Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review and Giveaway: The Letter Q edited by Sarah Moon

THE LETTER Q:
Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves
Edited by Sarah Moon
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
on May 1, 2012
Hardcover: 288 pages
Ages 12+
From Goodreads: Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.
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This book is a very honest, relevant publication for today. Between stories of LGBTQ kids/teens/young adults being bullied/belittled to the point of many contemplating or even committing suicide, and one of the hot topics for the United States Presidential race (gay marriage), it is no wonder that there are so many people out there who don't know where they belong. 
The Letter Q is a compilation of 63 letters written by established LGBTQ authors/illustrators/playwrights to their younger selves who were experiencing the same things as kids today. The letters/illustrations range from humorous to heartbreaking and it really opens the reader's eyes to what these children/teens had gone through in their path to achievement. 
This is definitely a book that everyone should put on their To Be Read list. For LGBQ adolescents/adults, these letters could be what gets them through a bad day, for straight adolescents/adults, it may help them understand what a friend/classmate might be going through.

 
And here is your chance to own your very own copy. Scholastic is giving away one copy of The Letter Q to 2 lucky winners. And all you have to do is fill out this form:

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Proceeds from sales of The Letter Q go toward The Trevor Project: the leading national
organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. You can find more information about The Trevor Project HERE.
The Letter Q can be found on Facebook, Twitter
and don't forget to check out the book trailer:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

FATED by Alyson Noel Blog Tour: Animal Spirit Guides

Please join us in welcoming Alyson Noël to Books Complete Me! She's here today to talk about Animal Spirit Guides from her newest (amazing) book, FATED. Here's a little about the book:

FATED by Alyson Noël
Available: May 22, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Find Alyson & Fated online: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Goodreads / Author Website / Twitter 

From Goodreads: Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

***Animal Spirit Guides***

In the world of The Soul Seekers, everyone is guided by a spirit animal (whether they know it or not!). These animal are mystical beings that guide us from their home in the Lowerworld. And in the first installment, Fated, Daire Santos must embark upon a magickal journey to discover who’s guiding her.
Our spirit animals speak not only to who we are, but where we are headed. Which spirit animal do you think is guiding you?

Raven:  Raven represents mystery, magick, and a change in consciousness. Raven teaches us how to take the unformed and give it any shape we desire. By helping us to confront our failures and shortcomings, Raven reminds us that we have the power to transform anything we have the courage to face. Raven helps us to work the magick of spiritual laws to manifest that which we need and to bring forth light from darkness.

Coyote:  Coyote represents humor, wiliness, and a reversal of fortune. Coyote teaches us how to strike a balance between wisdom and folly. As a cunning adversary, Coyote reminds us to understand circumstances surrounding a situation fully before developing a plan to achieve our goals and objectives, but as a survivor, Coyote will take extreme measures to insure the well-being of its off-spring and lineage. 

Horse:  Horse represents freedom, power, and enlightenment. Horse teaches us the benefits of patience, sensitivity and kindness, and that positive relationships are cooperative ones.  Possessing great stamina and speed, Horse encourages us to awaken our own power to endure and reach the full potential of our abilities. A strong and powerful animal, the spirit of the Horse reminds us of our inner strength and gives us the courage to move forward and to head in new directions. 

Wolf:  Wolf represents protection, loyalty, and spirit. Wolf teaches us to balance our own needs and that of family and community, reminding us of the importance of ritual to establish order and harmony, while informing us that true freedom requires discipline. An extremely intelligent animal with keen senses, Wolf encourages us to go out of our way to avoid trouble and danger and fight only when necessary. A great teacher and pathfinder, the spirit of the Wolf urges us to listen to our own internal thoughts and words to help us find the deepest levels of self, inner knowledge and intuition. 

Eagle:  Eagle represents illumination, healing power, and creation. Eagle teaches us that while we are free to choose our own paths, we must respect the freedom of others and the path they have chosen, while its strong sharp beak informs us to mind our words and their impact on others. With its ability to soar to great heights and survey all directions, Eagle reminds us to see life from a higher perspective, for if we look with limited vision we may be blinded to what lies in front of us.  As a symbol of great power, the spirit of the Eagle means taking on responsibility and power greater than yourself, using the gift of vision and clarity to help others through dark times.

Friday, May 25, 2012

ARISE Blog Tour: Character Interview with Amelia


 
Welcome to the ARISE by Tara Hudson blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms! Today, we have a character interview with Amelia from ARISE. We hope you enjoy it! 

***Interview***
 
BCM: ARISE brings a lot of challenges and surprises for you. How would you describe the person you are now, compared to the person you were in HEREAFTER? 
 
Amelia: After everything I've gone through, I'm stronger.  But I'm also more afraid.  I guess that's what happens when you really see the kind of evil you're up against...
 
BCM: Before your change, did you believe in True Love? Do you still?  
 
