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Waiting on Wednesday: The Princess in the Opal Mask

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny LundquistHello there and Happy Wednesday!

Each week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that creates a venue for specifically sharing upcoming books that we’re excited about.

Today I’m waiting on The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist!

Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .
Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face–including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

If you’ve been following BookTasty you’ve probably picked up that I am having a major love affair with fantasy and I want to be a princess. Yes. It’s true. I’m a huge nerd! haha Nerdiness aside, I really want this book in my hands, like right now! Fantasy always floats my bookish boat and The Princess in the Opal Mask sounds like a great fantasy read. Plus, do you see that super ethereal cover? It’s stunning and I can’t take my eyes off of it.

The Princess in the Opal Mask is scheduled for release in only a few short weeks. October 22 to be exact, so we fantasy nerds don’t have long to wait!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs

Hello!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our Bookish Turn-Offs.  You know what I mean, you’re just reading a book, minding your own business and then BAM! You come across something that completely turns you off to the whole book. We all have those things that just irk us. So, this week’s theme is all about those bookish turn-offs.

1. The “r” word. I completely 100% dislike the use of the word “retard” and it’s derogatory formsWhat is Popular (such as “you’re so retarded” or “that’s so retarded”) in general, so of course it sets me off in books. I have a very difficult time finishing a book if this word is used. I know some argue that it is realistic to the way teens speak, but I don’t believe that’s a good excuse for using this word. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right.

2. Too much sexy times. I have no problem with sex…in fact I think sex is awesome! But I don’t like to read about it extensively. I don’t mind a sex scene here and there but when it just goes on and on for pages that’s a big excessive don’t ya think?!

3. Ill-fitting Cursing. I don’t mind those four letter words showing up in books but it has to fit the character. When I’m reading a book and I can tell the author is just including those words to include them, that’s just poor writing! Make it fit the story/character please.

4. More than 2 POVs. I’ve read a few books where there are more than two point of views telling the story and I was so confused. I continually had to look back at the start of the chapter to remind myself who was narrating. I am totally fine with two POVs, but anything more than three confuses me!

5. Cheating in a positive light. I’m not a fan smoothing over something as destructive as an affair under the guise of following one’s heart or anything like that. An affair is an affair and in my opinion it is never a positive thing.

6. Poorly designed covers. This is a turn off before I even get into the pages! If a book cover looks cheap to me, it’s a total turn-off.

7. Surprise crying books. You probably already know that I want nothing to do with books that want to make me cry, so I tend to stay away from them. Sometimes however a book thrusts a surprise cry in on you! It’s like the book is going on it’s merry little way and then BAM! a completely horribly tragic thing happens and you’re left feeling like someone just pantsed you in front of a crowded auditorium. Complete betrayal.

Okay, so I couldn’t come up with ten bookish turn-offs right off the top of my head, but that’s okay. Thinking of those 7 turn-offs alone was enough work! Do you share any of my opinions on bookish turn-offs? Or do you completely disagree with any that made my list?

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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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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: Cinda Williams Chima

Hi there everyone!

Have I told you that I’m going to my first ever YALL Fest in Charleston soon?!

Well I am!

YALL Fest is a young adult centered book festival with 50 of the nation’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.  Some of the authors who will be at this November 9, event are Rae Carson, Libba Bray, Heather Brewer, Shannon Hale, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth and TONS more! Yeah…I’m pretty excited. These are seriously my celebrities, guys!

Another author, who I’d like to spotlight today, is fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima. She writes young adult Cinda Williams Chimafantasy and will be at this year’s YALL Fest (YAY!)   Honestly, I haven’t yet read any of the books in her Seven Realms series or the Heir chronicles, but I have had my eyes on them which is why I jumped at the chance to feature today’s author interview! And let me say that I am thrilled to be participating in a little blog hop to help promote YALL Fest and these awesome authors!

So, without further ado, let’s go ahead and get to know Cinda Williams Chima a little bit better!

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

A computer

Describe your book in 5 words

Wizards misbehave, magic goes mutant.

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

Usually the lines in between.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Give yourself permission to write badly.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1.  I am a twin.

2. I am named after a character in a novel.

3. I didn’t really start driving until I was 27.

4. I am descended from Puritans and scoundrels.

5. I used to be in a folk music band.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

On a balcony overlooking the ocean.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing The Sorcerer Heir, the fifth book in a trilogy.

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

When I’m finished with a full-length novel.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima   The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Don’t forget that Cinda’s two series, The Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles are available in stores and online from Hyperion Books.

