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YALL Fest Author Interview: Kami Garcia

Well hello again!

Welcome back and happy Monday!

It’s time to spotlight another awesome YA author who will be making an appearance at YALL Fest in November!

Today’s interview is with Kami Garcia, co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series and Unbreakable which will release on October 1 and is part of her first solo series. I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures and the Kami Garciamovie was really fun (My Husband even liked it!) so I’m definitely looking forward to having a chance to meet Kami Garcia in November! So, let’s learn a little more about her!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

I need three things: my laptop, my headphones, and Diet Coke.

Describe your book in 5 words

Paranormal. Ghost-hunting. Intense. Romance. Secret Societies.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1. I don’t know how to ride a bike. 2. I used to be an artist (a painter). 3. I won’t fly without my huge charm necklace that I believe will keep the plane from crashing. 4. I believe in ghosts. 5. Every time I write a book, I worry that everyone will hate it.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the second book in the Legion Series, the sequel to Unbreakable. Like Unbreakable, the sequel is very intense and has plenty of paranormal elements. But I think it’s even more romantic and surprising than the first book.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

My favorite genre to write is definitely urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I love to read paranormal, but I am also a huge fan of horror, crime fiction, high fantasy, and science fiction.

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I think it’s pretty refreshing to hear someone admit that they’re nervous about putting their work out there for the public to see. It makes sense that authors would worry about everyone hating that piece of art that they poured their time and heart into. It seems like a very vulnerable thing to do and I like that she shared that.

If you’re a YA book lover like me and are in the area, you should come to this year’s YALL Fest in Charleston, SC on Saturday November 9th. I’ll be there and we can fangirl over the authors, like Kami Garcia together!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Veronica Rossi

Welcome back BookTasty peeps!

I’m back with another author interview to promote and celebrate this year’s YALL Fest! If you haven’t already heard YALL Fest is an exciting Young Adult book festival, complete with over 50 of YA’s top authors, which will be taking place in Charleston, SC on November 9.  This will be my first time in Veronica RossiCharleston AND at YALL Fest!

So, let’s celebrate by showcasing one of those authors, Veronica Rossi, who wrote Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night! I have to say, I’m not only enjoying the hosting aspect of these interviews, but also reading the different responses each author has to the same questions.  Let’s check out what Veronica Rossi has to say!

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

Yeah, those. And all the ones in between!

Best writing tip you ever received?

$5. Just kidding. Um… tip… I think it’s probably to allow yourself to suck when writing early drafts. It takes away a lot of the fear of generating good material. It’s not easy to be creative when you’re judging your work.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1.       In the past year, I discovered a deep love of Brussel sprouts

2.       I talk to myself. Heck. Sometimes I argue with myself.

3.       I’m arguing with myself about including that last point at this very moment.

4.       My favorite animals are elephants.

5.       Dresses with pockets make me happy.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I usually work in my home office, but I love working in hotel rooms. No distractions!

What are you working on now?

Something I’m very excited about! Can’t divulge any details yet, but it’s an idea I’ve been mulling over for years.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

I think Veronica Rossi and I need to have a Brussel sprout party! I recently developed a love for them too, as long as they’re roasted with olive oil and sea salt….YUM! So, Veronica I’m up for a Best Brussel sprouts in Charleston hunt while we’re both there for YALL Fest!  Are you in?!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Ransom Riggs

Hi there!

Want to hear something awesome and scary all at once? Sure you do!

Tomorrow I’m going on an overnight school field trip with about 50 6th graders! AHHHH!

I know…things will most likely be interesting but in my entire 7 years of education I’ve never Ransom Riggschaperoned an overnight field trip so I’m super excited to see what it’s like!

Today we’re celebrating the upcoming YALL Fest in Charleston on November 9th! Around here we celebrate YALL Fest with an author interview! YAY!  Today’s author is Ransom Riggs (I just love his name), author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! So let’s learn some things about “Mr. Awesome Name Ransom Riggs“!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

Silence. My noise-cancelling headphones have become almost essential.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

The first. I rewrite and rewrite it a million times. The last comes easy.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

I’m six foot four. I lived on a working farm until I was five. I used to know how to cook Indian food but now I’ve forgotten. I love documentaries. One day I will conquer the moon.

Miss PEregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs What are you working on now?

A novel for Little, Brown the plot of which is SECRET! (Sort of, for now. But I’m really excited about it.)

