Waiting on Wednesday: Inheritance by Malinda Lo

inheritanceInheritance (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo
Release Date: September 24, 2013

The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe. (summary from goodreads)

ADAPTATION was one of my most anticipated books last year. Malinda Lo is definitely one of my favorite authors, and I couldn’t wait to read something new by her.

Fast forward to 2013, and for some reason unknown to me, I haven’t yet read ADAPTATION. I have this bad habit where I cannot read books that I’m really excited about. My craziness aside, I’m still super excited about its sequel, INHERITANCE! I’ve tried hard to avoid spoilers, so I’ve barely even looked at the summary for it. Because INHERITANCE is coming out in September, I think I’ll wait and read both together. Bring on the aliens!

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– leeanna

Kindle Worlds, or Why I Love Fanfic

I’ve wanted to do a post on fanfic forever, so here we go. It’s the first of many, I’m sure.

When I first heard Amazon was going to publish fanfiction, I thought it was April Fool’s Day. At it’s core, fanfiction is fiction that fans write without the intention of making money. Profiting from fanfic would violate copyright. I always use a disclaimer in my fanfic, saying something along the lines “XYZ does not belong to me, and no profit is made from this work.” So Amazon paying fanfic writers? Big deal!

I’m not going to get into the fine print of the contract a writer would sign with Amazon/Warner Bros., because other people that get the nitty gritty of legal stuff have already done that. Just Google it and you’ll get a ton of results. It’s not really a good deal for the writer, but that’s another post.

I happened to check out the Kindle Worlds books on Amazon, and I was impressed by the branding (they all have the same style of cover), and the positive reviews. I also recognized the names of some of the authors — turns out Amazon commissioned already published authors to get the ball rolling. Amazon’s behind it, and in a big way, because I’m sure they’ve considered how publishing fanfic is going to make them even more dollars.

Legal and financial stuff aside, why I am even talking about Kindle Worlds? Because I am a passionate supporter of fanfic*, and I’m happy to see it get some legitimization. Right now, when someone asks me what my hobbies are, I blush a bit and say “writing fanfic.” I usually get a raised eyebrow in return, or “what’s fanfic?”

I think fanfic has a bad rap as either being unedited, out of character/inconsistent with the original work, full of Mary Sues and Gary Stus, or a thin excuse to write porn. Hell, fanfic can be ALL of those. And some of it definitely is.

But there’s also a lot of amazing stuff out there. Some writers take their fanfic very seriously, and have gotten their start there, including:

  • Marissa Meyer, author of the The Lunar Chronicles, started with writing Sailor Moon fanfic
  • Cassandra Clare, author of the The Mortal Instruments series, started with Harry Potter fanfic. Slash fic, yo.
  • E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series … well, everyone knows that’s an Alternate Universe Twilight fanfic

Fandoms are a wonderful place. They give people somewhere to talk about their favorite telly shows, books, movies, comics, and everything else. If something exists, chances are there’s a fandom for it. I’ve met some great people online because of writing fanfic, which is one of the other great things about fandoms. Oftentimes those people stay friends, even when you move on to another fandom.

Another reason fanfic is great, in my opinion, is because it gives people a start in writing. For the most part, if someone comments on a fic, they do it in a polite, supportive manner. (Even if it’s bad.) Which can be really good for someone just starting out. Immediate feedback is also gratifying, because unlike with traditional publishing, there’s not a long wait to see other people reading your work and hearing what they think about it. I love when I get an email that I’ve gotten a comment on something I wrote. A tiny little comment can improve a bad day, or make a good one even better.

Playing in someone else’s sandbox can be just as hard as writing original fiction. For example, if you try to take Draco Malfoy and make him a nice boy that’s BFFs with Harry, well, readers are going to say, “That’s OOC!” (out of character). But if a fanfic author can make me believe in that relationship by creating a credible, authentic set of circumstances leading up to it, then I’m all in.

One more reason (can you tell I have a never ending list?) I like fanfic is because it’s a great way to experiment with new writing styles. I’ve tried writing in present tense, second person point of view, not using dialogue, using only dialogue, crunching a complete story into 100 or 200 words. That list goes on and on, too. I like to think all the experimentation and seeing what works and what doesn’t work makes me a better writer.

