This week a bunch of fun YA’s are coming out, so I’ve asked authors Sarah Ahiers (Assassin’s Heart), Kate Karyus Quinn (Down With the Shine)3.5 stars
This week a bunch of fun YA’s are coming out, so I’ve asked authors Sarah Ahiers (Assassin’s Heart), Kate Karyus Quinn (Down With the Shine) and Michelle Modesto (Revenge and the Wild) to share a little about their books, favorite YA heroes and what they’re working on next for you.
Jessie: Please tell readers a little about your book.
Michelle Modesto: After losing her family and arm to cannibals while traveling the wagon trail, Westie is adopted by Nigel, a brilliant inventor. They live in Rogue City, the only town in America where the dangerous creatures and humans are able to co-habitate due to magic protective wards that surround the city. As those wards begin to fade, Nigel builds a machine able to amplify magic using gold, but he needs investors to finish it. When a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in the machine, Westie immediately recognizes them as the same cannibals from her past. She must decide if seeking revenge is worth losing everything.
Head over to the HEA blog to read what Kate is working on next, and an adorable pictures of her pet!
This week a bunch of fun YA’s are coming out, so I’ve asked authors Sarah Ahiers (Assassin’s Heart), Kate Karyus Quinn (Down With the Shine) and MicheThis week a bunch of fun YA’s are coming out, so I’ve asked authors Sarah Ahiers (Assassin’s Heart), Kate Karyus Quinn (Down With the Shine) and Michelle Modesto (Revenge and the Wild) to share a little about their books, favorite YA heroes and what they’re working on next for you.
Jessie: Please tell readers a little about your book.
Sarah Ahiers: Assassin’s Heart is about a teen assassin who sets out on a path of vengeance for her murdered family. The main character, Lea, is an assassin in a world where assassination is legal and there are assassins for hire. There are feuds, however, between the assassin families, and Lea has to keep her boyfriend a secret because he’s a member of a rival family. But when his family destroys hers, she decides the only thing left to do is to make them pay.
Head over to the HEA blog to see what Sarah is currently working on and a picture of her adorable dogs!
I went in to this wondering what would happen in Fit to be Tied since Miro and Ian were already together. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to see more of tI went in to this wondering what would happen in Fit to be Tied since Miro and Ian were already together. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to see more of the Marshalls (please tell me there will be many, many more stories involving Miro/Ian and the others and of course Sam) but what would be the big plot? The mystery? The twist? Then I remembered the crazy serial killer who had a hard on for Miro and I eagerly rubbed my hands… there might have been crazed laughter but I’m not telling.
I love that the point of view is from Miro, though I would have liked to see a scene or two from Ian’s POV, especially when he’s out on a mission and missing Miro. I would love to read his headspace, and what he thinks about. I also love that we get to see more of the Marshalls, that is one thing that Mary Calmes excels at. Her characters live in a real world that has other things going on in it besides the romance. It keeps her stories, interesting and adds spice to the characters’ lives.
What I loved about this book was the romance, the mystery and the crazy serial killing doctor (give him back his rib!). It was eerie and dark at times and my god she puts Miro through the wringer physically and mentally. There are excellent twists, turns and a lot of action and violence. It’s exactly what I would want/expect when thinking about a Marshall/cop/etc book.
There was a lot of clothing detailing though one could argue that it is in Miro’s personality to notice and talk about it. I can see why some would get annoyed, but for me it just added to the people wearing the clothes/shoes/coats as well as gave a bit of description as to what the person looked like. I was really really sad at the fall out between Ian and his father, I did not expect it, but really it was probably in the cards for Ian since his dad left.
I won’t go into details about the plot, I really don’t want to ruin it, but the villain is mega creepy and again I would have loved to see what Ian was doing while Miro was being strung up like a piece of meat. Mary’s books are evolving, I like it when she gets darker (Mine is still my all time favorite) and I hope there are many more Marshall books in the future, or at least in that world. ...more
3.5 stars Why you should read it: This was a strange and enjoyable read. I say strange because the narrative and style of writing are very unique. I en3.5 stars Why you should read it: This was a strange and enjoyable read. I say strange because the narrative and style of writing are very unique. I enjoyed the anonymous characters as well as the brilliant setting. I know there are a few retellings out there, but I don’t think you can really compare. If you have time for a slow build, if you’re a fan of detail and prose, this is absolutely the story for you. I think this would be really interesting as an audiobook! Can I recommend Emma Galvin and her smoky voice?
INTERVIEW WITH E.K. JOHNSTON
I loved the anonymity with everyone. How/why did you choose to do that?
E.K.: I never really think of them as anonymous! Each character has a name from every person who loves them (which is why the king only has “the king,” for example). In my head, the narrator calls her sister “my SISTER,” and her sister says “MY sister,” and the difference in their inflection gives a completely distinguishable word. I suppose from a practical standpoint I went with honorifics because Middle Bronze Age names are difficult to extrapolate, but I loved getting to “translate” most of the names into English. It’s the opposite of how we usually name characters (my name, for example, is Greek for “pure,” and no one’s ever called me that).
What are you currently working on?
E.K.: I’m just about to dive into revisions for the Nights companion novel, actually. So I can’t tell you too much about it.
I couldn't decide it was a great read for a rainy English day yet certain things bothered me. The mystery was very easy to figure out (the3.5-4 stars.
