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Book Club Shenanigans with Kate Scelsa at The Bookmark!

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Kate Scelsa, author of Fans of the Impossible Life

Last month, the bookmark kicked off the year with their very first book club autor, Amy Ewing discussing her newest novel The White Rose, which follows the struggles of Violet Lasting after the events in The Jewel. This time around, we welcomed a brand new author to the scene, Fans of the Impossible Life (FOTIL) creator, Kate Scelsa.

The night began with a round of the game that’s becoming viral all over the BookTuber universe, Ship it or Rip it. The attendant who suggested it, a frequent Bookmark customer, customised it so that the characters were either from classic YA, recent adaptations or recent book club picks.

 

The results are in:

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As you can see, there were too little ships and a lot of drowners, it’s a good thing they all live in separate universes! In their defence, I kind of ship Fourven, it seems very plausible to me.

During the discussion and the Q&A round with Kate Scelsa herself via Skype, there was a lot of mixed feelings regarding the written format of the novel, aspect that Scelsa explained that came clear to her during the rewriting process. “It was through the rewriting process when I realised it needed to be Jeremy on first person, Sebby on second person & Mira on third person.” Developing the story in that way was inspired by some of the plays that Sclera’s theatre group have performed, especially when they did The Great Gatsby. She described parts of the play where Jay Gatsby would “tell you a story about some very interesting people” but stating that he himself was not interesting, just the people in the story itself.

Scelsa also stated that although her life experiences are not particularly what inspired the story, the people in her life and her friendships are.

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Kate Scelsa discussing her novel with the readers from The Bookmark.

“I’ve had friendships that have felt like these friendships but these events didn’t happen in my life. Real life doesn’t always make sense, if i try to write real stories about the people I based these characters from, it will not have a good narrative. I’ll usually write stories around the feeling of those friendships instead.” – Scelsa on her writing process.

Another twist on the events was the fact that she was interested in the thoughts of the readers regarding the more ambiguous parts of the novel. “Usually readers have better answers to these questions than I do so I’m interested to hear what you have to say,” Said Scelsa when asked about the events at the end of the book.

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Unveiling next book club pick: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Did you make it to #BookClupPR this month? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us for next month’s event where Becky Albertalli will be discussing with readers via Skype her YA debut and NY Times best-selling novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The event will take place on Wednesday, march 30th, 6:30 p.m. at The Bookmark. See you there!

Happy Reading!

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Glass Sword Official Blog Tour Review

Note: Originally written for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

 

Synopsis:

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
 

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In Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard’s newest installment of the Red Queen series, Mare finds herself struggling with the realization that no one is who she thought they were and her trust and loyalties will be put to the ultimate test.
 

After Maven, once an ally and beloved Prince, is now an infamous ruler whose sole purpose is to get rid of those who represent a threat to his rule.  Unfortunately for Mare, that means herself, Prince Cal, The Scarlet Guard, and any other red with unusual abilities out there.  Those who are now being called Newbloods pose as a danger to Maven’s rule, but also to themselves if caught.
 

CWNtYMdUEAA-XWWThe plan is to find all the newbloods, to protect them and teach them how to harness their abilities, to try to get there before Maven finds them and kills them all.  But the plan might be harder to achieve than expected, and they will all have to give anything and everything to make it happen, even if it means losing themselves in the process.
 

If I may be honest, this is one of the books I’ve been waiting for the most out of the 2016 releases.  Luckily enough, it was one of the earliest releases of the year and even luckier, I was asked to join the official blog tour.  I have to say, the book did not disappoint.
 

The story begins right at the end of the previous book, so you get the feel of the last one right away.  Although at times it felt slow, during training sessions for example (I’m not too big on those),  all the action packed scenes that were spread throughout the story made up for it. Aveyard’s background on screenwriting is an incredible asset when it comes to her world building and storytelling process, you really get the feel of how Norta is geographically designed, you feel like if you are actually there with everyone.
 

My favorite scenes from the book were all involving a certain newblood speedster and his very intriguing… let’s call it “missions” for the sake of a spoiler-free review.  Getting to know more about this character up close, rather than in not-so-random mentions, was both refreshing and well adapted into the story.
 