 What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

Oh, definitely YA to write in. I read everything, lots of YA, lots of adult, nonfiction of all sorts. I even read poetry when I’m feeling ambitious. I think it’s crucial to have lots of different influences. If you only read in the genre you write in, your writing will sound like everything else that’s already out there.

If you don’t have plans to go to this year’s YALL Fest to see Ransom Riggs and 50 other amazing Young Adult authors than you should. It sounds like its going to be very cool!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Living

Hi there!The Living by Matt de la Pena

Let’s celebrate Wednesday by talking about an upcoming new release! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine and I love participating in it every week!

This week’s spotlight book is The Living by Matt de la Pena.

Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.

But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy’s only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed. The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it’s a fight to survive for those left living.

Doesn’t this sound like a cool survival, adventure story?! What an intriguing premise; summer dreams turn into a fight for your life against the forces of nature?! Very exciting!

The Living will be released on November 12, which is actually the day before my birthday!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sequels

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

I’m a big fan of book series. I just adore how they allow me to continue living in a world that I don’t want to leave. They allow me to just keep on doing exactly what I want to do!

Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme gives me the chance to highlight some of my favorite sequels ever.

Are you ready to see some of my favorite sequels? Here we go!

Catching_FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My favorite book in the trilogy because Katniss’ world opens up and we meet more of the past tributes. Tick-tock!

Rebel Angels by Libba BrayRebel Angels by Libba Bray

This second book in the series has the Spence girls in London attending fancy balls. Oh and more Kartik.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

This sequel introduces a brand new group of spies to the Gallagher Academy!

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This series is awesome, but there was something more frenzied and creepy about this sequel, which I loved.

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This series is just perfection.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

It’s not as atmospheric as the first book, but suddenly there is a new enemy that I didn’t expect!

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Honestly, I read these books so long ago that the plot of the last three kind of run together for me (thanks to that mashed up second movie), but I just remember my love for this series growing with each book.

The Boy Book by E. LockhartThe Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver. She just gets better and better.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire by Kristin Cashore

Cashore is the queen of awesome, sexy fantasy. I loved Graceling, but I REALLY LOVED Fire.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The wizarding world finally opens up and we get to meet other schools of wizardry when Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament

Are you a fan of any of these sequels too? What are your favorite sequels? Please feel free to share in the comment section!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Rainbow Rowell

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a fun weekend at my church’s Women’s Retreat in Asheville!  The mountains were gorgeous even though it did rain all day Saturday. It’s just nice being so close to the mountains.

Rainbow RowellWe’re getting closer and closer to YALL Fest on November 9th! I haven’t been to Charleston yet either, so this will be a weekend of firsts for me!

Today’s we interview Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl! I haven’t read either books yet, but I do actually own both and am planning to get them in before YALL Fest. I continue to hear nothing but positive reviews for both books so I’m definitely looking forward to reading them.

So, let’s learn a little more about Rainbow Rowell!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Lip balm.

Describe your book in 5 words.
FANGIRL
Earnest, snowy, swoony, minty, bookish.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
THE FIRST! The whole first page is a nightmare. I want people to just skip it. And I always end up rewriting it.

Best writing tip you ever received?

“Just finish your book.”

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I think it would have made me feel less alone.

Where’s your favorite place to write?
At coffee shops. In giant overstuffed chairs.

What are you working on now?

I’m revising my adult novel, Landline, which comes out in spring 2014, and playing with a romantic/political/tragicomic fantasy.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

I write mostly contemporary. I read mostly fantasy.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

All of my ideas are full-length novels. I have a hard time narrowing my scope.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell   Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Aren’t the covers to her books so pretty and fun? What you should now do is read Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.  I’m going to do the exact thing just in time for YALL Fest!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Sean Williams

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m pretty excited because this weekend I’m going off on a weekend women’s retreat with my church and we’re going to the mountains…YAY!!

But before that happens let’s talk YALL Fest! The YALL Book Fest is happening in Charleston on November 9 and I am extremely amazed that there are going to be 50 of the top YA authors there! I literally cannot contain my excitement!

Excited CatSo, because of this obvious excitement I’ve agreed to host interviews with some of the authors. Today’s author is fantasy and sci-fi author Sean Williams (who has a really cool looking website btw). His most recent book is the sci-fi Twinmaker. It shouldn’t be a big deal that Sean Williams is a guy, but in the YA world I think it is. In my experienceSean Williams there definitely seems to be a majority of female YA authors so it’s always refreshing to have a guy in the mix! So here is to the Guys of YA…should this be a calendar or something?! hahaha

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

The right music. And chocolate as a reward when I finish.

