Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - Anna: The Starseed Series by Meghan Riley AND Elixir by Ted Galdi



We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's picks:



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Blurb:
For as long as Anna can remember, she has had a smattering of freckles on her arm. But these freckles are starting to change, causing hallucinations and odd side effects that only she seems to notice. When a strange shadow man starts to haunt her nights, she decides to go on a hunt for the truth of what is truly happening to her.
The hallucinations grow stronger, the shadow man more nefarious, and Anna realizes that she can no longer hide from her friends and family what is happening to her. But as she shares her secret with those closest to her, Anna never imagines that her very life will be put in jeopardy.
Progressing toward the novel’s stunning conclusion, audiences will be left breathless as the ultimate question reveals itself: whoor whatis Anna?

Why I chose to write YA:

Growing up, books were always a comfort for me. They got me through a lot of rough patches by providing an escape. I wanted to write books that would do the same for other young people. I chose Young Adult, rather than children's books, because it's such an exciting time of a person's life, full of young love and new experiences. It's when a person starts to really decide who they're going to be as an adult and I think that's magical.

Author Info:
Meghan Riley AuthorMeghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the sequel toAnna.
Prior to editing and publishing, Anna was a 2012 Watty Award winner in the Science Fiction category and garnered over 108,000 reads. Now, the book is available to everyone on all major book channels. You can keep up-to-date with developments in the series at Meghan Riley's website and Facebook page.



 And our second title for today: 



Blurb

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone.  He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy!  However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.


But his life is anything but normal.  The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way. 

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone.  When he’s 18 he falls in love.  The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.   


Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.

Why I write for the YA Audience
The late-teenage years are a terrific backdrop for stories because they involve a lot of "firsts": first love, first time being away from home, first taste of adulthood, etc.  Revolving the conflict of a book around characters who are in the midst of some of these "firsts" amplifies the emotional journey; there's not only more uncertainty among teenage characters in the face of conflict (while compared to "seasoned" adults), but also more passion, which leads to more drama and ultimately stories that leave an impression.

From a timing perspective, I also feel I'm in a unique position to write about YA characters.  As a twenty-nine-year-old, I'm far enough removed from this time in my life to be able to reflect on it with a clear head, which lets me understand the dynamics of that time without all the crazy emotions that were clouding it while I was living it.  However, as a twenty-nine-year-old, I'm also not that far out of touch with this point in my life - and some of the memories are still just as vivid as ever, which helps add an authentic kick to the writing.


Bio
Ted Galdi is a twenty-nine-year-old author living in Los Angeles.  Elixir is his first book.  He can be contacted atted@elixirthebook.com.


Official website: www.elixirthebook.com and

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Made for You by Melissa Marr

Win a copy of Shadows or Haze by Paula Weston!!





Published: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 368
Copy: Publisher
Summary: Goodreads

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling



First off, I have to say I just loved the whole Southern Gothic feel of this contemporary thriller/mystery. I've said it often that I'm not a huge fan of contemporary novels, but this one sucked me in very early on and had me so engrossed that I finished it in less than 24 hours. 

Eva's character was real. Her confusion and suspicions were palpable and her reasoning sound.  Following along with the 'clues' as she did, made for several rather nasty surprises, many from out of left field and I was just as confused as to who the killer was as the characters were.   Hindsight is always 20/20 and after the conclusion I was hit with a major duh! moment when I realized that there had been a pretty big clue that I missed completely.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

The blurb calls 'Made for You' a wild ride and I have to agree in every way.  This was a fast paced thrill ride that had me gasping in several places.  I could not put it down.  A very exciting stand-alone novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and will have no trouble at all in recommending. - Curlypow

Friday, September 19, 2014

Follow Friday - September 19


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Blogger pet peeves? – provided by Take Me Away
I absolutely hate broken links....so if you find a broken link on OUR site, please let us know!!
Another pet peeve is that I prefer when I click on a link, that it opens in a new tab so I don't have to flip back and forth.  That INCLUDES contest entries!
- Christinabean

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Haze Blog Tour


Welcome to the Haze Blog tour!

So if you missed the first book in The Rephaim series, let me re-visit - 


Summary (by Goodreads)

It's almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn't help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who's been appearing in Gaby's dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.

In Shadows we were first introduced to the Rephaim.  It was complicated for someone who had lost their memory. Gaby discovers that she is much much more than a girl who has encountered tragedy and lost a loved one.  Her life is much more complicated and valuable. In fact, she is so important that people are looking for her...but what do they want from her?  

Shadows brought us into the world of the Rephaim.  I don't have much experience reading about angels but I did find it interesting how Paula explained so much in this book.  About how angels go to war and their different factions.  Gaby's life is complicated and oh so interesting!  I couldn't wait for Book #2 to continue so we could unravel more about her life.  And of course see how Rafa fits in...