TL;DR version? Fanfic rocks.

*I don’t mean to leave out fan art, vids, fanmixes, or any other type of fan created works. Fanfic is just what I personally know the most about.

– leeanna

Book Review: Texts From Dog by October Jones

texts from dogInfo:
Title: Texts From Dog
Author: October Jones
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Mariner Books
Source: Borrowed
Series? No
Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor
Page Count: 100
Rating: [4/5 stars]


My dog sends me texts. Yeah. It’s weird.

My Review:
If you haven’t read Texts From Dog, stop reading this review and go check out the Tumblr.

Okay, back now?

TEXTS FROM DOG is the book version of that Tumblr. Many of the messages between October Jones and his dog are new, but some were recycled from Tumblr/Facebook. Given the short length of the book (100 pages), I would have preferred all new content.

Otherwise, TEXTS FROM DOG is hilarious. I read most of them out loud to my mother, and we were both breathless from laughing. There were a few duds for me — some I just didn’t get, and a few that I didn’t find funny. But the same dark, sarcastic humor from the Tumblr is there, so if you like most of the ones online, you should be good with this book.

I’d recommend reading this with someone, because it’s a lot funnier that way :)

Let’s talk about it:
TEXTS FROM DOG is just one of the many Tumblr-to-book success stories. Have you read it or any of the others?

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– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. (summary from goodreads)

Another Beauty and the Beast retelling this week! It’s sort of odd, actually, since I couldn’t stand the Disney movie, but I like the original version of the fairy tale. I feel the need to reread a lot of the Brothers Grim fairy tales. I remember checking a monster 1,000 page version out of the library when I was a kid.

Anywho! CRUEL BEAUTY sounds quite interesting. A combo of Beauty and the Beast and Greek mythology? Mmm. Plus I like the main character’s name — I’ve always wanted to use “Nyx” myself. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

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– leeanna

Book Review: Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney

blood orangesInfo:
Title: Blood Oranges
Author: Kathleen Tierney
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Roc Trade
Source: Library
Series? Siobhan Quinn #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror
Page Count: 253
Rating: [2/5 stars]


My name’s Quinn.

If you buy into my reputation, I’m the most notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I’m an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or…whatever.

Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I (mostly) didn’t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was “saved” by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too.

So now…now, well, you wouldn’t think it could get worse, but you’d be dead wrong. (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
I think BLOOD ORANGES is one of those books you either love or dislike. I’m in the “meh” camp. There were a couple of things I liked about the book, but overall, it left me with a “what did I just read” feeling.

So, what did I like? Quinn is the epitome of unreliable narrator. You never know for sure if what she’s telling you is the truth. There are more than a few instances where Quinn tells you a long story full of violence and gore … and then says she lied. The first time I thought it was pretty cool. But when it kept happening, the technique soured for me (so I guess it’s more something I liked and disliked).

The author didn’t make her paranormal beings the gorgeous, glamorous types they usually are. (Dare I say most urban fantasy/paranormal beings have something sparkly about them?) Tierney’s vampires are ugly — downright hideous — and cruel. Her werewolves have a tendency to puke up their wolf meals, so when they turn back to human form, they’re surrounded by a pile of bone and clothing studded vomit. Yum. So that was nice, because that was different.

Third good thing: there’s no romance. YAY for Quinn not falling for some sex-on-a-stick vampire or werewolf bad boy.

But now we get to the bad stuff. There’s not much of a plot. Quinn gets turned into a half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid by one of the meanest vampires around. Intended as a weapon, she gets entangled in everyone else’s fights, trying to find her way to the truth. The book whimpers to a close, even though there’s a big explosion, as well as lots of backstabbing and trust issues. Like I said at the start of this review, when I finished BLOOD ORANGES, I was highly disappointed, and left wondering, “what the heck *was* this book?”

I also got tired of Quinn. After a point, I just wanted to skim past every story from her past. If you can believe her (and I’m not sure I can), she ran away from home at twelve or thirteen, was a child prostitute, got on drugs, watched a ghoul kill her lover/friend, and oh, somehow became a monster hunter. It got ridiculous.

I think the author was trying to take all the urban fantasy tropes and turn them on their heads. But it just didn’t work for me. I like dark books, but BLOOD ORANGES left me rolling my eyes rather than feeling horrified.

I have one last gripe. Kathleen Tierney is the penname for Caitlin R. Kiernan. Yet in the author’s bio, it says this is her first novel. I get using different names for different genres, but don’t say it’s a first book when it’s not.

Let’s talk about it:
What do you think about writers using pseudonyms? Do you prefer if they openly admit, “hey this writer is also me,” or get annoyed if they try to keep it a secret?

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– leeanna

Inside the Nest #6: The Sick Edition

stop! turkey time

Yup, those are wild turkeys crossing the road. Did you know they can fly?

It has been a very long time since I’ve done a personal update. Bad me. Most Sunday nights I think about what happened during the week, and there’s just nothing to talk about!

The same is true this week, but I thought I would do an update anyway and let ya’ll know why I’ve been quiet this week. On Monday I came down with a fantastic summer cold, and today, Sunday, I’m still getting over it. I’m mostly better now, but my cough is lingering. I swear I sound like a foghorn.

The worst part about being sick was I had a horrible headache for the first 3 days, so I couldn’t even read! So now I’m playing catch-up even more than usual. Yet again I bit myself in the behind by not having reviews scheduled, but … I have a love/hate relationship with scheduling content. On one hand it makes me feel good to know I have content ready to go for the next few weeks, but on the other, I like to be in the moment. Does that even make sense? If not, don’t mind me.

Anywho, being sick reminded me that I’ve been wanting to do more personal posts, and perhaps branch out and do some other types of posts on the blog. I figure as long as it relates to reading, it’s fair game. I also want to bring back Fit Owl Tuesdays, when I don’t have something else scheduled.

For a last fun tidbit, for the last week and a half I’ve gotten to test version 2 of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. Let me tell you, it’s fantastic! I know a lot of bloggers are switching to WordPress (apparently Blogger went on a deleting rampage?), and if you’re thinking about it, make sure to check out Ashley’s plugin. It’s amazing. I can’t wait to start using it here! Ashley also makes me want to get my geek back on. It’s been way too long since I’ve done any coding. No time, though :/

On that happy note, be sure to check back later this week for some reviews!

– leeanna

Book Review: Sniper Elite: One-Way Trip by Scott McEwen

sniper eliteInfo:
Title: Sniper Elite: One-Way Trip
Author: Scott McEwen
Release Date:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
Source: Publisher for review
Series? No
Genre: Military Thriller, Adult
Page Count: 386


rom the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling American Sniper, this “inspired by true events” thriller follows one of America’s most lethal snipers as he leads the rescue of a downed female Special Ops pilot. The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive—a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

In direct defiance of the President’s orders, Navy SEAL sniper Gil Shannon launches an audacious mission with the support of elite soldiers and an enigmatic government figure, to infiltrate the tribal faction holding the captured pilot. A pulse-pounding battle ensues, pitching the entire force of the Taliban against the fearless and heroic American sniper. Packed with blistering action and real-life combat scenes, Sniper Elite: One Way Trip will pin you to the edge of your seat until the very last sentence. (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
A military thriller, SNIPER ELITE is not normally the type of book I read. But the story within its pages, of Sandra, a female pilot being held hostage and brutally mistreated by the Taliban, captured my attention.

From start to finish, SNIPER ELITE was an action packed book. Fans of military thrillers will surely appreciate the authenticity of it, from the lingo to the macho attitudes of the military men to the weapons used. Some of the descriptions and acronyms flew over my head — I know a little, but I’m not an expert — but I think readers that really get into that sort of thing will enjoy the level of detail in the book. I really felt like the author knew just what he was talking about.

Overall, Sandra herself plays little role in the book. She’s in captivity for most of it, and the scenes where she’s abused were hard to read, although they were integral to the plot and the reader developing sympathy for her.

