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Monday, 30 May 2016

Welcome and Giveaway

Hello again!

It has been FOREVER since I've been on this blog, but no matter how many times the rational part of my brain tells me that I just need to stop this, I can't. I love everything that I've done on here and I love all of you guys and I love all of the freebies that are available to you all on here. I know I've been needing to get a co-blogger for ages, but I just haven't had time to actually do a co-blogger sign up post..... Yeah, it's pretty hectic. 

You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled along one of my twitter/instagram friends saying something or other about blogging. Knowing me, I immediately jumped up and offered this blog to her. You'll be seeing a lot more of her than you will be of me (just keeping it real), but I'll be in from time to time when I get the time. So get ready for this blog to be active again and give a big welcome to my new co-blogger, Brittany!

Learn everything about her in the About Us page, and start stalking her on Twitter and Instagram. She's already done two posts and they are fabulous and the blog tour is so exciting because I've been hearing about this series for a while now.

To really welcome Brittany, the wonderful people at Harpercollins Australia have given me a really awesome Flawed by Cecilia Ahern book/swag pack! I've read this book and it is so freaking good you guys. After finishing it, it reminded me of how I felt when I read my first dystopian novel (divergent). I'm seriously craving the next book, and I really hope it comes out soon-ish next year. My mum and I have both read and loved P.S. I Love You and Where Rainbows End (our copies have tear stains in them, but I'm pretty sure this is standard with these books) and have loved every heart breaking minute of them. Review to come!

This giveaway is open to Australian Residents only (sorry everyone)

You can win:
- US Hardcover edition of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Signed AUS paperback of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Signed UK Hardcover of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Flawed Bracelet
- Flawed Poster
- Flawed Brand Sticker

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Books of Wonder- FANTASTIC TEEN READS


Brittany: On Wednesday, May 25th I had the pleasure of meeting four AMAZING authors as they spoke about their latest tales for the young adult! Roshani Chokshi, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Rutkoski, and Sarah McCarry were in attendance as they gave a brief description on their latest novels, and answered some questions from fans in the crowd!
   Although I did not record every question and answer word for word, I will give you a brief summary about what was discussed. Below are the synopsis for each of the author's  latest novels. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and decide to check them out!

The event started off with the authors describing their books (which I have provided for you below, courtesy of Good Reads.) We then went straight into questions from the crowd, and each author was able to answer.
1) The author's were asked how they did research for their books:
Roshani: Used a lot of inspiration from her childhood. Her parents used to tell her many stories, and tales so she went back to those stories and drew inspiration from there!
Ahdieh: Wrath and The Dawn is a Persian tale. Ahdieh's husband is Persian, so she got a lot of her information from her parent-in-laws. She even learned how to cook the dishes mentioned in the books, so that the authenticity was there. She also mentioned that she almost burned her kitchen down trying to make Persian rice!
Rutkoski: Marie Rutksoki mentioned she did a lot of research on war tactics, slavery, and she said don't look up abdominal wounds online!
McCarry: Sarah read a lot of books on astronomy, and even attended a space camp/seminar in Wisconsin!
2) I was able to ask if they would consider spin-off's for any of their characters:
Roshani: Is currently writing a spin-off featuring Guari from The Star-Touched Queen!
Ahdieh: Said she is currently working on another book that is not a spin-off. She did stress that it could happen, so NEVER SAY NEVER!
Rutksoki: Loves the world she built, but has no plans for a spin off anytime soon! She did says she thought about a Roshar spinoff, and I'm pretty sure the entire store gasped!
McCarry: Sarah said she would be in interested in writing one, and that she is looking into it!
3) Any tips/advice for aspiring authors

