolls. Not the fancy, flavored kind. I like the old school chocolate. I used to unwrap all of them, roll them into a giant Tooties Roll baseball, and pick at it for days.

Starbucks beverage of choice?

Call me a kid, but I’d probably have to say hot chocolate with caramel (extra whipped cream, please)

French fries or tater tots?


Skill you wish you possessed?

I wish I could split myself in two and complete double the work.

Can’t miss TV show?

Vikings (I’m addicted to all things History Channel)

Favorite member of the Avengers?

Hawkeye! (I like strong, silent types)

about the bookFour clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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about the author

©NicholeV Photography, LLC 2008. This work is registered and protected under US and international copyright laws. Any violation of this copyright will be diligently prosecuted.

©NicholeV Photography, LLC 2008. This work is registered and protected under US and international copyright laws. Any violation of this copyright will be diligently prosecuted.

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

Visit her online at

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1 winner will receive a signed paperback of NAMELESS. US Only.

3 winners will receive a signed NAMELESS Swag including a “Clan Club” Card and Clan temporary tattoos. US Only.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to enter.


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The Boy Most Likely To(ur): Two Truths & A Lie (& a Contest!)

Welcome to Day #2 of The Boy Most Likely To(ur)!

To celebrate the release of The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (8/18/15), 10 blogs across the web will be featuring exclusive content from Huntley, as well as a chance to win a YA Goodie Basket in the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Today, Huntley stops by to play Two Truths and a Lie!

Two Truths and a Lie

Some of you may be familiar with 2 Truths and a Lie (if you’ve ever gone to  summer camp or been a freshman in college).  Huntley will be giving us 3 statements each about herself, The Boy Most Likely To, Tim Mason, and Alice Garrett — two of which will be true, one of which will be a LIE. Then object of the game is to identify the lie. The answers are at the bottom!

Two truths and a lie about Huntley Fitzpatrick:

  1. I fell in love for the first time walking into kindergarten and stayed in love with that kid for the next ten years.
  2. Growing up, I wanted to work in film but the only job I ever had was spraying a hose at Rick Springfield while he lay on a beach singing for a music video
  3. I was named after my grandmother, but her name was Becca Huntley—if they hadn’t dropped the first one, there would be two Becca Fitzpatricks who write YA.

Two truths and a lie about the book:

  1. The book was originally set at Yale, Tim was the army-brat hero and Hester, not Alice, was the heroine.
  2. The book was originally written in the third person and there was a murder involved.
  3. The first scene I ever wrote was Alice and Tim kissing in the Bug.

Two truths and a lie about Alice Garrett:

  1. Alice was originally modelled on a combination of Alice in Wonderland and character I loved in a childhood book: Half Magic, by Edward Eager
  2. The bullying that happened to her when she was twelve happened to me, too. We responded different ways.
  3. I first wrote about Jase and Alice as brother and sister—with the same close relationship–when I was fifteen.

Two truths and a lie about Tim Mason:

  1. Tim and Nan’s birthday is actually on Christmas Day but that’s never mentioned.
  2. Despite the fact that he was originally supposed to have two lines in my first book—and then leave and possibly die, Tim has appeared in all three published books I’ve written—and one unpublished one.
  3. Tim was inspired by a real boy I knew in high school—who once had a fistfight on my behalf–but when my name was mentioned to that guy after I wrote My Life Next Door, he didn’t remember me at all.

Have you taken your best guess? Read on to reveal the lies!

The lies are:

  • About Huntley: Number 3
  • About the Book: Number 2
  • About Alice: Number 1
  • About Tim: Number 1 again.
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about the bookboy most likely toA surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To… well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

  • One (1) first prize winner will receive a YA Goodie Basket filled with all three of Huntley’s books (The Boy Most Likely To, My Life Next Door, and What I Thought Was True), Pushing the Limits and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, and The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Two (2) second prize winners will receive audiobooks of The Boy Most Likely To and What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick plus swag
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September 9thYA Interrobang
September 10thA Backwards Story
September 11thOnce Upon a Twilight
September 14thA Life Bound By Books
September 15thAlison Can Read
September 16thBook Briefs
September 18thAngieville

Serpentine by Cindy Pon: Blog Tour Q&A + Contest

Today, we are excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Serpentine by Cindy Pon. We have an exclusive Q&A with Cindy, plus your chance to win a copy of the book. So be sure to keep reading for all the details!

