Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Genie Wishes

Gah! What a crazy, busy, hectic month! So much for a regular blogging schedule! Getting into a new routine just took all my energy and when I got home from work, it was all I could do not to fall asleep in my food!

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So now I am finally managing to log on in the evenings I am back with a vengeance! Blogging galore people! My first post back is a Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!  This week the topic is Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie to Grant Me!

Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie to Grant Me!

  1. Dear Book Genie, please can I have more time! Please! Or the ability to stop time so I can read all of the lovely books sitting on my TBR pile! I just want an evening where I can sit down and read books that have been sitting there for months, the only reading I have done recently has been books I have had to read for my course or that I have been lent by people and had to give back!
  2. Dear Book Genie, please can I have the ability to perform an Undetectable Extension Charm so I could turn my wardrobe into this library but with really bright colours, lots of big bean bags and cushions and a two floors of books with a slide that goes down the middle into a giant ball pit in the centre of the room…libraryball pit
  3. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a Jace of my very own…

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4. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a copy of the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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5. Dear Book Genie, please can I meet Jenna Moreci and write in a room with her whilst she is writing…hope her dark side and taste in music helps me to write a really awesome death scene!

6. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a fictitious dinner party with the Doctor, Sherlock, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Sam and Dean Winchester, Magnus Bane and Roger McGough. Can you imagine the conversation?

7. Dear Book Genie, please pay my library fine…pretty please?

8. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a new book from David Nicholls.

9. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a few external hard-drives so I can stash all of my computery stuff on them and don’t have to keep deleting things.

10. Dear Book Genie, please can I have a book group!! I really want to join a book group so I can gush over books with other people who like gushing over books!

Eve: The Awakening Giveaway!

It is that special, special time my friends…time for a a giveaway for a signed copy of Eve: The Awakening! Thanks Jenna!

To read my review of Eve: The Awakening by the amazing cyborg goddess Jenna Moreci click here

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My World- Update

I have recently been sent my reading list for the MA in Creative Writing I am starting in October at Bath Spa University. I am so excited to start this course! These are the books I have to read over the next few months.

Cormac McCarthy The Road

Joyce Carol Oates         Black Water

Bobbie Ann Mason        In Country

William Styron              Sophie’s Choice

Toni Morrison               Beloved

Philip Roth          Nemesis

Bonnie Jo Campbell      American Salvage

Jonathan Safran Foer    Everything is Illuminated

I have started with Sophie’s Choice as it is the biggest book, and I think I will read The Road next. I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read any of these!

Booky love,

E. St. C

 
Synopsis:
Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
 
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
 
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve. 
 
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?
 
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About the Author:
 
Jenna Moreci is a young adult/new adult author, vlogger extraordinaire, nerd-incognito, & alleged cyborg. She specializes in writing adorable, romantic goodness punctuated by moments of extreme violence and bloodshed. Her sanity is questionable. 
 
Some of Jenna’s other talents include prolific cursing, spilling/dropping things, accidentally making people cry, and drawing.
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Time for another Photo Teaser! I needed this one today! It spoke to me!

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Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

4 days until the release of EVE: The Awakening

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4 days until the release of #EVETheAwakening by #JennaMoreci http://bitly.com/EVETheAwakening


Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

Read my review here!

Blog Takeover Day 5 – Friday- Science Geek Appreciation Week

Well, here we are folks. The final day of Science Geek Appreciation Week. And what a week it’s been! We’ve read all about The Avery Shaw Experiment, revealed the cover and got a few teasers from The Libby Garrett Intervention releasing this October, we’ve gotten up close and personal with Science Squad author Kelly Oram, and we’ve invaded Avery’s and Grayson’s privacy by reading their journals.

We’ve partied on Facebook with games, teasers, bonus material, and giveaways. (The party’s still going on, so stop by the FACEBOOK EVENT and enter the giveaways before they’re over.)

Hopefully you’ve all bought your copy of Avery at its Science Geek Appreciation price of just $0.99. I promise, it’s worth the dollar!

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And, of course, (fingers crossed) you’ve preordered your copy of Libby at the early bird sale price of $2.99.

It seems there’s only one thing left to do, and that would be get a nice good look at The Libby Garrett Intervention in this first-ever sneak peek!

Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson’s hot lovin’. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn’t appreciate all of Libby’s awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they’re dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she’s the only one who can’t see it. 

When Libby’s behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program—Owen’s Anonymous—and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard as nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.



Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he’s crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson—a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.

Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he’s the perfect candidate to be Libby’s sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?

