December 13, 2014

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Today I am joined by the lovely Amie Kaufman, co-author of the Starbound trilogy, in anticipation for the release of the second book in the series, This Shattered World!
We talk about getting put on watch lists due to supicious internet search history, hate to love relationship stories, the pros and cons of co-authoring among many other exciting tidbits relating to this awesome trilogy (there are cupcakes, too!)
One last thing, don't forget to check out the exciting giveaway below. All of the information is at the end of this post. Enjoy!

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound Trilogy #2

Released: December 23rd 2014
Pages: 390
Source: Publisher
Buy it: Books of Wonder | The Book Depository (Free shipping worldwide

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

About the Authors

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpoonerThis Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.


Grand Prize:
- Starbound swag
- A special letter from Tarver to Lilac written specifically for this tour! This can be kept secret by the winner, or shared publicly as he or she wishes.
- Coffee with Amie and Meagan at one of their US tour stops OR a Skype visit

Other prizes:
- 5 additional This Shattered World hardbacks.

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Tour Stops
December 8th: The Midnight Garden Secrets of Starbound: Characters
December 9th: The Book Smugglers Making an Audiobook
December 10th: Ivy Book Bindings Secrets of Starbound: Science and Settings
December 11th: Cuddlebuggery How Amie & Meagan Met
December 12th: Little Book Owl Book Talk with Amie Kaufman
December 15th: Mundie Moms Shooting the Cover
December 16th: Xpresso Reads Starbound Inspirations
December 17th: A Book Utopia Your Next Book Boyfriend
December 18th: Supernatural Snark Q&A
December 19th: Love is Not a Triangle Gender in Science Fiction

November 6, 2014

October Wrap Up

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This might have been one of the most stressful months, I don't know how I managed to get any reading done. Nevertheless, I am happy with how I did! November is going to be another month of stress, but hopefully not quite as much.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (video review)
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (video review)
- Talon by Julia Kagawa (video review)
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (video review)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell (video review)
- The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

Additions to Reading Challenges
The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Adult Challenge
Fables: Legends of Exile - Manga/Graphic Novel Challenge

Books Acquired:
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
- The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
- The Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe
- A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey
- The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
- What is the What by Dave Eggers
- Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
- Half Bad by Sally Green
- The Dark of the Sun by Wilbur Smith
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Books Read:
- The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky
- The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
- Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
- More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
- The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

/In Progress/
- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
- Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

October TBR:
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- The Fire Eaters by David Almond
- The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

October 30, 2014

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

Published by Diversion Books

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello
Publication Date: September 4th 2014
Buy the Book:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

The Short
The Empress Chronicles is a fun and promising start to a new series. This first book really builds up towards the end. I am certainly intrigued, however I feel like the ending was cut short a little too abruptly. I would have loved to have been introduced to some of that excitement a little earlier.

The two main characters, Liz and Sisi, have very distinct voices, which worked wonderfully for the dual points of view. Their development throughout the story was wonderfully executed, and I loved getting to know the two characters.

The Long

Nina Lemay About the Author
Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship). | | |

October 29, 2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

I received this book for free from Bookworld in exchange for an honest review.

The Narrow Road by Richard Flanagan
Series: n/a

Released: September 3rd 2013
Pages: 467
Source: Bookworld
Buy it: The Book Depository | Bookworld
     - Both have free shipping worldwide

Richard Flanagan's story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

The Short
This book... Where do I even start?

The Narrow Road to the Deep North had such a profound impact on me. I often had to stop mid-sentence and contemplate everything; this book, people, life. I didn't even realise at first that it had drawn me in so deeply, but when I finished I was catatonic.

Richard Flanagan is extremely talented. He has such a way with words - his style is so unassuming, but then I find myself needing to take a step back from the book and just breathe for a moment. Every single character is illustrated so vividly, and in such a short amount of time, that I found myself empathising with people that seem to have no sense of humanity.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. One of the best books I have read.

The Long

October 27, 2014

The Blood of Olympus Giveaway | AUS Only

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In celebration of YA Week at Bookworld, I am giving away a SIGNED copy of The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan & a sign poster! If you would like to enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, but first a few requirements:
- Must be an Australian resident
- Must be 18+ or 13+ with parental consent
- The winner's email address will be forwarded to Bookworld
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