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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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Waiting on Wednesday: Not a Drop to Drink

Hi there!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I am really excited about a book that sounds like Little House on the Prairie meets The Maze Runner- Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisRegret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

So?! I’m totally right aren’t I?  Not a Drop to Drink sounds like a Maze Runner/Little House mash-up! This sound like it could be a super post apocalyptic creepy read but the story itself sounds so strange and interesting I think I could deal with the potential creep factor. This one won’t be released until September 10, so I still have a few more months to wait. I must be patient!

So, what do you think? What are you waiting for this week?

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Who Can You Trust? The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Hola and welcome back!

Today’s review is for The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. This is the second book in the series and I think I may have liked it better than the first. You can read my review of the The Maze Runner here.

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerBurned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal. The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

James Dashner is amazing at giving his readers just enough detail to get you on the edge of your seat, but knows when too much would be too much. This book is so much creepier than the first. The danger is palpable and the action is constant.

The Scorch Trials picked up right where The Maze Runner left off with Thomas and the others learning that WICKED has more in store for them than originally thought. This is what is so creepy to me about this book is that there is so many mind tricks going on, that you are left without any sense of trust. Dashner had me going back and forth thinking I knew what was going on so many times, but in an exciting, not annoying way! Seriously though, there were so many twists and turns you have no idea who to trust.

My husband and I listened to the audiobook of The Scorch Trials together. We both love the story and characters so much and we’re so glad the narration, done by Mark Deakins is really good too. His voices and accents for all the characters, and there are many, are consistent throughout the whole book. That’s super important for me, for the accents to be consistent.

If you’re into post-apocalyptic thrillers, or you’ve already read and enjoyed The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials comes highly recommended by me!

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Listening Library, (October 26, 2010)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins

Narrator(s): Mark Deakins

Series: Second in The Maze Runner Trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy)