Book Recommendation: Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

My Thoughts…
Now this is a YA fantasy! Fantastic world building, ancient blood feuds, romance, humor, nail-biting battles… yes please! I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes. The book comes out January 17th, so make sure it’s on your TBR pile!

I <3 My #PitchWars Ladies

I can hardly believe how fast the last two months have gone by. We are one week away from the #PitchWars agent showcase and I could not be more proud of our mentees!

As they say in Texas, my buttons are poppin’! 

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They have both done some MAJOR re-writing of their manuscripts. They’ve gone through several rounds of revisions, cutting/combining characters, setting changes, deepening their characters, clarifying motivations,  plot changes—SO many plot changes—Meghan even implemented an entirely new magical system. These ladies have worked their butts off in such a short amount of time, and I know it’s going to be worth it in the end.

We participated in some fun mini-interviews on Brenda’s blog:

COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON is Meghan Jashinsky’s YA Fantasy and is a dark twist on the PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER tale meets THE YOUNG ELITES that I’m co-mentoring with Lynnette Labelle. You can read our interview HERE.

THEN BEGGARS WOULD RIDE is Tracie Martin’s YA Literary Thriller and is reminiscent of THE WALLS AROUND US and THE DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD told as a prison confessional. You can read our interview HERE.

I know, right? Those sound amazing and they ARE!

 

The YA part of the showcase is on November 5th where these ladies get to present their manuscripts to literary agents and hopefully get a leg up on gaining representation for their work!

I’m so psyched for them and privileged I got to play a part in their writing journeys.

Book Recommendation TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim

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Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Summary:

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

My Thoughts:
You’ve probably been hearing rumblings about this book for the last year… Just in case you were wondering if it lives up to the hype? It SO does! Fast paced, beautifully written, perfectly plotted! I loved this book! It comes out on election day, so make sure to grab a copy!!

July TBR!

I’ve been drafting my new book and so I haven’t been reading as quickly as I normally do, but I still have some books in my July TBR that need to be tackled!

  1. The Raven Boys (book one) by Maggie Stiefvater17675462
  2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi991197
  3. Truthwitch (audio book) by Susan Dennard21414439
  4. The Manhattan Project (research book for another WIP)1263236
  5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro23272028

Recommended Book: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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Hardcover, 288 pages Published March 9th 2010 by Dial Books

 

My Thoughts…
This book has been highly recommended to me over and over again because… well, Jandy Nelson.

If you’ve never read a Jandy Nelson book, you’re missing out on some of the most heartbreaking prose you’ll ever come in contact with. She has a way of making her characters breathe on the page in a way that will make you laugh and weep and then laugh again.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have never lost someone I’ve been very close to, but the raw vulnerability in Lenny’s grief will touch your heart. I also really believe it will help put words to your grief if you have lost someone close to you.

I 100% recommend this book!

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.