SNEAK PEEK

(This excerpt hasn’t been though it’s final round of edits and is subject to change in the final draft.)
“I love Avery, and I’m happy for her—she certainly deserves Grayson—but now her perception of reality is totally skewed. She thinks everyone has a fairy-tale ending coming to them. She doesn’t understand that most of us won’t be so lucky. Especially not someone like me.”
Adam kept his gaze on the window and let out a breath. “Someone like you?”
“Yeah, someone like me. Fat girls don’t exactly get a lot of love.”
He pulled his eyes away from the view to glare at me for that one. I wasn’t sure what his problem was. It’s not like my weight was a secret.
“Maybe I’m not three hundred pounds, but I’m definitely pushing it when I use the word chubby. In high school, that equates to being the fat girl, and, before you ask, I can’t just lose the weight. I have hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed when I was eleven because I became borderline diabetic. I’ve been on a strict diet and exercise program ever since so that I don’t develop more serious health problems. I’m actually in decent shape cardiovascularly speaking; I just can’t get rid of all the weight. This is as good as I will ever get.”
Adam pulled his eyes away from the window and shifted his entire body so that he was facing me. “You don’t think you’ll ever find someone that loves you because you’ll never be thin?”
I scoffed. “This is real life, not Hairspray. There is no Link Larkin out there waiting for me. Don’t even try to tell me that there is. You know there’s not. It’s a miracle Owen even gives me the time of day.”
After pulling the beanie off his head to rake his hand through his hair, Adam slumped in his seat and crossed his arms over his chest, glaring out the windshield. I didn’t understand the mood swing. He’d seemed pretty chill when I first picked him up. Now he was back to being that stick-up-the-butt grump I first met. “What about Owen?” he asked suddenly. “He doesn’t seem to mind your weight.”
“Ha!” I clenched my hands so tightly on the steering wheel that my knuckles turned white. I’d been telling myself that same thing for a year, but that didn’t make it true. “Of course he does. That’s the biggest problem we have. He acts the way he does with me because he’s embarrassed of my looks. I always knew that, but I told myself it didn’t matter, because even if he was ashamed of his feelings for me, at least he had them.”
Adam was appalled by my logic. “Are you serious? The guy is ashamed of you, and you don’t think that matters?”
A surge of anger pulsed through me, but I managed to keep hold of my temper. “Of course it matters. Do you think I like that he won’t introduce me to any of his friends? I don’t. I hate it. He won’t even admit to Grayson that we’re dating. Do you know how that makes me feel?”
“Then why do you put up with it?”
“Because it’s better than nothing. Which is what I have without Owen. No one has ever wanted me before. At all. In any way. Owen can be a jerk, but I know at least part of him cares about me. It’s not like he hooks up with me because I’m his only option. The guy is gorgeous, popular, and athletic. He can be with anyone he wants, but he still chooses to be with me. He likes being with me. He’s not a total douche. He does appreciate my awesomeness. When we’re together and it’s just us, he can be so sweet. He makes me feel beautiful—desirable, special, wanted. I don’t get to feel like that any other time in my life, so I take the bad with the good.”
I couldn’t believe I was having such an intimate conversation with this odd stranger, but it was surprisingly nice to be completely honest for once. “I can’t say no to Owen because I know that if I say yes, I’ll get to feel those things. The bad stuff will disappear and I’ll feel amazing, at least for a little while. And I’m afraid that if I don’t come when he calls, he’ll find someone else. I’m sure he sees other girls at college. Yes, I hate that, but what other choice do I have? If I push him away, then I’m back to having nobody. Without Owen, I’m back to being a lonely, fat nerd. I don’t want to be alone for the rest of my life.”
The conversation died there.
I’d never been so honest with anyone before, not even Avery. I wasn’t sure how Adam got me to crack open like that, but I felt so exposed. I’d spent years building up the thickest skin a human being could possibly have, and somehow, in less than an hour, Adam broke right through all of my defenses. That scared me. Who was this guy? How did he get to me so easily?
Adam sat in silence on the other side of the car. I knew he was thinking about everything I’d just said. Knew he was putting it together with all the times we’d met so far, and forming a new opinion of me. I didn’t want to know what that might be.
I drove us through the winding mountains, paying more attention to my crappy thoughts and feelings than the road. We were lucky I didn’t send us plummeting over the side of the canyon to our deaths.
“Believe it or not, I understand how you feel,” Adam said, breaking the long silence with his soft voice. “I know exactly what it’s like to be so desperate for someone’s affection that you’d let them destroy you just to win their approval.”
My chest tightened at his admission. It made me crazy with curiosity. Who had he loved so much that he could sound as full of despair as he did now? There was truth in his words, and whatever truth it was, it had been devastating to him. Was there more to Avery asking him for help than just his ability to play Bad Cop? He said we had something in common, but I couldn’t understand how a guy like him could ever be an outcast the way I am.
“If you don’t let him go,” Adam said, pulling my attention back to the conversation, “he will destroy you eventually.”
I had no doubt he was speaking from experience, but I didn’t ask, and he didn’t elaborate. He left me alone after that, and we spent the rest of the drive in silence. It wasn’t until we reached the ski resort and climbed out of the Escalade that he finally said, “You have to want it, Libby. Admitting that the relationship is unhealthy is a good start, but it isn’t enough. If you don’t genuinely want to give him up, then we’re wasting each other’s time.”
I wasn’t sure I’d ever fully want to give Owen up, but I didn’t want to let him keep using me, either. “What exactly are we doing with each other, anyway?” I asked as I led Adam through the parking lot toward the mountain. “How do you plan to help me?”
“Every twelve-step program is a journey. It’s actually a very spiritual experience for the person taking the steps. It requires a leap of faith. My job as your sponsor—so to say—is to take that leap with you and sort of guide you through the process. You’ll have to do all the work. I can’t take the steps for you, but I can show you the way. I’m here to hold your hand or give you a nudge when you need it, point you in the right direction if you can’t see clearly, and pick you up if you fall.”
We reached the base of the mountain and immediately hit a wall of people. The mountain was packed because it was the last weekend of the season, and it looked like the competition had also drawn quite a crowd as well.
I grabbed Adam’s hand tightly so that we wouldn’t get separated, and headed toward the halfpipe. Adam startled at my touch, but didn’t pull away. He looked down at our hands and then did that infuriatingly sexy thing where he raises one of his eyebrows at me, as if demanding an answer.
Man, he could be so hot when he wanted. If I weren’t in such a hurry, I’d have stayed locked in that challenging stare with him until the snow melted. Unfortunately, there was no time to explore the tension that sometimes ignited between us. I rolled my eyes at him, pretending I wasn’t the least bit excited to be touching him, and started tugging him through the spectators. “Gotta move your honeybuns, Coffee Man. We’re late.”
“You know,” he said lightly as he followed me through the crowd, “when I mentioned hand holding before, I was speaking metaphorically.”
“Well, that’s just too bad, because right now I need it in the literal sense. I don’t have time to lose you. It looks like they’ve already started, and I’ll be the worst daughter ever if I miss my dad’s first run.”
Adam chuckled. Then, a few seconds later he relaxed his grip, shifting his hand in mine so that our fingers laced together. There was something intimate in the casual way he clung to me as we walked. It was as if he weren’t hanging on for the purpose of staying together, but rather holding my hand simply for the pleasure of it. The way a boyfriend would. The way Owen had never done. The way no one had ever done.

It took everything in me not to stumble to a stop and gape at him. I glanced back as subtly as I could manage. He met my eyes, smiling as if he didn’t have a care in the world. As though holding my hand was something he did every day, something so natural he didn’t even have to think about it.

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Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 

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Blog Takeover Day 4 – Thursday- Science Geek Appreciation Week

Happy Thursday everyone! Today marks day 4 of Science Geek Appreciation Week. I hope you’re having as much fun with it as I am. So far we’ve been introduced to The Avery Shaw Experiment, we’ve been teased about the upcoming The Libby Garrett Intervention, and we’ve gotten to know a little about the author behind all the geeky goodness, Kelly Oram. Today, it’s time to get to know the stars of the Spanish Fork High science club a little better with a peek in their personal journals.

If you missed any of the previous posts about The Avery Shaw Experiment or The Libby Garrett Intervention, be sure to stop by the Facebook event. Along with the posts, there are all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways going on. Lots of chances to win signed books and swag, talk to the author and just have fun with other science geek loving friends. There’s a new giveaway every day. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY!

As part of the Avery Shaw Experiment, Spanish Fork High science club president, Avery Shaw, and her new recruit, Spanish Fork High basketball star Grayson Kennedy were required to keep journals throughout their study. I happen to have a few of those journal entries, and am very excited to share them with you. Before I do, just in case you haven’t read the book yet, (For which there is no excuse because it’s on sale for $0.99 this week. 😉 ) I believe I should give you a tiny bit of insight as to what, exactly, The Avery Shaw Experiment is. But since this is the day to get to know Avery and Grayson, I’ll let them explain it in their own words.

So, now that we know what kind of experiment Avery and Grayson have embarked on, lets get a peek inside those journals…

The following is a short story written as bonus material for The Avery Shaw Experiment. It is not an excerpt from the book and is spoiler free. Enjoy!

“I See London, I See France”
(Avery)