Gil Shannon is the real hero of SNIPER ELITE, and I found his character quite interesting. A Navy SEAL, he’s one of the best snipers, yet he holds firm to his morals and refuses to complete a mission when he’s not told one of the targets is pregnant. Gil is one of the Special Forces men who eventually take on the impossibility of rescuing Sandra, disobeying the orders of his superiors and government. I found his drive to rescue Sandra, to do whatever it took, despite the consequences — even if they included his death — fascinating and inspiring.

There’s a tangle of politics in SNIPER ELITE, as the president and various agencies debate the positives and negatives of rescuing Sandra or simply paying the ransom the Taliban demands. It also makes you think about what happens when a president doesn’t really know the ins and outs of the military, but has to rely on advisors for advice. Advisors who have their own agendas. But like the book jacket says, once the special ops community realizes the government isn’t making enough of a move to rescue Sandra, they take the matter into their own hands.

As I said, the action almost never stops in SNIPER ELITE. I was sitting on the edge of my seat once the fighting started, and I could actually picture what was happening as it was described. I was rooting for everyone to make it out alive. This is one book that will grab you, and not let you go until you’ve finished it. I do have to make special note of the epilogue, because as hard as Sandra’s treatment was to read, and as exciting and heart-pounding as the rescue attempts were, the epilogue was chilling. There’s another story to be told, I think, and I hope the author will turn his expertise in writing this sort of book to telling it.

I found the book to be insightful and good in one other way — it prompted a discussion between myself and my father. He was in the Army Reserves for almost two decades, and I wanted his opinion on how realistic it would be for the special ops forces to do something like they did in SNIPER ELITE — buck rules and bureaucracy to rescue a comrade.

I recommend SNIPER ELITE if you’re a fan of the genre, looking to get into military thrillers, or just looking for a book full of action.

Let’s talk about it:
Do you often read books outside of your preferred genres?

– leeanna

Blog Tour: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols (and giveaway!)

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Echols. The tour is hosted by Itching For Books and you can visit the rest of the stops here. Read on for an excerpt and tour-wide giveaway.

dirty little secretInfo:
Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 288


From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again… (summary from goodreads)

I picked this excerpt from Chapter 1, because I think it gives a good view into Bailey’s personality, and I almost laughed out loud at the last bit.

It was two thirty on a Tuesday, a dead time at the mall, and no other customers passed us.Thinking we might have better luck if we moseyed into the next wing, we set up camp betweenVictoria’s Secret and Sephora and played a couple more tunes.This time a few shoppers actually paused to listen.They gave us a smattering of applause.They heard happiness in our music where I didn’t.

Then, as we moved toward the food court, Elvis leaned over and asked me what I had on under my circle skirt—if it was like a Scotsman and his kilt.

I was not going commando. I was wearing black lace panties. They’d become my habit in the last year, mostly to scare the hell out of my mother on the rare occasion when she was home to do the laundry, but partly so I’d look sexy and tough when I stumbled into a party and ended up behind the garage with a boy. It wasn’t much of a goal, but it was all I had just then.Very little got me off anymore. Being alone with a hot guy at least made me feel something.

If Elvis had been a cute boy at school in years gone by and he’d asked me a lewd question like this, I would have giggled in embarrassment. If he’d been a cute boy at school in the past year, I would have come on to him and called his bluff. But the closer Elvis got to me, the older he seemed. I could tell from the uneven texture under the layer of makeup Ms. Lottie had applied that his tan skin was weathered. His black hair was thinning on top, with not quite enough to fill out his pompadour.

My feet ached from standing in high heels, my bruised thigh throbbed, and I was in no mood to be toyed with. I told Elvis that under my circle skirt, there was a Glock. (There wasn’t. I was just a skinny girl with a punky screw-you haircut and no balls at all.)

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About the author:
jenniferecholsJennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
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– leeanna

Blog Tour Book Review: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for STRIPPED by Brooklyn Skye. The tour is hosted by Itching For Books and you can visit the rest of the stops here. Read on for my review and a tour-wide giveaway. I also couldn’t resist posting a short excerpt.

Title: Stripped
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author for blog tour
Series? No
Genre: New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 345
Rating: [4/5 stars]


“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.

“Don’t… waste those words on me.”