Collectively, they all agreed that as you release your work into the world, you should have a tough skin. Not everyone will enjoy your work, and that is OKAY. It is not always for everybody. Don't let a few negative comments deter you from writing, and releasing your own work!
4) Other notable comments/thoughts
-Marie Rutkoski wrote "The Winner's Curse" originally as a STANDALONE! She only continued on with the sequels when she realized that her fans would probably riot over that ending! Lol! Marie has to be the most chillest, laid-back author I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! I had four books, and she signed them all, and after apologizing for having so many she just said "This is what I am here for! I'm just glad you all showed up!". She was incredibly sweet, and soft-spoken, and on behalf of all of her fans, I thanked her for giving us such an incredible ending with Arin and Kestrel's world!
As well, she read about the economic term "Winner's Curse" and decided that she wanted to write about a young woman that would "buy" something, and ultimately end up losing in the long run (in this case, her heart.)
-Renee Ahdieh is working on another book outside of the world of The Wrath and The Dawn! She's also really close friends with Sabaa Tahir, the author of An Ember in the Ashes. The last question asked of the authors were for book recommendations, and when Renee said AEITA (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir, I practically screamed since it is my favorite book. She also mentioned that she was interested in the Arabian Nights tales, because we know Shahrzad and the Khaliph have a happy ending, but she saw no redemption from him! He was still a mass murderer in the end, and she really wanted to play with that. This was one of her inspirations to write The Wrath and The Dawn.
-Roshani Chokshi told us a little about those hindu tales, and other retellings that inspired The Star-Touched Queen, and a little about herself. I honestly can't wait for Guari's story! She even remembered a post on my Instagram page where I mentioned finishing TSTQ 20 minutes before my dance show started! It was THAT amazing!
Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak to Sarah McCarry as it was getting late, and I had to catch the train back home but I have heard nothing but great things about her books. There is also a lot of LGBQT representation in her books, and I strongly suggest taking a peek at them! Representation is important!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my brief account of meeting these incredible, incredible authors. Not many questions were asked (probably because we were in a rush to speak to them one-on-one!) If you haven't checked them out, I STRONGLY suggest that you do. Their latest novels are all well-written, and very inspiring! Let us know in the comments section if you have read any of them, and what you think about them!


Synopsis on each authors latest books!
The Star- Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
                       Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
                
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski                
Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born.

But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Crystal Tour

                                                                                           


Brittany: I am so excited and honored to announce that Behind the Pages has been selected as a reviewer for Air Awakens by Elise Kova! On July 12th, the conclusion to the Air Awakens Series will be released, “Crystal Crowned.” To celebrate the release, we will be reviewing the first book that started this incredible saga! I am incredibly eager to start this series as I have heard nothing but positive reviews. Within the next two weeks I will have a review post up. Until then, below is some information about the Online Release Party, a synopsis of the Air Awakens Series, and Elise Kova! I can’t wait to start this and share it with you all!




There will be an online release party to celebrate the release party of Crystal Crowned, as well the end of Air Awakens. There will also be guest authors, and chances to win some awesome prizes!

Schedule on July 12:
7:00-7:20 - Elise Kova
7:20-7:40 - Michelle Madow (ELEMENTALS)
7:40-8:00 - Susan Dennard (TRUTHWITCH)
8:00-8:20 - Rachel E. Carter (THE BLACK MAGE)
8:20-8:40 - Leia Stone (HIVE TRILOGY)
8:40-9:00 - C.M. Lucas (MIST & WHISPERS)
9:00-9:20 - Laura Thalassa (THE QUEEN OF ALL THAT DIES

9:20-9:40 - Danielle L. Jensen (THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY)
9:40-10:00 - Wrap Up & Final Giveaways

 AIR AWAKENS BY ELISE KOVA


A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...



The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.   

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she’s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
Read the complete Air Awakens series on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or in physical formats. Available through most online retailers (links on each individual page):
Air Awakens:
http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-one/
Fire Falling: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-2/
Earth's End: http://elisekova.com/book-three/
Water's Wrath: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-four/
Crystal Crowned: http://elisekova.com/air-awak...ens-book-five/