Dear Diary,
Though I am clearly past the shock, denial, and bargaining stages of grief, I have not attained guilt yet. If I had to describe myself as anything right now, I would say I’m simply empty. Sad, hurt, and empty.
What happened between Aiden and myself was tragic, but, really, it was nobody’s fault. Aiden has as much right to his feelings as I do mine. He did what he did because it’s what he needed, not because of something I’d done. Even Grayson agrees that I did nothing wrong. He’s told me a hundred times already that I have nothing to feel guilty about.
Grayson’s right. I have nothing to feel guilty about. And I don’t. Feel guilty, that is. It’s been days and still the guilt won’t come. I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to feel guilty about. I just know it’s the next stage in the grieving process.
As part of the Avery Shaw Experiment, I have decided to try and let the stages of grief occur naturally. However, that doesn’t mean that I will sit around waiting for acceptance and a cured heart to find me. No one has ever achieved results by being stagnant. 
I’ve decided that the best thing for me to do is that which true mourners do—try to move on with my life. I need to stop dwelling on the past. I need to accept that my relationship with Aiden will never go back to the way it was, and that my life has changed in a very permanent way. I will never be the same. 
I figured step one of “moving on” was to purge my life of all things Aiden Kennedy. Tonight I had Grayson come over to my house and help me remove everything that reminded me of Aiden. My theory was that if I see nothing that sparks a memory, then I would be able to think of Aiden less and it would be easier for me to forget him.
This experience was much harder and more painful than I thought it would be. I never could have done it without Grayson’s support and encouragement. Crying in front of him was embarrassing, but he didn’t seem to think any less of me for it. I’m grateful to have such an understanding partner.
After it was all over—Grayson had to pry the garbage bag full of memories from my hands and drive away with it, or all of that stuff would have ended up right back in its place—I expected to feel better. I expected some sort of closure or sense of relief. Instead I looked around at all the bare walls and dust outlines on the dresser and cried even harder. 
The empty spots where the pictures and souvenirs once were now stand as reminders themselves—big empty voids just like the one in my heart that used to be filled with my best friend. Part of me is missing. It’s as if I am an amputee missing an arm or a leg. 
The spot on my wall where I used to hang a poster of Albert Einstein that Aiden had given me after I’d dressed as the brilliant physicist for Halloween in middle school was the most obvious gaping hole. I took one look at that spot and broke down.
When I lost it, Grayson wrapped his arms around me, told me he knew how to fix the problem, and then disappeared slamming my bedroom door shut behind him. After a minute, he came back and I watched, bewildered, as he pinned a pair of smiley face boxer shorts to my wall where Einstein used to watch over me.
I couldn’t help the way my horrified gaze dropped to Grayson’s pants. He burst into laughter, knowing what I’d been thinking, and insisted that the shorts now on my wall were his emergency pair—clean and washed—that he kept in his gym bag, and that this was most definitely an emergency.
I asked why he tacked his underwear up on my bedroom wall and he told me because now every time I looked at that spot I would think of him and laugh instead of thinking of Aiden and crying. He was right. I can’t help smiling at the ridiculous smiley faces.  
He also told me that they would help me have good dreams. When I asked why he said because I would dream about him being mostly naked instead of having nightmares of Aiden leaving me. I’d freaked out so badly that he’d had to prompt me to breathe again. I don’t know that I’ll have any dreams at night, but the daydreams are already ridiculous. I can’t stop picturing him in those shorts! I’m going to have to get something to replace them. Soon!
“Purging”
(Grayson)

Avery is crazy. Girls are slightly insane in general, but Avery is especially nuts.  She called me up tonight and asked me to help her purge Aiden from her life. I have been asked by a lot of girls to do a lot of things, but never to help them purge. Whatever she meant, I was sure it wasn’t going to be all fun dates and playing like she’d promised me when I agreed to this whacked-out experiment.
Apparently purging was smart-girl talk for throwing out your ex’s junk. I know this is like some kind of sacred ritual among chicks—they have scenes about it in movies and everything—but I don’t get what the big deal is. It’s just stupid crap. Pictures, CD’s, lame stuffed animals, and in Avery’s case, old science projects, reports, and even a Civil War diorama that she and Aidan had done in the 3rd grade. The thing was practically biodegrading and yet Aves nearly had a panic attack when I shoved the old shoebox into a garbage bag.
Avery was a freaking train wreck through the whole thing. I had to do all of the actual throwing out because she wasn’t really capable of anything more than pointing at stuff and bursting into tears. She couldn’t even explain why half of that crap reminded her of Aiden. (I’m still at a loss with the Diana Ross CD.)
I thought her attachment to all of it was stupid, but I have to admit the concept had merit. She needed to get over my idiot brother already. The dude was not worth the emotional pain Avery was putting herself through. If I could, I’d wipe Aiden clean from the Earth, but since murder is a felony and I’m too hot to go to prison, purging him from Avery’s life was the next best thing. Aves may have found the evening emotionally scarring, but I thought it was mildly satisfying. Punching Aiden in the face would have been more satisfying, but there was some consolation in burning his pictures.
The more stuff we got rid of, the better I felt. When I carried the garbage bag out of the house—I had to pry it from Avery’s fingers—I thought Aves would feel better too. I thought for sure there would be some kind of relief for her.
Not so much.
I came back inside and found Avery staring at her bedroom wall like some kind of mental patient.  When I walked in the room she turned to me and my heart almost broke for her. Her tears were pouring down her face again and the look in her eyes was so devastated that I felt her pain with her.
In a single stride I pulled her against me and wrapped her tightly in my arms hoping that feeling her there would stop the throbbing in my chest.
Crying girls have always been my biggest weakness. I pretty much hate this about myself, because it makes me vulnerable to them. But I seriously cannot stand it when girls cry. It’s like there is something in me, some kind of physical part of me that reacts when I see a girl cry. It makes me crazy and the feeling doesn’t go away until I’ve made them stop. I have to make them stop. I have to do whatever it takes to put a smile on a sad girl’s face no matter what it does to my dignity.
I’m such a sucker.
Tonight was no exception. Actually, it was one of my least dignified moments ever. Curse my stupid hero gene.
Aves was falling apart and I had to make it better. While she buried her face in my chest, my brain spun frantically searching for some sort of solution. I wasn’t even sure what had set her off this time, but then I looked up at the wall and everything fell into place.
Avery had had this lame poster on her wall of an old dude with crazy hair. I think it was Albert Einstein or someone. I’d taken it down, but it had been in that same spot for so long that you could see the outline of it where the sun had bleached the paint around it over the years.
The big empty rectangle spot was worse than the poster. It was practically jumping off the wall, mocking me in the worst way. I may as well have painted the words AIDEN LEFT YOU in the poster’s place when I took it down, because now it was obvious that it was gone. Just like Aiden was.
I had to fix it. I had to get rid of that spot. But I couldn’t put the poster back. I had to put something else there. Something that wouldn’t remind her of Aiden. More than that—it had to be something that would cheer her up and put a smile on her face when she saw it. It was the “smile” thought that gave me the idea.
Now, this is the part where my dignity comes into play. I was so desperate to cheer Aves up that I’d have given her the shirt off my back if I thought it could help. Unfortunately, in this case, my shirt wouldn’t do any good. But my underwear…
That’s right, I gave Avery Shaw my underpants. The stupid, dorky ones Aiden got me for Christmas a couple of years ago because he’s a tool like that, that I kept in my gym bag. They were white with rainbow smiley faces all over them. Ridiculous. But they would make Avery laugh.
Before I could think better of it, I strolled into Avery’s room and tacked those dumb shorts right over that stupid poster spot. After they were securely fastened to her wall I turned around and grinned at her as big as I could. The trick was confidence. I had to act like I thought this was totally normal, and the most brilliant idea ever or Avery would know how stupid I suddenly felt and then she’d get embarrassed.
Avery looked slightly horrified and her eyes dropped to my waist. I burst into laughter and pulled up my shirt, exposing the band of the boxers I was wearing as proof that I was still dressed beneath my pants. Once she was assured that the shorts on her wall were at least clean she, of course, asked me why I’d just decorated her room with underwear.
I explained my theory of them making her laugh and think of me instead of the Einstein poster making her cry over Aiden. It worked. She looked up at my shorts and actually smiled. It was the first smile I’d seen on her face since I’d arrived. I felt five hundred pounds lighter all the sudden and my smile reached goofy status.
Then, because I’m a jerk and couldn’t help myself, I made a comment about her dreaming of me in nothing but those smiley faces. She totally freaked of course. I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I love watching her blush too much. She turned so red that I was sure she had a very clear mental image stuck in her head.

I waited until she started breathing again, then I kissed her bright red cheek and told her to have pleasant dreams tonight. It was classic. There is no one on the planet more adorable than Avery. 

