Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Book in Quotes - Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Page #s based off of US paperback

'My eyes are filling fast with tears and I blink and blink but the world is a mess and I want to laugh because all I can think is how horrible and beautiful it is, that our eyes blur the truth when we can't bear to see it.' (pg. 5)

'There's a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets.' (pg. 50)

'No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence' (pg. 121)

'Sometimes I wonder if the planets are still up there, still aligned, still managing to get along after all this time.' (pg. 154)

'Words are like seeds, I think, planted into our hearts at a tender age.' (pg. 358)

'We are hours and minutes reaching for the same second, holding hands as we spin forward into new days and the promise of something better.' (pg. 365)


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine - Spotlight

Image result for goodreads abducted lifeTitle: Abducted Life
Author: Patricia Josephine

Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.
Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.
But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.
Something––or someone--closer to home is watching.

Where to buy/more information?

GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes and Noble

Get to know Patricia Josephine:

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes New Adult under the name Patricia Josephine.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.









Friday, July 28, 2017

Author Interview - Lisa Maxwell + Giveaway

Lisa Maxwell, author of the New York Times best selling book THE LAST MAGICIAN, took enough time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions I had about writing and her new book! Plus, there will be a giveaway for a swag pack on this blog AND a giveaway for a signed copy of the book that will be posted on all participating blogs! 

1. What character do you feel a close personal connection to? 

Probably Viola. She has my temper, I think. And I drew a lot on my own upbringing and Italian-American identity to create her.

2. What is your ideal setting for writing? 

On my couch with my laptop and a cup (or 6) of coffee. This book, though, didn’t like that setting. I wrote a lot of it in my bed, in the dark. There was something about being cocooned in the dark that helped me focus.

3. Did your original idea for The Last Magician change by the final draft? 

Oh…yeah. Considering that at first I thought the thief would live in DC and drive motorcycles? It took me a really long time to figure out where Esta’s story was set—and even then, I hadn’t been planning on writing a time travel book. That all came later.

4. What was your inspiration? 

I had a few things. I loved the show Leverage and wanted to write something as fun and smart as that show was—bad guys trying to be the good guys. I also loved Newsies and the whole world of life in the streets…though, THE LAST MAGICIAN has no signing or dancing. Maybe in the sequel? ;)

5. Any plans for the future? 

I’m working on the sequel right now. 

6. Any advice for aspiring writers? 

Read everything. Finish something.
You have to read widely—even things that you don’t think you like or things that are hard, because they all help teach something about how writing, stories, or language works. And if you can finish something, then you always know you’re capable of finishing. That’s an amazing source of confidence in future projects, because you know you’ve done it before.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!



I know I usually never cross post between my blog and my bookstagram, but I figured I should post something patriotic since it's the 4th of July! So, here's what I posted on my bookstagram @acrossthebookiverse! If you like it, maybe give me a follow or a like! I love meeting new people, so don't be afraid to comment or send me recommendations or thoughts on titles I review!



Happy #4thofjuly #Bookstagram! Here's some #redwhiteandblue for y'all! #books

Monday, July 3, 2017

Must Have Monday #2 - Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

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Series: The Xenith Trilogy #1
Author: Chani Lynn Feener
Release Date: 7/18/2017

Besides the fact that this comes out on my birthday, I read it a looong time ago back before Swoon Reads picked it for publishing, so I'm super excited to see how the final copy is! P.S, I've already preordered it!

My original review is posted here --->

http://acrossthebookiverse.blogspot.com/2016/01/prisoner-of-glass-review.html

As you can see, A LOT has changed!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Must Have Monday #1 - Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

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Title: Pitch Dark
Author: Courtney Alameda
Release Date: 2/20/2018

This book sounds so amazing! The perfect combination of horror and sci-fi. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Goodreads synopsis:

Tuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents' ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAM John Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream...but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.

Also by Courtney Alameda: Shutter 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Mini Reviews

I try to avoid spoilers, but in the off chance that I say something spoilery in the following mini reviews, consider this your warning!

1. The Summoner Series (#1-3) by Taran Matharu
This series was just...magical! Main character Fletcher and his little demon buddy, Ignatius, were actually friend goals. They were so adorable together I could just not get enough. Fletcher's family was...heartbreaking. In more ways than one. I found myself feeling so terrible for him on more than one occasion, especially in the beginning of book 2! I feel like there was so much more that could have been in the story. Not even necessarily the main plot, but sub plots and little adventures. Also, Sylva and Fletcher had so many possibilities that were unexplored! But other than some of those little missed opportunities, I love this series!

2. Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I would be lying if I said this book didn't confuse the hell out of me in the beginning. Some pages read more like a book, others were seemingly random, some seemed like web pages with stuff I didn't know, and it just took me way too many pages to figure out what the heck I was actually supposed to be reading and what I could skip over. By the end, though I finally got the hang of it and I truly enjoyed the book! I would absolutely love to see more interaction between Kady and Ezra, because couple goals.

3. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson 
There really isn't much to say about this. I could throw it into a 'dark comedy' category, because it gets super real at times. This book really makes you think, which is something I didn't expect from Shane, since he likes to gloss over everything with comedy and jokes, but there was such a blanket of truth, that it really hit me. Watching his videos, it's really easy to forget what a hard life he had and, yes, he obviously has a really low self-esteem, but he really is working on it and I am so proud of him for how far he has come.

4. Outsiders 2: Unfinished Business (Outsiders #2) by Tammy Ferebee 
I absolutely loved the first book, so when I got the opportunity to read book 2, I jumped at the chance. Jaylen and Michael are literally so adorable, but Michael pissed me off in the beginning of the book sooo much! This book was packed so full of intense moments and action that I am surprised it fit in 285 pages. I had so many questions at the end though, so maybe a book 3? I sure hope so, but won't hold my breath, it seemed pretty final. Awesome indie read, though, that I love spreading the word about! Tell your friends!