The ending left me breathless.
This is not the first time this happens to me with this series.
I can’t talk about it.
So please… just read it so you understand my pain!
 

No, seriously, the ending was that good, it left me crushed but also wanting more, from one book junkie to another, I will be not-so-patiently awaiting for the next installment until it’s finally on my hands.
 

Happy Reading!

 

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Live with Colleen Hoover at The Bookmark!

By Mónica González

(@The LiteraryMomo)

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Colleen Hoover

Some people call her the queen of romance, other know her as the mastermind behind the soon-to-be-motion-picture Ugly Love Featuring this magnificent specimen on the lead role; however you choose to acknowledge her, Colleen Hoover is an author that demands being read.

After the success of her latest novel November 9, which was released last month and was sold out in print nationwide on its first week, Hoover sat down for a virtual Q&A session with her fans, arranged by our friends at The Bookmark. Said event took place last Thursday at The Bookmark and we have the scoop on everything we learned during the live chat!

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Throughout the evening, Hoover spoiled us with information on the Ugly Love movie, like the fact that they are still working on the screenplay and casting. Hoover also stated that she believes that “the goal is to start filming in May.” The author described Nick Bateman, the movie’s male lead as really passionate about the book and someone who gets Miles Archer’s character.

“He’s just a really good guy, he’s had the same girlfriend for like eight or nine years, y’all would love him,” – Colleen Hoover on Nick Bateman

Hoover got the idea for the book when she realized she never wrote about the typical bad boy, choosing do it for the first time by giving him a very good reason to act the way he does by making him go through the worst possible thing she believed could happen to a human being.

N9CRegarding her writing process for November 9, Hoover said through chuckles that she avoids using people she knows for inspiration because she doesn’t “want anyone mad at [her],” and that she spent two years working on the idea before she actually sat down to write the novel. November 9, now available for purchase at The Bookmark and through daily interactive snippets on an app called Crave, follows the story of Ben, a writer on the quest for the story of his first novel, and Fallon, a girl with big acting dreams that seemed to be crushed after she was almost burned alive in a fire.

About selling out worldwide, Hoover stated the following: “That was amazing, it was the first time that it’s ever happened.  It was the first time that the book hit the print list on the New York Times, it’s always the e-book or the e-book and print combined, it was crazy just to know that in the first week they had to do another print run, that was amazing.”

One of the most memorable moments of the night was when one of the guests shared with Hoover and everyone in attendance that she wrote a review that Hoover herself liked on Goodreads and her boyfriend framed it for her. “A lot of people think authors don’t read their reviews but, before and after one of my books comes out, I stalk Goodreads like crazy; I read every review, I love doing that. I love seeing what people are going to think about my books. So, if you’re on the fence about writing a review and if it really matters to you then do it, because a lot of authors really appreciate it,” said Hoover after her fan showed her the framed review.

So, did you come to the event? Did any of your questions get answered? Please let us know in the comments section below and remember to like and share with all your friends. For more on Colleen Hoover and all of your favorite authors, remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Happy Reading!

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Let your obsession loose in Danielle Paige’s Heart of Tin

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

91y3vITteZLHappy HalloWicked Book nerds!

I hope you’re having a great time tonight dressed as your favorite lit-folk! I for one would like to talk about my favorite man-machine hybrid, Oz’s very own Tin Woodman and his adventure throughout Danielle Paige’s prequel novella Heart of Tin.

In Heart of Tin, we meet our favorite man of steel (pun absolutely intended, but hey, it’s Halloween, it wouldn’t surprise me if Tin put on a red cape and drew an T on his silver chest just for fun tonight) as he’s spent what seems like decades as the King of the Winkie country after Dorothy and the Wizard’s departure. He’s been relatively happy, the Winkies aren’t troublesome people and they seem to get along with everyone despite their oddness, but he’s always felt as something has been missing.  You see, after Dorothy won him a heart, Tin fell head over heels for Dorothy and has thought about her with every heartbeat of his plush heart.