Amelia: Always.  I've believed in true love for as long as I can remember.  I believe it makes you braver and stronger.  But it can also make you do crazy, irrational things.  Like what I decide to do in New Orleans
 
BCM: What's one of your favorite things about Joshua? 
 
Amelia: His optimism, particularly when it balances against my pessimism.  He is always willing to move forward as though things are going to turn out the way we plan them.  Which probably keeps us moving forward in the first place!
 
BCM: If you could spend one day doing anything you could, what would you want to do? 
 
Amelia: Going with Joshua to France or Italy, or somewhere equally as gorgeous that is known for their food.  Then, we'd eat until I couldn't move anymore.  That may not sound romantic, but it's kind of my idea of heaven.
 
BCM: Is there one dream or goal you have set for yourself that you hope to accomplish before your series ends?
 
Amelia: I want to take charge of my destiny.  I want to own it myself, without Seers or family or demons or angels controlling me.  I want freedom.
 
***Giveaway & Code Word***
 
Mundie Moms is giving away 1 signed set of Tara's books. In order to be entered to win Hereafter and Arise, you'll need to visit each blog on the tour and collect the word each blog will be posting. At the end of the tour you'll be able to put the words together to unscramble the sentence Tara has picked for this scavenger hunt. 

Once you've collected the words and figured out the phrase, go to Mundie Moms to fill out the form. The first person to guess correctly will win. If there's any sort of tie than all the names will be put into a bowl and one name will be randomly drawn out to win.
 
***Code Word***
 
 stuck
 
ARISE is available June 5th! If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, you can do so here: 
 
 
Follow Tara Hudson online: 
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

30 Days of Daemon: Couples Questions with Katy & Daemon



Oh the excitement! It's 30 full days of Daemon Black. It doesn't get any better than this people! We are so thrilled (SO THRILLED!) to be part of this tour and are super excited to have one half of the couple with the most here with us today as part of this great game called Couples Questions!   

Couples Questions is based off a game show in the UK. Katy and Daemon have each been asked questions about each other, then are brought back together to hear each others answers.

Before we get to the good stuff, let's first tell you a little about the series, and upcoming release ONYX, which is really what this is all about. I mean, first Daemon, then the books, because with the books there would be no Daemon and so on. 

***About the Book***

ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen

About the book (from Goodreads)Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

***Couples Questions***

This is part three of the post Couples Questions for the 30 Days of Daemon blog tour. To see part one, head over to Eleusinian Mysteries
 
Okay Katy, let’s see how well you know Daemon. 

Question number one, what is Daemon’s favourite subject at school?

Annoying me?

Question two, if Daemon were to buy you a gift, what would he most likely buy you?

Something book related, I think.
 
Question three, if Daemon could have one wish granted, what would he ask for? 

For his family to be together.

Question four, what would Daemon say is his favourite thing about you?

Oh, dear God, I’m afraid of his answer. Probably something R-rated.
 
And question five, if Daemon could have superpowers for one day only, what powers would he choose and what would he use them for?

I think he’d like to be able to turn back time so he could change what happened to his brother.
 
Okay Katy, thanks for your answers! Let’s bring Daemon back out and see how well you did.

To see how Daemon answers, head to The Irish Banana tomorrow!

Click HERE to follow along with the rest of this great tour. 


Monday, May 21, 2012

Blog Tour: ALL THESE LIVES by Sarah Wylie

Welcome to the first stop on the ALL THESE LIVES Blog Tour! Read below to find out how amazing this book is, and then keep reading to see the next stops on the tour and to enter to win an awesome ALL THESE LIVES prize pack from author Sarah Wylie's blog. 

***REVIEW***


ALL THESE LIVES by Sarah Wylie
Available Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)

About (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky.  She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal.  And Jena is wasting away.  To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives.  Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one.  Someone like Jena.  But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization.  Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all.  Maybe she really only ever had one.

My Review: Dani's life pretty much sucks right now. Her twin sister, Jena, is dying of cancer and all Dani can think about is how she wants to save her. And maybe she can. She knows she's somehow survived death twice already, so what would happen if she really did have nine lives? Could she rid herself of a few extra lives in the hopes of making her sister better again? 

ALL THESE LIVES chronicles Dani's attempts to spare her sister's life by risking her own, and I'll admit it wasn't easy to like Dani at first. But then, it didn't talk long to figure out why and to understand Dani's cynicism and self destructive behavior. She loves her sister, and at the end of the day, no matter what mistakes and all around bad choices she makes, I loved her for all she did. She's sarcastic, somewhat rude, but deep inside she's scared and worried and willing to do anything to stop the deadly disease riddling Jena's body. 

ALL THESE LIVES is one of those books that came out of nowhere for me and really sunk it's teeth in. I couldn't get enough of Wylie's literary writing and I loved that even the secondary characters in this novel weren't easily forgotten. Dani and Jena's parents were very present and easy to connect with and I'll truly appreciated the roles played by Spencer, Candy and Jack. Especially Jack. ALL THESE LIVES is poignant, dark and utterly unforgettable! There really are no words for the amount of love I have for this book. It's just an amazing read and definitely one I look forward to reading again.