He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”

“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine. (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you might know I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary. But I’m always on the lookout for good New Adult books, and right now, most of them are contemporary romances. When I read the summary for STRIPPED, I immediately wanted to know more, and so I thought I’d take a chance. I had to know just what drove Quinn to nude modeling to stay in college.

I’m glad I took that chance. I read STRIPPED in one sitting, because I liked the story and characters so much. The writing flows easily, the author has a good style that lets you get into Quinn’s head, and the book is nicely edited.

I don’t think Quinn is a character everyone will like. She’s … prickly. Maybe even straying into bitchy. There were times I wanted to smack her and say, WTF ARE YOU DOING, QUINN? But that made her all the more real for me. And, honestly, she reminded me a bit of myself, so that might be why I liked her a lot.

In STRIPPED, Quinn has a ton to deal with. There’s her sister’s suicide and her father’s job scandal. That scandal leads directly to her desperately trying to find a job to pay her college tuition, and nude modeling is the only one that pays enough. Add in Quinn’s quest to make herself unlovable by dating a jerk, and her unanswered questions about her sister’s suicide, and it’s a recipe for a dramatic, realistic book.

Quinn runs into Torrin at Pacific Rim University, a place she knows like the back of her hand, and where she’s about to start her new job as a moving statue. At first, she wants nothing to do with him, and she makes it clear. I might have swooned a little when she said this to him: “Listen, Torrin. You’re not getting into my pants. Not today. Not ever. So you can go find some other girl to charm. It won’t work on me (p. 69).”

That quoted, Torrin is one of the bright points of STRIPPED. He’s an incredibly sweet guy, and wants nothing more to help Quinn even when she continually runs away from him. I adored his character, and the sweet things he did for Quinn.

Both Quinn and Torrin have their secrets. I’m not going to spoil them for you, but I did guess them long before the reveal. I also thought the ending was a bit too neat and clean. However, I didn’t mind too much. I liked Quinn’s journey and growth; she matured during the book, overcoming many of the naive notions she had at the start. STRIPPED was, for me, about the messiness of real life, and how it really isn’t as good as you think it’s going to be when you’re a kid.

I recommend STRIPPED if you’re looking for a New Adult book that talks about real life messiness, and the difficulties of transitioning from a teenager to an adult, and getting over the idea that everything’s perfect and easy. I saw on the author’s blog that there’s a novella coming, from Torrin’s point of view, and I can’t wait to check that out.

I picked this excerpt from the beginning of STRIPPED, right from Chapter 1. It’s a conversation between Quinn and her roommate, Nikki. The last line is my favorite.

“Any luck on the job search?” Another book propped up. I stare at our sad, gray ceiling. “I still can’t believe you have to get a job. It should be illegal to make freshmen work and try to graduate. Child abuse. Like little-kids-in-the-field illegal.”

My head sways. We both know the alternative—move back home and become Community College Quinn.

Hiding the shake in my lying voice behind a casual shrug, I say, “You know the dry cleaning shop over on Del Sol? The one in that beat-up looking shopping center—Steamers?”

She flips open a book, skims the page then tosses it back to the floor.

“Dry cleaning?” she says with a glance to the pile of dirty clothes beside my bed. “Quinn, you’re the messiest person I know. Do you even know how to do laundry?”

“Yes, I know how to do laundry.”

“News to me. Good thing there’s no aptitude test for dry cleaning interviews. You would’ve failed epically.”

I blink, my new contacts scratching the inside of my eyelids. Good thing there’s not much to standing naked before a classroom of art students either. I can’t afford to fail.

Let’s talk about it:
What do you think about New Adult? Yay or nay?



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About the author:
brooklynskyeBrooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Her Best Selling New Adult debut, STRIPPED, is out NOW! Represented by Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.






– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

of beast and beautyOf Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Release Date: July 23, 2013

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love. (summary from goodreads)

It’s no surprise that I like fairytale retellings, and Beauty and the Beast is probably one of my favorites. I’ve read a few (my favorite is THE FIRE ROSE by Mercedes Lackey), and I’m always looking for new twists. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY sounds intriguing. I think there’s a science fiction aspect to it, from skimming over the reviews already up, but I’m not sure, since I’m trying not to spoil myself.

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