7d64eac8b9f8702ec7f3a80adea3e9d6After Dorothy’s arrival, she and Glinda the “good” Witch of the North, tell Tin, the Scarecrow and the Lion a tale about how Queen Ozma was abusing her power and how Dorothy stopped her and is now a temporary ruler of Oz until a suitable replacement is found, and they assign each of them a series of tasks within Dorothy’s government.  Tin is appointed as head of security so he decides to form an army as his gift to Dorothy.

Of course he’d be ecstatic about her return, despite how long it’s been, he’s never found someone to love in his kingdom, what he didn’t count on, was the rage and jealousy that would suddenly grow within himself because of his love for her, and her sudden rise to power.

11169168_489176714571894_1681841265564999651_nTin isn’t the friendly character that wanted nothing more than a heart anymore.  This is the Tin Woodman that you would find if there was a horror movie adaptation from L. Frank Baum’s classic.  He’ll do anything for love, to win her heart, even harm the innocent and he’ll justify it saying he did it out of love. In a way, his devotion is understandable, he’s very gullible when it comes to Dorothy, he’ll choose to believe she loves him even when she’ll treat him like a piece of garbage, and that’s what people usually do when they’re in love, but that doesn’t mean that he should act the way he does.  Either way, with Tin’s story, Paige has shown once again what a master she is at morphing a classic “happily ever after tale” into a nightmare that not even Michael Myers himself would like to dream about.

With the most horrific and spooktacular of the Dorothy Must Die Novellas to the date, the HalloWicked series has come to an end! Remember to stay tuned on November 10th, when her next novella, The Straw King, will be released and to catch up with all the Dorothy goodness before Yellow Brick War hits shelves next spring. Thank you so much for reading and have a great time!

Happy Reading!

“Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had the vaguest notion that I was the one being wicked. But I found that I didn’t care. In fact, I almost enjoyed it.”
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Ice Like Fire Book Club Recap at The Bookmark

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

12119112_502890723198820_2511616258685980531_nLast Wednesday, our friends at The Bookmark hosted a very special book club event, one which also coincided with the first anniversary of said book club.  This month’s guest was actually one of the first to be featured on their book clubs, Ice Like Fire author Sara Raasch.

The event began with the traditional discussion of the book, what everyone loved, what they didn’t, what they need more information on, you get the deal.

The first round of discussion was a vivid and spoiler-full recount of the most shocking deaths throughout the story.  While some were truly heartbreaking, others came as a surprise of a more pleasant and “fiery” nature.  For the biggest, most heartbreaking death, Raasch said that she “didn’t really mean to, it was just one of those that came as a surprise but was super necessary.”

Most attendants agreed that throughout this novel, Meira, the heroine and now Queen of Winter, has grown up from the child she once was.  But in doing so, she’s lost control of everything; “she lost control of her powers, she lost control of her men, etcetera,” said Jonathan Cotto, one of The Bookmark’s frequent visitors.  Cotto also mentioned that he was excited for Wednesday’s event, given that Sara Raasch, and her debut Snow Like Ashes, had been featured on the first Epic Reads book club event he attended.

While at the beginning, a lot of people considered that the mindset of the characters throughout the book had changed so much that it changed their essence, later on in the event, Raasch explains that this was sort of her “book where everybody is picking up the pieces,” so basically, every important character is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and handling it in a different way.  She even described Meira’s PTSD as similar to Robert Downey Jr.’s panic attack scenes during Iron Man 3.

At some point the discussion went from PTSD to “Party in Primoria,” once we got to the Summer Kingdom. In case you haven’t read the book, let me tell you, that place is W-I-L-D! Someone throughout the discussion referred to it as the “Las Vegas” of Primoria, and not for no reason.  The Summer capital, Juli (yes, with an “i”, it’s not a typo), is always in a state of bliss, partying day and night and it’s known for their wine and their brothels.  That same attendant who refered to Juli as Vegas mentioned that she had to do a double take when she realized there were naked ladies running around the street and that King Simon greeted Meira and her companions completely naked (minus his conduit cuff) after waking up from what appeared to be an orgy.
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Now, one of the most loved characters that were introduced in this book was Ceridwen Preben, the Princess of the Summer Kingdom, sister of Summer King Simon.  She is one badass and rebellious royal who spends her time hijacking her brother’s slave shipments so she can set them free. Rasch said that there’s even a Wattpad companion story featuring her life and the events between Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire, which you can find here.