To read the rest of The Avery Diaries, and find other fun bonus material visit the “extras” page on Kelly’s website.



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Blog Takeover Day 3- Wednesday- Science Geek Appreciation Week

Well we’re mid week now–half way through Science Geek Appreciation Week–and it’s time to get up close and personal with the author of the Science Squad series, Kelly Oram.

If you missed any of the previous posts about The Avery Shaw Experiment or The Libby Garrett Intervention, be sure to stop by the Facebook event. Along with the posts, there’s all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways going on. Lots of chances to win signed books and swag, talk to the author and just have fun with other science geek loving friends. There’s a new giveaway every day. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY!

So, what should you know about Kelly Oram?

      

The Obvious:
I love to write.
&
I’m a ginger.

The Basics:
I wrote my first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about my favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which my family and friends still tease me. I’m obsessed with reading, talk way too much, and like to eat frosting by the spoonful. I live outside of Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, four children, and my cat, Mr. Darcy. And we named his litter box Pemberly because it’s where he makes ten thousand (poops) a year! 

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The Fun Stuff:

1. I love to sing and went to college as a voice performance major.
2. I once competed in the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant. (I did not win LOL.)
3. I’m a baseball fanatic. (Go D-backs!)
4. I broke my head as a kid and had to wear a hockey helmet to school as my cast.
5. I own my own 10-sided dice for role-playing that no one but me is allowed to role.
6. I’m left handed.
7. I am credited as associate producer for the independent film Amber Alert.
8. I live for road trips. Best vacation I ever took was a three-week coast-to-coast-and-back drive with my father.
9. The Backstreet Boys were my 1D in high school, and I was a total fangirl. I still have a whole collection of fan paraphernalia.

10. I took both golf and bowling classes in college to fulfil my PE credits. (I still suck at both.)

The Bookish Stuff:

How did you come up with the idea for The Avery Shaw Experiment?
I remember the day I came up with the idea, but not exactly how the concept popped into my head. I went for a run. (Okay, it was more of a walk-run during one of my on-again times where I was dedicated to working out. The off-again times are way more frequent.)
Anyway, I’d gone for a run and it was one of those precious moments where I was by myself, no distractions, no kids–just me and my thoughts. The concept for a girl getting over a broken heart using the seven stages of grief popped into my head, and before that half an hour (yes, that’s all I can run before I want to die) was over, I had most of the book plotted.
I was in the middle of another manuscript at the time, but I went home and wrote Avery’s prologue right away. Five weeks later I had a finished book. The Avery Shaw Experiment had been my easiest book to write so far. It just flowed so naturally, and honestly, I blame that on Avery and Grayson’s natural chemistry. (Hehe science pun totally intended!)

 

Are you a science geek yourself?
I am a geek of many colors. Music, fantasy, sic-fi, choir, books… But no, I was never a science geek. I was actually a very mediocre-to-horrible student. I never liked the academic stuff, and I struggled with a lot of it. (I spent too much time in my own imagination!) But, that said, I can see the fun in doing science experiments, and I find the occasional documentary about science stuff interesting. Most of my science geek inspiration was drawn from my mother. (She is a HUGE science nerd!) The woman loves bugs and dissection and all things dealing with the human body. She worked in a chemistry lab when I was younger and now works with a team of rocket scientists putting rockets in space and sending supplies to the space stations and things like that. It’s a dream come true for her every time she travels to Virginia to launch one of her rockets. She’s a hard-core nerd and I love her dearly for it, which is why I had to dedicate The Avery Shaw Experiment to her. (Love you Mom!)

 

How did you come up with the idea for The Libby Garrett Intervention?
Libby was a little different. The idea didn’t come as easy. It took a lot more planning. I loved Libby’s character and really wanted to write her a story, but it took me a long time to commit to it. As much as everyone asked for a Libby and Owen story, I really felt like Owen wasn’t the right one for her. The idea for the Libby Garrett Intervention sparked from me imagining what a relationship between Owen and Libby would be like based on there characters from The Avery Shaw Experiment. I just couldn’t imagine Owen ever being a Grayson, and falling for Libby the way she deserved. That’s where the idea of Libby’s “addiction” to Owen came in and it was a short leap from there to the Twelve Step program. I loved the idea of the steps because it fit perfectly with the stages of grief I used in the first book. It was the perfect companion story. And suddenly, voila! I had the next book.

 

Will there be more Science Squad books in the future?
There will be at least one more. I have a story already plotted out for one of the other science squad geeks, though my writing schedule is so packed that it will probably take me a couple years to get to it. After that, I don’t know. I’d love to end the series with Aiden’s story, but I’d have to actually come up with a story for him first. I’ve pit the idea in my head though, and am letting it simmer, so we’ll see what happens.

 

What’s your favorite part of the story, and your favorite quote from The Avery Shaw Experiment? Oh, goodness, that’s a hard one. I know most people probably love the shower scene (it’s not what you think!) in the beginning, or the dancing scene, or basically all the more romantic scenes between Avery and Grayson, but my favorite scenes are actually the science/school. stuff. (Maybe I’m a bit of a science geek after all. My mother would be proud!) I love the scene where the science squad takes Grayson to the bowling alley for a lesson in applied physics and explain Newton’s laws. Like I said, I struggled a lot in high school, because, like Grayson, I have a different style of learning than most people. I need things to be interactive and fun, and I need things explained to me in ways that are applicable to my daily life. I had a lot of fun finding a way to make science fun and creative.

 

My other favorite scene is between Grayson and Mr. Walden at the end. As much as I loved Grayson and Avery, I had a special place in my heart for the relationship between Grayson and his Physics teacher. I’ve been where Grayson was, and I had a couple of cool teachers that, despite my grades and struggles, really understood me. Those were the teachers that made a difference in my education, and I really wish there were more great teachers out there. So, yeah, developing the relationship between those two was a lot of fun for me, and in the end when they’ve completed character arc, it still makes me smile every time I read that scene.

 

As for my favorite quotes? I have a million, but I’ll narrow it down to two for you. I already have them in convenient photo teasers for you to pass around the internet, should you feel so inclined. 😉


So, that’s me in a nutshell. Hopefully you’ve recognized my brilliance by now (and my sarcasm) and I’ve convinced you to check out the books. I think they’re a lot of fun and I’m so excited to share Libby with the world!
 
The Avery Shaw Experiment is on sale this week only for just $0.99. 
I promise, it’s worth the dollar! 
Amazon * iBooks * B&N * Kobo

And The Libby Garrett Intervention is now available for the special preorder price of $2.99. 
(Regular listing price $4.99 after it goes on sale, so order now and save yourself some money!)
Amazon * iBooks * Kobo

If you’d like to see more, there are more teasers, excerpts, character interviews, games and giveaways happening on the Science Geek Appreciation Week Facebook event. Make sure you stop by the party and enter to win some of the giveaways. Signed books and swag! FACEBOOK EVENT


Blog Takeover Day 2 – Tuesday – Science Geek Appreciation Week

Welcome to Day 2 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with Author Kelly Oram! If you missed yesterday’s post about The Avery Shaw Experiment, you can check it out HERE. And don’t forget to stop by the Facebook party for all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways. There’s a new giveaway every day. CLICK HERE TO PARTY!

Now… On to the cover reveal for The Libby Garrett Intervention!

The Spanish Fork High Science Squad is back in this hilarious and heartwarming companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment.

