Sidekick Blog Tour

Welcome to the Sidekick blog tour! I am really excited about this! There won’t be a review here today because Pab Sungenis is a Month9Books author which means that I might be a little biased because of my internship lol. BUT I do have a fun except for you here!

I cycled through the modes on my visor until I found the zoom feature and got a close look at the guy. My worst fears were confirmed when I saw what he was carrying with him. “Crap,” I yelled over to Pandora. “It’s one of the Snack Cake Gang.”

“What? Never heard of them.”

“Uncle Jack and I tangled with them a lot. Weird bunch. They like to throw cupcakes and stuff at people when committing their crimes.”

“You’ve got to be shitting me. What kind of damage can a cupcake do?”

“Their cupcakes explode.”

“Say no more.” She scanned the tracks. Here in Harbor City we might not make the trains run on time, but that didn’t mean you couldn’t count on one coming by when you wanted one. Or when you didn’t want one. “Train pulling out of the next station up the line. Looks like we’ve got maybe three … no, scratch that, two minutes at best.” She shook her head. “How do you get trains that run so fast in this city?”

“What can I say, we’re proud of our infrastructure. Try to stop or slow down the train. I’ll take care of the thug.” She peeled off quickly, and I poured on the speed toward the saboteur, hoping to get the jump on him.

“ha ha! scarlet knight, we meet again!” No such luck. I hated how the craze for witty banter in the middle of battle had prompted so many criminals to carry around megaphones these days. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say, just knock the snot out of them. I could see the guy clearly now. He was wearing a garish, rainbow colored outfit topped with a white chef’s hat. It took me a moment, but I remembered which one of the Snack Cake Gang dressed that way. Simple Simon. It was easy to predict what was coming.

I spun up the controls for the cell phone I’d added to the helmet a few days before (something that, surprisingly, Uncle Jack had never thought of) and rang 911. Before the operator could say anything, I blurted out the guy’s location and suggested a couple of dozen cop cars converging on that point would probably be a good idea. Then I turned my full attention to Simon. “Come on, Simon. There are two ways we can go about this. We can do it the easy way, or we can do it the fun way. I know which one I’d prefer. How about you?”

“You think you’re so smart, Scarlet Knight? Well, maybe these fruit pies will stop you!”

He lobbed a bunch of spinning oblong discs at me, and I dove downward. The “pies” burst above me, showering me with heat, shrapnel, and blueberry filling. The suit provided some protection against all three, leaving me with just a bit of a bruise and a horrible purple splotch on my back. Dammit, I did not want to have to do laundry tonight. “Fine. The fun way it is.”

I spun around and headed back toward Simon. He kept throwing pastry. The closer I got, the harder the deadly confections were to dodge. Especially because it can be kind of hard to concentrate with Peanut Butter Bar missiles zipping past your head. I made the mistake of looking over to my right to see how Pandora was doing, and a Butterscotch Whatzit banged into my helmet and exploded.

My ears rang louder than the bells of Old St. Mary’s, and my vision blurred. My visor blinked off for a second as the helmet’s systems quickly rebooted. From what the readouts told me, the helmet itself didn’t appear damaged, but I was willing to lay even money that I had at least a minor concussion. That did it. The bozo was going down.

As soon as I recovered my senses, an act that took only a few seconds but could make all the difference when in the middle of battle, I went to grab Simon. Sirens heralded the arrival of cops—and apparently the fire department—on the scene, but there was no way I was going to hand him over to the police this time. If they wanted him, they could drive out to City Hall and cut him down from the flagpole after I’d given him the worst wedgie of his life.

But my childish dream of revenge was not to come to fruition, since by the time I could see straight again, Simple Simon was gone. I couldn’t tell if he’d jumped off the tracks, climbed down, or found some other way to escape, but it didn’t really matter. All that mattered was that when I dove down to grab him there was no him to grab. All that was left was four pound cakes tied to the rails, and a sack of various snack cakes lying in the center of the track.

Crap.
I zoomed as high as I could as quickly as I could as the sugar-sweetened bombs all detonated below me. The explosion took out the tracks, the rails, and the El bridge over Frankford Avenue, showering the street below with wreckage and chocolatey frosting.

SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT

by Pab Sungenis

Publish date: March 12, 2013 by Month9Books, LLC

Bobby Baines is in high school, which is bad enough. But things go from bad to worse when his hero, Scarlet Knight, dies. Bobby is forced to take up his mantel, becoming the new Scarlet Knight. Only Scarlet Knight never had to deal with eeking out a passing grade in math, keeping his fellow sidekicks in check, or stopping a giant squid from bearing down on his high school and crushing everyone inside. All this while trying to get the girl! It’s going to take a lot more than a cape, sword and fancy watch to fill Scarlet’s Knight’s shoes. After all, Bobby Baines is no super hero, he’s a Sidekick!

ABOUT PAB SUNGENIS:

Born in the swamps of Southern New Jersey, Pab Sungenis developed a childhood fascination with cartooning and drew a daily strip for his own amusement for two years before realizing he couldn’t draw. He wound up in broadcasting, worked for numerous stations including WSBU, WOND, WMGM, WSKR, WBNJ, WWBZ, and WKTU. He describes his drawing ability as like that of “a mentally challenged rhinoceros on a Ny-Quil bender”, but thanks to the wonders of photo-manipulation and computer image editing, on February 8, 2006 he found himself creating The New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which has appeared ever since, first on Comicssherpa.com., and now in online syndication with http://gocomics.com/ Pab Sungenis is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT.

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Blogging in the Publishing World

Hey there!