If there had to be a visual description of how the love triangle between Mather, Meira and Theron was described by our guests, it would probably go something like this:
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But then again, it was also pointed out that because of everything that had been happening in the story, there wasn’t really a need for a strong love triangle, at least not until the situation was more resolved.  Regarding Prince Theron’s change of attitude in the novel, Raasch explained that even though a lot of people are angry about the Cordell prince acting the way he is, like Meira, he’s also trying to pick up the pieces after all that’s happened.  He feels like it’s not fair to the people of Winter that he’s so upset because while they’ve been dealing with the situation for sixteen years, he just got into it and he doesn’t deserve to be struggling.

TenThousandSkies_frntCvrSo, what did you think about the book? Did you have a chance to participate? If you want to know some more about what’s coming soon from Sara Raasch and her Snow Like Ashes series, stay tuned and don’t forget to visit our friends at The Bookmark. Next up in book club, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (on sale November 3, 2015), which was announced via one very special video straight from Epic Reads HQ featuring Margo, who’s one of the Tea Time Booktubers.

Happy Reading!

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Give In To the Dark Side With The Wicked Will Rise

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

91I7tRPe+cLOz is at war.  The Emerald City is in flames, the order is scattered all across the country, and the evil Princess Dorothy is nowhere to be found, while the just Queen Ozma has become something completely unexpected; one half of a whole. There is chaos all around and it’s up to one person to fix it.

In Danielle Paige’s sequel to the New Yor Times Best Seller Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm finds herself face to face with the results of her failed mission.  Dorothy is still alive somewhere and she’s lost all contact with the order members.  She and Ozma have been saved by The Wizard, and the wingless monkeys (with the help of some paper wings and a bit of magic) are taking them to safety.

After a series of events that happen throughout their passing through the Queendom of the wingless ones, which I’ll refrain myself from mentioning to avoid major spoilers, I’d say that the most important theme of the novel is Amy’s fight, not just within Oz or against Dorothy’s rule, but with herself and her potential for darkness and middle_1859bf680eadd8d56e1a96aac11781737a_wickedwillrise_socialgraphic2evil.  All of her life, she’s been a decent person.  Yes, she has a smart mouth that wouldn’t even stay shut if her life depended on it, but she’s never really harmed anyone.  She always let herself be pushed around and told off by everyone, and that past of being pushed around is exactly what will feed her darkness and make her someone different than who she thought she was, that will be the moment when the Wicked will Rise.

In general, I have to say that I found this book a million times more surprising than its prequel, which is saying something because Dorothy Must Die had surprises at every turn.  There were some characters whose involvement I missed when compared to the first book, but their absence made way for a deeper character development primarily for Pete and Ozma, but also for other minor characters.

My emotions were put to a test. For some characters, my affection towards them grew even more; for others, I started hating them, and then there were some characters that, thanks to that ditzy brain of mine, I had completely forgotten how much I hated them (but it’s okay because I’m pretty sure Paige hates them and their sneaky evil ways as much as I do).

I can’t say much more, because the book was a everything that I hoped it would be, maybe even more.  As of this moment, I’ve read every available part of the story, including the prequel novellas, so all that’s left to says is this… Bring on the Yellow Brick War!

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Happy HalloWicked!

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Find out What The Wizard is Really Made of in The Wizard Returns!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

23507358Three tests await the infamous -yet wonderful- Wizard of Oz.  The tests will prove if his levels of wisdom, courage and love are fit for the one true savior this land needs, now that Dorothy has returned and become a tyrant.

In Liam Frank Baum’s classic, the wizard was sort of a quirky guy who took advantage of the Ozian’s innocence by tricking them into building him a palace and making him ruler.  It’s been a long time since then and after Dorothy, with all of her initial childlike innocence, exposed him to all of Oz, he chose to return to the other place… But did he really?

It’s been twenty-five Oz years since his balloon went up in the sky and into the storm, twenty-five years of crashing into the poppy field and into a blissful sleep. Now, after being rescued by a mysterious boy with bright emerald eyes, the Wizard has lost his memory and, the only way to retrieve it is by submitting himself to the Fairies’ test and prove himself worthy of Oz.