 .
Hello! Eleanor here! I couldn’t keep quiet, so here I am with my thoughts, rudely barging in!  It is just that cover! It is so perfect! Finally a cover featuring a model who isn’t a twig when we have already been told that the main character isn’t a twig. Yay for realistic interpretation! Although she is rather gorgeous…Ok, I am done, back to Kelly Oram. Over and Out! 
 …

Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson’s hot lovin’. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn’t appreciate all of Libby’s awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they’re dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she’s the only one who can’t see it. 

When Libby’s behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program—Owen’s Anonymous—and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard-as-nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.


Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he’s crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson—a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.

Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he’s the perfect candidate to be Libby’s sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?

Teasers

Libby
Avery sighed. “This isn’t an attack, Libby, it’s an intervention.”
My head snapped Avery’s direction.  “Homegirl says what?”
Avery smiled again, but this time it was full of determination. “You have a problem, Libby. We’ve all come here tonight because we love you and we’re worried about you.”
“Okay, someone definitely cooked up something special in the chem lab or something. You’ve all officially gone mental. I’m not on drugs.”
Avery shook her head. “But your relationship with Owen is just as destructive.”
I’d heard enough. “An intervention?” They were comparing me to a drug addict and saying Owen was my crack? “I came here to apologize to all of you and this is what I get?” I jumped to my feet. “This is such equus ferus feces!”
I bolted for the door and got about three steps before Adam intercepted me, blocking the way like a lean, tattoo-covered wall of attitude. He stood in a typical bouncer’s stance with his feet shoulder width apart and his arms folded across his chest. Though he wasn’t particularly tall or bulky, he was still intimidating. I glared up at him. “And you’re a gluteus maximus!”
Adam’s face pulled into a frown and he looked to the group to translate. Aiden grinned. “That’s Libby speak for ‘This is horse shit’ and ‘You’re an ass’.”
Adam brought his gaze back to me, and I kept up my glare, refusing to take it back. I waited for him to flip out on me, but was shocked when his lips twitched as if he was fighting a smile. I had to be wrong, though, because there was no way this jerk had a sense of humor. “Get out of my way.”
He face hardened again. “You sit that luscious little gluteus maximus of yours back down on that couch right now,” he said, “or I’ll put it there myself.”
It really does not happen often, but I was rendered completely speechless. I was also unable to move, save the way my eyes tripled in size as I gawked at him. He gave me a dry look and added, “Capisce, Cider Chick?
Adam

When I looked at Libby, she shrugged as though she was as helpless in this situation as I was. “Help me, Coffee-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
It was so Libby.
“Okay.” I prayed I wasn’t making a huge mistake.
Kate and Avery both squealed and pounced on me, giving me hugs. I was still wary, but their energy was contagious and I cracked a smile.
“Thank you, Adam,” Avery said. “You really, really are the best. Is there any chance you could get started tomorrow? Libby managed to say no to Owen tonight, but if we don’t help keep her distracted tomorrow, she’s going to end up in his very expensive hotel suite tomorrow night.”
And just like that, all my reservations about this disappeared. I was all in, and failure was not an option. Libby was never going to end up in that jerk’s bed ever again if I could help it. “Tomorrow’s as good a day as any. I’m off work at two.”
Libby was already at the door trying to escape, but she stopped before turning the knob. “Actually, I need you ready to go at seven thirty in the morning. Avery already cleared it with your boss. He was more than happy to take your shift. He said he’s been trying to get you to take a vacation day for months.”
My head reared back. “You cleared my schedule tomorrow?”
Libby looked me right in the eyes and grinned wickedly. The smile did something to my insides. “You’re mine tomorrow, Coffee Man,” she purred jokingly.
I stopped breathing. Hers. Yes. Yes I was. Heaven help me, but I was hers. This was so bad. If I wasn’t careful Libby Garrett was going to break me. I had to take control of this situation fast. I don’t know what kind of look I had on my face when I stalked across the room toward her, but her eyes widened and she backed up until she bumped into the door. “You’ve got that all wrong,” I said, placing my hand on the door beside her head, trapping her in front of me.
I’d meant to intimidate her a little, but when she sucked in a breath and shivered, I lost control again. I leaned in a little too close and my next words accidentally came out in a possessive growl. “Starting tomorrow, Cider Chick, you are mine.”
Coming October 24th! 
Available for preorder now at: 

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Special preorder price of $2.99. 
(Two dollars off the normal listing price of $4.99)

 

This follow-up companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment can be read as a stand alone. (But where’s the fun in that?)  The Avery Shaw Experiment is only $0.99 right now. So why wait until October to meet Libby when you can fall in love with her right now for only a dollar?
 Download The avery Shaw Experiment at Amazon * iBooks * B&N * Kobo


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Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 

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Blog Takeover Day 1- Monday- Science Geek Appreciation Week

Welcome to Day 1 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with author Kelly Oram–a fun-filled week of teasers, interviews, games, giveaways, and lots and lost of science! We’re going to kick off the week by introducing you to the stars of the Spanish Fork High Science Squad–Club President Avery Shaw and her newest recruit, Grayson Kennedy–in their debut novel The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Blufields
Pages:221
Available: AmazoniBooksB&NKobo

Summary: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart. 

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the loveable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.


Teasers:
Avery

I was so out of it that I’d slipped into the bathroom while Grayson was in the shower, and I didn’t even notice until he poked his head out from behind the curtain with a surprised look on his face. “Aves, babe, I’m a little busy here.” He cocked an eyebrow and gave me a crooked smile. “Unless you’re planning to join me…?”

Just then there was a loud knock on the door, and my mother’s worried voice called out to me. I looked up at Grayson and in a moment of sheer panic didn’t think twice before jumping behind the curtain with him.

“Whoa! Avery! I was only teasing!”

I could hear Grayson, but I couldn’t really respond. I leaned my back against the cold tile wall and closed my eyes, letting the hot water rain down on me.

There was another knock, louder this time, and then the door opened. “Avery? That you in here, sweetie?”

I frantically shook my head, praying that Grayson would do the right thing. 

“Sorry, Kaitlin. It’s just me.”

“Oh. Sorry, Grayson. I thought maybe you were Avery.” 


“Yeah, I get that a lot,” he teased.

My mom laughed and then sighed heavily. “If you see her after you’re done, tell her I’m looking for her.”

“Will do.”

The door clicked shut and things got quiet. I stood there for so long that my head started to hurt and I got really dizzy. My knees buckled.

Grayson quickly caught me under the arms. “Avery, breathe,” he commanded.

I took a breath. As oxygen flooded my lungs, I realized it was probably the first breath I’d taken in minutes. Literally.

“Aves,” a low steady voice said. I felt hands on either side of my face. I opened my eyes, and Grayson’s beautiful piercing blue ones were staring down at me from just inches away, taking up my entire field of vision. “You good now?” he asked.

I may have been breathing, but I would never be “good” again. I flung my arms around him and began to release gut-wrenching sobs into his chest. 
Grayson

I always looked at her as sort of a pesky little sister, but that all changed the day my brother dumped her. Why, you ask? Let me put it this way: When a girl lets you be the one to hold her as her entire world falls apart, even though you’re ass naked, it changes the way you see her. The soaking-wet, see-through t-shirt didn’t hurt, either.


“You look really nice,” I blurted, unable to hide my surprise.

The compliment startled her. She blushed and looked at her feet as she mumbled, “I need to blow my hair dry.”

I grinned. “Don’t want to have to explain to anyone how it got wet, eh?”

She turned even brighter red but then glared at me. “I just don’t want my hair to freeze.”

I laughed as I threw my hands up in surrender and then laughed even harder when she stalked past me into the bathroom.

