Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Paladin Prophecy Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Grab your current read.
*Let the book fall open to a random page.
*Share with us “teaser” sentences from that page.
*You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
September 25th 2012 by Random House Children's Books
"Will had long ago learned how to cork his emotions deep inside, showing nothing but a bland mask to his peers.


Will was the tall rangy kid who always sat near the back, slumping to minimize his height, never making waves. The way he dressed, the way he spoke, the way he moved through life: quiet, contained, invisible. Exactly the way his parents had taught him.


But a pounding bass line of worry still pulsed in his chest: RUN, WILL. DON'T STOP. Could the timing of Dad's text--at the moment the black car spotted him--be a coincidence?

(pg. 16-17 ARC)
So far, this is one great book. I can't wait until September, so I can start handing this one out to all the teens at the library where I work!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Archived

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
I loved Near Witch, and I can't wait to read The Archived! January needs to hurry up and get here!

What are you wait for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Grab your current read.
*Let the book fall open to a random page.
*Share with us “teaser” sentences from that page.
*You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
July 3rd 2012 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

  Actually, on second thought, he probably doesn't have time to kill me. But he is going to send someone to do it for him. He's really good at that. Sending people. He's done it for every major event in my life. First day of school, first date, sweet sixteen party, birthdays, dance recitals, even my high school graduation last week. All of them faithfully attended and video documented by one of my father's minions. He's got loads of them. So many I can hardly remember any of their names anymore. But without fail, anytime something significant happens, one of them always manages to show up in my father's place to perform the requisite parental duty." (p. 3)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Where Thing Come Back: Blog Tour Stop 5!

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
HB: May 3rd 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
PB: July 24th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Thanks for stopping by the fifth stop on our blog tour talking about the awesomeness of Where Things Come Back by Corey Whaley. Have you read it yet? Because if not, you are missing out. I have some serious love for this book. I think it's one of the best YA books I've read this year. 

3 Things I Love about WTCB

The Relationship between Cullen & Gabriel
I don't know if you have brothers or not, but I have two myself. As I was reading WTCB, I would find myself just smiling at certain scenes or snippets of conversations between Cullen and Gabriel. It was as if I could see my brothers (and me) in these two characters. I don't know if it is the same betweens two sisters or a family of girls, but Cullen and Gabriel are great brothers. Check out just a couple of my favorite scenes:
"Gabriel and I used to play this game we liked to call What If? where the object was to take turns creating the most absurd 'what if?' scenarios. [...]
'What if humans began to evolve and sprout wings?' he said,[...]
'What if I already have them and have been hiding them all these years?' I said back.
'What if I throw you off this Iroof for being a liar?' he said with a laugh.
'What if i used my secret wings to fly away?' I laughed back.
'What if nonwinged humans started hunting winged humans for sport?' Gabriel asked.
'That would definitely happen in Lily,' I added.
'What if we drafted up some laws in anticipation of this evolutionary event?' Gabriel suggested.
'What if we called them 'It's Not Easy Being Winged: Rules and Guidelines for the Recently Able to Fly'?'
'Perfect.' Gabriel sighed." (p.181, hardback)
Seriously, this could have been my brothers and me on multiple occasions just laying around killing time making up stuff. What about you? Remind you of your childhood with your siblings?

