Thursday, September 29, 2016

Addiction Fiction Friday: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis @PenguinTeen ~ Q&A

Welcome to Addiction Fiction Friday where we feature a book of fiction that will become your new addiction. Today I am excited to bring you Given to the Sea!

The synopsis can not even describe in that many words the awesomeness that is this book. Dara is by far my favorite character and I embraced her strength. Given to the Sea is a fantasy book with so many layers and the multiple POVs will have you wanting more at the end of each chapter. This should be on the top of everyones TBR and is a must pre-order. 

I will be posting a full review closer to release!

Given to the Sea by 
Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 
by Putnam's Childrens
Source: ARC provided by Author
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Q&A with Author

1) did you have to do any research for Given to the Sea? 

A little. Khosa's "blessing" of being the Given is very much like chorea, or the dancing sickness of the 14th and 17th centuries. I also drew upon the symptoms of Hutchison's Disease when working with her character and ailment. But in the end it is a fantasy, and her issues are not strictly of a scientific nature.

2) What is your favorite read so far in 2016?

I just finished IRON CAST by Destiny Soria and loved it!

3) What was your favorite scene to write in Given to the Sea and why?

It's a multiple POV book with four different characters. At the end there's a nexus of all four being in the same place, at the same time, with something extraordinary occurring. It's the first time they are all together, and it's a culmination of many things, plot, character, story arc. So that was fun to execute.

4) What is your next project going to be? 

I have a contemporary coming from Harper in Fall 2017, THIS DARKNESS MINE, and the sequel to GIVEN TO THE SEA will be out from Putnam in Spring of 2018.

5) In Given to the Sea who was your favorite character to write?

Dara! The Indiri is so sure of herself, at all times. She always knew what she had to say, and she said it.

6) What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

That there are no "good' and "bad" characters. Everyone in this book just has a different goal.

7) Who's writing most inspires you?

Unsure. I can't really pick out a specific author but I know I'm reading something amazing when I'm uplifted as a reader and despairing as an author because I know I'll never be that good.

8) What inspired you to write Given to the Sea?

A kernel for the idea of GIVEN TO THE SEA was planted a very long time ago when I was a child. I loved the TV movie of IVANHOE with Anthony Andrews. There's an amazing scene with Sam Neill and Olivia Hussey where she's locked in a tower and he comes to see her. She thinks he's there to force himself upon her and she gets up in the window and says she'll jump if he comes a step closer. He's a decent guy who means her no harm, so he manages to talk her down but it's a very powerful scene. It stuck with me (even though I didn't understand all the implications until I was older). Elements from that scene have found their way into SEA at various levels - the girl who doesn't want to be touched, a boy in a power position who *could* take advantage if he wanted, a girl who's pride is so strong she'll die before she submits.

9) What TV show is a must for you to watch? 

Right now it's VICE PRINCIPALS on HBO. Obviously anyone who actually talked to the students the way the characters do would immediately be fired, but it's fun to watch because sometimes that's *exactly* what we're thinking in our heads, even if we can't say it.

10) What was the hardest character to write in Given to the Sea?

Witt. He's a closed off person, naturally, so writing him was difficult because he won't even admit his feelings to himself. Getting him to be okay with me writing them out was a struggle.

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About the Author:


Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of the Storm (Undertow #3) by Michael Buckley

Heart of the Storm (Undertow #3) by 
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 
by HMH Books for Young Readers


After seven months as a captive of Minerva, the insane Alpha queen, Lyric Walker has escaped to the surface. Her only goal is to warn the world about the Great Abyss. When she finally arrives back in Coney Island, she discovers a world she never expected, one where humans and Alpha are finally working hand in hand to rebuild the country. But she soon discovers that an old enemy allied with an old friend may kill them all before the monsters get their turn.

Where will Lyric’s loyalties, and her heart, lead her? With nail-biting action and romance, Michael Buckley’s epic trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia ~ Review

The Lovely Reckless by 
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 
by Imprint
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


Thank you Fierce Reads for providing me with a copy of The Lovely Reckless for reaview. This in no way affected my opinion.

I heard all my friends buzzing about The Lovely Reckless so I was excited when I came to it on my TBR. I was also a little nervous cause sometimes when you hear so much hype it does not live up to the hype. Well Kami shattered all expectations I mean she destroyed them. This book was so addicting in all the right ways. The dialog was on point. The swoon was so hot it would make you blush without having to be too sexual and that kept it age appropriate to where I would recommend it for any teen.

Frankie is broken and suffers from PTSD after witnessing her rich boyfriend being murdered in front of her. She has not been coping well and finds herseelf in trouble and having to leave her former life behind. Frankie even though broken was the kind of character you route for and want to see things turn out right. I like the fact she starts to stand up for herself instead of letting people pull her strings.

Bad boy Marco has lived on the wrong side of the tracks all his life. Sometimes a bad reputation can keep you alive. This bad boy has a soft spot for the new girl Frankie. She soon starts to see that the tough guy routine might be a facade.

This book has it all. Fast cars and hot guys had me staying up till 4:00 am to finish the last page. I could not put it down. The Lovely Reckless is a must read!

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About the Author:

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn't writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the meme!


September 27th: Fall TBR

In no particular order this is my list I am trying to tackle on my fall TBR this month

1Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by 

2. Unblemished by 

3. The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by 

4. Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by 

5. Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1) by 

6. Boy Robot (Untitled Trilogy #1) by 

7. Glitter by 

8. Iron Cast by 

10. A Darkly Beating Heart by 

Come back next week October 4th: Top ten villians I love 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess ~ Review

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/12/2016- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
9/13/2016- Emily Reads EverythingReview
9/14/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
9/15/2016- Ohana ReadsReview
9/16/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview

Week Two:
9/19/2016- Princessica of BooksReview
9/20/2016- Brittany's Book RamblesGuest Post
9/21/2016- All Things Urban FantasyReview
9/22/2016- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
9/23/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview

Author: Jessica Cluess
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416

Source: ARC provided at BEA
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook