Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shout Out to Indies - My Soul Immortal Book One: Fated Eternals by Jen Printy





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.

This week's selection is:



Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once. 
An endless love, for an endless price.






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We asked Jen why she likes to write:
 
Why I write...
     Like most authors, I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. I loved driving into my own imagination and see where it took me. I dreamt of someone being a published author. But as most of us as I grew I had 101 excuses that got in the way of chasing that dream.  “I don’t have time.” “You haven’t seen my schedule. Children. Job. School. Dirty dishes.” “My writing isn’t good enough.” “I don’t have a story to tell.” And the list rolls on. Besides, I had a job I loved. Life already felt like a juggling act, did I have the time to chase one old, forgot dream? What I realized was when I’m one hundred and three, rocking in a rocking chair, knitting a pair of socks, I’m not going to remember the dirty dishes, the unfolded laundry, or even the forgotten dust bunnies under the bed. I’m going to remember the big things—those forgotten adventures on my bucket lists waiting for me. The ones accomplished and the ones I never found time to chase.
     Luckily, I had a great teacher. Besides teaching me how to enjoy the little things along with the big, my dad showed me you’re never to old to chase your dreams. His dream was to travel the world, not to just see it, but to help where he was needed. You see, he always had a heart for people. Years past and because of finances and obligations, my father had to put his dream on hold. It wasn't until he was older when his dreams were realized. Many told him it was a dream for a younger man, but my dad didn’t let his 70+ years stop him. He followed his heart, traveling to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and as far as Cambodia. He knew he’d regret it others wise. “Life is short,” he said.
     So at 41 years old, I walked into the living room, looked at my husband, and said, “I’ve decided I’m going to write a book.” And so the adventure began. Like most journeys worth taking, there have been peaks and valleys, and moment where I doubted myself and this path. But I’m glad I decided to take the bull by the horns and emulate my father. Chasing down my forgotten childhood dream has been one of my best decisions to date.

Author Bio: (I've attached my author photo also)
Since childhood, Jen Printy has been writing. Whether working on stories about a fantasy world or everyday life in Maine, Jen loved losing herself in the worlds she created on paper. The arts in all forms have always been an important part of Jen’s life, a love instilled in her by her father. When Jen isn’t writing, she’s sculpting as a freelance doll artist.

Jen lives with her husband, two daughters, and diva dog Cookie in southern Maine, where she loves spending time friends and family, finding treasures along the seashore, or enjoying a Guinness at her favorite local pub.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Follow Friday


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 –

How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you? – Suggested by The Paperback Princesses.

YES!!  WE ARE IN THE BIG LEAGUES!!  WE MADE IT ONTO A FEATURE FOLLOW QUESTION!!

In all seriousness, Curlypow and I were working together at a local library and wanted to start up a blog because we LOVE YA titles and felt that many readers tend to fall off the reading wagon as they get older. There is lots of emphasis on encouraging children to read and plenty of adults read but then only the lovers of reading come back in their teens.  I get it. Teens get busy with friends, texting, school, texting, sports, dating, more texting, social media...etc....But you know what? YOU'RE MISSING OUT!! There are so many FANTASTIC reads perfect for this age range...and ahem...adults too.  So we created The Paperback Princesses to review and recommend YA titles originally geared at librarians and educators but basically for anyone looking to start a good read.  The title is a play on words from a popular children's book by Robert Munsch - The Paperbag Princess (btw, the princess totally kicks butt).  And of course we wanted our web address to make sense, convey what we are about and be memorable - - www.allaboutyabooks.com,

So do you think you'll remember us?  Hope so!
- Christinabean 

p.s. Curlypow is taking a bit of a break to spend with her new GRANDDAUGHTER!  Congrats Curlypow!!


Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Undertow by Michael Buckley




Published: May 5th, 2015

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Copy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.
Curlypow's thoughts:

When I first started reading Undertow  I felt it was just a wee bit slow to get started, and I was surprised by that since I had only seen really good reviews at that point. However, I must admit that the story did actually pick up almost immediately after I was having those thoughts and in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Kudos to Mr Buckley for his amazing descriptions of the Alpha.  Picture the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean when they are at they're nastiest with all the seaweed and shells and etc, and then add some more nastiness - razor sharp shells that protrude from an arm, anyone?  I had no problems at all in visualizing these characters and this added to my reading fun.

As much as I enjoyed the teen characters - Lyric and Fathom - their story was an inevitable romance - my favourite characters were actually the adults.  Doyle, the principal at the high school was a great adult character, tough, smart and  fair.  Bachman, the governor, is the true antithesis of Doyle and she is so  blinded by prejudice that she instigates violence and problems at every turn and dares to call it justice. There is a wonderful speech from one of the teachers about tolerance and the perils of doing nothing that completely resonated with me in regard to today's society and the unfortunate tendency to just stand by and watch instead of fighting against bullying, particularly online.

Undertow was honestly just a little predictable for me and I don't think there were many surprises, (one nice one, but I won't spoil it) but the characters and the action did keep my interest after the initial hiccup and I am looking forward to seeing how Lyric and Fathom cope with the inevitable changes in the next book.  Oh, and that book cover - perfect.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

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):
 
Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.

Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost?

Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.
   

Monday, April 20, 2015

An apology and an introduction

Hi All,

I really should have put up a couple of posts over the weekend, but I have been rather busy at home and with my daughter.  So I would like to apologize for the omission and introduce you to the reason why:

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Meet Ivy Grace, my new granddaughter.  She arrived with very little fuss and bother on Friday and is of course taking over everyone's lives, including my own. So if my posts are a little sparse for the next week or so, I hope you'll understand.  I'm off now to give my grandson a hug so that he doesn't feel left out.

Stacking the Shelves


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

This week I got: 



A HUGE Thank You to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me these ARC's.  Looks like I'm going to be busy reading this spring...and I can say that it is now spring (even though I am still expecting snow) because my allergies have started....
- Christinabean




Friday, April 17, 2015

Follow Friday


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 –

Here is €/£/$100,000. Buy something. Anything at all! What would be the first thing you choose, and why?

I think I would put the money down on a second home on a lake or somewhere warm. My husband and I are HGTV fans ... especially the programs about vacation property rentals.  We would eventually like to own several properties, rent them all out and live off the income....retire early and stop working.   
Imagine how many books I could read if I wasn't working?? 
- Christinabean

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.


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