This next scene has to be my favorite one between the two brothers. In WTCB, the town of Lily, Arkansas is so enamored with the possible sighting of an extinct woodpecker they name a hamburger the Lazarus Burger. Trust me, this could happen in a small town in the South.
"'Gabriel,' I began as I walked into my brother's room when I got home, 'what do you think about the Lazarus Burger?'
'It's just a Number Three without cheese?'
'Right. But what about the fact that they are selling a burger that has nothing to do with a bird that probably has nothing to do with this town and isn't even alive anymore?'
'I think you're thinking about a burger too much instead of just eating it.' Gabriel turned a page of the book he was reading.
'Think about this.' I sat on the edge of his bed. 'What if I threw a burger into the woods and the Lazarus, if it existed, flew down and took a bite out of it?'
'Ha! Cannibalism!' Gabriel shouted.
'Ornithological cannibalism! That's even worse!' I shouted back, before jumping into the air and running down the hallway into my room in a childish manner that only brothers exhibit around each other." (pgs. 50-51 hardback)
Names of Characters
I'm in north Louisiana and went to the same university as Corey did, Louisiana Tech University.  I happen to have relatives in Arkansas. I have driven in Louisiana and north in Arkansas many times passing exit signs reading the names of these characters.  While I'm reading WTCB, I feel connected to the characters. Ada Taylor, a character in WTCB, is actually two towns in Louisiana I have driven by many, many times. I've seen the exit sign, registered it in my mind, and driven on never giving it or the town names another thought. Until WTCB, where I am introduced to Ada Taylor and then to Cabot Searcy and Cullen Witter, and suddenly with just the names I am "in" the story. I almost feel sorry for those readers who are not from here and can't connect with the names like I can.  I think Whaley has done a tremendous job of helping the reader become immersed in small town Southern life with the every day life, the names of the characters, and the quirkyness of the inhabitants of Lily, Arkansas.  I grew up small town Louisiana, and WTCB character's names add just the extra touch to have me there again! Sometimes, you just have to live it to believe it, and if you haven't then you read WTCB, right?

The Ending
Now, I don't want to give too much away for those of you who haven't read WTCB yet, but I happen to think the ending of this book is genius.  (Not that I don't think the whole book isn't genius, because I do.) After reading the whole book, becoming invested in Lily, Arkansas and its residents, and following the search for Gabriel Witter, Whaley throws readers a curve ball. And, it was a good curve ball.  It wasn't one you could see as you were reading the book.  It was one to make you pause, and maybe reread a paragraph. So, now you've finished, and you are left sitting there with the book in your hands, staring out into space, thinking to yourself, "What just happened?" That is exactly what I said to myself. The ending of WTCB could go two ways. I like how Whaley left it up to the reader to decide, to bring in his or her own experiences, and to decided the fate of the characters. It makes reading WTCB even more personal because you have to make up your mind how you want it to go and if you believe in second chances and hope in Lily, Arkansas.

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Blog Stops!
Monday, July 16: Ginger - Intro post + GIVEAWAY announcement
Tuesday, July 17: Jenn - Hip Mama Jenn
Wednesday, July 18: Sash - Sash & Em
Thursday, July 19: Kate - Ex Libris
Friday, July 20: Joy - Book Lagniappe
Saturday, July 21: Melanie - Reclusive Bibliophile
Sunday, July 22: Asheley - Into the Hall of Books
Monday, July 23: Stephanie - Teen Librarian's Toolbox
Tuesday, July 24: Ginger - GReads!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Kill Order Trailer

The Kill Order by James Dashner
August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Carvival of Souls

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
September 4th 2012 by HarperCollins 

Can't wait to read this one! What about you? What are you waiting on?

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cover Love: Such Wicked Intent

I love the new look of the Kenneth Oppel's The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. Check them out:

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
Bk 2 - The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Check out book one, This Dark Endeavor, and book two next to each other. Love the new covers!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Insignia Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for Insignia by S. J. Kincaid (@sjkincaidbooks).

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
July 10th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.
Have read this one already? I just put myself on hold for one of my library's copy after watching this trailer and reading the synopsis. What about you?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cover Love: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Book #3 - The Infernal Devices
March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?
What a beautiful cover! I'm so excited for this book! Hurry up March 2013, hurry up.

Waiting on Wednesday: Flock

Flock by Wendy Delsol (@wendydelsol)
Bk 3 - Stork Series
September 25th 2012 by Candlewick

I love this series!! Beautiful covers, the mythology, the awesome characters. I'm so glad there's a book three coming out!

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon...

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is going strong...in some places. Last night was a total #fail for me. I gave into parental pressure (yes, I know how old I am, but you're never too old for this, I assure you), and I started the much needed closet cleaning. I know! Closet cleaning instead of a read-a-thon? What was I thinking? You don't know my mother, that's what I'm thinking!  So, last night I did put a mighty dent into the closet, but not into Black Heart. Hopefuly, I will be able to get to it tonight.

Monday I did get to read this awesome book:
Until I Die by Amy Plum
May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
I've started this one, but only go 19, a really good 19, pages in to it:
Black Heart by Holly Black
 April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
Daily Challenges
Most Anticipated Book for 2012
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Continues!

