Blog Tour Interview & Contest: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Today, we’re pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. Be sure to read all the way through for a great contest — but first we’ve got an exclusive Q&A with Melinda!

DaughterFrom the description, it sounds like THE SIN-EATER’S DAUGHTER has a lot of excellent fairy tale-like qualities. Where there any fairy tales or stories that inspired the book? How did the story evolve?

Yes! Little Red Riding hood, Sleeping Beauty and the Pied Piper of Hamelin particularly influenced The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I love fairy tales, I’ve always been drawn to them – especially the oldest, darkest ones. Initially I saw The Sin Eater’s Daughter as a kind of re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, with the castle replacing the forest, and the queen replacing the wolf. But as the world expanded, that motif started to be lost in favour of my own inventions, like the religion and the Telling. The other aspects came because I realized I wanted my world to have its own fairytales – stories are the way people make sense of the world around them, the basis for morals and beliefs, and so I thought about my favourites and what the core messages in them were After a lot of playing around, I pulled out the parts I thought were creepiest and began to build my own stories around those. I find it fascinating that pretty much every culture in the world has their own fairytales and that they are surprisingly similar, despite the geographical distance. To me that shows how fundamental the fears and hopes of humans are, and I wanted to bring that out in my world.

With fantasy, you get to create your own world and your own settings. What inspired the setting for THE SIN-EATER’S DAUGHTER?

A lot of the ideas came from my two big loves, medieval history and travel. I knew it would be set in a pseudo-medieval time because I love that era, everything about it appeals to me, the hold religion had over the people, the way a ruler’s word was absolute law, the injustice, the customs, the beliefs, the food. I couldn’t explain why, but that time period has such an allure, and I wanted very much for that to be the base of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Other elements were pulled in from my travels, particularly to Eastern Europe. There’s such a density of superstition and mythology and folklore, still in parts there today, and as I said above, fairytales have always called to me. So really it was a case of me creating a story I wanted to read!

The UK and US covers for THE SIN-EATER’S DAUGHTER are very similar, but they do have some differences. Do you prefer one over the other? What do you like about the two covers?

I cried like a child when I saw my UK one because I never ever thought I’d get that lucky. I thought I’d used all of my luck up getting an agent and then signing with Scholastic, so seeing the amazing, powerful cover Jamie Gregory had created sent me over the edge. It was largely the same reaction to the US one. I love them both, I couldn’t pick a favourite – it would be like trying to pick a favourite child. I just think it’s the most incredible thing that I have two covers!

Twylla is cursed with a deadly power that leaves her very isolated. What “super power” do you think she’d rather possess?

I think she’d want flight. For her, the concept of being free seems so far away, so unlikely that I think if she was given the chance to change it, she would. I think she’d love to be able to fly, and just takes to the skies when things got too much.

For readers unsure whether they want to read THE SIN-EATER’S DAUGHTER, give us your 140-character “Twitter” pitch!

Twylla is, and has always been, an agent of death. Both feted and hated, she’s painfully lonely. Until her new guard tries to befriend her…

In the kingdom of Lormere Twylla is, and always has been, an agent of death.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite decade?

1482-1485

Must-have writing snack?

Cadbury Twirl

Favorite Disney movie?

Mulan

The beach or the mountains?

Beach

Song that can always get you dancing?

“500 Miles (I Would Walk)”

Name 5 things currently on your desk (or in your writing space)

Pillows, quilt, red furry throw, computer, me.

about the book

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Available February 24th. Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

about the author

MelindaMelinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

She tweets. A lot.

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Beyond I’ll Meet You There: The Art of Collage

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In I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, main character Skylar loves art and finds her passion (and her mental escape from her small town life) in collage. Today, we’ll learn a little bit more about this fun art form.

What is collage?

Collage is an art technique, in which the finished piece is made by mixing collagetogether and assembling pieces from other forms.

For example: you can cut out clippings from a magazine, and glue them together onto a poster board. That’s a collage.

Or you could combine a variety of “found objects” to create a three-dimensional collage. Or mix pieces of other art, text, or photographs on a canvas or other material to create a collage. Even mosaics are a type of collage.

DIGITAL COLLAGE

Ever seen an image online that features two or more images photoshopped together into one image? That’s a type of digital collage.