If any of you are like me then your dream job is in publishing. A life in publishing was not something that I always dreamed of. I knew from the time I was six that I wanted to be a doctor. Probably before then, but my earliest memory comes from that age. I had everything set and my life plan written. I was going to be an ob/gyn who specialized in high risk births. My back up wasn’t even publishing. My back up was a neonatologist. So yeah, publishing was never on my mind. Sure, I always knew that I was going to be a writer. Started writing my first novel in the 5th grade. Night of the Shooting Stars. It was…interesting.
Then I got into college and….found out that being a doctor was most definitely not in the cards for me. For a while I was lost. This was the entire life plan and it had suddenly been erased as easily as if I had written it up on a dry erase board. What was I supposed to do now?
I still had no idea for a while, then I got on Twitter and started following my favorite authors. From there I started following agents and editors and publishers. I learned so much about the publishing world through social media. I also learned about author events. This sounds like a ridiculous comment because I know you guys all know about events, but I had no clue.
Then I started this website. Somehow along the way I started organizing blog tours. Working with publicists at the houses, and meeting some amazing people. Whatever division of the publishing world you want to belong to or even think about getting into it’s important to know what’s happening. Connect with people through your own blog or through social media. Don’t be afraid to take risks. As you all know I am currently interning at Month9Books, it’s a place that I LOVE interning for! Everyone is so wonderful there. I was able to get something like that because I had previously worked with someone in the publicity department.
My point here is not to shove my awesome internship at you, but rather to tell you that if it’s something you want, something that you dream about, then don’t let anything get in your way. That includes thinking you will never make it! I know all of you can do it, but you have to take the steps to get it.
There are some fabulous ways for you to connect with the people that matter. Most of you have your own blogs, that means you are already learning about the publishing world. Get involved. Be happy.

The Clockwork Prince- Eline Reviews

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

In the second book of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices-series it is easy to tell that Clare is more comfortable with her story and characters. As you might remember from my review of Clockwork Angel, one of my issues with it was how descriptive it was, but towards the end the dialogue has a better flow to it and mixes better with the descriptions. The Clockwork Prince continues on the course Clare entered towards the end of Clockwork Angel. This also makes Clockwork Prince the more exciting book to read of the two.
The world of the Shadowhunters opens more and more to Tessa, and the more she gets involved, the more she discovers how easy it is to be betrayed. Not only did her brother betray her in the first book, but the extent of his betrayal is revealed. However, the betrayals aren’t just kept between Tessa and Nate; we’re also shown that there are some Shadowhunters whose loyalties aren’t within their own ranks.
The main plot of the series is to discover who the Magister is, what he wants with Tessa and to keep her safe from him. The biggest plot of Clockwork Prince seems to be keeping the Shadowhunters’ Institute in London under the leadership of Charlotte and Henry Branwell. Having these two plots to concentrate on, Clare also deliberately puts in other sub-plots and twists that ties the two plots to each other. As Tessa’s relationship with the Shadowhunters expand we get more back story on Will specially, but also Jem and in the end as a reader I have the same struggle as Tessa does; Which guy do I like the most? Because somehow during the two books Clare has accomplished what every author strives for: making your readers love the characters and story.
I was lucky enough to get to meet Hannah in Florida last week, and at one point we talked about Cassandra Clare’s books, and Hannah mentioned that the books are released fairly quickly (with Clockwork Princess was released March 19th). That comment made me think of Twilight and how fast those books were released. Being a Harry Potter fan and having heard a lot of comparisons between Harry Potter and Twilight, I’m not the biggest fan of comparing any book to Twilight. But I have to make an exception. Cassandra Clare does the one thing Stephenie Meyer never was able to do. Like with Twilight, both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince leaves you wanting more, but unlike Meyer, Clare actually manages to move her story along and develop her characters. This is why, if someone were to ask me which series I would recommend I would definitely go with The Infernal Devices.

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*Note from Hannah: Eline mentioned we got to meet each other in Florida last week. This might seem like no big deal if you don’t know the back story. I live in Tennessee and Eline lives in Norway. We both just happened to be vacationing in Florida at the same time. It was an incredible experience!

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab was a refreshing novel filled with creepy twists and turns. We get to follow Mackenzie as her family pack up and move to a renovated hotel after the death of her younger brother. Schwab is able to describe the dynamics of a family struggling to move on one person down. There is no sugar coating.
Schwab answers one of the most common questions of humanity. Where do we go when we die? Well. She half way answers it. Our “Histories” are shelved in the library of the Archived. Sometimes they get out into the Narrows, the world between the Outer and the Archived. Mackenzie has to do whatever it takes to return the Histories back to their slumbers before they escape the Narrows, once they do it’s out of her hands and into the hands of the Crew.

I love that there were several different stories intertwining throughout the book. We have Mackenzie’s home life and how she deals with her parents. How they are all dealing, or not dealing, with Ben’s death. There are also flashback/memories of Mackenzie talking with her grandfather, Da. Those give us a lot of background information and I loved how Schwab included those scenes into the book. There is a mysterious murder in Mackenzie’s new apartment. The more she tries to solve the murder and find out what happened the more she discovers that someone is trying to stop her from learning the truth. Add Wesley, a guy liner wearing boy she meets in her new home, and a sudden overflow of escaped Histories and The Archived in a splendid story that will never leave you bored.

It will leave you guessing however. There are about as many twists and turns in this novel as there are hallways through the Narrows. You have to be careful where your allegiance stands because one minute you will think everything is going fine and the next you will be doing Taylor Swift’s famous ‘O’ face. (At least that was what I looked like)

So overall The Archived was a fantastic book with gorgesous writing only Victoria Schwab can pull off. I cannot wait for the second one! In the meantime if anyone hasn’t read The Near Witch then hop to it!