Today continues the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon! I'm at work most of Tuesday and Wednesday, but when I finally do get home I plan on reading!

Yesterday I did get to read this awesome book:
Until I Die by Amy Plum
May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
I've already started this one:
Black Heart by Holly Black
 April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
I'm hoping I get to read some of these great book during next 2 days!

A Midsummer's Nightmare  by Kody Keplinger

June 5th 2012 by Poppy

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Mini Challenges for the day
Stilleto Storytime
I totally picked Jasper Fforde as one of my favorite foreign authors. Have you guys read his Thursday next series?  It's one of my favorite series. She has one of the best jobs - ever - seriously.

Until I Die Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Grab your current read.
*Let the book fall open to a random page.
*Share with us “teaser” sentences from that page.
*You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Until I Die by Amy Plum
May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
"Vincent whispered, 'Kate. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.'
'Well, I'm here because of you, ' I whispered.
He looked at me quizzically.
'You saved me from my darkest place.'
I wondered, not for the first time, what would have happened if I hadn't met Vincent and emerged from the prison of crippling grief that I'd been locked inside after my parents' fatal car crash." (pg. 25

Monday, July 9, 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Begins!

Today starts the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon! I'm at work most of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but when I'm off, I plan on reading!  You can still sign up!

I'm hoping I get to read these four great book during this read-a-thon! :)

Until I Die by Amy Plum
May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers

A Midsummer's Nightmare  by Kody Keplinger
June 5th 2012 by Poppy
Black Heart by Holly Black
 April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Monday's Challenges

Question 1:
What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

I'll give you three!  I absolutely love the covers for Shatter Me, Destroy Me, and Unravel Me!  They are beautiful and attention grabbing!


Question 2:
Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I totally believe book covers help draw readers in, but I don't rely on the cover alone when picking out a book to read. I look at the cover, the title, the author's name, read the flap, and then maybe the first couple of pages.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

I have decided to participate in the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon hosted by Angela at Reading Angel, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and Lori at Pure Imagination.  I have never done one before, but it sounds very interesting. I do have to work all three days, so we'll see how much reading I can get done after I get home from work.  So, are you interested in participating in this read-a-thon? I'm putting down some info I got from Pure Imagination (where you can go to sign up to participate). If it sound like fun, be sure to go sign up!
What is a Readathon?
 A Readathon is where you set a goal for yourself to read more books that is beyond your average number of books you read. There is no minimum, it’s all up to you, and you can read any book that suits your fancy! Push yourself to get some of those books read that have been sitting on your shelves for awhile!

What you do:
To participate in the Once Upon a Readathon enter your name into the linky. Then, from 12:01 am on July 9th to 11:59 pm on July 11th you read, read, and read some more! Make sure you do at least one update post (if you don’t have a blog you may do this on facebook and/or twitter) and participate in at least one challenge. Be sure to grab the button for your sidebar too!
I have a huge TBR stack I need to tackle, but I'm going to be realistic because of work and everything. I put down these four books as possible contenders, but I know three would be pushing it. :)

Until I Die by Amy Plum
May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers

A Midsummer's Nightmare  by Kody Keplinger

June 5th 2012 by Poppy
Black Heart by Holly Black
 April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Thursday, July 5, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Trailer

Seriously one of the best book trailers I have seen. Congrats to @jessicabrody and her team!

July 3rd 2012 by Farrar Straus & Giroux


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Velveteen

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
October 9th 2012 by Random House Children's Books
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mothership Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Grab your current read.
*Let the book fall open to a random page.
*Share with us “teaser” sentences from that page.
*You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

"We've been playing Most Ingenious Ways to Destroy Britta McVicker, the game that Ducky invented this afternoon to cheer me up. I have to say it's working pretty well, although my ideas keep leaning toward physical pain and/or public humiliation, whereas Ducky seems intent on working on strictly a psychological level. Like sneaking into Britta's house every morning to swap out her bra with a series of nearly identical brassieres with infinitesimally larger cup sizes, causing her to believe her boobs are shrinking. I had no idea what an evil mastermind Ducky was until he busted that one out." (pg. 20)

You guys, this book is hilarious! Elvie is so snarky. I absolutely love her!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood Review & Interview

Anna Dressed in Blood
Kendare Blake (@kendareblake)
August 30th 2011 by Tor Teen

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
You guys...I just finished Anna Dressed in Blood Thursday morning. Why did I wait so long to read this book?  I have no idea. I bought a copy months ago because the cover drew me in, and I really liked what the story was about, but then summer vacation was over and the job picks back up. Books sit on my shelf, calling to me. I still have some doing it right now. I promise I'll get to you, Pandemonium! I was finally able to pick Anna up and read it because I have a committee meeting next month, and this is a book in the running for a YA list. It needed to be read, and it was calling my name.

