Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!

Hello Readers!

Today is a very special day here on the blog. But not just my blog, many other blogs. With the holiday season officially kicking off, I’m happy to tell you about this little giveaway I’m participating in.

Book Nerds Unite, A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!!!

Before jumping into this post I just want to say THANK YOU to Andi over at Andi’s ABCs for organizing such a great giveaway!

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Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holiday start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway.

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It’s pretty easy to enter. Just click on the Rafflecopter link/widget and start following some great bloggers.  For your trouble we are offering a first place prize of $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Nobles gift card and a 2nd place prize of $50.00 Amazon or Barnes and Nobles gift card. Really you are the big winner either way as you get to add some fabulous new blogs to your blog feeds. Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!!

*Giveaway is US only. It runs from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14. Winners are selected at random. Please don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed. All entries will be checked.

**Graphic by Rachel from Hello, Chelly

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Monday Memories (#10)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted byThe BookBandit and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

 

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Hello Readers!

And welcome to today’s Monday Memories post!

Today I’m going to be talking about one of my most favorite books ….

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray!

Going Bovine is special for two very important reasons. Reason number one it’s a really great book. But the most important reason of why this book is so special to me is because it reminds me of the first road trip with my friend Danielle.

We had several audiobooks to choose from, but we decided on this one for several reasons. Firstly, both Danielle and I are huge Libba Bray fans. Seriously, she does absolutely no wrong. Secondly, a part of this book was about a road trip in which the two main characters venture on. So since Danielle and I were on our very own road trip adventure we both felt that this was an appropriate book to read.

We listened to this book on audio traveling from New Jersey to Louisiana.  Besides driving 24 + hours, it was a really great trip. And every time I think of this book, I can’t help but think of that awesome trip.

What book is your Monday Memory readers? Feel free to share, link up and link back!

 

Faces of the Dead

Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn (ARC provided by Publisher)

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Marie-Therese, Child of France and daughter of Marie-Antoinette, longs for a life of adventure, a life outside of the palace walls. But she knows her parents will never allow her to step foot into the harsh world around her. So when she spots a brief moment to escape, Marie-Therese jumps at the chance.

Switching places with Ernestine, palace servant and Marie-Therese’s best friend, means they both get to live out their fantasies. Ernestine will get the chance to be a princess for a day, while Marie-Therese will get to be a commoner. But before her adventure has really begun, Marie-Therese discovers, not only a few hidden surprises, but many harsh realities.

The streets of Paris are dirty, the people are ragged and poor, and worst of all there’s an aire of disdain for the royal family – her family. But amongst all this bad, Marie-Therese discovers at least one good thing – Henri, a stranger who fillers her head and heart with love and revolution. Disheartened and scared, Marie-Therese returns to the palace only to discover that her scary adventure is about to turn into her real life nightmare.

Forced into hiding and into a world she doesn’t know or understand, Marie-Therese takes shelter with Henri at a small wax museum. Under his guide, Marie-Therese learns to live a life of lies. Keeping her identity will be hard, but keeping the secrets of the wax museum will prove to be even more difficult.

Faces of the Dead, written by author Suzanne Weyn, is a riveting piece of historical fiction that has an unforeseeable paranormal twist.

Weyn’s writing is spot on. And what makes it so is her impressive balance of fact and fiction. Blurring the lines of reality and fiction, readers will be kept guessing. Beyond the heavy historical aspect, Faces of the Dead offers a paranormal aspect that hasn’t been seen in other books.

This paranormal aspect adds a layer of mystery, magic, and even a little mayhem. Even though, as a reader I genuinely appreciated that aspect, I often found it rushed.  And besides that, as a means for a somewhat happy ending. Because of that, I wanted more. That’s why this book is a three star book for me, not a four star book.

I feel like I should mention the budding romance, but in all honesty, it’s just that – budding. And I personally liked how author Weyn didn’t focus this already strong novel of the building romance between Marie-Therese and Henri. Leaving a little bit to the imagination made for a more intriguing story.

Faces of the Dead isn’t only fun, it’s also smart. And because of that, it makes for a really great read!

Synchronized Reading Interview With Sarah Beth Durst

Hello Readers!

Today is a very special day here on the blog. Not only are both Miss Print and I both posting Chasing Power content as part of our week-long Synchronized Reading posts, but today I’m featuring an interview with the lady of the week – author Sarah Beth Durst!

I’ve hosted Sarah Beth Durst on the blog previously, but today she’s here to discuss her latest and greatest book, Chasing Power.  Not only does she offer insight, but she also answers some of my burning questions.