I leaned against the door and watched, curiously, as she dried her hair. There was something oddly fascinating about watching Little Avery Shaw primp. She’d never seemed like such a real girl to me before. She wasn’t so little anymore, either.

She caught me staring at her in the mirror, so I quickly said, “I thought dorks were supposed to have bad hair and horrible, frumpy fashion senses.”

“Just because I enjoy learning doesn’t mean I’m a dork,” she said, insulted.

“Two words for you Aves: science club.” 

This week only, The Avery Shaw Experiment is on sale for just $0.99! Make sure to snag a copy while it’s cheap! 

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For more bonus material, teasers, games, and chances to win things like signed books and swag stop by the Facebook event, happening now through Friday.
Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 

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Stock Up Sunday- Last Post Before Kelly Oram’s Blog Takeover!

stock up sunday

Hi everybody!!

Welcome to a very special edition of Stock-Up Sunday!

Why so special you ask? Well, this is the last sunday before Science Geek Appreciation Week, which means the last post before the blog takeover by Kelly Oram!

Here is Science Geek Appreciation Week introduced by Kelly Oram herself!

“Hey guys! Kelly Oram here. In celebration of the upcoming release of The Libby Garrett Intervention (sequel/companion to The Avery Shaw Experiment) I’m devoting an entire week to the Science Squad of Spanish Fork High School! Starting August 3rd, I’ll be taking over blogs across the globe and hosting the party of the year on Facebook.

There will be loads of awesome things happening on this blog!! BUT if you want even more, then make sure you join the Facebook event hosted by Kelly Oram. Why? I’ll let her tell you!

If you want even more bonus material and chance after chance to win lots of amazing stuff including signed books and swag from yours truly, then make sure you join the SCIENCE GEEK APPRECIATION WEEK FACEBOOK EVENT. 

Here’s a breakdown of each day’s activities on the Facebook event…

Monday: Book Spotlight — The Avery Shaw Experiment, The Avery Shaw Experiment soundtrack, Cast Avery Shaw to win swag pack, and photo teaser giveaway of a signed copy of Cinder & Ella

Tuesday: Cover Reveal — The Libby Garrett Intervention, The Libby Garrett Intervention soundtrack, Cast Libby Garrett to win swag pack, and photo teaser giveaway of a signed copy of V is for Virgin

Wednesday: Author Spotlight — Meet Kelly and learn about how she came up with the Science Squad books, Meet the Science squad with character profiles and a team interview from the characters, Cast Grayson to win a swag pack, and photo teaser giveaway to win a signed copy of Serial Hottie

Thursday: Spotlight — The Avery Diaries. Read six short stories taken from Avery’s and Grayson’s journals during the Avery Shaw Experiment (spoiler free for both books). Interview with Avery and Grayson, Cast Owen to win a swag pack, and photo teaser giveaway to win a signed copy of Being Jamie Baker

Friday: Sneak Peek — The Libby Garrett Intervention, interview with Spanish Fork High’s most hated science geek, Aiden Kennedy, cast Aiden to win a swag pack, photo teaser giveaway for a signed copy of Scion.

All week long The Avery Shaw Experiment will be on sale for just $0.99 and The Libby Garrett Intervention will be available for pre-order! All games and giveaways and much of the bonus content will be exclusive to the FACEBOOK EVENT so make sure you join! 

Sounds amazing right? So check back here tomorrow for the first day of the blog takeover.

OK, here is where it gets personal. As I get to press these blog posts, I get to read them. And as I get to read them, I might occasionally add in my own thoughts and feelings on any given topic. If you want to read my thoughts on the blog takeover, you might find them in “bold” hidden away on the blog posts :).

OK, now for the books I received/bought/borrowed this week.

Bought

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

extremely loud

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

man called ove

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go set a watchman

I admit I am quite late buying this, I was going to wait for the paperback because I thought it might be cheaper…I couldn’t wait! 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabkov

Books I received as ARCS

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

That is all!! Thanks for reading, link me up to your hauls in the comments below!!

Booky love
E. St. C
xxx

ARC Review- Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

eve

Release Date: August 12th 2015

From Goodreads

      Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
      After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
       But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
      Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

I have just finished EVE and I feel like I have been on an emotional roller-coaster involving waterfalls of tears and huge vertical drops of pain, interspersed with crazy loops of happiness. I am not really sure where I stand right now apart from to say I LOVED THIS BOOK. This review might get updated a few times as I continue to think about the plot and characters, meaning it might end up quite long so I have split it into two parts.

The Short
Five Stars- it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!

The Long

Here we go. I am going for a no-spoiler review here, so bear with my rambling! I ought to say here that I received a free ARC from the Author and this has in no way affected my review.

Things I loved about EVE: The Awakening

Eve. It is so rare these days for a reader to be given a strong female character who can still depend on others, make mistakes and actually be believable. Eve is a tough girl, but she has reason to be. She has been abused at every stage of her life, shunned by society and beaten up by her peers. So she learnt to fight back, she learnt to control her talent and she learnt to keep people away. She is a leader, but is not perfect.

Jason Valentine– Finally, a love interest who doesn’t treat the main character like dirt. He is kind, sweet and sexy. You won’t find any Christian Greys in Jenna’s story worlds, this guy is sweet, you could probably introduce him to your parents, (as long as they weren’t chimera hating asshats), he is sexy, and he cares for Eve and really shows it.

Percy– I adored Percy. I was so glad Jason has a friend who was loyal, and then when you meet Percy’s Mother…well, I feel I might be getting into spoiler territory here, but let me say- yay for loveable characters! If an author can make me squirm with happiness for the main character, then that author has won. Also Percy really made me feel that Jason was an alright guy early on in the book as he was so obviously nice, no way could Jason be an asshat and be friends with him.

The plot– all the way through this book, I really couldn’t see what was coming. And things kept coming! It is so action packed, and you honestly couldn’t guess what the gang were going to do next, but at the same time, because I feel like I know Jenna’s writing style from her youtube videos, I felt this inexplicable trust. You see, Jenna Moreci is a planner, she has the whole plot set out, so I knew (or at least, really really hoped) that the ending was going to be just as awesome as the rest of the book, so I could just settle in and enjoy the ride. This might be a personal thing, but lately I have been bitten by a lot of books that had good beginnings, great middles and then just went flop at the end. EVE is not one of these books, in fact, the ending might be the BEST part!

The fight scenes. Surprisingly, as I don’t really like action films and although I enjoy fight scenes in comic books, in novels I tend to just gloss over them a bit. But in EVE, I got really caught up in them, and now I want to be as bad ass as Eve!

Things I didn’t like

Ummmm, let me get back to you on that one! No, seriously, I can’t actually think of anything I would change about this book. It has given me weird dreams all week where I am fighting interlopers, that were actually the sort of scary nightmare that you are a little disappointed to wake up from? Anyone else get those? Nope, just me? Oh well!

Star Rating

Fivestars

 

 

So as I said, this book gets five stars from me, and I am definitely buying a hard copy as well as my already pre-ordered kindle edition.

If you would like to buy Eve: The Awakening, here is the link to Amazon, where you can preorder it.

The release date is the 12th August 2015.

I guess all that is left for me to say is thank you so, so, so much to Jenna for letting me read an Advance Reader Copy of this book, I am so honoured to be a part of your Cyborg Army.

I forgot to mention that you can read the first three chapters of EVE here. Be warned, it is totally addictive, possible side effects include swooning, shouting at the computer screen and clicking on the preorder button!