I don't regret one single moment of this book. From the start I was drawn into this world Kendare Blake has written where Cas Lowood, a high school student, travels around, with his mother, and takes care of evil spirits. The opening scene was like something off of Supernatural with Cas picking up a hitchhiker who has nefarious plans for any good Samaritan along a certain stretch of road.  I was sucked in, and I just kept reading and reading. I looked at the clock only to see it 1:30 am. That is an excellent book!

In Anna, Blake gives readers Anna, a young Finnish girl who was murdered young. She haunts a house, killing anyone who enters in horrible ways. She is dressed in the gown she was murdered in, a pretty white gown, dripping with blood. I think she is such an brillant character. When Cas is meets Anna for the first time, I am scared as I read along.  For Cas, Anna is like nothing he has ever faced before, and he is determined to figure out why she haunts this house.

I can't wait to read book two in this series, Girl of Nightmares. It's due to come out August 7th.  If you haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, I recommend you pick it up soon. This is a great paranormal, mystery, ghost story. I would recommend this for the guys and the girls.


5 Questions with Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares, and your upcoming Antigoddess series all seem to be deep into love, darkness, death, blood...do you see a recuring theme in your writing, or is just me, and why do think this is?

You know, I think it's Stephen King who says most writers have central themes that they find themselves coming back to. I tend to think a lot about existence and the human condition, but most of the heavy meditation is in my contemporary non-supernatural stuff. With the dark fantasy and horror, I'm still fascinated by the same ideas. Love, generally the hopeless kind, darkness, the finality or possibility of death, etc. There is a definite recurring theme, but I'm not thinking of that when I write. The similarity I feel between these books is the action. I was just thinking the other day that ANNA was the book of my guts, and ANTIGODDESS is the book of my fist.
    (can't wait to read this Antigoddess series!)

When you write, do you have set goals, say this certain scene/chapter/pages or do you just write until you stop, and how do you deal with writer's block if it should ever strike (music, dancing around the room, or banging your head against the table)?

Sometimes there are goals. Never pages, or word counts, but scenes. I need to get through this scene. I have to take it that far. I can't stop in the middle. Sometimes I start with a particular scene in mind, other times I write until I start to get tired, and just finish up the scene I'm in.

You've got some awesome book covers for Anna and Girl. How involved are you in the development process for your book covers, and how are things looking for Antigoddess?

The ANNA books did get incredible covers, didn't they? Beautiful. So beautiful that all of the international editions I've seen are using variations of the same art, which I don't think happens that often. The artist is from Europe. Nekro. Amazing, and only works in black white and red. I wasn't really involved in the development process. The idea was my editor's, and then they just executed. I asked that we not see Anna's face, because I like to imagine.

As for ANTIGODDESS, we just had the first conversation about the cover, and I'm really excited about how things are shaping up. As long as the sales team thinks it's a good concept, I'm thinking it's going to get a beautiful cover. It was weird, because my editor and I had almost the exact same idea for it.

Any YA books on your bedside table you are either reading, dying to read, or just finished?

 Right now I'm reading BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I just finished THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR by Mindee Arnett which I adored! Love the cover for it too; can't wait to yak about it with other readers. Then I'm on to RENEGADE by J.A. Souders. I'm really looking forward to DUALED, by Elsie Chapman, and loads of others!
    (added them to my TBR pile, thanks!)


What can we look forward to in Girl of Nightmares when it comes out in September?

Well, more of the blood, ghosts and gore. It also features some real haunted places, like the Tower of London, so you know there's travel. It's the end of the series, so expect things to wrap up. If you had questions about the knife, more is explained. If you had questions about Morfran...he still refuses to spill them.

~ Thanks so much!

Thank you for having me by Lagniappe! Very fun interview!
Cheers,  Kendare