Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cover Reveal + Contest: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Today I am beyond excited to share with you the cover of Bethany Griffin's latest young adult novel, The Fall!  Bethany was generous enough to allow me to participate in the cover reveal for The Fall, and I am so happy to be able to share it with you. The Fall is a retelling of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, from Madeline Usher's point of view. Look for The Fall when it releases October 7th, 2014 from Greenwillow!

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Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, re-imagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.


Here is how the contest works:  I am going to give you a trivia question based on Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, and when you have the answer email it to Bethany Griffin at Bethany will draw a winner from the pool of correct answers and reward the winner with an awesome prize.  What is the prize?  A beautiful leather-bound Poe anthology and an Edgar Allan Poe travel candle from the Paddywick Library collection.  

You have until February 20th, 2014 to answer the trivia question; the winner will be chosen by Bethany on February 21st. This contest is US and Canada only.

Trivia Question

What season of year did Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher take place?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Welcome to the the Official Cover Reveal for Gretchen McNeil's GET EVEN (Get Even #1)!

I am thrilled to be participating in the cover reveal for Get Even by Gretchen McNeil!  Get Even releases September 16th, 2014 from Balzer+Bray.  Make sure to add Get Even to your Goodreads TBR, and to enter the awesome giveaway at the end of this post, too!

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Pre-Order links will be available in the coming months, keep an eye on your favorite retailer for more information!

Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Li – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Novella Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Pages: 105
Format: Finished Copy (ebook)
Source: Bought
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Goodreads

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...

It has been a while since I read a book in two sittings or less. Bitter Sweet Love changed that statistic for me, and the statistic didn’t change because of the length of Bitter Sweet Love, though it is only a novella. No, Bitter Sweet Love changed the statistic because it captured my attention so unbelievably well.

Bitter Sweet Love is my first read by Jennifer Armentrout. I have read so many wonderful reviews on her works, and so with that I am glad that I finally picked up one of her books. Bitter Sweet Love may only be a novella but it holds the promise and intrigue of a full-fledged novel. Ms. Armentrout could have continued writing the story and I would have eagerly continued reading it. That so, I am very glad that a full novel, related story line at that, is being released in February. Cue Hot White Kiss.

The two main characters in Bitter Sweet Love, Wardens, Dez and Jasmine, begin the story with a history already between the two of them. I happen to really enjoy it when there is already a storyline built between two characters, because I don’t necessarily always feel like witnessing a relationship form. I like watching a relationship grow, too, perhaps even more so than the former at times.

Dez and Jasmine have a relationship that sparks. Dez is just returning to Jasmine’s clan after being gone for three years without an explanation—at least an explanation for Jasmine that is. They have a history as childhood friends and then they have a history as teenagers experiencing budding romantic interest with one-another.

Dez is a lively character full of charisma and vigor, a charming twenty-one-year-old that I half expected to have a British accent in my mind’s eye, because he just left me that smitten (apparently this is what I associate with British men). Jasmine is, in many ways, a typical nineteen-year-old girl, wanting to explore life and the world around her, and, since Dez’s return, wanting to find the answer to why he left those three years ago, when he broke her heart and left her hurt and bereft.

Dez and Jasmine had such promise as characters that I hated seeing the story end a couple hundred pages short of a fleshed-out novel. I want to know what happens far past the end of their seven days that is the novella!

I am very much looking forward to continuing on with this world of Wardens (gargoyles) and demons. I have seen the demon idea done before (and loved it!) but gargoyles? Now that is totally new and different! Also, I wouldn’t be completely against more Dez and Jasmine. *wink*

"And I'm just saying that by the end of these seven days or maybe a week from then, or a month, you'll say yes....
And I'll be waiting. No matter how long it takes."
-Bitter Sweet Love