Summary (by Goodreads)

"But what if we can’t find Jude?" 
He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. "We will."
"How can you be so sure?" I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember. 
"Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to." 

Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye. That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed. 

But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive. 

And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.

Review:
(Yes, there will be spoilers!)

Ah, Jude!  Book #2 of the Rephaim series centers around discovering more about Gaby's planted memories and the possibility that her brother may still be alive.  Before she lost her memories, they were on different sides.  But what if he were alive now? Would he remember her?  Would they still be feuding?

To be honest, the first half of the book was a bit of a slow read for me.  It could be for you as well but there are plenty of details that will help you understand the last 1/2 of the novel.  The book REALLY picks up about 1/2 way through as Paula weaves her story and the reader feels more integrated.  I felt like I was reading at warp-speed!!  There is some serious pulse-pounding, heart-thumping action!  Things start to get very involved as we see the relationship between Rafa and Gaby develop.  After all, he becomes the main character she depends on.  Jason also begins to shape into a better supporting character in Book #2.

There is so much that starts to be uncovered in Haze!  Thank god there are 4 books in this series!  I'm not sure that Paula could have packed so much into a trilogy!

One of my biggest concerns when reading a series is that a title suffers from "second-book" letdown but Paula pulled out all the punches and kept me engaged in the story. Book #1 helped shape the characters and Book #2 shaped the story with plenty of intrigue and action to carry the reader into a suspenseful, anticipatory wait for Book #3.

Overall, I am really enjoying the Rephaim series.  I think you will too so I'm going to offer up a GIVEAWAY!  You can choose either Shadows (Book #1) or Haze (Book #2).  The rules? You must be a follower of this blog.  The contest is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships.  Additional entries can be earned by following the directions in Rafflecopter.  GOOD LUCK!  The contest will run until the end of the September.  


A HUGE thank you to Paula Weston and Tundra books for including us in their blog tour!!

Oh, and by the way...I took a little quiz to find out which character I am and...


Must be my desire to make things...and my lack of supernatural abilities :)

For those of you who have read either Shadow and/or Haze, which character would you be most likely to hang out with?

Happy Reading!

- Christinabean



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Deliriumtrilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways 

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. 

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. 

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Lauren Oliver wrote one of the most memorable YA titles I have ever read - Before I Fall.  Although this is an adult title, I am going to add it to my TBR list!
- Christinabean


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hexed by Michelle Krys


Published: June 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 384
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Review:
I had been eyeing Hexed for a few months before I actually bought it to read.  I'm not sure what made me hesitate.  Probably the fact that I had reached my 4 books at a time reading limit.  

So let's talk a bit about the author, Michelle Krys.  Michelle is Canadian and lives in Ontario with her her family.  She is GORGEOUS and hilarious at the same time. If you read her website, you'll discover that she often gets mistaken for her identical twin or compared to Elaine from Seinfeld.  I love that she is Canadian.  Sometimes we don't always point out our Canadian authors (maybe besides Lesley Livingston and Kelley Armstrong) but there are ton of great Canadian YA authors out there and Michelle Krys is one of them!  

So let's begin, shall we?  Indigo Blackwood seems to have a great life, envied by many, popular and dating one of the hottest guys at school.  However, she is (unknowingly) a witch and this comes to light after a tragedy exposes secrets in her family.  Enter sexy leather toting bad boy with a bad attitude, Bishop.  He is lovely.  And like I said before he has a bit of an attitude but he is there to help our Indigo find her way and perhaps there is a little bit of romance involved.  

At the beginning the story began as a bit of a path well-traveled - the best friend/boyfriend scenario with jealous rivalry and competition but then things take a bit of a turn.  Indigo starts from being slightly self-absorbed and concerned about peer pressure to someone who begins to develop more character and identity.  It will be interesting to see where book #2 takes us.  Hexed has a LOT of potential. 

Overall I enjoyed Hexed even though it began as a bit of an angsty novel for me. Indigo may have been a key character but it was Paige who really showed some true heroism.  She stuck up for a friend who had dumped her years earlier. I am a stickler for loyal friendships.  To me, they help define your character and after reading about Indigo and how she treated Paige,  I almost tossed her into the DNF pile.  Glad I stuck it out though because things got much better.  Bishop starts to develop more than smart-ass remarks and gains some depth while Indigo develops a backbone with the school "Pretties".  Yay for team "Stand up for Yourself"!  Try this one out for an ISU.  There are plenty of themes to choose from and buy the book from a store to support another great Canadian author! woot! woot!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received.



I received these two titles this week.  Coincidentally they have similar color themes...totally unintentional.  :)
- Christinabean


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