Much Booky Love
E. St. C
xxx

Stock-Up Sunday

stock up sunday

Stock up Sunday is a weekly post where I showcase the books I have added to my eclectic bookshelf that week! Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week I joined the library in Bath, so I have some library books to add to my pile! I have also been a bit absent recently so this week I am featuring books from the last two weeks, which includes my birthday, so a pretty big haul!

Books I Bought

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

the narrow road to the deep north

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Books I was Given

Settled Wanderers- The Poetry of Western Sahara

Settled Wanderers

I was bought this book by my parents on my birthday at a poetry night where Sam Berkson was the featured poet. He is amazing, if you ever get the chance to go and see him perform I highly recommend it! He also wrote a lovely message in my copy! This book is a really important poetry book that I highly recommend. One of my favourite poems from it is called Particulars, it tells the story of individuals rather than the huge numbers.

Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony on the north west coast of Africa. Following the death of Franco (1975) and subsequent invasion by Morocco and Mauritania, the territory has been under occupation, the people denied self-determination and the land annexed as the ‘southern provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco’. Around half of the former nomadic people of Western Sahara (the Saharawi) live in refugee camps around the isolated desert of Tindouf over the border in Algeria. 2015 marks the 40th year of exile. Poetry is a cultural tradition in the Western Sahara that goes back millennia.In 2013 poet Sam Berkson was invited by the charity Olive Branch to visit these camps as a poet in residence. In March 2014, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Influx Press raised enough money to send him back to gather and translate some of the contemporary poetry of the Saharawi.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Books From The Library

Neil Gaiman’s Eternals

Eternals

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

That’s all this week!

Have you read any of these books? Link me up to your Stacking the Shelves posts!

Booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

illuminae

Expected publication: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books

From Goodreads
   This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
   This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
   The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
   But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on.      As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
   Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Why I Am Waiting Anxiously…

This book first came to my attention when Little Book Owl (Catriona) marked it as read on Goodreads, and her reaction was pretty epic. Then I read the description and from what I can gather, it seems like a multimedia-type novel, which I am really into after starting House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I just hope this book lives up to the mega-hype surrounding it!

What is your “Waiting on” pick this week? Anyone else excited for Illuminae? Have any of you lucky reviewers read it?

Booky love
E. St. C.

Lots of lovely new features coming to this blog!! Yay!

Hello! So, I am having a blog revamp, because I have been self hosting for six months now, which is long enough to be able to tell which parts are working for me, and which parts have to go! As part of my revamp, I am introducing some new features.

Middle Grade to Adult

I will feature a middle grade book that I love, and then an adult book that is similar.

Quarterly Goals

Already done the first one of these here. Thanks to Jenna Moreci for this one, you are pretty cool!

Accents in Literature 

This will feature books that have a main character with an accent, and whether it is successful or not.When it is done well, it can give so much more to a book!

My World

What is going on in my real life, because, as much as I wish I could live in a story world all the time, I need to pay the rent so that I have somewhere dry to keep my books 🙂

Science Faction

You might not know, but I studied biology in my undergraduate degree, and I really enjoy reading science fiction. This feature will showcase some books that use real science, and some of the researchers who actually use this in real life.

That is all for now. I am really excited about these new features as I have been feeling that my blog was a little samey. Everything in my life has changed so much recently, I feel it is a good time for an “All Change” on my blog too!

Booky love
E. St. C
xxx

Blogging Hiatus and Quarterly Goals

Hello Hello!

So, I have been on a bit of a blogging hiatus recently. I have been so busy, and was lacking motivation to post reviews. For a while I managed to keep up with my weekly memes, and then they just died out too. But I have an excuse, honest!

First excuse,  I was applying to Masters courses in Creative Writing, and then there were Interviews to attend, campuses to visit and decisions to be made. I am really excited to be able to say that I am starting an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in September!

After that I went to my best friends wedding in Dubai, which was the adventure of a lifetime. I got henna, visited a mosque and a hospital wearing an abaya and shayla, attended a proper Arabic wedding, learnt how to dance and rode a Nations Cup horse!! I honestly had the best time and my friends wedding was absolutely beautiful. I wish her and her husband all the happiness for the future and I can not wait for my next trip to Dubai to see them both!

Finally, I made the decision to move to Bath and get a job, so that by September I would have somewhere to live and wouldn’t have to compete with hundreds of other students for part time jobs.  I found a Flat and three jobs! One of them is in a traditional Sweet Shop, with jars all along the walls, and old fashioned sweets. I love it there, it is the first time I have ever worked in a “retail” job and I am enjoying every minute.

All of this upheaval has meant that my routine has been up in the air for a while, and I haven’t achieved some of the things I wanted to. So I have decided to take on the advice of Jenna Moreci, my favourite vlogger and all round awesome cyborg, and make a quarterly goal list, online, where I can be “held accountable for failing miserably when I do not achieve my goals”. So here we go:

My goals for the Next Quarter (July, August, September)

1. Make a blogging schedule and commit to it.

2. Read five books from my TBR pile. (Seriously, that pile of books has overtaken my bookshelves.)

3. Finish making my flatpack chest of drawers and post pictures. (accountability- yay!)

4. Finish my picture wall. (Right now it looks really sad because I stuck five pictures up before I ran out of Blu-Tack. I bought Blu-Tack, but didn’t finish the job.)

5. Revamp my Twitter Account, Google Plus page and my blog. I just don’t feel this theme is working for me at all, but I need a whole day where I can really work on it and make it awesome.

6.  Sort out my career development loan. (I have been putting this off because I hate dealing with banks, but I just realised that I am starting my degree in less than three months- oops!)

7. Sort out my ARCs and make sure I am reading them in order of release, not just because I am super excited about them…

8. Buy ring-binders and start off the course in an organised fashion.

9. Write five hundred words a day. (On anything. I just want to get into the habit of writing SOMETHING!)

10. Finally, set up a blog of my journey through my Creative Writing Masters. I know, you are probably thinking, WHAAAT? Is this girl crazy? She can barely keep up with one blog, no matter two! Don’t worry kind, concerned reader. The new blog will mainly be a place to talk about the course and a platform for me to showcase my own work. This blog will always be my main priority!

So, that’s it. I am going to create a page on this blog with all of my goals on it, so I can easily see what I have left to do!

Have any of you created any goals for the summer? Or done a Masters in Creative Writing? Leave me a comment, or tweet me @Eleanorjames

Much booky love,
Eleanor
xxx

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Of Dreams and Rust

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Of Dreams and Rust

From Goodreads

War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to “Of Metal and Wishes”, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

Why I’m Waiting Anxiously

I absolutely loved the first book in this Duology (I know, not many authors go for Duologies nowadays, so knowing that Of Metal and Wishes is a duology kinda excited me- weird? Maybe!) but there were some things left unresolved at the end of the first book. Will the Noor win their fight? Will Wen and Melik be together again? Is Melik still as idealistic as he always was or has war hardened him? Is this book going to live up to the five star rating I gave Of Metal and Wishes?

Also, that cover is beautiful! These books have had such lovely covers!

I read the first book on PulseIt and I really want to buy it, so I might be making a dual purchase of both books once I have some monies in my bank account!

What is your Waiting on Wednesday this week? Anyone else out there excited for Of Dreams and Rust?

Much booky love
E. St. C
xxx

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish starring a particular theme.

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This weeks topic is the Top Ten Books on our Summer TBR List. I tried to stick to reads that felt summery, but a couple of darker fantastical books made it on because I am just so excited about them! For this weeks TTT I have only included books I own or have already preordered.

1. Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

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This book is going to come out in August and having read the first three chapters for free (here) I know I am going to race through the rest as soon as it arrives on my Kindle! I guess this book is too dark to be considered a “Summer” read but it comes out in August, so it is going to be read in Summer!

2. Paper Towns by John Green

papaer towns

This is the first book I plan on reading as I adored The Fault in our Stars.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

darker shade of magic

4. The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe vs Alex Woods

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine

I actually started this book and then Masters applications took over my life, but I hope to finish it this summer.

6. Ulysses

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This is going to be my personal mission for the Summer. I think it might take a long time, so I took the library book I borrowed back and bought my own copy. This is definitely the hardest read on my summer list.

7. Black Dog Summer

BlackDogSummer

Finally, a book with Summer in the title!

8. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange

I borrowed this book from my sister so I need to finish it soon or she will be asking for it back before I am done!

9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

evrything everything

I have this as an ARC and it looks so good! Can’t wait to read it!

10. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

salmon fishing

I saw the film of this and really enjoyed it, although I have been told that the book is even better. The book itself is really beautiful, it feels like a journal and has a string bookmark.

Have you read any of these books? Want to read any of them? Comment below and let me know, or link me up to your TTT.

Much booky love
E. St C.
xxx

Stock-up Sunday-14/06

stock up sunday

Stock up Sunday is a weekly post where I showcase the books I have added to my eclectic bookshelf that week! Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This weeks is pretty big as I have been travelling the world recently and picked up lots of books, but had no internet (and then no computer) to update my blog! So lots of updates coming this way!

Bought

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman

The Curvy Girls Club

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe vs Alex Woods

Sweet Temptation by Lucy Diamond

Sweet Temptation

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I bought this book in the airport on my way to Cork and read it on the plane, and it is amazing! I think writers who can write in an accent successfully are so talented!

Paper Towns by John Green

papaer towns

The film coming out later this year might have had something to do with this book buy…

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

darker shade of magic

Excited to try this after loving Vicious by the same author.

Borrowed

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange

My sister Katrina (who blogs over at http://electric-daisy.co.uk) lent me this book and I am so glad she did as I really want to read it but I am on a bit of a book ban at the moment. I have so many books to read I haven’t allowed myself to buy any more, but it doesn’t count if it is borrowed, right?

Foreign Affairs and Other Stories by Sean O’Faolain

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

woman into doors

Stephen Hero by James Joyce

The Literary Writings of Patrick Pearse Edited by Seamas ‘O Buachalla

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

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These were all lent to me by my godmother Mary who decided I couldn’t go to University College Cork without reading some classic Irish literature!

Given

Ulysses by James Joyce

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Metaphysical Poets Edited by Helen Gardner

The Metaphysical Poets

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

These books were all given to me by my mother who found them in a bookshop in Clevedon near Bristol. (http://www.clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop/)

You Are Welcome to Wales by Phil Knight

Phil Knight is a member of my Writers Group in Neath and this is his new collection of poems, which was given to me to read by Phil! I have heard a few of them being read at the writers group and I am really excited to read the rest. Also, the cover is so amazing! I can’t wait to post a review!

 

IN OTHER NEWS!

I am trying to find a writers magazine to subscribe to. I have picked up Writers Forum and Writing Magazine. If anyone out there knows about these sorts of things and wouldn’t mind nudging me in the direction of a good writing magazine, or thinks one of the two I have picked up is the best, comments would be much appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by! Link me up to your Stacking the Shelves posts!

Much booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

eve

Expected publication: 12th August 2015

From Goodreads

    Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

Why I am waiting anxiously…

I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever! I read the first three chapters here and couldn’t wait to get more of Eve! Poor Jenna Moreci is probably quite fed up of my excited messages and semi-stalker comments! Sorry Jenna! You are just so darn awesome!  I think this is definitely my most anticipated book of the year, so when it got it’s release date last week I was really excited that I could now feature it on WoW!

Need more reason to check out Eve?

1. Eve is badass. Like combat boots and snarky attitude badass. Is it weird that I want her for my friend?

2. Jason Valentine, my future book boyfriend. H-O-T. Although Eve might not want to be my friend then?

3. Jenna takes the rules of writing, holds them up and then stomps on them before burning them. This is her voice, and hers alone. And honestly? I think New Adult has been waiting for an author like that.

4. Madison, Eve’s roommate. She is all kinds of awful and I think I am going to enjoy it when Eve takes her down. I really hope she will!

5. The fact that this is set in an alternate world, but it is basically a US college, in the future. I love reading about schools in the US!

Jenna also has a really awesome YouTube channel for all of you would-be writers out there containing loads of tips and tricks for writing and publishing your book. I have shared the first video I ever saw by Jenna below. Enjoy!

What is your “Waiting on” Wednesday pick this week? Are you excited to read Eve: The Awakening? Comment below and link me up!

Booky love,
E. St. C.
xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish starring a particular theme.

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This week’s topic is a freebie, so I looked through the Top Ten archive to find topics I have missed and chose Top Ten Fictional Crushes, which I think will be really difficult as I fall hard for book boyfriends! I will try to narrow them down to ten… (I had to limit this to Young Adult books because otherwise the classics’ boys would have stolen lots of the places…Mr Darcy anyone? Edward Ferrars? Need I go on? )

1. Jace from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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I think Jace was one of the first book boyfriends I ever had, or at least the first one I can remember. The cover of City of Bones might have helped!

2. Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

scarlet

3. Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress

4. Zach from the Gallagher Girls series

cross my heart

 

Another early book boyfriend who will always be in my heart! <3

5. Aaron from the Fallen Series

the fallen

6. Dimitri from the Vampire Academy Series

vampire academy

7. Logan Quinn from the Mythos Academy series

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8. Gabriel from the Academy series

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Or Luke. Or maybe North? Seriously, picking one book boyfriend from this lot is impossible!!

9. Augustus Waters from the Fault in our Stars by John Green

Fault in our stars

10. Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices World

Bane Chronicles

 

Ok, just to finish up, a Book Boyfriend that I fully expect to belong to this list in the future, but I have only read three chapters of this book, as it hasn’t been published yet…

Jason Valentine from Eve: The Awakening. if you would like to fall in love with this literary hottie before everyone else, you can read the first three chapters for free here.

That’s all from me!

Link me up to your Top Ten Tuesdays and I will come and check them out. Do any of these men feature on your list of book boyfriends?

Booky Love

E. St. C

BIG NEWS!! Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

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Eve: The Awakening has a release date! You don’t know what Eve is you say? WHAT ARE YOU? Oh, fine, I will let in on the best thing to come out this year…

Here is a synopsis from Amazon!

    Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
    After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
    But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harbouring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
    Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

All sounds pretty cool, yes? So here is another little tip, you can read the first three chapters here for free! Yes, for free!

Now you need to head over to YouTube and listen to the author, Jenna Moreci talking about writing, weirdness and her life as a cyborg. She is refreshingly honest and beautifully cynical. Also she swears, but not in a horrible way, in a really good way. You know those people who just swear beautifully? She is one such person. The only other one I *know* is fictional. His name is Gabriel Coleman from the Academy series.

So I originally started this blog post because this awesome book now has a release date! It is going to be released on the 12th August 2015.

Do you like what you have read? Want more? Of course you do! Click here to preorder Eve: The Awakening from Amazon!

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Click it! Click the little green button! If you want to know why pre-ordering is important, check out this article I wrote.

What books are you most excited about this year? Comment, link me up or tweet me @Eleanorjames

Booky Love!

xxx