I cannot wait for November 9th!

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Reading Queue (August)

the-reading-queueHola Amigos!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

Welcome to Reading Queue! This is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

My Reading Queue

Okay, so school starts up officially on August 21 so this list (7 books total) may be a little ambitious as I start a new school year a brand new school! Oh well! Let’s see what’s on my queue for the month!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

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

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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

How I Did Last Month

The Kill Order by James DashnerThe Kill Order by James Dashner

This one wasn’t originally on my July Reading Queue, but my husband and I finally finished the audiobook!

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Another one my husband and I listened to on audiobook.

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen Levine

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

I really like this alternate history/supernatural series a lot!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is kind of my guilty pleasure!

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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BookTasty Talks: Escapism or Emotion

Hi there everyone!

Earlier this week I was working on my Top Ten Tuesday post about characteristics that will make me NOT want to read a book. As I was writing that specific post (you can read it here) I began to realize what I guess I always knew about myself but hadn’t ever really put it into words.

I realized that for me, reading is pure escapism. No crying, no serious “real world” troubles, no cancer, no abuse. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading the evening news while reading a book. I don’t want to be forced to think about difficult topics. There is only a certain amount of space in my heart, mind and soul to be able to handle the hardships of the world. It’s not like I hide from or ignore those problems, I’m very aware of current events and what is going on in my local community, state, nation etc… it’s just that I feel my emotions very deeply and sometimes you just need to switch the junk off, to be able to survive. This is probably one of the main reasons why I adore Young Adult and Middle Grades fiction as much as I do. There are just so many options within these sectors of the book world that are nice and cry free.

With all this said I also believe in being a well-rounded reader so sometimes I do force myself to read some books that are out of my emotional comfort zone. In recent months I read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (work camps and genocide), If I Stay by Gayle Forman (death of family members), A Long Walk to Water  by Linda Sue Park (Lost Boys of Sudan), and One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt. See?! I sometimes venture into the scary world of crying books!

StitchCrying

OMG Someone give poor Stitch a tissue!

So, what about you? Do you like a good tear-jerker that makes you reach for the tissue while reading? If so, more power to ya! You go get all comfy and cozy with the emotions! :)

PuppyGif

Puppies. The perfect escapism.

Or do you like to keep your emotions at bay while reading and  prefer to enjoy books that provide an escape from all the hardships of the world?

Go ahead talk to BookTasty a little!

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Top Ten Tuesday: I Do Not Want

Hello friends!

As you may know, last week our internet chose to not work, so I wasn’t able to participate in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. But never fear for I am back!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is focused on the top qualities that will most likely make me NOT pick up a book. Now, I have to say that I could only think of eight characteristics that make me put a book back on the shelf and say “do not want”.

DoNotWantSometimes I think that Grumpy Cat and I have a lot in common…

Anyways…here is my list of Book Qualities I Do Not Want:

  • crying: someone’s parents die or their boyfriend, or wait…their dog. I don’t like books that want to make me cry.
  • suffering: holocaust books, books about slavery.  I can’t handle lots of these.
  • military: Partly because of the suffering, but also because the military just doesn’t interest me.
  • erotica/sex: I’m not a prude I just prefer to not read about people doing it…call me crazy! :p I’m not opposed to a scene or two, but every other page is not my thing.
  • too silly: If it’s too juvenile it’s not my thing.
  • too “edgy”: I’m not into reading about physical abuse or drug abuse…as a middle school teacher lots of these “edgier” topics hit too close to home.
  • male main characters: I do not hate male main characters, but I do prefer female main characters.
  • issue books: I’m not opposed to learning more about heavy issues like the rape, or cancer, or the modern-day slave trade, but I don’t typically want to read about it. I like my reading to be pure escapism…somewhere I don’t have to think about the bad stuff in the world.

So I couldn’t think of ten and I didn’t want to force it, but as you can see the eight book characteristics I’ve listed are mostly all focused on one basic idea: Reading to me is an escape. I do not want to cry or be forced to think about difficult things. The world is hard enough, and I’d like to have my happy place where I won’t end up like Dawson here.

Poor Dawson

But I do believe that once in a while it is good to take an excursion out of my reading comfort zone, so I do try to make myself read books with the above qualities once in a while.

What characteristics or qualities of books make you not want to read them? Do you agree or disagree with my belief that reading is an escape, or do you prefer reading to help you get in tough with your emotions? Maybe this will be a discussion post soon….