This is a story about redemption, about finding your true self and figuring out who you truly are. Was the Wizard truly evil, or was he just making the best out of a complicated situation? Will he remain oblivious to all the damage he’s caused, or will he remember what he’s done?

Danielle Paige has managed to give a fresh spin on a classic, and all of these novellas complement the story in an exquisite way, it wouldn’t be fair for you if I went into detail about the story.  If I did, there wouldn’t be much point in reading it, and that’s not the objective of this piece.  The Wizard’s choices are what make the story what it is, the story’s development helps tie some confusing loose ends from the full novels and the story in general makes you think about who the true villain of the series could actually be.  All I’m going to say is that, after rereading this novella a second time, I feel very strongly about the Wizard, whether it’s in a positive or negative way, the only way you’ll find out is by reading The Wizard Returns!

Remember that this novella, along with No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Burn in the compilation of stories included in Dorothy Must Die: Stories Volume 1.  Also, don’t forget to follow Amy’s quest to free Oz in Dorothy Must Die, The Wicked Will Rise, and Yellow Brick War, coming soon from Harper.

You can get these, along with many other titles, as always, at The Bookmark!

Happy HalloWicked Everyone!

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There’s a New Girl in Oz in Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

DorothyMustDie_CoverOnly1.inddWe all know the story, a tornado swept her away from Kansas and into a mysterious and magical land, we know she met some friends, slayed some witches and made some dreams come true.  We also know she never wanted anything other than to get home to her family, because there’s no place like home.  What if that’s not the end of the story..?

What if there’s more to it than what we’ve always known?  What if everything changed after the Lion got his courage, the Scarecrow got his brains and the Tin Woodman got his heart? What if Dorothy herself changed after the click-click-click of her heels? Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly what Danielle Paige’s debut novel, Dorothy Must Die, is all about!

Amy Gumm, also known as Salvation Amy by her insufferable classmates, has never felt like she belonged in Flat Hill, Kansas.  After her father abandoned them, she, along with her mess-of-a-mother and their pet rat Star, have lived in the Dusty Acres trailer park and her life have been anything but pleasant throughout the years.

Everything changed the night of the tornado… After her mother chooses a party over the safety of their home, abandoning her right before the storm; Amy gets whisked away into the land we’ve all heard about, only it’s not at all what we’ve always heard. Oz is now a desolated, dark and abandoned shadow of what it used to be.  The land is being drained of its magic, the yellow brick road is falling apart, and the only place that seems to be unaffected is the emerald palace, which is now being ruled by a ruthless Dorothy Gale. You heard it! Dorothy’s trading her silver slippers for some fierce six inches ruby stilettos and she’s wreaking havoc around the Emerald City.

But, wait a second, didn’t she go back home? You bet she did! Unfortunately, after seeing Oz, the good and perky farm girl we all know and love became power obsessed and somehow she came back.  Good is now wicked, wicked is now good, everything is upside down and there’s only one person that can stop it.  According to the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, Amy is the key to freeing Oz of Dorothy’s tight grip.  The only way to achieve it? By killing Dorothy.

1383694404000--MG-1410rt-1B-2This twist on a classic was one that, at first, I had some trouble wrapping my head around, but only because you don’t expect anything related to the Wizard of Oz to begin with a fight between a pregnant girl and your main character.  But that’s just the thing! This isn’t Dorothy’s story, it’s Amy’s and the way Paige created this world as an alternative to a classic is simply genius!  There’s always something going on, sometimes it’s training, sometimes spying, and sometimes it’s fighting, you just never get bored with it.

This is only the first installment of Amy’s story.  Follow her in her quest to free Oz and join the revolution! You can get this, as well as it’s sequel, The Wicked Will Rise, and the first volume of the prequel novella compilations Dorothy Must Die: Stories Volume 1, which includes No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn and The Wizard Returns, as well as many other titles, at The Bookmark.

Happy HalloWicked everyone!

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Join the revolution in The Witch Must Burn!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

91P+AGtkzlLJellia Jamb, Dorothy’s go-to maid for absolutely everything, is more than meets the eye and you’re about to find out the extent of it in Danielle Paige’s second Dorothy Must Die Novella, The Witch Must Burn.