SERPENTINE NEW JLGTell us about the mythology that inspired SERPENTINE. What helped you piece together the inspiration and your final story? 

In my debut Silver Phoenix, a beautiful serpent demon disguised in her mortal form tries to lure away one of the characters. She was simply another monster in the novel, and I thought afterward, what if the “monster” had a story? The story of Medusa from Greek mythology has always fascinated me as well, and I wanted to explore the idea of women as “monstrous beauties”.

What will fans of SILVER PHOENIX love about SERPENTINE? 

I was inevitably still drawn to gods and demons and cute Asian boys as heroes. I hope they will enjoy that, but also the idea of finding yourself through metamorphosis, the beauty and wonder of nature, as well as the strong female friendship between my heroine Skybright (a handmaid) and her mistress Zhen Ni.

For readers who want to know more about the mythology that inspired SERPENTINE, what resources would you recommend? 

Lady White Snake is a Chinese classic that features a serpent demon. I was not aware of this story really until after I had written Serpentine. But I loved that she was written as sympathetic heroine as well, in this classic!

cindypon_highres-200x300What draws you to writing fantasy?

I was a reader before I was a writer, and I’ve always loved stories that transported me to another time or place? Somewhere fantastic and different than anything I had ever known. And fantasy always did that for me, and continues to do so. But despite the fantastic elements of these stories, they are always grounded in the human experience, something I could relate to as a reader, and I hope, something that i convey as a writer.

You’re also the co-founder of Diversity in YA and do a lot of work with We Need Diverse Books. What are some of the successes you’ve seen with these groups, and what work is still ahead? 

I think the dialogue for the need to have more inclusive stories has dramatically increased since 2011, when Malinda Lo and I started Diversity in YA. Thanks in very large part to We Need Diverse Books’ efforts and initiatives. I think that it is a long road though. I’ve seen more awareness, but I also continue to see missteps and push back, as well as people in publishing (and readers) who are unaware of the issues at hand. The problem is systemic, so there is no one step solution.

Flash Questions: 

Favorite villain?


Pen or pencil?


Favorite piece of clothing?

Lounge pants.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

Clean by Taylor Swift.

Most recent vacation?


5 things that are always in your purse?

Tissues, mints, lip balm, wallet, and pen.

about the book

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

In stores September 8th.

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about the authorCindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at

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A Whole New World by Liz Braswell: Blog Tour Q&A + Contest

AWholeNewWorld blog tour

Today, we are super excited to be hosting a stop on the official tour for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell, which is the first in a series that looks at fantastical “what if” scenarios featuring some of Disney’s most beloved stories.

a whole new worldFirst up, we’ve got a Q&A with Liz — then keep reading for more about the book & your chance to win a copy!

I love the idea of re-imagining not just a classic fairy tale — but the very well-known Disney versions! What was your approach to retelling Disney’s Aladdin?

On an emotional and character development level, I wanted to tell a tale there wasn’t time to in the original film.  And to  fill in their world with more details and even more interesting characters. And to age up a potential plot so that older audiences could enjoy it.   Simply put, what could Aladdin and Jasmine do that I—and others—would enjoy reading about?

What do you think fans of Aladdin will be surprised to see in A Whole New World

Jafar is a bit more psychotic than in the movie.  A secondary character is missing (it makes sense when you read it). And Jasmine winds up being queen of all Westeros.

liz braswellWhere there other “what ifs” you considered for A Whole New World, before settling on Jafar summoning the Genie first? Or was that always the twist you wanted to explore? 