Describe your book in 5 words

Jump meets Uglies. But different.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

The first line is often the hardest to write, but I like a good challenge. The line I like writing the least is the last because it means I have a whole load of rewriting ahead of me.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Give up. If you can do that, you’ll be happier and probably better off as a result. If you can’t, then you know writing is exactly the right thing for you!

Twin Maker by Sean Williams Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1) I live in Adelaide, South Australia, a place that’s home to about a million other people but somehow feels like a small town, which is why I love it.
2) I still think music from the 1980s is cool.
3) My stepson has situs invertus, which means his heart is on the wrong side of his body. That’s not really about me, but it is pretty random.
4) I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who.
5) I’m minding a pair of green tree frogs, Skipper and Jumpy, for a young friend while she’s overseas with her family. You can see pictures of them on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seanwilliamsauthor/.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In my study, a lovely upstairs nook containing all my favorite book-related things, but I’ve trained myself to write anywhere as long as I have my headphones and some music. I quite like writing in hotels, probably because someone else does all the household chores.

What are you working on now?

Crashland, the sequel to Twinmaker.

I’m going to have to look for Twinmaker on audio because it sounds like a book my husband and I would both really enjoy! Also, Sean Williams is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan, as am I. Don’t you wonder who his favorite Doctor is?

Also, don’t forget to follow YALL Fest on twitter (@yallfest) to learn more about this book fest.

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I Can’t Help It: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hi guys!

I’ve been doing a TON of reading recently which, in my opinion,  is completely lovely! But that also means that I’m falling behind in reviews. I finished Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick back in July.  Things just got so busy with school starting that I never wrote a review for it until now.

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told Silence by Becca Fitzpatrickthat she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again

I’ve confessed this before but this series is seriously a major guilty pleasure for me. It’s not that I’m embarrassed that others will know I read this series. If that was the case I wouldn’t be sharing it online. Personally, it’s just not the most well written series ever.  These books are simply fun reads that allow me an escape.

Silence was my least favorite book in the series. The first book Hush, Hush was interesting and I liked the banter between Nora and Vee.  In the second book, Crescendo, my favorite thing was the tension between Nora and Marcie, plus the introduction of new characters. Silence had none of these things. I think that was one of the problems I had with it. The whole time, Vee, who is supposed to be Nora’s best friend just isn’t helping her out at all. And there was only one measly little scene with the awesome Marcie and I just wanted more of her.

Oh and let’s talk about Nora. Nora is normally kind of cool, in her own way, but her memory loss was pretty annoying. I was frustrated because Nora spend a good chunk of the book trying to remember things that the reader already knows. There was no interest in it for me because the suspense was taken away. This, by far, was my biggest complaint about Silence. I just felt like nothing really happened until the VERY end.

I can’t help it. I just need to go ahead and read the whole thing because there is only one book left. I really do want to read Finale, but I’m serious, it had better have more Marcie and a lot less memory loss!

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Oct. 4, 2011)

Format: audiobook

Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes

Narrator(s): Caitlin Greer

Series: Book three in the Hush, Hush series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Silence (Hush Hush)

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Naturals

Happy Hump Day!

We’re only a few days away from the weekend…WHOOT! WHOOT!

Each week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) where I get to put the spotlight on a book I’m trying to wait patiently for.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThis week I am waiting on The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which seems like a paranormal thriller and sounds like it could be similar to Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series (which I LOOOOVED!)

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Yeah, I think this one sounds like it has a ton of potential to be awesome. The Naturals is scheduled for release on November 5 by Disney-Hyperion.

What do you think? Are you interested in The Naturals or is there another book you’re waiting on today?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR List

Welcome back BookTastyians!

Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Today’s list theme is Books on my Fall To Be Read (TBR) List. Now, you’ve probably already seen my September Reading Queue post, which has books I plan on finishing throughout the month of September.  This TTT theme however, has to do with my reading plans for the entire fall, so there will be some that didn’t make it onto my Reading Queue.

Most of these titles are not new releases (although some are), but are instead books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while now and deserve a little love and attention. I would LOVE to get to all of these before December, but we’ll see how that goes!

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter

Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

Seriously, I love how there are ALWAYS so many unread books to look forward to! I can’t wait to get started on these!

Have you read any of these books?  Which should I make top priority?