Audio Book Clip “The Hunt” by Andrew Fukuda

As you guys know by my review I loved The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda that ending still gets me! I am really excited to be able to share with you a clip from The Hunt audiobook! Thanks to Macmillan Audio for providing me with this sample!

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Just click on the link to listen!

Hannah

Interview with Lisa Burstein

Today we are so lucky to be part of the Pretty Amy blog tour and have Lisa Burstein on the site today! Here is Lisa’s interview!

1) You have mentioned before that you are a lot like Amy, how much of her life did you take from your own?

I was arrested during my senior year of high school, not for the same reason Amy was, but that was where the kernel came from. I also had two best friends who were very much like Cassie and Lila. I also felt all the feelings that Amy feels when I was in high school, scared and alone and unsure, but with a desire to be heard, to be understood.

2) While I was reading Pretty Amy there were times where she frustrated me so much by the decisions that she was making, the same decision that lots of other kids her age make. Was there ever a point early on where you wanted her to realize the mistakes she was making but knew that you had to let the story unfold?

Well I think teens need to go through a lot before they learn lessons. Being a teenager is all about pushing boundaries, seeing how far you can go. There are different ways to do this and I will admit that Amy’s are more severe than some, but they had to be so that her stakes were higher. If the stakes weren’t as high, I don’t think it would have been as interesting and meaningful a story.

3) Like many others I feel like this is an important book for pre-teen, teens, parents, and teachers to read. How does that make you feel to know that your book has serious teaching possibilities?

Humbled, honestly. I wrote it hoping readers would take something away from it, but the response has been incredible. Being an Amy, it feels bizarre and amazing to have people saying that my book should be something that people should pay attention to.

4) Looking back now, if there is one thing you could say to your teen self what would it be?

You are worth so much more than you believe right now and one day you will see it.

5) What is one thing that you really want teens like Amy to know?

That they are not alone, that other people feel scared, alone, unsure, of who they are supposed to be and want to be. That there is a life after high school, that there is a life in high school and they can get there.

6) I would love to get to read more about Amy and she moves on in her life and continues to grow. Will we ever get to see anymore with Amy?

Well, I am playing around with a book with her in college, but there are no serious plans for that yet.

7) If you were Amy would you have fallen for a guy like Aaron or a guy like Joe?

I fell for both. My characters are definitely based on people I know and I dated both “Aaron” and “Joe” in high school. Several versions of Aaron and one of Joe :) .

8. What was your favorite moment at your prom?

I didn’t go to my prom, I think what was why I made it such a tough night for Amy. ;)

9) A what point in writing Pretty Amy did you realize that it had the possibility to get published?

Probably when I got my agent. She read it in a day- unheard of in publishing time- and loved, loved, loved it enough to call me and offer me representation two-days after I sent it to her. I was like hmmm… this could be something.


Thanks so much Lisa!

Here is a link to Goodreads that will give you some more information on Pretty Amy.

~Hannah

Review “Echo Falls” by Jaime McDougall


Title: Echo Falls
Author: Jaime McDougall
Publication Date: July 15, 2011
Publisher: Create Space
Source: Jaime McDougall

From Goodreads

Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.

After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.

Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.

Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?

*Warning: Contains adult situations and language

Echo Falls is really unlike any book that I have read. The reader follows Phoebe Martin, the new girl in Echo Falls, as she begins to interact with police officer Aidan O’Bryan who also happens to be the Alpha wolf.
One of the things that I really love about Echo Falls is the mature relationship between Phoebe and Aidan. Unlike YA novels where hormones are constantly in the way and influencing the characters I feel as though Phoebe and Aidan were much more level headed when it came to their relationship. Yes, there were plenty of hormones involved but it was really nice to see a relationship in a book that wasn’t based on high school love, but a different more grown up love.
I loved the small town feel that I got when McDougall described Echo Falls (and who doesn’t love that name!) and it fit perfectly with the story. The novel is able to really define the relationships between the characters, all of the characters not just a few, and that was something that I also really enjoyed.
Echo Falls was such a fun read and after talking to Jaime McDougall, I am super excited to get to read the follow up novel when it is ready. I think anyone looking for something new and a little more grown up with love Echo Falls and it deserves four stars!

Hannah

Review “Velveteen” by Daniel Marks


Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Publication Date: October, 19, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

From GoodReads

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

There are many wonderful elements put forth in Velveteen by Daniel Marks. He skillfully creates an entirely different world, the world after death, the world of Purgatory. The description of Purgatory was very vivid and Daniel Marks creates such a wonderful image for the reader. There are vast amounts of souls trapped in Purgatory each one of them having a different role in their society and within the novel. There are so many new things that Marks created within the covers on this book and it feels like you are reading about life in another realm, a fully developed other world, than in Purgatory.
Velvet leads two dual lives in her death; one involves haunting the man that brutally murdered her and the other rescuing souls from captivity in the Daylight, or the living world. When these two worlds are suddenly collided with each other at the end of the novel I thought Marks play it out all wonderfully!
The novel was full of life, adventure, trials, and even a forbidden romance. Romance in Purgatory, who knew! The friendship and relationship that builds between Velvet and Nick, though a bit fast paced, was perfect.
One of the things that I noticed about Velveteen was its ability to pull the same emotions from me that The Lovely Bones did. As I was reading I felt this whole in my chest building as we learned more and more about how Velvet was murdered.
Overall I felt that this story was a wonderful tale about a (dead) girl trying to find her place in Purgatory and herself come to terms with her death. I would recommend it to others and I think it definitely deserves four stars!

Hannah