Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Interview with Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.

Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, THRONE OF GLASS, will be published by Bloomsbury on August 7th, 2012.


1.      Tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy.
Something juicy? Oh, man. I wish I had something juicy to tell you about myself. In a nutshell, I grew up in NYC, moved to California right after college, and I’ve been living there ever since (with my husband and dog). I’m 26, I drink too much coffee, I love watching TV, and I’m prone to eating nutella right out of the jar. ;)

2.     What do you do when you're not writing or reading?
TV. Oh, I watch so much TV it’s disgusting. I also love traveling, and the ballet, and trying new kinds of food. Honestly, if I have a night off from writing, you can usually find me eating pizza and drinking a beer. I’m pretty laid back.

3.     If you're going to live on a stranded desert island, name 3 books you'll bring with you.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (so beautiful and heartbreaking), the omnibus edition of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy (ha! I’m cheating with that one), and Lloyd Alexander’s Taran Wanderer (since I don’t think there’s an omnibus edition of his Prydain Chronicles out there).

4.     Can you tell me a bit about your process of writing?
Well, it changes with each book. Sometimes, I like to have the whole book planned out in my head before I begin writing it. Other times, I’ll write it by the seat of my pants, making it up as I go. And other times, I’ll have a detailed outline to guide me each step of the way. Usually, though, my process is like this: wake up, drink coffee, catch up on emails, and then write for the rest of the day. Pretty boring, huh? I guess my only bit of craziness is the fact that I like to have a mirror hanging behind my desk, so I can look at myself/my expressions as I act out scenes.

5.     Why do you write and what do you hope to achieve with your writing?
Why do I write? Because I have to. Because I’d go crazy if I didn’t get all the stories out of my head. Because NOT writing has never been an option.
As for what I hope to achieve… I just want to write stories I love with my whole heart and soul—and hope that those stories are ones that other people can love, too.

6.     What are you working on at the moment?
 Book Two of the Throne of Glass series! I’m in the middle of revisions, which means that I’m pretty much living in yoga pants and a sweatshirt, and showers are optional. :P

7.     Of all the characters in the Throne of Glass series, who do you feel you're most alike? Who is your favorite?
Oooh, tough question. I’m going to say that Celaena is my favorite. She’s the reason why I’ve kept with this story for so long. When I was sixteen and began writing this series, I put a lot of myself into her, but over the years, she became very much her own person (to the point where we only have a few things in common now). But I also adore writing Chaol’s character—and, recently, I fell in love with Ansel (a character from the second ToG novella, The Assassin and the Desert). I really hope I get a chance to write more about Ansel in later books (or possibly novellas)!

8.     Do you have an author that has really inspired you?
J. K. Rowling. She is a wonderful, inspiring, and incredible person—who has done SO much for children’s literature (and literature in general). Plus, writing/reading Harry Potter fanfiction was what introduced me to FanFiction.net—which later developed its site for original stories, FictionPress.com. :)

9.     How do you do research for your books?
Hmmm. Well, I do it the traditional way sometimes, by reading books/articles/source material written by very smart people. And I also do it in other non-traditional ways/forms—by watching movies, or tv, or listening to music or looking at art. “Research” and “Inspiration” go hand-in-hand for me.

10.   What is your favorite part of writing this series?
Agh. Tough question. I think what I love most is that Celaena (as a trained assassin) gets to do so many things that only guys traditionally got to do—she can slay monsters or partake in battles or just swagger about. Writing her—writing a character that never apologizes for who she is (faults and all)—has been such tremendous fun. 

11.  Do you have a favorite scene or line?
Hmmm. I have many favorite scenes, but some of them are very spoiler-y. BUT I’ll just say that one of my favorite lines comes from early on in the novel, when Celaena first sees the royal library (while the Captain of the Guard is giving her a tour of the castle). She asks Chaol why there aren’t any guards watching the library, and he says that they’re of no use in a library. To which Celaena replies/thinks to herself:

‘Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.’


Be sure to Check back this week for reviews of Sarah's 4 Novella's and Throne of Glass!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WISHLIST: August Releases

So I just had to write this post today. I am impatiently waiting for August to come. With August comes some awesome books that I just have to get a copy of!!!! I thought I'd share them with you.