Famous Collage

Chances are, you’re already familiar with at least one or more famous collage artists.

Did you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a kid? Eric Carle, the author & illustrator, is a beloved collage artists. He creates the images for all of his books from torn pieces of paper.

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Ever watch Monty Python? The animated sequences created by Terry Gilliam are a collage, in which Gilliam combined his own drawings with clippings from photographs or other images.

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Even famous artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are known for working in collage.

For the comments: Have you ever made a collage? Do you enjoy the art form? What other collage artists are you familar with?

Blog Tour Book Review & Contest: The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

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Today, I am so thrilled & so honored to be part of the official blog tour for The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu.

You may have heard CJ’s story. She’s an amazing author with amazing friends who are supporting her as she battles Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her brain, hips, spinal cord, and several organs. Until recently we weren’t sure if CJ would make it to the release date of The Third Twin, but with the help of some modern medicine, and a whole lot of good thoughts and prayers – it looks like things are good to go for the big day.

That’s why I’m so pleased today to be able to do just a small part to help support this book and the amazing, strong woman who wrote it. Cancer sucks. CJ ROCKS!

Be sure to check out our review, then keep reading for your chance to win one of several AMAZING prize packs!!!

BOOK REVIEWOmol_9780385744522_jkt_all_r1.inddAn edge of your seat thriller awaits readers within the pages of The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu, which follows sisters Lexi and Ava, as they face the terrifying consequences of a childhood prank taken too far. As kids, they blamed a fake “third twin” – Alicia – for any trouble they got into. As teens, they use “Alicia” to date boys they’re not serious about. But when one of those boys turns up dead, the sisters begin to suspect each other … or wonder whether “Alicia” is actually real.

Omololu builds a realistic mystery, that is gripping and engaging. Readers will race through the pages, as eager as Lexi is to solve the puzzle of “Alicia” and the murder. And though she places clues throughout the book, the ultimate twist is a good one and not easy to guess (I didn’t). Readers will have their suspicions, but it’s not until all is finally revealed that the full picture becomes clear.

Suspense and intrigue keep the pages turning, but it’s the relationship between the sisters that gives the story heart. An engaging and thoughtful read, The Third Twin is in stores February 24th.

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about the bookIdentical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liarsmeets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

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about the authorcynthia Photo Robin Mellom 2-24-11CJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons. Visit her online at www.cjomololu.com and follow her on Twitter @cjomololu.

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Countdown Zero Blog Tour Giveaway

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Today, we are so thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Countdown Zero by Chris Rylander, the second book in the Codename Conspiracy series. We’ve got lots of great info about the book, plus your chance to win a signed copy of Countdown Zero. So let’s get started …

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Countdown ZeroAbout COUNTDOWN ZERO by Chris Rylander:

There are people in this world who live secret lives. There are people who fight the evil that lurks in the shadows so that the rest of us can live free from tyranny and fear. There are people—perhaps the person who is sitting across from you on the bus or waiting tables at your favorite restaurant—who put it all on the line for us, every day, whose names we’ll never know.

None of these people is Carson Fender.

At least, not since he was let go by the secret agency that enlisted his services to help foil a nefarious plot perpetrated by one of their former agents. Carson is back to hanging out with his friends, pulling pranks, and not having to lie to everyone about how he’s spending his days. And that’s for the best. Isn’t it?

Of course, this was all before a note showed up in his school lunch, informing him that Agent Nineteen has three days left to live, and that there might still be someone inside the Agency working against them. Carson has always been able to rely on his friends—but what happens when there’s no one left to trust?

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ISBN/ISBN13: 0062120115/9780062120113

About Chris Rylander: 

Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall Saga and the Codename Conspiracy series.  A fan of brown shipping boxes turned on their sides, dance-offs to win a girl’s heart, and rice, he lives in Chicago.  You can visit him online at www.chrisrylander.com.

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We’re giving away a signed copy of Countdown Zero thanks to the folks at Walden Pond Press. Contest is open to the U.S. only and runs through midnight (PT) on Thursday, February 26th.

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Book Scavenger: 50 Books to 50 States Contest

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This afternoon, I wanted to tell you about a really fun contest from Mac Kids Books to celebrate the upcoming June 2nd release of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. The book features a scavenger hunt, riddles, adventure, and – best of all – BOOKS!