It’s the one that presented the most acceptable plot divergence for such a classic movie.  Some other possibilities were: What if Abu got the lamp and made the first wish? (hint: think bananas).  What if it was suddenly discovered that Agrabah sat on top of a giant oil field?  What if Jasmine wielded a scimitar, got on a horse, and rode around ancient Persia, righting wrongs?

If not Aladdin, what Disney movie would you love to re-tell and how might you approach the story?

Um.  I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.  Let’s just say I may have been granted that opportunity already…

What was the biggest challenge of re-telling such a well-known and beloved Disney film?

Making it believable and real for an older audience:  people who still love the movie as much as they did as children but want a little more out of the world.  While keeping that world within the realm of possible from the original movie.


Favorite Halloween candy?

Candy corn.  HANDS DOWN. Often shoved onto teeth to make fangs.

Starbucks beverage of choice?

When I’m not Japanese vacu-pressing my civet-extracted, fair shade trade grown organic Beans of Rarity, I check my Caffeine O’Meter readout and then order the correct-sized plain drip (with room), to keep my system from shutting down.  Unless it’s winter, in which case it’s the peppermint mochaccino, no whipped cream but do NOT forget my peppermint sprinkles.  Seriously!  Without them, what’s the point?

French fries or tater tots?

Tater trots are a TREAT, not to be overindulged.  I love ‘em at Crif Dogs on Driggs.

Skill you wish you possessed?

Besides flight? Whatever you want to call that magical ability that lets painters put things down on canvas so they’re the right colors.  On purpose.

Can’t miss TV show?

Orange is the New Black, Peaky Blinders, whatever is new and interesting on the syfy channel.

Favorite member of the Avengers?

Tricky.  I like She-Hulk; I feel that in the real world she would be very involved in some political issues we’re having in North Brooklyn right now involving parks.  Also she’s a total badass.

about the bookWhat if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin.

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

about the authorFull time author, under the name Tracy Lynn. And Celia Thomson. And J. B. Stephens. And E.J. Braswell. But mainly Tracy Lynn.

Her series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.



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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest

Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, in stores September 1st. Today, we have an exclusive guest post from Erin, plus your chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book. Keep reading for all the details & more about Vengeance Road.

guest post
The Legend That Inspired Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman

vengeance roadI usually despise the “What inspired you to write this book?” question because I rarely have an exciting answer, but that’s not the case this time around. Vengeance Road was inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman, a gold mine supposedly located in the Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.

Like any good legend, there are a few different takes on the tale, but it is generally agreed that a German prospector named Jacob Waltz discovered the mine in the late nineteenth century and confessed its location to his nurse while on his deathbed in 1891, going so far as to draw her a map. Even armed with all this information, the nurse was unable to locate the gold, and by 1982, she was selling copies of Waltz’s map in Phoenix for $7.

Even though gold-seekers have been searching for Waltz’s mine since his passing, no one has successfully located it. Some have even died during their search, which has lead to rumors that the mountains are cursed, or perhaps that the gold is.

My husband has family in Arizona and grew up hearing stories about the Lost Dutchman. When he first told me about the mine my muse exploded. I saw a girl out for revenge, and an outlaw gang, and saddlebags full of gold. I started researching the Lost Dutchman more thoroughly and grew obsessed with the origins of the legend. How did Waltz find the mine if it’s so well hidden? Did the gold belong to someone else originally? Why are there so many variations of the map and why are there even more variations of the legend itself?

Set in 1877, Vengeance Road takes place before Waltz’s passing, when many of the details surrounding the Lost Dutchman are muddy. But one of the best perks of being a writer is taking creative liberties, and this made weaving details from a very real legend into my fictional tale that much more fun! Waltz even makes an appearance in Vengeance Road. How will his story intersect with Kate’s? Well, I can’t quite tell you without spoiling things, and where’s the fun in that? ;)

about the bookWhen Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

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about the authorerin bowmanErin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.

She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).

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