The Waiting SkyThe Waiting Sky

 August 7th 2012 


One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better. 

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
August 16th 2012
A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last.

 Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. 

Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice --and not just her own.

The Sweetest Spell

The Sweetest Spell

August 21st 2012
Emmeline Thistle has always had a mysterious bond with cows, beginning on the night of her birth, when the local bovines saved the infant cast aside to die in the forest. But Emmeline was unaware that this bond has also given her a magical ability to transform milk into chocolate, a very valuable gift in a kingdom where chocolate is more rare and more precious than gold or jewels. 

Then one day Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, teaches Emmeline to churn milk into butter—and instead she creates a delicious chocolate confection that immediately makes her a target for every greedy, power-hungry person in the kingdom of Anglund. Only Owen loves Emmeline for who she truly is, not her magical skill. But is his love enough to save her from the danger all around her?
In a departure from her contemporary teen romances, Suzanne Selfors crafts an irresistible re-imagined fairy tale that will tempt readers with a delicious story of love that is sweeter than the richest chocolate.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: Shift by Raine Thomas

Shift: Firstborn #2
By Raine Thomas
Release Date: August 24, 2012

Book Description from Goodreads:

Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.

Defy (Firstborn, #1)
Other Cover in Series


I must say I am intrigued by this cover. The wings are ingenious aren't they. Very intriguing. They engaged the eye immediately but don't take over the whole cover. The model looks a little lost. Is that on purpose? I'm not sure. The blue is very nice on the backdrop. In comparison to the first cover in the series this is a little dull but by it's self it is very nice.  The makeup on the model is stunning. I know personally how hard it is for designs like that to come out to perfection. Very well done makeup personnel. :-)   


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted

Goddess Interrupted 

(Goddess Test#2)

Paperback296 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by HarlequinTeen




Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. 

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. 

Henry's first wife, Persephone.


The Goddess Test was the first novel I ever reviewed on this blog. I absolutely loved that novel and I was so excited to hear that this sequel would be releasing soon. I started seeing early reviews come up and here I became conflicted. Many of my favorite bloggers were not as inthralled with this installment because of how obsessively in love with Henry Kate seemed to be. I read all about how it was the main focus of this novel and overall it seemed like this book would not be good.

But I'm glad I went ahead and picked it up anyway.


Yup you heard right. This was just as good if not better than it's predecessor.

Kate returns from her spring/summer in greece to a distant husband and more drama than she was probably expecting on her first day back.

In Kate's shoes I too would have been focused on Henry's love for me as much as she is. A new marriage, Titans and Ex wives drama. I mean really!

I honestly finished Goddess interrupted in 4 hours and 20 something minutes. No lie.

It was so good and right when I think the drama is over, the ending comes up and the last page kills me! 

Now I have to wait until 2013 for a conclusion to this major cliff hanger. I mean it is so unexpected that I never would have guessed. I actually re-read it! And then the little excerpt at the back featuring Henry!

I will be there opening day to get my copy. Matter fact I will be pre ordering my copy!

I'm so excited. But not just about the cliff hanger.

I'm excited to find out more about the titans and the battles and the gods! Totally Lost in the Goddess Test world!

Series Review: Raised by Wolves 1-3

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, #2)Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

So if you don't know already, the Raised by wolves series is about a young girl, Bryn, who is rescued and raised by wolves. She is a human adopted by the Alpha of a pack and this series follows her journey through various trials and revelations.

I absolutely LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!

I was recommended this series by a good friend of mine. So off to the library I went to gain a hold of the first two novels. Two days later I just to had to get my hands on Taken by Storm! 

The characters were so engaging.  From the first page of Raised by Wolves I was trapped in a world.

Bryn is my favorite character. I love her fierceness and her curiosity. I love that even growing up surrounded by those who are stronger than her she still survives. I love how she follows through on what she decides. Generally just love love love her.

Ali is the perfect mix of everything I love in mother type characters. She is protective and moral. In Book 2, Trial by Fire you see another side to her. She's not just Bryn's mother or another human. She is pack! 

Besides for awesome characters, I just love the orginality of the plot. Not only did it remain interesting and connected through each book, it also never hit any snags. The books got better with each new installment and not worse! (Thank Heavens!)

Now I feel such impatient at having to wait for the fourth installment.

Not only is this series a HIT