BookScavenger3d-635x979Jennifer announced the 50 Books to 50 States promotion this morning at Mac Kids Books; basically, she’s created a real-life version of the Book Scavenger game in the novel — and here’s what it entails:

HOW THE GAME WORKS

Step 1: Read the Book!

Step 2: Hide the book in a public place for another reader to discover. Report the hidden book on BookScavenger.com so others know to seek it out.

Step 3: Help spread the word that a book has been hidden by sharing on social media using #BookScavenger

HOW TO WIN AN ARC [through February 25th]

  1. Share the following on Twitter and/or Facebook: Win an arc of #BookScavenger in the 50 Books to 50 States Giveaway! Plus help launch a book hunting game! http://bookscavenger.com/2015/01/50-books-50-states/ #YourState
  2. “Like” Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Facebook Author Page and comment or private message with your state.
  3. Visit BookScavenger.com and comment on the “50 Books to 50 States” post. Make sure to leave your state and a way to be contacted if you are the winner. (Email, Twitter handle.) Or check back at the end of February for the list of winners.
  4. Send an email to garrisongriswold@gmail.com with “50 Books to 50 States” as the subject and your state in the text of the email.

Here’s more information about Book Scavenger:

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target.

Beyond I’ll Meet You There: PTSD, what it is & how you can help

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On Monday, I’ll Meet You There author Heather Demetrios guest blogged about PTSD, how it’s affected her life, and how it is featured throughout her novel. Today, we wanted to take a little time to explain what PTSD is, and how you can help — or get help — if you or someone you know is suffering from it.

What is PTSD

ptsdPTSD (or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can develop after someone has experienced a traumatic event. It is described as:

when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyperarousal, continue for more than a month after the occurrence of a traumatic event. (Source)

PTSD-TraumaThough most commonly associated with soldiers and other military service members, PTSD can occur after any number of traumas, such as:

  • Combat exposure
  • Child sexual or physical abuse
  • Terrorist attack
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Serious accidents, like a car wreck
  • Natural disasters, like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake
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vets-ptsdThough stress following some sort of trauma is considered common, not everyone suffers from PTSD. As noted above, PTSD is usually diagnosed when these symptoms don’t go away after a reasonable amount of time and disrupt every day life.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the symptoms of PTSD most commonly include:

  • Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms)

You may have bad memories or nightmares. You even may feel like you’re going through the event again. This is called a flashback.

  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

  • Negative changes in beliefs and feelings

The way you think about yourself and others may change because of the trauma. You may feel fear, guilt, or shame. Or, you may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy. This is another way to avoid memories.

  • Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)

You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. This is known as hyperarousal.

Other problems can also arise from PTSD, including (but not limited to):

  • Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Drinking or drug problems
  • Physical symptoms or chronic pain
  • Employment problems
  • Relationship problems, including divorce

Most common treatments for PTSD are usually counseling, medication, or some combination of both — but this varies patient to patient. So if you or someone you know may be suffering from PTSD, it’s important to seek professional medical help.

The USDVA has a good site where you can learn more about PTSD, the symptoms of PTSD, and resources for getting help.

Resources for Help with PTSD

wounded warriorHere are links to just a few good resources for military members, veterans, and family members dealing with PTSD (directly or indirectly):

  • National Center for PTSD (Part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; they feature an abundance of resources & information.)
  • Military with PTSD  (A nonprofit designed to help families connect, when one or more members is suffering from PTSD.)
  • Confidential Veterans Chat, or call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255
  • Give An Hour (A nonprofit offering free mental health care to U.S. military personnel & their family members affected by combat in Iraq and Afghanistan)
  • Military Kids Connect (Support for military kids ages 6-17, before, during & after a parent’s deployment.) There is also an online workbook for teens whose parents may be suffering from PTSD.
  • Wounded Warrior Project (Helps raise awareness & aid for service members who are injured, or suffering from mental illness, such as PTSD.)

