Captive

Book Covers

For me personally, book covers, titles, and series titles should support the story as much as possible. These elements are the initial marketing that readers see or hear. They either grasp our attention and interest or they…..don’t.

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The cover of Pawn is a great example of tying the cover to the story. Before reading the book you would not be able to see all the details and how they factor in but there are many in this cover.

First, the title Pawn is supported with the chess piece in the upper right hand corner. It is also supported by the teaser line of “The first move is hers…”. Then we see the maze like center, which is later revealed to be a necklace that Lila receives. The center of the maze details an eye and the Roman numeral of three. The importance of the bright blue eye is explained. Kitty’s eye color is a perfect match to Lila’s, a Hart signature, and we find out that the eyes are the one thing that cannot be changed when someone is masked.  The number three represents Kitty’s status in society. The cover is gray such as the color of stone.

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Taking a closer look at Captive we see the same blue eye but the three is no longer there and is replaced with a seven. The maze like detail has changed. I suspect this might be to represent Section X of Elsewhere. The chess piece in the corner has increased rank from a pawn to a rook. The teaser line is now “Some moves are riskier than others”. The color of the cover is now a wood color which would represent an increase from stone. This cover does not have as many details to uncover as the first book. The major differences are the maze, the number in the eye and of course the cover color.

The next book in the series was announced to be called Queen. I suspect to see a queen chess piece in the corner, an X in the blue eye and I am not quite sure about the maze or the cover color. I want to say an iron color but that would be too close to the Pawn stone colored cover.

What are your thoughts on these covers?

About Captive

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

About Pawn

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
 
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
 
There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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Are these moments some of your favorites?

Which moment is your favorite?

One of my most favorite moments is when Augustus, Hazel and Isaac are egging Isaac’s ex-girlfriend’s car. Hazel is feeling a little weary of throwing eggs in the middle of the day and asks Augustus if they should come back when it’s dark. Augustus’ reply is brilliant “It’s always dark to Isaac.”. BRILLIANT.

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Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Harlequin TEEN | June 24, 2014 | 304 pages

Naming Characters – the research, meaning behind, or method of choosing unusual character names.

Here’s a novel thing: I like to pick names for my characters that fit their personalities. I know, big shocker—most authors do that. I used to go on babynames.com and put in what I wanted the name to mean, and it would spit out a whole bunch of names that meant a certain thing, then I would just select the one I liked best.

In the world of DROWNED, the people have been removed from our civilization for a long time. They do not read anymore, they don’t have books or any means of writing, so over the years, language has disintegrated. Much knowledge has been lost, and many of the names have been cannibalized and altered, much like a sentence in a game of telephone. So a lot of the names are not real names at all; just things I came up with because they evoke an image or make a sound that fits the character.

At one point in DROWNED, the main character, Coe, wonders if a person’s name controls who he or she will become. The princess Star, after all, is heavenly. Tiam, the strong, capable boy, is named after Tiamat, a Mesopotamian goddess who controls the chaos of the sea. The goddess Tiamat “gives birth to the world”, and in many ways, gives birth to Coe’s world. Coe’s name is short for Corvina. She’s named after a “smelly, slimy, bug-eyed fish,” which she thinks is fitting, since she is strange-looking and considered the lowest of the low. There is another story behind how she got her name, but that comes later.

The ruler of the land, King Wallow, is a descendent of a doomsday prepper named Agnes Willow, who owned the land they now reside on. In a world where language has been lost, the ruling family’s name changed over time, without their knowledge, and perhaps they don’t even realize now what “Wallow” means. But the royals do wallow; they’re the most self-indulgent people you’ll ever meet.

I had fun naming the secondary characters, since I wanted to pull them from things that have existed in the past, but had somehow morphed in meaning and importance over time. Melame is a mean, older guy who minds the tide pools people wash in. “Melame” is an amalgam of Mean and Lame, because that’s what he is. Burbur is a very busy and important castle worker, used to high-traffic, very hardy, like Berber carpet. Cordon, the chef, is named as such because I can only imagine his ancestor’s favorite dish was Chicken Cordon Bleu. Xilia is a crazy lady, named that because it sounds very much like “sillier”. And she is silly. It’s hard not to hear the name “Mutter” and not think of an angry guy walking around with his head down, mumbling to himself. I also threw in other, more normal names, like Ana and Finn, because I figured that not all ordinary names would fall into the void.

I’m not usually married to the names I choose. Sometimes, a character will change over time and demand to me to be called something else. In that case, I will usually make the change later on. But in this book, Coe was always Coe, and Tiam always Tiam, and I can’t imagine them being called anything else.

Summary (Goodreads)

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

About Nichola Reilly

Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

About Cyn Balog

Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly. Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

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Wednesday, June 25th – Parajunkee – Guest Post
Friday June 27th – The Cozy Reader – Guest Post
Monday, June 30th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
Wednesday, July 2nd – Reader Girls Blog – Guest Post
Friday July 4th – Such a Novel Idea – Author Interview

 

Giveaway

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of DROWNED, and one winner will receive a fantastic Grand Prize Package including the following HarlequinTEEN titles: 2 copies of DROWNED as well as copies of RAIN, THE AFTERMATH, THE DARK WORLD and OCEANBORN. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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Burn Out

Burn Out (Burn Out, #1) by Kristi Helvig

EgmontUSA | April 8, 2014 | 272 pages

 

Procurement

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 29/30 = 96% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

Action packed sci-fi futuristic story about a girl and her guns.

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The Shadow Prince
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain
EgmontUSA | March 11, 2014 | 496 pages

 

 

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 26/30 = 86.6% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

Well done mythological story about a prince, a girl, their friends and their enemies.

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THE BOOK THIEF

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an “extremely moving” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush* and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson**). Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him. Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).

*Actor, Shine, 1996 **Actress, Hilary and Jackie, 1998; Breaking the Waves, 1996

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Harlequin TEEN has just revealed the book trailer for PAWN (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) by Aimée Carter!

Giveaway

Harlequin TEEN is giving away a prize pack that includes: Copy of PAWN and THE GODDESS TEST boxed set

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My Thoughts

I have already read this book and it was amazing. If you didn’t request it via NetGalley yet I would highly suggest it! There is also a Goodreads giveaway that ends on Tuesday too.

I didn’t love this trailer though. This book has quite a few plot twists so I would imagine it to be difficult to create a trailer without spoiling the story for the reader. I felt Kitty’s voice was too soft spoken. If you didn’t love the trailer I still think the book will blow your mind. If you read The Selection series by Kiera Cass and enjoy movies/shows like The Bourne Identity, Alias or Covert Affairs you’ll love this book.

PAWN releases next Tuesday, November 26th.


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Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 27, 2013 | 432 pages

I will have a review posted soon, most likely next month.

Summary (Goodreads)

The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

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For a limited time only THE SILENT SWAN by Lex Keating is available for $0.99 on Amazon!

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This post is sponsored by ThinkJam and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

 

Debuting on DVD August 20th

Based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Randy Wayne (“True Blood”), and Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”). Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again. Watch Jana Kramer in her first leading movie role in the year’s most inspirational and romantic movie event when it debuts on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 20. 

 

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