Don’t forget to stop by Miss Print’s blog to read her part of the interview that was posted yesterday. It won’t disappoint you, I promise!

DURST_AuthorPhoto_HighRes-2BookBandit Blog (BB): What was the inspiration behind Chasing Power?

Sarah Beth Durst (SBD): Telekinesis.

This is probably the first book I’ve written that has a single word inspiration.  (And now I kind of want to write another book based on a single word, just to say I did.  Like rutabaga.  Or narwhals.)  Anyway, I’ve always been fascinated by telekinesis.  I remember watching “Escape to Witch Mountain ” over and over as a kid and wishing that I could move things with my mind.

The key bit of inspiration for CHASING POWER — the thing that transformed it from a vague idea to an actual story — was the decision that Kayla’s power would be very, very limited.  She can only move very light things.  So she has to be clever.  Especially when things get dangerous…

BB: What was the most difficult part of writing Chasing Power?

SBD: In CHASING POWER, Kayla meets a boy who can teleport and who needs her help to save his kidnapped mother.  One of the most difficult parts was choosing which places to go to.  I wanted to go all the places and do all the things!!!  But I had to narrow it down to my favorites.

Sometimes choosing what not to put in a story can be just as difficult as choosing what to put in.  You start with an idea, and everything and anything is possible, but very quickly, you have to begin making decisions.  And for everything you decide to do, there are thousands of things you have just decided not to do.  Not unlike life, actually.

BB: If you could teleport to any place, where would you teleport to and why?

SBD: I’d use it to visit friends and family.  Everyone is so sprawled out.  It would be so wonderful to bop around and just have lunch with an old friend here and dinner with another there.

I would also like to visit Antarctica and see one of those massive groups of emperor penguins (which a very quick Google search says is called a “waddle”).  And I want to visit New Zealand.  It looks so gorgeous.  And go on a safari in Africa.  And see the top of Mount Everest without having to climb it.

BB: Of all the things Kayla could de being telekinetic, why have her be a master thief?

SBD: I’d love to tell you some deep, psychological reason, but honestly it was the most fun to write.  Figuring out how to rob a jewelry store when your only ability is to scoot a ball of tinfoil across the street…  Very fun.

BB: Can fans expect to see Kayla and Daniel in any upcoming projects?

SBD: CHASING POWER was written as a standalone (though I do admit that I miss Kayla and especially Selena!).  My next book is THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, a middle-grade novel coming from HMH/Clarion Books in fall 2015.  It’s about a girl whose family owns a secret store where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, but who can’t have any of her own, and the adventure that she and her pet monster go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers.  I’m really, really excited about it!

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A very big THANK YOU to Sarah Beth Durst for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions and for being a part of the Synchronized Reading Miss Print and I are doing.

For more information about Sarah Beth Durst and all of her books, check out her website! And to follow all the synchronized reading fun, head over to Miss Print’s blog!

Synchronized Reading: Chasing Power

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst (ARC received at BEA14) 

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With summer in Santa Barbara fast approaching, sixteen-year-old Kayla dreams of two things: lounging about on the beach soaking in the sun’s rays and stealing the occasional diamond ring. Kayla is a master thief. But she doesn’t use her hands to lift things, she uses her mind.

Kayla, though a thief, isn’t like most thief.  She doesn’t steal because she wants to, she steals because she has to. In order to keep her telekinetic powers strong and sharp she has to practice as much as possible. And if it means a few extra bucks in her pocket it’s a win-win.

But when Daniel – a mysterious stranger who possesses the ability to teleport – catches Kayla red-handed, Kayla knows that she’s at his mercy. And she’ll do just about anything – unwillingly but still anything – for him to keep her secret.

So when he blackmails her into helping him find his kidnapped mother, Kayla begrudgingly accepts. Kayla’s summer went from delightful to something dreadful.

Will Kayla and Daniel be able to find his mother?

Chasing Power, written by author Sarah Beth Durst, is an adventurous read that will take readers on a journey all around the world.

Chasing Power is full of spectacular writing that will captivate.  Durst doesn’t rely on simply telling a story, she relies on vivid descriptions to show us one. Full of both magic and mayhem, Durst’s story, though fantastical, is realistically portrayed.

What makes Chasing Power such a realistic, such an engaging read is the characters that fill it’s pages. Leading lady Kayla is obviously flawed, but she owns her faults and flaws. And that’s refreshing. Beyond that she lives and loves fiercely. Kayla is smart, she honest, and she’s the kind of character that reader can really look up to — even if she’s a masterful thief.