 

Book Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

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What happens after happily ever after? That’s the premise behind Rhiannon Thomas’s clever twist on “Sleeping Beauty” in A Wicked Thing, which follows Princess Aurora after the (yes, slightly creepy) kiss that awakens her from a magical slumber.

wicked thing, aRhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

Thomas tackles the less savory aspects of the “Sleeping Beauty” head-on in A Wicked Thing, starting with that magical, awakening kiss. Aurora is immediately put-off by being kissed against her will … and is even more horrified (rightly so) to learn that the kiss that awoke her was one of many kisses attempted over the 100 years she has slept.

After awakening, Thomas proves that Aurora’s story is not the fairy tale it’s been romanticized as (even within the world of the book). Aurora finds herself a pawn in a political struggle for the rule of her kingdom — all while mourning the family that died while she slept on, unaware. For much of the book, I felt as if Aurora was frustratingly passive — but when she finally “woke up” a second time, and took charge, I rooted hard for her success.

The first in a series, A Wicked Thing is in stores February 24th. I can’t wait to see where Aurora’s journey takes her next.

New YA Releases: February 17, 2014

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

distancebetween_final cover_4_1.inddThe Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

bargainingThe Bargaining by Carly Anne West

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future….

better than perfectBetter Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.

For the comments: Which of today’s new releases are you most excited about?

Blog Tour Book Review: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

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A new YA book about the mafia has arrived, and it is glorious. I’m talking about Vendetta by Cahterine Doyle, and I’m so excited to be posting today’s book review as part of the official blog tour! Be sure to keep reading for your chance to win a copy, too!

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vendettaA dangerous romance stirs, amidst an unfolding family conspiracy — and readers will find themselves swept away by the forbidden romance between the son of a crime family, and the girl who is inextricably linked to them.

Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

For Sophie, it feels like another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill, waitressing at her family’s diner and hanging out with her best friend Millie. But then someone moves into the long-abandoned mansion up the block–a family of five Italian brothers, each one hotter than the last. Unable to resist caramel-eyed Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him — and willfully ignoring the warning signs. Why are Nic’s knuckles cut and bruised? Why does he carry an engraved switchblade? And why does his arrogant and infuriating older brother, Luca, refuse to let her see him? As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. Suddenly, she’s torn between two warring dynasties: the one she’s related to and the one she’s now in love with. She’ll have to choose between loyalty and passione. When she does, blood will spill, hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, dishonor can be the difference between life and death.

The first in a fantastic new series, Vendetta is a seductive read that will leave readers eager for more forbidden romance and more dangerous encounters. Even as Sophie learns the horrifying truth about Nic — and her own family — she is drawn to him, and drawn into his world.

What I love about Sophie is that, despite her initial naiveté, she comes to hold a pretty solid understanding about Nic’s world — and chooses to enter it willingly. I couldn’t help drawing comparisons to Kay, Diane Keaton’s character in The Godfather movies, who for so long, was so naive and oblivious to the reality of Michael Corleone’s world. In Vendetta, I feel as if Sophie chooses to be with Nic with her eyes wide open, even realizing that there is still much she doesn’t yet know.

And Nic. So dangerous, but so seductive — both to Sophie, and to the reader. With Sophie, we are drawn into his world and want to know more about him; want to spend more time with him. But it’s not just Nic — it’s the rest of his family, too — his brothers, who are also intriguing, and it’s fascinating to see how the different characters unfold and grow throughout the story.

I have always said I love YA books that feature the crime world, and I am so thrilled that this latest addition is so flipping fantastic. Vendetta is in stores February 24th.

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Want more YA books about the mafia or organized crime? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Arcadia Awakens Trilogy by Kai Meyer
  • Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
  • Firebug by Lish McBride
  • Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

For the comments: What are some of your favorite YA books that feature organized crime?

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Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com.

Visit Catherine via: her Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads

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The Duff Release Week Movie Contest

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This week, we’re celebrating the upcoming release of The Duff, the major motion picture based on Kody Keplinger’s YA novel. And to celebrate, today we’re kicking off a really fun contest!

The Prize

One winner will receive a copy of The Duff (movie tie-in book cover), a T-shirt, and a mini-poster. Thanks to CBS Films for providing the prizing!

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The Rules

The Deadline

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Sunday, February 22nd.

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#TheDUFF – In Theaters February 20th - A comedic snap shot about what it’s like to be a teen today

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

Based on the Novel by Kody Keplinger.

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