 

Jellia has been a maid in the Emerald Palace for as long as she can remember.  Orphaned and brought to the palace as a child, growing up with Ozma and training herself as a Lady’s Maid is what she’s always done, what she loves and what she’s great at, or so she thought. As it turns out, Jellia is part-fairy and possesses strong magic, stronger than most people in Oz, aside from Ozma herself, and now Dorothy who seems to be back for good.

 

“I’d always kept the extent of my magic a secret from everyone else in the palace. Adding a little extra shine to the silverware was no stretch for most Ozians, but ever since that day, I knew that my own powers were different—and stronger—from everyone else in the palace. Except Dorothy. And Ozma.”

– Jellia, Danielle Paige’s The Witch Must Burn

 

With Dorothy taking over the Emerald City, Ozma only a shell of what she used to be, and Glinda taking a secret interest in draining the magic out of Oz for herself, Jellia knows that it’s just about time that someone does something about it. The problem is that, being a servant her entire life, she doesn’t really know where to start, all she knows is that the closer she gets to Dorothy, the higher her intel will be, and maybe, just maybe, she’ll find a way to rid Oz of the nightmare that has become Dorothy Gale.
 

Lucky for her, theres a secret group that has been keeping tabs on her who just might be the key to fixing things.  On an enforced summer “internship” in Glinda’s palace, Jellia meets Nox, an undercover member of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.  With his help, along with the resources of the rest of the Order, Jellia will embark on a mission to make Oz whole, no matter the risk.

“ I believe in the possibility of a better Oz, Jellia. I have to. I won’t let Glinda and Dorothy keep destroying our country. And if I can avenge my parents’ deaths—well, so much the better.”

– Nox, Danielle Paige’s The Witch Must Burn

 

y450-293Remember that you can read Jellia’s story, as part of the novella compilation of Dorothy Must Die: Stories Volume 1, which you can get, along with many other titles, at The Bookmark. Join Jellia, Nox, Amy, and the rest of the Order and Join the revolution.  With your help, “the witch will burn!”

 

Happy Reading and Happy HalloWicked!

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Find a Piece of Your Heart in Jessi Kirby’s Newest Novel!

By Mónica González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

17571215Quinn Sullivan’s world turned upside down after Trent’s accident.  It’s been 400 days after his passing and she’s still struggling to move on.  It feels like it was just yesterday when he shouted those two words that brought him into her life; “Hey!” and “Wait!” and gave her a sunflower.  After all of his organs were donated, thinking that it would help her move forward, Quinn decides to contact the recipients and meet them.  They all respond, all but the heart’s recipient.

After the constant struggle to find “Male, 19, CA,” the new owner of Trent’s heart, her search leads her to a beachside surf shop, and to Colton Thomas.  Colton isn’t all what she thought he’d be. He’s not helpless, or weak, or unhealthy, as she expected.  He’s a slim and healthy surfer working on his parent’s shop.  When they meet, she doesn’t tell him right away about who she is, or whose heart he carries.  Instead, the two will go on a journey where they could both change for the better, as long as she agrees to move forward from the heart that she kept for so long.

Okay, first off, I have to say; this book was epic and heart stopping, no pun intended.  For anyone who follows my Goodreads account, I have some explaining to do.  Yes, I gave this book a 3-star rating, and yes, I know that it doesn’t necessarily agree with my affectionate outbursts regarding this book, but there’s a reason for all this.  Originally, I thought the novel was going to have a different story, I thought the novel was going to have a different story, I thought the story was going to be about Quinn’s search for the heart’s recipient, not about how finding him would change her life.  I felt like the descriptions were somewhat misleading but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a good story.
4106087The other reason I took a star from it, was the fact that I felt like Colton should’ve known the truth at the beginning of the book; it would’ve been intriguing to see both Quinn and Colton debating whether they had real feelings for each other or if it was just Trent’s heart influencing them, but, then again, that’s just me.

In general, I loved the book, especially a very “critical” heart-pounding moment that almost killed me, and I’d love to read some more of Kirby’s work.

What about you? What did you think of the story? Did you go to Book Club last week? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy Reading!