I couldn't decide it was a great read for a rainy English day yet certain things bothered me. The mystery was very easy to figure out (the title and picture duh!) I also didn't like that Evie had a boyfriend (ahem ex-boyfriend) in Seattle where they were just waiting to see 'if it worked out' since Evie didn't do long distance relationships. I wish that could have been tied up a bit nicer. I also didn't like how stubborn Evie was at times. I mean she was super relatable but did she really need to go out with that guy who EVERYONE said had 'boundary' issues?? I also didn't like that she fell in love way to fast but then was also dabbling with Preston. I feel like she went to England to discover her mother's quest and experience England, not just to fall in love and like with the nearest guys.
Having said all that I enjoyed reading this book! I know it seems like a contradiction but it was amusing and the pacing flowed really well. I felt like I was there in England and Paris with Evie and the setting definitely added to the book. I also read it in a couple hours because it kept me interested. All in all a great light read with only a few unanswered questions.
Why you should read it: I used to live in Hawaii and really enjoyed the setting and backdrop of the story. There’s a lot of teenage angst, and this isWhy you should read it: I used to live in Hawaii and really enjoyed the setting and backdrop of the story. There’s a lot of teenage angst, and this is a perfect YA for either a warm summer day or while curled up in the rain wanting to travel to the beach (in your head!). I love the relationship between Whitney and Lea. The romance between Will and Lea was … interesting, but overall, it’s a very cute light contemporary, and I will be telling some of my younger friends about Juniors!
INTERVIEW WITH KAUI HART HEMMINGS
Tell us about Lea. It must be hard to be stuck between two worlds.
Kaui: Yes, she is in between in so many ways. She’s a newcomer and yet has roots in Hawaii. She is hapa — mixed race. She is financially comfortable, privileged in many ways, and yet not nearly as wealthy as those who surround her. She is also at the age where you’re in between child and adulthood.
This didn’t read like a “perfect YA with a perfect heroine.” Lea was very awkward, and there were some painful moments. How was writing them?
Kaui: I don’t necessarily need to think back to my own youth to rouse those feelings of awkwardness. These feelings persist into adulthood, so it felt pretty natural to capture those feelings of social uncertainties.
Ha ha, we all have our awkward moments! :D Have you listened to the audio version? You have a great narrator in Jorjeana Marie. Kaui: Yes, I loved her voice, and it’s always such a cool experience to have the words you’ve written spoken aloud. I remember being on set of the Descendants and watching Shailene (Woodley) and George (Clooney) speaking the words I wrote on my little desk in my little room back in 2006, and was absolutely floored.
That has to be a powerful moment! What are you currently working on?
Kaui: An adult novel set in San Francisco called How to Party with an Infant.
Wow, I love that title! Favorite line from Juniors?
3.5 Stars Why you should read it: I feel like I’ve almost grown up on the Dark Saga. Some of my first secretive romance buys (because I was young!) we3.5 Stars Why you should read it: I feel like I’ve almost grown up on the Dark Saga. Some of my first secretive romance buys (because I was young!) were Dark Prince and Dark Desire. I remember thinking, “Wow, these guys are hot and have superpowers and love only one mate!” It was the best thing a young me could have had in my burgeoning romance-genre obsession. We’re 28 books later now, and there’s still that same tingly feeling of secrets, seduction and happiness I get when I pick up a Dark Saga book.
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE FEEHAN
What’s it feel like to have the Dark Saga on it’s 28th novel?
Christine: It’s very gratifying and humbling at the same time to have readers continue to enjoy the world that I have created and that I love spending time in myself.
Tell us about the dark monk, Andre.
Christine: He’s definitely an ancient on the edge, right at the end of his control. He’s surprisingly sweet. He doesn’t argue. He is very sexy and very good at what he does.
Head over to the HEA Blog to read more of Christine's questions look below for the first couple questions with the narrators!
How does it feel to narrate with each other on the last few books of the Dark Saga Series
Phil: Ha! Thanks.
Natalie: You’re welcome. I’m kidding, of course; it has been wonderful. Phil and I have worked together so closely and so often, that we know each other’s thought process, work process …
Phil: And our strengths and weaknesses … We are comfortable enough to be honest about critiques and direction as we narrate. We have a pretty good understanding of the huge and complex world that Ms. Feehan has created for her Carpathian series. We have the technical side down, and can concentrate on making the character interplay fun and natural. That was a huge help with Teagan and Andre’s, ahem, more intimate scenes to have a simpatico bond in the studio.
Natalie: Oh yes! I still blush a little … we both do … but it is wonderful to trust your partner and really take Ms. Feehan’s love scenes to the heights the author wants them to go.
3.5 I enjoyed this, I was so worried at first that the bones she was reverently handling was Tarzans's until we met the missing link people.
I did knoc3.5 I enjoyed this, I was so worried at first that the bones she was reverently handling was Tarzans's until we met the missing link people.
I did knock off a half star because the ending rushed up too fast, all of a sudden we don't know why Tarzan left Jane, we're told all the missing links were killed off probably by disease and then bam a knock on the door. It was too soon and I found myself wanting to see more of Jane and Tarzan's life, what was it like meeting her parents (view spoiler)[ oh yea the dad somehow survived?? we don't even get to see what that reunion was like (hide spoiler)] so yea, it was a good book but the last chapter left much to be desired to me. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more