But Kayla isn’t the only character that will strike a chord with readers. Daniel, Kayla’s partner in crime (for lack of a better term) isn’t only tall, dark, and handsome. He’s witty, he’s protective, and he lives and loves just as fiercely as Kayla. It’s why these two are truly stand out characters.

Chasing Power is a really  fun read. One that will make you wonder about all the hidden magic in the world, one that will make you think about all the pros and cons of said magic. If you’re looking for a smart book that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime – without having to leave the comforts of your home, Chasing Power is the book for you!

 

Synchronized Reading Post #1: Super Powers

Hello Readers!

All this week both Miss Print and I will be posted contented pertaining to our Synchronized Reading of Sarah Beth Durst’s Chasing Power. So before jumping into this post I just want to remind you to stop by Miss Print’s blog today to read her review! (If you’re wondering, my  review will post tomorrow so stay tuned.)

A big part of Chasing Power is about super powers that the characters possess. Main character Kayla is telekinetic, and character Daniel can teleport. Because this is such an interesting aspect of the book Miss Print and I decided it would be fun to discuss what super powers, if any, would we want to possess.

My super power of choice would be …. teleporting. Now before I say why I would want this super power, let me just say this: this choice is not me taking the easy way out. I’m not just saying I want to be able to teleport because one of the characters in Chasing Power has that ability. Seriously, this is a question I’ve considered way before this post, and teleporting was always at the top of my super power list.

I have a severe case of wanderlust. After traveling abroad last year, I was bit by the travel bug! I suddenly want to see all the amazing places I’ve only dreamed about seeing – all the places I thought were mere dreams instead of concrete realities.

If I had the ability to teleport I could literally travel to each and every one of those destinations I’ve dreamed about visiting.  If I could teleport I could pop into any county or state I want. Let’s say I was curious about visiting a specific state or country, I could teleport there, check it out, and teleport home – all within a day. How cool would that be?!

There’s another big reason why I would want to teleport. And that reason being is, that even though I love to travel, I don’t particularly love traveling by plane. Every time I flyer – whether domestically or internationally – I get sick. Yes, motion sick. When I flew to London last year, I felt sick from the moment we took off to the moment we landed. It was not pleasant. If I could teleport, I feel it would at least minimize that motion sickness.  It may not cure it, but it could certainly minimize it.  And any super power that could minimize my motion sickness truly is a super power! And one that I would want.

So, now that you know I would want to teleport, I bet you are wondering where I would want to teleport to? I have a whole laundry list of places I want to visit – probably too many to actually list here. Because of that I’ll list my top five places I would want to visit.

5. Because I’m obsessed with London, I would teleport there on a daily basis – catch a play, shop on Oxford Street, and visit the rest of England.

4. California is always a state I want to visit. And I was lucky enough to visit San Diego a few years back but it just wasn’t enough. If I could teleport I would visit Hollywood, Carmel, San Francisco, and even visit the giant redwood trees!

3. The Grand Canyon – specifically the bottom of the Canyon. Being able to teleport, I could easy pop down to the bottom take in all the beauty the bottom of the Canyon offers, and pop back up to the top – all without having to take a mule ride.

2. Italy. Seriously I could see all of Italy on my own time, on my own schedule, and I wouldn’t have to fly all over.

1. Austria  is another place I’ve been obsessed with visiting. Ever since I first saw the Sound of Music. Teleporting would allow me to visit all the spots in which one of my fave movies was filmed. I could spin around on a green hill and sing (at the top of my lungs) “The Hills Are Alive”.

So yeah, the super power of my choice would totally be teleporting!

What would your super power be, dear readers? Please share!

Synchronized Reading: Chasing Power

Hello Readers!

Synchronized reading is back! For those of you who don’t know what this synchronized reading feature it, let me explain. Synchronized reading is a feature that my in real life bff and fellow blogger Miss Print and I read and discuss the same book.

This time around, we are choosing to read Sarah Beth Durst’s latest young adult novel, Chasing Power.  Why did we choose Chasing Power? Well, we both really love Sarah Beth Durst. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out her books, you’re missing out. Besides loving her books, we were both very lucky to score copies of Chasing Power at this year’s Book Expo America.

During the course of the week both Miss Print and I will be posting fun-filled content all related to this one book. We’ll be posting, not only our reviews of the book, but also about specific topics related to the book. As if all of that isn’t fun enough, we’ll both be featuring an interview with Sarah Beth Durst herself!

Sounds fun right?! Of course it does! So stay tuned to both this blog and Miss Print’s blog for Chasing Power related posts all week long!