My Rating:

  
***BLOG TOUR***
  
As you can see from above, Dani believes she has nine lives. She may or may not have the nine she thought, but there are definitely nine things about this novel to love. So please join us in celebrating Nine Things To Love about ALL THESE LIVES!

5/21 – Books Complete Me (Us!)
5/22 – A Good Addiction
5/23 – Reading Lark
5/24 – Frenzy of Noise
5/28 – The Story Siren

***GIVEAWAY***

As part of this tour, author Sarah Wylie is giving away an incredible prize pack! What's up for grabs? 

  • 1 SIGNED copy of ALL THESE LIVES;
  • 3 ALL THESE LIVES bookmarks; and
  • Your choice of ANY 3 Apocalypsies books!

Giveaway ends at 11:00 p.m. EST on June 8, 2012. To enter, all you need to do is fill out the form on SARAH'S BLOG! Good luck!

Friday, May 18, 2012

UNBREAK MY HEART: Interview with Melissa Walker

Please join us in welcoming the awesome Melissa Walker to BCM! We had the pleasure of interviewing her as part of the UNBREAK MY HEART blog tour and we hope you enjoy it. UNBREAK MY HEART is available next week and I really loved it, so be sure to pre-order your copy now!

UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker
Available: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

About (from Goodreads): Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

***Interview***

BCM: UNBREAK MY HEART is written as a dual love story. What are the joys and challenges of writing a book this way?

MW: The joys: You get to write two different sections of your characters' lives, so seeing the growth between the stages is fun. The challenges: Back and forth is hard. It can get confusing if it's not done smoothly. I rearranged things a LOT as I wrote, and then after I was "done". Revising took a while!

BCM: Of all the characters you've written, which one do you feel like you connected with most and why?

MW: My very first main character, Violet from Violet on the Runway, was most like me. I gave her my voice, because that's all I knew how to write at first. But the other characters I've worked with, they've sort of told me who they are, and that is a ton of fun too. They all feel like friends.
BCM:If you could have gone anywhere to "unbreak" your own heart as a teenager, where would you have gone?
 
MW: Probably to therapy. I could not unbreak my heart as a teenager--it was perpetually wounded, then soaring, then mending again. That rollercoaster is all part of the fun though.

BCM:What are your most recent favorite books?
 
MW: I wrote about three recent favorites here: http://iheartdaily.com/2012/04/read-it-3-books-with-real-heart/

BCM: Will you be celebrating the release of UNBREAK MY HEART? Can you share where and when for our readers so they'll know where to find you? And where they can order signed copies?

MW: I am really late on this! There is a possible party in the works, but I will tell you that there will definitely be signed copies at Books of Wonder in NYC (http://www.booksofwonder.com/). Thanks!

BCM: Thank you so much, Melissa! It was great having you! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland


The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Speak
Genre: YA


The Story: A great summer beach read filled with sunshine, cooking, and--of course--romance!


Elizabeth Margaret--better known as Em--has always known what her life would contain: an internship at her father's firm, a degree from Harvard, and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is, it's not what she wants. So when she gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there's Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can't resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels that for the first time ever, she is really living life on her own terms.


My Review: This was a fun book to read!  Em finds out the skeleton in the closets of her family.  But it gives her the best opportunity to pursue what she wants to do.  Shannon Greenland has written a fun and light hearted book, with some underlying themes.  I was not bored with this one!  It felt like I was there with Em and her family.  This is a really good book for a nice summer read!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Welcome Nicki & Elle!



We are so excited to introduce to you, two new members of the BCM team: Nicki & Elle! 

Here's a little about both of them:

Elle lives in a fantasy world where books are her best friends and when it rains, everything turns into sugar. It's a pretty great world, filled with magic and laughter and rainbows. In her real life, she likes to cook, loves coffee, spends hours running around like a maniac trying to do all the things, travels the world (or at least a portion of it), and squeezes in as much reading time as possible. Elle only reads Young Adult books and enjoys all the genres therein--especially fairy tale re-tellings because Elle Posey may or may not be a princess in a land far, far away.

 Nicki lives in South Dakota with her family and their three dogs. She is currently going to school, but doesn't know what she wants to do as a career.  She enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out in a haunted, local hotel coffee shop. Nicki enjoys reading all genres of young adult books, and the occasional adult book.

Please help us in welcoming them to the team! And also, stay tuned for more news and two new members to the team later this week! 

 





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read;
  • Open your book to a random page;
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page;
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers. 
 
Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike:
 
Tamani stared at his supply belt, sitting, waiting for him, in the trunk. He could hear Shar in his head, urging him to pick it up, to follow the trolls. (page 188)









The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm surprised by his voice, for some reason, the way it sounds when he's speaking instead of shouting over the wind. It makes him seem softer. (page 137 of the ARC)

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